The Week in Drag – the Drag Race queens try out celebrity journalism, the Queerty winners, the return of UNHhhh and more
Hello, hello, hello! We are back with our weekly wrap-up of all things drag! This week, the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 15 tried their hand at entertainment journalism and served their best Beyoncé inspired looks.
We also take a look back at last week’s queen-created crystal embellished runway looks with some of your favorite Drag Race alums. Get the latest news including the premiere of the seventh season of “UNHhhh” and the return of a DragCon favorite.
In addition, we celebrate the winners of this year’s Queerties, check in with Jaymes and Trixie and bid a fond farewell to last week’s eliminated queen. Let’s bring it to the runway!
This week on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the queens put their impov skills to the test and pay tribute to Queen Bey on the runway. As the episode kicks off, we witness Sasha turning into the frontrunner we all knew she’d be while Loosey reminds the queens (and us) that she shouldn’t be discounted after winning one main and 2 mini-challenges. I’m sure there was lots more discussion, but we’re still on 40-minute episodes (WHY?), so there’s no time to waste!
Mama Ru informs the queens that this week’s maxi challenge (no mini again…don’t get me started…) will bring out their inner celebrity journalist as they interview the stars on the “sketchiest” (Ru’s word, not mine) news magazine “50/50.” As “Editor-in-Queef”, Ru doles out the assignments. Marcia and Sasha get to spend some time with the legendary Charo, Anetra, Loosey and Malaysia will put Frankie Grande in the hot seat and Luxx, Mistress and Salina get to chat with the iconic Love Connie. I can’t wait to see how this is going to turn out.
The teams are tasked with doing a “walk and talk” chat, an activity and a sit-down interview with their guests. And, as this episode moves at a breakneck pace, we join the queens in the werk room as they size each other up. First up is Love Connie. Salina, who says she’s got interviewing experience, is truly not ready for her responses (but Love Connie is SUCH a delight and I agree that she needs another show.) Salina will most likely be safe because Connie is doing the heavy lifting. Luxx and Connie take a wild golf cart ride around the studio and it is as delightfully chaotic as you’d imagine it to be. Mistress visibly struggles as she and Connie attempt to make cupcakes – she says she has a hard time reading her. My takeaway is that Love Connie needs to be on our screens a lot more (and check out Manhattan Cable on WOW Presents Plus!)
Next up, Team Charo. Sasha makes a tossed salad joke during her cooking segment and, as Charo keeps on Charo-ing, Sasha hilariously tosses her cards away as the segment gets increasingly unhinged. Marcia also has a hard time getting to know the “cuchi cuchi” entertainer, and you can tell she has no idea what Charo is saying and I am here for every moment of this.
Lastly, it’s time for Frankie Grande, who is kind of a letdown after Connie and Charo. Loosey does prove to be quite a competent and engaging interviewer; Anetra has a perfectly enjoyable “on-set” visit but poor Malaysia’s cooking segment goes awry, as while they make pizza, the interviewee becomes the interviewer with Frankie grilling her instead of it being the other way around.
The runway theme this week is ”Night of 1,000 Beyoncés,” and the fashions are as fabulous as you’d expect. Luxx wins Ru’s heart in a Bob Mackie stunner (that Ru herself had actually worn.) Mistress proves that three heads are better than one as she serves a one-woman recreation of Destiny’s Child. Salina looks the best she’s looked all season in a golden look based on Bey’s 2004 Grammys ensemble. Sasha kills it again in a silver crop top and mini skirt from the 2006 BET Awards and Marcia looks lovely in emerald green. Anetra and Malaysia serve luxe looks and Loosey takes us back to the 2011 VMAs where Bey famously revealed her pregnancy during a performance of “Love on Top.”
The judges (this week, it’s just Ru, Michelle and TS Madison) deem Marcia and Anetra safe. Luxx got kudos for her look (as she should have), Ru said Mistress looked the most beautiful she has so far this season and Salina got knocked for pulling a Shannel and talking over her interview subject. Loosey, on the other hand, got high marks for her sit down with Frankie. Malaysia had a great runway but a disastrous challenge and Sasha knocked it out of the park (again), matching Charo’s energy and just letting her guest be herself (with Charo, that’s kind of the secret to success.)
Of course, Sasha wins this week and Malaysia and Salina are in the bottom. They lip sync to Queen Bey’s “Single Ladies” and Salina again proved to be a lip sync assassin in the making, sending my South Florida sister home.
Next week is a comedy festival…again, can’t wait to see how this turns out!
Last week, the queens pulled out all of the stops for the fan-favorite ball episode, and the looks did not disappoint. Alyssa Edwards joins Bianca Del Rio to recap the highs and lows of the episode on “The Pit Stop.”
