The Week in Drag – RPDR has its top four, say “hola” to the queens of Drag Race España, performers unite for an important cause and more

Christine Fitzgerald 14 Min Read
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RuPaul’s Drag Race

Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to our weekly wrap-up of all things RuPaul’s Drag Race. This week, we take a look at season 15’s makeover challenge and the top four queens are revealed.

Our favorite Ru-cappers and fierce fashionistas are also here to discuss last week’s fantastic Rusical episode and glove-inspired runway looks. In other news, we meet the reinas competing to be Spain’s Next Drag Superstar and help get the word out about a new campaign to prove to the world that drag is not dangerous.

In addition to all of this, we have videos from Bob, Jaymes, Trixie, Delta, Jinkx and so many others. Let’s not waste another moment and let’s bring it to the runway!

This week on RuPaul’s Drag Race, we return to Drag U (RIP) as the final five queens perform makeovers on a group of teachers. As the episode opens, the queens return to the werk room after Salina’s elimination. Apparently, Ms. EsTitties was a little salty about her elimination and left a mirror message that said, “Guess I got what I deserved.” Loosey, as usual, is sad to see herself in the bottom (although, last week everyone was so good that someone had to be there.) Luxx is in full “I said what I said” mode about her dissertation on the runway last week that boiled down to her feeling that Loosey’s drag is generic and Mistress is just hoping for a Loosey tantrum.

Ru enters the werk room and treats us to another mini challenge (sadly, without my beloved quick drag) called “Spill The Tea” with the lovely Norvina from Anastasia Beverly Hills doing her best Vanna White impersonation. In this game, the queens had to reveal their opinions on their competitors – from who thought they were the smartest (Loosey), shadiest (Mistress), hairiest (also Mistress) to who they thought would be the next to go home (Loosey in a unanimous decision.) Since she knew how to play the game, Loosey emerged victorious, so she can add another mini-win to her list of accomplishments.    

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This week, it’s time for the makeover challenge. The subjects this time are a group of truly beautiful women, all teachers. Ru explains that since his high school drama teacher – like so many others (shout out to Mr. McCauley!) – changed his life for the good, the queens are tasked with changing these women’s lives for good through the power of drag. Since she won the challenge, Loosey gets to pick her teacher first and assigns the other ladies to their new drag mothers. It seems that Loosey’s picks are pretty considerate…until she gets to Luxx, who feels that there's some sabotage because Sasha got the lone black woman.

The newly assembled drag families get to know one another. Anetra and her teacher (they didn’t give them lower thirds, so I didn’t catch their names) bond over their common background and Loosey is delighted her chosen teacher fits into her voluptuous vision (with 32HH boobs.) Mistress and her daughter talk about their coming out experiences and Sasha is delighted that her mentee is ready to go as big and padded as Sasha wants (she’s also a natural beauty.) Along the way, fashions are created, names are given, werk room walk-offs occur and it's making me miss Drag U so much right now. Ru checks in with the queens and then surprises everyone with a twist – the baby queens will have to lip sync for their lives as well.

The runway theme for this week (obviously) is Drag Family Resemblance and the pairings look pretty amazing. Sasha and Ferocity Colby are just stunning in tropical prints and matching “Dolly bodies.” Loosey and LaLa LaDuca are big, blond and beautiful in matching red ensembles. LaLa really looks exactly like Loosey (which Mistress ponders, “Is that a good thing?”) Mistress and Madame Thang reminded me of when Samantha’s sister Serena showed up on Bewitched. They were perfect complements to each other. Luxx and Asia Azul were the only pair that lacked a family resemblance, but Luxx transformed her teacher into a perfect Jennifer Coolidge clone. Lastly, Anetra and Alektra (a/k/a Barbie and Skipper) looked absolutely amazing in pink and black bodysuits.

After the judges’ critiques, the new queens performed Ru’s song “Champion” and they were just having a blast.

Not having a blast were Luxx and Loosey, who found themselves in the bottom and had to lip sync to guest judge Hayley Kiyoko’s “For the Girls.” While Loosey is a great performer, there wasn’t a way she would win over her series rival and sadly, her own prophecy came true and she had to sashay away, leaving Mistress, Luxx, Sasha and Anetra as your top four.  

Next week, the final four make a video for Ru’s song “Blame It On the Edit” and we find out who’s going to the finale (Ru says only three are going, but I have my doubts.) See you then!  

Before we get to the rest of the news from the Drag Race universe, we have an important event to let you know about. A coalition of LGBTQ media groups and companies is teaming up to fight back against harmful political and media narratives about drag performers and trans people. The “Drag Isn't Dangerous” campaign aims to raise awareness and funds for LGBTQ causes and organizations that support drag and trans performers, especially in areas that are under attack. The campaign's website, www.dragisntdangerous.com, will offer resources and information on how to support local drag performers and LGBTQ causes.

