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'RuPaul's Drag Race' recap: 'And then there were three...'

rupaul-dragraceLast night’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race wasn’t totally devoid of the dearly, dearly departed Pandora Boxx, who unfortunately bit the dust two weeks ago. The hour opened with the ladies seeing the lipsticked message my favorite queen left for them on the workroom’s mirror: “Lick this boxx, bitch.” Even post-elimination, Pandora is still bringing the funny to Drag Race! Thank goodness!

The episode featured the “fantastic final four”  — Tatianna, Jujubee, Raven, and Tyra Sanchez — fighting it out for RuPaul’s trio of fake Diva Awards. They each had to create a look for three different awards shows: the Teen Diva Awards, a Teen Choice-ish type ceremony; the Diva D.C. Press Awards, a more professional-type show; and the Diva Hollywood Extravaganza Awards, the pinnacle of the awards season that focused on “glamour and eleganza,” according to RuPaul. It goes without saying that queens live for awards shows! I couldn’t help but think about how well the producers had managed to zero in on the things — Gone With the Wind, celebrity impersonations, brides — this season that so tickle the LGBT community. Awards shows, with all their ridiculous drama and glamour, certainly fall into that category, too! The challenges — the main ones, mind you, not the usually pointless mini challenges — have been simply delightful so far this season.


'RuPaul's Drag Race' recap: Drag mamas, Cloris Leachman, and the season's most controversial elimination!

rupaul-dragraceImage Credit: Rolling BlackoutsWhen just five contestants remain in any reality competition that you care about remotely, every single elimination stings. Well, mostly — and yes, I’m gazing in your direction, Tatianna. But last night’s elimination on RuPaul’s Drag Race stung more than just a usual top-five send-off. You see, my favorite constant on the show — that’d be Ms. Pandora Boxx — was forced to “sashay away,” after the judges and RuPaul agreed that her “drag mother” had out-shined the sweet, hilarious Pandora. And at the same time, a lesser contestant — yes, we’re back to you, Ms. Tatianna — was allowed to remain on the show. I’m in no position to tell the judges when they’ve made a mistake, but doesn’t that go without saying in this case? Yup. READ FULL STORY

'RuPaul's Drag Race' recap: The queens throw shade and shill books

RuPaulsDragRaceImage Credit: LogoOne of the things that really stuck out to me on last night’s highly entertaining episode of Drag Race was what an amazing teacher — and self-promoter — RuPaul is for this fast-dwindling group of queens. The main challenge was all about having the ladies create a storyline for a book they’d potentially write about themselves and shoot a drag cover appropriate for said book. In addition, Pandora, Raven, Tyra, and the rest had to do a satellite interview with E!’s entertainment journalist Marc Malkin, where they’d try to incorporate both the name of their book and plugs for the Absolut Açaí vodka cocktail they were sipping. (Supposedly, açaí is a cross of blueberry and pomegranate. Who knew?!)

I say that RuPaul is the ultimate teacher and self-promoter because, if you watched carefully, the host plugged her book in several different ways throughout the episode — on the mainstage, while explaining the challenge to the queens, and by simply wearing the same outfit she wore on the book’s cover to the runway portion of the show. (Did you put that together? Genius!) What I mean is that this is one bish who knows how to work it, gurl! I’m continually impressed. If you didn’t, however, notice that RuPaul was plugging her book the whole time, that’s because, of course, she was doing a good, seamless job of working it in without knocking you over the head with it.


'RuPaul's Drag Race' recap: Is Pandora Boxx 'the Susan Lucci of this competition'?

Henry-Rollins-ruPaulImage Credit: Rolling Blackouts/LOGOYou can always count on RuPaul to speak the truth. And, natch, for being funny as hell while doing it. It’s one of the queen’s best attributes. On last night’s episode of Drag Race, the host couldn’t have been more spot on with her searing bon mot to eternally funny queen Pandora Boxx, as she awaited her fate after the rocker chick-inspired challenge: “Pandora Box,” RuPaul said, in her hilarious, deeply dramatic fashion, “you are the Susan Lucci of this competition.”

And RuPaul is right — the poor, poor Pandora Boxx, a favorite contestant of mine who pulled off a truly wacky but inspired rocker gal with a cape and all, once again did not win the challenge. She was robbed, I tell you! But, I suppose we can’t feel too badly for Pandora, can we? Just because she didn’t win — the problem that infamously plagued All My Children diva Lucci for years at the Daytime Emmys — doesn’t mean she lost. No, the dubious distinction of last night’s loser went to none other than Sahara Davenport, who has spent her fair share of time in the bottom this season on Drag Race. Now, throughout these first six episodes, I’ve liked the uber-sweet and feminine Sahara Davenport just fine, especially after the rocky first week where it also seemed like she was going to be sent packing, but her efforts at lipsynching last night were abysmal at best.


'RuPaul's Drag Race' recap: It's either Team Tyra or Team Tatianna

dragraceImage Credit: Mathu Andersen/LOGOTyra Sanchez, wielding her hateful attitude, has incited drama several times already on this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, notably in episode 2 when she whined her way through the first group challenge where the queens did burlesque. And “the other Tyra”—as Ru has taken to calling her—certainly delivered on the drama front again last night. She ruffled the other contestants’ feathers—well, mostly just Tatianna’s—as she hummed-shrieked-sang while putting together her dress for this week’s wedding-themed challenge.


