At this point on RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race, nearly any exit by any of the queen contestants is controversial. Consider the conditions on tonight’s episode three: Eight queens remained, all of whom were some level of a fan favorite when they originally competed and, truly, most of them are even more beloved now. Take that and compound it by the fact that two queens go home each week. Hell, in the first two weeks of competition, some major faves — Nina Flowers, Tammie Brown, and Pandora Boxx — were sent packing.
So it was fitting that when RuPaul sent the latest victims home — SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT KEEP READING IF YOU DON’T KNOW YET — she said: “My All Stars, it’s only going to get harder from here.” Well said.
The queens sent home tonight were none other than Manila Luzon and Latrice Royale — otherwise known as the mono-named team “Latrila.”
Maybe the news about these two biting the dust isn’t as shocking as I’m making it out to be: They were in the bottom two groups last week, too. “Manila and Latrice, my brainy and courageous queens,” RuPaul said to them, revealing their fates. “I think I’m going to miss you the most. Now, sashay away.”
It was just stunning to watch Manila — who is loved far and wide, although not by me — and Latrice — one of my all-time favorite contestants in Drag Race history, just see this Q&A I did with her — go from winning the season-opening challenge to being sent home a mere two weeks later.
True, Latrice and Manila didn’t do super-duper great in the street punking challenge, but I agree with Shannel, who said that Yara and Alexis Mateo should have been sent home this week. And Alexis’ impassioned plea — “We are All Stars, no matter where we come from. We are working together to send all of you mother-f—ers home!” — didn’t change my mind on that. Those two looked good on the runway, but their time is up.
As sad as I am about Latrice and Manila going home in tonight’s episode, it was still killer. A few other great, quote-filled moments:
• When Raven commented on Jujubee’s celebrity impersonation of Fran Drescher last week. “You’re like Trann Drescher,” Raven said.
• Jujubee’s commentary about Chad during the mini-challenge, when the queens had to take a picture looking as butch and masculine as they could. “Chad Michaels,” she said, “looks like Burt Reynolds and Cher had a baby.” Spot on!
• Manila Luzon’s made a great comment before starting the main challenge, where the queens had to convince folks on Hollywood Boulevard to do silly tasks like put on a diaper. “I’m kind of scared,” she said, “because drag and daytime don’t go together.”
• The runway! Despite Michelle Visage knocking nearly everyone on the runway this week, I thought the “Bad Girl Chic” theme was one of the best ever, honestly. Yara looked crazy and great, “Shad” killed it once again, and — as Santino pointed out — Manila Luzon looked her best ever, with a fashion-y, creep-o look that killed.
• RuPaul had one other really sage quote during the judges’ deliberation portion of the evening, and I think it’s worth reproducing here. “It’s not about pass/fail,” she said. “t’s about A or A minus — it’s really that close.” And that’s the truth.
What do you think Drag Racers? Did the right pair go home? Who should have gone home instead? What were your favorite moments of tonight’s episode?
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