Wednesday, May 4, 2016

RuPaul's Drag Race s8e09
The Realness • 2 May 2016 

Last time on RPDR Ru threw a Book Ball,
where the top 5 had to present three different looks,
including one made entirely from books.

Kim Chi won the challenge.

Naomi Smalls placed 2nd

Chi Chi DeVayne was 3rd.

Bob The Drag Queen placed 4th.

Derrick Barry came in fifth for the challenge, and fifth for the season.

It’s music video filming day!  Ru introduces Jayson Whitmore, who will be their director for Ru’s “The Realness” video.

Some people who know me well in real life are cracking up.  He reminds them of my primary doctor, sans white coat and barely there glasses.

First is “float-ography.”  They lip synch while appearing to be floating in air.  

Kim Chi falls off her black box, so to speak.

Second is an avant garde section where they walk and pose.

Chi Chi keeps tripping over her dress.    Um, no inspiration to use a pair of scissors?   Incredible.

Third is lip synching and posing in front of a mirror.

Except, somehow Naomi never finds the mirror.

At the end Bianca Del Rio has a cameo, making fun of her missing episode 1, remember, where all the other winners posed in a photo shoot.

But, they did have a clown to sub for her.

On the runway the theme is ‘very best drag.’   It's just Ru, Michelle, Carson & Ross judging this week.

Bob The Drag Queen

Chi Chi DeVayne

Kim Chi

Naomi Smalls

Ru pulls out the pics of the top 4 as little kids, and asks them to share wisdom they know today with the little child they were then.   Kim breaks down, sobbing “life will get better” but gets through it.  The other three do alright, without crying.  But, Kim Chi had the best line:  “Take dance lessons!"

“Ha, HA!”

Michelle thanks Kim Chi for her artistic runway looks throughout the season.
Does that bode well for the win?

Carson thanks Naomi for her alien look during the video.
Maybe that means something for her?

Each is asked why they should be crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar.  Note that they weren’t asked who should NOT continue.   Interesting.   Is it because there is such a bond between the top 4?

The four of them lip synch on stage to Ru’s “The Realness,” in place of the lip synch for the bottom two.

Ru lets Chi Chi go, she places fourth for the season.   Ross had it right, her runway look, while beautiful, was safe, predictable, and, well, she did mess up during the filming, more often than Kim Chi.

Are you happy with the finalists?   Do you have a favorite?   I want Kim Chi to win so badly, but I’m okay with each of the other two winning.   Bob is so funny, and Naomi is so gorgeous, and slays the runway, but Kim Chi brings beauty and runway looks that we haven’t seen so much of before, especially on the show.  That’s my take, do with it what you may.

Like a couple of other seasons, I would be happy if all three had a show that I could watch ever week.

Will there be an All-Stars season this Fall like there was after season four?   Fingers crossed.   Could Manila Luzon get a third chance at the crown?

“Doesn’t everybody, eventually?”


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