Welcome back ladies and lady boys!
Our most sincere apologies for the delay in this post – we’ve been spending the better part of the past week mourning the loss of one of our favorite chunky (yet funky) queens.
Last week on Drag Race the top 4 were set to perform in the annual RuPaul Ball, which could only mean one thing, a group number followed by three different looks from each of the girls.
Latrice threw some shade at Sharon’s dark look, while Sharon called out Chad’s plastic surgery.
Phi Phi referenced Latrice’s jewelry malfunction on the runway, but it was Chad Michaels who stole the (puppet) show with her Phi Phi O’hara puppet in all of its snaggle-toothed glory.
For winning the mini challenge, Chad won the prize of pairing the queens with their inspiration for the Bitch Ball….PUPPIES.
As always, the top 4 had to perform a Broadway style opening number to the ball, dressed as dogs themselves. It was cute but what we we really dying to see were the girls’ runway looks.
The three categories that girls had to rock were: Day Time Dog Park Realness, Pooch in a Purse Party Girl and Canine Couture.
Phi Phi recycled Kenya Michael’s Nicki Minaj inspired wig and pink outfit with bedazzled pooper scooper…apparently Phi Phi needs a drag dictionary to understand what realness is. Her party girl look was fine, and though it pains us to see her succeed, her bloodhound inspired couture gave the judges what they wanted to see.
Latrice Royale underwhelmed with the day time look, though her face was perfectly beat, but her night club party girl look was flawless. In the end it was her couture look that left us wanting more, while gorgeous and simple, it just wasn’t quite enough for this stage of the game when everything depends on the wow factor.
Speaking of the wow factor, Sharon Needles delivered yet again a flawless runway performance, proving one final time that she’s the queen to beat. Her daytime look channeled casual Madonna and served a realness we haven’t seen before from her. The party girl gave us child star turned party diva on parole as she rocked ripped tights, hangover sunglasses, and an ankle bracelet. And always one to finish strong, Sharon’s final look was everything, matching white fur boots and giant curly white hair to her poodle pal.
Chad Michaels also gave some strong looks on the runway, with her daytime look flawlessly rocking a bob and beat face. The party girl look was good, though generic. It was in Chad’s last look that the controversy arose. While we thought her Cruella inspired hair and gorgeous fur wrap screamed diva, the judges thought it made her look dated.
In the end it came as no surprise that Sharon Needles won this challenge, giving her more main challenge wins than any queen in drag race history. Beat that Tyra Sanchez.
Sadly, the bottom two were Latrice and Chad, who LSFYL’d to guest judge Wynonna Judd’s song “No One Else on Earth”
After a great performance by Chad, a tearful Latrice bid farewell to the judges, leaving the final three to fight for their lives as they prepare to film Ru’s music video for the single Glamazon.
Ok. Let’s chat, shall we girls?
We have made our feelings on our favorites very clear this season. We have always been team Needles, Chad Michaels and Latrice Royale. We called these three being the best queens a while back and to be quite honest, we were right. And so were many of you, because we know many of you guys felt similarly.
We understand the need for drama – this is reality TV after all. With that said, sometimes it’s not the best who make it far in a competition, but instead it’s the one that knows how to stir up a nice batch of polemic soup.
At the end of the day, we know that the top 3 in season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race is Sharon Needles, Chad Michaels and Latrice Royale. Phi Phi can say what she wants, but at the end of the day she is a pawn and little more than that.
It will be truly upsetting if she were to win the competition for several reasons, the most troubling being the message it sends to the viewers of this show. From day one, RuPaul’s Drag Race has been a show laced with a message of sisterly love, self-love and the occasional dramatic fodder.
If Phi Phi O’Hara is crowned as winner of this competition, it tells the audience of this show that it’s okay to be such a ruthless, unkind person. Girlfriend can ramble on about how “it’s just a TV show” and that she’s just “playing a character,” but she clearly gave the creators of the show enough raw footage of her being a horrible person to make most of the fan base hate her.
For us, it’s obviously between Sharon Needles and Chad Michaels. Both of these queens have worked their asses off, using nothing but their own skills and talents to make it this far (and not their catty sides).
Our money is on Chad – if she gets kicked off for “being perfect” then we will start kicking and screaming because it is so stupid to want anything but the best from someone in a competition. It just makes no sense to demand anything less and mask it as wanting to see “vulnerability.”
Sharon is one of our favorites, but we are aware that Absolut might not be so keen on someone as precarious and free spirited as Sharon to represent them. Personally, we think it shouldn’t matter because the bitch is fierce. But we’re not the straight white men sitting in on these board meetings and we’re willing to bet that they’d rather play it safe with the ever classy Chad Michaels and vanilla Queefy O’Hara. To be honest, though, we think playing it safe is boring.
Who’s your money on? You can also comment, tweet or Facebook at us.
And be sure to check out the spectacular Drag Race finale to air next week to see who is crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar.