The Week in Drag – All Stars 6 updates, the latest international spin-off, Nina West meets Kermit the Frog and more
Hello, hello, hello! We are back with another week packed with news and updates from the RuPaul’s Drag Race universe in The Week in Drag.
Season six of All Stars is going strong and we’ve got the lowdown on all of the fashions from some of your favorite queens. The queens of the season spill some behind the scenes tea and we check in with the dolls who have had to sashay away.
All this and beauty tips from our season 12 champion, laughs from Willam, Trixie and Katya and new music from Peppermint. We’re also wrapping up Pride month with a star-studded special hosted by Nina West.
With all of this charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent waiting for you, let’s get going and bring it to the runway!
One part of all of the Drag Race seasons that is often overlooked is the queens’ confessionals. If you ever wondered how the competitors decide what to wear when they share their insights about the challenges and their sisters, wonder no more, as they talk to AV Club about these important fashion choices.
The All Stars spoke to Decider about the two-part premiere episode and reveal some secrets and surprising new friendships. A’keria C. Davenport shared, “When you’re getting dressed after Untucked and everything, that’s the girl that actually hears your cries, when you’ve been in the bottom or you’re struggling and you’re trying to figure out what’s going on with yourself. The girl next to you is the one hopefully that you know has your back. Pandora was that girl for me. At first and naturally, I was going to want Silky next to me because we have a bond. But I’m actually so glad that Pandora was next to me because I’ve never actually had the chance to work with Pandora. And being on the show, she was definitely a comfort to me. And that’s why she’s my Pandy.” (Yes, I pulled this quote because Pandora is the best.)
While these queens are an inspiration to so many, they are inspired by others as well. Here, they talk to Good Morning America about them.
Heidi N Closet joins Trixie Mattel to recap the branding challenge and runway looks on “The Pit Stop.”
Crunch crunch, munch munch no more. This week, we said goodbye to the Reverend Doctor Silky Nutmeg Ganache. She talks to Michelle Visage on “What’cha Packin’?” about her brief time on the show, dealing with the toxic members of the Drag Race fandom and how she almost quit drag. She also showcases her finale gown – one with a message that needs to be heard. If you weren’t a fan, you will be after you watch this touching interview.
Talk about lip sync assassins. Laganja Estranja went up against Trinity K. Bonet this week and brought the house down with her unforgettable performance (Laganja for All Stars 7!) She takes us behind the scenes to how she created her dazzling look, her wig and her choreography.
Did you watch Dragging the Classics this week? Kylie Sonique Love made the best Jan Brady, with. The help of our favorite wig wizardess, Jaymes Mansfield. Here, she recreates Jan’s iconic blond ‘do, complete with curls.
Jaymes also worked her magic with Nebraska to create a mountain of blonde hair that I need in my life.
It feels like we’ve had fashion overload this week but thank goodness our critiquing queens are here to catch us up on the fabulous looks we’ve seen over the past few episodes. On “Fashion Photo Ruview”, Raja and Raven toot and boot the queens’ variety show looks.
Our fashionable queens take on the 36 (!) fashions of the Blue Ball in this second episode of their series.
I don’t know about you, but Thorgy Thor and Bob the Drag Queen are the recap duo you never thought you needed in your life. On the first “Purse First Impressions” of the All Star season, the pair give their honest reactions to the first two episode and share lots of laughs.
Yuhua Hamasaki also pulls no punches when discussing the show’s fashions on “Bootleg Opinions.” Here, she reviews the queens’ entrance looks with the help of Laganja Estranja.
Our beloved UK queen with the best laugh in the business, Divina De Campo, joins Yuhua to review the Blue Ball fashions.
After the Blue Ball, Jiggly Caliente was the queen who had to sashay away. She talks about her tie on the show with Michelle on “What’cha Packin’?”
Snatch this gorgeous look from Jiggly in this makeover video.
Our first eliminated All Star, Serena ChaCha, shows us how she created the face that accompanied her Panamanian-inspired entrance look. Get into this “torero fantasy.”
