RuPaul’s Drag Race: Bitches on Parade

Posted on April 10, 2012

We’re going to do things a little differently this time and run parallel commentaries both on the show generally and on the challenges in this episode specifically. Let’s see if we can pull it off and all come together at the end.

 

Well. It’s always fun until someone loses an eye. RuPaul’s Drag Race is less of a reality show competition and more of a variety show with a cash prize at the end. The judging panel is no such thing because there really is only one judge: Ru herself. The other judges don’t make the decisions and oftentimes, don’t seem to do much to sway Ru’s opinions.

(This mini-challenge was cute, but these queens seem afraid of reading each other too much. Granted, Sharon went there with Chad’s surgery.)

And to its credit, it’s always been gleefully open about that, just as it’s gleefully open about the fact that the show is treated as one long commercial for Ru products, from books to albums.

(And Latrice’s whole schtick was “Sharon is weird.” Her Sharon issues seemed to come out of left field this week).

Other reality competitions try to “hide the seams,” so to speak, in an attempt to make the competition look as above-board as possible, even if the majority of people who watch reality TV competitions already think the format’s fixed. We’ve always kind of admired Ru and Co. for being so upfront about it.

(Clear winner. The spray tan and the snaggletooth were the kind of bitchy reading we were hoping for.)

Still, that doesn’t mean we don’t get caught up in the drama each week, even if we know a large part of is simply about playing to the cameras and adding conflict to the proceedings.

(“HAHA! Latrice is BLACK!” Although the necklace falling off was pretty funny.)

And it certainly doesn’t mean that we don’t root for our favorites and figuratively stick pins into little dolls representing our hates for the season.  Despite the transparent cash and attention grabs that go on, RuPaul’s Drag Race still manages to get us invested in the outcome.

(Gratuitous.)

So yes, a character like Phi Phi is going to make it to the end of the competition. That would have been true even in less transparent reality competitions. She’s the perfect villain: just talented enough to shoot down constant “What is she still doing here?” queries but not so talented that most people would consider her a lock for the win.

(Miss Ru went for a little edge this week! We like!)

Her status remains questionable from week to week, challenge to challenge; which always keeps both the rage and the curiosity high in the audience. There’s a reason Santino defended her last night. She’s essentially Santino; a semi-talented loudmouth with insecurities who made up for it by getting up in people’s faces.

(In case it was too subtle for you, the theme this week was “Judges who can’t move their faces.”)

But there’s a cumulative problem at work here. Ru revels in the idea of promoting queens that the majority of the audience simply doesn’t find as captivating as she does.

(We’re glad they didn’t have to sing this one. It was a cute enough number and it looked like Phi Phi really dominated things, but that could have had as much to do with how it was edited. She seemed to be in every shot.)

We respect the hell out of Ru for her career and talents, but at the end of the day, there’s really no “expertise” involved in the decisions made. It’s entirely down to Ru’s personal preferences. In other words, it really is RuPaul’s Best Friend Race.

(As much as we love her for her glamour and her fierceness, Latrice’s looks are always way too similar, with very little variation in hair and makeup. In addition, her pieces tend to look a little rough around the edges – literally. Her bitching about Sharon’s lack of polish made her look pretty bad. Girl, have you seen a mirror lately? She’s got presence to spare, but her presentation hasn’t improved since she got here.)

The problem with that approach, entertaining as it is, is that after a while, people are simply going to lose interest in the competition because at the end of the day, Ru’s just going to pick her idiosyncratic favorite or she’s going to pick the person that’ll get the biggest reaction out of the audience.

(The judges oohed and aaahed over her “Anime” look, but we thought it was pretty standard and unimaginative. On the other hand, she presented three distinct looks and characters. Granted, she still tends to look like a woman 20 years older than her and we don’t actually love any of the looks, but it was solid enough work.)

Yes, you should know this going into it so you don’t get too upset over the outcome, but that still doesn’t make it hard to take sometimes. What’s the point of rooting for anyone when they’re all there at Ru’s whim?

(Clear winner. Sharon not only offered three distinct looks and characters, she did it with a ton of style. Her first look was notable only because it’s so traditionally pretty, which was a good move for her to make right now. The second look was genius for creating a character and the third look was fabulous and decadent. She’s still the one to beat, in our eyes.)

In other words, this all a long-winded way of getting to our main point and it’s the same point we make every season at just about this time: talented queens are going home in favor of keeping bland queens who get Ru’s motor running for whatever reason. And worse, bad behavior is being rewarded once again, which makes this reality competition not nearly as subversive as it presents itself. It’s just another competition that rewards obnoxiousness and we’ve got more than enough of them at the moment.

(Chad also did a good job of offering three distinct looks. But the looks themselves weren’t very interesting. The first was a standard “pretty girl” look, the second was too literally a Kardashian look and the third made her look old. Good work, but it was understandable why she wound up in the bottom.)

But in all fairness, Latrice really did deserve to be on the bottom last night. Her looks weren’t very imaginative and her so-called “couture” look was just a half-assed half-thought.

And Ru practically handed her the lip synch last week with the Aretha song. It would have been too blatantly unfair to give her another soulful number, just so she can stand still and control the spotlight. A country song was exactly what was needed to put her through her paces and, bless her, it’s just not her forte. Chad was all over that one.

We would have loved to have seen her in the Final 3, if not the winner of the whole season. She’s just that good and charismatic. But Ru and Co. expect a certain amount of polish and if you didn’t have it when you got here, you better pick it up along the way. Latrice never really did, choosing to stick with the persona and habits that have gotten her this far in her career. We’re upset that she’s gone but we can understand why. We’re FAR MORE upset that a bland, nasty queen like Phi Phi is in the Final 3 (and if we were making predictions, is in line to win it all).

Oh, Ru. Must you do this to us every year?

 

[Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OD35QQZNBPZJXWTCBY7N4EE7VY Sarah

      My tears for Latrice are endless! I was sad at the lip-sync selection, though for the sake of Ms. Judd I guess it had to be that way. It was just too low-key for a death duel between Chad and Latrice.

      “I will be seeing Phi Phi very little in the future. VERY LITTLE.” Love you, Chad.

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      I don’t understand the judges’ (well, Ru’s) adoration of queens without intellect and wit. Why does it all come down to looks when judging the ladies?

      • introspective

        Agreed! Between the pointless resurrection of Kenya & the irritating and inexplicable staying power of Phical I am clueless as to what the formula is for success in Drag Race. And there are similar eliminations in seasons past that gave me pause too (Ongina, for ex) that suggest the less straightforward/more challenging the drag, the less Ru is into it. And she seems so intelligent that this kind of thing doesnt make sense…

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

           To me it makes sense. It isn’t about choosing a winner, it’s about ratings. He could avoid doing things that create animosity , but instead he asks “Which of the other queens shouldn’t be here?” and he KNOWS that it’s likely to start a screaming match, because those are reality show GOLD!  Much as I hate myself for doing it that’s why I watch. Drag U is comparatively free of conflict and it’s pretty boring.

          Of course the contestants know it too- the ones who scream and bitch get the camera time.

          • MattCooper27

            I agree, but I have to wonder at the end of the day, when the reality show stops and real life starts again, do these camera hungry bitch squealers ever regret it? Who would want to date him? I live in Chicago, and after seeing his true colors, I would never pay good money to see Phi Phi perform. 

            • Pinup Ghoul

               Ditto for all of that! Girl can serve the occasional fish dinner special, but on the show or Untucked, I never found her to be particularly clever or funny. Is her talent actually strutting around? Because if I want to see pretty, boring, mean-spirited girls who wear too much makeup and like to stir shit, I’ll start teaching high schoolers. At least then I’d be getting paid for it, as opposed to paying FOR it.

            • Mariah J

               Carmen Carrera was gorgeous and had more talent and still didn’t last. I can’t explain Phi2 being top 3 except for her disgusting personality.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

               Memory can be short. Winner or not she’ll get exposure and bookings out of this. People will go to see performers they love, and they’ll go see someone they Love to Hate. People are still pissed off at Rebecca Glasscock but she’s making money off of it.

            • hearkentoit

              I think I still dislike Rebecca Glasscock more than any other queen that’s been on this show. Can’t even tell you why except that she got under my skin. Maybe I dislike Tyra more. Maybe.

            • oh_dear_oh_dear

              Two things come to mind: when she broke down during the commercial challenge because she kind of knew someone with HIV, and then Ongina graciously performed and then came out about the fact that she HAD HIV, Glasscock looked like a giant tool. And the very last challenge, she was late, unprepared, and just so obviously not on the same level as Nina and Bebe, when you consider some of the real gems she had to kick off to make it there, it’s only natural. She was really the worst.

            • Vanessak69

              I didn’t hate Rebecca as much as everyone else. Granted in the MAC commercial, she looked like a tool and clearly the other queens hated her so I suspect she might have gotten very sympathetic editing.

              I suppose it probably did help her career but not near as much as queens who got sent home before her like Shannel and Ongina who continue to pop up in the Ru universe and elsewhere.

              If Rebecca was as nasty as PhiPhi, we the viewers never saw it. At worst, she seemed disingenuous and not professional. I would be surprised if being on RPDR wasn’t a bad thing for PhiPhi personally and professionally.

            • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

               Yeah, I can’t imagine there not being repercussions for Phi2, personally and professionally. Why would anyone who doesn’t like her spend time and money to see her? I wouldn’t walk across the street to see her. On the other hand, I know two women who were raging Rachael Ray haters, but took the train from Philly to New York to see a taping of her show. They both had demanding jobs and family obligations that took up a lot of their time. Why would they spend precious time on someone they hated with a hot flaming passion?

              I’d seriously consider walking across hot coals for the chance to see any number of queens from Drag Race – Latrice, Willam, Sharon, Chad, Pandora, Jujube, Ongina. But Phi-Phi? If I saw her lying in a ditch, I’d help her. But that’s about it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mwyarbrough Michael Yarbrough

        It’s particularly mystifying because RU IS SMART AND WITTY. Yes, she finally crossed over when she went glam, but she didn’t surrender her brain in the process. The way this very show is executed is Exhibit A.

      • Paigealicious

         Phi Phi doesn’t even look good, though, which makes it even more mystifying. At least Tyra looked amazing in her clothes and Raja was excellent at the high-fashion looks. I’m still not a fan of BeBe (still bitter that Nina Flowers didn’t win).

        • Julian Betkowski

          At this point we’re left with two impeccable queens, and a queen who has at best only been mediocre. Even Phi2′s wins were in challenges that the other queens seriously goofed.

        • Pinup Ghoul

          For real. Phi2′s wigs in last night’s episode were BUSTED, and the ‘couture’ look’s wig looked as if it had cobwebs all over it.

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

             Once again, she looked like a drunk housewife from the ’80s. Maybe she should start doing characters. That would be her best one.

      • CrazyAuntie

        Yes! And Michelle has a hard on for Phi Phi too (& loved TLo’s comment about why Santino likes her!)  I hope Sharon or Chad win.  After the brilliance of Raja, Manilla & Alexis last year, it would be a shame to see Phi Phi get the title.

      • Sweetpea176

        I don’t think the continued presence of Phi2 has anything to do with looks — I think she looks a hot mess half the time and I thought she looked like a train wreck last night.  (I was very frustrated that Ru gave her a pass on the “realness” that was asked for.)  It’s the drama on the show and the gnashing of the teeth of the audience.  Phi2 is being carried along not only because of her shit-stirring but also, in my opinion, because she’s an inferior queen — because that gets the audience buzzing.  The sad thing is, I don’t think Phi2 has any idea by how much she is outclassed by her competition.

    • introspective

      Mama Latrice!!!!!!

      Drag Race will NOT be the same without you.

      And Im so mad we have to suffer thru Phical for yet another week!!!

      • CrazyAuntie

        LOVE Latrice – even with her rough edges.  I cried like a baby at her final speech.  Class Act!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

           I loved her off the runway- I could just sit and dish with her all day. On the runway she had problems and didn’t bring it nearly as often as she should have. She was not gonna win but I’m glad she made it this far.

    • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

      Phical Matters anime dog park realness was nearly identical to that one Nicki Minaj look that was Kenya Michaels was serving when she was still in the running – can’t remember which episode it was though! It was the same wig and everything. She should have been clocked on that, but I think Ru just wanted her in the top three. It’s sad, but it seems like that’s been in the cards for a while. It’s the only explanation as to why Phi has gotten away with so much crap.
      It was obvious Latrice was going shashay this week unless she brought her A-game and won the challenge. I was hoping she was going to be the first big queen in the top three but apparently this just wasn’t her year. But she probably had the sweetest, most sincere leaving speech in Drag Race history. Hoping she’ll be in All Stars!

      • http://twitter.com/neeBarbero Debby Griffiths

        I maintain Willam was the “ringer” that Ru could eliminate if/when her shit stirrer came up for the elimination.  Phical should have been gone ages ago for behavior alone.  She isn’t serving dramatics, she’s serving hate…and like hate does, it will rebound on her threefold.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Mo/1394736292 Joe Mo

          agreed 500% and don’t think I won’t be a little mad at Willam if phical wins it all. I’m rooting for Sharon but I’d also be happy with a Chad win. But bitchface?! Hell to the muthaf*$%!n no!

    • Melanie Cozad

      I see Phi Phi as this season’s Rebecca Glasscock; although, she does have a bit more drag experience than Rebecca. I’m hoping beyond hope that she’s not this season’s Tyra Sanchez.

      I’ll miss you, Latrice, but at least two of my faves are going to the finals. I’ll be happy if either Chad or Sharon wins.

      • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

        It really seems as if she’s this year’s dud. I really hope that’s the case. I’d hate for such a nasty person to get the title after all her tricks and games.

        • Vanessak69

          If there is one thing I cannot stand about reality TV (and the reason I don’t watch 99% of Bravo programming anymore) is I can’t stand to see bad behavior rewarded.

          • Paigealicious

             Exactly! And the challenges she *did* win were like…she was the best of the worst, you know? I still don’t think she should have won the magazine challenge.

