RuPaul’s Drag Race: That Bitch Stole My Muthafu–

Posted on May 06, 2014

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We wish we could say this was an exciting, entertaining hour of television. But man, it was kinda dull and limp, no? “Flaccid” is the word du jour.

 

 

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We’re not sure what it was, but there didn’t seem to be much spark to the proceedings. There was no real villain this year – at least not anymore. And there’s no real breakout, fighting-on-the-internet-because-you-love-her-so-muchOMG fan favorite, either. You’ve got four polished, talented, distinct queens in the final. The latina comic, the big glamorous white girl, the Australian blonde glamorous white  girl, and the trashy-glamourous latina girl. Okay, maybe they aren’t so distinct. No villain and not enough diversity in the finalists? Always makes for a limp finale. We’ve blogged more seasons of reality TV competitions than anyone would think is healthy and we’re telling you: that one’s a Universal Law of Reality (Television).

 

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Oooooh, girl. You made a gown out of your snuggie.

 

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Is it us or is it not weird that we didn’t see the final edits of any of their videos? We just saw the shooting-of portions. It made it pretty impossible to decide whether or not Ru’s decision made sense, which of course makes us think that was deliberate. We knew and Ru knew whose turn it was to go home this week.

 

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Adore looks stunning on the runway, and her whole bit about being the street-level drag queen, as opposed to the over-polished ones that make up the other finalists, is so setting her up for the win that we … nope. We’re not gonna make predictions. We could easily be wrong. All we’ll say is that Ru did trashy street drag when she was young and we strongly suspect she sees a whole lot of herself in Adore. Her performances? Fine. She’s gotten more polished all around, right down to her Miss America-level speech about being the relatable one.

 

 

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All the girls gave highly polished and much expected Miss America-style speeches this week, save Courtney, bless her lightly self-involved heart, who didn’t even bother. We have to admit, she’s got the pretty-girl schtick down, including the self-involved yet above-it-all highly cultivated air, but it can get a bit annoying. She really does look gorgeous on the runway, even if the look isn’t particularly jaw-dropping. Then again, have we seen many jaw-dropping looks this season? A few. Not enough.

Her performances were just okay. Energetic, but not particularly funny. Comedy’s not her forte.

 

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Credit where it’s due, her faux-faint when Michelle complimented her was pretty hilarious, though. She’s an all-around star, but we’re not sure Ru’s in love with her.

 

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Darienne’s also got a ton of star quality to her. No, really. Her sourness and too-sharp tongue obscure it to us, but you tape that boy’s tits together and put that face and hair on her and she really becomes something. In fact, that may have been what Darienne represented this season: the transformational aspect of good drag. Slightly sour middle aged queen becomes the sparkliest, fiercest glamour girl under the right conditions.

To be fair – and this is probably why there seemed to be a flashing red bullseye on his back for several episodes now – she has no range in her looks whatsoever. And honestly, we don’t think her size has anything to do with it. Everything she wears is custom-made and she’s corseted in all of them. There’s no reason for her to look like your office manager, who got dolled up for a night out. She could have and should have pushed the envelope far more in her looks.

 

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But there was also the hard-to-ignore fact that Darienne has some performing chops to her. She can be quite funny herself and she’s really thrown herself into the acting scenes when given a chance. She can’t dance or sing, but she’s a glamour girl who can do comedy and act. That’s why she’s been here so long.

 

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Honestly, we felt like Bianca was being set up for the win just as much as Adore was. They both suddenly sprung these articulated story arcs that felt pretty much hand-delivered to them. “Okay, you’re gonna talk about how you’re the relatable one and you’re gonna talk about how you’ve gone on a journey of self discovery that melted your cold heart.” It’s just too too, darlings. We’ve been around the reality TV block.

We also saw some cracks in the Bianca persona that seemed suspiciously well-timed. Her rapid-fire schtick is all about covering her own insecurities instead of about calling other people out. Not that we blame her for this; just that this all feels very put together. Like a good outfit. Which she is not wearing here – and let’s just say it: she hasn’t worn many all season. Serviceable looks, all of them. At best. Extremely well made, but almost as samey-same and limited as Darienne’s. It’s her major weakness. It’s really her only one. That, and the same face walking out each week. Just like Darienne.

Then again, none of the final four switched up their face makeup all that much. Ben was the last one standing with that talent.

Anyway, we’re rambling, but her performances were as excellent as expected and she really did come off charming this week. It’s down to her and Adore. Courtney’s just some pretty window dressing. We all know it.

 

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Honestly, her work looked just as good as anyone else’s this week. And the lip synch edit was so choppy we suspect it was because she clearly blew everyone away again. To our way of thinking, she’s clearly the 4th-rated of the top four. It’s just that the show had to do some brisk throat clearing and hand waving in order to send her home this week. “Darienne, you killed it once again. Now sashay away.”

But you bitches were happy to see her go, we know.

 

 

 

 

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    • rkdgal

      Your critique is spot on, as per usual. I’m on TeamBianca, because I have a soft spot for dimples and a quick, savage wit. But I would love to see what Bianca would look like if Darienne beat her face…

      • Introspective

        have been so dying for Bianca to let the clown eyes go and let herself be a beauty queen for a hot moment. Not serviceable and decent. Just painted to the fucking gods while sporting some glittery sex bomb number padded out the wazoo. She might just surprise herself and the judges. hell, maybe that’s whats coming for us in the finale…

        i know one thing, if Bianca doesnt glam it up fast, i think the crown goes straight to Adore. More versatility. More vulnerability. More camera time. and being a young brash ingenue at a moment when young brash ingenues are having the best year ever (see Cyrus, Miley for further details)

        • Andrea B

          I’m so with you. My heart aches.

          • Raspberry2012

            My heart’s not aching *yet*. I’m still thinking there’s no way they can’t give this to Bianca. I mean, she’s just head and shoulders above the others in this competition.

        • http://visceralresponse.com/ visceral response

          Here’s some more rationalization with supplemental evidence: I don’t think Adore’s going to walk off with it. She was handed a lot of second chances, but Bianca has been the stellar performer this season and has more support with the audience.

          I can’t say for sure and she might still pull it out, but I think Adore sank her own chances at winning by never applying herself to challenges she didn’t like. Even if she won a “sewing” challenge since it was agreed that her outfits were janky, but she “sold” them. No winner to date has had such a poor showing overall. Bebe won the most challenges and only lip synched once. Tyra never lip synched, Raja lip synched once and won the same number of challenges as Manila, Sharon only lip synched once and won the most challenges and Jinkx was in the top group in every challenge starting with the third until she had to lip synch at the final four. Meanwhile, Adore won three challenges, two of which were highly questionable wins, and lip synched twice as well as being in the bottom three several times. Plus, unlike Sharon and Jinkx, whose drag improved dramatically once they were on the show, Adore still looks like a janky little Latin boy in a dress.

          Meanwhile, Bianca’s overall performance throughout the season has been better than any of the prior winners. For Ru to justify giving it to Adore would require her to say “Oh, to hell with it. Here, boo, you were middling most of the season, your dresses are cheap and you bring shame to the phrase “little Latin boy in a dress” but you’re my favorite, so here’s your crown.”

          • demidaemon

            But don’t you think that Adore needs the cash more than Bianca, so she can go out and improve the quality of her drag? I know that’s not a reason for her to win the competition, but I could see Ru thinking that way. I do expect whoever is second place (and we’ll know who it is, even if Ru doesn’t specify) to be on the next season of All-Stars, possibly to be crowned the winner.

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

              No! No no no no no! Tim Gunn tried to rationalize Gretchen’s win with that line of “reasoning” and got drowned out by a chorus of boos at some mall appearance. “Gretchen needed the money.” Who cares? I won’t accept that kind of thinking when a prize is on the line based on talent. Don’t do that to me, Ru.

              Ooooooo, that Wretchen still burns!

            • demidaemon

              I know, but Adore DOES need the money ( I strongly do not buy the whole of Gretchen’s “poverty”). You’ve said so yourself ;). I’m just saying that Ru might consider this in part of her deliberations. So prepare yourself.

              I do think, if we are looking at body of work, then Bianca is the clear winner. But I can also see an Adore win. Courtney’s inability to let go at the end has pretty much relegated her to third place, no matter what.

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

              I won’t really mind if Adore does win over Bianca. Either will be fine with me, though I have read some good comments here explaining why either should not win. But I’ve got Bianca up on the mentoring queen pedestal with Latrice and Chad, and no one will be able to change that for me. I just don’t want Ru to say the reason for Adore’s win was a need for money.

            • demidaemon

              I agree. She should win on her own merits, no matter what.

            • http://visceralresponse.com/ visceral response

              Raja, Manila and Nina made beautiful professional-looking garments out of thrift store clothes and dollar store junk. It’s not how much the clothes cost it’s how they’re put together that makes the drag and Adore never put any effort into how she looked. She just justified her cheap, sloppy, trashy look as her being “punk.”