The highlight of the campaign is a one-night-only telethon on Sunday, May 7, at www.moment.co/dangerous. Hosted by a wide range of drag performers and celebrities, the event will feature a mix of live and pre-taped performances, appearances, and testimonials from drag performers, LGBTQ entertainers and straight celebrity allies. Initial confirmed talent includes Alaska, BeBe Zahara Benet, Bob The Drag Queen, Brandon Stansell, Darienne Lake, Desmond Is Amazing, Divina De Campo, Eureka O’Hara, Frankie Grande, Ginger Minj, Jackie Beat, Jiggly Caliente, Jinkx Monsoon, Jujubee, Justin Martindale, Katya, Kerri Colby, Laganja Estranja, Manila Luzon, Miz Cracker, Monét X Change, Nina West, Peppermint, Salina EsTitties, Sherry Vine, Trinity The Tuck and Trixie Mattel with many more names to be announced. All net proceeds from the event will be divided among approved charities that support LGBTQ causes and drag performers in need, especially in states where they face discrimination and bans. None of the performers or organizers are taking fees for their work on the campaign.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.dragisntdangerous.com. Merchandise is also available here.

And now…back to our regular programming. Last week, the queens let loose (™ Looseey LaDuca) in an incredibly entertaining Rusical.  Laganja Estranja and Bianca Del Rio discuss the challenge and share memories of their season six experience on “The Pit Stop.”

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On the latest episode of “Race Chaser,” Willam and Alaska take us through the highs and lows of the episode in their inimitable style.  

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Bob and Monét review “Wigloose” and talk all things Drag Race on their fabulous podcast “Sibling Watchery.”

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The runway theme last week revolved around gloves and you’ve gotta give Raja and Raven a hand as they toot and boot the looks on “Fashion Photo Ruview.”

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The delightful Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Yuhua Hamasaki discuss the g-lovely runway on “Bootleg Opinions.”

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Maddy Morphosis and Miss Liza have opinions about last week’s episode (and they agree that this was the best Rusical ever.)

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Rock M Sakura and Cash Monet share their two cents on the drama and highlights of the “Wigloose” episode.

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Last week’s “Running Up That Hill” lip sync between Salina and Loosey has DeJa Skye in stitches. Find out why in the latest “DeJa-Naylsis.”

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One of my favorite international franchises, Drag Race España, is back for a third season. The new season premieres on Sunday, April 16th, followed by a weekly roll out every Sunday, exclusively on WOW Presents Plus. Supremme de Luxe returns as host, joined by returning judges Javier Calvo, Javier Ambrossi, and Ana Locking. The twelve fierce, Spanish queens competing for the title of Spain’s next Drag Superstar include: Bestiah, Chanel Anorex, Clover Bish, Drag Chuchi, Hornella Góngora, Kelly Roller, María Edilia, Pakita, Pink Chadora, Pitita, Vania Vainilla, and Visa. Each week, the queens will compete in a variety of gag-worthy challenges and wig-snatching runway categories. Meet the queens and get ready for some caliente looks and drama.  

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BenDeLaCreme discusses the rise of anti-drag legislation and explains drag to guest host Al Franken on The Daily Show. You can support the Drag Defense Fund here.

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Another important topic is the issue of healthcare for the LGBTQ community. Bob and Monét devoted an episode of “Sibling Rivalry” to this very topic.

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Bob joins the fashion police and critiques the red champagne carpet looks from this year’s Academy Awards ceremony on “Purse First Impressions”

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Willam and Alaska treat us to a live taping of their “Hot Goss” podcast with the fabulous Love Connie as a guest. I would not be mad if they added her to the show every week (or if they got her a MOM podcast of her very own.)

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Broadway sensation Jinkx Monsoon talks about her role in Chicago and sings a lot of Bette Midler as she plays a game of song association with ELLE.

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Trixie Mattel does not shy away from the fact that she’s a huge Barbie fan (and I love her for that). In this video, she delves into the history of the iconic doll.

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From one extreme to the other, Trixie goes from child’s play to adult entertainment as she and Katya watch and react to season 2 of Netflix’s steamy series Sex/Life.

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Season six sensation Darienne Lake is the latest queen to sit on the couch with the fabulous Delta Work on “Very Delta.”

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Willam has lots to see in the latest “Beatdown.” Watch as she takes on a meth-addicted predator who put the “con” in “Constipated”, a woman having an unconventional (and gross) snack at a soccer match, sand in places it probably shouldn’t be and fabulous wig reveals from Lexi Luzon (Manila’s daughter.)

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Willam takes us to London and behind the scenes of the play “Death Drop” with Cheryl Hole and Victoria Scone…and also eats a lot of doughnuts.

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Jaymes Mansfield loves horror movies, and we love hearing her talk about them. Watch as she talks about the new release Scream 6 while she gets into drag.

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Stay safe and sound as Bob and Monét tackle the topic of security on the latest episode of ‘Sibling Rivalry.”

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Whew! That was a lot…and there’s more to come next week. Until then, remember to stay safe, stay healthy, support the queens and say LOVE!


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