            • phiphihater

              Pooping on the beach is glamorous, yo.

          • http://twitter.com/neeBarbero Debby Griffiths

            This and PR are the only ones I watch and this one is veering as close to the edge in my like column as PR is these days.

      • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

        I agree that Phi Phi has Glasscock written all over her. (Or am I praying that you’re right?) In that scenario, though: remember how scared we all were that Glasscock was going to win–and how hopeful we were that Nina would prevail? And then: a polished, acceptable winner emerged. Perhaps we are underestimating Chad.

      • MK03

        She’s already this season’s Tyra. If she wins it…oh, fire will rain down from the sky.

        • StillGary

          Do you mean Tatianna (the Tranny)? I really admired Tyra — I know, I know, her drag was pageant queen and the girl was super ambitious, but she was polished & never stirred the sh** 

          • MK03

            Nope, I mean Tyra. Maybe she wasn’t as much of a shit-stirrer as Phical, but she had one hell of a nasty attitude. Remember the bridal challenge fiasco, when she blocked the others from getting to the fabric stuff? That’s not ambitious, that’s just plain mean.

          • andcoh

            Sonique was trans*.  Tatianna was just a drag queen.  And hardly a pot stirrer.  She got dealt way more than she gave.  Tyra just came across nasty to me.  And her make-up was pretty sad.

      • kingderella

         we will see. is it going to be a wendy pepper/rebecca glasscock? or is it going to be a gretchen jones/tyra sanchez? im ok with the former, because thats just reality tv. but if its the latter… that would be disgusting.

      • Horacio Lom Bonilla

        I’m sorry but Phi Phi is not even on Rebecca’s or Tyra’s levels. Say what you will about Rebecca being a fake but she was gorgeous. As for Tyra, she had style and presence to spare as well as beauty. Phi Phi is not even that pretty, she has no body going on and she is marginally talented. In terms of look she was one of the weakest this season. I think only Jiggly and Dita were less polished/creative. And I think the less makeup she puts on the more blah she looks. The prettiest she’s looked was on the first challenge.

    • http://theondioline.wordpress.com/ Ondioline

      No, I think Sharon will win. Past winners are either pretty and bland, or exciting and not traditionally pretty. Phi Phi is neither pretty nor interesting. She is pretty uninteresting.

      I would have loved Latrice in the top three. It was not to be.

      • sleah_in_norcal

        i’ll miss latrice too.  she looks eggs-zack-lee like a friend of mine who’s a fabulous gospel singer.  i loved her anthem “jesus is a biscuit, let him sop you up…”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brent-Wolgamott/694486412 Brent Wolgamott

      You really think Phi Phi is going to win?  Really?  I’d think there’d be a literal revolt if that occurred.   She won the ENTIRE All Stars voting contest, and Ru seems to love her.  I think Phi Phi is the foil to Sharon’s big win.  On the other hand, Sharon DID WIN the All Stars voting so Ru can bring her back and give her the $100,000 the same way the Project Runway people did when Mondo lost. 

      • sleah_in_norcal

        if phiphi wins i will be even more pissed off than i was when wretched wretchen won.  phi does not throw shade, she’s just mean, and there’s nothing witty or smart about it.  i’ve never disliked someone on reality tv this much.  it’s painful to watch her try to hurt the other girls every week.  it kinda makes me sick.  and i can’t believe ru let her act up on the runway like that.  so rude.

        • jblaked

          Yes, what you said. 

        • http://twitter.com/neeBarbero Debby Griffiths

          And what’s worse, she apparently is serving more of the same that we don’t see.  Unless I am oblivious (always a possibility) I haven’t seen him calling Chad old and being insulting to Chad.  Let’s face it, isn’t Chad tremendously important in the LA scene?  Wouldn’t making an enemy of her be counter-productive?  Proof that Phical talks with his anger not his brain.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SZGWWX5ORL2PR3H3F5JY5BTQXI Christie

      Oh, Ru. Must you do this to us every year?

      Two Words. Rebecca Glasscock.

      This was disappointing, but really, and I hate to say this because i love him so much…this is willam’s fault.  Phi Phi should have been sent home when she lip synced against Sharon, but Willam’s cheating meant that Phi Phi got a reprieve.  Damn you Willam…you beautiful talented bastard.

      • introspective

        you called it. what a different drag race to the finish line it could have been had willam stayed in line and we could have seen that tired queen’s run come to a much deserved early end… whatever. just putting my money on sharon and hoping that the finale doesnt go another way (and give me a heart attack in the process)!

        • Vincent Dall

           Okay, but I have a feeling that Ru only put Phi Phi and Sharon in the bottom so that she could then do the bait-and-switch. Ru knew going into it who she was going to eliminate. (In the same way, I believe Ru put Latrice in the bottom last week b/c she knew Latrice, with an Aretha song to lip-synch to, would mop the floor with whats-her-name.) So I’m not sure there was any guarantee that Phi Phi would have gone home that week. (And anyway, they would have probably brought her back two week’s later.) But while I think Ru has kept Phi Phi for the drama I don’t believe for a minute she plans to hand the title to that second rate bitch. It’s Sharon’s to lose, and if she does so, the next in line is Chad Michaels.  

          • amywinns

            Like everything about this… plus extra thanks for the reminder to everyone that Phi could have been the “second-chance” queen at least as easily as Kenya.

      • Vanessak69

        And Willam would have made a much more agreeable “villain.” As in “I clearly just play one on TV and then pretty much only for shits and giggles not with pettiness and malice aforethought.”

        Man, I’m really taking this notion PhiPhi might win hard.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/SZGWWX5ORL2PR3H3F5JY5BTQXI Christie

           Totally agreed, there’s nothing more lovely than a competent shit stirring reality villain. His low key digs and jabs were well crafted things of beauty. 

      • hearkentoit

        Willam is the Machiavelli of this show. Sadly that just makes me love her more. Miss that bitch.

    • nannypoo

      I have never watched this show and have never read the posts on it, but for some reason this one looked interesting so I read it. Holy Mother of All Things Fashionable! It sounds so fabulous I absolutely cannot wait to see it.

      • Vanessak69

        This is the only reality show I watch anymore (I weaned myself off of ANTM and am the better human for it. Project Runway dissolved into a puddle of shit. Top Chef is still good but I’ve seen enough grilling and dicing relays for one lifetime.)

        I cannot recommend it enough. These bitches have to sew, model, dance, choreograph, sing, act, interview, decorate cakes (!). It’s one of my favorite things on the TV, even if the judging occasionally causes me physical pain.

      • Sweetpea176

        What she said (I hope Disqus puts this in the right place).  I’d have a hard time deciding whether this or Mad Men is my favorite show.  It’s campy as hell, and there’s a ton of camera-whoring, but I also think that there are some amazing moments when these girls reveal themselves, and I get almost choked up at the, well, balls it must take for a man to wear a dress.  Like Ru says, these queens are my heroes.

    • Frank_821

      Looking of that first outfit of Chad-I love how he looks like Merle Ginsberg? The whole look is dead on

      I am sad that latrice went. I am so tired of Phi Phi and didn’t care 1 bit that Sharon called her out for her ruthless and bitchy attitude. The way Phi Phi reacted and wouldn’t even let Sharon finish showed what a camera whoring brat Phi Phi is. The truth is she would be a horrible representative for the title. She would do nothing to advance the world of Drag Queen to the public

      • Joe J

        Seriously.  And she’s not exactly burning up the show with talent, either.  She backed into the magazine challenge win, and her DILF win owes more to her makeup skills on someone ELSE.  Why exactly would anyone pay to see her perform?  If I wanted to watch what she’s good at, I’d just toss a firecracker into the howler monkeys’ cage at the zoo.

    • Jessi03

      Thank you for articulating everything I’ve been feeling the last few weeks.  In other news, I watched this episode at Spin (PhiPhi’s home club) and the bulk of the bar patrons and bartenders boo-ed whenever she was on screen.  They all cheered for Sharon.  PhiPhi is billed as hosting the show on Monday nights, but she wasn’t there.  I was wondering if the hate got to be too much for her.

      • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

        Like Georgia and Texas before it, she’ll probably label Illinois a state of hate, ignore what’s wrong on the inside, and move somewhere new, like Mars. One can dream!

        • RebeccaKW

          Yes.  She doesn’t realize that people don’t like her not b/c she’s homosexual.  They don’t like her b/c she’s an awful person.

          I get that a lot of the attitudes are contrived.  Like I know Shangela was bitchy, but she didn’t seem to be a nasty person in real life.  It really seemed like an act sometimes.  Phi2 just seems like total bitch all the time, to everyone, for no reason.  Yea, you aren’t there to become best friends, but these are people you will be working with in the future, plus the people watching at home are the same people who you should want to be buying tickets to your shows.  Why alienate them all?

          • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

            Right. Same in the competition: she thinks the girls are shady to her because they are threatened by her competitive spirit. No, Phi2! They are shady because they THINK YOU ARE A BAD PERSON.

          • TxMom2011

            Funny thing is people with nasty attitudes usually dont know they are the problem.  They think their attitudes are fine and the problem is those around me.  ;)

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            Even if the attitudes are contrived, someone blew it big time if they thought we wanted to see a queen who has been nothing but nasty, hateful, and rude all the time. Phi-Phi doesn’t have enough talent or charm for me to give her the benefit of the doubt re: how much is edited/created and how much is just her. She was awful on the main stage, and horrendous on Untucked. Watching her go crazy on Sharon wasn’t fun. It was annoying at best and disturbing at worst.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        Santino was a bit more of a bully (see Kara makeover challenge), while I haven’t really seen Phi bully others into doing things his way. I do agree with the comparison to Wendy Pepper. Ruthless. Drama. Conniving. Tears. Backstabbing. Hard to think of any redeeming qualities. And winning a couple challenges just because others were off.

        • Vanessak69

          Wendy winning over Austin still is a bitter ass pill to swallow. The downside to being a reality villain though is never being asked back for future appearances, blogging, etc. And I have to think it takes both fiscal and personal tolls as well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brent-Wolgamott/694486412 Brent Wolgamott

      BTW, I really don’t think they’d show Phi Phi being underhandedly shady to Jiggly and Willam if she’s the winner. I don’t think they’d want to put the “winner” in that kind of light.  It’s Sharon, or possibly Chad, but unlikely.  JMHO.

      • http://twitter.com/neeBarbero Debby Griffiths

        I hold on to this thought with all the respect I have left for Ru Paul.  My “worry” is that Ru didn’t realize what a monster she created at the time.  

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brent-Wolgamott/694486412 Brent Wolgamott

           My feeling is that she may not have known what a monster she created AT THE TIME, but Ru certainly knew the result of the finale when all these episodes were edited.  So if PhiC’s really is the winner, I’m sure they would have left her “underhandedness” on the cutting room floor, and just shown her to be a cocky bitch.  Actually choosing to actively SHOW the gamesmanship makes her more Wendy Pepper than Gretchen.  So I don’t see her as the winner.

    • http://twitter.com/James_mintz James Mintz

      I thought Phi Phi at least improved somewhat over the season (looks/makeup wise, just not in personality).  The problem with the villain edit (even if its deserved) is that it tends to sway the viewer’s perception when they earn the spot.  Having an undeserving villain making it to the finals has been going on since Wendy Pepper on Project Runway and Rebecca Glasscock on Season 1.  It sucks Latrice didn’t make it to the Top 3, but I could see why she didn’t make it much like T&L (like with the underwhelming last look with an unfinished hem).  I wouldn’t compare RuPaul’s decision making to Donald Trump’s on The Apprentice, but I’ve had 13 plus years experience in rooting for contestants on reality shows that don’t make it to the end.  The process will continue.

      • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

        Her look has improved certainly. But even with all the slight improvements, she’s just not up to the same standards as Chad and Sharon. 

        • AnotherG

          Yes! Chad and Sharon started at a higher level than Phi Phi, who has certainly improved.  But she’s just not in the same league.  And with the crappy attitude to boot.

    • JimMcC

      It’s an interesting episode for you to choose to object to the judging being at Ru’s whim. Because when it came down to it, I do think Latrice (whom I adore, and whose exit I cried actual tears over) had the weakest showing last night. And really, since the beginning of this season, I thought Latrice, Sharon, and Chad were miles ahead of the competition. All four made it to the end, and I think that’s some pretty spot on judging. Yes, I really wish Phi Phi had gone home this week, but I didn’t think she did badly in the opening number or on the runway. It’s interesting to see that the guest judges tend to respond well to her, so I wonder how much the general audience distaste for her has to do with what we know of her from the show and whether then, in fact, her getting through some of these challenges is ultimately fair. Yeah, I’m gonna miss Mama Latrice. And yes, I think she’s one of the best of the bunch and that her personality and presences overcome the rough edges of her makeup and clothes. But while she might be my favorite in a lot of ways, should she really have gone all the way just because I love her? In the end, I think it’s just a subjective competition and no matter how the results are decided, it can’t be perfect.

      Still, though, the Aretha lip-sync last week was probably the best the show has ever seen. And Latrice is probably the loveliest contestant the show has had.

      • RebeccaKW

         Well, the guest judges are only seeing her on the stage.  The viewers see her in the workroom, in interviews, in the Lounge in Untucked.  Yes, she could be being edited to sound mean & ugly, but the reactions of the other girls, the look on her face, makes me think she really is as nasty as she seems. 

        • Vanessak69

          T Lo once said about…Gretchen? Kenley?…that they were getting the bitch edit, true, but they were also the ones who provided the producers with the material to do so.

      • MitchellGilburne

        That bit about the guest judges is really insightful. I’ll have to rewatch phi phi minus a few grains of salt.

        • OmegaBlush

          My feeling about the guest judges, is most of them believe drag=who can look like a woman the most.  In that respect, Phi2 can prevail.  She’s pretty fishy, even if it’s not as polished.  That’s also why many guest judges are a little thrown off by Sharon.  They don’t see a man trying to be a woman, they see a performer.  They don’t think that’s what drag is.  That’s my perception, anyway.