              And it’s part and parcel with her laziness. Her goal is to be a “superstar” based on her raw talent and charisma, but she makes little effort to master her craft. No one’s talent is that deep and special that they don’t need to learn and practice and work at developing it. Hell, she didn’t even ask if anyone had an extra corset, like Michelle suggested, or learn how to cinch her own waist with duct, or athletic tape. She just swanned around the workroom until Bianca offered up the corset.

              She has a natural talent for singing, but her technique is sloppy and her voice will likely be shot by her 30s. She has a wit about her but doesn’t bother to write anything down so it’s always hit or miss. And she has a style but can’t be bothered to learn how to complete a look. She has the potential to be the star she thinks she is but without the work ethic she’ll always be an also ran.

            • demidaemon

              I see your point. I do think Adore has the work ethic though, she just second guesses herself too much and doesn’t have the confidence or skills in other departments and so falls back on the same old same old. I still kind of love her, though.

            • http://visceralresponse.com/ visceral response

              Fair enough. I don’t dislike her I just finally understand Tony Bourdain’s irritation with Rocco Dispirito. When you see someone who has this much potential you want them to also have Bianca’s drive and iron will to reach it. Anything less, to me, feels like a disservice to the talent. But that’s me not Adore.

            • demidaemon

              Fair enough. If we all had the same taste, it would be a very boring world.

      • Cambel

        That is my only issue with Bianca, I think in other seasons, competing against a Manila or Raven who had incredibly diverse looks that she might have been sent packing for having the same face and outfits each week.

    • Aurora Leigh

      “Give me Mall of America! Give me Moll Flanders!” I love you, RuPaul.

      • http://recapscallion.blogspot.com/ Claire

        Ru was really the most entertaining part of this episode. I died laughing at “Charles,” especially during Courtney’s segment with that terrible Australian accent!

        • Aurora Leigh

          YES. That accent!

      • Paigealicious

        The “Moll Flanders” thing made me do a spit-take!!

      • Glam Dixie

        When Bianca first saw him in the Little Richard get up, her face was priceless along with the, Ru, you’re killing me.

        • Diva in 4 Inch Heels

          See, I thought of a mix between Billy Dee Williams (from “Mahogany”) and John Holmes (the 70s porn star) when I first saw Charles in that get up.

      • MK03

        “It bears repeating!!”

        • Alexander Peterhans

          Such an incredible line. I had to rewind to see if I heard it correctly.

      • J. Preposterice

        I ALMOST DIED.

    • Glam Dixie

      I adore Adore, but my god, Bianca NEEDS TO WIN THIS! I luv huh! Her story arc may seem like a reality tv schtick, but to me it seemed very genuine and watching her choke up almost made me choke up. Adore clearly loves her too so obviously she is going to be ok with Bianca winning THE WHOLE THING! ahem. Adore going on and on about how she was the only Superstar was getting a bit tiresome. Check yourself, queen.

      • Kent Roby

        As I’ve said, I’ve known Roy/Bianca for many years, first as acquaintances with mutual friends, eventually knowing each other better probably mostly through costuming (he mostly designed for theater, I’ve mostly designed for Mardi Gras). Though I can see how his “story arc” might seem planned, it feels very real to me from how I know him. Roy is genuine and warm with people he knows and respects, which would certainly take some time in the context of this type of competition. And, remember that each episode that we see aired is really filmed over a couple of days in real time, so this latest episode was probably filmed less than 4 weeks after the first group of queens was introduced.

        • Imasewsure

          Win or lose, hopefully she knows she is a Bitter Kitten favorite!! Charming, funny, glamorous and of course full of Charisma, Uniqueness,Nerve and Talent!

          • Kent Roby

            She told me a few weeks ago that she avoids blogs (I think she figured that she’d be bashed relentlessly in them), but I assured her that she has lots of love from BKs!

            • Raspberry2012

              Well, if she doesn’t know, please let her know that the BKs worship her! And lucky you, having such a cool and awesome person as a friend!

            • Cambel

              I wish Bianca had been on during Shangela’s season, maybe Shangela would have shut up once in a while.

            • Imasewsure

              Bianca is very wise… I can’t imagine the value of seeing what a bunch of online strangers think of you (good or bad)… LUV HUH!!

        • Tintim JY

          I don’t think it’s a difference btwn “planned” and “real” — there’s no question to me that Bianca’s behavior is pretty authentic — I think the “story arc” piece is more about how they choose to frame the narrative (which includes editing, but I don’t think is just “the edit” as sometimes people make it sound) — and potentially how the producers exert certain pressures to shape how the queens behave and react during filming — even someone as smart as Bianca/Roy is somewhat at their mercy while trapped in drag jail.

    • thatguy9

      Bianca wont win. She’ll win All Stars a la Chad Michaels.

      • http://recapscallion.blogspot.com/ Claire

        Oh god, if Bianca snatches the All Stars crown from Alaska I will be writing some strongly-worded letters!

        • Cambel

          I think Bianca is great, but I don’t think she has the range to take it from an Alaska or Manila (If All Stars would let them compete evenly and not in that stupid team format.)

    • Miss wks

      The look on Adore’s face…. while Courtney and Bianca were bringing out their wardrobe bests trying to decide on which fabulousness to wear….I wanted to walk through my computer screen and hold her in my arms…

      • Candice Booth

        I am with you all the way. I wanted to hug her and tell her that her charm is more beautiful than any dress she could ever wear.

      • Raspberry2012

        Oh, me too, that part broke my damn heart. Just that huge pie-eyed look on Adore’s face as she took in Courtney’s and Bianca’s gear just killed me. It was like watching one of those starving “Oliver Twist” street urchins with their faces pressed up against a restaurant window, looking at all the food. I just wanted to hug her – I remember being a broke-ass when I was 23, and my job sure as hell didn’t entail all the extra glam stuff that being a drag queen does.

        • Kent Roby

          It does always kinda shock me to see queens on this level who can’t sew. If you’re a drag queen on a small budget with a second-hand sewing machine, you can take any sort of free unconventional materials or some cheap clothing from Goodwill and make something fabulous out of it. That’s also why it’s important that they can design their own wigs and do their own makeup; it gets really expensive to pay someone to do any of that. Plus, a queen who makes her own outfits always seems to have a more fully realized personae than one who buys off-the-rack. I think that Adore will be pretty damn awesome in a few years.

          • Raspberry2012

            Oh, I totally agree – it’s season six, there’s no excuse to not know how to sew at this stage. But still, I just felt so bad for Adore during that part.

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

      Adore was being way to stuck on the concept of being “America’s next drag superstar” while in the lounge. It made her look quite immature. Of course, she kind of is since she’s so young, but that superstar idea was really childish.

      • Candice Booth

        I don’t know, I think Adore really could parlay this into something bigger and make it mainstream as Ru has. Her presence is that delectable and she can sing like Ru. The world needs more drag queens that are household names. I hope my son thinks of me the same way Adore thinks of his mother.

        • Raspberry2012

          I just loved that little moment during the Tic Tac lunch when Ru asked Adore, “What’s your mom’s name?”, and Adore’s face just lit up as she said, “Bonnie!” It was just seriously the sweetest thing.

          • Tintim JY

            srsly tho, what kind of chola name is “Bonnie?”

      • par3182

        Speaking of immature, I’m kind of hoping for an Adore win just for the thought of Laganja’s head exploding. (CLUCK!)

        Of course, Adore would probably spend the prize money on candy and magic beans, so maybe not.

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

          If Adore wins, she better spend a good amount of it on quality drag tools like cinchers, wigs and a few glamorous gowns. I’m not saying to change her style, but to do a little upgrade to add variety and surprise.

    • http://recapscallion.blogspot.com/ Claire

      I don’t know what I’m not seeing but I don’t really think Darienne is that good a lip-syncer. Or at least not measurably better than the others. Trinity could have lip-synced her under the table! I’m glad to see that I’m not the only person who isn’t wholly charmed by Bianca’s schtick. I can’t argue that she’s done well in the competition and that she does what she does well, but I’m just not into it. I want Adore to win mainly because I like her the most and she seems to want it the most, but I can’t say I really care too much at the end of the day. This season there have been more queens I liked than usual, but no one queen I loved more than the rest of them. Which is all to say that I can’t wait to go to this year’s Drag Race tour but I won’t be biting my nails during the finale!

      • Chartreusite

        Darienne serves FACE when she lip syncs, but I agree; she wasn’t significantly better than anyone else in this episode, especially since the RuPaul songs are usually such blank slates for LSFYLs that no one truly does atrociously with it in any season finale.

        • DLJoe

          I think the reason no one ever gives memorable lip synch for Rupaul songs is because they’re pretty generic club filler. The lyrics are always the same bland inspiring talk from after school specials or teen self help pamphlets.

