It’s the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 premiere – we’re back drag racers! We start off this season in the usual way by meeting the queens. We get the usual parade of queens coming into the workroom. No T, no shade – it’s a little forced. Or maybe it’s just that Miss Fame is a bit forced, since no one is in the room. Things get more relaxed as more girls enter the room.
Some highlights right off the bat: Mrs. Kasha Davis describes herself as an international real housewife because of the one time she performed in Canada. Tempest Dujour gives birth to Amber Alert on her entrance. Jasmine Masters completely loses her mind when she sees that Kennedy Davenport is also competing. It’s a nice contrast to the cool-as-cucumber glamour queens. Sasha Belle thinks she’s cracked the code of Drag Race and therefore KNOWS how to win. She also REALLY WANTS to win! Really! I’m guessing she’s out before we get to the middle of the season. Sorry about it.
And speaking of Miss Fame, who’s gorgeous, but what is up with that contouring girl? And are those lifts? Really? You’re not even 30 yet, girl.
Instead of a starting photo shoot, these girls have to do a fashion show featuring spring & fall fashion. So we’ve got 2 looks from each queen. Oh, drama! The only people in the audience for this fashion show are RuPaul, Michelle Visage, new judge Carson Kressley and special guests Alaska (Wintour) and Mathu Anderson (whose name doesn’t even get mentioned). Alaska is fabulous as always. We don’t hear nearly enough from Mathu. Can we get a web extra with just Mathu? Come on now – can’t have Mathu Anderson on stage & not hear ONE WORD from him! He’s a freaking makeup GENIUS!
I should state for the record that until they disappoint me in some shape or form, I’m currently Team Max and Team Trixie Mattel. It’s a geography thing, as I live in Milwaukee. I also liked that while both of them are quirky, they both served up some glamour on the runway. We’ll see if Trixie gets asked to ease up on the paint or if Max has to go modern. I’m anticipating “But this is my style of drag.…” type conversation that never ends well. For that contestant. We shall see how the season progresses.
Some highlights from the multi-season runway show include Violet Chachki thinking that showing multiple looks in one garment is a ‘talent.’ Oh, girl. I have a feeling she’s going to be exhausting in the Laganja family of exhausting. Or more like Vivienne Pinay super-boring exhausting. Pearl is also in danger of falling into that category. She’s of the walk-super-slow school of runway. Snooze. Kennedy Davenport decides to wear green for some weird reason. Maybe she doesn’t watch the show & doesn’t realize that Michelle Visage reads every queen that wears it?
Then the Pit Crew get introduced to the queens and they’re not wearing their sponsorship underwear. They be naked, y’all! But the nudity is for a reason – for their mainstage challenge the queens must create a resort outfit that can be removed to show a nude illusion. Some of the queens have an odd definition of what ‘nude’ is. Max has crutches and various bandages. Violet decides to go boy-boobs. Jasmine Masters and Sasha Belle wear clothes. It’s a nudity hodge podge.
Our first guest judge is Kathy Griffin. Yay! Sent to safety are: Trixie Mattel, Max, Pearl, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Katya (who’s giving the best confessional one-liners), Ginger Minj, Jaidynn Diore Fierce. Those remaining to receive the judges critique: Sasha Belle, Miss Fame, Kennedy Davenport, Tempest Dujour, Jasmine Masters, Kandy Ho’ and Violet Chachki.
We get the usual blah-blah, you’re pretty, she wore ugly clothes utnil RuPaul then makes the remaining queens say which queen didn’t impress them. We’re bringing out the claws early, but since there are so many of them, I’m not sure anyone will get too offended. I’m sure Untucked will prove me wrong.
Ross Matthews, who has joined the judging panel, declares that he likes a little stank on his drag queens, so Miss Fame was a little too pretty for him. Kathy Griffin is not impressed that Kandy Ho’ asked Tempest her age. Violet Chachki lack of girl boobs makes Michelle Visage make the gesture to the left. Not. Recommended.
Michelle gestures aside, Violet Chachki is the first challenge winner. Tempest Dujour and Kandy Ho’ are the first two queens up for elimination. They’re lipsynching to RuPaul’s Geronimo, which would be a really hard song to learn & lipsynch. I’m rooting for Tempest, but I’m not impressed with either of them.
In the end, Tempest is told to sashay away. Boo! I don’t think Kandy Ho will be around much longer either, but only time will tell in this 7th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
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