          • amywinns

            True, and as viewers, we can more easily see Sharon as an innovative artist, as well, since we’ve had a whole season to appreciate her body of work (so to speak) — not just a few “looks”.

      • Horacio Lom Bonilla

        I agree with this. I love Latrice, but she looked like crap. Phi Phi should have gone home a long time ago, but this week she most certainly did better than Latrice.

        • Montavilla

          That’s the thing, isn’t it?  I can’t really think of a time when Phi-Phi should have sashayed, except for the song challenge, when Willam was disqualified.  During the first part of the season, there were worse queens than her every week — she was consistently middle of the pack.

          When it got down to the Top Six, and she was arguably the next to go, Willam was disqualified.  Was Phi-Phi worse than Latrice and Dida at “Frock the Vote”?  No.  Was she worse than Latrice and Kenya at making up her DILF?  No.

          I wouldn’t have put her above Chad in this last challenge, but nobody was a clear loser, and at this point, if you aren’t in the Top 2, you’re in the Bottom 2.  So maybe I’m being incredibly naive about all this, but I don’t see that Ru has been protecting Phi-Phi at all.  The only bit of help I see was Ru telling Phi-Phi to stop being so mediocre, and as far as I tell, Phi-Phi stepped it up.

          I say this, even though I dislike Phi-Phi and love Latrice.  But this isn’t “Nicest Drag Superstar.”  The winner should be the one who has the CUNT to take the crown.  I’d say Phi-Phi has NT. I don’t think she’ll win.

      • Sweetpea176

        Well, her and Nina Flowers (who I cried real tears over).

        • OmegaBlush

          Nina best be on my TV screen for the All Star show.  

          • Sweetpea176

            Word.

    • ElitheMonkey

      *Clings to Latrice’s (unfinished) hem* NO! Don’t go!!!

      I believe that Phi Phi is this year’s Tatiana or Michael Costello– Bitchy, whiny, not nearly as talented as the rest, and there just for the drama. I think Sharon’s got this season locked up, and Chad will be a close second.  *Holds up an “Anyone but Phi Phi” banner*

      • RebeccaKW

         And just like Runway, there always seems to be one other performer or two that really fail at the challenge, keeping Phi2 in the competition.  I really thought she’d go home when she was in the bottom with Sharon, but then again she was saved by another contestant doing something that saved her.

      • Vanessak69

        To be fair, a lot of Tatiana’s attitude was the result of bullying from the other queens. She was just 21 years old or something like that. She was able to turn it out in a number of challenges too: the stripper, singing and (memorably) Snatch Game ones.

        I agree that when you go watch YouTube’s of her performing, she’s one of the less exciting alumni.

    • Joe J

      It’s funny how closely this final 3 mirrors the final 3 from the first season.  Sharon is Nina Flowers, the edgy queen who has been a front-runner from day one.  Chad is Bebe Zahara Benet, the super-stylish glamour girl who is just barely behind the front-runner due to one, maybe two stumbles and one or two fewer challenge wins.  Then you have Phi Phi as this season’s Rebecca Glascock – just… fuck off, bitch.

      • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

        I agree–and think we ought to be extra observant of how sparse Chad predictions are. We could be in for a surprise that’s no surprise at all.

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

      Were Rose McGowan’s boobs as tortured as they look in that pic? Painful! And don’t tell me about the car accident – it didn’t hit her breasts.

    • amywinns

      How could Phi2 win? Sharon has won so many weeks! And Ru just said Sharon inspires her!! My money on Sharon, with Chad as an awesome, supportive, humble first runner-up. Thrilled to see Chad KILL that lipsync, especially if he’s really a fan. How awesome to perform as & for an idol! Fabulous energy and presentation.

      Also, I doubt there has ever been a more affectionate and mutually respectful and admiring sashay. Ru clearly really connects with Latrice, and we know how important respect is to Latrice. The queentestants’ collective howl of “LA-TRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICE! RoyALE!” as she passed to the backstage left me positively shivery (and I mean that in the good way). Truly a beautiful moment.

      • amywinns

        OH and PS, PhiPhi??? YOU DO WEAR BLONDE. A LOT.

    • amywinns

      TLo, are you doing a separate Untucked recap??? Because, OMG, let’s talk about DITA!!! The queentestants must be *KICKING THEMSELVES*.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OD35QQZNBPZJXWTCBY7N4EE7VY Sarah

        “That reminds me, I need to go to the grocery store and buy some bananas.” LOVE HER.

      • rawrgrowlrawr

        I was embarrassed for them in that moment. The beautiful Dita was waiting patiently for their arrival, but they were too busy clawing at each other. I bet Ru was pissed. I was pissed! I wanted more Dita. She is definitely one of my lady-crushes.

      • MK03

        I can’t help but think that whole thing was staged. Surely they knew that posing such a loaded question to the girls would result in a shitstorm in the lounge that would last the entire time they were back there (and that Phical simply refuses to shut up when she’s riled up). It feels like they brought Miss Dita in to shoot her bit long after the fact. I mean, she had no tie to the challenge, wasn’t a judge, etc, so it felt kind of random that they would bring her in as a surprise. 

        • MichaelStrangeways

          It was hilarious but it did seem very FAKE and edited.

      • OmegaBlush

        Dita judged the stripper challenge in S2.  Also, fun fact, both Dita and Rose McGowan have had relationships with Marilyn Manson.  

        • amywinns

          OMG that’s RIGHT!  Maybe that’s why they keep Dita discreetly separate… I can’t imagine those two ladies are best buddies. (Also Evan Rachel Wood, too. Y’know, say whatever you will about Marilyn Manson, there is no disputing his excellent taste in women.)

    • MsKitty

      Thanks for articulating my thoughts on what seems to be an annoying pattern with this show.  Having conflict for conflict’s sake can backfire sometimes, especially when more talented queens are being sacrificed in the process.  If next season wasn’t going to be an All-Stars edition, I would probably think twice about tuning in.

      Now to the shallow…

      Why was Ru wearing a dress made out of Hefty bags?

      When it comes to the Pit Crew you say gratuitous like it’s a bad thing.

      • Joe J

        Yes – more Pit Crew gratutiousness!  I just wish Shawn would go back to the look he had last season get rid of that mustache.  It makes him look like one of the Mario Bros on steroids.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12331205 Aaron Fancey

          Dislike!  I love when a man can rock a mustache without irony (I live in a trendy, hipster-baiting neighborhood) and Shawn looks HOT TO TROT in his choice of facial hair.

          • rawrgrowlrawr

             Yes, if anything I think he should keep the mustache and regrow the beard. I love hot bearded men. Mmm.

        • Horacio Lom Bonilla

          He had a mustache on season 3 too, it’s just that he also had a beard.

      • Jessi03

        Ha!  When Ru came out, I said “Serving Project Runway trash bag realness?”

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

           Trash bag realness looks better on Ru than it would on 99% of the rest of the population.

          • Jessi03

             Agreed!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

      You know, I’m getting SO SO tired of judges in every competition that involves women (or men looking like women) using “old” as a derogatory. Yes, youth rules, but for god’s sake, people live beyond age 30 nowadays, and the fact that it’s anathema to everyone in fashion and Hollywood and just about everywhere that someone dares style themselves to look something beyond 22 years old is just so boring.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        Old people can look fabulous too. It shouldn’t be a slur. Unless someone wants to go tell Helen Mirren she looks fug?

        • Elizabido

          Yeah, I was rather annoyed that they were calling Chad out for looking “old.” Why the hell can’t a drag queen represent elegant older women? I actually thought he should have been second after Sharon because he brought some striking, rich-lady looks to the runway. I liked his little play on the Kardashian look (he sure was more attractive than any of the real K girls!) and immediately got the subtle homage to Cruella Deville. BTW, I saw Dame Helen Mirren in person this weekend at Santa Anita Racetrack here in L.A. She was there to give out a trophy. At first, I only saw her from behind and at the side as she stood down in the Winner’s Circle before the race. I didn’t know it was HM until she turned around, and I thought, “what a beautiful looking lady.” She had an airy spring dress in some sort of silvery-whitish fabric and her hair was done up in tight braids that beamed like platinum in the sun. It was kind of cute; her slip was showing. She looked just as lovely as the young women around her. So, HELL YES, older women can be glamorous and Chad Michaels deserves some kudos for bringing a mature female sexiness to drag!

          This dog challenge was my favorite thing Ru’s ever done. I was heartened that the girls adored the dogs (well, except for Phiph and her bloodhound), and the pups were so well-behaved. I thought the way they edited the dogs’ “reactions” when their girls were being judged was cute and clever. I will miss Latrice, though.

        • Sweetpea176

          I agree with all the above comments, but Chad is 40.  40 isn’t old.  It isn’t young, I know, but she’s not an old lady.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

            Chad is mature and experienced at life. How’s that?

            • Sweetpea176

              Perfect!

      • VermillionSky

        On that same note, a lot of queens on this show get a pass because they are young and pretty, even when they have no memorable style or performing talent.  Chad’s looks are always memorable, and always polished.  I liked her aspen-like look this episode, although I do think she should have gone with something a little more ball-gown-like.  I would have like to have seen her in a big furred collar, more like the head of the crested dog.

      • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

        Here here!  And may I recommend Advanced Style to everyone.  Old ladies are FIERCE.

        (I would link, but I can’t ever seem to put a link in a comment without it going into the purgatory of “moderation.”  Google it or go to advancedstyle dot blogspot dot com)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13953311 Missy Covington

        Seconded! (Thirded, fourthed?)

        I’m a young gal, and I LOVE Chad’s representation of drag. If she looks unfabulous, say she looks unfabulous. Don’t toss around “old” as a catch-all for not liking her look. As it were, she looked fabulous and classy. Totally a second-place in my mind.

        What was with Phi2′s muddy brown last look from head to toe? Her fake tan, hair and clothes were all the same color.

      • piperkitty

        As someone  who is “old”, I prefer this to the other choice, dead.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

           I have to keep telling myself that. I turned 56 last month, and I’m still not sure how that happened. But, yep. The alternative is not acceptable. The mother of one of my friends says “you get older or you get dead. Which do you want?”

        • Tigrrl

          Fellow old here. I always say (to those complaining of aging), that everyone gets to be young, but not everyone gets to be old.

    • StellaZafella

      Thanks T-Lo for calming my rage and bringing me back the reality of this “reality” show. I’m just thinking that, if this is the way it’s always gonna be with this show then that’s the formula. It’s not that I won’t watch, I’ll just start laying odds on who the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place holders are and expect to see them all in events throughout the coming years… In other words, maybe Phi Phi SHOULD win…It’s like a curse that the winners always seem to disappear and the rest of the top 5 are all over the place.

      Latrice, luv ya bunches…see you when you come to town!
      Chad, you got class, sass and brass.
      Sharon, you are the definition of C.U.N.T.

      BAD PhiPhi, bad doggie… (although calling you a bitch is an insult to canines everywhere.)
      Y’ol snaggle toothed, spray-tanned, overpainted, tired-ass showgirl!

      nyah, nyah, nyah!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Ru’s face looked so pretty and natural this week. Very nice1

      I agree with everything you said about Sharon, TLo. She was close to perfection. The puppet show could have used a little more bite.

      Also agree about Latrice, though I did like the dog park look. It seemed sufficiently different from normal Latrice looks for me to take notice. It just did not fit the challenge.

      Chad was stunning and flawless again. The puppet show was great. That one line, about what America will think about Phi Phi’s behavior, is the clairvoyant premonition! The season was shot how long ago, and how many times have the comments here reviled Phi Phi’s behavior? Momma Chad has been very observant and did not let it pass. Maybe the runway was “blah” but I still enjoyed it.

      Phi Phi’s runway was awful. The first outfit looked like he borrowed it from one of Kenya’s previous runways. Seriously. The second outfit looked like a pile of garbage, mismatched and badly proportioned. It was gross. The third outfit was great, clearly inspired by, and complements, the dog, until the jacket came off. Then it lost a lot of its power. 

      Phi Phi cannot win. He’ll get too spastic at the final lip synch and embarrass himself.

      • Vanessak69

        I’m sure there have to be other reality show contestants as aware of how some of them will come across but I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a meta-aware comment as Chad’s, “PhiPhi, I’m sure America will love you” bit.

        (I’m not saying it’s never happened in the history of reality tv, I’ve just never seen it. Nice touch.)

        • AnotherG

          Loved Chad’s read of her.  May that ironic line and Chad’s “I will not be seeing much of Miss Phi Phi in the future” comments be marvellously prophetic, like Sharon’s spooky psychic predictions!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Mo/1394736292 Joe Mo

      Ugh, didn’t think it could be possible for me to even more done with phical. Bitch has got to go! If she wins I swear I don’t know if I can forgive Ru. Oy she makes me nauseous. I love how she kept accusing Sharon of lying about her and being a fake on stage in front of the judges. um, helllloooo!?? you just described yourself to a Tee betch. How blithely unaware she is of her bitchery and underhanded ploys is beyond me.

      Also, Latrice lost some points with me last night when she called out Sharon like that. Unpolished? um no. Sharon has been looking pretty damn great consistently throughout this competition. Her looks are so unique too. In my opinion no queen, this season or any previous one for that matter, has displayed Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent like this Fierce Queen. She may not win this competition but believe you me she is THE winner as far as I’m concerned and I will support her however I can.

      • putonabus

        Yep, it’s pretty fascinating how every time Phi2 goes off on another queen, the speech describes Phi2 better.

    • http://twitter.com/alfietomi Alfie Tomi

      anyone else think Chad looks like meryl streep from devil wears prada in her last look?

      • StellaZafella

        Coming to a town near you: The all DRAG, live stage musical production of “The Devil Wears Prada”
        Starring Chad Michaels in the Streep role,
        Sharon Needles as Anne Hathaway and..

        any takers on where this thread can go???

        • Chaiaiai

          Ongina as Stanley Tucci as Ongina!

        • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

          As much as it pains me to say it: Shangela in the Sassy Black Friend role!

        • http://www.facebook.com/mwyarbrough Michael Yarbrough

           Raja in Emily Blunt’s role.

    • royinhell

      I thought the LSFYL was boring- that’s just not a song that inspires fabulousness.  Seeing Chad lipsync for the first time was fun, but I wasn’t that impressed, though I still love him.  And even with her faults (PLEASE do something different with your face!) I have to say that I’d go out of my way to see Latrice perform.  She just radiates a good time and obviously loves it so much that it’s contagious.  

      What was with Dita leaving?  I wonder if the queens really did hear Ru trying to interrupt them or if that was added later for more ‘drama’…  

      • Vanessak69

        I wish they didn’t have to cater to singing guests by singing their songs when the songs end up being as lackluster as this one. I ended up feeling bad for all concerned. Not a “MacArthur Park” moment we’ll be discussing next season.

        • http://plantsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.com/ mr_subjunctive

          Well, they can’t all be “MacArthur Park.”

          • Vanessak69

            True enough for several reasons. It’s just this is 180 degrees in the other direction. I want to know when they are going to bring out the Bonnie Tyler canon: “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, “Holding Out for Hero”, “It’s a Heartache.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

         With the silicone I don’t think he CAN do anything else with his face.

      • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

        Eh, the song wasn’t really something that provided either queen with big opportunities. Chad just delivered in the song’s mode. I’m sure Chad can be spectacular.

        • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

          Okay, I admit it (this is my third Chad post): I’m drinking the Chad Kool-Aid!

          • StellaZafella

            MMMMMmmmmmmMMMM! Tastes like Absolut Fruit Punch dun’ it?
            With a Rum kicker and one right between the eyes to Michelle Visage.
            (Funny, Visage means “face”…I wonder what the word is for Big. Saggy. Boobs….?

            • http://plantsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.com/ mr_subjunctive

              Grandiose Inelastic Mammaries?

      • readdiefreddie

        I’m sure the entire Dita thing was added later for extra hilarity. This is, after all, the same Untucked in which they replicated the juiciest soundbites from the season…with dogs….

        • amywinns

          No, I don’t think so. There was all that muffled yelling through the thin set walls. And Dita looked quite uncomfortable. Not in an “I’m bored” way but “this is really unpleasant”. Sure, they COULD have added it in, but this show is not exactly known for high-budget post-production special/sound effects. I think it’s way more believeable that Dita had like, a spare hour on her way out of town, but not the full day required for guest-judging, and was there as a special surprise — but the fusspots next door couldn’t settle down and STFU. So the producers let the clock run out. I DO think the “peek-a-Ru” moment could have been taped and looped in. It seems unlikely the queens wouldn’t notice the TV turning on and Ru talking to them. But I can imagine many scenarios. (I like to speculate.)
          Regardless, I definitely hope this is discussed during the reunion though, I’m REALLY curious.

          • Verascity

             Having worked in reality TV: believe me, it’s not even a little bit difficult to add the muffled yelling in post. They wouldn’t let interns near the cut, of course, but any intern with a Filmmaking 101 course under their belt could do that easily.

          • http://plantsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.com/ mr_subjunctive

            Have you noticed that they show the queens, and then show the “Peek-a-Ru” monitor, but they never show both of them in the same frame? And although Ru is supposedly watching them in real time, they never converse or interact with her?

            I’d bet that there isn’t a monitor at all (or that if there is, it’s never on).

            And what Verascity said about adding muffled yelling. Dita’s whole bit could have been filmed in about five minutes. (All she’d have to do is sit in the chair looking bored for a minute, stand up and smile, and get up and open the door. All the rest of that bit was shots of the set, and her lines about the lemons and bananas could have been recorded separately.)

            I mean, it was hysterically funny. But I don’t believe that any of that actually happened as depicted, any more than I believe the show hired a dog-to-English translator.

            • StellaZafella

              Of course they had a Dog to English translator…he used to work for Rin Tin Tin but he’s real old now so they had to explain some of the drag slang to him.
              Ru had him brought in from the old people’s home in Pasadena…you know, where so many people seem to think Chad came from…Incidentally, I’m 60 and can still beat a passable face so, to me, chad’s still a kid!
              Incidentaly

            • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

               It was a high point of the season, but I don’t think for a second that any of it was real. Whoever thought it up is frigging brilliant.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Sutton/1306915399 Chris Sutton

      Even though Ru’s name is in the title, her show’s boss is Logo who’s owned by MTV and MTV does not have the best decision-making capabilities. I’m sure since Ru’s show has become so popular that the corporate bigwigs are going to fuck it up. (I hope I’m wrong)

      Sharon looks kinda like Mary Woronov (Eating Raoul) in her first look.

      Whatever the outcome- I want Sharon, Chad and Latrice on DragU! 

      • Vanessak69

        I LOVE me some Mary Woronov, ever since Rock and Roll High School. Sharon could rock the shit out of Miss Togar.

        • hac51

          Dr. Vadar!

          • Vanessak69

            I had to look that up. That was her character in the sequel? I love Mary but she wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the addition of Corey Feldman and the omission of Riff Randall (Rock and Roller), Kate Rambo and the Ramones. But mainly Corey Feldman was the deal breaker.

    • http://twitter.com/suryasnair suryasnair

      I loved the Doggie shade during Untucked. 

      “Bitch I am from Chicago” LOL!!!

    • jjfg

      PhiPhi does strike me as another potential Tyra/vastly undeserving winner.  As much as it absolutely PAINS me to say it, she has gotten her shit together a bit more lately, but overall I don’t think she’s nearly on level with Chad or Sharon, or even the dismissed Willam, for that matter.

      Sorry to see Latrice go; LUVED her! 

    • Vanessak69

      Jesus, you guys think PhiPhi could win it? They are fearing that over on the AVClub comment boards too.

      I won’t pretend that I’ll boycott RPDR but I will boycott the fuck out of Absolut if that happens as clearly they have some kind of say in this. There are other vodkas, there are no other drag competition shows.

      On another note, winning wouldn’t really be a good thing for PhiPhi either because the hate is as high as an elephant’s eye already.

      • http://twitter.com/neeBarbero Debby Griffiths

        The only thing consoling me in the event of a Phical win is that he burned too many bridges and will never be accepted in the places he most wants to be accepted.  

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

         Yeah, quite a few of the AVClub posters are convinced Phi2 is going to win, and dreading it. I’m not convinced, but I’m really worried.

        I’m also worried that the guy from Absolut will prevent Sharon from winning. He doesn’t like her, and I’d bet my paycheck, if I had one, that he has a lot of input re: who wins. If that is the case, I’m hoping he likes Chad.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GWU27GAEGR2QJQR5A7HIC7467Y gjb30

      If the producers of the all-stars season are smart, they won’t go the route of low-talent emotionally-unstable self-absorbed-yet-totally-unselfaware outwardly-destructive drama queens.  They will pick all the high-talent, campy, self-absorbed-yet-totally-self-aware outwardly-loving-but-still-read-you-like-a-bitch fabulous-and-experienced queens who will make the competition about being the best well-rounded drag superstar.  It is win-win for everyone – the audience gets to watch amazing performances while the producers gets to string us along on a terrifying emotional roller-coaster as we are forced to watch each week our very favorite queens LSFYL – every week will be an Ongina/Bebe contest to the death.  A Jujibee/Pandora emotional wreck every week. Terrifying – and totally worth watching instead of this Phi-Phi fake drama (who, for the record isn’t that bad, just not the level of the other four finalists….   come one producers – show a little talent at your jobs…. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SZGWWX5ORL2PR3H3F5JY5BTQXI Christie

         Oh what a DREAM that would be! can you just imagine Manilla vs Ongina, Jujubee v. BeBe…. sigh. I hope the all stars show is just bursting at the seams with talented queens… but alas, It is probably not meant to be.  Talented Classy queens don’t make for good drama, or good episodes of “Untucked.” Sigh.  Here comes Tatiana, Akashia, Mimi Imfurst, and Phi Phi to screech in our ears week after week. :’(

        • andcoh

          I’d be more than happy to see Akashia again, it’s been so long and she was pretty young.  Amazing what a few years can do.  And I didn’t hate Tati like other people did.  Again, a young pretty queen who did quite well in some challenges.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Mo/1394736292 Joe Mo

        I think the All Stars are all voted on by fans though. If I’m right then woot!

        • http://twitter.com/NostalgiaOD NostalgiaOD

           The fans got to vote for one All-Star to join the cast.  Sharon won the voting, just ahead of Pandora Boxx.  Ru and crew will pick the others.

          • Sweetpea176

            Although, I’m sure the producers were counting on the audience voting in someone they were inviting back anyway.

    • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

      I would like to sit these bitches down and see what exactly they think “anime” means because, having worked with/in/around anime/manga/Japanese pop culture…I am seeing NOTHING like there here.  Is it the bright colors?  Do they think, “AH! Colors! Anime!”

      This is like saying, “AH! Boots! Clearly, all boots mean cowboys!”

      • putonabus

        Ugh, yes. I think Michelle said either “Japanime” or “Japanimation,” which I don’t think anyone else on earth has said since 1999 — and there’s nothing about the hair, the makeup, the outfit, any of it, that actually says “anime” to me. It was a weak Nicki Minaj look. I realize Nicki Minaj has some Harajuku influence, but it’s a totally different reference and one that she doesn’t seem to use in a very direct or literal way.

        Also didn’t particularly understand why she didn’t get criticized for a look that no one would wear during the day.

        • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

          I would LOVE to see a queen do a Harajuku/fruits sort of look, as opposed to twice-removed-Minaj-costume (and Minaj does it well because she knows what her influences actually are).  For all that these girls get read for not having a wide enough style repertoire, you can’t just pick random stylistic words and pin them to something.  Much like Dida’s previous decision to use “Marie Antoinette” and “Victorian” as if they meant the same thing.

      • http://twitter.com/riosramblings Michael Rios

         It was such BS! There is a very wide range of style showcased through Japanese fashion/pop culture, it’s far too complex to be explained by one look. Especially when it’s really just a neon dress with a tacky belt, and the Nicki Minaj wig Kenya Michaels wore on the runway in week 2!

      • MK03

        Yeah, that was NOT anime. That was straight-up Barbie. 

      • BabyDietrich

        Michelle Visage is so fucking clueless sometimes. I don’t dislike her, but sometimes what comes out of her mouth is pure CRAP. The “Japanime” shit is a perfect example. I wish she would sashay away so we can have someone with actual qualification as a judge – like Billy B. or someone like that.

    • LittleKarnak

      ITA with each and every part of this review but especially this: ” There’s a reason Santino defended her last night. She’s essentially
      Santino; a semi-talented loudmouth with insecurities who made up for it
      by getting up in people’s faces.” Can I get an AMEN up in here?????  If Phi Phi wins I think I will delete this show from my dvr……Sharon Needles all the way!!!!

    • MzzPants

      NO!  I refuse to believe phical will win it all.  NOoooooohhh!  I can see, however, that having her and Sharon claw each other to the bitter end will make for dramatic tv.

      I knew Miss Latrice wouldn’t go the full run, but I’m so very glad she got some national coverage and I hope it works wonders for her career.  She’s Fabulous!

    • VermillionSky

      Anyone catch that comment by Michelle about Chad during the judging.  It went something like “this is the first time I thought ‘meh’ about Chad.” Seriously?  I’ve gotten the impression she has always thought “meh” about Chad, because he’s “safe” and “polished.”

      • MsKitty

        I recall my response to the screen being, “Bitch please, you’ve had it in for Chad since Day 1.”

      • Vanessak69

        Yeah, I did a double take on that. So, saying repeatedly that she didn’t know Chad was a compliment?

        I know Ru loves Michelle but her critiques are just white noise to me most of the time.

    • AnotherG

      I think we were on this trajectory since the third time Milan had to LSFYL and eventually be disqualified, keeping to many mid-level queens afloat.  It was cemented when Willam was sent home and didn’t knock off Phi Phi.  A few trenchant TLo observers saw it coming and I admire their perspicacity. 

      So, yes, we’re saddled with the petty shit-stirrer, and as such, she is that much closer to the prize.  BUT . . . she is simply not in the same league as Chad and Sharon, despite support and marks for effort from the judges (and even here, since she’s definitely gotten better).  She had farther to go, and came most of the way, polish-wise, but Chad and Sharon started much higher up than Phi.  I suspect she will be cold-Glasscocked and remain at (a still-undeserved) #3.

      When I get the sweats considering I could be wrong, I will remember the three (four?) wins all through the season Sharon got, the two Phi didn’t get until past midway through the season, and Sharon’s three looks on this night’s show that showed off her wit, versatility, and range.  Also Michelle Visage’s “I’d written her off these last two times” was music to my ears.  Keep writing, girl, keep writing.

    • Stubenville

      Sharon is really, really clever – the “court ordered monitoring ankle bracelet” she wore with her second look had me roaring with laughter. 

      I don’t care for Phi2 as a person, but she has talent. If only she could get some makeup lessons so she didn’t age herself so much when she attempts to paint high glamour looks.

      • AnotherG

        Makeup lessons would definitely help Phi Phi.  Not sure what can be done about her lack of wit, though.

        Phi Phi looks at a bloodhound and sees the drooly, unglamourous gangly dog . . . whereas someone like a Sharon could look at it and remember that purebred bloodhounds are a highly-prized breed that were popularized by the decidedly-aristocratic penchant for fox hunts and pheasant hunts and such.  Think Auntie Mame.  What an opportunity to bring Huntmaster Realness, and jodhpurs and all that!

        But squandered by someone who’d rather tear down others than work on themselves.  Sad.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Sutton/1306915399 Chris Sutton

          I like your vision with the bloodhound! I was on a similar vein thinking of 1930′s detectives on a train platform searching for the femme fatale. All fingerwaves and trenchcoats. 

          • AnotherG

            TOTALLY.  Lady Sherlock Holmes! Or Orient Express Eleganza!!