          • Chartreusite

            Good for you to have the chutzpah to say it cause I was kinda skirting around that. I love RuPaul’s music but it definitely doesn’t have much of a character or emotion to it that the queens can draw from…it does work as a good leveler for the final lipsync (no one can inherently do better at it than their competitors) but it doesn’t make for an exciting LSFYL, sadly.

            • DLJoe

              Lol well thanks. I mean good for Rupaul for wanting to spread positivity and inspiration, but it’s all so unspecific and general that in a weird way it’s like KLOVE. My boss listens to that at work all day and it’s strangely like Ru’s writing lol

          • Cambel

            Absolutely, The way you can tell that Ru sets up the win is also in song selection. They had NEVER had a quirky broadway style song….until Jinks was in the bottom. When Tammie Brown was in the Bottom I think they had Beyonce. I would love it, if it was more like “So You Think You Can Dance” and when the queens are in the bottom each of them performs a lip Synch of their own choice.

            • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

              Jinkx’s song wasn’t Broadway. It was Yma Sumac.

            • Cambel

              Um…..you do realize she appeared on Broadway don’t you?

      • RevengeofNateSilver

        What bugs me about Bianca is how every other queen just lied down and never challenged Bianca, they just accepted her as HBiC. It was weird, it was like a pack of wolves and one wolf asserted its dominance over the other wolves.

        • http://badoutfitgreatlipstick.blogspot.com Nae

          I think the other queens didn’t challenge her because she was often in the right and had the balls to say what others wouldn’t say. DeLa said it during the “animal runway” Untucked episode: when somebody did something shady, they’d wait for Bianca to catch on to it and respond. That doesn’t means she’s perfect, I just think she was good at picking apart situations and saying what other people don’t have the guys to say.

          And to be fair to Bianca, it’s not her fault that people didn’t stand up to her, or when they did, they sounded like idiots (see Laganja). THEY need to get some balls and brains, too, if they don’t like what she’s saying.

      • Robert Johnston

        Her lip movements are pretty spot on, and she serves face.

      • jtabz

        This. Darienne was certainly a strong lip-syncher, but anyone who shadow-boxes during a lyric about taking swings at an ex has some room to improve. Totally agree that Trinity was the best lip-syncher of the bunch this season. Adore’s great, too, but Trinity transformed during her LYFYLs.

    • Zaftiguana

      What was interesting is that Adore was the only one who made her scripted Miss America speech feel like it was really just her talking. That’s a very Ru-like quality, and it’s really distinctive among people who are truly “stars.” Take Michelle doing Ru’s taglines in the workroom this week (and this is truly not meant to be a read). She sounded like someone with some decent presence doing…scripted taglines. There’s a whole different level of personality that people like Ru and, yes, Adore have. I think that between that and all of her potential and, yes, the grittiness of her drag speaking to Ru, I think she may be the one to win it.

      Definitely her or Bianca, though. Courtney will have to be satisfied with Australia. She’s a great queen, but she’s very complacent and this reality show format just isn’t showing her off to her advantage.

      • Introspective

        and whatever chance courtney had at winning, she threw off a cliff with that ridiculous speech: “I should be america’s next drag superstar bc Im already australia’s drag superstar”

        um, no boo. imma need to see way more receipts than that for you to take home $100k. bye girl.

        • Glam Dixie

          Worst speech ever since Yara Sofia’s speech about needing to win because she was broke.

          • Linderella

            The key difference is that Yara’s speech didn’t make me wince. Courtney’s did.

            • demidaemon

              Because Yara had sincerity. Courtney did not. Even Darienne, slightly sarcastic and bitter as she is, was more sincere in every part of this episode.

        • StillGary

          We used to talk a lot about ringers — the BKs speculated that pros like Raven, Shanel, and Willem were brought on just to up the talent — maybe that’s Courtney’s deal — she is a serious contender but doesn’t really have this storyline to touch the audience — unless she’s saving it for a rainy day!

      • MB

        As a fellow Australian, I want to add that Courtney isn’t THAT famous. She’s probably the drag queen here that has penetrated mainstream media the most, but I never got the sense that she has a huge following or anything. And when she said earlier in the series that she was a household name, I almost fell off my chair. I remember her because I watched Idol and have an interest in drag, but I’d be in the minority. You’d be lucky to find one random Australian in ten who knows who she is

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

          I would have thought that Pauline Pantsdown was the only drag queen with household name status in Australia.

          • vitaminC

            Er, Dame Edna?

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

              Haha – I have never thought of Dame Edna as a drag queen! She’s just… her!

        • Raspberry2012

          (*Grabs some snacks*) Go on, we’re listening…. ;)

        • Cambel

          What about Bea Smith? ;)

        • Zaftiguana

          Why doesn’t that surprise me in the least?

    • Karen Belgrad

      The full length video will be shown next week during the recap episode

      • largishbearishAtlish

        oh god…the recap episode..more filler than a room full of drag…

    • Paigealicious

      I like Adore but the majority of her looks have just been–OKAY. I agree that Bianca needs a bit more variety in her runway looks/face but she’s overall the whole package. Adore needs to do some growing. Courtney’s only there because she’s never really been the WORST. Yeah, she has big, fancy, custom-made costumes, but little-to-no personality. Oh, and the fact that Santino has a huge boner for her.

      • MK03

        “You should be doing a spread in Playboy.” UGH GOD SANTINO SHUT UP.

        • Introspective

          seriously!!!! he annoyed the shit out of me with that fawning. get a room already. especially if that means courtney must leave the stage and never come back.

        • Paigealicious

          EWWW, I KNOW.

        • Candice Booth

          The creep factor of Santino is so strong. Michelle is a delusional hater who doesn’t have a standard set of criteria she is interested in. She is all over the place but I guess it’s her “right” as a judge to just make shit up to hate.

          • halo323

            If we’re going to have a Project Runway alum as a RPDR judge, can we swap Santino for Mondo???

            • MarissaLG

              I’d love to see Michael Kors take a shot at it, tbh.

            • Raspberry2012

              Or Austin! OMG, Austin Scarlett as a permanent RPDR judge would be the cutest thing ever!

            • Jacob Bowen

              Austin Scarlett would be HILARIOUS! He would get SO flustered on the judging panel and I could just see him asking to have his runway look shown like RuPaul’s every week!

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

              Not Mondo. Sissy Bear is the obvious choice. Bring on Chris March! (Although Ru may not like the competition for signature laugh. Pretty sure Chris would outdo Ru.)

            • Raspberry2012

              YES!! Chris March, absolutely!!

            • Cambel

              LOL! Can you IMAGINE the bitchfest that would occur if Jay from Season 1 was a judge?

          • RussellH88

            Apparently she’s from the ball scene, which is all about judging queens so I guess that’s some sort of qualification maybe?

            • Cambel

              Michelle isn’t from the Ball Scene, she is a has-been 80’s one hit wonder who was lucky enough to be friends with RuPaul.

            • RussellH88

              They said she was in the season 2 reunion, because they were asking Mariah how Drag race compared to the ball scene.

          • Imasewsure

            I really like Michelle… dunno.. she’s one of Ru’s people, she represents the mean girl so no one else has to bring that and she has a lot of history with Ru and with drag.. I also love that she drags it up herself every week.

            But Santino?.He’s faded in to nothing over the various seasons. I don’t get his role at all anymore but I guess if Mama Ru wants Santino, then Mama Ru gets Santino (and the rest of us are stuck with him)

            • VicD

              And she’s so great on the “whatcha packin’?” episodes. She genuinely likes of the competitors and wants to see them be well, do well, and feel good about it. She’s playing a role as the feared judge, which is needed, and she does it well.

            • demidaemon

              Yes, there always has to be one “Bitchy” judge. My problem is that Santino’s job is supposed to be the outfit judge and he’s been failing on that meter, I’d say, for about three seasons now.

        • Aurora Leigh

          Ugh. WHY for the love of glitter and sequence is Santino still around?

          • Paigealicious

            LMAO, “sequins gown”

    • eriklee

      I like Bianca, but I felt like her inspirational speech was very planned out. She entered the competition playing the role of bitchy mother with a heart of gold, and hasn’t really changed at all. She’s smart enough to know that she needs a “breakthrough” moment to win.

    • hughman

      All I can say is thank you baby cheeses for ending all the talk about “looking fishy”. Personally I find it hard to believe a room full of queens ever hightails it to the local sip ‘n twirl to see some cruise ship song mangler.

    • StillGary

      Aargh, no the b.s. prevented me from enjoying her departure — and I REALLY wanted to see her go for the past month! Courtney was so much in fourth place this episode, and I like that Cheryle Ladd mutha hummer!

    • MK03

      I’m pleasantly surprised Courtney wore clothes on the runway.

    • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

      This episode was borrrrring. I find myself completely obsessed the entire season, and when it gets to the final, I just don’t care much anymore. I’d love for it to be Bianca, though.

      • AudreysMom

        Me too. This is the first season that I really don’t care who wins. The show has been entertaining for the season but these top 3? No Raja, No Raven/Jujubee, No Chad Michaels/Sharon Needles, No Jinx to root for (or queens to root against) this time. I find myself not really caring that there’s a week lag before the final. Meh.

