RuPaul's Drag Race: You Gotta be Relatable!
|Written by Lauren Cheal|
|Thursday, 14 April 2011 11:13|
Last week, Shangela was sent sashaying away, and Ru announced that the other judges had the opporunity to save a previously eliminated queen. Who will it be?
Ru introduces this week’s theme with a reference to Grease. “If you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter” – Eve Arden is a gem. The ladies prepare to see which queen will be returning to the game, and it is Carmen Carrera. Ugh. I have no patience for her talentless ass. Also, this gives Raja the opportunity to start talking about the Heathers again, which makes me kind of hate Raja (who I actually love).
The mini challenge this week involves the “Badonka donk dunk tank”. The ladies get to try to dunk the fellow contestant of their choosing. Carmen is in the tank first (at the behest of Raja), and there is just something always funny about a person dropping unexpectedly into water. Ru cackles with glee each time it happens. While Raja was unable to dunk Carmen more than one time in her two minutes, Alexis has decidedly better aim and dunks Yara Sofia a hilarious 14 times. Yara attempts to exact her revenge, but she only gets Alexis wet (ahem) 7 times. Manila chooses to dunk Carmen as well, but only gets her once. Carmen chooses to dunk Raja, and dunks her 6 times. From this, we have learned that Heathers can’t throw.
The main challenge this week is for the ladies to each transform a straight jock into a queen for a day. Their projects need to represent a “sister” for their drag persona, meaning that the students must echo their creator’s personal style and attitude. Fun. Some of these dudes are decently beefy and hiding their man bodies is going to be a challenge. There are lessons in tucking, which are informative and also hands-on (in the case of Carmen Carrera). Part way through the workday, Ru gives them another twist. They have to also create cheerleader outfits and perform a cheer about safe sex. If there was ever something to cheer for, am I right?
The guest judges this week are top quality—Margaret Cho (“I was raised by drag queens the way some people were raised by wolves”) and Sharon Osbourne.
Alexis and Alvas Mateo: Alexis got to choose which straight guy was paired up with which queen, and the guy she picked for herself turns into a really fabulous queen. He also looks a lot like Alexis (once in drag). I thought he was a bit of a funny-looking dude, so props to Alexis for seeing the potential and then turning it out. Their mainstage look is quite elegant, except for how Alvas’ is wearing those horrible latex boobs with only nipple covers. I hate those things.
Raja and Enigma: Raja’s dude isn’t a very pretty woman. When he rounded the corner for their mainstage walk, I let out an audible “oof”. He looks like Eleanor Roosevelt, but manly and beefy. He also can’t walk worth shit.
Yara and Drewlita Sofia: Yara’s dude looks a fair amount like Madonna when in drag (suck on that, Venus D-lite). Fun. Their outfits are cute and Drewlita is doing a pretty good job of walking the runway.
Carmen and Lolita Cruz Carerra: Their cheer is terrible, mostly because Lolita doesn’t seem to know it. When Alexis assigned the dudes to the ladies, she gave Carmen one of the beefier ones specifically because she wouldn’t be able to just send him down the runway naked (her trademark). I am surprised as anyone that Carmen went ahead and did it anyway. The guy has a tiny gut (maybe it isn’t even a gut, just not a flat/concave stomach that Carmen sports), and it pooches out over the spangly bikini bottoms he is in. He also has a full bra perched awkwardly over his muscular chest. It isn’t good. To his credit, he is trying to work the look.
Manila and Fuschia Luzon: These two have a lengthy and informative cheer (“you can use a diaphragm with spermicidal lubes!”). In the workroom, Manila’s straight guy is among the least comfortable acting like a lady. He is comes off schlumpy during the cheer, but manages to turn it out for the mainstage look. Their little act together is cute, and this is the first time in a while Manila has not annoyed me.
The judges really like Alexis’s work with Alvas. She is sexy and working the look. They aren’t crazy about the look that Raja came up with, and they say that Enigma’s walk left something to be desired. Sharon Osbourne gets a quick lesson in gay sex terminology and learns what “barebacking” is. Maybe in the U.K. they call it something else. Crumpet dunking. That is my guess. Yara gets praised for her make-up work on Drewlita, and for their overall style. The judges think Manila did a great job with her guy, and I am inclined to agree—he looks pretty good and he managed to sell it. Carmen gets flack for putting a beefy dude in a bikini, which she should. He just looks like a bad joke, and nothing like a fabulous queen. I hope this will spell her end again, but I fear that my girl Raja is in trouble here.
Alexis is safe. Manila wins the challenge (and a gay cruise, which is also awarded to his student—who is pumped about the win). Raja is in the bottom two. Yara is safe. Carmen is the other lady in the bottom two.
The time has come for them to lip sync……for their liiiiiiiives. For the song, Ru dips into the 1990s grab bag and pulls out a gem, “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul. Raja is working the song, and decides to beat Carmen at her own game by stripping down to her underclothes. Carmen, never one to be out nakeded, decides to take off her bottoms so that she is completely nude from the waist down (well, maybe she has some sort of nude colored tucking garment on, but it is blurred out so I don’t know for sure). Then, the two of them perform what Alexis (rightly) calls “softcore porn”.
Thank goodness! Raja is told to shante, and stay. She is really emotional about it, and glad to still be there. She wants the title so badly; it is nice to see. Carmen is sent sashaying away for the second time. She didn’t drive me as nuts (hi-oh!) today as she did in her other final episode, but I am still not a fan.