        • Tru Nguyen

          I was thinking Auntie Mame too!. Or in line with the bloodhound’s droopy face some draped couture with Veronica Lake-esque hair

        • OmegaBlush

          Exactly.  I actually thought the Bloodhound provided the most opportunity.  I immediately thought Royal fox hunting party, or 30s film noir femme fatal.  But that’s Phi2.  If it’s not the most superficial prettiest thing, then she can’t see any worth to it.  

        • Vanessak69

          I couldn’t figure out if PhiPhi was just a dog hater (and really, can you trust someone like that?) or just didn’t care for that dog. I would have been thrilled if I’d gotten that bloodhound.

          Did anyone else fantasize about their own dogs being on the show? When I pick my dog up from the groomer, they are putting dog clothes on him and taking pictures for their Facebook page so he’s ready for the runway!

    • MK03

      UGH. PHICAL. I HOPE SHARON HANDS YOUR ASS TO YOU.

    • FloridaLlamaLover

      I know you hear this all the time about various shows– “If so-and-so wins, I’m never watching again.”  Heck, I said it when Gretchen won PR, then got sucked into watching the very boring ode to Mondo show called PRAS.  

      But, honey…if Phi Phi O’Hara wins, I am done with RPDR. Phi Phi is mean and snarky, as witness her little hissy fit on the runway at Sharon. Does Ru really want someone representing her on the tour circuit who is capable of lashing out that quickly at people? Someone whose figure rivals mine — a 50 year old perimenopausal woman? (Has Phi Phi even heard of usikng duct tape to create a waist, coz I learned about that trick on RPDU…) Whose make-up reminds me of my 7th grade math teacher…back in 1973?

      Chad is glamorous and elegant; Sharon’s look is out there in the opposite direction.  It makes me sick to think that PPO is in the top three at all.

    • jblaked

      I’d love for Sharon to get her own show – she absolutely has the It factor.  She cracks me up.  Not sure what kind of show would fully showcase her wit though.  Probably one that just follows her around in her day to day life.  Like a better, funnier version of It’s a Brad, Brad World. 

      • StellaZafella

        Sharon (and her partner Alaska), Raven, Raja, Manilla, JuJubee, Pandora, Nina, Latrice maybe Shannel are queens whose shows and backstage moments I’d tune in to see if Ru&Co. gave them treatment as travelling camera/documentaries while they were each out on tour. I’d love to see the background of how they rehearse and prepare themselves for shows and each mini-docmentay could finish with a good slice of the actual performances.

        • jblaked

          Love that idea! I don’t recall who Raven, Nina and Shannel are, but the others are faves.

          • AnotherG

            First and second season contenders.  Raven and Shannel were in the RuPocalypse as drag zombies.  Raven and Nina were both runners-up for their seasons, and although Shannel was, I think, #5 from the 1st season, she was a memorable, talented queen.

    • belfebe

      I always thought it would be Latrice, Chad and Sharon at the end.  Oh, well.  My money is on Sharon.  My husband’s on Chad.  As long as it is not Phi Phi, I am good.

    • http://twitter.com/HotMessHousWife Sammi M

      You guys really think Phi-Phi’s going to win? SHe’s only won one challenge so far, if I remember correctly, whereas Sharon’s won so many.

      Oh my gosh, if Phi-Phi wins it’ll inspire a rage akin to when Anya or Gretchen won PR. 

      • Vanessak69

        I think she’s won two: the pregnancy one (which I’ll admit she did deserve) and the magazine cover one (which felt like throwing her a bone to justify keeping her around.)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=816120314 Chason Dailey

      I wonder if the plan is to screw over Chad with third place and put the bitter enemies as the top two? I can’t imagine a Phi Phi win (or my brain just won’t allow me to), but this would create some drama to enhance or even dampen Sharon’s “one to beat” status. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

        It would be a new direction for Ru, if a Phi2 2nd place finish is what’s coming. In the past, the awful bitch has either been dismissed as the 3rd placer (Glasscock) or given the whole shebang (Tyra). So if Phi2 makes it to the final, count me as one Nervous Nelly.

    • Laura Valentine

      Phi Phi called Sharon “him” on the runway!  I was so in shock.  What was THAT?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=816120314 Chason Dailey

        I think my response to that was “Shaaaaaaaaaaady bitch!”

        • Laura Valentine

          for serious. 

      • Jennifer Coleman

        I know, right? Disgraceful. Evil. Low-rent.

        • Laura Valentine

          at first I thought I misheard, but then I watched the “Untucked” and she did it a bunch more! 

    • http://twitter.com/riosramblings Michael Rios

      Did anyone else notice that Phi-Phi’s wig for her ‘anime’ look (which wasn’t even anime) was the same wig that Kenya used in week 2 for her Nicki look? SLOPPY AS HELL

    • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

      Just thought of something: Sharon’s tentacle fingers (from the opening montage of the season) haven’t shown up yet. Perhaps not the look to show the sponsors in the finale.

      • AnotherG

        Depends on the challenge.  Sharon has played it close to the bone a few times and come out okay.  Possibly she might cut too deep this time, but who knows?

        • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

          Good point. If the challenge is something like “show us the drag look that’s truest to who you are,” how could they blame her for tentacle fingers?

          • AnotherG

            Sharoncthulu Needlyarlhotep, devourer of worlds, YOU are America’s next drag superstar!

    • Joyce VG

      Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!  Not Latrice.  *sobs*.  Well, at least I know someone like Latrice is out there in the world. Luv huh!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13953311 Missy Covington

       I agree with the wailing and the gnashing w/r/t Latrice. I think she is going to be just fine, though. She is *fierce* and a LOT of people are going to want to pay to see her. (Please come to Minneapolis, Latrice! Just putting that out to the universe…)

      Frankly, anyone on RPDR should be able to increase their bookings significantly from name recognition. Heck, I’d even go see a Tyra show just to figure out how her performance translated in a live setting.

    • TSkot

      I for one thought Latrice’s statuesque belting had it all over Chad’s gymnastic routine.  What makes a good drag performance is believability; no way could anyone sing doing Chad’s silly calisthenics.

      • BabyDietrich

        Did we watch the same LSFYL? Chad’s routine was nothing like what you describe – I actually thought it was pretty reserved.

        • TSkot

          Was waiting for her to rip her wig off.  

          • andcoh

            Chad is  Pro-fessional.  Bitch would never rip off his wig.

            • Laura Valentine

              Chad’s routine was also, I felt, giving a good nod to country performances — there was a definite country performance infusion in the choreographic aesthetic. 

            • http://profiles.google.com/drunkenhousewife Drunken Housewife

              I agree — I thought Chad’s performance was thoughtful and related to the song more.  Chad showed a bit of boot-scootin’ energy.  Latrice’s performance wasn’t specific to the song — Latrice has a powerful personality, but Chad was pulling my eye away from her.

    • edgeoforever

      Everyone seems to take at face value Phi2′s stories about having been bullied/abused. But when she equates Sharon’s confronting her with her behavior with “everything that made her leave home” one has to wonder: what if the so called parental abuse was simply “Don’t behave like a jerk!” which made Phi2 feel like a victim? In her mind, she is the victim of all the other queens bullying her now, in this competition.  At the very least he is an unreliable narrator. And T&L nailed the thing that angers me the most in all this: Ru rewards bad behavior. After the “help” joke, Phi2 got praise and the “help” got to lip sync. After maneuvering Jiggli, she won, Jiggli lost. After plotting against Willam, he was sent away, saving her ass. If Phi 2 thinks he is a role model, it’s certainly  not one for my family.

      • http://twitter.com/neeBarbero Debby Griffiths

        YES!  When he left TX for Chicago he posted on his My Space that he thanked his parents (apparently has a step-dad) for all their love and support.  I call liar on his butt.  HE is the bully.  Truly, I have never hated someone I don’t know (who isn’t a politician) more than I do this poor excuse for a human being.  Demanding all for himself and nothing for anyone else.  Horrid example for anyone.  The right wing would just love the way this self loather passes out the hate.  

      • Amanda Jantzi

        I could not help but think this as well when he said that Sharon was like everyone else who bullied him – what, exactly, has Sharon done? Called her a tired ass showgirl, but that was when provoked, and it happened AFTER Sharon attempted to apologize for calling Phi2 out on the runway. Not the best behavior, but nothing really spectacularly bad or even close to bullying there. 

        Phi2 reminds me of a camper I had when I was a summer camp counselor – she bullied, hit, teased, and was just terrible to all the other girls and when they tried to defend themselves the camper would throw a shit fit about how bullied and abused she was. And the worst part was that she wasn’t doing it to be manipulative, she literally thought she was a victim. Phi2 has an amazing combination of a bad attitude, inability to interact with others like a human being, and lack of self awareness. 

      • OmegaBlush

        I think the same thing is going on over at Celebrity Apprentice right now.  This woman named Aubrey O’Day (not sure who she is, but apparently was on some reality show with Puff Daddy) has been bullying and manipulating everyone.  Finally, Arsenio Hall called her out on it and she started weeping and even left for a while.  In her confessional she tells us she’s had to deal with bullies her whole life and Arsenio is the worst of them.  She’s even playing for an anti-bully charity.  I really believe most people have the ability to bully and be bullied, and most people who hurt others are somewhat aware that they’re passing the pain they get onto someone else.  But some people are just narcissistic a-holes who literally can’t see the world outside their little heads.  They really do believe they are perfect, so anything they do to others is justified and anything others do to them is a crime.  These are the worst people because they don’t even want to heal.  They don’t even see themselves as damaged.  They have a story for everything, it’s always someone else’s fault and facts can be invented to cover anything up.  

    • andcoh

      Damn, now I need to go searching for that.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      I turned in late, during Latrice’s last runway look and realized *sob* it was the end for my dear Latrice. 
      This is my very first season (not counting last season’s TLo read-thru) and I totally agree about the transparency of the lack of real-time judging. The contestants are really into the competition, but it almost seems like at least in the final rounds, the winner & runner-ups are already selected. The disputed game-changer was William, who seems to be that much ahead in the fame-game by being booted vs losing. Her leaving did save Phi2′s bacon, who has suspiciously improved a bit and gained lots of favor w/judges. As Phi2 rises, I see Chad falling, just like Latrice did. The inclusion of Wynonna as judge and obligatory country tune for LSFYL seemed to write in stone Latrice’s exit (so how much in the future do they book/schedule the judges?)It’s almost perfect that the show’s heart exits at this point, all to make things become more vicious. I predict Chad goes next week as an even bigger shock & a true knock-down between Sharon & Phi2 in the final. As if I know anything.Oh, and my super-fave is Sharon and hhaaaaatttte Phi2, the little hinky heffa.

      • MilaXX

         They really gotta stop with the Country LSFYL unless the get a Country Queen as a contestant or a crossover country artist as a judge.

        • TxMom2011

          For real…. I know it’s been some years since I attended a drag show… but I have absolutely no recollection of ever hearing Country Songs….. is that a new thing?

          • BabyDietrich

            Are you guys for real? Drag queens have been impersonating country stars
            for decades. One of the best known female impersonators in the country
            impersonates Reba McEntire (Coti Collins) and she’s been doing it
            forever. Absolutely not a new or rare phenomenon.

            Plus Winona Judd was the judge this week – so why wouldn’t her song be LSFYL?

          • AnotherG

            Y’all come down to the South and see some rhinestone divas.  There’s a good (and brave) tradition of Dolly, Tammy, Loretta, and (especially) the janie-come-latelys like the Judds and Shania being performed  onstage.  A drag queen doing “Jolene” well is an unforgettable sight!

            • Laura Valentine

              ooohhhhhh I want to see that. “Jolene” might actually be my favorite song of all time.

            • http://www.facebook.com/mwyarbrough Michael Yarbrough

              Ru really needs to bring on a good Southern C&W queen (which is not the same thing as a queen from the South). It’s at least as important a drag sub-genre as Puerto Rican queens. Stacy Layne is the closest one I can remember, but I’m talking a genuine, campy glamour Southern girl.

          • http://www.facebook.com/zombiebirdhouse Michael Chambers

            Where I grew up as a young gay Drag was HUGE…the original Miss Gay American pageant was born there…
            Country was a large part of many of the girls repetoire…Dolly Wynona Loretta Shania Tanya were just as important as Cher Whitney Aretha Diana Tina Madonna  But this was all pre Britney Beyonce Katy Gaga Niki

        • Gianni_Rubino

          ” They really gotta stop with the Country LSFYL unless the get a Country Queen as a contestant or a crossover country artist as a judge.”

          Wait a minute … Wynona Judd no longer qualifies as a crossover country artist?  She was a judge on that episode, and it was her 1992/93 pop & country hit featured on the lip synch.  

          Oh, wait, are we quibbling about ‘artist’ versus ‘act’ ??

          SO much for me to learn.

          • MilaXX

            Sorry, never consider Wy as anything but country.

      • OmegaBlush

        They kept saying everyone knew what Willam had been up to for a while and he was still there.  I have this feeling that his departure date was chosen in order to keep Phi2 around.  Think, Sharon and Phi2 had a 1/3 shot of being in the bottom and after seeing their rehearsal, they probably realized that they were by far the worst.  Neither of them could leave, so it was time to call in the rule breaking.  Or I’m reading waaaaay too much into it.  Either way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jacoryd JaCory Deon

      How is Phi2 still there?!  Maybe Latrice’s looks were similar and not entirely polished BUT damn, that queen has “It.”  She’s unique, charismatic, and a hell of a performer.  Also there’s an intelligence, wit, warmth, and wisdom that’s just majestic to watch.  Phi2 isn’t that great of a performer, is iffy with the looks (I thought her Minaj/early Gaga ref tired), and has shown nothing but a stank attitude through the show.  Should’ve been Chad, Sharon (for the win!) and Latrice in the finale.  

      BTW, I’m loving Chad and think she’s polished like no other BUT don’t really see her as giving you anything unexpected or unique.  I don’t hate her like Michelle Visage does but, all things considered, would’ve sent her out over Latrice on that LSFYL.

      • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

        I love me some Latrice, but the LSYFL highlighted her big weakness: her inability to switch it up when the situation calls for it. (Her big display of versatility this season was when Willam forced her to show skin.) In her element, though, she can’t be beaten.

      • MilaXX

         I don’t care. I’m sure she could have used the cash, but drag race like many other reality shows really serves to boost the careers of pretty much everyone who makes the top 5.

        • TxMom2011

          I sure hope Latrice comes to Houston or Dallas (my daughter lives there) so I can see her perform live.  I watched a video of her on YouTube and was just mesmerized.

        • Jennifer Coleman

          Did anyone see Latrice at the NNN awards? Her RC look was to die for, very different than what she was wearing in the show. TLo has a photo of her in the RC photos. I hope she gets a major boost and as a newbie, I’m really kind of bummed her brand of fabulousness is rarely seen on the show.

    • Cathy S

      That last Sharon Needles look was freakin’ fierce.

    • http://shootingshoes.wordpress.com Amanda Gun

      I literally gasped when Phi Phi walked out in the exact same look that Kenya did in episode two. It was only marginally interesting at the time and just embarrassing when Phi Phi repeated it verbatim *this late in the season*! How can she be in the top three when she can’t even come up with a simple daytime look, and has to steal someone else’s? I used to like her but now I just feel like she’s even more immature and self-centered than Jiggly ever was, and that’s saying something.

      I cried at Latrice’s speech! I felt faintly ridiculous about it but damn, that woman has a heart as big as her ass, and seeing her so open with her emotions really moved me. I also found it kind of sad in Untucked, when she already seemed so sure she was going home and still tried to make sure that the other queens wouldn’t just dissolve into a puddle of constant bitchery when she was gone.

      Loved Dita’s dress! But that’s a given, of course.

      • MilaXX

         Considering how adamant she was that she never wears blonde wigs I can’t help but laugh every time Phi comes out wearing one.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

           She’d probably snap “It’s not blonde it’s Ash”

        • Vanessak69

          Look she only wears those for special circumstances, ok? Don’t get it twisted.

          I can’t figure out at this point what defines a special circumstance but apparently it includes, “Look what I found rooting around Kenya’s old makeup station.”

    • MilaXX

       I still think the race is between Chad & Sharon with the win going to Sharon. I think we just have to have Phi around stinking up the joint and causing drama. In my eyes Phi is just Rebecca 2.0
      I never saw Latrice going any further than 4th. In order for a plus queen to ever win she’d have to be a combo of Latrice and Delta (sans issues). Not sure such a person exist.

    • PantherontheRunway

      You know after the mean spiritness of the “heathers” last season, I thought for sure phi-phi would be thrown out on her ass, for an excellent top 3  Chad, Sharon & Latrice.

      I can’t even belive this, I’m hurt and whatever video of ru’s they’ll be doing, it will be a disaster because phical waste wasa in it

      • Jane_Lane

        Yeah, I figured they’d toss Phi and make the final a serious throw down, as it is, even though Chad and Sharon seem pretty evenly matched, I feel confident that Phi Phi has no chance. Latrice would have been a contender.

    • http://twitter.com/chylde bellalozza

      Ah, who cares about the rest. I just want to see more Sharon Needles! 

    • http://twitter.com/NostalgiaOD NostalgiaOD

      I have ground my teeth down to a powder this season every time Phi Phi opens her snaggled toothed mouth (seriously, what was up with the teeth on the queens the season?), but I have to say, I disagree with TLo about the judging this season.  The correct queen has gone home every week, including this week when the fantastic Latrice “Motherf****ing” Royale went home.  I was devastated to see her go and I was distraught that the choices this week came down to either Latrice or Chad.  But, it was the correct choice.  I want Phi Phi to choke on her forked tongue, but she, unfortunately, turned out better runway looks than either Latrice or Chad.

      Phi Phi should have, and would have, gone home the week Willam was eliminated.  I don’t think anyone had any intention of Phi Phi being in the top three, but there you have it.  Latrice couldn’t turn it out this week and we are stuck with Phi Phi in the top 3.  Horrible, awful, sad, depressing and dispiriting?  Yes!  Preferential treatment from Ru?  Nope, don’t think so.

      I will say I usually don’t agree with Ru’s final pick, I would have chosen Nina over Bebe and Raven over Tyra, but in the end the correct queens are always the final 2.

      • pdquick

        “I want Phi Phi to choke on her forked tongue….” Oh, SNAP!!!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

        Tyra over Juju?! BLASPHEMER!

    • http://ultimatevariety.blogspot.com/ Thombeau

      Great post, guys!

      Sadly, if Phi Phi wins, I will NEVER watch another episode of this show, and will miss your always enchanting recaps.

      Despite the things you mentioned, Latrice is a GREAT QUEEN and I bow down before her. Chad, of course, I adore. And I’m still holding out for Miss Needles to win, though I’ll be surprised if she does, for reasons you so aptly described.

    • Linh Ly

      has anyone noticed that Latrice’s couture look was basically a dress version of Phi Phi’s dog performance number (but with out the nipples) down to the colour and the fur? and that Phi Phi’s couture look was a restyling of er rupocolypes look (minus the cape)? I mean, am I going crazy or does somebody else sees it too? And I hope Phi Phi realizes that if Willam didn’t get disqualified her ass would have been sent packing ages ago (and then brought back later, but whatever)

    • http://twitter.com/semiserious Kyle

      You have to remember Ru still has to work within the constraints of pretending that (save for earlier challengers were elimination immunity is in play) she has to judge each challenge to some degree like its a blank slate. For the judging to make sense she does have to react to whats on the runway and presented in the challenges. I’m sure she has some idea of what’s going on in the workroom when she’s not there, but I wonder exactly how much time she has to keep up on that when she’s busy dealing with her own hair and makeup and other duties. 

      Viewed that way it does make sense. The earlier rounds are a bit of a pick and chose crap shoot, but once we got into the later half there were really only two times she was in danger in going home: duets and debate. She probably would have went home during duets, and the Producer/Ru (RuDucers?) would have allowed Willam to be the shit stirring drama queen who made it into the final three. I was kind of upset she didnt have to lipsynch for The Help line, but Dida still should’ve gone home. She deserved the DILFs win, and her dragazine win was probably a result of “Well, we can’t give Sharon too many.” 

      Though, to think she’s inline for the win is a bit of a stretch. Ru clearly loves Sharon. She’s racked up four wins. More than anyone else ever on this show. 

      Phi Phi’s clearly has fucked herself over for the rest of her career. I doubt she’s getting as many booking requests or as high of fees as LaTrice and some of the others. The onus is really on her to prove to people she really is something special and not some bar queen with hot temper who rode polished mediocrity to the top three. 

    • StellaZafella

      I reposted a reply…oops.
      Oh well,

      Sharon for the win!
      Chad for Queen Mother!
      Latrice for resurrection!

      PhiPhi who?

    • http://twitter.com/JiveHonkey Jive Honkey

      I have to pile on with the Phi Phi hate myself.  I mean, sure she’s getting the villian edit, and you have to think she’s eating up the exposure.  But how is she going to translate what she’s put out during the contest into a post-RPDR career?  To me that’s what the whole show has been for the queens who want to use it to move to bigger and better venues.  

      In season three when they had the RPDR in Review episode they brough back the top three queens from season 2, Tyra Sanchez (boo), Raven and Jujubee (who incidentally killed in post show interviews and on Drag U).  But what I really want to point out were the two quotes which I don’t think PhiPhi has taken to heart, but you could easily say Chad, Sharon & Latrice have.  Number one is “don’t be shady; be a lady.”  Phi Phi doesn’t throw shade, she IS shade. Or more accurately, as several have said in their interviews, she is shady.  She is NOT in the tradition of Paris is Burning, since she serves not one lick of realness, eleganza or extravaganza.  The second point from the season three rewind special is “keep it cute.”  Phi Phi has never managed to do so.  Her harshness comes out as desperation and, as others have said, insecurity. She’s never said anything witty with the tartness of a mentally sharp queen.  She’s just bitchy mean.  I think you can keep her around to stir up drama, because this season has been pretty slim on talent, but in order to maintain the franchise you can’t crown her.

      One final telling issue for me are some of the interviews that RuPaul has done regarding the post RPDR careers of the top queens.  She’s said that it’s TV media training by fire, and the best queens are able to translate their success into a relevancy beyond the race, by releasing a single, selling merchandise, etc.  Who the fuck is going to want to go see Phi Phi do anything or spend any money to support her career?

      In season three, I would have been happy if any of the three finalists won.  This time…I love Chad Michaels, but I’m Team Needles all the way. 

      • http://twitter.com/semiserious Kyle

        Ah, also, YOU ALL BEST VOTE FOR LATRICE FOR THE FAN FAVORITE/MISS CONGENIALITY AWARD! 

      • Tru Nguyen

        Total agreement here about how the best queens stay revelant.
        On TWOP someone posted a link to Phi Phi’s attempt to raise money for a music video (search for “queen of clubs” & “rockethub”). She set it up over a month ago and has only raised $140. Goodness, she can’t even get her supposed fans to support her. 

        If Sharon had done the same I’m sure she would have too much money by now.

        Also you can see that she (PP) has a wonky eye out of makeup too.

    • http://twitter.com/NostalgiaOD NostalgiaOD

      Oh, one more thing.  I saw Latrice MC a drag show at a club in Miami last Spring, before her debut on Drag Race and girl was a hot mess.  Literally wearing black Easy Spirit Walkers sneakers, black slacks and some crappy button down top from Fashion Bug.  Nothing on point, stylish or fierce about her that night.  She wasn’t as funny or engaging as she was on the show either.  When I saw she was cast on RPDR I was worried because a Dress Barn reject is not the kind of drag I am interested in watching.  However, I was pleasantly surprise at how much I loved her, how much her personality came alive and at some of her more polished looks.  She seems to run out of steam towards the end and these pictures in the recap don’t seem too far off from the Kmart Queen I saw on South Beach a year ago, sadly.

      • Vanessak69

        She mentioned last night that she basically lost everything when she went to prison so you may have caught her when she was just getting re-started.

        • http://profiles.google.com/drunkenhousewife Drunken Housewife

          But Latrice (whom I adore) also noted last night that in normal life, she doesn’t wear heels for more than 5 minutes at a time.  She said she just flings them off after that.  So I find it realistic that magnificent Latrice would wear Easy Spirit walking shoes on stage…  Gotta say, the more you weigh, the more heels hurt your feet.  It’s simple physics:  all those pounds are being carried on a few square inches of the feet in heels, and the more pounds, the more it hurts.  

    • spooki C

      Wow,  I didn’t know Sharon had that first look in her. Her last look is also really fucking fabulous.

      • AnotherG

        Word.  It’s hard not to pile on the negative stuff for a certain someone (*gak*Phi*gak*), but Sharon killed all three looks and served up some stuff we haven’t seen from her yet.  The judges’ admiration seemed very unforced in the edit we saw.  If she can bring it like that in the finale, I think she’s a winner.

    • http://promiscuouslola.blogspot.com/ Cate

      “We’re upset that she’s gone but we can understand why. We’re FAR MORE upset that a bland, nasty queen like Phi Phi is in the Final 3 (and if we were making predictions, is in line to win it all).”

      EXACTLY how I feel. If Phical Matter wins, I will DIE. I will absolutely DIE.

    • StellaZafella

      In reply to TSkot:” I for one thought Latrice’s statuesque belting had it all over Chad’s gymnastic routine. What makes a good drag performance is believability; no way could anyone sing doing Chad’s silly calisthenics.” because the site won’t let me enter a reply to the thread:

      I don’t know, look at Cher’s shows in Vegas…She’s all over the stage and she doesn’t lip-synch her concerts like some others.
      As far as this goes, drag lip-synch CAN use more movement to carry a so-so song, this was not a song to simply ‘stand and deliver” like Aretha – and at least Chad’s movements related to the audience and the music…it was choreography, not desperate Flailing-for-your-life.

    • http://twitter.com/JiveHonkey Jive Honkey

      Beautiful last line.

    • http://twitter.com/TheTailypo Megan Anderson

      I don’t understand the judges faulting of Chad for creating a flawless sexy senior lady look. Who says that good drag characters are all youthful? Where would the world be if Justin Vivian Bond never created the glorious Kiki because she was old? I am 100% team Sharon but I found the critique that Chad’s character looked too old as outrageous. It isn’t as if it was unintentional. That third look made her look old — AND FLAWLESS.

    • Jane_Lane

      Latrice Royale is a classy queen. Whatever else happens, she will stay a classy queen and Phi will continue to be a drama bomb. If she wins, especially against Chad and Sharon, there is something not right.

    • spooki C

      I’m so tired of Phi Phi. If it wasn’t for Sharon, Chad and Latrice I wouldn’t even watch it any more. Phi Phi is so exhausting. She is not even slightly entertaining with her drama whoring.

      Phi Phi, GO AWAY. You are not pretty, you are not funny, you are not talented, you are annoying and mean. STOP RUINING MY FAVORITE SHOW!

    • Damien W

      I thought it would be hard for Ru to dig up a favorite that would piss me off even more than Tyra Sanchez. But then she found Phi Phi and is sticking by her so far.  It’s just disappointing.

    • MattCooper27

      I simply do not get the judges’ praise of Phi Phi. Beyond the fact that he’s a nasty piece of work, I really just can’t see where all the praise he is getting is deserved. I thought Chad looked great and did not understand the judges’ gripes about his looks. Sharon was amazing. If Phical Matter wins, or is even in the top two, then I will have lost any respect I’ve had for Ru. 

    • prettybigkitty

      Phi Phi is immature, unpolished, and arrogant.  I have not disliked a reality star more in quite a while.  Then again I don’t tend to watch the Real Housewives, Jersey Shore or Bad Girls Club.  She would fit right into one of those.  Her negativity and bad attitude makes me cringe.  Chad or Sharon both deserve to win.    