    • Stella Zawistowski

      I need to learn to be more cynical from my uncles. I interpreted the weird editing not as “Darienne was awesome and they can’t show that,” but as “they’re saving most of it for next week’s show,” since Ru mentioned the music video would be debuting. But that’s only a reason not to show how the video turned out, not a reason not to show the acting scenes.

    • Current Resident

      Was Adore wearing Gia’s elimination wig in her final runway?

      • Chartreusite

        I had no idea but I think you’re right!

    • MilaXX

      Yep, no surprises here. This was why I wasn’t upset about Ben. I knew Darriene was following her anyway. I also know that Courtney will be 3rd. This race is between Adore & Bianca. I can’t decide which one Ru will pick.

    • Carriganak

      Part of me feels like if DeLa was in the final four instead of Darienne, there would have been a little more drama to the proceedings. I feel like DeLa would have been fascinating to watch in the music video and the acting scenes. Plus, I bet her final runway look would have been something a little more exciting then what the finalists wore in this episode. I can’t say for sure if DeLa would have survived and someone else would have gone (going into the lip sync, I was sure they’d tell Darienne or Courtney to go), but that would have probably been a little more interesting to see play out.

      Well, now I’m excited to see who the winner is. I’m in the Bianca camp, although I bet Adore’s Cinderella narrative could pull her to win. Either way, I’m sure that no matter if Bianca or Adore wins, the other will probably end up on All Stars 2.

      • demidaemon

        I liked Courtney in the beginning, but I’ve found her duller and duller as the season has gone on. She hit her high in the musical episode and never really peaked afterwards. I’d rather have queens who fuck up and blast you with fierce lip syncs (Darienne and Trinity) then see someone who pretty much does sail through the competition and shouldn’t have (Courtney). That’s who Ben should have called out last week, not Bianca.

        • Alexander Peterhans

          I loved the moment where Courtney said something about Bianca lacking warmth to be America’s Next Drag Superstar. Ha ha! Courtney has ZERO warmth, ZERO likeability! Bianca has only shown more and more warmth, each and every week, and she did it without becoming sacharine.

          • demidaemon

            The irony and hypocrisy, it burns. :)

    • Chartreusite

      I think Adore was hands-down the best performer this episode, both in lip sync (she was the only one who really gave any exciting energy to it; the other three queens were way too much about the polish and finesse to serve up something interesting, including Darienne who did the same motions she always does in LSFYL) and in the music video challenge, but was I the only one who was REALLY not a fan of her look? I get her schtick is the gritty pretty thing, but she’s walked out in way better dresses than this one, which was just kind of weird and looked like something that would send a queen home early on in the game. Also thanks to Current Resident for clocking the Gia wig, I did not make the connection.

      I have to say this is probably one of the strongest final threes I’ve seen in drag race herstory, at the very least being second to Season 3. Each of the queens remaining could conceivably make a great winner, even Courtney. Although the edit is throwing her under the bus and the judging panel had a lot of skepticism of her winning because she’s the most “RuPaul-like”, I do think the latter makes her incredibly valid as a winner, being an incredibly polished spokesperson for the brand. It will probably come down to Adore and Bianca though, and personally I’m rooting for the latter because I do feel like Adore has more to gain as the fan-favorite runner up who will probably be on the next all-stars; she’s got the potential to grow but Bianca’s already there and “paid her dues” so to speak; it would be a nice end to the “quirky winner” run to have one of the most polished and experienced queens, who’s had the most consistently strong run of any drag racer to date, win.

      • Candice Booth

        I gotta say I am a quirky girl fan but I see where you are coming from. I definitely wouldn’t be mad if Bianca won. Her quick wit keeps me on board but I love Adore. I wish they could both win.

        • Chartreusite

          Oh I mean I do too. I j’adored Sharon on her season and honestly I’ve REALLY enjoyed Adore despite my initial impression of her pre-season. She is a superstar; but I also think she’s got a lot of future ahead of her that she still has to mine without having the whole “oh did such and such really do anything with her win” stigma that some of the previous winners have had. I think at the end of the day both her and Bianca have won in a sense, though. Both have got a LOT of positive audience feedback and will probably get a ton of bookings after the show is over.

          • Candice Booth

            You are so right. The “quirky” girls (really wish I could think of a better term) seem to have been able to use this win to further themselves. Sharon and Jinxx are killing it. Again I would be pleased if Bianca won instead.

      • Cambel

        See, I just don’t think any of these three could hold up against Raven, Raja, Manila, Sharon, Alaska, Jinks, etc… I think this is a fairly boring final 3.

        • Chartreusite

          To each their own…I do think they’re all individually weaker than Raja Manila and Sharon for sure (although I do think they all have points that could make them stronger than each in certain areas, especially Bianca on the comedy front), but Courtney and Bianca both have way more polish than Alaska and Jinkx (with Adore probably being slightly more unpolished) and Alaska’s about on par for versatility of looks as Bianca is. I do think Raven definitely has all three of them beat on runway looks, but I do think this season’s f3 all could run her under the table in a performing challenge (remember how sour she was as a drag chicken? It was a bad assignment, but still…) Regardless, what I meant was that this f3 is probably the first collectively to have all really viable winners who don’t have absolute glaring weaknesses; yes, Adore lacks polish, but that’s really been overshadowed by her charisma and talent recently. Yes, Bianca hasn’t served any really interesting garments on the main stage, but she’s also one of the first queens to do consistently well on every single challenge without having any major tumbles. Yes, Courtney is quite impersonal and not quite as glowing as originally thought, but she’s got the polish down pat and has shown herself to be a quite capable performer in certain valuable venues (theater, talk shows…). Yeah, none of them are particularly groundbreaking or exciting to watch like the queens you mentioned, but each of them makes sense as a winner and I don’t think any of them have anything in particular that would keep them out of the running for being America’s Next Drag Superstar. Courtney’s getting the booger edit, but she’s nowhere near the level of “this queen doesn’t even deserve to be in the finale” as the other obvious losers of seasons past (Rebecca, Alexis, Phi Phi, Roxxxy. Shannel…)

          • Cambel

            The funny thing is, if you see Alexis or Shannel on stage you can’t take your eyes off them. They were getting the crap edit I’m thinking.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      I loved Courtney in the beginning… but yawn…. I _like_ Darienne but agree, her looks are so…the same, but Bianca is so schtick-in-the-same-mud… Bianca for the win? and agreed, this seems a bore of a season. Who wins? Um…who cares? remember when the prize was 100$ and some free vodka?

    • Candice Booth

      I was on twitter while watching this and I thought for sure I had missed the entire video all together. I’m happy to find that they didn’t show it. I agree with you 100% that if they had shown the performances it wouldn’t have made sense to send Darienne home. I think it was Courtney’s turn this time. She is beautiful and has “it” but I’m not drawn to her as I am to the other 3. It will boil down to Adore and Bianca. I’d love Adore to win and have Bianca as her fairy drag mother. Adore captures me every time she is on stage.

    • Eric Stott

      I knew Darienne was going when they left her personal story until so late in the show- on most seasons I think “kicked out by Mom” would have come up earlier.

      • MK03

        Yeah, I’m surprised the producers didn’t wheedle it out of her sooner so they could milk it all season.

    • ThatGuyYouKnow12

      Darienne was probably my favorite after Bianca, and I was really bummed to see her go (is it fair to say, at this point, that RuPaul just doesn’t want a big girl in the top 3?). As for the winner, I think it could really go to any of them, although my money is on Courtney Act. Still, will be interesting to see how it goes.

      • demidaemon

        I think Ru was afraid it would make the top two too obvious (as if it already isn’t!) had Darienne remained, even though, in this case, she probably deserved top three more than Courtney.

    • duneboi

      Thank you, uncles, for posting this when you did. I know jury duty is tedious unless your on a telenovela type of murder trial.

      Maybe I’m seeing things, but to me, Adore looks like a pimped up blonde K-Stew in the last shot. I could get Adore werking cowgirl Chanel a la the Stew. And I did groove on Adore’s broke-down 90s Courtney Love vibe this season.

      Whether she knew it or not, she was subverting the polished drag glam look, which itself is subversive of fashion culture. Instinctively, I think she was, and just needs to harness that in the future for a smarter, individualistic drag persona.

    • Linderella

      “Which one of you bitches is my mother?”
      And with that, I officially joined Team Adore.

      • Cambel

        I couldn’t believe she got the reference!!!

        • Diva in 4 Inch Heels

          She probably watched “Lace” with her mom, when she was a child.

        • Linderella

          Girl is 23 and quoting 30-year-old camp!

    • metropolitan

      This season reminded me of season three in a lot of ways: a clear winner
      throughout, a rookie being pushed through by the producers, a lot of
      manufactured conflict, and a by-default top three who felt more like the
      contestants who didn’t lose rather than the contestants who won.

