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!