    • Verascity

      ” just talented enough to shoot down constant “What is she still doing here?” queries”

      I disagree, because I ask myself that question every time she’s on the screen.

    • AWStevens

      Chad NEEDS to win and rub it in Phi Phi’s ratfink face.  Sharon was on the money with her assessment of Phi Phi last night in front of the judges.  Phi Phi knows it deep down and that’s what really pissed her off…

      • AnotherG

        Did you notice when Phi was asked why Sharon should be out of the top three, she pretty much made it about the attack on her, and said almost nothing of what she thought was wrong w/ Sharon, where Sharon goes wrong, why she hasn’t lived up to the challenges?  That could be editing, but Phi Phi is the quintessential “Can dish it out, but can’t take it” queen.  That, and she had nothing other than, “I don’t like Sharon Needles.”

        • AWStevens

           Honestly, I do think the pressure is getting to all of them.  That being said, Phi IS an emotionally immature person.  And her “I’m gonna say what I feel” take on life is gonna blow up in her face someday soon, just like Chad warned.  Let me tell you, took me a long time to learn when to hold back and keep my mouth shut.  This does not make me a door mat.  This means I know how to choose my battles finally…

        • http://twitter.com/algaechick algaechick

          I was actually kind of disappointed that Sharon went more for the personality in her critique of Phical (not that there’s not plenty of room there), as opposed to what we’ve heard Sharon talk about before-her tired-ass showgirl drag. I thought that would have more resonance and comes across as less bitchy in front of the “judges”.

          • AnotherG

            This is a good point (as is AW’s above).  I don’t think Sharon’s wrong in calling out Phi-Phi’s in-it-for-herself and sabotaging ‘tude, but it would have been a higher road to take to comment on how her stuff is old school and uninspiring and not “the future of drag,” and a more effective criticism.  But I think tempers were frayed; Sharon’s had been ablated by the last 24-48 hours offstage, and then an already-thin-skinned Phi Phi snapped.

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        i like sharon best. we are definitely playing in the same ballpark, albeit on different teams. &, at this time, in this space, it’s superrare to see someone who really is an all-star, imneverho, playing in that arena cos it’s so empty it’s almost pretty much filled w/ ghosts–anyway, i really look forward to sharon.

        but if she doesnt win [& i've been playing in that damned park so long i have a very good idea that her win might be impossible. these days most of the world prefers to leave us w/ our spectres. &, of course, the straight world always did] –anyway, if she doesnt win, i would have no trouble w/ that win going to chad.  chad is great, a seriously fine talent. it was fabulous to see these two this season.

    • rose88

      So sad to see Latrice go!  I agree her looks last night were uninspired, but she’s one helluva queen.  And PhiPhi is in the top 3?  Why?  She sucks!  That might not be the most eloquent commentary ever, but it’s all I have to say about that untalented, nasty piece of work.

      I’ve been Team Needles from the start, so I hope she wins.  But I won’t be disappointed if Chad takes it, because she’s fierce as shit.  But I afraid…very afraid…because Sharon Needles might be deemed too “edgy” (whatever the hell that means, but you know Absolut has a say in who gets to be the face of their oh so respectable vodka) and Chad hasn’t burst into tears on the runway, so she’s not “vulnerable” enough, and also, in our youth obsessed culture, she’s “old”.  And that leaves sucky PhiPhi with the win and I will be beyond pissed if that travesty actually comes to pass!
       

    • Linderella

      Even if I didn’t loathe Phi Phi, I would still despise that last look.  What in the world did that have in common with her dog, other than being bulky, sloppy, and as appealing as a big wad of drool? 

    • http://profiles.google.com/singingraisin ali meowmeow

      I really don’t like Phi, and I’m bummed she’s still around. She’s such a grotesquely bitter queen, and it’s no fun at all to watch her.

      In other news, I would watch the hell out of The Chad and Sharon Show. Someone needs to give those gals an hour a week to do whatever the hell they want. With all their characters and versatility, it would be goddamn fantastic.

      • Laura Valentine

        I know, right?  “Chad and Sharon: American Roadtrip”.  I’d watch the hell out of that.  Their boyfriends could come along!  In an RV! 

    • Mariah J

      Winona telling you your makeup looks good is NOT a compliment. 

      • http://twitter.com/algaechick algaechick

        My 13 yr old daughter was shocked when they introduced Wynona and I told her that is a straight up female, *not* a drag queen. She wasn’t convinced.

    • glennethph

      I’d really like to see Mr. Absolutwhatshisface try to justify a noxious winner like PhiPhi if she does win over 2 more deserving and more beloved queens.

      • Damien W

        I’d love to follow Phi Phi on that personal appearance tour the winner has to make, to watch all the rotten fruit and cocktails being thrown at her when she hits the stage. 

    • http://twitter.com/CelebratetheOdd Celebrate the Odd

      If I missed meeting Dita Von Teese because two bitches couldnt stop long enough to pull their heads out of their asses… I would be beside myself!  I half expected Ru to come back and scold them for making a guest wait so long she left! How rude!

      • AWStevens

         I TOTALLY FORGOT THAT!  You are soooooooooooo right!!

    • http://6things.blogspot.com par3182

      If only Sharon had answered the “who doesn’t deserve to be here?” question like this -

      “Phi Phi. Latrice has the charisma, I have the uniqueness and Chad has the talent. All Phi Phi has is nerve, and a helluva lot of it”.

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        i remember getting into a virtual altercation here about two years ago w/ someone who insisted she respected ambition more than talent.

        i cannot tell you, cos there are no words in this language to describe it, just how beyond overjoyed i would be if that particular notion were given a forever send-off. say, right about now. i dont even care if it’s given a viking funeral, stuck on a semi-canoe & set aflame in the ocean. i dont care if it’s done dramatically. i just want it GONE.

        • http://plantsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.com/ mr_subjunctive

          Ambition without talent is very much like having gasoline without a car.

          • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

            Don’t think Phi2 wouldn’t take that gasoline and burn a few houses down.

        • Vanessak69

          From my favorite Julie Brown song: “They say to make it you need talent and ambition. Well I got a TV show and this was my audition….uh, uh, wait don’t tell me… Oh yeah! ‘Duck, Magnum! Duck!’”

          • StellaZafella

            The name of the song is “‘Cause I’m a Blonde!” and was one of Julie Browne’s numbers in “Earthgirls Are Easy” which she also wrote and produced with her comedy partner Charlie Coffee in the mid 80′s…funny to me because PhiPhi says she NEVER wears Blonde.
            By the by, the movie starred up-and-comers like: Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayons and a cute blonde kid named Jim Carrey. The movie’s a hoot and would make a great Drag & Hunk stage play for some enterprising club tour empresario…LOTS of High Camp 8o’s drag, music and dancing.
            (Anyone remember the name of Julie Browne’s beauty salon in the movie?
            Answer: “Curl Up & Dye”)

            • AnotherG

              Stella, you are like TLo’s Camp & Drag wiki.  LOVE IT!!!! <3<3<3

            • malarkey

              I LOVED Earth Girls are Easy!

        • Laura Valentine

          Respecting ambition more than talent logically leads to respecting sociopaths over normal humans.  Unless one is themselves a sociopath, I just don’t get it. 

    • TSkot

      We have different definitions of “choreography.”  I was waiting for her to rip her wig off.

      • http://twitter.com/airplane68 Dave Fellner

         I really don’t see that, it wasn’t like she was Dida Ritz swiftering the floor or anything, she was just dancing and performing with the song

    • http://twitter.com/MsCaityCat Caitlin

      Oh, Phi Phi… You’re not as fierce as you think you are. And I hope she feels stupid for arguing until Dita Von Teese left.

      • Damien W

        I wonder about that Dita segment…it smelled scripted to me. But it was juicy in any case. 

      • malarkey

        I was kind of disappointed there was no “hey y’all missed meeting Dita because Phi was exploding” moment. 

    • MitchellGilburne

      Just Realized, Sharon is serving up some Anne Coulter realness in her daytime dog park realness look.

      • pdquick

        There is no way Anne Coulter would be carrying a plastic bag to clean up her own dog’s shit.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      whycome there isnt any scandal about all these shows being fixed the way there was re the quiz show mess c1950s?

      thats a real question, although i could probably, not to mention sadly, answer it myself. cos theres no question that integrity has been unceremoniously, if metaphorically, defenestrated from the tenement window ledge whereupon it was nesting only to catch fire in the flaming alley trashcans below.

      but it really would be nice if these shows were taken to task for what is, essentially, lying. & i say that even though i believe, for example, that mondo shouldve won his season of PR [if not, perhaps, PRAS. then again: who knows? it was all so fabricated that it's impossible to tell who shouldve won]. i dont care who gets favored in the outcome. that there is no real contest makes these programs ever more difficult to watch.

      i wonder if the whole thing w/ william was also a set up. not that i dont think william is talented, i do. the last four shouldve been latrice, william, chad, sharon. there is no question about that. but perhaps william got more out of getting some serious notice, even negative notice, during his chick fil-a era. maybe the ouster was scheduled or maybe william tricked them by encouraging that ouster at the bestest of times? i wouldnt mind that, really. i’m sick of the shows tricking their viewers.

      but, so help me, were i the kind to rampage & defenestrate large expensive appliances myself, were PP to remain while either chad or sharon goes, especially were the execrable PP to win, it might encourage me to toss this giant screened imac upon which i view these things down into the street. it wont, i cant afford it, but it could. the whole thing is supersuper–i dont know–yukky, maybe? something worse.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kirsten-Sawyer/100000014017483 Kirsten Sawyer

        Do you write elsewhere?  Love the sociological/anthropological bent of your posts, as well your humor (a viking funeral for the “ambition > talent” agument…amen). 

         As for calling shennanagins on a show like this, at least RuPaul stands on her stage with her tounge CLEARLY planted in her baby smooth perfectly blended cheek.  I can forgive a lot for that.

        • holdmewhileimnaked

          thank you.

          sometimes. when my head doesnt hurt. since it’s now been about six weeks of constant head pain, i am a little behind. w/ everything, w/ everything.

          i get the half-obvious trickery here &, more or less agree that it’s at least less, rather than more, offensive than the same hidden trickery is on PR. on PR it’s really bad. here, however, they have so much room to make a good show, w/ these very interesting, very unusual characters that they dont even need to make it a pseudoreality competition. do they really think most of the viewership would not tolerate the same people in another format?

          tired, here. today was the first day i havent had serious head pain in those six weeks i abovenoted. still, i didnt get anywhere near enough done. & i’m not thinking well enough tonite. tomorrow maybe i will be better & have something more clever to say.

      • AnotherG

        I love your points! 
        As for the set-ups and trickery, I just assume my TV is always lying to me.  Advertisements, sitcoms, drama, 6 o’clock “news,” “reality” shows (like the 6 o’clock news) . . . I’ve yet to be disappointed by this assessment :)

      • edgeoforever

        Willam timed the release of his video on the night the DQ episode aired. It was months since it was filmed, he had time to produce the video and plan the release date since the actual episode. What I suspect is that Ru timed Willam’s DQ for an episode where Phi2 was clearly about to sashay away, in order to keep her longer on. Willam’s transgression has been known to the producers for some time. It was up to them when/if they took any action on that.

        • pdquick

           Since you seem to know, what was it?

    • Markatha

      Oh Boys? Say it ain’t so! You can’t really think Phi Phi will win?
      I think those phoul, phunky Phi Phi phumes have gotten the best of you. 
       I have way to much Phaith in Ru for that.  I’d be bitterly disappointed in her if that happened.

      I am so over mean, horrible people being rewarded for being disgusting & nasty.  Sooo over it. 
      Phi Phi may be the all time most unpleasant.
       
       If she comes in ahead of Chad or Sharon there is no Drag God.
       
      Who would want to go see her. 
       The fact that she’s still there & Latrice is NOT is sickening (& not in the good way).

      Ru, please don’t let Phi Phi ruin the last couple episodes.  Ditch the Bitch!

      PS I loved Chad’s looks at least a million times more than Phi Phi’s.  & Michelle you are old.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Clearly, I need bigger pins for my Phi Phi doll.  Anybody got some spare knitting needles?

      • AnotherG

        Here.  I call this one “Sharon.”  Stab away.

    • TieDye64

      Yeah, sure it was probably Latrice’s time to go. But dangit I cried. Love Miss Royale to bits. Phi Phi, ugh. Why Ru loves her I’ll never know. Nasty little no talent queen. 

      That was one sad lip synch. I knew it would be a Winona song, but wasn’t there a better one? I agree with every point you guys made. Too bad it’s all true. 

    • Jillian Molenaar

      Was anyone else a little insulted by Phi Phi’s acting like she didn’t know Sharon was joking about the cruise.  Either a) she’s an idiot with no sense of humor, and genuinely thought Sharon was serious, or b) she thinks the viewers are idiots with no sense of humor, and genuinely thinks she can convince the audience that Sharon was serious.  She is so defensive that I feel embarrassed every time she lashes out.  I feel bad for her.  She knows she is out of her depth (but would never admit it) and responds by trying to put others down, or find somebody to blame for her shortcomings.  She does not seem to be at a point where she can take responsibility for her success.  Maybe that day will come and maybe it will not.

      This is the first season I’ve watched, I tuned in because I was a fan of Willam’s and I LOVE IT.  Sharon is my favorite but I’m not sure she’ll win, because Chad is more accessible (Sharon’s approach to drag is pretty cerebral and I can see a lot of people “not getting it”).  I would be happy with either of them winning & I think they would both be happy for each other.

      • http://twitter.com/Revieloutionne Tobi

         Oh god, PhiPhi with her “if it was a joke, why was it coming out of your mouth every week?” IT’S CALLED A RUNNING JOKE, GODDAMN.

        Does she think Dida has ceaseless cravings for cheesecake? Does she think Latrice legitimately believes Jesus to be a baked good? Does she wonder why an unusual number of queens are apparently from Chicago?