      I don’t mean to suggest that the winner is any less deserving, but
      both times this formula has resulted in a full season of thumb-twiddling
      while we waited for the inevitable.

    • Andrea B

      I have to say, Adore got a few points with me when she compared Bianca to Grumpy Cat.

      • Imasewsure

        I think that is one of the reasons I really liked this season so much. Bianca is hilarious but so is Adore and that keeps me totally entertained in the off-drag moments… Grumpy Cat… so funny

    • PinkyAndNoBrain

      This is PinkyandNoBrain, bringing you all the Unpopular Opinions. There are fruits and vegetables in the back for you to throw, make an orderly line.

      I don’t like Adore. Seriously cannot stand her, just want her to shut up and stop making that weird nose-wrinkly duck face, no patience at all with her. I’m so SICK of her lack of effort in anything that isn’t something she’s naturally good at (i.e., acting), how she’s spent every sewing challenge whining and trying to get other people to help her . . . there’s only so many times Bianca can help you make your dress, sweetheart. And she cries every time she feels like she’s being challenged instead of just sucking it up and being an adult about it, and honestly it seems like her “dream” is less to be a drag queen and more just to be on TV. She went from American Idol to Youtube to Drag Race, and it feels like maybe she’s trying harder to be famous than to actually pursue drag. Could I just be projecting my dislike onto her motivations unfairly? Abso-friggin-lutely, but I don’t understand how you can come onto a show about drag, knowing essentially the formula from the beginning, and then whine and complain about how you CAN’T BELIEVE you have to have runway looks or construct garments or lead teams. How serious can you be about this and still half-ass it so much?

      And Bianca. I’ve said this before, but I think she’s beautiful. Like when I was watching this episode (10 minutes ago, because I don’t have cable) and they were on the runway, I kept annoying my friends because I kept putting my hand over my heart and going, “Oh, she’s so pretty. Did you see that expression? Why aren’t I that pretty?” I don’t know why I’m the only one who’s brain is broken or whatever, but I see one gorgeous, professional, talented, and likable queen. I can’t see anyone else winning that crown.

      Courtney exists. There’s nothing really worth saying about her. Darienne is talented and likable, but I think she should’ve been dropped at Top 5.

      And yes, these are slightly biased; I recognize that Bianca’s runway looks are all too similar and she needs to work on vulnerability, and I can recognize that Adore is a great performer when she wants to be. It’s not like it’s Perfect Princess Bianca vs. Evil Talentless Adore, but I’m operating on exhaustion mixed with I-just-finished-this-episode emotions and have no room for any of that fair and balanced crap. Everyone else loves Adore to pieces, so I’m reserving the right to think she’s an obnoxious brat.

      Downvotes are to the left of the fruit stands. Only one per customer.

      • Lyra Byrnes

        I disagree with you but also think I love you.

        • PinkyAndNoBrain

          Awww, that’s so sweet! I love you for being less of a bitch than I am. :)

          . . . I’m trying to find a way to say “would you like to talk about it?” without saying those words. Would you . . . um, like to defend Adore? Would you like to get into an argument about it (I promise I’ll try to be nice)? Um . . . would you like to build a snowman?

          Okay, I’m out. I’m bad at words and shall evermore be.

          • Guest

            Well, because I’m not only a bitch but an ignorant one, I’ll respond after I watch the episode. (Mom is in town and I’ve been dealing with that. So … <taps fingertips together in a malicious/delicious Petyr Baelish fashion…. we have a date, Pinky. Yessssss, we do

            • Lyra Byrnes

              Sorry about that weird-looking post. And now I’m a “guest.” Well, better help myself to some Chardonnay and cheese cubes. Off to watch the show

          • Cambel

            I’m not less of a bitch than you. Bianca is hilarious, but her runway is beyond boring. Adore is so good at a set of things and is lazy if something is outside of her interest. Dariene is good at old fashioned big girl drag and that is it. and Courtney is good if you need somebody to pose for an add for lip gloss. I’m underwhelmed with this season, but in the end, maybe Adore.

            Frankly your post was more fun then the last few episodes.

            • PinkyAndNoBrain

              Thank you! I’ve actually been really enjoying this season, though I haven’t seen any earlier ones to compare it to. But obviously I love anyone who appreciates my fabulousness. *hair flip*

          • Raspberry2012

            I… I *would* like to build a snowman, thank you for asking!

            • PinkyAndNoBrain

              Okay, I’ve been staring at that comment for the longest time trying to figure out what was wrong with it, and it wasn’t until I read yours that I realized: it’s “do you want to build a snowman?” not “would you like to” . . . Dang it. But I mean, it’s not my fault. It’s not like that movie is ENTIRELY INESCAPABLE OR ANYTHING. :P Oh well . . . we can build a snowman together . . . just not where I live, because it’s not that cold. It IS rainy. . . . We could build a mudman, if you wanted.

      • Raspberry2012

        I agree and disagree with you, but gurl, that post was awesome!

        • PinkyAndNoBrain

          Oh my goodness! You people really ARE all so nice and not bitter at all! D’aww, thanks. :) (Though I’m VERY bitter, as that post proves. Dagnabbit.)

          • Raspberry2012

            Awww! Listen, the producers manipulated the hell out of this season – you’re just calling it as you see it, and there’s not a thing wrong with that!

            • PinkyAndNoBrain

              Were other seasons like this? (Totally new to this show . . . actually didn’t try it until I read one of the uncles’ recaps)

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

        Oh I think Bianca is gorgeous as well, and I am not just fangurling about the Roy dimples like many others seem to. I like the drag look very much. I can understand the purpose of a signature look, Just… sometimes… maybe a couple less false eyelashes, just once in a while… And maybe change up the eyebrows as an infrequent surprise. Make me gasp. Throw me off. Show off the legs sometimes onstage, not all long gowns.

        • PinkyAndNoBrain

          (I feel like it’s bad form to reply to every comment I get, but I like talking to everyone . . . so sorry to clog up the feed and reveal how much time I spend on the internet) I totally agree with everything you said; my comment was more toward people who think she’s ugly. I respect their opinion, but I cannot see whatever they’re seeing.

        • demidaemon

          They just released music videos for the Covergurlz album (covers of RuPaul’s songs by the season 6 queens) on World of Wonder’s Youtube channel with bits of their audition videos as well. In Bianca’s and Darienne’s, you can see they both have a much broader variety of looks than what they showcased on the show. Which means they did not bring enough variety with them for the challenges. Darienne actually has an awesome Hello Kitty kimono look that would have been perfect for the animal themed runway that was more figure flattering as well. It’s kind of mind-boggling.

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

            I’ll definitely be looking for those videos later.

            But I loved Darienne’s elephant dress. It was so damn witty! I don’t mind the fabric quality that was used.

            • demidaemon

              I liked it too! But it just goes to show how picky they have to be when packing (and how it can be limiting to your success later on if you don’t pack properly).

      • VicD

        Adore has grown on me – I really couldn’t stand her in the beginning. I think part of it, for me, is that she can’t string a sentence together without an F-bomb or two. Bianca is not only quick, but so well spoken – and that goes a VERY long way with me. Trust me, I love the F-bomb more than most bitches – it can be used as a verb, a noun, an adjective, or an adverb! It’s my favorite word. But, Adore doesn’t even deploy her F-bombs well. She uses it instead of “um.”

        I’ve been wanted to have that little rant. Now, that I’ve had it, I can move on. I enjoy seeing Adore succeed. I would never have seen her as top-3 material, but she’s won me over. However … TEAM BIANCA. She deserves it so much – let Adore come back and fight it out in All Stars.

        • PinkyAndNoBrain

          “Party” is the one I hate. And what’s worse is that it’s wormed its way into my vocabulary, sitting comfortably alongside “Shady apes”, “OKAYYYYY” and “Really, queen?” There are only two of those I’m not ashamed of.

      • Synnamin

        I agree with you 100%. Adore is starting to grow on me a bit, but I swear I want to glue her damn lips together!

    • VivianAdvanced

      Darienne was serving Kate Smith realness in the runway look. I don’t know, I’m kind of rooting for Adore’s baby queen trashiness. She’s quite funny, and with some polish and a better clothing/wig budget, she could go far. I like Bianca. If she doesn’t win, she’s funny enough to have a successful career. Courtney works with Willam a lot, so there must be something more to her than just fishiness. Anyway, I’ll miss it when it’s over. I hope the All Star show will follow soon. I don’t really like “Drag U” that much. I watch just to get my queen fixes.

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

        Drag U is canceled. I, too, watched just for my queen fix, but I also liked to imagine what it would be like to play with all those wigs and shoes and jewelry and sequinsed dresses. If only the Drag U set was opened up as an adult dress-up playland in Vegas, or something like those costume rentals at Ren faires, with drag queens there to make up your face drag style. I’d have gone.

