OMG you guys – the RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 2 premiere recap is here! Cause, you know, the show is back.
And while the show itself is preeetttyy much the same format, this being All Stars and to address the amount of online bitching, we’ve gotta have a twist. Thankfully that twist isn’t teams. Can I get an amen?
But first! Which queens have made the All Stars 2 lineup? For those fans living under a rock, here are your 10 queentestants in order of entry into the workroom.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 2 Queens
Katya (Season 7)
Detox (Season 5)
Alyssa Edwards (Season 5)
Phi Phi O’Hara (Season 4)
Ginger Minj (Season 7)
Roxxxy Andrews (Season 5)
Coco Montrese, who enters with a Dorito compact. Well done, Coco (Season 5)
After introducing our All Stars, Ru tells the girls that RuPaul will not be doing the eliminating this season. So now the focus is not on being safe, but on winning each week. Hopefully that will prevent some of those lame lip sync weeks. *Cough* Honey Mahogany & Vivienne Pinay *Cough*.
The top 2 each week will be lip syncing for their legacy, instead of for their lives. The winner of the lip sync will win $10,000. For some reason the girls all think that because RuPaul says he won’t be eliminating queens that queens won’t be eliminated. Silly, silly queens. Of course a queen will be eliminated each week. You’re just going to have to do it yourselves. Mwhahahahahha!
But they don’t know that yet.
OH, although side idea – what if they did a season of Drag Race where no one got thrown off the show, just removed from eligibility from winning. So eliminated contestants would still participate & could really screw up those still eligible to win. Hmmm. Could be interesting.
We start off with the Reading is Fundamental mini-challenge. Winner: Alaska, of course, with Katya a close second, although the reads are a bit meh. Or weird. Coco’s rhymes are a bit Laganja. Other queens are trying to prove that they’re nice this time around, which doesn’t really work with a reading challenge. We’ll see what Logo posts later on. More reads! More reads! UPDATE: Here they are!
Maxi challenge: talent show. #DragRaceTalentShow
As the larger challenge, the queens have to showcase their charisma, uniqueness, nerve & talent at a live talent show.
Adore is singing. Girl, why you starting the show with a ballad?
Alyssa is doing variety? That means lip syncing & dancing, which makes more sense.
Wait, that puppet was supposed to be RuPaul? Really? RuPaul. Huh. The skin tone looks a bit off, but maybe it’s just my screen…
Coco is dancing because she wanted to show something different. Coco, it’s the premiere episode of All Stars 2. Different is not what we’re going for here. Remind people why you’re there instead. Janet Jackson would’ve been a good choice.
Detox is singing. With a lot of glow paint.
Ginger is singing.
Katya is doing gymnastics.
Phi Phi is singing acapella.
Roxxxy Andrews is doing burlesque.
Alaska is singing.
Tatianna is doing spoken word. Sounds horrible, right? It’s great.
Was it just me, or was a lot of the singing not great? Adore, Ginger and Phi Phi are all really good singers, but none of them sounded that great to me. Detox & Alaska sounded ok. Maybe it was a nerves thing. Maybe it was a crappy setup for people who were trying to for-real sing. I was expecting something more like this:
Or even this:
Time to get judged
Back to our regularly scheduled program: Todrick Hall is now one of the permanent judges with Carson Kressley. I hope Ross Matthews shows up every once & awhile. Up until the judging, the queens thought they were in fantasy land and no one was going home. It was time to bring these girls back to reality. No, Ru isn’t going to be sending any of these queens home.
The winning queen is. Mwhahahahaha.
After the talent extravaganza, Alyssa, Detox & Katya are all safe this week.
Michelle has decided to go in this season. Because being “real” is always “giving your unvarnished opinion in a way that highlights the other person’s personal insecurities.” Some of the queens who are trying to show America how nice they are are the most shocked at Michelle’s critique of Adore. They’re also bracing themselves for their own critique. Many of the girls have been on the BOTS tour, so Michelle’s got history to draw from for those girls.
In the bottom are Adore, Coco and Phi Phi. Alaska & Ginger are safe.
In the top are Roxxxy Andrews and Tatianna. First they win jewels & have to lip synch for the $10,000.
Oh, lord, the queens go back to the room to deliberate, knowing Roxxxy & Tatianna are going to select either Adore, Coco or Phi Phi to eliminate. Meanwhile the judges drink “cocktails” and kiki. I hope Todrick & Carson got a little booze in theirs if they wanted it.
The queen selection is done via selecting a lipstick. Does Tatianna never end up in the bottom? How is her whole name going to fit? I don’t envy the prop person who had to make these.
Each of the top 2 queens selects the lipstick with the name of the queen they would eliminate. They ceremonially stuff it in their bra. It’s the snuffing of the torch. The Auf Wiedersehen. The disappointed look & request to pack up one’s kit. So sad. So serious.
The queens perform to Shake it Off and the winner is Roxxxy Andrews. Now we find out, which lipstick did she pick?
Roxxxy has selected Coco Montrese to be the first queen eliminated. She made a bad choice.
What did you all think of the twist & the elimination? And then the return for your revenge? What is that about? Let’s speculate wildly below!