Project Q Atlanta
The queens get wiggy wit’ it on this week’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Not only is the challenge an extra hairy proposition, but a tangled twist at the end makes for even more wigged-out drama.
Ru warns the Top Five that they should get ready to wig out. Things kick off with a mini challenge in which the queens must create quick-fire headdresses from beach paraphernalia. Hu? Well, whatever: It ain’t pretty (top photo).
The work room tension is fluffed to high with such a multi-faceted challenge. That, combined with just five girls left in the competition, turns the usual passive-aggressive snarking into full-fledged bitchery. As they start cutting and spraying their looks, Raja has decided “not to be nice anymore” (What?!), and Manila is just full-on talking bad about people to their face.
Raja does Mad Men ‘60s secretary to the T, an edgy deco dress with a razor cut for the red carpet, and then a completely successful cotton-candy interpretation of Janice from the Muppets.? Her personality sucks, but she’s a definite for the finals and a solid bet to win.
Shangela tries her damndest as a Flamenco dancer, then as a daytime Oprah’s Legends Ball queen, and finally as an alien princess who appears to have forgotten to wrap hair around the Styrofoam cones on her head.
For her period look, Manila mixes disparate eras—the 1980s and Marie Antionette’s 1780s—and it somehow works. She’s goes all Jennifer Love Hewitt-plays-Audrey Hepburn on us for the red carpet, and serves hairy bumble bee for the fantasy category. Like it or not, this other Heathers clique member is a shoe-in for the finals as well.
When all the dos are done, Yara takes her first win. Raja is a close second, and Manila is a tight third. It’s down to Alexis and Shangela to Lip Sync For Your Life to a soaring Fantasia anthem. Alexis does a better job, but at this point, it really is time for Shangela to Sashay Away, or in her case do the Halleloo Shoo. Oh well, hair today, gone tomorrow.
But that’s not all, children. Ru provides the WTF moment of the night: Michelle, Santino and Santino-light Billy B. will caucus to determine which eliminated player returns to the competition next week. It’s an acrylic nail-biter as “Drag Race” heads toward the semi finals with one queen—Venus D. Lite, Atlanta’s Phoenix, Stacy Layne Matthews, Mimi Imfurst, Delta Work, Carmen or Shangela—getting a second chance in the spotlight.