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The Week in Drag – the Fame Games are on, Drag Race Emmy noms, the return of We’re Here and more

The Week in Drag – the Fame Games are on, Drag Race Emmy noms, the return of We’re Here and more

Jaymes Mansfield

Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to our weekly wrap-up of all things drag! This week, we were treated to the return of our eliminated all stars for a talent extravaganza, and we’ve got all the details.

We also meet the 12 fierce Pinot queens fighting for the crown on Drag Race Philippines and the host of a spicy new international franchise.

In addition, we have Ru-caps and Ru-views of last week’s episode of All Stars from some of your favorite alums. Trixie takes us back in time to the season 7 finale through the magic of makeup, Jaymes has us craving croissants in the Big Apple, and Honey Davenport answers your burning relationship questions. We’ve got lots to cover, so let’s bring it to the runway!

For the first time, we have a top two on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Kandy and Jimbo’s alliance held firm and brought them to this moment. Of course, the alliance is now dead, and the pair throw an epic mock catfight to mark the occasion. Ru enters and informs the top two that the workroom is just a little too lonely, so she announces the return of the eliminated queens. Everyone (except for Heidi…sob…) is back: Monica, Naysha (giving us all of the Honey Davenport feelings with that beard), Kasha, Darienne, Jaymes, Kahanna, LaLa (yay!), Alexis, and Jessica

The eliminated queens are told they are the ones to determine the winner…just kidding…. In the grand tradition of Paris is Burning…we are treated to a super-sized reading challenge. The queens all brought the funny to the challenge. Jessica told Alexis, “I was tired of seeing you cry” Alexis and LaLa flirt, and LaLa says her next look is a dress made from the bags under Jessica’s eyes.

Jaymes jokes that Kasha has the only drag queen story hour that kids protest; Kasha describes seeing Alexis from behind as spotting a “helicopter landing pad.” Kandy said she was surprised Monica left so early because “I thought the cleaning crew was booked for the entire season and Jimbo told a very naughty joke about Kahanna, also telling Naysha that “J-Lo called. She said, ‘F— you.’”

After the library was officially closed, Ru declared Mrs. Kasha Davis as the winner, and she’s now $2500 richer. Ru went on to say that the queens were not just back for reading. They are there to show off their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent one more time in the Fame Games Variety Extravaganza. Kandy and Jimbo do not have to perform, but they are given hosting duties. 

The queens return to the werk room with a lot of stuff and meet with Ru to discuss their talents. Kasha is planning to do a little rapping and plugging her children’s book (you go, Kasha), Naysha is doing a Flamenco-inspired dance and Monica is performing her one and only original song. Kahanna is combining cheerleading with an original sing, Darienne is doing comedy (because she’s funny) and Jaymes and her breastplate are doing a comedy number about having no talent.

Our favorite theater kid Alexis is singing live and doing choreo inspired by Gypsy, LaLa promises to give the full experience with an original song and Jessica is also rocking an original song. Ru gathers the queens and tells them that the Fame Game rules in full effect. She will choose the top 2 performers to lip sync for a chance to dramatically increase their Fame Game fan votes (with a spin multiplier up to x5).

Can I just say I am SO glad to have a other week of confessionals from LaLa (“Spin, spin, spin…rise, rise, rise.”) Alexis and LaLa cleared the air which was nice (but is the love connection reignited?) Kandy and Jimbo still feel pressure to do well. Jimbo says she’s “just pretending” as she’s not hosted before. I’m sure she’ll do just fine.

Ru rocks the runway in her promo look and the hilarious Ego Nwodim from Saturday Night Live joins the judges’ panel along with Ross and Michelle. As for the talent on display, Monica looks stunning and her song is pretty good, Naysha does an impressive Flamenco dance in stiletto heels, and Kasha’s rap protest song delivered a great, strong message.

Darienne is funny, so it wasn’t a surprise that she killed it (get her on America’s Got Talent), Jaymes’ song about having big boobs and no talent was truly funny (I feel like a lot of people have been sleeping on Jaymes, and she’s really an underrated talent) Kahanna gave a spirited, energetic performance of a catchy song, complete with flips and LaLa was awesome – she served a great look, a great song, and great choreography.

Alexis gamely sang live in her burlesque number and looked great (love the wig) and Jessica was en fuego with hair-o-graphy and a catchy theme song. And, in addition to hosting duties, Kandy and Jimobo had “Command performances”. Jimbo won the show IMHO as she made a very unconventional banana split to the tune of Europe’s hit “The Final Countdown.” She pulls ice cream out of her wig, a banana from behind and whipped cream from her boob cannons. It’s quintessential Jimbo and I loved every minute of it. Kandys song was another good, on-brand tune.  

