RuPaul's Drag Race: You gotta be larger than life
|Written by Lauren Cheal|
|Wednesday, 02 March 2011 12:23|
Last week India was sent sashaying away, and it wasn’t too upsetting. Some of the ladies seem to be hating on Manila for her Asian stereotype character last week, and their main argument seems to be that she is not Asian enough (?) to do this kind of satire. I didn’t find her character funny, but I think everyone has the right to make fun of everyone else.
The mini challenge will be the ladies playing a game that I sure hope is real. It is called “Shit RuPaul Says”. I want to go to there.
The ladies compete in 1 preliminary round each and then one final round. It is sort of a Wheel of Fortune type puzzle (but that part of where Pat has given the wheel a final spin). Apparently I need to work on my RuPaulisms, because I got zero of these. The answers are:
"Two Piece and a Biscuit"
"Available on iTunes"
"She done already done had herses" – I have no idea what that means.
Delta Work is the winner and gets a call home. She knows that Shangela is worried about her Grandmother, and graciously gives the call to her.
The ladies will be playing Snatch Game, which is apparently a RuPaul’s Drag Race highlight event. My sister has told me about it in the past, and Ru does a small Cher impression while introducing it, so I can only assume it is magnificent. The ladies all select a personality to impersonate, and I am excited.
Cher (Delta Work) – Ru points out that Cher is kind of a drag icon, and that Ms. Delta had better bring her A game. Now the highlight of my year last year (and perhaps the last decade) was seeing Cher in Vegas, so I will likewise be judging Delta rather harshly. First impression? Not the best. She has none of fabulous that Cher brings to the world.
Tyra (Raja) – Raja has some Banks-created logo on her chest that they are blurring out and it is distracting. They pan to her a lot during the game, but it is almost always a joke about smizing that she delivers.
Amy Winehouse (Yara Sofia) – Ru is killing himself laughing while listening to Yara attempt a British English accent. We barely see Yara during the taping, so we don’t really know how she does.
Imelda Marcos (Manila Luzon) – Another Asian stereotype for Manila…this one seems slightly funnier. The pile of shoes beside her grows throughout the broadcast, which is a nice touch.
J. Lo (Carmen Carrera) – Carmen brings all the attitude of the Mrs. Anthony, and it is fun. We don’t see much more of her after an intro.
Alicia Keyes (Alexis Mateo) – Alexis is trying for laughs with an “Alicia Keyes is pregnant” bit. She also just hits on Amber Rose for the rest of the taping, but it is funny.
Monique (Stacy Layne Matthews) – Originally, Stacy Layne chooses to be Anna Nicole Smith (because they both like pink, apparently), but Ru has doubts about her ability to pull this off. So after Stacy Layne complains about it for a while, Shangela convinces her to try something else, and she goes for Monique. Her version of Monique is actually Monique’s character from Precious, but it is at least funny.
Tina Turner (Shangela) – I don’t know why I have the same taste as gay men, but Tina is another of my favorites. In fact, I do my own impression of “Private Dancer” that is the stuff of legends. Her Tina is not bad—she certainly has the tics down.
Joan Crawford (Mariah) – Mariah’s Joan is a little bit scary looking, but I don’t know much about the original, so I can’t really say. People don’t think it was a good impersonation.
Guest judges include Amber Rose (a model) and Aisha Tyler (actress and comedian).
The Mainstage challenge is for the ladies to look fabulous in their favorite drag.
Yara Sofia has a pretty awesome black dress with dramatic sparkly make-up.
Shangela is wearing a white gown and has crazy hair that looks like a shaggy lampshade. It isn’t the worst, but it is weird.
Mariah is looking fabulous in a super short black number with feathers.
Raja is wearing some sort of tribal-inspired look that I don’t like very much.
Alexis Mateo is wearing a fuchsia dress that one of the judges rightly calls a Quinceñera look. It isn’t so good.
Carmen Carrera comes out in a bathing suit with a chiffon cape. Her Mainstage looks are so unimpressive to me.
Stacy Layne Matthews is wearing pants and a sparkly top with a gold coat over it. It looks like she raided the “special occasions” section of a plus-sized store, with poor results.
Delta Work is wearing a sort of purple sparkly pantsuit with a belt. The judges seem to like it, but I am underwhelmed.
Manila Luzon is wearing a short Filipino flag dress with gold leggings. It is sort of cute.
Ru does me the kindness of spelling out who the top three are this week. Raja, Alexis and Stacy Layne. Wow…when she called them I thought they were the bottom three. The judge’s have a lot of praise for the top three, and particularly Stacy Layne.
The actual bottom three are Yara, Delta and Mariah. Yikes! I guess someone unexpected will be going home today. Yara is called out for her not great impression of Amy Winehouse, but the judges’ like her look. Mariah’s Joan Crawford was not so good. Delta gets called out for a boring Cher that basically sucked.
The winner this week is Stacy Layne. I do think her Monique was great, but her outfit on the mainstage was disastrous.
Mariah and Delta are up for elimination and will have to lip sync for their LIIIIIIIVES!
Their song is “Looking for a New Love” by Jody Watley. I don’t know this song again. Carmen points out that Mariah doesn’t seem to know the words, which could be her undoing. Delta Work is asked to shante, and stay. Mariah is told to sashay, away.
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