        Of course, the real answer is of course that she can’t ever be wrong, no matter how stupid her insistence on being right makes her look. Not, of course, that she is in any way aware of how stupid it makes her look.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

         Phi2′s obsession with Sharon’s supposed cruise-obsession was beyond ridiculous. The girl has no sense of humor, and she’s so frigging obtuse that she makes me want to smack her. When Chad Michaels gently offers you some advice, you should at least pretend you’ll consider it. But Phi pretty much said she’s happy being ignorant and immature.

        I wish I could feel bad for her, because something has seriously screwed her up. But she’s just too miserable and nasty, and she’s not interested in even trying to be a calmer, happier, more rational person. Playing the victim is easier.

    • Tausha Woods

      I have only agreed with one win, Raja. I preferred Nina Flowers in the first season. STILL can’t stand Tyra. If that is the direction Miss Ru is going with Phi Phi I will throw myself on the floor kicking, screaming and crying. I think Sharon Needes is AWESOME and Chad is remarkably polished.

    • hearkentoit

      I refuse to believe that Sharon Needles isn’t going to win. She’s the winner already in my head. It’s just obvious, isn’t it?

      • Vanessak69

        Given that everyone has pretty much crowned Sharon the winner (and pretty much agree they’d be happy with Chad too), if PhiPhi wins the uproar would be damaging to the show and Absolut. No one is going to go see a drag tour fucking headlined by PhiPhi.

        • Damien W

          That’s true now, but the show was taped a while ago. As the “America’s gonna love you” joke showed, Ru doesn’t have that hindsight when picking the winner. But if PeePee wins, maybe Ru will take a lesson from it and take more things into consideration when she crowns someone.

    • hearkentoit

      When I realized Phi was in the final three, I thought, “yep, that’s about right, she’s the Alexis.” She’s that girl in the final three who’s earned her place, but is still chaff, and is getting cut first to let the two better queens fight it out. At least, that’s what it seems like to me. As you (and Michelle Visage) said, she’s been on the fence for the past few episodes; Ru is just waiting for her to put a foot wrong.

    • amywinns

      OMG that’s RIGHT!  Maybe that’s why they keep Dita discreetly separate… I can’t imagine those two ladies are best buddies.

      (Also Evan Rachel Wood, too. Y’know, say whatever you will about Marilyn Manson, there is no disputing his excellent taste in women.)

    • amywinns

      Interesting. Well, just another reason to not miss the reunion!

    • Krafty_L

      I don’t mind when I disagree with a reality show result, or even that this particular show’s results are based on RuPaul’s opinions and tastes. What would bother me is a result that runs completely counter to what has occurred throughout the season (Sharon’s 4 wins). At that point, you are just insulting your audience, and people do stop watching. I stopped watching PRAS mid-season because when it stopped making sense, it stopped being interesting. Surprises are good – but a win for Phi Phi would be a big f-you to the RPDR audience.

      The other part of this is that Sharon Needles has, in effect, already won, in terms of being not only the critical favorite but the fan favorite as well; she’s already booking tours, doing interviews and fantastic photo shoots. She will go on to have a great career with or without the “crown.” I would even go so far as to say that RuPaul needs Sharon to win more than Sharon needs it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Mo/1394736292 Joe Mo

        Another lil interesting I noticed today, Sharon has over 3X’s the followers on facebook so take that as you will.

    • http://plantsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.com/ mr_subjunctive

      Those of you who are worrying that Phi Phi will win the season should relax. She’s not going to win.

      I’m not spoiled: I just think there’s no way Ru doesn’t know Phi Phi is the least talented and least personable of the remaining queens. It’s going to be okay.

      • http://twitter.com/suryasnair suryasnair

        we all thought the same with Gretchen as well…..

        • http://profiles.google.com/drunkenhousewife Drunken Housewife

          but RuPaul ain’t no Bunim-Murray….

        • malarkey

          we all thought the same with Tyra!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=816120314 Chason Dailey

      So has everyone else started saying that someone around you is “serving up ____________ realness” at the most inane shit because of the commentary this season? My roommate and I were discussing this, then she told me I was “serving up salad chopping realness” (since I was making a salad at the time). I retorted that she was “serving up ‘evaluating the serving up of realness’ realness.” She was, indeed, serving up meta-realness. 

      No? Just us?

      • AnotherG

        Not just you.  I unironically used “huntmaster realness” in this thread earlier.  But I find myself using it for the weirdest shit.  “Serving up bus pass realness,” or “serving up quilted realness.” 

        As predicted, the world will end in 2012 when someone unironically says “Serving up realness realness.”

      • http://twitter.com/JiveHonkey Jive Honkey

        I put my dogs through the dragulator and named them “Realness” and “Eleganza.”  I drank the Paris Is Burning kool-aid last year (way overdue), and it’s affected me ever since.  I truly believe it’s required viewing material if you have any interest in race/class, documentary/film making, LGTBQ history or Madonna.  Realness… the house down!

      • andcoh

        I think it a lot.  And it causes me pain each time.

      • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

        Serving up some receptive blog reader realness.

        • AnotherG

          Perfect.  I think I hear a seal cracking now . . .

      • http://plantsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.com/ mr_subjunctive

        I asked my husband. He said no, he hasn’t been doing this. But then his printer started up; I asked what he was printing; he said a picture of a wild turkey,* and I was all, hey, serving up some non-domesticated fowl realness, huh? and he stopped and didn’t say anything for an awkwardly long time and I was all what? and he said nothing, I was just trying to picture the outfit that would go along with that phrase.

        And then I realized that if you imagine the accompanying outfits, it’s way more fun to throw around “this” realness and “that” realness.

        Though I’m stumped on “serving up ‘evaluating the serving up of realness’ realness.” Something with an ouroboros belt, maybe?

        *(Don’t ask.)

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          It’s seldom I have my biggest laugh of the day this early in the morning, but I don’t think anything I read is going to top your comment. You’re serving up some hilarious blog-commenting realness.

    • StellaZafella

      …and still thinking it’s okay to light that cigar you’re chewin’ on…

    • StellaZafella

      TLo were the first to bring up that RPDR is a (mostly) scripted satirical send up of a lot of other so-called “reality” shows…
      Ru & Co. have never made any bones about it and that’s okay with me. Viewed from that angle, I can critique what I see interms of good/bad writing (like and extended SNL sketch) and be really delighted by the ad libs and unscripted moment that make it through.

    • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

      Oh Ru, you need some of those 5 gs gurl. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002166668687 Ali Goria

      But the challenge wasn’t three distinct looks but three distinct REALNESS looks. Homage to the ball scene. Including Dog Park Realness So Phical FAILED that challenge. She recycled a wig and Minja look that you’re never going to see in a dog park. And while Tyra may not have been anybody’s favorite she puts Phical to SHAME. She had a REAL story, homeless father fighting for her son, can create an exquisite look, (even if you don’t think it’s “fashionable”, she can TURN IT on the runway and performing, and at age 20 had skills people never attain. Her “acting” yeah, meh. But she dominated that video alright lol. RAja is a type. The ULTIMATE ladyboy floating between genders exploring his world. And did just FINE in several challenges while having the MOST articulate meaningful moment to date on RPDR. The power of f*ck you speech and the treacherous journey his life had taken. I totally get why RuPaul chose Raja. As the seasons pass, the “message” seems increasingly important to Ru. Evolve, dahlings, evolve! Phical, go back to your day job and have a hobby.

    • pdquick

      A Final Three of Chad, Sharon, and Latrice would have been the Clash of the Mother–fucking Titans . TV worth watching, for sho’! But Latrice just didn’t bring it this week, and as much as I hate PhiPhi, I thought the long-handled bejeweled pooper scooper was brilliant. The LSFYL was gonna be a Winona Judd tune, and the girls were given all day to rehearse it (albeit with all the other shit they had to do). Even if Latrice had never done a country tune before, i have no doubt she could have wowed us if she had tried, and she didn’t. Chad on the other hand, was FIERCE; THAT, children, is how it’s done. Even if the LSFYL had been PhiPhi and Latrice, Latrice would have struggled. PhiPhi is the luckiest bitch on earth for having gotten to this point, but I don’t think Ru rigged the result this week. I think Latrice deserved to go home.

      That said, I think is the first time I have ever cried at the elimination of a reality-show contestant. La-TRIIIIIIICE!!!!!!!! She may not be the “Winnuh!,” but she is America’s new sweetheart.

      • pdquick

        The extra “snaps” at the end are some sort of automatic HTML edit. Oh, well.

        • AnotherG

          “Serving up hypertext mark-up realness!”

    • LambeeBaby

      Did Kenya leave her outfit for Phi Phi, because that is a dead on identical look from the week 2 or 3 challenge. (See TLO 2/9 post)

    • http://www.facebook.com/mwyarbrough Michael Yarbrough

      “Does she think Latrice legitimately believes Jesus to be a baked good?” LOLOL.

    • Aaron Lucas

      Did i NOT CALL THIS LIKE 8 WEEKS AGO???  PHI PHI is gonna win…that queen is blabbin’ all over chicago

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        although i wish i didnt, i believe you.
        why do they even bother calling it a contest then? why cant they just make it into, i dont know, something else? something that wouldnt stick so hard in the craws of people who actually care about the outcome?
        or, in this case, even more:
        what the h-e-double-toothpicks does PP have on them anyway?

        • StellaZafella

          holdme:
          Think of it like a daytime soap opera. The script evolves from moving the characters around and playing up whatever Bitch/Victim/Hero scenario the writers find in the storyline until there is resolution…sometimes the Bitch wins, but the story goes on.
          In this case, win OR lose PhiPhi may get the Emmy…
          But SHARON gets the movie deal and makes a bundle,
          CHAD gets the publishing rights and makes a bundle,
          and Mamma Latrice tours her ass off and makes a bundle…we get to see them years from now still shining!

          PhiPhi gets a plated statuette and a head load of bad rhinestone jewelry. (nyuk, nyuk, nyuk)

          • Krafty_L

            If that rumor is true, I wonder what RuPaul (the brand) is doing to prepare for the inevitable backlash? Obviously, the finale was taped months ago, but they must realize by now how reviled Phi Phi is among the RPDR fanbase.

            I read an article today that really summed up my whole opinion around why Sharon doesn’t need the RPDR crown to ensure a long, successful career: http://www.splicetoday.com/pop-culture/zombies-are-just-drag-queens-anyway   I really, really hope that Sharon goes on to do some sort of fashion blogging; I, for one, would love to incorporate elements of her style into my wardrobe.

          • Krafty_L

            If that rumor is true, I wonder what RuPaul (the brand) is doing to prepare for the inevitable backlash. Although the finale was recorded months ago, they surely realize by now that Phi Phi is the most reviled contestant in the show’s history. As much as people disliked Tyra, the reaction to Phi Phi is much harsher, and just seems to get worse.

            I read an article about Sharon Needles on Splice Today that really articulated why she will be the queen who ends up with a long, interesting career. I am really hoping that she does at least some fashion blogging; I would love to incorporate elements of her look! And I’ve heard that she has already recorded a video with Kelly Osborne and Joan Rivers – I’m hoping that it’s for a segment of Fashion Police.

            Also: there is an AWESOME photo of Sharon Needles, Raja, Jujubee and Manila Luzon, out of drag, on Sharon’s Facebook page!

            Signed,
            An Unabashed, Unapologetic Sharon Worshipper

            (Posting again without the link so that my post won’t get held up in review).

            • StellaZafella

              No apology necessary, krafty. I’ve been on the Sharon/Chad Latrice bandwagon since they each walked into the room. I just wish to offer some solace if the BitchWins rumor is true that this will not be the last we see of our beloved queens but, whatever the outcome, it WILL LIKELY be the last we see of PhiPhi (who?)
              I LOVE hearing what’s already happening for Sharon and Latrice and Chad.

      • http://plantsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.com/ mr_subjunctive

         [citation needed]

      • http://twitter.com/suryasnair suryasnair

        noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

      • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

        Oh Aaron, Aaron – I DO hope you’re wrong.  Where’d you hear this?  The Baton?  (As an aside – the inimitable Chilli Pepper is, and will always be [in my estimation] one of the classiest [and sweetest] Queens ever to set foot on the planet.)  But Phi Phi?  Winning???  Really????  All I can do is hope it’s like most rumors……running away with itself, veracity be damned! 

        • Aaron Lucas

          One of my colleagues at work is friends with some of the drag performers in Chicago.  

          • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

            Oh lord!  God I hope they’re wrong.  I’d be happy with either Sharon or Chad……but P2?  I shudder at even the possibility. 

      • malarkey

        gawd, don’t say that!

      • Krafty_L

        So, shouldn’t that queen be DQ’ed for leaking results prior to the episode being aired?

        • malarkey

          Hmmmm on last night’s ep, (the rewind) Ru said something about the end being unexpected…

      • MattCooper27

        I know people say, “If so-and-so wins, I’ll never watch again. ” I’ve said it myself after watching Project Trainwreck. But this time I mean it. If that insufferable little bitch squealer wins, I will have lost any faith in the “reality” of this show. For Phical to win over either Chad or Sharon, both of whom are eminently worthy of the win, would be the ultimate farce and and a slap in the faces of Chad, Sharon, and the viewers who have stood behind this show.

    • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

      My daughter (17) and I are catching up on past RPDR seasons in between episodes. It’s fascinating to me to observe her reactions, because she doesn’t read spoilers the way I do, she has sincere responses to the stylings and performances, and she dislikes mean people. So even though she admired Raja’s performances, she didn’t like her “Heathers” attitude. She loved Shangela’s spirit in her second round. And she predicted that Latrice would go home, even though she loves her dearly, because her looks weren’t up to the level of the others. When she’s old enough, she’ll get to go to her first real drag show.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14301272 Kate Gorton

      Phi Phi totally missed the opportunity to serve up English fox-hunting realness for the “Canine Couture” category. I was hoping for some plaids and structured pieces instead of her, as Sharon puts it, “busted showgirl” status quo.

      Also: was that Kenya’s wig for Phi Phi’s “Dog Park Realness”? Still creepy.