Archive | March, 2012

RuPaul’s Drag Race 4, Episode 8: “Frenemies”

21 Mar

Hi all! Back for another week and OH MY is the blogosphere all a-buzz about last night’s episode.  If you missed it, watch it here, and do not miss John&Jon’s recap! Also, check out this great NewNowNextTumblr. Fab!

The mini challenge this week is actually not a challenge so much as a lie detector test with a bit of a creepy/funny Ed Wood feel to it, (aka throroughly enjoyable!)

Ru asks some great questions…“If [another queen on the show] were the last ladyboy on earth, would you kai kai with her?”

According to Queerty:

Sharon would kai kai with Phi Phi.

Phi Phi would not kai kai with Sharon.

And everyone would kai kai with Latrice.

Agreed!

Based on the answers in the mini challenge, the queens are paired with their frenemy, (ALWAYS cast for conflict, folks…)! The partners are Phi Phi and Sharon, Latrice and Willam, and Dida and Chad. The main challenge is then unveiled: put together a stage act (including real singing!) to “Better Than You,” (a drag version of “Anything You Can Do”).

Guest judges this week are really fun — Pamela Anderson and Jennifer Tilly!

After the performances….

Willam and Latrice, (who did a polished job), emerge as the top team…

…while Sharon and Phi Phi, (who are lucky to hold it together at all considering their past on the show), are in the bottom and forced to lip sync against each other to “It’s Raining Men (The Sequel)” performed by Martha Wash and RuPaul.

Oddly, just before the lip sync, Willam notably steps toward the side of the stage in the background and ralphs over the edge. WHAT is going on?

Back to the show….I am a little bummed out at Sharon’s lip sync while Phi Phi is throwing himself around giving it effort, but not really talent, and losing his wig in the process.

We’re awaiting the Ru Paul’s judgement on Sharon and Phi Phi, when, in a surprise RPDR TWIST, Ru Paul calls Willam to stage front and says the following: “You have broken the rules. Rules that are in place to protect the fairness of this competition… Willam, I have to ask you to leave the competition immediately. Sashay away.” HUH?

One assumed there might be some explanation offered either during the show, on Untucked, or online afterwards. No such luck!

The show did release a statement via the NewNowNext Blog“During the filming of the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, it was brought to the producers attention that Willam had not complied with the rules as set forth in his competition contract. As a result, and in fairness to the other contestants, Willam was forced to leave the show. This issue will be addressed in the upcoming reunion special.”

I like Genevieve Koski’s view on this via AVClub“…[G]iven Drag Race’s propensity for appropriating and blowing up reality-show tropes, there’s also the distinct possibility that Willam—who was a semi-successful actor before joining the program—and the producers conspired to create a false controversy that would bring both the show and Belli a little extra attention…Whatever wig she’s wearing, though, it’s clear Willam’s real gift is for self-promotion.”

However you feel about Willam, he did bring C-U-N-T to the show. Do you already miss him? To feed your habit, here’s a recent video from Willam — “Chow Down (At Chick-Fil-A)” — an ode to the hate mongering/delicious chicken-shack.

Enjoy!

Somehow it’s so fitting that Willam Belli was both the winner and the loser this week. Thanks to Tom + Lorenzo for the fab photos. We’ll see you next time when the ladies get political with Frock the Vote!

xo Mandy

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Episode 7, Season 4: “Dragazines”

19 Mar

Back for another week, I see! As always for more help catching up on last week’s episode, see John Polly with Huffpost GayVoices and don’t forget to watch Jon & John!

If you missed it, watch this week’s full episode online with Logo! And, thanks to Queerty and allvoices.com for fab overviews this week!  

As wen enter episode 7, the mini challenge is the “reading” of the other queens. Miss Pandora Boxx does a great overview of her favorite “reads”, which she refers to as “bitch pudding” — Ha!

Here are a couple of the best reads of the evening…

Dida to Latrice – “You’re free now.  You don’t have to rock the yard sandals anymore.”

Sharon to Dida – “Dida Ritz, a lot of you girls like to clock me for painting my skin on the gray side but I was inspired by your knees.  They’re the same color as Willam’s chin.”

Finally, RuPaul gives Latrice Royale the win with her continued and fabulous command of acronyms — Latrice to Jiggly, “BMW: Body (snap) Made (snap) Wrong.”

For the main challenge, the queens launch their own Ru-style magazine according to various themes. The queens have to design the magazine, articles, and cover as Editor’s in Chief.

As the mini challenge winner, Latrice doles out the “dragazine” titles…
Battle of the Bulge aka fitness for Jiggly Caliente; 
Tastes Like Chicken aka food for Dida Ritz; Sugar Walls aka home décor for Willam; Kitty Cats aka cat lovers for Sharon Needles; Sashay Away aka travel for Phi Phi O’Hara; Eleganza aka fashion for Chad Michaels; and What’s the T aka celebrity gossip for Latrice Royale.

The queens meet with hottie Jonathan Clay Harris for a magazine photo shoot to go on the cover of their “dragazines”.

A notable cover shot is Sharon Needles (keeping us on our toes, as usual!)

Mentioned across the blogosphere was the Sharon Needles homage to “Little Edie” in Grey Gardens for her dragazine look.

Brightest Young Things picked it up, as did AVClub and, a newcomer to Highkixx, Chad Sell on chadsellcomics.com. Actually, Chad also does great illustrations. I thought I’d share a few from this week.

First, “Little Sharon” ….

Chad Micheal’s edgy rock look….

and Willam’s pink lip sync look!

As for judges this week, the returning judges Michelle Visage and Santino Rice sit with actress Regina King, and singer Pam Tillis.

After the runway, Sharon, Dida, Latrice, and Chad are safe. Jiggly finds herself in the bottom two for the third time. Willam joins Jiggly in the bottom and the pair lip syncs to “Mi Vida Loca” by guest judge Pam Tillis.

Phi Phi O’Hara wins the “dragazine” challenge with her “Sashay Away” travel magazine cover.

This is the first win for Phi Phi and, notably, she did do a great job on the runway this week…

As for the lip sync, Willam is always a strong contender. However, at first, it doesn’t look like he’s going to turn it out until his little coy panty-less move puts him over the top and completely outshines Jiggly in a second.

In the end, RuPaul tells Willam to “chantay you stay” and for Jiggly “sashay away”. Deuces!

Dragazine is fab, isn’t it!?! Check out deleted scenes from dragazine “Letters to the Editor” here! (Dida does a surprisingly good one!)

Until next week!

xo Mandy

Season 4, Episode 7: Float Your Boat!

12 Mar

Welcome welcome welcome! If you missed Episode 6, Float Your Boat, watch it here. As usual, do not miss 5 Moments on Drag Ya Later with Jon & John!

In this episode, the first challenge is Spring-Break at Dragtona! themed — a wet t-shirt contest with HUGE (creepy) porn star breast plates! The girls are given Glamazon t-shirts to style and then judged by a huge group of extras while water is poured on them. (Check out Mike McComb’s write up for in-depth coverage on TV’sLatest.)

Overall, this challenge is a little hard to watch, but interesting since there has been significant debate since the dawn of Drag Race amongst the judges about the use of breast plates. The Highkixx opinion? Ru wants to get BOOBS out of everyone’s system. Boy, this did it for me. I have made my decision on breast plates and I am SO OVER them.  Regardless, the girls all take the assignment in stride, which was notable and impressive. (See Motorboatin’!)

Willam wins the mini challenge saying, ever so delicately: “I won. You know, it’s kind of a hobby of mine. Thank you God for all this bod.” (Check out Bust’s Magazine Blog for more Willam quotes from this episode.)

And now for the main challenge, which was a bit of a Pride jumble this week! First the queens get a quick review of the 1969 Stonewall Riots as a defining moment in the gay rights movement. Then the queen’s get the week’s assignment: design your own fashion forward boat-shaped floats to show off Pride with one of the eight colors from the original Pride flag: Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Turquoise, Indigo and Purple, with the overall theme being “Hope Floats”.

Judging the runway this week are Michelle Visage, Billy B, LA Pride Grand Marshal Kelly Osbourne and NCIS’ Pauley Perrette.

As for the runway, Jiggly keeps describing her float as, “Very Saint Tropez,” which may just mean, “Very orange” and Latrice really turns out the hair and makeup.

Milan describes her boat as the drag invasion of Fire Island. Michelle says Milan’s concept doesn’t show up at all in the final product. Billy goes farther, saying this boat showed off Milan’s pride instead of Pride. “I’m a little offended,” Billy says.