    • metropolitan

      Can I ask an honest question? Why are queens like Courtney and Willam never (not once!) criticized for always portraying a realness look, every single week, while others, like Tatianna, are destroyed by other contestants for “just wanting to be a pretty girl” and for not being “drag” enough?

      I don’t mean this to be rhetorical. I’d really like to understand the distinction.

      • Glam Dixie

        I always felt like Raven was blinded by jealousy when it came to Tatianna. The poor girl was just starting out, had horrible wigs and clothes but she was pretty and for some reason Raven hated her. It made her a nasty bitch and Tati never deserved it. If Courtney or Willam had been blessed to be on the same season as Raven I’m sure they would have been torn down too.

        • Cambel

          One thing though, if you look at the edit closely, Tatianna has a lot of bitchiness that seem to hit the cutting room floor. Raven was way too pissy, but Tati gave it back more than we saw I have a feeling. Nobody who has been going to school in drag since Jr. High doesn’t know how to give as good as she gets.

        • Diva in 4 Inch Heels

          “I always felt like Raven was blinded by jealousy when it came to Tatianna.” That’s what turned me off about Raven. Her irrational jealousy grew worse with each episode.

      • http://vispreeve.tumblr.com/ Den Milano

        Maybe because Tatianna’s realness look was always TOO real? She wasn’t drag enough because her style wasn’t drag enough. You could see girls in real life wearing the same stuff she was wearing. That could be said about some of Courtney’s and Willam’s looks to, but they also had quintessential drag outfits. Real girls don’t wear wings or look like Klaus Nomi. They don’t wear lace catsuits and chain bikinis with spikes. And even though they were portraying a realness look, you could always tell that Courtney and Willam are dudes. Tatianna’s face and body are so feminine that she really needs to drag her style up more than other queens do.
        I hope this makes any sense to you.

        • demidaemon

          I understand. Joslyn seemed to be pretty aware of this fact about herself, despite her default of half-naked looks.

      • Cambel

        Because Michelle Visage doesn’t really have any consistency in her critiques and just wants to lash out at certain queens.

        • Paigealicious

          “How dare you wear green?”

          • demidaemon

            That is pretty much her only consistent critique.

    • RevengeofNateSilver

      Courtney Act really annoys me because at the beginning of the season she was the clear front runner. This title was clearly hers to lose. She did well for about 4 or 5 episodes then kinda of coasted. She just didnt want it bad enough, She is established in Australia and is just coasting in that. What I hear, is that she’s not even that big in Australia

    • Black Doug

      Can I ask, as a straight man and writer who keeps trying to make sure not to offend anyone, exactly what the proper pronoun is when talking about a drag performer? I noticed that TLo switched back and forth between “he” and “she”. Does it change depending on if they’re in costume?

      • Chartreusite

        General rule of thumb is he when the queen is out of drag and she when the queen is in drag. However, this is not the end be-all and it can go from a case by case basis (ie transgender queens obviously probably always want to be referred to as she, Willam has gone on record saying that he prefers he for the most part)

      • dmkava

        Oh just offend people. Not all of us gays are card carrying GLAAD (GAG!) members

      • Cambel

        The usual rule is, if you are a straight man, and a writer you have to call them “Ma’am” and offer to buy them lip gloss. ;)

        Truthfully, what seems to be the norm, call them she in drag and he outta drag, but honestly Drag isn’t being transgendered and probably no drag queen is going to care either way. And if they do, just tell them you like their shoes and they will become easily distracted.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      I’ve been thinking for a while that Bianca came into the competition with a pre-conceived arc. Like, she thought to herself, “I’m going to be super harsh and bitchy at first so people think I’m going to be a villain, and then I’m going to soften over the course of the series to show growth and clinch it.” Or maybe it just came to her during the season when she realized Adore (and partly Trinity) was so ripe for mentoring. I dunno – I guess I mean that her early intenseness in retrospect seems like it might have been purposeful so that she could later relax and seem like she’s grown.

      I’m assuming Adore wins it and Bianca does some sort of graceful bow when she’s first runner-up and in the confessional jokingly vows to cut Adore’s wigs up for real.

      • Francisco Casals

        I know Bianca in and out of drag, not like we are friends but acquaintances. She have a character once she puts make up on and completely different when he is a boy. That being said, it’s a reality tv show and she knows the game and how to play it in her favor. It’s not she had a well conceived plan, she did the best she could in her challenges, in the confessional she played the mean comedy queen. She’s been a performer for a very long time, and also that’s why she have a trademark makeup style, wigs styles and outfits styles which she didn’t change in the competition and that’s why she was criticized but her talent is there. It’s going to be a toss up between Bianca and Adore, unfortunately there’s a lot of xenophobia in this country and Courtney it’s not going to win.

        • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

          You think xenophobia is the reason Courtney isn’t going to win… Over Latina queens? Not sure I understand you there, because I’m not sure I can accept the argument that “White Australian Citizens” face more discrimination than “Latino USAmericans.” To each their own though.

          • Francisco Casals

            Even though Adora and Bianca are from Latin descendant both were raised in US (not quite the same as Puerto Rican queens that come from the island to compete) they don’t even have ethnic accents. Xenophobia it’s more of a discrimination based on country of origin rather than ethnicity, although it can also include ethnicity. Sure Adora and Bianca have Latin roots but to me they don’t look or act Latin, to me. I have the liberty to make that observation because I’m born and raised in PR living a couple of years in USA.

            Courtney Act it’s great don’t take me wrong (although she NEEDS to pad because that body still looks like a boy and I don’t know how Michelle never pointed it out) but she’s pretty much the Australian flag on heels, all about her screams Australia and I know that rubs many patriotic people in the wrong way. Of course I can be wrong but I think that’s one of the factors. Maybe if she would had push in make herself more relateable to Americans or have more of a shock value she would had better chances of win the crowd with the public.

            • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

              Yep Americans hate full-blooded Australians and never give them awards like Oscars or anything, and the Australian accent is clearly held in lower esteem and never considered sexy especially compared to regular American accents. Ok.
              As a second generation Latina I’m not going to comment on the judgment of Latino authenticity, except to note that we have our own sets of discriminations to deal with, both from mainstream culture as well as “more authentic” Latinos.

              Actually wait no. I take umbrage with saying people don’t “look Latino” because Latinos can look white, black, indigenous, etc across the gamut and I’m sick of hearing, “You’re so white you don’t look Latina!” Oh please tell my Colombian grandmother who has lived in Colombia all her life is naturally blond and fair, and so is my Colombian-born mother. /end rant

              So yeah. Not buying the xenophobia argument. Especially on a show as progressive as RPDR.

            • Francisco Casals

              Listen, I’m WELL AWARE that with all Hispanic people come in all colors, heights and flavors, mainstream America… well, they still think Puerto Rico is somewhere south of Mexico… anyway… My comment about xenophobia, was just an opinion and like every human being, everybody got one. I’m born and raised in PR and I admit I raise an eyebrow to Latin people (that sometimes are even second generation) that are born and raise in the country, they don’t even speak Spanish (or at least well) and they have an exaggerated sense of pride about their “culture” when in fact they’re raised in American culture but they like to feel special. That not only apply to Hispanics but to other ethnic groups, don’t get me started with people that says I’m a 1/4 this, 1/4 this ,1/4 this and 1/4 this that’s just plain ridiculous. If someone says to me I’m American of Venezuelan descendant that’s the most accurate and most truthful thing a person can say and that will earn my respect immediately, no need to delve in anybody’s genealogy tree.

              You also have a point, that foreign performers have won Oscars and other awards because it’s granted by their talent and not their country of origin but also, take in consideration that it’s not mainstream America who votes in the Oscars or Golden Globes, are a group of intelligent and cultured people. As popular RPDR is it’s a little crazy to compare it to the Oscars, that’s another league.

        • VicD

          Yes, I also don’t think xenophobia is counting against Courtney. The homophobia and racism here seems to be much worse than the xenophobia … unless you aren’t white, and then I go back to racism being the main issue anyway. Seems to me that a cholla who is FROM this country will always face more of an uphill battle here than a gorgeous blond Australian. But, Drag Race is the great leveler. It’s all about the performance and the fierce rather than anything else.

          • Francisco Casals

            Homophobia it out of the question, racism and xenophobia always been part of the US culture. Physically Courtney Act fit the bill of the classical Caucasian girl but she screams Australia and I know that rubs the wrong way to many patriotic people. Of course there are other factors, like the lack of sympathy and being able to be relateable but for mainstream audiences (which watch more the shows than gays believe it or not) xenophobia also may be taken into consideration when it’s time to vote.

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

          And what about the top two in the first season, Bebe and Nina Flowers? Xenophobia there?

          • Francisco Casals

            First season, public didn’t get to vote for the winner, that was introduced in season 4 I believe. It was solely RuPaul’s decision.

            • demidaemon

              Yes, but Nina, Jessica, and Yara, I believe, both won online voting contests to make it into the competition. So your argument kind of falls apart. And I really don’t think Ru or the American public (especially the audience for the show) care very much about where she has come from. It has to do with what she has shown she can do.