'RuPaul's Drag Race' recap: The queens drag out smashing versions of Carol Channing and Britney Spears

With just nine queens left vying for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar, the competition finally got hotter than a two piece and a biscuit on RuPaul’s Drag Race last night. Even though it was sad to see Mystique sashay away last week, I felt like last night was truly the first episode this season where it was somewhat difficult to choose which queen would have to go. Holy drag queen! We’re finally boiling down to the cream of this season’s crop. Werq! READ FULL STORY

'RuPaul's Drag Race' recap: See who did her last splits

When RuPaul appeared at the beginning of last night’s episode of Drag Race, she told the queens that in her early years she had no money and “would eat anything.” And now, she continued, “that’s what you’re going to do.” Dun, dun, dun! Commence the (rather inventive) game of “Chicken or What?” Where—you guessed it!—the ladies had to put on a blindfold and eat a nibblet of a fried morsel that could be chicken, then decide whether it was indeed chicken or, alternatively, “what.” “What” being, of course, something totally disgusting—bull’s testicles, soy chicken, etc.—and completely not white meat from our feathered friends.

I think Pandora Boxx best summed up the odd situation with her epithet: “I did not know that this was going to be Drag Survivor.” Hello, she said what we were all thinking! I think this particular mini challenge was actually a bit more Fear Factor than Survivor, but the sentiment remains: When did Drag Race go all…gross?

Alas, what was grosser than the actual mini challenge, though, was the egregious pandering the contest seemed to have toward giving one contestant a chance to be on top. Maybe it wasn’t intentional on the producers’ parts (as I’m nearly sure things were planned before the contestants were chosen), but it seemed that the food fest was built specifically for none other than resident big-girl Mystique Summers Madison. And natch, she did win, using her cringe-inducing strategy: “Chew halfway,” she explained, “Fill your mouth with water. Swallow.” Cutie-pie Morgan McMichaels came in right behind her, which pitted the two against each other as team captains for the main challenge.


'RuPaul's Drag Race' recap: Talent wins over charisma this week

My favorite moment of last night’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race revolves around this quote from RuPaul herself: “Tatianna, that’s an answer for the Miss America contest—not the RuPaul Drag Race contest.” Zing!

Sitting at the judges’ table, the drag superstar host had just asked Tatianna who from Team Pandora Boxx deserved to go home after losing the burlesque challenge. And, while everyone else on the team was saying that Tatianna herself should take her high heels back to the streets and leave the Drag Race womb, Tatianna decided to go allllll kinds of PC with her answer, picking the increasingly adorable Morgan McMichaels because “she has immunity.” No, no, no. Finger wag! Bad idea. Because then came the aforementioned head-thump from RuPaul. We don’t play that way here at Drag Race, RuPaul scolded, telling the (truly sweet) Tatianna how things work. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch asks: What's draggier, 'Toddlers and Tiaras' or 'RuPaul's Drag Race'? You can find out tonight!

Last Saturday night, the TLC cable network was littered with lots of women, strutting their stuff in ridiculous outfits and hoping that judges would pick them as the best. And tonight on the TLC cable network, it’s…more of the same! Only tonight, Miss America isn’t being chosen—we’re just telling you that there’s a NINE HOUR MARATHON OF TODDLERS & TIARAS! It airs from 6 p.m. tonight until 3 a.m.

Psyched? (If you’re not or don’t know what Toddlers & Tiaras is, see: left. And try not to be afraid.)

As I was looking at the rather scary photo we have from Toddlers & Tiaras here, I was struck by the fact that it’s actually very similar to what legend RuPaul and her queens do to themselves over on Logo’s super satisfying hit, RuPaul’s Drag Race. And: Just how similar is this photo similar to this one I posted of myself here on PopWatch yesterday? The similarities are uncanny.

If you want to delve deeper into this sociological conundrum—What’s draggier: Toddlers & Tiaras or RuPaul’s Drag Race?—you’re in luck! During tonight’s aforementioned Toddlers & Tiaras‘ marathon, Logo is re-airing the premiere episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race in the 10 p.m. hour. So between your teeny queens on TLC, you can flip over to Logo and see some big (boy) queens on Logo.

Then: Please discuss. Here, if you so choose.

'RuPaul's Drag Race' premiere recap: Should Mystique Summers Madison have sashayed away instead?

“I’m back!” screeched RuPaul at the top of the 9 o’clock hour last night, announcing that, yes ladies, another season of RuPaul’s Drag Race — Logo’s ridiculously addictive search for America’s Next Drag Superstar — had begun. And back it certainly was, fiercer than ever. More contestants, a brighter (although is that a good thing in a drag situation?) workroom, and crazier challenges! Or as Ru put it during her first She Mail delivery: This season’s is set to have “more twists and turns than Kim Kardashian trying to wiggle out of a pair of Spanx.” But before I delve into the genius Scarlett O’Hara-inspired competition that consumed the show last night, let’s talk a bit about the 12 new contestants, who we met right away.

First there was Nicole Paige Brooks, the southern belle who called herself “big mama.” If nothing else, she scored points for her delightful name and insistence that she always be introduced as “Nicole Paige Brooks from Atlanta, Georgia,” with a staccato emphasis on that Georg-ia. Having a calling card, especially at this point, is key. Next was Shangela LaQuifa Wadley. Again, a killer name, and at first, I thought, also a rather killer contestant. But then she did the whole “debutantess of the Deep South”-type thing, much like Nicole, and revealed that she’d only been dragging for five months. I should have seen the set-up for her demise — just 55 minutes away at this point! — right then, what with all her extreme amounts of screen time and sappy story set-up. Next was the beautiful Raven, who quickly proclaimed that she doesn’t “carry a purse — I stick it all in my tits. I like to be that mysterious queen.” Now, if she could have just figured out a way to better hide her bulging mic pack, which was haphazardly crammed under her tight dress, all would have been well. (Doesn’t tucking apply to things beyond just the ladies’ bits and pieces?) READ FULL STORY

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