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Rupaul’s Drag Race UK Series 3 Episode 3 Recap

This week the girls embrace the great outdoors with a creative challenge.

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Welcome to our weekly look at what has been going on in the Werk Room and Main Stage of Rupaul’s Drag Race UK Series 3.

If you want to avoid spoilers for Rupaul’s Drag Race, stop reading now.

After a frantic lip-sync last week that saw Elektra leap off the stage, we join the girls in the Werk Room where Vanity tells the rest of the queens they should be afraid as she feels she brought it in the lip-sync.

Fast forward to the new week, and it’s sad news as Ru enters the Werk Room to announce Victoria Scone…sorry Victoria’s gone (couldn’t resist!). The first AFAB queen on Drag Race unfortunately won’t be returning following her knee injury being checked out by doctors. However, Ru did cheekily hint that he didn’t think it was the last we’ll see of her. Does that mean she might rejoin the competition later in the series or could it mean she’ll be next season’s Veronica Green? She has put out a message on Twitter:

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The mini challenge this week was to get into quick, butch drag and create a video profile for new dating app Findhr – for straight men who just can’t seem to find the right woman. Everyone brought their own characters with lots of ‘Lads! Lads! Lads!’ chants. For me the stand out was probably Kitty who gave it some before she stepped in front of the camera and then adopted a silly high pitched voice. Veronica went for an S&M nerd whilst Ella served building site realness, complete with his arse hanging out. Ru declared Scarlett the winner of the challenge.

For this week’s maxi challenge the girls had to deliver two runway looks; Happy Camper and create a couture look from camping related items. Scarlett gained a 15 second headstart before everyone else bundled in to grab rope, sleeping bags and even whole tents.

As the girls started to create their looks, Ella got a little flirty with River as she confessed that she’s not really a sewing queen. River was also asked by Krystal for help and gave some advice but didn’t want to give her too much; so Krystal found help from Veronica. The latter seemed to be trying to help multiple queens, to her the detriment of her own outfit.

Raven then came in to the Werk Room with Ru to offer the girls advice on their make. She was giving me Kylie in neon wig from the ‘Wow’ video and looked stunning. Krystal was seriously fan-girling!

Then came a more poignant moment when Charity opened up to Kitty about when she was younger and moved to London, one night changed her life when she contracted HIV. She then talked about how that affected her, taking her to dark places and how drag has helped.

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On the runway, Rupaul was joined by Michelle, Graham Norton and Irish actress Nicola Coughlan (Derry Girls, Bridgerton). First up, was the Happy Campers in the Great Outdoors looks which saw Krystal and Kitty in Girl Guide inspired looks, Ella go for a musical theatre feeling, retro explorer look and Choriza serving an interesting, but confusing look based on Dora the Explorer. Vanity was another confusing look, pairing a shiny pink catsuit with an oversized camo, parachute jacket with a couple of massive bumbags around her waist.

For the Campfire Couture looks there were definitely a lot of highlights including Scartlett’s stunning figure-hugging dress made from a picnic blanket and Krystal’s spikey plaid bodice.

Unfortunately for Veronica, her rainbow butterfly inspired outfit just looked a bit of a hot mess, despite serving very editorial make up.

When it came to the judging, Ru sent River, Kitty and Charity to safety. As usual, the remaining queens made up the tops and bottoms of the week. Krystal was told she had once again, brought it to the runway in both her looks, but Graham is getting a little bored and needs something extra from her. Scarlett was praised for her stunning blanket dress and long blonde Cher style wig. Vanity’s rope look was commended, but her first look found to be a bit confused. Speaking of confused, Choriza’s first look had the judges baffled and her second look was a bit rough around the edges, but she went on to explain the story behind her villianess character she had created, and the judges lapped it up! She is brilliantly bonkers, but does need to improve her fashion looks.

Ella had a good night with her more vintage explorer look a hit, but her second look divided the panel a little even though they all applauded the work that had gone in to it. Veronica’s first look of ‘just woke up and made a dress from a sleeping bag’ was deemed ok, but not going far enough and unfortunately her Campfire Couture creation wasn’t liked by the panel apart from the make up. Veronica explained it was a darkness to rainbows concept to show how she’d dealt with depression in the last 18 months. It brought tears to Nicola’s eyes.

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After the judges deliberated, Ella and Krystal were both sent to safety and Scarlett crowned this week’s winner and receiving a Rupeter badge. That left Choriza, Vanity and Veronica awaiting their fate. It seems that Choriza’s story was enough to save her as she was sent to the back of the stage and the other two were told they would be lip-syncing.

Both queens went for it with lots of dramatic hair flips and Veronica pulling her outfit apart, as they lip-synced to ‘I Got The Music In Me’. I wasn’t sure which way this was going to go, but in the end Ru asked Vanity to stay and sent Veronica home.

Next week, the girls will be forming two bands but Ru announced a twist on the usual girlband format. With Steps in the trailer I would guess that it might be a mixed sex group they have to form this time. The guest judge next week is the lovely Emma Bunton.

Rupaul’s Drag Race UK’ series 3 continues weekly, Thursday at 7pm on BBC iPlayer/BBC Three.

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