Can’t get enough drag? Well, Ru and World of Wonder have got you covered, with their latest international franchise, Drag Race Italia. The announcement was made this week, and this European spin-off is coming soon.
This week, World of Wonder announced the new judges’ panel for Canada’s Drag Race, and there’s a new Fab Four in town, serving up fierce critiques with a side of Canadian pride. Joining season one alumni and #QueenoftheNorth Brooke Lynn Hytes in the hunt for Canada’s next Drag Superstar are three homegrown icons: actor and season one guest host Amanda Brugel; TV personality and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski; and ETALK Senior Correspondent and Canada’s Squirrel Friend from season one, Traci Melchor.
“I’m thrilled and honoured to return to the judges table for another season of Canada’s Drag Race,” said Brooke Lynn Hytes. “Season two is going to be fresh, fierce, and fabulous, so let’s go girls…make MOMMY proud!”
The highly anticipated second season is set to premiere later this year on WOW Presents Plus in the US and select territories worldwide, day-and-date with its international airing on Crave in Canada.
Talk about a grand finale for Pride! This week, we saw the This is Me Pride Celebration hosted by Nina West and Kermit the Frog. The special featured performances of classic Disney songs by the likes of Alex Newell (“Poor Unfortunate Souls”), Todrick Hall (“You’ll Be in My Heart”), DCappella (“This is Me”), Frankie Rodriguez and Joe Serafini (“A Whole New World”), Hayley Kiyoko (“Kiss the Girl”), Jackie Cox (“Agatha All Along”), Jesse James Keitel (“When She Loved Me”) and Michael James Scott (“Friend Like Me”). Nina and Kermit also shared a duet of “Rainbow Connection.” Is someone chopping onions?
Bob and Monét talk about digital drag on CBS This Morning and Bob has the quote of the week, “Drag queens are a lot like human beings.” It’s true, you know.
Comedian Fortune Feimster teams up with Manila Luzon, Monique Heart and Flame Monroe for the Netflix is a Joke drag ball, where three talented queens compete in three challenges. Who serves the best tribute to Catherine O’Hara’s Moira Rose? Who struts the runway in the best Bridgerton inspired fashion? Who lip syncs the best to 90s TV theme songs? Watch and find out (and all three of these queens need to be on Drag Race.)
Trixie and Katya wrap up Pride month by watching and reacting to Pose seasons 1 & 2 on “I Like to Watch.”
Stressed? Don’t be, as Trixie and Katya joke about dealing with stressful situations and more on the latest “UNHhhh”.
Willam keeps the laughs coming with the Best of Beatdown season 7.
Peppermint just released a fun, 90s inspired video for her song “Here For It.” About the song, her first new music release since 2020’s A Girl Like Me: Letters To My Lovers, Pep said, “Now that we are finally out of the house, and able to safely link up, I’m flying to Sunny Los Angeles. This is my ultimate Los Angeles summer fantasy in search of love.” “Here For It” is now available via PEG Records/Warner Music Group/ADA HERE.
I don’t know about you, but I love a good cat eye. If you’ve never tried, this video might inspire you to give it a try. Watch as season 12 champion Jaida Essence Hall creates a stunning burgundy cat eye with Maybelline products.
Violet Chachki and Gottmik are two gorgeous queens and they exchanged looks on their YouTube channels. First off, Violet transforms Gottmik into a burlesque beauty.
Then, Gottmik recreated her evil queen finale look on Violet. More collaborations, lease!
Honey Davenport and Brooke Lynn Hytes discuss another set of wild and weird topics on the latest episode of “Da Fuq.”
Rock M Sakura and Cash Monet reacts to the K-Pop group Loona and their song “Paint the Town.”
Need a new binge? Might we suggest the Netflix reality show Too Hot to Handle? The Vivienne and Kim Woodburn watch and react to these randy competitors on “I Like to Watch.”
Phew! That was a lot, but we love the queens for giving us so much awesome content. Until we meet again, stay healthy, stay safe, get vaccinated and say LOVE!