Racing With Haley: Draglympics

OOh girl, this week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race was a wild one. From Olympic sports to a ton of drama, Drag Race was in its prime this week. Let’s jump into it, shall we?

Back in the workroom after Ariel Versace’s elimination, Yvie Oddly confronted Silky Nutmeg Ganache and Vanessa ‘Vanjie’ Mateo for their critiques on the runway. Though this fight was short, it carried on to the next day. Plastique Tiara asked why Silky was in the bottom three. Yvie and Silky continued to butt-heads over serving spooky over glamour, but thankfully they were saved the the oooh girl.

RuPaul entered the workroom (not in a suit) and had the girls work out for the mini challenge. Love Connie, the queen of workout looks, came in to teach the girls how to get physical. Watching the girls try to keep up with the moves was hilarious. I died when Vanjie started stop, drop, and rolling while also losing her wig in the process. Brooke Lynn Hytes got to show off her dance background with some insane high kicks, while Plastique and Yvie brought it. Then, RuPaul played Love Connie’s leg like a guitar. Anyway, A’Keria Davenport and Plastique took home the win and became team captains for the week.

So, this week the queens were to shablam and vogue in an Olympic inspired floor performance. A’Keria’s team represented Tuckpantistan, consisting of Brooke, Silky, Yvie, and Shuga Cain. Plastique and her team, Ra’Jah O’Hara, Nina West, Scarlet Envy, and Vanjie would be representing Glamazonia. The girls would be coached by choreographer Travis Wall and Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon.

Ra’Jah and Scarlet were nervous for another choreography challenge. Scarlet somehow thought the response would be trying to do her first ever death drop? Sounds like a bad idea! Meanwhile, Silky and Yvie were working together after their big fight prior. They chose to work together and be mature about it. Would it last? Yvie’s joints’ ability to bend every which way gave her an advantage and she tried to teach her teammates how to death drop. Brooke took on the challenge, but we didn’t get to see the results during the group run through.

The queens hit the mainstage to run through their routines with their coaches. The queens had to dance with fans, vogue, and shablam. A’Keria’s team was up first and Brooke Lynn obviously killed it. Silky and A’Kiera struggled a bit, but overall, they weren’t half bad! Yvie’s condition and joint pain brought her some trouble and I know we were all rooting for her to kill it on the mainstage. Team Plastique hit the stage next and Ra’Jah killed it fresh out the gate, proving herself wrong! Nina and Scarlet struggled with the fanography. Out of the two groups, team Plastique struggled more than team A’Kiera.

As the girls were preparing for the Draglympics, Vanjie broke down. She felt like she should have a win under her belt this far in with all the expectations riding on her back. I felt for her in that moment, but I hope she knows how well she is doing and how much the fans continue to fall in love with her. Brooke Lynn shared her story of starting drag with an all male ballerina group, which is incredible. Yvie also opened up about the disorder she struggles with and how it’ll continue to get worse overtime. Eventually, it’ll end her drag career. As heartbreaking as it is, it’s amazing to watch her push through and thrive this season. She’s willing to go out on stage in a wheelchair if she has to. We love you Yvie!

On the mainstage, Ru was joined by Michelle Visage, Travis Wall, Adam Rippon, and Mirai Nagasu. Where the heck were Ross Matthews and Carson Kressley?! Anyway, we got a nice intro from Michelle and Adam, plus some Love Connie. It was beautiful watching team A’Keria spread climate change awareness! Plastique’s team gave a moving number to end world hunger. Team A’Kiera was more solid choreography wise, while team Plastique’s was more campy and fun. During the competition, Yvie injured her ankle, but apparently she’s good to go for the rest of the competition. This challenge was wild.

The queens hit the runway in gold glamour. Brooke Lynn Hytes was after my heart with her Norma Desmond inspired looks. Yvie used her cane for medical reasons, but completely sold it on the runway and I love the character she created. A’Kiera looked gorgeous in a Ru inspired look. Those were my top three favorites, I think.

It was time for the judges’ critiques where team A’Keira and A’Keria herself took home the win! That meant her whole team was safe, while all of team Plastique were at risk of elimination. Plastique got praise for bringing more to the table, Ra’Jah aired her drama with the past choreographer on the mainstage, which was weird, Vanjie got high praise for her performance and read for her runway, Nina West got praised for selling her performance even if she wasn’t a great dancer, while Scarlet wasn’t so lucky. Michelle said she was lost, but Travis said she was most improved. Then Ru asked the dreaded question, who should go home. Everyone but Scarlet herself voted to send her home. Yikes.
Ra’Jah O’Hara and Scarlet Envy found themselves in the bottom two. This was Scarlet’s first, while Ra’Jah is familiar with the bottom. They hit the stage to lip synch for their lives to Last Dance by Donna Summer. Drag Race is killin’ it with the lip synch songs this season! Scarlet literally cut the dress off her body to reveal a body suit. She can’t dance, so she brought confetti, while Ra’Jah bought her dance moves to the performance. It was a great lipsynch, but ultimately Ra’Jah stayed while Scarelt sashayed away.

I’ll see you next week when the queens make a farm to runway look. You heard that right.

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One small brushfire away from completing the Serial Killer Triad, Haley is a hell-raising college student and sports journalist. Calling the suburbs of the gayest city in America home, she's sure to bring it to you every ball.

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