Welcome to our weekly recap of each episode of the second season of Rupaul’s Drag Race UK.
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Last week we waved goodbye to Sister Sister as the queens became Lockdown Super She-ros. Now with just five gals remaining, we are at the tight end of the competition, as it were. So what did we learn from Episode 8? Read on…
1. Ellie is the butchest queen of them all!
This week’s mini challenge was to butch things up in your best Masc behind the Masc challenge. The queens had to get into quick drag and perform their most manly version of Rupaul’s Kitty Girl. Dressed in an 80s Bowie-esque outfit, it was Ellie Diamond who won Ru over to win the challenge. She is also very tall especially when stood next to Bimini!
2. The Scots are at war
As the winner of the mini challenge, Ellie had the power to decide the order for this week’s maxi challenge – a stand up set about love and relationships. As Ellie announced the running order (A’Whora, Ellie, Bimini, Lawrence then Tayce) she was met with attitude from both A’Whora and Lawrence,
This continued throughout the episode as Lawrence and A’Whora went off to sulk and bitch that Ellie had stitched ‘everyone’ up in the order she had chosen. A’Whora was upset that she had to go first and felt Ellie was throwing her under the bus and Lawrence just didn’t want to follow Bimini as she was a threat. It really wasn’t a good look for either of them and poor Ellie just couldn’t seem to defend herself.
3. A’Whora’s potty mouth is too much for Auntie Beeb
Despite Alan Carr trying to tell A’Whora to perhaps clean up her material in rehearsals, one of her opening gags was all about anal sex! Surprisingly, it was a joke about her and her granny sharing something that got beeped out by the beeb. The unedited clip has popped up online now so you can hear it for yourself below.
4. Tayce has never been in love
A’Whora admitted that before drag, her and Tayce ‘had a little something’ with Tayce going on to explain she has never been in love and only really dated one guy back when she was 18; she described it as ‘a shit show’. They met online and very quickly met up and had unprotected sex leaving Tayce with Gonorhea and Clamydia. This has left her with insecurities and she doesn’t feel like she’s attractive and feels sad she’s not found love. Lawrence was surprised by the revelation but felt like the pair of them had lots in common. Tayce joked they would go on double dates following the show.
5. Bimini is the one to beat
Since the lockdown break, Bimini has cleared stepped things up. Her fashion continued to push boundaries this week as she walked out with diamante spots on her face for the category of Stoned on the Runway. Her comedy set was also very relaxed and brought the phrase ‘and that’s a fact not a joke’.
This week’s guest judge was the legendary Dawn French who joined Michelle, Ru and Alan on the panel to watch the comedy show and the runway presentation. In the stand up show, A’Whora was told that her content was too ‘in the gutter’; Ellie had chosen a weird deep-voiced character and littered it through her set – it had entertained the judges in a surreal what-am-I-watching way but petered out; Bimini was told she was confident and had great storytelling; Lawrence was told he was the most natural comic but it took too long to get to the punchline and Tayce was better than the judges expected knowing that she wasn’t a comedy queen. As a side note, Alan Carr found Tayce’s beans on toast joke hysterical – I think he was on his own there.
With only five queen’s left, everyone got critiqued. All the looks were enjoyed by the judges but Bimini’s innovative take on the challenge received the most praise as well as Lawrence’s pink haemeroid look! It was little surprise that she was crowned this week’s winner. Lawrence’s comedy chops made him the next queen to be saved and just as I thought it would be an Ellie vs A’Whora moment, the former was saved meaning A’Whora’s bestie, Tayce, would be taking her on for the lip sync.
It was a more dramatic lip-sync than usual as the pair emoted to Dusty Springfield’s ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’. Tayce just edged it and A’Whora was sent home.
Next week the remaining four fight for their place in the final with puppets and Beastenders plus we see more of Lawrence having a go at Ellie for the order she chose for the comedy show.
Rupaul’s Drag Race UK Series 2 is available on BBC Three through iPlayer with new episodes each Thursday at 7pm.