Each week I’ll be bringing you a handy recap of all action from the Werk Room and Main Stage of season 13 of Rupaul’s Drage Race.
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It’s been an interesting start to the season with 13 queens all having to face a lip sync battle in episode 1 creating a winning circle of six and seven losing queens sent to the Pork Chop Loading Bay (named after the first queen to be evicted in the franchise). Episode 2 opened with the shock elimination vote, whereby the seven losing queens had to pick lipsticks alla All Stars’ rules and Elliott with 2Ts was sent packing. Except she wasn’t; she joined the winners circle. In a clever way, we had time to get to know the 13 queens with episode 2 and 3 mirroring each other but one for the winning seven and one dedicated to the losing six. The other twist was no queens were eliminated, instead the top two of each lip synced for dollar. This week Rupaul promised heads will roll!
Episode 4 began with the winning queens discussing how the losing queens will be when they joined them imminently. Elliott with 2Ts was asked how she felt about being reunited with those who voted her out and decided to hide behind a screen. As the losing six came off the Main Stage and into the Werk Room, they were shocked to see the winning queens group.
There was some trash talking between the two groups with Tina trying to stir the pot. Then the topic turned to Elliott with Joey Jay explaining that she thought Elliott’s drag was a bit meh. Cue awkwardness as Elliott reveals herself. Tamisha tried to calm things by saying someone had to go and seemed livid when Elliott dared to snap back. Is the more mature queen hiding a temper? I fear Elliott is continuing to wind up the other queens and now as well as Kandy, has Tamisha against him.
Rupaul entered the Werk Room to tell the cast that this week’s maxi challenge was to act in three new rom-coms for the Rupaulmark Channel. He then split the group into mixed teams of losers and winners and assigned the three scripts.
Team 1 had Misery Loves Company and consisted of Denali, Elliott, Olivia and Kahmora. Denali gave herself the biggest part; something she lived to regret with so many lines to remember. Her performance was a bit wooden, but not as much as Kahmora who was ironically playing a tree. She struggled to take direction from Ross on which words needed emphasis and just couldn’t get it right despite numerous takes.
On team 2 was Symone, Lala Ri, Rosé and Utica whose film was God Loves Flags. It was Symone that shone as the feisty lead with Lala Ri giving a very reserved performance that I thought might land her in the bottom two.
Finally, Gottmik, Tina, Joey, Kandy and Tamisha made up team 3 with their movie being April Fool’s Rush In. It was clear that Tina has no confidence issues with her acting, but Joey seemed a bit unsure of himself and Tamisha had to be coached by Ross to give more to her Cher impersonation.
As the queens got ready to debut their Trains for Days category looks, talk turned to if anyone had slept with a woman. Tamisha again revealed that she had three biological children from two different mothers. The eldest is 35 and the youngest 33 (there are a set of twins) and it seems they were all born before he discovered drag at 20 years of age. The mother of the season sure has a lot of interesting history. Symone also told the story of how she went to her school prom in drag and never felt more confident.
On the runway, the guest judge was comedian and actress, Loni Love who joined Ru, Michelle and Ross Matthews. There were some great train clobbers (sorry!) with my personal faves being Joey Jay’s giant tongue, Denali’s bird of paradise and Symone’s do-rag that formed her train. There weren’t really any stinkers but some were just a little small and safe.
The three film trailers were shown and I have to say none of them really did it for me but the surprise appearance of Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman did make me laugh. Symone, Tina, Rosé and Tamisha were the standout actors.
Rupaul called out Tina, Olivia, Utica, Tamisha, Gottmik, Elliott and Joey and told them they were safe. That meant that Denali, Symone, Kahmora, Rosé, Kandy and Lala Ri were the tops and bottoms of the week. Denali, Lala Ri and Kahmora were praised for their looks but told they lacked charisma in the acting challenge. Kandy and Rosé had the opposite critique with both being told to go bigger on the runway. Symone was applauded for her character nuances and her unique runway look. She is definitely the front runner and it was no surprise that Ru crowned her this week’s winner. That’s two wins under her belt.
That left the tough news of who would be lip syncing and I wasn’t surprised to learn Kahmora would be one of them. I was shocked however to hear Denali would be joining her. I couldn’t help but wonder if that was done on purpose to ensure Kahmora went home as Denali has already been impressive in her dancing. The latter did have an advantage of being able to remove her skirt at the start of the lip sync to the brilliant ‘100% Pure Love’ by Crystal Waters. Kahmora couldn’t really move much in her heavy beaded, figure-hugging dress but she did serve elegance and face. However, Denali delivered an epic performance leaving no doubt who was going home. Bye bye Kahmora!
It was the right decsion. Kahmora seems like a nice girl, but she just didn’t have the confidence needed to take her all the way in this competition.
Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 13 is available on Netflix in the UK with new episodes added every Saturday.
Read previous episode recaps here.