So, Raja might not have won last night’s newscasting challenge on RuPaul’s Drag Race — that honor went to the pineapple-perfect and politically incorrect Manila Luzon — but the episode, which saw the statuesque queen don three amazing looks, certainly raised this question: Does Raja already have the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar on lock for this season? The realness of this quandary lingered in my mind as I watched last night’s episode — I literally couldn’t stop thinking that thought, which is why I’m blogging about it in the wee hours of the morning and bringing the question to you, my dear readers. The evidence as to why I think Raja is the most fierce competition this season is clear as day when you look at the three-peat of insane looks above. Don’t you agree? In these three instances, Raja is serving all kind of different things — a bloody nasty red-carpet heathen; a dorky-cool newscaster; and Marie Antoinette. What can’t she do?

Of course, I’m probably going to eat my words in a few weeks with Raja goes shashaying out the door. It’s rare for the strongest contestant on a reality competition series to survive to the bitter end. Usually, they’re bumped off in oh-so-shocking elimination somewhere in the middle of the season. Considering that Raja won both challenges in the season premiere, she could certainly be headed down this path. But I have this feeling that producers are actually trying to meter her out a bit and just simply aren’t allowing her to win every single challenge, like she probably could. The case certainly could have been made for her winning last night’s challenge, what with all that realness she was serving through the episode. (Again, just see above.)

To touch on everything else that happened in last night’s episode a bit, though, I have to admit that I thought it was one of the weakest this season, which has been generally really strong. Was it the fact that it was sans Mimi Imfurst, my fave queen who was told to sashay away last week? Was it because everyone did basically the same thing in the episode-opening mini challenge? Was it because it felt like a redux since India Ferrah was yet again lip syncing for her life? (As any of you who watched know, she went home instead of her competition Stacy Layne Matthews, thank goodness!) Or, could it be that Chole Sevigny wasn’t exciting enough as a guest judge? Could be any —or all — of those things. All I know is that last night gave me a dark new phrase that I’m going to pull out in the future: “If you can’t hate yourself, how the hell you gonna hate anyone else?” I almost choked on my Cheerios when I heard Ru drag that twist on her now-famous end-of-episode saying during the Main Stage portion of the evening.

Lastly, this occurred to me last night while watching, too: Can you think of any show that puts blurring to use more than RuPaul’s Drag Race? Jesus, those gals just run around that workroom nekkid! Have they absolutely no shame? Wait, I can’t believe I even just asked that question. The editors of this show must constantly be worrying about a slipped…something.

Before I go, dear Drag Racers, let’s go back to my original question: Do you out there agree with my assessment of Raja as season 3’s front runner? Or am I totally nuts? Sound off below about that and any other burning issues from last night’s episode.

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

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