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

              Plus Nina and Yara got Miss Congeniality which is also based on viewer votes.

            • demidaemon

              So did Latrice, which is really the bigger deal, but Latrice IS Latrice.

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

              I was trying to focus more on the xenophobia aspect in viewer voting, but yes there is Latrice as well, not just as a PoC but a former prison inmate. (She really turned her life around!)

            • demidaemon

              I know. Latrice was interviewed extensively (she has the videos posted on her Facebook page), and she has gone through a lot of shit in her life, which really shows in how awesome she is. I’ll try to find them and link them in a comment (since it will have to be moderated first) because that interview is INSPIRING (caps definitely necessary).

            • Francisco Casals

              There’s no a questions about the Puerto Rican queens talent, even if people vote for them online it was RuPaul decision to let them in or not. I’m replying MishaFoomin about that it was up to RuPaul and not the public in season one to pick the winner. If it would be solely on personality Nina should had one because in terms of talent Nina and Bebe are head to head. Even though I think Nina should had won (maybe I’m biased), I also understand that in the first two seasons she wanted a “traditional” type of queen and then start to introduce androgynous (Raja), spooky (Sharon) and comedy queen (Jynx) and so on.

              In regards Courtney Act, she is the Australian flag on heels which is fine by me, but I know there’s patriotic people that may rub it the wrong way, but we’ll see.

    • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

      I actually enjoyed this final challenge episode a good bit more than I have some of those in past seasons. Of course it did feel a tad stiff by the end, but that’s how it goes. The four way lip synch wasn’t quite epic but it was a really good high-energy time to watch. Ru’s dress for the final runway was kind of odd, but I actually quite liked it, although I saw the snuggie thing coming. Anyways, my thoughts on the final four:

      Bianca- I think this was a huge missed opportunity for her. She could have switched it up in her last look, shocking everyone, and she didn’t. I saw the hooded thing in the work room and thought MAYBE SOMETHING NEW THANK GOODNESS but no. Don’t get me wrong, I thought this was actually one of the best versions of “her drag”, I just would have felt more impact had we not seen it about about a dozen times preceding the final runway. I think her makeup is less severe with red hair, but that may just be me. Her speech and acting were good, I expected the latter at least.
      Adore- I love a good Twiggy dress, but was that really Adore’s best drag after all that? I was kind of feeling it in terms of honesty to what she was saying earlier in the episode’s voice overs about garment not being everything, still though… The hair was a repeat too, which was disappointing. Face was beaten for the gods though, painted exactly right for when the lights were on for the actual walking/lip synching portions. I thought she was fighting Darienne for the title of best lip synch of the night without a doubt. Bianca knew she was messing up, especially in the LSFYL, and Courtney thought she was nailing it harder than she was.
      Courtney- I think she nailed what her “best drag” was and had given just enough diversity for it to feel appropriate, aided by how incredibly polished it was, down to the movement. I think she fell behind in all other aspects this week and while I approve of her in the final three I can’t imagine how she’d win.
      Darienne- So everyone knew it had to be her this week, but the thing is she turned it anyways. Her lip synchs were killer, she had a genuine moment (arguably more than one) during the acting challenges, and her final look was a polished version of the best aspects of many looks she’d brought down the runway previously. Statistically her being top three didn’t add up, but I thought performance wise it was hard to argue that she wasn’t making a power play to stay this week. =

      • Cambel

        I know, ANOTHER blue dress Bianca!? Made out of the same material?! Did your mom only give you enough money for one bolt of fabric?!!?

        • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

          The sad part is I did think this was her best dress in that silhouette. Great color, great fabric choice, great hair ornaments and hair color. It just didn’t do much because she had worn out that aesthetic about five episodes ago. I wish that rather than harping on Ben they would have been a bit more critical of Bianca so she would turn out some more diverse looks.

    • Sif

      I really want to see the unedited lip-sync performance. Darienne Lake probably did the best among them because she totally destroyed Ben twice. Courtney Act nailed that group dance routine. As an experienced dancer, she probably seconded that lip-sync. Although Adore was also an Idol contestant, she needs to tone down her movement. Trinity should teach her how to lip-sync gracefully. I love Bianca as a comedy queen, but she has no rhythm and her dance move bores me,

      • Francisco Casals

        I think RuPaul basically thought that it wouldn’t be fair to keep
        someone that have been in the bottom so much as a finalist, yet she kept
        Adore because it represents an specific demographic of young drag
        queens and gays in general. In other words, Darienne was the odd ball (no pun intended).

    • BobStPaul

      Frankly, I wasn’t all that impressed by Darienne’s acting skills though overall she is a good performer. Can’t stand her, though, and would have much preferred to see Ben not only in the final four but in the final three over Darienne (a feeling confirmed in the opening when I saw Darienne’s dress from last week – which surely must qualify as one of the worst ever to appear on RPDR) or Courtney. It was pretty clear from the get-go that both Adore and Bianca were the best of the bunch this week and neither was in danger of going home. I actually thought for a moment that Courtney might be going as she doesn’t bring much to the table besides her looks – and she did look gorgeous on the runway. My favorite moment was Bianca’s “but I don’t play Scrabble” line which caused me to miss the next line or two as I was laughing so hard. I definitely feel Bianca should win but I won’t be crushed if it’s Adore.

      • Cambel

        Drag Race likes over the top. That is why they kept rewarding every damn queen who tore her wig off during a lip sync until the audience became overly sick of it.

    • JoeyB

      I liked Darienne! He was glam and funny, and I could have seen him being in the top 3. He was being edited as a villain but clearly he isn’t.

      It’s coming right down to the wire between Bianca and Adore, and I’d be happy with either one taking the crown. It really begs the question though of who SHOULD win the prize: Bianca, who is an industry pro, has been consistent, and is polished, or Adore, who is still a very young but is relatable and has a TON of potential. I think an argument could be made for either, but I have to say that if invested in, Adore could really transform into a drag superstar.

      • Francisco Casals

        There’s editing but the producers don’t put things in Darianne’s mouth, she did say the mean things she said. It’s a reality tv show and each queen it’s assigned a role but also there’s not a script. That being said, Darienne got talent, nobody denies, she out-lipscynced Ben dela Creme twice and she also have excelled in acting challenges. I think RuPaul basically thought that it wouldn’t be fair to keep someone that have been in the bottom so much as a finalist, yet she kept Adore because it represents an specific demographic of young drag queens and gays in general. In other words, Darienne was the odd ball.

    • Imasewsure

      Bianca… no Adore… no Bianca… no Adore… definitely Bianca… yes Bianca… but if Adore wins I’m fine with it too… even Courtney is she absolutely kills the finale… great group of dames for sure!!

    • Nicoclaws

      I laughed out loud when Bianca made her speach. Like she calculated this a looong time ago. Totally fake, à la JujubeeXRaven lip sync. Loved it.

      • boweryboy

        I SO have a crush on out-of-drag Bianca.

    • Nathan

      Darienne was clearly not cut out for the final three, but it seemed obvious that she was one of the best in this week’s challenges and lip sync. I know she doesn’t belong in the final episode, but I still feel like she got robbed this week.

    • aninsomniac

      Why don’t we see more of Mathu Andersen on this show?! It would do so well with him as one of permanent judges (replacing Santino ugh).

      • NeenaJ

        How about a master session with him giving a makeover to each queen with a new persona they have to sell? I would pay to watch him work his magic!

    • http://reneshiro.tumblr.com/ kingderella

      “Her rapid-fire schtick is all about covering her own insecurities instead of about calling other people out.”
      I think it’s both, really. She’s a genuine mother hen, but she also has some major insecurities she’s covering up.

      • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

        This. I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive mentalities, it’s just that we’ve seen more of one aspect than the other by a lot.

      • Imasewsure

        Some times people are just funny… and performing on a television show… and grown ups with a lot of depth and history…

        Plus I have to say that Bianca never went after everyone who didn’t need a little reality check and she did it without malice or drama-baiting… That whole section of digging for drama and underlying issues kind of annoyed me – like a Baba Wawa 20-20 Special (in one minute segments)..

    • Man Dala

      I’m #TeamCourtney all the way because I live in Australia and have known her since her early days in Sydney more than a decade ago. She’s beautiful, super polished and talented (although I agree comedy is not her forte), and really nice in person. Even so I have to admit that she comes across as too robotic, all-work-and-no-play and a bit stuck up on the show. I think she has failed to warm the judge’s (and the audience’s) heart. I hope that she wins though. Go Courtney!

      • NeenaJ

        While I am Team Bianca, I agree that Courtney really is a contender. She may come off as boring but, I read all that positivity as genuine and am sure she has has a lot to give as a performer.

      • Cambel

        But also, American Reality TV has become all about the crazy people. Watch the “real” Housewives, nobody actually behaves like that, and if they do they are probably on parole.

