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All T, No Shade! RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race Season Two Has Been Announced!

Get excited squirrel friends! RuPaul has announced that a second season of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race is indeed upon us. Which previously booted queen will follow in Chad Michael’s footsteps and embody the all-too necessary Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent to become the second highly coveted All Star queen.

The new season is slated to air after the eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race (also exciting news!) and Ru promises “more eleganza and double-lashed side eye than Drag Race has ever seen.”

No official word on who will be a part of the All Stars cast yet. Which queens do YOU want to see on season two??

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: 7×8

Hi all! Let’s jump right into it. RuPaul gave us a bit of a cliffhanger last week by announcing she’s bringing one of the eliminated Queens back. This isn’t really news as there have been eliminated Queens brought back in previous seasons, but of course the remaining girls are none too pleased with this announcement. These bitches eliminated the other bitches fair and square!

Why hello there, Scruff Pit Crew. Also...LAAATTTRRRIIICCCEEE!!
Why hello there, Scruff Pit Crew. Also…LAAATTTRRRIIICCCEEE!!

In this week’s mini challenge, the girls are asked to drag-ify prison uniforms. And guess who the guest judge is?

LATRICE “MOTHER F***IN” ROYALE, that’s who! And she’s clad in her Tuckahoe prison guard uniform ready to yell at you to “Get Those Nuts Away From My Face” (click the link people, it’s funny!).

Katya’s reaction pretty much sums it all up: “Latrice! It’s like seeing Sharon Stone! Except, you know, fat. And black.”

Anyway, the Queens glam it up, or down depending on how you look at it, and Kennedy Davenport is the winner. You can check out all the prison looks here and decide which one you like best (aka not Kennedy’s look. Sorry girl).

Katya dressed in Orange is the New Drag realness
Katya dressed in Orange is the New Drag realness

At this point, Ru drops the glitter bomb of all glitter bombs: all seven eliminated Queens are returning for this week’s main challenge! To keep it simple, an eliminated Queen is paired up with a current contestant and they must portray themselves as twins. Did I mention that they must also be conjoined twins? Because that is what is happening…Conjoined Drag Twins. #ConjoinedTwins What’s exciting is the eliminated girl that’s on the winning team gets to come back into the competition. So she really has to earn her spot.

This is quite possibly the strangest challenge I’ve seen, and I cannot be more excited to see the outcome!

Because Kennedy won the mini-challenge, she gets to pair everybody up. Here’s what we’re looking at:

Kennedy Davenport & Jasmine Marsters

Violet Chachki & Max

Miss Fame & Kandy Ho

Ginger Minj & Sasha Belle

Jaidynn Diore Fierce & Tempest DuJour

Pearl & Trixie Mattel

Katya  & Mrs. Kasha Davis

While Kennedy seems to be fair with most of the pairings, shade is definitely thrown at Jaidynn.  I mean, she’s paired up with a 6’ white Queen. Those two girls have a lot of work ahead of them.

And then there’s Ginger, who is very unhappy about being paired up with Sasha. And who can blame her? Perhaps it’s all editing, but Sasha acts like the most unhelpful of the bunch. She’s too busy strutting around talking to the other Queens and Ginger is left alone freaking out. She feels that she’s been in the top for too long and ending up in the bottom two is just inevitable.

As the girls get ready, Tempest and Trixie open up about their childhood. Tempest was raised in a devout Mormon home, and her mom went so far as to force her into conversion therapy to try to turn her straight. Meanwhile, Trixie admits to being both verbally and physically abused by her stepfather. One of the “degrading” names he used to call her was actually Trixie, so when she moved out to pursue drag, she decided to take that name and turn its negative context into a positive one.

These raw moments are rare on the show but, as Tempest explains, she wants to tell her story in the hopes that it’ll help even just one gay kid to not be afraid of who they are. It’s touching moments like these that showcase the stark reality kids must face just so they can be who they are.

