RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Ten Finale – Tens All Around (But only one Winner!)

RuPaul introduced the queens from season one and reminds us how far we have come as a community of fans and supporters of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Oprah appears in a video clip and talks about what great things the show has done.

RuPaul asks Aquaria why she should be crowned America’s Next Drag SuperStar and she explains that she’s been a fan from the beginning and says she sees herself in Nina Flowers from Season One. She remarks that this season is the best yet.

RuPaul asks Asia who is rooting for her and she says hopefully the world! She says that she hopes to marry her boyfriend. (Apparently this is news to him!)

Eureka says that if she wins, she will use the money to pay off her mother’s medical bills. Wow.

Kameron tells RuPaul that she and her mother share shoes (same shoe size) and RuPaul surprises her by showing a video of her grandmother telling her how much she loves her and supports her.

Very impressively, the queens of seasons one and ten do a mega-mix of a variety of songs from RuPaul’s Drag Race herstory. It’s great to see season one queens next to season ten queens lip synching to Sissy that Walk and We’re All Born Naked (and the Rest is Drag.)

Before the lip sync battle I would like to list the order I think of the top four queens :

Asia O’Hara, Kameron Michaels, Eureka, and Aquaria. I realize that’s not how it will likely go down, though.

So the top four lip sync will work like this, we are told. Two are chosen, they lip sync. Then the other two. The winners of each have a final lip sync. Kameron Michaels is chosen by the wheel and she chooses to lip sync against Asia. Asia chooses one of two boxes and it is Nasty, by Janet Jackson. Asia releases what appeared to be live butterflies from her outfit. Kameron is declared the winner and I already am wrong (it is interesting that my list has them in the order of the sync performances.)

Aquaria and Eureka lip sync to If by Janet Jackson. Uhm… and RuPaul says shantay, you BOTH stay.

The original winner of Miss Congeniality, Nina Flowers is introduced. The season ten queens apparently voted on this year’s Miss Congeniality and Monet X-Change won! I would have rather she just won the crown.

One last lip sync battle. Bang Bang by Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, and Ariana Grande. I think this is the first time I am hearing it.

Good gravy. Aquaria won. Oh my. Not gonna lie. I had a feeling this would happen but kept telling myself it wouldn’t because I didn’t want it to.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Ten Episode Eleven – Evil Twins!

And… I’m back? Sorry about missing a few episodes there. I guess my evil twin stopped me from posting here. Speaking of evil twins, the theme of tonight’s episode is evil twins that sabotage us. I certainly have one of those, it seems.

The mini-challenge was to make a drag brunch complete with pancakes. This is funny because my wife has attended actual drag brunches and they of course always include pancakes.

The guest judges were announced to be Lena Dunham and Ashanti.

Out of the five remaining queens, Miz Cracker and Cameron seem the most nervous. Miz Cracker practically loses it over a tussle with a sewing machine.

Each queen has to come up with a design for both a good version and evil version of themselves.

Miz Cracker went with a Marie Antoinette look for her good look and what I would call a cave woman using bones for design for her evil look.

Eureka had a bit of a Cher from Clueless look versus Divine from John Waters films.

Aquaria had an elegant look versus a more sinister look with an animal print. Later, RuPaul called the evil look one of the top ten looks in the whole show.

Asia O’Harra had a brilliant look both ways. Her dark / evil look was the most evil of the episode, I thought.

Kameron Michaels also had a caveman look for the evil side. She was put into the bottom two.

Aquaria is declared the winner of this week’s challenge.

Miz Cracker is the second queen up for elimination.

The lip sync challenge is Nasty Girl by Vanity 6. That’s funny, I was reading about a new Prince release earlier today.

Miz Cracker is sent home. She says she felt completely crushed. Understandable. “If it’s thin, white, and salty, it’s probably a cracker!”

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Ten Episode Seven – Snatch Game, Y’all!

RuPaul announces that they are doing a reading for the mini-challenge because reading is… fundamental. The reading glasses look a bit different this year. Eureka comes and declares that she’s aware that she is heavy set and does a great job roasting the others and is declared the winner. Two thousand dollars for eyewear? The way I buy eye-wear, that would buy about six or seven pairs at least!

The Vixen decides she’s going to be Blue Ivy. Quite impressive.

Bianca del Rio makes an appearance to help out with people.

Eureka explains that she’s going to do Divine with a tiny Honey Boo Boo. RuPaul doesn’t seem impressed by her Divine impression.

Monique Heart goes for Maxine Waters, of reclaiming her time fame. They love the idea as an anti-Trump Congresswoman.

Asia bombs in front of RuPaul doing a couple of impressions. She has no idea what she will do.

Kate Upton and Audrey McDonald are the guest judges.

Cameron Michaels is radiant (perhaps that’s the wrong word) as Chyna. Monet X-Change did exquisitely as Maya Angelou. I suppose it’s funny that Beyonce and Blue Ivy are both on Snatch Game. We also have “Melania Trump” with “Michelle Obama” written in front of her. (Good one!) Finally, there’s Eureka as Honey Boo Boo.