Willam rocks some couture and plasters his boat with little stickers, he presumable always packs around, of himself in a star and does do a great performance on the runway, even pointing out the amenities on his float: “WiFi, full service gym and a business center.” All the judges love the look and Billy adds, “You give very good masthead.”

Willam wins while Jiggly Caliente and Milan Lip Sync for their lives!

This week’s lip sync track is Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”. Both performers do a surprisingly ok job — jump splits and all. You can tell Milan is sick of lipsync(ing) for her life and is taking the queue. As it turns out…”London, Paris, Milan: the world is calling,” RuPaul says. “Now sashay away.”

(Note: We’re all amazed Jiggly is still in. Read on about Milan losing as well as a follow-up interview with Milan at PopWatch.)

As always, check out Pandora Boxx’s NewNowNext Recap and thanks to AfterElton for some fab photos!

Here’s a reminder of where we stand….

We’ll see you next week for a recap on the RuPaul’s Drag Race Episode 7…READING IS FUNDAMENTAL!

xo,

Mandy

Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 4: Episode 5 “Snatch Game”

4 Mar

Snatch Game last week! Yay! Additional great news: John Polly, of Jon&John is writing for HuffPost: Gay Voices and he does a great overview of last week’s episode!

As always, do not miss Jon&John’s Top 5 Moments and watch the episode online here!

So, let’s get into it! The mini challenge was a group of games called Beat The Cock. The games in the show: Cock-a-Doodle Ru, Pluck a Duck and Choke the Rooster included pinning rubber chickens on a poster of RuPaul, blowing feathers across the room without letting them touch the ground, throwing rings around fake roosters, and carrying raw eggs across the room between their legs. (Pandora Boxx does a great overview of the week’s episode — the queen has serious knowledge of old game shows!)

Anyway, Phi Phi won overall and got a phone call home, which she gave to Chad Michaels so that he could call his partner for their eighth anniversary. AVClub had a great overview of this moment: ”It’s a very sweet move from the show’s resident bitch, although it will be completely negated by her unbridled obnoxiousness throughout the rest of the episode.” Ha!

The highlight of that cute little call between Chad and his partner? “Chad: “I’m going to wear the giraffe bodysuit you made for me today.” Chad’s partner: “Fun!”

And now, let’s talk about the week’s main challenge — SNATCH GAME! Woo-hoo! This is always a fabulous train wreck – LOVE!

In Snatch Game, the girls each bring their impersonation to the show in which Ru hosts and two judges answer questions and see which queen comes closest to one of the judge’s answers.

As for the actual game, there was a range of characters….

There were some innocuous characters: Willam did a safe Jessica Simpson and Dida was solid as Wendy Williams. There were also some “Good God, stop” characters, which included the majority of the front row: Jiggly, (PLEASE get her off the show!), as Snooki; Phi Phi as Gaga, (who ignored Ru’s warning about doing Gaga); and Kenya Michaels, (who did a Paula Abdul-tinged impersonation of Beyonce…)

Finally, Sharon Needles TURNED IT OUT channeling Drag Race Judge Michelle Visage, while Chad Michaels took home the entire game with a SPOT-ON impersonation of multiple generations of Cher…

“I spread La Mer on my toast. I’m Cher, bitch!”

As an additional highlight, Latrice freaked out at the group the next day about the unprofessional “romper room” atmosphere in the front row during the game. He was really upset! As he said, “I was hotter than fish grease, girl!”

Guest judges were comedian Ross Mathews & original Dreamgirl Loretta Devine.

Chad was named winner in his gorgeous giraffe suit, Jiggly somehow made it another week, Willam was told he needed to be more vulnerable, and Milan and Kenya went up for elimination to Vogue with Kenya eventually losing.

As Ru said, “Kenya Micheals, impersonating Beyonce is not your destiny, child.”

Some notable moments? Sharon Needles’ plastic surgery runway look and her laugh exchange with Michelle Versage….

And, Willam’s runway outfit and his tears during judging. Sharon Needles called that bitch out real quick during Untucked quipping, “She ordered those tears from China.” Ha!

(Thanks to Queerty for the fab photos this week)

Until tomorrow’s episode!

xo Mandy

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