Back to the competition. On the main stage, Ru announces her “extra special” guest judges:

Nelsan Ellis (no tweeting for this guy), who played the beloved Lafayette on True Blood

LeAnn Rimes, country singer and husband thief

Each pair awkwardly struts down the runway serving up some conjoined drag twin realness. Fame & Kandy are boringly predictable as plastic surgery addicts conjoined at the hip. Violet & Max are gorgeous as fierce skinny blonde bitches conjoined via corset. Kennedy & Jasmine play it safe as pageant twins conjoined at the hip (or leg, I can’t tell). Pearl & Trixie play up the “pretty/ugly” twin scenario flawlessly, with Trixie hamming it up for the judges as the ugly one.

Jaidynn & Tempest play it safe as well, with Tempest awkwardly attached to Jaidynn from behind. Ginger & Sasha come out in horrid pink leopard attire and are conjoined at the nipples. Large fake boobs are attached to each of them, so no actual nipples were harmed. Katya & Kasha are last, and they work it as aging Atlantic City hookers joined at the vagina. Yes, I said joined at the vagina. Classic Drag Race.

Katya & Kasha and Violet & Max are among the judges favorites, but there can only be one winner and that’s Pearl! Which means Trixie is back in the game. Fans rejoice! I don’t even remember her! The win is extra special because it was Pearl who sent Trixie home back in Episode 4. Still no clue who she is, sorry.

Ru tells Jaidynn and Ginger that they’re in the bottom and must lip sync for their life. The extra wacky twist is that they’re still conjoined to their twins! So it’s Jaidynn/Tempest vs. Ginger/Sasha lip syncing to “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany.

In what must be a RuPaul first, Ginger goes full comedy with her routine, citing that “This is the Hunger Games of Drag” and she best do what she gotta do to win.

Rather than even try to explain what is going on during the lip sync, I shall quote the ever intelligent and observant Katya:

“Ginger & Sasha are giving themselves a mastectomy. Tempest & Jaidynn look like Larry Bird and Raven-Symoné in a permanent butt f**k position. THIS IS THE MOST EPIC LIP SYNC EVER!!!”

More truth has never been spoken.

In the end, Ginger gets to stay and after three times in the bottom, fierce little Jaidynn is told to “Sashay Away.”

Tune in next week to see what happens now that Trixie is back! Will she make a comeback and take the crown? Will she be booted yet again? Will her lip liner cover her entire face?! We’ll just have to wait and see.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: 7×7

Hello my squirrel friends! Guess what time it is? SNATCH GAME!! For those not in the know, Snatch Game is essentially Drag Race’s version of the original Match Game, but way better. I absolutely live for this episode. Not only do I love seeing what celebrity (or reality star) the contestants dress up as, but this episode really separates the Queens who truly possess Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent from those who may have just…Nerve.

The entire episode is dedicated to the Snatch Game. No sense wasting time on a mini-challenge. RuPaul informs them that two contestants for the Game (as well as the guest judges) will be Michael Urie (of Ugly Betty fame) and Tamar Braxton (I literally only know her as Toni Braxton’s sister, I have no idea what she’s done and I’m too lazy to Google it).

A couple of the girls have surprisingly prepared quite a bit for this episode. I’m lookin’ at you, Violet Chachki and Miss Fame, who’ve both been perfecting their Donatella Versace look for months. Of course shade was thrown when neither wanted to budge on their celebrity look, but in the end Violet wins in the obvious category by realizing the odds of them having to lip synch against one another for playing the same celebrity is pretty darn high. So she decides to play Season 5 contestant Alyssa Edwards. Miss Fame sticks with Donatella, which is an unfortunate choice. But more on that later!

Pearl gets ready for her Big Ang debut
Pearl gets ready for her Big Ang debut

Here are the other Queens’ celebrity impersonations:

Pearl: Big Ang from Mob Wives fame (look her up, she’s HILARIOUS)

Max: Season 4 winner Sharon Needles

Katya: Suze Orman

Jaidynn Diore Fierce: Raven-Symoné

Ginger Minj: Adele

The biggest shocker is Kennedy Davenport making the decision to play Little Richard. No one has ever played a man on the Snatch Game. I mean hello…the name of the game alone says it all. Even Katya & Ginger try to talk her out of it, but Kennedy holds steadfast, and thank GAWD she does. Her impersonation is a breath of fresh air – it’s just the right amount of drag with a thin mustache painted on that really blurs the line of masculinity and femininity. Also, she’s f’ing hilarious as Little Richard. Case in point, when Ru asks what a gay Batman & Robin would change the batcave into, Kennedy quips, “A bathhouse in a dark room with gloryholes,” followed by a Little Richard signature howl we all know and love. I literally laughed out loud, rewound it and then watched it again, it was that funny.

The other girls who turn it out are Ginger, Violet (applause on changing to Alyssa Edwards), Katya and Pearl. I’m most surprised by Pearl’s performance, who rocks it as Big Ang and whereas before, I was bored with her Ambien-esque personality, I’m now beginning to see how funny and smart she really is. Also pretty. So really I hate her.

And then there are the girls who don’t do such a bang-up job:

Max: While her Sharon Needles look is truly spooktacular, she is boring as f**k, so basically the complete opposite of Sharon Needles. Way to go Max.

Max as Drag Race Season 4 winner Sharon Needles
Max as Drag Race Season 4 winner Sharon Needles

Jaidynn: Oh girl, just because you think you and Raven-Symoné would be friends IRL does not mean you should impersonate her on the infamous Snatch Game. As Ginger said when she read your bad performance, “Ooo Jaidynn, I just got a vision, you might be lip syncing for your life tomorrow baby.”

Miss Fame: And then there’s Fame, who’s so much funnier than she realizes. Her Donatella is tragic, her accent completely off (since when is Donatella Russian??) and let’s face it, nobody can play the fashion icon quite like Maya Rudolph. Also just for kicks, as Katya playing Suze Orman said, “ Honey, that wig was a bad investment.” #truth

It’s elimination day and my fierce and funny Katya’s anxiety is getting to her. See, Katya is a recovering alcoholic & drug addict and while she’s been clean for 1 ½ years, the stress of the competition and inability to talk to her support team is taking its toll. She looks to Miss Fame, also a recovering addict (9 years sober) for help. The two bond and it’s really a heartfelt moment. It makes me love both of them even more than I already do (I sorta forgive Fame’s horrid Donatella because of her obsession with chickens).

Ru panel 7x7

For their runway look, the girls are asked to vamp it up with leather & lace. Basically the moral of the story is, I hate some of these bitches for looking so damn good. Also, I want to raid their closets, kthx.

Pearl and Violet are safe, leaving the rest of the girls to stand on the stage for critiques. When they come to Max, Michelle tells her that while she had Sharon’s look down, she was missing everything else, aka Sharon’s personality. As Michelle talks, Max decides to remove her corset, and then proceeds to sit on the steps bare-chested and sing to the judges. When she finishes, she simply states, “I took advantage of the moment.” To say it’s a bizarre moment is an understatement; no one quite knows what to say.

So of course they move on.  RuPaul announces that for the first time in Herstory – two queens – Kennedy & Ginger – win the challenge. Now, did I think Ginger did a good job? Sure. Plus her runway look was gorg, and as Tamar said, she “owned being thicker,” but did she really deserve to win? Not really. That should’ve been Kennedy’s win, but moving on.

Max and Jaidynn are in the bottom two and must lip synch for their life, the song being “No More Lies” by Michel’le. Shocker, Jaidynn wins the battle and Max is told to sashay away.

Pause: Not that I’m sad to see Max and her ever moving drawn on mole go, but one can’t help but conclude that the lip synch played to Jaidynn’s personality, and the poor awkward girl was left in the lurch. Meh.

Unpause: At the very end of the episode, where normally Ru condragulates the remaining contestants, she drops a bomb on them. She’s bringing back an eliminated girl, she just doesn’t know who yet. And for those wanting to show their love for their favorite ousted queen, Ru wants you to spam social media with your pick, #BringBackMyQueen

God, I love this show’s use of hashtags. Tune in next week to see who returns!

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