RuPaul's Drag Race: You Gotta be Lucky!
|Written by Lauren Cheal|
|Wednesday, 23 March 2011 22:37|
Delta Work left last week, and the stupid other “Heathers” (Manila, Raja and Carmen) are really annoying about how one of their own went home. This Heathers thing has to stop…it is stupid.
Ru comes in for the mini challenge and the ladies have 30 minutes to bedazzle a black bra. I also recap Top Chef, and the difference between the challenges on these two shows is astronomical (or gastronomical…ba dum bum). I am not saying one is better than the other, but obviously “bedazzle a bra” is way more fun than that perfectionist plating challenge they did on Top Chef last week. Anyway..they ladies start decorating their over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders. The bras all end up looking very similar, I think because they only had two colors of bedazzles. Manila wins, mostly for engaging RuPaul in a battle with her cans. Unrelated to the challenge, Mr. RuPaul looks adorable in a Texas cowboy look.
The ladies are given their main challenge, which is to create a PSA about why they love America (the PSA is going to some of the American Forces, maybe. I sort of doubt they will actually ever see them). The ladies start preparing their messages and most of them have a personal connection to someone serving in the military.
Shangela: We don’t see much of her announcement while she is filming it, but Ru does sort of ask her to get back on track at one point.
Carmen: Carmen comes off like a bit of a flake in this episode…and maybe all episodes. I think she is just a pretty face. Whenever she performs, she gets distracted by like microphones and the like. Shiny things.
Yara Sofia: Yara seems to have a message set out, but she has trouble with her English. We’ll see how it looks in the final cut.
Manila Luzon: Good lord, Manila is grating in this episode. She doesn’t focus during her shoot and just makes a bunch of not funny jokes.
Raja: Raja seems to struggle with her script, but she does look cute as a 40s pin-up girl.
Alexis Mateo: Alexis reveals to Ru that she was in a relationship with a man who got called up to serve overseas. She is going to use the PSA to tell him how much she misses him. It works out well for her…she is emotional, but not in a way that makes her message unclear. She also manages to get Ru in a right fit of giggles, so points for that.
The ladies create a mainstage look that is meant to honor America. Ru looks stunning in red (it should go without saying, but I will keep saying it, such is my love for her). The guest judges this week are Cheryl Tiegs and Johnny Weir. The gays flip out about Johnny Weir (if you know that a flip is a figure skating jump, see what I did there?)
Manila: Her look is a flapper dress made out of money. It is kind of cute. Her video, on the other hand, is not cute. She basically says she likes to eat different food and then makes a farting noise. She might be dumb, too.
Carmen: Carmen looks pretty, as always. She also looks shockingly like Dita von Teese, who she is paying homage to. The judges don’t like her PSA very much, because she looks bored in her video. The judges also accuse her of looking like she doesn’t care about being there, and it really does look that way. I think it might the aforementioned dimness…up in her brains there is probably just a whooshing wind noise and some lipstick colors.
Alexis Mateo: Alexis says that she turned an official marine uniform into an evening gown…um…do the Marines know about this? They can’t be ok with it. The judges like her video, and the things she did to that uniform.
Yara: Yara starts out in a traditional Puerto Rican dress, but then takes it off to reveal a spangly American flag body suit. Yara’s video wasn’t so good. She didn’t really have a message and she just sort of jumped around.
Shangela: Shangela is wearing a very simple white dress, inspired by Marilyn Monroe. Of the looks, it is the least exciting. The judges critique her look, but give her points for a decent video.
Raja: Raja has gone for a native American-inspired look, complete with gigantic feathered headdress. It is very “Half-Breed”, which I am all for. I am picturing her trying shove that in the overhead compartment of the plane when she made the trip out. Her video is not terribly charming, but she is praised for her hardcore look.
Alexis Mateo wins the challenge…good for her!
Carmen and Yara are up for elimination, and will have to lip sync para elles viiiiiiidas! For whatever reason, this lip sync is in Spanish. They must have decided this before the mainstage, because the ladies have advanced time to prepare each lip sync. It seems odd, in any case. Do all of the queens speak Spanish? This also explains why earlier in the episode, Carmen said she didn’t speak Spanish, and Alexis and Yara said that she did. The are syncing to “Hey Mickey” by Toni Basil, so I guess it isn’t like the words are all that complicated. Hola Mickey! It looks like Carmen is not really saying the right words. Manila interviews that Carmen is rocking it, but I am seeing something totally different. During the lip sync, Carmen goes up and kisses Johnny Weir, which is a bit odd.
Carmen is asked to shante, and stay. And then just as I am writing “bah”, Ru pulls a fast one on me and tells Yara to also shante and stay. I am glad, because I like Yara, but I sort of wanted them to get rid of Carmen.