Tuesday, October 30, 2012

RPDR All-Stars e2 • 29 October 2012

Last time on RPDRASe1 twelve prior contestants returned to compete for $100,000, a 'sickening' supply of Mac cosmetics and a one-of-a-kind trip courtesy of Al & Chuck.travel.  The drag racers were shocked to learn they would compete as teams throughout the competition, and Pandora Boxx never warmed up to being paired with Mimi Imfurst.  Both were eliminated while Team Latrila (Manila Luzon and Latrice Royale) won.

The girls enter the workroom: Raven states Mimi Imfurst never deserved to be here in the first place.  Yara Sofia says that Pandora just gave up.  


Jujubee interviews, "I love Pandora, but when you give up, you go home.


Um, alright, that's enough.

Escucha, uno ojo, tú eres el que empezó esto.
¿Por qué no te mudas a otro tema?

RuPaul introduces the week's challenge:  It's a take-off on R&M's Laugh-In!  First up is a mini-challenge, though, to test how in synch they are, or how well they know each other … and Rujubee is the winner.  Um, okay.




As comedy duos, they will be writing, performing and appearing as celebrity impersonators.  So, this is in place of "Snatch Game?"  I don't care, this should be good.

The main thing you need to know is … did anyone do a 'Lady Gaga" … meaning, did anyone pick someone who is all look, and no sound or personality?  Why, yes, I'm looking at you, Alexis Mateo.  You are SO lucky.

Estoy tan caliente e insultado.

It's easy to sum up this week's episode:  Each team had one member do great, and one do poorly.  However, slight nuances helped to land someone in the top or the bottom.  I'd like to say, let's see how they did.  The trouble is, they didn't really show us every duo doing every single portion, so we don't quite know how Rujubee did on the Dance Party portion (think the Cocktail Party from Laugh-In or even The Muppet Show) or how Brown Flowers did on Howdy Ru.  Plus, on the wall of many doors, we saw the good work of some, and the bloopers of others.  I'll point out what I could make out.

As in, this is Carlos Cassonova transitioning into 1987 George Michael.
After a bender.

Oh no you didn't!





Brown Flowers

The judges don't really trash anyone's runway look, which is good.  At this point, they all should be doing A+ work there, right?  Team Yarlexis is commended for good writing, which we didn't see, since we mostly just saw their bloopers.   Yara Sofia's "Charo" is praised, while Alexis Matteo's "Shakira" is poor.  They don't pick on her look, though.   Per Michelle Visage, Manila Luzon's "Madonna" was wonderful while Latrice Royale's "Oprah" wasn't fully realized.  The judges loved Jujubee's "Fran Drescher" but not Raven's "Bea Arthur," although Michelle Visage gave a pass on the visual.   "Bette Davis" done by Chad Michaels was a hit, but "Lucille Ball" by Shannel was a miss for most, although a hit for guest judge Vicki Lawrence.  For Team Brown Flowers they didn't necessarily pick on Nina Flowers for doing "La Lupe" poorly, but Michelle Visage thought the celebrity was too obscure for Nina to do.   Tammie Brown's version of Tammie Faye Messner (formerly Bakker) looked fine, but she didn't have any of the mannerisms, ubiquitous smile, or words ... NONE.    At this point it's obvious who is going home, but still not obvious who is winning.  At least Nina is doing her best and not having a pity-party like Pandora did last week.

I can't believe that she did that!
It's so unprofessional!
You'll never catch ME being ungrateful.

So, RuPaul names Yara Sofia the winner, so Team Yarlexis wins some jewelry from Fierce Drag Jewels.  Ru doesn't repeat it like she usual does (like when she keeps saying, "That's Boobs For Queens Dot Com !!!")    Team Brown Flowers is on the bottom, mais oui.   How do the rest place?   Team Shad is safe.  Team Rujubee is given a stern talking to, but is safe, and Team Latrila is in the bottom.

It's decided that Latrice Royale and Tammie Brown will be lip-synching.  Wow, this just got interesting!  Tammie BLEW her lip synch in season one, so anything she does will be better than what she did in her original season.  In a sense, she almost gets to save face, even if she goes home now.  Latrice did GREAT in season four when she was in the bottom, especially when it was Gladys Knight, remember?  Hmmmm ... Ethel Merman's "There's No Business Like Show Business?"   Hey — will they use the 1954 version or the disco version from 1979?  Drag!  Hello!  Go disco!  But, no, they use the original.  That puts it in Tammie's favor, n'est-ce pas?

No fear, Latrice is back.  She seems to approach lip synch more correctly and accurately than most.   She just tries to be true to the singer / act who recorded it.   She matches the song.  When Tammie interviewed that she was channeling Tina Turner meets Tammie, I laughed out loud.  This was a no brainer.  Thank GOD Manila is still around.   Oh, you, too, Latrice!   

So, Nina Flowers, you will always be number one in our hearts.  We are proud that you were professional and kind to your teammate.   Tammie, I don't understand you, but I'm glad you were here for a while.

Who will go home next?  I'm had been thinking Yarlexis would leave soon, but, really, anything is possible when one team member does well and one does poorly.  Now that they have a win, maybe it's almost an even playing field?   Nah, it all depends upon the challenges.  I do want to see more from Manila and Chad, most definitely.  Well, and Nina, too, but that isn't going to happen, eh?

Maybe Michelle Visage can be eliminated
for picking on Manila Luzon's eye deformity?

Or for dressing too much like a drag queen?
It could happen!  Well, no, she's there to make Ru appear more tasteful, huh?
Not required, Ru, you even out class the First Lady.

On Untucked we learned that Chad and his father aren't the closest, and it was a bit emotional for Yara Sofia.   I guess we don't all have perfect relationships with our fathers when we let them know we're queer.

Tell me about it sister!

But, wait a minute, your father came around and WAS understanding.

I'd better stop before Carlos Cassanova shows up again.
Or Michelle Visage complains for me wearing green.
Or Mimi Imfurst picks me up.

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