RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season Three Episode One — Like The Smothers Brothers, But With A Touch of Drag

Halleloo! We are back in the All-Stars game, friends! Nine queens were previously announced and as I previously had mentioned, that left one spot open for a yet to be ruvealed queen. That queen turned out to be… BeBe Zahara Benet, the winner of Season One! Of course, the question on everyone’s mind was — how was this possible as BeBe had won season one, and wasn’t All Stars all about returning queens who had not won? Have a look at Shangela popping out of a box while we think about this.

Mama Ru explained that since Season One was so long ago and had “Season One filter” (that is, poor production value) and that the winner ‘only’ got twenty thousand dollars, it was worth bringing her back on.

The mini-competition was reading… the library was open, as it were. Of course this would never happen in the first episode of a standard season, but this is All Stars and the queens know each other well enough to read one another. The end result was that Bendelacreme won the mini-competition

The main stage challenge was variety show themed. When I was younger I watched reruns of variety shows on television, like Rowan and Martin’s laugh in, and the Carol Burnett Show. (Side note — I just read that CBS acquired digital rights to the full archive of her show and will be distributing it digitally.)

The majority of the queens came out lip syncing to their own songs and doing fantastic dances. Is it me or are jumping splits just… overdone now? When queens on RPDR started doing the jumping split, it was impressive. Mind you, doing a jumping split off of a block is impressive… but going from a standing position and jumping up onto a block… takes talent and skill. Thorgy Thor played the violin and for that reason (I am biased — I played violin in grade school) I wish she would have won this week.

Bendelacreme and Aja were ruled the top two contenders this week and so were given the opportunity to “Lip sync for their legacy” and in doing so, would be able to choose which of the bottom two (Chi Chi and Morgan) would be eliminated.

Aja won the lip sync battle, and Morgan was eliminated — possibly ironic given the extent to which Morgan was discussing elimination strategies earlier in the episode.

Great way to open Season 3!

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Nine Episode Two – Phoebe and a Disappointing Elimination

So first things first — the queen that was shown popping out at the end of the first episode and which elicited shocked reactions from a few of the people turned out to be… and I’m going to cover this with a spoiler cover because no matter when I post this someone will get mad at me for posting it before they saw it somehow… Cynthia Lee Fontaine of ‘cucu’ fame – funnily the highlight of the episode turned out to be seeing Lisa Kudrow, whom RuPaul showed off explaining that he ran into her at the parking lot. Seems like something that could happen! Also apparently he got his entrance phrase “Hello, hello, hello!” right from Lisa’s character in the HBO program The Comeback, which was on in 2005 and then waited about a decade before it made its own comeback.

So this week was all about cheerleading, perhaps hinted by VH1 airing the film Bring It On before the episode. My wife insists I have seen this film, I do not have any specific memory of spending any time doing so.

The queens were split into two teams and had to perform as, well, cheerleaders! I actually thought everyone did a fairly smashing good job.

Everyone was dressed up in white for the runway, and at the end of the night Jaymes Manfield and Kimora were up for elimination, having to perform — and even though I thought Jaymes did a better job, she was the one that got sent packing. So it goes. On the plus side, she didn’t say anything about her cucu.

Eureka O’Hara : RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Nine Profile

Of all the drag queens I have seen on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Eureka O’Hara has got to be one of the most mathematically named. (Get it?) She also has the biggest selection of things in a shop

Eureka is all of twenty-six years old and hails from Tennessee. I wonder how long it will be before someone tells her that she’s the only ten they see. (Am I dating myself?)

Amazingly, Eureka was with a friend and got hit by a drunk driver — how cars don’t all come with built in technology to prevent drunk drivers from driving is beyond me — but thankfully she walked away without a scratch

She recently was with her mother in the hospital — send your love to her family!

Eureka is hardly new to the drag scene, having won accolades including Miss Tennessee International in 2010 among other honors

Enjoy a video from a few years ago :

The season nine premiere is a week from today and has moved to VH1. No sign that they are going to do any Behind the Drag specials. (Have I dated myself enough?

Charlie Hides : RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Nine Profile

Charlie Hides — the name conjures many images in my mind but the most prominent one is of someone who is, well… hiding! Some people who see a drag queen see a person who is hiding, disguising who they really are. Of course on the surface this makes sense — out of drag they look entirely different. But is it really the case?

I read an interview with Charlie and loved this line :

I’m inspired by lots of things, music, art, comedy, design… you name it. I love old movies, coffee table art books, second hand shops and the latest couture collections, current pop music and rock classics. Creating makes me happy, the process that begins with having an idea then working till it becomes real makes me happy.

If you know anything about me it’s that creating makes me happy. (I wrote a novella called Kate, did you know?)

I look forward to seeing how Charlie will do this season!

Aja : RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Nine Profile

This year on RuPaul’s Drag Race there are four, count them, four different queens from New York (where I presently live) and one of them is the inimitable Aja, who calls her style of performance “Powerpuff Girl Stripper” and was named Ms. Williamsburg in 2014.

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While doing the research for this profile I was surprised that I already had come across Aja’s name in passing… last year, when Season Eight was wrapping up, as you can see here in this conversation with Thorgy Thor.

Will Aja come out on top? Will it be another New York win this year?

A Winner is Crowned – Season Finale, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Eight

My wife is at the live season finale of RuPaul’s Drag race so she gets to see this in person.

The winner of this season is : Bob the Drag Queen! As I said it would be a few weeks ago!

Here is a photo my wife took from the live season finale :

Walk into the world purse first, as Bob the Drag Queen says! That concludes this year’s season of RuPaul’s Drag Race!

The Final Four — RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Eight Episode Nine

Everyone is proud to be in the top four. Everyone also wants to be in the top three but as we know that cannot BE.

Jayson Whitmore is introduced, who will be helping them participate in the musical video for The Realness, an awesome song of course. Apparently the queen that is eliminated will also NOT be in the final video for The Realness.

Much of the shooting for the video appears to be in a wind tunnel. Well, the first part of it anyhow. Bob opens the second part and is asked to step it up to a 10 from the five where she is. I can’t stop noticing how many tats Jayson has on only one arm. Chi Chi struggles to dance in a gown and admits she hasn’t ever done it before. At this point her I don’t see her making it to the top three but I couldn’t see Kim Chi making it this far and I was wrong!

Bianca makes a funny cameo.

After the shooting wraps, everyone prepares for the final runway presentation and talks about how they don’t want to go home. Well, who would?

Bob comes out wearing what looks like a sequined tuxedo with killer stilettos. Chi Chi wears an elegant pink gown. Kim Chi looks like she’s going to a party out of Eyes Wide Shut crossed with perhaps a raven. Naomi Smalls (one of my early favorites from when I did her profile) looks awesome in a suit.

RuPaul asks them all to talk to their children selves and shows photos of them as children. Kim Chi gets the most emotional talking to the young version, reminding young Kim Chi that it gets better and she won’t feel lonely. Well, someone had to get super emotional, right?

Everyone is asked why they should be America’s Next Drag Superstar – Bob I think gave the best answer — about being the best and giving back to the drag community. I did also admire Naomi’s answer about being successful being herself no matter what she did.

The judges deliberate, and everyone must first lip sync for their lives. The song is naturally The Realness.

CHI CHI WAS ELIMINATED. See above. Dang.

FINAL THREE : Bob the Drag Queen, Naomi Smalls, Kim Chi. Wow. I still think Bob’s going to take it.