Bob and Monét have lots to say about the ball (and spill lots of tea) and they share it all on the latest “Sibling Watchery.”
As part of last week’s ball, the queens had to create original looks and Raja and Raven are here to toot and boot the beautiful crystallized fashions on “Fashion Photo Ruview.”
Yuhua Hamasaki goes the extra mile and reviews all 27 looks – including the queens’ takes on RuPaul’s iconic Drag Race jumpsuit and their favorite fashions from previous balls – on “Bootleg Opinions.”
Last week Spice took her last trot down the runway. She talks about her experience on the show, competing against her sister and her runway fashions with Michelle Visage on “Whatcha Packin’?”
After some issues last week, “DeJa-Nalysis” is back. This time DeJa Skye takes a look at the lip sync battle between Salina and Spice.
Season 14 sisters Maddy Morphosis and Willow Pill discuss the Crystal Ball and lots more on the latest “Give it to Me Straight.”
And, with the last word on last week’s episode, take it away, Rock M Sakura and Cash Monet!
“UNHhhh”, the iconic Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova-led talk series, is set to return to WOW Presents Plus for an eighth season on Wednesday, March 15th at 12pm PST / 3pm EST. The season eight premiere of the series will also mark UNHhhh’s 200th episode, a major milestone after first premiering on March 25, 2016.
“200 episodes of pushing the woke agenda!” says Trixie Mattel in celebration of their landmark accomplishment. “Now more than ever, season 8 is better than good. It’s great.” adds Katya.
As with previous seasons, new episodes will air weekly on Wednesdays uncensored, exclusively on WOW Presents Plus, followed by a launch of a censored episode on the WOW Presents YouTube a month later. As an added bonus, this year, for the first time ever, WOW Presents Plus subscribers will have exclusive access to unfiltered, uncensored extended cut episodes of the series.
This past week, the Queerties were awarded and lots of Drag Race alums were honored. Jinkx Monsoon won the “Badass” award and season 14 queens Jasmine Kennedie, Willow Pill, Kornbread and Bosco received the “Closet Door Bustdown” prize. Raja and Alaska were named “Drag Royalty”, Kornbread won “Future All-Star” and Bob and Monét’s “Sibling Rivalry” was named Best Podcast. “Drag: The Musical”, Trixie Motel and Access All Areas: The AAA Girls Tour were also big winners. See all the winners here.
DragCon is only a few months away – and a fan-favorite series is coming back during the festivities. Bring Back My Girls will be renewed for a second season. With Ts Madison returning as host, Bring Back My Girls’ second season will follow the format set by season one and be taped in front of a live audience at DragCon LA 2023, taking place May 12-13th at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Presented by World of Wonder, season 2 of Bring Back My Girls will reunite the casts of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, Canada’s Drag Race: Canada Versus The World, Drag Race UK Seasons 3 & 4, Canada’s Drag Race Season 3, and others in a series of DragCon LA-exclusive panel conversations moderated by TV personality and LGBTQ+ activist Ts Madison. These live tapings will be open to all attendees of DragCon on a first-come, first-serve basis, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a World of Wonder series and the opportunity to see their favorite queens reunite to download on what really went down behind the cameras. This second season is coming exclusively to WOW Presents Plus later this year.
“I truly am super excited to return to the hosting seat of ‘Bring Back My Girls’ Season 2. The raw energy that the LIVE DragCon crowd brings added with the sass, flavor and shade from the girls is crazy!!” says host Ts Madison. “You thought Season 1 was something… you don’t want to miss this hot boiling tea that Season 2 is about to spill!”
Also coming to DragCon is Bianca Del Rio, who will be hosting an afterparty for DragCon LA on Friday, May 12th. An Evening with Bianca Del Rio will take place on the mainstage. Don’t miss out! Get your tickets at RuPaulsDragCon.com.
Back in January, we chatted with celebrity interviewer extraordinaire Joseph Shepherd about his Sissy That Talk show. He mentioned that his favorite guest for this first season was Kornbread – and now you can find out why (and why she blocked him on social media) on this week’s episode.
Season 15’s Sugar and Spice bring join Denali for some ice skating…and it’s as funny as you thought it would be.
Bob and Monét talk about parenting on (the Queeerty Award-winning) “Sibling Rivalry”
Gia Gunn takes us along as she goes through her Facial Feminization Surgery.
I am glad I am not the only one who loves dolls. Trixie Mattel does too…and in this video, she unboxes an original Barbie doll from 1959.
Kylie Sonique Love is this week’s guest on Delta Work’s podcast “Very Delta.”
The Mansfield family is growing! Jaymes adds a new member to her drag family in her costumer Justin. Watch the magical transformation.
And that’s all, folks! We’ll return next week with more from the Drag Race universe. Until then, stay healthy, stay safe and say LOVE!