Wednesday, November 28, 2012

RPDR All-Stars e6 • 26 November 2012

Last week on RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Team Shad won the Dynamic Drag Duo challenge.  They get to become comic book characters.  (They weren't already?)  This put Jujubee and Raven against each other.  Ru couldn't decide whom to eliminate, as each appeared to have done equally, so they ALL advanced to the final challenge.  Top four, woo-hoo!

It's morning in the pink workroom, and Shannel is thinking the main challenge will be a video, as it has been for the prior seasons.  Nope, it's a triple-threat!

RuPaul tells them that they are to meet with celebrity journalist Mark Malkin, then they will be whisked over to a yet-to-be-revealed location for a public appearane (Hamburger Mary's) and then to The Comedy Store where they will perform stand-up.  They are expected to have a different look for each event, and they will change in the 'drag-mobile.'  These are tasks that each should excel in.    Don't you love it when the drag stars SHINE?

Cheri Oteri (formerly of SNL) coaches them in writing and performing their stand up routines.  We see each contestant show potential in the coaching session, so it's hard to know what to expect.

When they are sent off to their celebrity mass interview, we get a glimpse of two former contestants OUT of drag.   Hey, that's not fair.  They look fine, but Delta Work and Ongina are STELLAR in drag.  We were ripped off, folks.   Boo.

Did I miss something?  When did Converse become work attire?  So much for me to learn.  I swear, some days I don't think I'm ready to be 18 (again.)

Doesn't Jujubee seem confused about what to do with her legs?

Shannel overpowers the others at the interview, but only Jujubee seems to suffer because of it.  The way Ru explained this portion of the challenge, Shannel might actually WIN this part.  They were to stand out.   Monopolizing the conversation, well, that does help one stand out.

The all-stars accept keys to the city and talk about getting a burger named after them at their next stop.  Each seems to do extremely well.  So, at this point, Jujubee might be 4th out of 4, but that is all I can tell so far.

Then they are sent over to The Comedy Store.  As expected, each nails it.  Jujubee is exceptionally funny.   Will it be enough to make up for the interview mess up?

Let's take a last look at them before we get into the judging:




Chad Michaels

The judges were pretty much what you might expect, they are all so talented, how will we ever decide, blah, blah, blah.  Then the strangest thing happened:

Santino and Michelle have been replaced by pods.
They didn't "know" who Chad was last season.
Suddenly they do now.
She was too professional or polished
last time around, so much so that she couldn't
get out of her box (of competence?)
but now she has grown so much?

Is this Michelle Visage?

Is this?

How about this?

Oh, puh-leeze.  Chad is just as awesome as she ever was.  She hasn't exponentially grown.  She has merely been uber-wonderful, just like she was last season.  Does she deserve the win?  You bet.  Did the judges have to say that she has grown tremendously?  I don't think so.  It sure doesn't ring as true.

Sorry, I got ahead of myself.  Shannel and Jujubee are set free, but I couldn't tell who was #4 and #3, but wikipedia has them each at the # they placed at their original seasons.  Isn't that cute?  Then Raven lip synchs against Chad for the win, and they both seem to do alright.  Raven places #2, which is just how she did last time out for her.  Oy, the poor girl.

Before this All-Stars season started, I wanted Nina Flowers, Manila Luzon and Chad Michaels in the top 3.  I didn't know who I wanted to win.   One of them won, so I will have to count my blessings.  Oh, plus the obvious, that all top four did very well this time around.  Shannel didn't self-evicerate, and Jujubee did well on the stand-up.

I will do a 'meet the contestants' for season five soon.


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