The Week in Drag – Drag Race’s Golden Girl Groups, Trixie quizzes screen legends, Bob’s taste test and more
Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to our weekly wrap-up bringing you all of the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent you can handle.
This week, our season 15 queens took a trip into the future for another group challenge and once again put their singing skills to the test. We take a trip back in time…well, to last week, as we get reactions about last week’s fashion challenge from some beloved Drag Race alums.
In addition, we check in Jinkx Monsoon, who is well on her way to being a EGOT winner and watch as true EGOT recipient Rita Moreno along with Hollywood royalty meet drag royalty Trixie Mattel. And, if that’s not enough, we get new videos from Jaymes and Willam, two new books and a new interview with Adore Delano. There’s lots to get to, so let’s bring it to the runway!
This week on RuPaul’s Drag Race, we get a new twist on the fan-favorite girl group challenge. After bidding adieu to Amethyst, the queens kiki about the competition. Malaysia has had a taste of victory and feels like her star is on the rise, but Mistress questions her taste level. Luxx announces that our frontrunners are she, Sasha, Anetra and Loosey because they’ve all won main challenges.
The next day, Ru enters the werk room and announces the week’s main challenge (God, I miss mini challenges. What I wouldn’t do for some quick drag.) The dolls are flashing forward 50 years to form “Golden Girl Groups.” They get to team up and create their own groups and choose from a Rock of Ages-style metal anthem, a hip hop song and a country ditty. To give the queens some inspiration, Ru introduces three of the Old Gays dressed in Pit Crew gear (Let Willam know they are also not wearing shoes.) When asked to share advice on keeping lifelong friendships, one of the men says it all comes down to “laughing a lot together” and then…poof…they’re gone. The men had to get down to pink Speedos for that? (And let me once again state how much I hate these shortened episodes.) Couldn’t they have put one of the Old Gays in each of the groups? I would have loved to see that.
Picking the groups proved to be quite easy. Picking the songs was another matter entirely. The metal song was hotly contested between Luxx/Mistress and Malaysia. While they debated, Jax’s group snatched the hip-hop song. While this battle isn’t nearly as entertaining as a mini challenge would be, it did bring us a new entry into the Drag Race lexicon, courtesy of Sasha. I think we are all now down with “O.C.P.”, as in “Oh child please.”
It came down to drawing names from a hat to settle the dispute. So…our teams are Salina, Marcia, Luxx and Mistress tackling country (as the “Banjo Bitches”); Loosey, Jax, Robin and Anetra tackling hip hop (as the “Ol’ Dirty Bitches”); and hat draw winners Malaysia, Aura, Spice and Sasha rocking out (as the “Rockin’ Old Gs”.) The teams met up with Leland and Freddy to record their verses and put together choreography. And, as the queens got ready in the werk room, we got a sweet moment with Sasha, who talks about her experience in Hawaii (again…more of this, please.)
The teams performed for Ru, Michelle, “the hilarious” Ross Matthews and guest judge Megan Statler from Hacks. If the “Banjo Bitches” were unhappy about their song choice, they sure didn’t show it and delivered a solid performance. Sasha and crew fought for the metal song and the “Rockin’ Old Gs” set the stage on fire (should we just give Sasha the crown already?) All in all, these groups all knocked it out of the park.
On the runway, the theme was “Tye-Dye to Die For” and the queens rapidly charged down the runway. We only had time for Ru and Megan bouncing jokes off of each other, as we didn’t get the usual commentary from the queens (which I also missed). I loved the reference to the infamous Brady Bunch football incident, but I didn’t see what about Marcia’s look was tye-dye. My top two standouts were Aura’s stunning pantsuit (loving all of the pants this season) and Sasha’s fabulous jumpsuit and hat combo.
Our top queens this week were Sasha (of course), Mistress and Aura, with the latter getting her first main challenge win. Anetra had problems remembering her lyrics but she was spared the lip sync, leaving Jax and Robin to compete to see who will sashay away. The song this week is the Bangles’ “In Your Room.” Both queens tore up the stage, but Jax showed she was not ready to go home quite yet, meaning we must say goodbye to the appropriately named Robin Fierce. Next week, the queens are taking on another acting challenge and bringing back the soap “The Daytona Winds”…so get ready for another round of fart jokes.
Last week, we had our first sewing challenge, and the queens put together some pretty amazing collections. Detox joins Bianca Del Rio to discuss the judge-inspired runway looks and more on “The Pit Stop.”
Raja and Raven toot and boot the looks of Drag Race’s Fashion Week on “Fashion Photo Ruview.”
Drag Race Thailand’s Vanda Miss Joaquim reunites with Yuhua Hamasaki to talk about the looks on “Bootleg Opinions.”
Naomi Smalls (who I witnessed slaying the stage at Drag Race Live in Las Vegas last year) joins Monét X Change to discuss the “House of Fashion” episode on “Sibling Watchery.”
Who knew that we’d end up having more time devoted to these episodes than the time elapsed in the episodes themselves? Maddy Morphosis and Miss Liza are here with their two cents about the fashions.
DeJa Skye takes a deep dive into Salina and Amethyst’s lip sync to Janelle Monaee’s “Q.U.E.E.N.” on the latest “DeJa-Nalysis.”
Last week’s eliminated queen, Amethyst, Sugar and Spice join Naysha Lopez, Batty Davis and Kara Mel D’Ville for the Roscoe’s Tavern Viewing Party.
I was sad to see Amethyst go, but at least we get to spend a little more time with this Connecticut queen chats with Michelle Visage on “Whatcha Packin’?”
Get your fill of Drag Race her-story with a new book coming soon. AND DON’T F&%K IT UP will follow RuPaul’s Drag Race over its first ten years, encompassing the show’s first 14 seasons and its rise from industry outsider to award-winning, international franchise. Through the narrative of Drag Race, AND DON’T F&%K IT UP tells a unique social history by way of stories from the people who lived it: the creators of the show, the contestants, the crew, the judges, and even some key (famous) fans.
Written by seasoned entertainment reporter Maria Elena Fernandez in collaboration with World of Wonder, the story begins with RuPaul’s 34-year friendship and business relationship with Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato and their production company World of Wonder. Together, Bailey, Barbato and World of Wonder helped to launch RuPaul into superstardom and later talked him into giving a drag reality show a chance. From there, AND DON’T F&%K IT UP traces the evolution of the show—and its queens—through a decade of gag-worthy seasons, serving up behind-the-scenes realness ranging from Ongina’s decision to reveal her HIV+ status to the story behind Asia O’Hara’s butterfly finale fiasco.
“One thing that has always been true about RuPaul’s Drag Race is that it takes a village, people.” Said World of Wonder co-founders Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. “We are so excited that those people have shared their stories and anecdotes and cannot wait to take readers behind the curtain of Drag Race. The result of all these voices is a tale that is every bit as fascinating as the show itself; joyous, uplifting, honest. We hope readers will both laugh and cry – and laugh again.” AND DON’T F&%K IT UP releases in hardback, Audiobook and ebook on June 6, 2023 in the US. Pre-ordering is now available HERE and wherever books are sold.
The highly anticipated first season of the latest international franchise, Drag Race Sverige is coming to WOW Presents Plus in less than a month. This week, wee met the judges joining the fabulous host Robert Fux. They are stand-up comedian and radio and television host Farao Groth and Swedish-Nigerian singer and actress Kayo. The trio will guide Swedish queens each week through a variety of gag-worthy challenges and runway categories. Drag Race Sverige will be premiering on WOW Presents Plus on March 4th at 12:30pm PT/3:30pm ET with Untucked premiering on March 4th at 5pm PT/8pm ET. You can catch the rest of the season rolling out weekly on Saturdays at 5:00pm PT at the same time as Untucked.
The Drag Race counterpart to Jimmy Fallon, Joseph Shepherd, chats with season six’s Adore Delano (who is currently on her Party Your World tour…get your tickets now) on Sissy That Talk Show.
Trixie plays “Who Is She?” with a legendary panel – the stars of the upcoming comedy 80 for Brady. If Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sally Field and Rita Moreno weren’t fabulous enough already…
Jinkx Monsoon has taken the Great White Way by storm in Chicago and the CBS Morning Show chatted with the self-confessed “scrappy dive bar drag queen” this week about gender-blind casting, how she’s shifted from alcohol to gaming and magic to take on life’s twists and turns and lots more.
Jaymes Mansfield bakes cupcakes with DeJa Skye and sings the praises of Pit Crew member Bruno on the latest installment of “Domestic Goddess.”
Silky Nutmeg Ganache kikis with Maddy Morphosis on “Give It to Me Straight.” The pair discuss delicious drag names, Sharpie eyebrows, cocktails and more.
Gottmik and Gigi Gorgeous discuss their new book, The T Guide.
The Vivienne and Courtney Act go up against Reggie Watts and Ricki Lake for a game of “Say It Don’t Spray It.”
We all know that Courtney is a doll, but now she’s got a real-life doll made in her image. Watch as she unveils her wax figure at Madame Tussauds Sydney.
Willam has a beef with Versace…shoes (and she has a valid point). Check out her rant and her latest acquisitions from the famed fashion house.
Does Bob have expensive taste? Watch as he tries to figure out what setting powder, glitter, face lotion, lashes, purses, eye shadow, lip gloss, water and sunglasses will put a bigger dent in your wallet.
Speaking of Bob…he and Monét are the latest queens to take on the makeup world. The pair have launched their new company, BOMO Beauty. On Friday, they launched the Pretty/Funny dual eyeshadow palette and I need this in my life. You can pick yours up now at bomobeauty.com.
Laganja Estranja is back with a monster unboxing video.
And that’s a wrap! We’ll be back next week with more content from the queens. Until we meet again, stay healthy, stay safe and say LOVE!