RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 is down to the final 4 — RoLaskaToxx and Jinkx Monsoon. Roxxxy being ‘mean’ to Jinkx & then Jinkx looks all forlorn. The shade of it all! At least that’s the way the episode is being edited. Half the time in this episode and the corresponding Untucked, the four contestants seem to be having a good time with each other.
The mini-challenge is an old-fashioned bitchfest. With puppets. Well done on the cross-promotion, LOGO. The network seems to be getting the hang of this. The drag queens have to pull a puppet out of the glory hole. The puppets have the names of other contestants on them and they need to be dragged up for a bitchfest with their human contestant. Three of the performances are funny. Roxxxy’s puppet of Jinkx is a little more on the snarky side rather than the cute side. Unbecoming Roxxxy! Plus the whole being-down-on Jinkx thing is getting tired. But in a season without a real ‘villain’ left, we’ve got to create one. I know that I’m playing into RuPaul’s super-smooth hands, but I’m at the point where ‘anyone but Roxxxy’ can win and I’ll be good with that.
The main challenge is “The Sugar Ball” — the contestants need to come up with 3 looks — Super Duper Sweet 16, Sugar Mama Executive Realness and $h!t Made out of Candy. At least that’s how Christian Siriano would refer to it if he were on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Since Alaska won the mini-challenge, she gets a 15-second head start on picking out candy for her outfit. Roxxxy is super-confident since she’s a strong sewer. But are you a strong gluer, Roxxxy?
The candy looks the drag queens come up with are OK. Roxxxy’s is the best with candy ropes glued into a fringy-bustier dress. Alaska goes with a cotton-candy explosion. It looks good but cotton candy doesn’t really hot glue well — chunks of it keep falling off. Detox goes with a neon-green and black creation that doesn’t really look candy-like at all. And Jinkx creates a huge hoop skirt covered in crushed candy. Unfortunately she also has a narcolepsy attack so she’s half-falling asleep while creating it. It’s a hot mess of a dress, and she ends up only wearing the bustier part with a smaller skirt, meaning she’s got a lot less candy on her dress than some of the other girls.
As the mini-challenge winner, Alaska is also given the task of creating a Sugar Girls dance routine with the rest of the contestants. They keep it simple and clean. With this performance, that brings our outfit count up to 4 for this runway. It must’ve taken all freakin’ day to film this runway show.
After the runway, Alaska’s dress stops falling apart and she wins the challenge. Roxxxy is the runner-up, leaving Jinkx and Detox in the bottom 2. It’s Jinkx’s first time in the bottom, and Detox’s 3rd time.
In the end, there’s no question Jinkx is the stronger performer this week. RoLaskaToxx has finally been split apart as Detox is sent home. The final 3 are Alaska, Roxxxy and Jinkx Monsoon. Only two episodes remain — who will be crowned a winner? Who do you think will win? Sound off below!
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