It’s week 2 of Rupaul’s Drag Race UK and I’m bringing you a recap of all the goings on in the Werk Room and on the main stage from episode 2.
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Last week saw the first of the girl’s leave the competition with seasoned queen Joe Black being asked to sashay away. With Joe being the biggest name going in to the competition, the rest of the queens were stunned. As discussions moved on to who the safe queens thought was going to be bottom and who was top, A’Whora stirred the pot with winner Asttina by suggesting they all thought her ASOS jacket would land her in the bottom.
A new week brings a new mini challenge. Ru entered the Werk Room to talk politics, whereby each queen had to secretly vote for four categories; Secretary of Shade, Trade Minister, Leader of the House of Lording it Up and Baroness Basic. The results were announced with shadiest going to A’Whora, trade to Tayce, cockiest to Lawrence and Tia getting the basic award.
Ru then revealed the maxi challenge would be Rats the Rusical and that as she was voted the basic queen by her fellow competitors, Tia was told she could distribute the roles. Tia decided she wanted to be fair and choose the best people for the roles rather than stitch anyone up.
When Tia asked the group who could sing, Veronica claimed to be a good singer and gave her musical credentials but the group looked on a little disbelieving. Tia however, did give her the role of Evita. Lawrence admitted he had no singing or dancing ability and was sh*tting himself, with Bimini also opting to take a role with minimal singing.
Michelle Visage greeted the girls on the main stage to lead a vocal coaching session. Asttina struggled despite bigging herself up in the Werk Room. Veronica impressed with her vocal capabilities with Michelle testing just how high she could go. A’Whora found it hard to bring her inner masc through and punk it up to compete with Bimini. Ginny couldn’t get the words down and Lawrence looked petrified the whole time before getting emotional in the run through.
As the queens got ready in the Werk Room, Tayce and A’Whora flirted and hinted that they know each other very well. Cherry revealed to Sister Sister that she is from a traveller background and struggled with the toxic masculinity that goes with that community. She hasn’t spoken to her dad about being gay.
Actress and West End familiar Sheridan Smith is this week’s guest judge taking her place alongside Rupaul, Michelle and Alan Carr. Rats began and included raps, death drops, jazz, choreography and Lawrence’s deep Scottish voice! For me the standouts were Bimini, Tia, Ginny and Veronica with Asttina and Ellie the least comfortable looking.
The category for the runway was Surprise! Surprise! (nice Cilla Black nod for Sheridan) and boy did it deliver with each of the queens’ outfits offering a twist. A’Whora gave us groom and bride; Lawrence went from blue trouser suit to tartan dress; Veronica went from Stepford Wife to robot and Ellie delivered not one but two reveals as she went from Scarecrow to Tinman to Cowardly Lion. Tia brought the funny going from leather daddy to flamenco girl and Ginny revealed she had exactly the same dress on underneath – except it now had a see through arse panel. Asttina served up some Taki Mortal Kombat realness and although stunning I didn’t think it was much of a surprise reveal, til she got me by removing her mask to reveal scary, spiny teeth. Poor Bimini had a canvas corset with paint filled balloons but the surprise popping just didn’t work – did she learn nothing from Asia O’Hara’s butterflies?
Rupaul told five queens they were safe; Bimini, A’Whora, Sister Sister, Ginny and Asttina. Lawrence and Tia received mixed feedback, whilst Veronica and Ellie were unanimously praised. Tayce and Cherry seemed the two with the most negative feedback. In the Werk Room, Sister Sister told Lawrence that she found it difficult working with someone who was so in their head, which just annoyed Lawrence. A’Whora and Tia praised Veronica for stepping it up tonight.
As the queens were called back to the main stage, Veronica was given the win as Tia, Ellie and Lawrence were told they were safe. That left Cherry and Tayce in the bottom two and facing eviction. They had to lip sync to Memories from Cats in quiet an emotional but understated performance.
Rupaul asked Tayce to stay, meaning poor Cherry had to go. I’m quite gutted about this as she was an interesting character with some good fashion last week and although her gender reveal baby surprise tonight was a bit basic, I think she had more to give. Wouldn’t want have seen Tayce go either mind!
Rupaul’s Drag Race UK Series 2 is available on BBC Three through iPlayer with new episodes each Thursday at 7pm.