There are few episodes fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race love more than the Rusical. This one was especially exciting for me, a classic movie fanatic since the show’s topic was none other than Joan Crawford. However, since Heidi N Closet chose to eliminate herself from the competition and Jimbo got her third win of the season, there was some drama to get into before we could see the fun stuff. If Heidi hadn’t chosen to leave, Kahanna Montrese would have been sent home as her lipstick was chosen by the majority of the queens and Jimbo herself.
When the queens entered the workroom the next day, the photos of RuPaul that lined the wall had been replaced by Joan! Each queen would play Joan in a different era of her career and record their own verses to the original soundtrack. Jaymes Mansfield took on the role of Mommie Dearest Joan, LaLa Ri opted for the Mildred Pierce era Joan, Jimbo was the perfect match for Whatever Happened to Baby Jane Joan, Kahanna took on The Women Joan, and Alexis Michelle took a risk by taking on the country song that went along with Mommie Dearest.
Kandy Muse and Jessica Wild both wanted the no wire hangers Joan, so the queens made them audition. Let’s be real, neither was very good, but Kandy snagged the role. Jessica would play the Christina, fetch me the ax Joan.
The queens recorded their vocals with producer Leeland. It’s always fun watching him tell the queens they are doing a good job when we know the truth. Somehow, he makes it sound good in the end. Then came the choreo. Does the first run-through of the dancing ever go well? No. But it’s fun for us to watch.
On the main stage, Ru was joined by Michelle Visage, TS Madison, and Adam Shankman. First came the rusical performance. Was this the best rusical of all time, at least as far as performances go? No one fumbled and I was impressed by the accuracy of their performances. When it came down to the bottom queens, you knew that the judges were going to be splitting hairs.
As for the runway, the category was Night of 100 Grace Jones’! Again, the looks were well-done and it was hard to find any flaws. These queens came to play! My favorites of the night were Jessica, who had the classic Grace look, as well as LaLa whose love for the superstar showed through with her look. Can we talk about Jimbo without a breastplate, too? She looked great stepping outside of the box!
Alexis and Jimbo were safe, while Kandy snagged the win! In the end, Kahanna and Jaymes were up for elimination. Angeria Paris VanMichaels was the lipsync assassin of the week. She and Kandy faced off to I’m Not Perfect But I’m Perfect For You by Grace Jones herself. When Kandy won the lip sync, we all knew what was coming. She sent home Jaymes, which seemed like the wrong move to me, but what do I know? I think Jaymes still had a lot to show.
Anyway, enough of my rambling. I’ll see you all next week for another episode of our favorite show!