The devastating sting of last week’s elimination — which saw Manila Luzon and my fave Latrice Royale “sashay away” — may still fresh, but at least the right girls walked off the main stage in last night’s episode of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race.
That’s right — and here’s your requisite SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t watched the episode yet — time was up for Yara Sofia and Alexis Mateo. The duo, known simply as Yarlexis, enjoyed their last challenge on RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race and were sent packing after a lip-sync-for-your-life situation that saw both of them (yes, Yara pushed the button to take over for Alexis!) pitted against a simply adequate Raven.
Unfortunately, the episode as a whole proved to be rather uninspired — maybe it’s just because we’ve seen these queens now on multiple seasons and completing similar challenges — but things came together at the end, when the pairs performed as a girl group with their assigned real girl: Yara and Alexis got Kelly Osbourne (above), singing RuPaul’s “Cover Girl”; Raven and Jujubee got Kady Z, singing RuPaul’s “Jealous of My Boogie”; and Shannel and Chad got Vanessa Williams’ daughter Jillian Hervey, singing RuPaul’s “Glamazon.”
Thankfully, the stage performances were a hoot to watch, even if the run-up to them wasn’t much in the way of great television — the big dramas revolved around whether Kady would wear drag makeup (nope), Chad and Shannel could get through planning their choreography (another nope, although they prevailed), and Kelly Osbourne could become a real drag queen (yep…sorta). “I want to be a showgirl,” the famous offspring told Ru. “I want to be a drag queen. I’m pissed off I’m not a boy!”
As the episode wound down, Alexis and Yara were in the bottom because their choreography was weak and simple, although there was a cheekiness to it. Raven and Jujubee were there because, well, someone had to be — and it certainly wasn’t going to Shannel and Chad, who had a cohesive look and a banging third party in sleeper Jillian Hervey. “We are working together,” said Shannel during their performance of “Glamazon,” “like hot glue to a rhinestone on a dress. It’s just perfection.” And it was.
Ultimately, Alexis and Yara were sent home — rightfully and mostly — because of Yara’s employment of the “she-mergency” button, which allowed the unpredictable queen to take over lip-syncing to “Don’t Cha” from Alexis. Bad idea: Alexis was sort of working the number pretty well, at least more than Yara eventually did. Explained Yara of why she stepped in: “I pressed the button because I’m thinking to use my power with her power to beat the other team. I’m gonna let Raven have it.” Raven didn’t try too hard — she shimmied around a bit and took off her dress to reveal her boy-abs — to beat the pair with ease.
Despite my acid tongue for Alexis and Yara, it was slightly bittersweet to see them go. I may not have liked them as a team (or separately, for that matter), but they were entertaining — and beloved queens by many a Drag Race fan. Ru expressed that much, as it’s clear she loves all the gals on this All Stars season. “Yara and Alexis,” she said, telling them to pack their things, “please know that you leave here with my undying love and respect. Carry on my twisted sisters. Now, sashay away.” It was certainly time, and the right gals — minus Latrice and Manila — are headed to the finals.
Now, to next week: It should be interesting, to say the least. Will both teams have to lip-sync to stay in? Which two will make it through? Will some of the old gals come back in some crazy fashion, maybe? My money is on Shad, all the way — although Shannel is the weak link that could poke a hole in Chad Michaels’ dreams, if you ask me.
What say you, Drag Racers? What do you think next week will bring?
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