Watching the game, I felt that the Maya Angelou performance was the best.

Alex Trebek comes on as a video recording with a funny question about Jeopardy.

RuPaul gets Maxine Waters with a simple question of what district she is in. Oops! At the end RuPaul declared herself the winner and said she was going to watch Judge Judy. Bianca made a reappearance as Judge Judy.

The Vixen makes a comment about how very difficult it is to be a black gay drag queen in America.

The runway look was Mermaid, of all things. Mermaid in a wheelchair, to be exact. Uh… what? Oh right, because they can’t walk. Wow, I am slow tonight. Monet had the most interesting look with a huge weapon like a mace.

There’s a bit of a vicious argument between The Vixen and Eureka after everyone is asked who has the most room for growth. Nearly everyone says The Vixen.

Aquaria is declared winner of the challenge.

Eureka, Monet X-Change are both safe.

The Vixen is predictably put up for elimination. Monique Heart is right up there as well. They have to lip sync to “Cut to the Feeling” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Watching them perform it is hard to say that one is necessarily better but Asia does a talking head bit where she says that one of them clearly doesn’t know the words.

Monique Heart is sent home. She says she appreciates the opportunity before going. Oh. Apparently she was the one that didn’t know the words.

Apparently there was a meet and great that I could have attended tonight for only ten dollars with The Vixen. That might have been awkward after tonight’s episode. “So, uh… how about that part where everyone threw you under the bus, huh?”

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Ten Episode Six – DragCon

The episode starts with a mini challenge about sitting on things and figuring out what is being sat upon. I’m quite sure a clip from this will be on The Soup The Joel McHale Show starring Joel McHale.

Queens are split into groups of queens that will represent different aspects of drag including wigs, body, and makeup. I was amused to find out that young Blair St. Clair works with a theater group (making wigs) and RuPaul made a joke about her extreme youth.

Kameron talks about the struggles with doing drag as a body builder. Monet admits her parents don’t even know about doing drag.

The guest judges are Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon, who made the brilliant film The Big Sick.

The body panel talks about just that. Kameron talks about using padding in different places. Monet says she’s a big booty Judy (my mother in law loves saying that) and finally Eureka talks about being made fun of for being big yet using padding to proportionize. They take questions from the audience. Well, one – about the importance of doing drag in today’s political climate.

In the makeup panel, Aquaria talks about how liberal her parents were and teaching herself to apply makeup. Monique says she learned how to do makeup through drag. A person asks for makeup tips and they say to experiment and see what works. Monique shows off some techniques on a pit crew member. Aquaria and Asia then show techniques on themselves including blowdrying your lashes and applying glitter properly.

Blair St. Clair, The Vixen, and Miz Cracker do a wig panel that starts off a bit… underwhelming, based on the audience reaction, but then picks up. I keep being amazed how Blair St. Clair puts on ten years when in drag. The judges don’t seem too impressed as it goes on. They take questions and make jokes. Blair stumbles doing the presentation but ultimately does okay. At the end of the panel, they throw wig into the audience. Well that has to count for something.

The runway category is Hats Incredible. Kameron Michael comes out looking like a comic book girl. Monet X Change looks like a model in church on a Sunday. Eureka is head to toe in houndstooth. I’m not a houndstooth fan but she looks fine. Aquaria comes out as a rabbit in the magician’s hat. Monique Heart has what I would call a disco ball look. Asia O’Hara has a beautiful dandelion look including a huge head. Miz Cracker has an Eliza Doolittle look that impresses my daughter because it involves pink. Blair St. Clair wears a Broadway / Kentucky Derby look. The Vixen has a great floppy black and white look.

Kameron, Monet, and Eureka are the top three.

Miz Cracker, Blair, The Vixen are the bottom three.

The rest are safe.

Oh crap. Blair talks about being raped at a college party and the need to bring a positive spirit. Everyone is moved. Michelle calls The Vixen’s look to be a bit of a mishegoss.

The judges give props to Eureka for doing so well but pan Miz Cracker for doing poorly and then say that Blair got bulldozed in her performance.

Eureka was the winner (second week in a row) of the challenge.

Blair and The Vixen must lip sync to “I’m Coming Out”, one of my favorite songs of all time. I thought Blair did a more passionate performance, but I will freely admit to being biased toward her at this point. RuPaul did NOT agree and sent Blair St. Clair home.

NOT HAPPY. (I’ll get over it.)

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Ten Episode Four – The Ball at The End of The World

For some reason I am reminded of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe — anyone else? RuPaul tells the queens that they’re going to do a ball — the Ball for the End of the World! They will have to do three “lerks” — looks, that is. The themes will be : Alaska Winter, Miami Summer, and Mars Eleganza Extravaganza.

Asia O’Hara gives sewing advice and is given the name Black Martha Stewart, or Blartha. #Blartha, everyone.

Blair St. Clair does a one on one with the camera and points out someone making a rather bad error — the Mars outfit is looking to be a corset and underwear, which has been repeatedly warned against on the main stage. No actual warning to the person making the mistake, though.

RuPaul speaks with Asia O’Hara about her background in making costumes — apparently as a full time occupation.

