Cha Cha Bitches and Bitch Perfect — RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Eight Episode Two

After reflecting on last week’s eliminated queen, the remaining contestants did a mini challenge involving a cha cha, judged somewhat by Ab Soto, who has an interesting story.

Chi Chi Devayne was one of the winners of the cha cha challenge and so got to pick one of the teams for the main challenge, which was a take off of the Pitch Perfect series involving a dance and lip sync routine to a RuPaul song, of course. Chi Chi chose Acid Betty and this was quite a poor choice for her as they got on like oil and water from the get go, Acid Betty wanting to take control nearly the whole time.

Cynthia Lee Fontaine, on the other hand, ended up being the team leader that had Kim Chi chosen for her since neither team wanted to choose her based on her lack of dancing ability.

There was a new element introduced — the “Shade Tree Cam” where people could go in and make confessions and, well, throw shade. I was surprised that the first confession came from Kim Chi expressing concern and not really much shade throwing.

At one moment a few of the queens talked about what it was like being fat and then Chi Chi admitted that she could have easily fallen into gang membership had it not been for stellar parenting, and only coming out made her realize she was just trying to express herself but had not found the right path yet — and finally did through drag.

So it was a match off between the Lady Bitches and the Shady Bitches, with the ladies dressed a bit like school girls and singing Don’t Be Jealous of My Boogie. The choreography was pretty simple. The Shady Bitches responded and they did a back and forth with a couple of different songs. The Shady Bitches were particularly impressive with One Shot of Adrenaline. The pace picked up between the two groups.

Next came the Runway — Movie Premiere Realness being the theme. For me the look of the evening was Robbie Turner in the red Vera Wang hand dyed dress, with a very close runner up being Naomi Smalls with an elegant black dress. I was intrigued by Acid Betty’s custom made outfit and was not crazy about Thorgy Thor’s disco ball looking outfit.

During the critique, everyone seemed to jump on Kim Chi for poor dancing (but good character) and then the poor walking. Chi Chi, on the other hand, danced well but was critiqued for her “basic” gown.

Chi Chi Devayne, despite being challenged in leadership by Acid Betty, won — and won a four day vacation in New England (which she perhaps jokingly thought was not in the United States?)

Dax Exclamation Point and Laila McQueen were up for elimination at the end of the episode and had to lip sync to Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive because they both wanted to do exactly that. Dax seemed more pleading than exclaiming during the lip sync challenge and Laila had a lot more, well, enthusiasm. BOTH WERE ELIMINATED. I nearly swallowed a date seed when that was announced. Let me write that again.

Suddenly, RuPaul made a phone call and… who is this? How soon can you be here? Someone is coming back? Already?

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