Drag Race Down Under power ranking: Welcome to the talentless talent contest
This week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under wins an All Stars challenge, with mediocre results.
It might not always have been clear in my recaps, but I’ve generally enjoyed this season of Drag Race. Casting issues aside, it’s been a refreshing set of queens giving us a glimpse of what the drag means below. However, one problem has plagued the season, and it’s utterly preventable: Challenges just don’t seem to be suitable for queens.
The only queens to have completely completed a mission all season have been Kita, with last week’s makeover challenge, and Anita, with Snatch Game. Others won by standing slightly above others – or, to be frank, by not being as bad as everyone else. It’s a shame, and I think it’s a bad reflection of the real talent of these queens. More importantly, it’s a reminder that Drag and Drag Race are not the same thing; being a great drag queen is not the same as being a great drag race competitor. No season of the show has made it clearer than this one, and maybe no episode has made it clearer than tonight.
Introducing the talent show challenge – now the standard All Star season opening challenge – is in theory a great way for the Queens to show off what brought them to the show in the first place. This is not the first time that the theory do not meet the practice.
Balloon animals. The magic of rapid change. Put a lot of stuff in your mouth. Pole-dance. Contemporary dance. These are the five talents queens bring to the table. With the exception of Scarlet Adams mastering the Pole like Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers, each of these queens essentially retreat from victory as they choose their talent. I’ll assess why when we get to the power charts, but when your talent gets an audience, “huh cool! Rather than “omg wow!” », You may not have correctly assessed what you need to win a contest.
The parade – the theme is “How’s your head?” Which means queens … put things on their heads, I guess – that’s much better. We’ve got four of the season’s best looks here, and Elektra. Kita is my favorite: this is the kind of reality Android anime that we haven’t seen much before, and it shows that Kita has the versatility to branch out from the manic, high-energy personality she normally has. in something stranger and more severe. Scarlet, thanks in large part to being the only one to impress with her challenge, scores a victory and RuPaul sends both Elektra and Kita to the bottom.
And oof, that lip sync. I’ll bring my own personal experience for the first and hopefully last time during these recaps: I did lip-sync, a few times, on “Untouched” by The Veronicas. It’s one of the best pop songs of the 21st century (take any disagreement straight off a brick wall), but these verses are absolutely killer, with The Veronicas overlapping with a flow that would make Nicki Minaj reach out for a inhaler. Elektra has a fun psyche at first, but the rest of the lip-syncing is generally fine: Kita Mean is stuck in place in platforms that appear to weigh a metric ton, and Elektra relies on the high-energy choreography that she uses. has brought to every episode so far. Elektra returns home, proving once again that lip-syncing assassins don’t win seasons, and we’re marching to a top four with a favorite whose racist scandal is heavier than any crown that could be laid on. her head.
Elektra was a giveaway for Drag Race Down Under: it gave the series a suitable narrative to follow, thanks to constant growth throughout the competition. But growth can only get you so far, and even in a season that just picked a favorite, that’s not enough to secure the victory. There’s always an unpleasant defense in Elektra that shows there’s still room to grow: When each of the queens names her as the one they think should come home, they’re clearly reluctant to soften the blow. Elektra, sadly, has to go last and immediately names Art Simone with a bitterness that indicates she hasn’t learned the lemonade recipe yet.
As for the challenge, I believe if Elektra had done anything that was unrelated to dancing – and no shade here, she is clearly a great dancer and her contemporary dance piece is beautiful to watch – it would always be in the competition. The judges adore her and obviously loved seeing her respond to their critics, but alas: a great dancer doesn’t make a Drag Race superstar, and dancing has nothing to do with those damn wigs either.
4. Karen from Finance
Karen! You made a balloon animal! If your talent show attendance can be replaced by a clown you hire at the last minute for your child’s birthday party on a Sunday morning, reconsider your decision! You watched the whole competition, how could you think doing a balloon dog would impress the judges in the penultimate episode of Drag Race ?! And, look, now I’m no better than a drunken twink on K’Rd, yelling at a drag queen who owes me nothing.
Anyway, I loved the outfit. She is beautiful, I want more of her. With one episode remaining, it seems more and more unlikely that Drag Race will be where I get it.
3. Kita means
I’m also going to be a little harsh on Kita here: the quick changes are awesome. They’re also something queens do on the track… a lot. The reveal has been a mainstay of this particular track for at least a decade, and inside the drag for much longer. It’s cool and fun, but it doesn’t set her apart from the rest, especially when the clothes she changes aren’t particularly spectacular.
I really like this look, however! The good mix of editorial and cheesy which is my strong point.
2. Scarlet Adams
Poor Scarlet Adams, every mention of which was her first time doing this tour was included in the cut. We understood! It’s dangerous! But also, her warnings meant we all understood that she was taking a risk with this upside down division, and taking that risk was enough to give her the victory. Hers was the only talent that involved any bravery, and that’s not great. It’s a contest! You should take a risk! You should rise up!
Look what you did, Drag Race Down Under. Now I have used The Spinoff’s daily exclamation point award. Regardless, her look was also classic Scarlet: beautiful, lovely, expensive. Not only is she the only queen to have multiple wins under her belt, she now has three. It will be interesting to see if this show wants to crown her given the scandals of her past. History suggests that yes, and frankly, I don’t want to be in my corner of the internet when this happens.
1. Art Simone
Reader, these rankings are all subjective. And Art Simone shoving a bunch of food in her mouth, followed by his fist, is honestly the funniest thing I’ve seen all season. I laughed, and laughed, and laughed at my desk like a fucking idiot. I understand why the judges didn’t give her the win, but she’s my number one forever and always (or at least this week).
I correct myself: two queens risked something. Scarlet risked her body, Art risked her windpipe. That’s what it takes to win Drag Race, ladies and the like.
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