Tonight’s episode was themed pop art and I for one was chuffed. As a lover of all things art — and what is drag but an expression of art — it was great to see the episode. It kicked off with a mini challenge – RuPaul took photos and they were made into artistic portraits. Rupaul was dressed beautifully as Andy Warhol. Aja won the challenge easily. Interestingly, it only occurred to me tonight that winners of the mini challenge haven’t been getting any sort of advantage later on in the episode, like first pick of something, etc.
The maxi-challenge (or the challenge of the episode if you will) came in two parts. First was to get dressed as a soup can, a la Campbell’s Soup as done by Andy Warholl. RuPaul challenged them to make the most of their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent.
Next up was the Studio 54 challenge, for the main stage. RuPaul gave the example of Bianca Jagger riding into Club 54 on a horse. I wasn’t aiming to debunk that story but when I went to search for the photo I got this instead, an article in Vanity Fair ru-futing the claim that she actually rode in on the horse. Check it out for yourself here.
Trixie tried to help Shangela with the sewing machine and explains to the camera that this is in a way an attempt to thank her for not eliminating her in the previous week.
There was then a discussion on elimination day on how they want to decide what to do and Bendelacreme seemed to overthink it, much to the consternation of Kennedy.
The guest judges are Titus Burgess and Shay Mitchell. I’ve seen every single episode of one of their shows and absolutely no episodes of the other. Can you work out which is which?
I loved Ben delacreme’s soup can, Cream de la Creme.
Next up, Aja came in on a horse statue. Wow. Shangela came in wearing what looked like gold records. I have to appreciate that, to be honest, as I love vinyl records.
Okay, it turned out everyone is coming in on the same horse. Kennedy looked majestic in green with the most beautiful puffed hair… but not as beautiful as Bebe Zahara. She really had a Diana Ross feel to her in blue, black, and silver.
BenDeLaCreme wore what looked a bit like hair mouse ears and an outfit that was both pink (as my daughter calls it… pinkaly) and fur. I’m not crazy about fur in principle but she made it look good.
The judges all complimented Trixie Mattel for both challenges.
They all ask about why Kennedy looked like a grandmother. I wasn’t thinking so much about that as why the can had the seemingly insensitive look that it did. I don’t know why but something was offputting about it.
Bebe wore a Cameroon inspired can and everyone including Michele Visage was crazy about her runway look.
Michele said she loved Bendelacreme’s can but everyone else disented.
Bebe and Trixie were rated the top two all stars of the week. Bendelacreme and Kennedy were safe, while Aja and Shangela are rated the bottom two.
“Do you know what it’s like to lose a lip sync to a partially sedated twink from Brooklyn?” That’s the quotation of the episode and Trixie is the one that said it.
Bebe won the lip sync battle — it was a lovely Diana Ross song… and chooses Aja to send home. My son and I both sighed a sigh of relief.
Will there be a weird twist end? My son said he hoped it would happen. Of course it happened. “The day of reckoning is upon us…” Mama Ru says. There is an extra scene where three hooded figures come out with their heads down and Mama Ru says it’s time for their revenge.
Tonight’s episode was particularly exciting because we got to see the contestants for season ten for the first time. More on that in another post!