We have reached episode 4 of the second season of Rupaul’s Drag Race UK and here’s a handy recap of all the goings on.
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Last week we said goodbye to Asstina as Tia Kofi beat her in the lip sync. Immediately following the elimination, as usual the girls gathered around the mirror to read Asstina’s lipstick message. Tia stated this was the wake up call she needed and it was time to step up her game. Seemingly out of nowhere Ginny Lemon snapped at Lawrence telling her she talks too much; leaving a slightly awkward atmosphere.
A new week began with A’Whora and Tayce putting the knife in to Tia for being basic, with Veronica stepping in to stand up for her. A’Whora conceded that she has seen growth from Tia in just a short number of weeks so maybe there is hope for reconciliation?
Ru’s video message teased daytime TV before he entered the Werk Room and ushered in a cake platter that the girls had to sell in the mini challenge – The Great British Fake Off. Think of sexy QVC and you’re about half there; it was uncomfortable viewing for the most part! Bimini however, showed her political side changing the name of her Belgian Bun to a Brexit Bun and making the necessary Brexit puns. Tayce brought it down to base level again by pretending to shove a Viennese Finger up her bum. Bimini was rightly crowned the winner of the challenge.
Ru revealed the maxi challenge would be hosting a live daytime television show Morning Glory and as the winner of the mini challenge Bimini would assign the roles. As the girls sat together to read the script Bimini gave the girls the roles they requested with Veronica sitting back to take whatever was left – one of a pair of goths with Sister Sister. More surprisingly, Tia opted to join A’Whora as the money saving Essex girls, a strange move considering the bitching they’d done about each other.
As it transpires A’Whora and Tia actually seemed to have something of a breakthrough as they finally chatted to each other and A’Whora opened up about her insecurities and not having any drag friends. I wouldn’t say they are destined to be BFFs but it’s certainly a good start.
Morning TV legend Lorraine Kelly was the guest judge this week and she was also directing the girls in Morning Glory. Tayce and Bimini were the main hosts and both seemed naturals at reading the autocue and giving just the right amount of sass. Veronica and Sister Sister had a goth party planners segment and it was pretty dead and not in a good way. Actress Veronica floundered and Sister Sister seemed to wait patiently for her to stop talking then jumped in with her planned gambit, leaving absolutely no chemistry.
The two Scottish queens, Lawrence and Ellie, teamed up once again to play Dragony Nieces (a play on Agony Aunts) with the deep voiced Lawrence stealing the show in what one of the other queens described as her Michelle McManus impersonation (Michelle has hosted daytime TV in Scotland and has had pink hair).
Ginny Lemon went all Australian for her hippy-dippy weathergirl who had to deal with a selection of props being thrown or dropped on her. Unfortunately, she didn’t actually deliver any weather forecast. Finally, A’Whora and Tia were the money-saving experts straight out of Towie and we finally got to see A’Whora just having fun and being silly. Tia was solid but definitely out shone but the big breasted A’Whora and her Essex-isms.
On the runway the category was Monster Mash Up and guest judge Lorraine was on hand to provide commentary alongside Ru, Michelle and Alan. First snout, I mean out, was Veronica Green in a glamourous snake meets pig Medusa ensemble complete with a prosthetic nose – green pig stunning! Sister Sister was a mummy with hints of Werewolf; A’Whora looked like a sexy Hollywood starlet until she shook off her wig to reveal an open brain; Tia gave us Live and Let Die magic and Lawrence Chaney wore a dress made of skin complete with a replica of her face hanging from her arm – gross but genius! Ginny Lemon again served her version of sexy with a toxic waste themed outfit. It felt a bit basic but her hair and make up was great.
After all 9 queens had strutted their stuff, Ru called asked Veronica Green and Sister Sister to step forward and it was instantly apparent this was the start of the tops and bottom six. Joining them was Bimini, Ginny, Lawrence and A’Whora. That left Tayce, Tia and Ellie as safe. The judges critiques made it clear that Bimini, A’Whora and Lawrence were the tops and Ginny, Veronica and Sister Sister were in trouble. Bimini was called up for his details again and Veronica was praised for her runway look. In the Werk Room, Veronica got defensive as many of the queens said they thought that she’d be in trouble this week.
Once the judges had deliberated and the girls returned to the main stage Ru gave the win to Lawrence and told A’Whora and Bimini they were both safe. Sister Sister was definitely in the lip sync but which of the other two would be joining her? Well pigs might fly, Veronica was saved and Ginny was in the lip sync to Kim Wilde’s You Keep Me Hanging On.
As the song started up, we witnessed a first in Drag Race herstory when Ginny Lemon smiled and strutted to the back of the stage and then disappeared – she’d quit. To give Sister Sister some credit she kept on with her lip sync right to the end but I think she has had a lucky escape there. She has suffered from being a quieter personality and I think her days in the competition are numbered.
With next week’s preview revealing that filming will have to stop due to covid, it’s got me thinking about something Alan Carr said in an interview ahead of the show airing, that some queens really took advantage of the filming break to step up their pussies. I am hoping Tia is one of them.
Rupaul’s Drag Race UK Series 2 is available on BBC Three through iPlayer with new episodes each Thursday at 7pm.