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.
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As a new week begins, the queens aren’t sure how to deal with Scarlett. She definitely hasn’t forgiven them for saying she should’ve gone home last week.
As Rupaul enters the Werk Room, things don’t improve when she announces the mini challenge will be the infamous reading challenge. The library is open!
Most of the queens delivered their banter in a friendly way, but Scarlett seemed to be relishing the chance to get a few things off her chest. For me, Kitty had the best put downs, however Ru crowned Choriza the winner. Ru then revealed this week’s maxi challenge was the Snatch Game.
As the girls prepared to get into character, Ru chatted to them one by one but seemed to be telling them all the same thing; change your character to your back up. Many of the queens heeded the suggestion with Kitty ditching Cilla Black for Gemma Collins, Ella swapping to Nigella Lawson and Scarlett now doing Macaulay Culkin’s ‘Home Alone’ character Kevin!
Two of the queens however, decided to stick to their original plans as Choriza chose Margarita Pracatan and River became Amy Childs. That left Vanity and Krystal who both chose to do characters; Little Miss Jocelyn’s Gladys Kingston for the former and Chip Shop Sue for the latter.
As the curtain went up on the Snatch Game, Ru introduced Judy Love and Nadine Coyle as the contestants. It was actually a strong start for all the girls, but soon some faded into the background or became one trick ponies, whilst others gained momentum.
At the top of the pile was Ella’s Nigella who played on her saucy side as well as interacting with the other queens and her special word pronounciation (Mick-row-wah-vay). Another queen that had Ru in stitches was Kitty as the GC in all her attention seeking glory.
Those at the other end included Vanity, Krystal, River and Choriza who were ok but didn’t land any killer lines and relied on catchphrases.
On the runway, catergory was Feelin’ Fruity and the guest judge, alongside Ru, Michelle and Graham was Lulu. Choriza kicked things off with a peachy, Carmen Miranda look, Scarlett looked more lettuce than lime and Ella was stunning in a figure hugging watermelon inspired dress.
Krystal paid homage to dragon fruit but her silhouette looked decidedly similar to one of her previous looks. Vanity was classy but simplistic; River looked bizarre as a fruit basket with a sort of brown upside down skirt representing the bowl and Kitty wore a weird Poison Ivy meets Bane meets little Red Riding Hood ensemble that allegedly represented cherries?!
After the comments and deliberation, Ru crowned Ella the winner, praised Kitty and saved scarlett. She then saved Vanity and Krystal meaning River and Choriza would be lip-syncing to Lulu’s classic ‘Shout’.
Choriza looked angry and beaten before she started and things didn’t go well for her as she spent much of the time trying to keep her wig on. River put in a good effort I thought, but knowing how much Ru seems to love Choriza, I wasn’t sure how this was going to play out.
I was disappointed when Ru called out Choriza and shocked when she then called out River’s name and told both quees to sashay away; neither had impressed her.
Just like that two of my faves gone and in my opinion, unfairly harsh on River. With just five queens left, we are hurtling towards the finale.
Next week, the real Chip Shop Sue guests.
‘Rupaul’s Drag Race UK’ series 3 continues weekly, Thursday at 7pm on BBC iPlayer/BBC Three.