The Vixen talks about how in Chicago growing up her grandmother had her sew her name on a napkin to learn to sew.

Blair St. Clair tells RuPaul that the look she’s working on for the Mars look is a mod look. RuPaul points out her youthful appearance and Blair says that he’s often underestimated (even on RPDR) because of that.

RuPaul announces that the guest judges will be Logan Browning from “Dear White People” as well as Tisha Campbell-Martin… from Martin, My Wife and Kids, and all three House Party films of course.

Out of all of the Alaska looks, my favorite is Blair St. Clair with a nice pin-up look.

Monique Heart came out in all pink and my three year old daughter was extremely happy to see.

Asia O’Hara, on the other hand, came out with what looked like a fur coat over a leopard dress.

Then Miz Cracker came out even pinker, as it were, than Monique.

For the Mars Extravaganza Eleganza, Eureka came out purse first, and Monet came out looking like “a million bucks” or a “black Marilyn Monroe.”

The Vixen came out with a lovely blue look, hair included, that I would call Tiffany Blue.

Aquaria had a superhero look.

Now it was Blair St. Clair’s turn for pink. Definitely one of the top looks of the night.

Mayhem Miller, Eureka, The Vixen, Blair St. Clair, and… yeah, they were announced too fast. All Safe.

Monet X-Change was told that the Mars look was sloppy though Tisha says she loved the gas mask.

Aquaria is given rave reviews.

Dusty Rays Bottom tries explaining her Martian look, which really looked more like a fairy than Mars. Tisha later comments that if you have to explain your look (as she did) you failed your look.

Asia tearfully explains how much time she helped others. She is told she needs to focus on her own work first, like a parent putting their oxygen mask first before putting it on their child.

The judges say that Miz Cracker and Aquaria’s outfits were the tops tonight. Aquaria is judged to be the winner of the challenge and Miz Cracker is safe. Kameron Michaels, similarly, is safe.

Dusty Ray Bottoms goes to the bottom two. Asia O’Hara is relieved to hear she is safe. Monet has to lip sync for her life against Dusty. They do “Pound the Alarm” by Nicki Minaj.

RuPaul says it was quite impressive. Monet X-Change is told she will stay and that Dusty Ray Bottoms, though always tops with Ru, must sashay away. As she walks away she says “WAPPS!” quite cheerfully. She cries a bit while telling us that we haven’t seen the last of her!

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Ten Episode Two – Pharmacological Musical!

I really needed a dose of what was being served tonight from a pharmaceutical perspective as I’ve apparently come down with a cold or something.

The queens first had a mini challenge to impress Andy “I say Mazel but not Tov” Cohen, who ultimately chose Asia and Vixen as the best performers — they had all gotten speed dragged up and done a country routine.

The maxi challenge involved splitting them up into two groups with team captains Asia and Vixen. They got help from none other than Alyssa Edwards, and put on a number of parody ads for pretend pharmaceutical products including ones that shall we say… stiffen you.

The guest judges tonight were Halsey and Padma Lakshmi. You may recognize Padma from the cooking program Top Chef and Halsey from the music industry.

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Vixen’s group came out judged on top and so The Vixen was the winner.

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That meant that everyone in Asia’s group was technically up for elimination, but all but two were kept as safe.

The queens that had to lip sync for their lives were Kalorie and Eureka. I wasn’t expecting Eureka to come out on top after the lackluster performance. She did, though, and then half tearfully apologized and promised to do better. Mama Ru said — don’t apologize, just be fierce!

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Ten Episode One – 10s Across the Board

Asia O’Hara says that drag queens must be versatile. Miz Cracker, who hails from Harlem (and call herself a Jewish Princess) comes in, followed by Yuhua Hamasaki. Blair St. Clair introduces herself as a broadway spectacular and out of drag looks… quite young. Next up as Monet X Change, who gives off a bit of a Bob the Drag queen attitude and is fantastic. Next up, Kameron Michaels with her gun show (strong biceps, not pistols mind you) and Mayhem Miller who elegantly comes in.

Kalorie Karbdashian and Monique Heart come out next. Monique really lives up to her name and Kalorie shakes her rump. Many introductions are made. Dusty Ray Bottoms comes out with 212 earrings — more relevant if you know that’s a New York City area code. Kids, area codes were more relevant when we all relied on telephones to do things other than text.

The Vixen is fierce and says she is here to do Earth, Wind, and Fire. Next is Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, who comes right in throwing shade and making reference to Alexis Mateo from season three. Then there’s Aquaria, who is less than modest. Cracker an Aquaria apparently have had a long rivalry.

The mini challenge goes out to walk up and down the runway and impress past queens.

The actual challenge is a throw back to the very first episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race and everyone has to make outfits from cheap materials. Some people do this magnificently, like Yuhua making almost everything from caution tape.

Others — Vanessa, specifically — does not do so well. Vanessa and Kalorie end up in the bottom two. They lip sync to a Christina Aguilera hit “Ain’t No Other Man.” Kalorie rocks it and Vanessa… not so much. Sashay away.