Last week saw the sad elimination of Banksie as she exited the runway like a true icon. The queens discuss her elimination and thoughts on her departure, whilst sad to see her go the show must go on!
It’s that time of the season when it separates the winners from the losers, it’s snatch game! An iconic game that is a fan favorite along with RuPaul herself. Many queens have a good wheelhouse of characters to pull from, in a walk round, Ru does her Q&A with the queens and their choices. Kate Butch plans to do Kate Bush, of which big expectations are placed upon her. Cara Melle plans to play Dionne Warwick, one of Ru’s favorite singers. It doesn’t pan well when Cara’s knowledge flatlines, much to Ru’s disappointment.
Joining the snatch game panel this week are two iconic queens of TV and the West End Carol Vorderman and Alexandra Burke. A very fun pair who add the fun and camp that the snatch game requires. Seeing special guests have fun heightens the watch as a viewer especially when you know how loved they are in the UK.
The game itself is a success and there are plenty more hits than misses where no one steals the show it’s more of a well-shared distribution of comedy. Kate Butch gets some strong laughs, as does Ginger Johnson as Dame Barabra Cartland, and Tara Thomas plays Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire with a reoccurring Southern accent. This may be due to Ru asking her to do one in his walk round, which got him in his classic fit of hysterical laughter. Once you make him laugh with some outlandish gimmick, one does not stop. It makes no sense but it gets the laughs from the one person you want them from. As no one truly bombs the game it feels as if it’s down to the least funny who make no real impact with the jokes which Dedelicous as Lady C and Vicki Vivacious as Fanny Cradock fall into that category.
Joining the main runway for the theme Heart Ons is Alexandra Burke. The brief for this runway was met above and beyond. I loved everyone’s interpretation, all were well conceptualized but for me, Vicki stood out with her well-fitting velvet jumpsuit, and Michael Marouli took a approach with a black heart locked up in chains. As usual, Tomara nails the runway every week looking every inch like a glamour model she’s always someone who catches the attention due to her concepts and execution. On the other end, Dede’s outfit was unflattering to her shape, admitting she’d stuck a bunch of hearts to her corset, making it a little messy. Alongside her – and it breaks my heart – but Kate Butch’s outfit was baffling. It was borderline 1920s sailor while it was cute, it just didn’t meet the brief and was perceived more like a fun fancy dress party.
One thing that is noticeable and wonderful to watch is Ginger Johnson coming into her own and blooming this season. Each episode has gone on to showcase so much talent, wonderful looks, and top-notch advice. One could describe her as a dark horse coming out and dominating the competition. Likewise, Ru sings her praises in the feedback declaring her the winner of this week’s challenge, earning her well-deserved second badge in two consecutive weeks.
Snatch game has proved a strong and competitive week for the queens this week, both in performance and making a tricky decision for who’s to leave this week. Unfortunately, landing in the bottom is Vicki and Dede left to lipsync it out to ‘Heartbreak on Hold’ by Alexandra Burke.
Although lacking in a substantial outfit Dede more than makes up for the performance as she proceeds to lipsync for her life. The routine she gives is one she has been wanting to show for a while. It’s entertaining, show-worthy, and what you want from a drag show, with her second time at the bottom and against a strong competitor it’s like she knew her time was up. RuPaul agreed her effort was outstanding and kept Dede safe for another week, another sad goodbye seeing Vicki sashay away. What did you think of this week’s snatch game? Let us know in the comments!