RuPaul’s Drag Race is back!!!! And depending on how you look at it Christmas came early or late for the shows new crop of contestants. The first episode featured a holiday theme where, for their first challenge, the contestants had to be photographed by jumping on a trampoline while fake snow was blown in their face. Side note: RuPaul is a mess. She knows these girls are trying to make a good first impression by wearing their feircest outfits and then she has them doing something she knows isn’t exactly fit for a ball gown right out the gate. (Remember the the car wash photo shoot?)
The season’s first shocker was the return of Shangela Laquifa Wadley. Remember her? Yeah, me neither. A quick flashback sound bite reminds us that she was the first contestant to be kicked off last season. Apparently Ru showed pity on her and brought her back. I only have one word: WHY??? Let’s forget how ridiculously unfair this is, but she ended up being in the bottom two once again on the first episode. Apparently she hasn’t grown much since last year. So confused. Anywho, here’s a quick breakdown of my thoughts on the episode.
Favorite Moment: I must say great appreciated the Pit Crew audition reel from the special Casting Call episode ran right before the season premiere. That definitely needs to become an annual fixture for the show (photo of the two winners below). But my fave moment from the episode was definitely Mimi Imfurst’s breakdown and not because I enjoy seeing other people in misery, but because I loved seeing how the girls rallied around her. That was definitely a nice touching moment.
Runway Pick: I definitely agreed with the judges and thought Manila Luzon and Raja (who won both challenges this week) had the fiercest runway looks. They also gave the best showcases as well. You can have the best personality and the win all the pre-challenges you want but the runway is really where this competition is won.
My Top 3: Each week I’m going to give my running Top 3 Queens and this week it has to be Raja, Delta Work and Manila Luzon. I was leaning toward Mimi Imfurst too at first, that is until she had her breakdown. Ol’ girl was right, if you can’t handle the pressure of the first challenge, there’s a problem.
Untucked:I have to admit this is my first time watching the Untucked behind-the-scenes series. (Last year was a busy one and there wasn’t time for the extras.) But you have to watch them. They definitely give you a totally different take on some of the contestants. I loved Alexis Mateo at first, but was definitely turned off after seeing the way she conducted herself in the Interior Illusions Lounge. The girls definitely had the claws out early. P.S. Stop asking questions Ms. Stacy Layne Matthews if you don’t want to hear the answers!