All of the queens got kudos (which they all deserved) but Ru pointed out “2 pussies on fire”: LaLa and Jaymes! The pair lip sync to the Lady Gaga/Ariana Grande duet “Rain On Me” and I don’t know if it’s because they weren’t battling for the season’s crown, but they turned. It. Out. They had a lot of fun and it showed. Ru declares a time which mens bio queens get to spin to multiply their votes.

Pit Crew Bruno spins the wheel for Jaymes, and her votes are now multiplied by 2. LaLa got 3x votes. Fame Games voting is open until midnight tonight and you can cast your vote at  Next week the final two slay their way into the Drag Race Hall of Fame. Who’s it going to be, and why would it not be Jimbo? Find out next week!    

If you’re still on the fence about what cast your vote for, check out this compilation of the queens’ Fame Game runway looks.

Bianca Del Rio and Denali recap last week’s makeover episode and lots more on “The Pit Stop.”

Naomi Smalls takes over for Bob the Drag Queen and recaps last week’s episode with Monét X Change on “Sibling Watchery.”

Raja and Kerri Colby toot and boot last week’s drag family makeovers on “Fashion Photo Review.”

Congrats to the cast and crew of RuPaul’s Drag Race on their nine Emmy nominations. The show was nominated for:

  • Outstanding Reality Competition Program 
  • Outstanding Host For Reality or Competition Program 
  • Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program
  • Outstanding Directing For A Reality Program
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For A Structured Reality Or Competition Program
  • Outstanding Production Design for A Variety Or Reality Series 
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Reality Program 
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For An Unstructured Reality Program (for Untucked)
  • Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program (for Untucked)

The wonderful Emmy-nominated HBO (or Max) series We’re Here is set to come back for a fourth season. While the queens will still be changing lives and opinions, there will be a new trio of entertainers coming to the next season.

It was reported this week that Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela and Eureka O’Hara will be replaced by winning queens Sasha Velour (season 9), Jaida Essence Hall (season 13) and Priyanka (Canada’s Drag Race season one). I, for one, can’t wait to see the new lineup.  

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On August 2, the sophomore season of Drag Race Philippines will premiere exclusively on WOW Presents Plus in the USwith sickening new episodes dropping every following Wednesday. Following the success of the record breaking first season, the best of Pinoy drag excellence returns with twelve of the fiercest, most fabulous Filipino drag artists from all over the world. Paolo Ballesteros, the multi-awarded Filipino actor, model, and drag artist, returns as series host with the iconic Drag Race alum Jiggly Caliente and popular Filipina writer, TV personality and activist KaladKaren returning to their judge’s seats.

The 12 queens vying for the crown are Arizona Brandy, Astrid Mercury, Bernie, Captivating Katkat, DeeDee Marié Holliday, Hana Bessie, Matilduh, M1ss Jade So, Nicole Paradox, ØV CÜNT, Tiny Deluxe, and Veruschka Levels. Meet the queens and get ready for the new season premiering on August 2.  


Queen of the Universe season one winner Grag Queen will host the latest edition of the Drag Race franchise in Latin America: Drag Race Brasil. She will be in charge of guiding the contestants who seek to take the crown and become Brazil’s next drag superstar. Drag Race Brasil is coming soon to WOW Presents Plus and will be available to stream on Paramount+ in the US at a later date. 

Season 12 stunner and Drag Race France host Nicky Doll is the latest queen to be “Exposed” by Joseph Shepherd. She discusses her time on Drag Race, performing in Las Vegas and more. 

Jaymes replicates Audrey Hepburn’s iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s updo on this edition of “iconic Brunettes.”

If you have questions about love and sex, it’s likely that Honey Davenport and Dakota have answered them on their spicy web series “Trade.” Even if you don’t have questions, I recommend you watch just for the eye candy alone. 

Race Chaser co-hosts Willam and Alaska play a Drag Race variation of a childhood favorite game as they challenge each other in “Guess Ru?”

Trixie Mattel recreates her season 7 finale look (and looks fab doing it.)

DiDa Ritz and Delta Work celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the “Very Delta” podcast. It’s been a delight watching Delta go off for the past year. 

Rock M Sakura and Cash Monet look back at the All Stars roast of Carson Kressley on “The Soup.”  

And that’s a wrap! Before we go, we are leaving you with the video for Mrs. Kasha Davis’ talent show song, “Breakdown” (complete with cameos from Darienne Lake and Pandora Boxx.) Until we meet again, stay safe, stay healthy, support the queens and say LOVE!



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