Welcome to our weekly recap of each episode of the second season of Rupaul’s Drag Race UK.
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Last time The Snatch Game saw some queens shine (Bimini, A’Whora and Tayce) and some struggle including Lawrence and Tia who wound up in the bottom two. In the end it was Tia who was asked to sashay away.
Now we’ve reached episode 7 and just six queens remain. This week’s challenge was to create Lockdown She-ros from a load of random bits and bobs. Let’s see what we learned from episode 7:
1. Sister Sister has had a personality injection since the filming break
At the start of the competition our resident Scouser seemed one of the quieter queens, but it seems a seven month filming gap (due to Covid) has not only physically transformed her but she has become very forthright too. Not afraid to speak her mind, she seems to have a new found confidence and won this week’s mini challenge, the infamous Reading challenge. I must confess that it did feel a little bit like Sister has been told to ham it up a bit to give some good storylines, but maybe she genuinely is fed up of not being taken as a serious contender and is standing up for herself?
What was odd is that despite getting a lot of flack for stealing A’Whora’s chip look previously, this week it seems to have been ignored that A’Whora returned the favour by stealing Sister Sister’s blue sparkly mouth look from the very first week of the competition.
2. Raven does Ru’s make up…and maybe wears it too?
Drag Race US season 2 alumni, Raven was a surprise guest in the Werk Room this week offering make up tips to the contestants. Rupaul revealed that Raven does her make up, but it was perhaps Raven’s own choice of make up colour that had twitter awash with fans wondering if she had used Rupaul’s foundation by mistake! Personally I wasn’t looking at her face, but instead I was transfixed by her golden cleavage.
3. Lawrence uses humour to combat his bullies
Whilst getting ready in the Werk Room, Lawrence confided in Sister Sister that he was bullied at school saying that people would laugh when he entered the room and he didn’t know how to deal with that. One day, he’d had enough and used humour to bite back at the biggest bully and ended up then being known as the funniest guy in school. A mantle he’s chosen to keep and use to protect him from his insecurities.
4. A’Whora just got the nation shoulder-popping!
Disappointed not to win the previous outfit-from-scratch challenge, fashion graduate A’Whora was taking no chances this time. She made a jaw-dropping she-ro outfit from blue plastic sheets and a silver lamp to create a stunning outfit. It was her shoulder pop moment as she walked the runway that stole the show.
5. Tayce doesn’t always scrub up well
For her lockdown she-ro look Tacye really went to the wire, literally. She took a bunch of scratchy metal scourers and pulled them apart before gluing them on a corset. The top of the look was actually pretty good but her slim wire thong made my eyes water just thinking about it. She clearly didn’t learn from Bagga Chipz fail in the last season.
This week’s guest judge was Maya Jama who joined Graham, Michelle and Ru as the queen’s delivered their Lockdown She-ro looks, complete with commentary on their newly created character. A’Whora stole the show with Ellie giving California Gurls era Katy Perry and Bimini a thrown together Viviene Westwood inspired floor length gown. Sister Sister’s had 15 seconds of first pick at the pile of materials and it seemed she threw them all at her outfit – it was a hot mess and didn’t scream superhero, more flowerpot men.
With only six queens remaining, no one was safe; you were either in the top or the bottom. A’whora and Ellie were singled out as the tops of the week with Tayce a must for lip-syncing and the other three getting mixed reviews. Rupaul crowned A’Whora the winner and then saved Ellie and Bimini (who arguably wasn’t as good as Lawrence this week). Lawrence was the final queen to be saved leaving Sister Sister to battle with Tayce.
The pair lip-synced to Jess Glynne’s Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself with both queens going for it, but it was Tayce who edged it and was declared the winner.
I wonder where this leaves us for who will be final 3? I had been thinking Lawrence, Bimini and Tayce from about episode 3 but now I am wondering if A’Whora is on the ascendance at just the right time? Maybe underdog Ellie will steal a place? Surely there’s a Tayce vs A’Whora lip-sync waiting to add some drama?
Rupaul’s Drag Race UK Series 2 is available on BBC Three through iPlayer with new episodes each Thursday at 7pm.