        • Man Dala

          I hear you. We have the Real Housewives of Melbourne, as over-the-top as their American counterparts.

          • Cambel

            Actually that would be more fun for us to watch in the U.S. Be fun to see another country’s version of crazy. :)

            • Man Dala

              Definitely more fun for you, you’ll laugh at the accent to start with.

    • Luca

      I would have gladly switched Ben for Courtney in the top three. Not that Courtney is not good, but I felt Ben had more spark and was overall more interesting as a character.

      Adore is cute and has star quality, but I think she’s not ready to get the crown. But it’s true that, if Courtney relies on pretty for her runways, Bianca relies on safe. Her dresses were really too lookalike. Didn’t get much excitement from her from that side, throughout the season.

      I agree that this episode was not very exciting.

      • VicD

        I said a few weeks ago that I expected the top three to be Ben, Courtney and Bianca. I didn’t get all the hype about Adore at the time, but she’s definitely come a long way and deserves to be there.

        I did love this season though.

    • rubigirl

      I think Adore would make an awesome Hedwig. I have not yet seen NPH in the role, but I think Adore has the vocals and the grittiness and presence to nail it! I still hope Bianca wins Drag Race, but I am so curious to see what becomes of Adore. She really does have star quality.

      • boweryboy

        I couldn’t agree with you more. That’s part of my issue with NPH being cast as Hedwig – there isn’t that gritty, raw, rough trade, street quality to his presence. He’s just a pretty gay boy.

        • dithmer

          Honestly, I have to tell you, Hedwig is my favorite movie, and I was completely blown away by NPH as Hedwig. I cried. And I never cry at anything. Ever. He was absolutely astounding – he brought emotion to the role I didn’t ever expect him to be able to. All of the pretty gay boy-ness of him was tucked away (heh) and he just puts it all out there.

    • Raspberry2012

      “But you bitches were happy to see her go, we know.”

      Nope, not me. I would have much rather seen Darienne in the final three than Courtney. Courtney bores me to tears – she’s all pretty and no substance. I know, her stage act is amazing, all the YouTube videos say so. But as far as this show goes, she brought nothing but pretty. I wouldn’t have been sad to see her go. Darienne didn’t bring it as much as she could have either, but she was at least the lesser of the two evils.

      I’m fairly underwhelmed with this final three – not really happy at all. Well, okay, let me clarify that – I will be happy as hell if Bianca wins, which I think she will, which is why I think she has two much weaker competitors with her in the final three – to make it a clean sweep for the crown. I like Adore VERY much, I really do, and I think she probably learned a lot in this competition. But for hard work and polish, you can’t put her next to Bianca and give the crown to Adore. And as for Courtney – pretty window dressing and nothing more, as you pointed out, TLo. I think the only queen who got close to the finals who could have seriously nipped at Miss Bianca’s heels was DeLa – and I’m going with the theory that they gave DeLa the boot so that there wouldn’t be a queen in there who could *really* give Bianca a run for her money. But Bianca deserves this crown – she really does. DeLa was my favorite, and even when she was still in it, I still would say, “I love DeLa, but Bianca deserves this.” And I get this, and I truly think Bianca will win, but putting her in with two much lesser competitors in the final three just kinda makes her win feel less exciting.

      • Cambel

        Anybody who does drag that I have asked has said that DeLa should have carried this.

    • RussellH88

      I love both Adore and Bianca, but I really think Bianca has to win.

      Adore has way more weaknesses than Bianca does (if it involves anything that doesn’t involve singing or bringing up 80’s and 90’s pop culture, then Adore just falls apart), and I don’t know how they could give the win to Adore whose improvement seems to have been dependent on Bianca.

      • Raspberry2012

        Exactly. I love Adore, but let’s face it, there’s no way she’d have been there this long if not for Bianca.

    • NeenaJ

      I am more disappointed that we didn’t have more of the “Oprah” moments with Ru and each contestant. Ru spent more time with Adore (of course) and Darienne because they had parental issues to exploit – I mean, explore. But Bianca’s and Courtney’s were 15 seconds and gone! I would have much preferred to know more about each of them.

      I know I’m in the minority here but, I really like Courtney Act. Besides her being drop dead gorgeous, I appreciate what she says about being professional and like her positive attitude. Sure, she throws shade but, she’s been well above the fray considering past seasons. If she works on her comedy chops, she’s a contender for All-Stars. That being said, the top three really needed to be Adore, Bianca and BenDeLa. BenDeLa could have brought so much to this week’s challenges. I’m Team Bianca anyway; so it doesn’t matter as long as my bitch is crowned in the end.

      • Cambel

        I like Courtney’s dry humor.

      • Imasewsure

        I don’t have any problem with Courtney either. She’s amazing in her beauty drag and you know if you paid to see her perform, you would get your money’s worth and then some…

        As for the show I’m thinking they must have planned for a 2 hour show or a two parter and then just squeezed it down to one hour at the last minute. Everything about this episode was awkward and rushed…

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      Saw the reunion last night. It’s not down to two, judging by audience reaction, it’s down to one.

      • demidaemon

        You big tease!

    • boweryboy

      I’m relieved that there isn’t a villian this season. After back-to-back seasons of bitchy, insecure, mean spirited love-to-hate-her queens it is refreshing to have a group of talented and largely personable queens to root for. It would have been exhausting and one note if they pushed Gia through to the end or continued to give Darienne the mean girl edit (still don’t like her). I do agree, a little diversity in the finalists would have been nice, but credit where credit is due, these queens worked hard to get to the final four.

      And yeah, it’s weird to not to see the final edit of their videos. There is a definite covering up of who really did best in that challenge; based on what I saw I would say Adore and Darienne (still don’t like her). I’m surprised that Courtney made it to the final three. I thought for sure she would be sent home so Ru could say least one big girl made it to the finals (I don’t recall if any have in past seasons). It’s Adore and Bianca’s game, and Adore may just edge Bianca out of the running because she has shown a variety of looks. Bianca is always polished and on point, but Michelle is right – her runway looks are the same ol’ thing every week.

      And hell to the yes, I was glad to see Darienne go (still don’t like her). She is as sweet as sour milk, and her “joke” when she left the runway – telling Courtney to get out of way – wasn’t funny. It rang true to how I think she really felt. That’s my problem with her – she’s one of those people who say really mean things to you and then says it’s a joke when you know and she knows it isn’t. At least with Bianca her scathing humor masked her constructive criticism AND she’s funny as well.

      • Imasewsure

        I have to agree that it was great just to see a nice group of girls (I’m including Darienne here too since she wasn’t all that bad) working the room, feeding off of each other (rather than feeding ON each other) and no big drama drama drama.. we get enough of that with all of the Real Housewives crap… I don’t need it from my Superstars for sure

      • demidaemon

        I actually liked her joke. It seemed in good fun, especially after her exit speech, which was sweet and well-mannered. But I agree. Darienne’s performance really should have given her a spot in the finale.

    • DinahR

      I have really liked most of the queens this season. Any of them could have been in the final 3 with Bianca and I would have been happy.

      That being said I think this is going to be Bianca’s win. Courtney has… Courtney. And apparently, Australia. I think she is an extraordinary performer, but I don’t really see her as a Drag Superstar for some reason. She’s more of a performer that is in drag vs. a Drag performer. I don’t know if that makes any sense, sorry!

      Anyway, Adore is charming but I think she needs a little more time to bake. I realize her looks/wigs/wardrobe could be instantly improved by $100,000 (and will certainly improve regardless, with her increases bookings and fees) and I looooove that she can sing and perform. I am smitten by the mermaid drag aesthetic she’s got going on and I relate to her So Cal roots. But when she talks… it’s like when you’re talking to a small child – it’s cute, because they’re cute. Not particularly because there was any substance to what they said, or that it was interesting. That’s probably the definition of ‘charm’ but it’s also why you have to have more than charm to make it big.

      Bianca really is the whole package and she’s got a real talent in comedy. We did not get much of a glance at her lip sync — and I think we know why!! haha But I hope still she wins. And I can honestly say I wish the best to the queens this season. :)

      Wonder who will be Miss Congeniality?

      • Imasewsure

        Agreed that it really should be Bianca’s win but I have to defend Adore here. I think she is hilarious when she talks and really quite smart, but then again, I’m from the Valley so I guess I am prejudiced to hear depth in that Valley-speak. Still Bianca Bianca Bianca!! Love them both – and I actually like Courtney too but I don’t think she is DS material either

      • demidaemon

        I voted for Joslyn, but I have a feeling it will probably be Ben, despite Joslyn fitting the title better.

    • Cambel

      Was anybody else shocked that Adore not only got the Phoebe Cates reference but came back with that line from the the miniseries “Lace”???

      • hellkell

        That was amazing. I thought that would sail right by her.

      • Imasewsure

        Another reason to love Adore

    • Cambel

      I have two wishes.

      1. If anybody took footage of Laganga’s face when Adore was named top 3, please post that.

      2. Ru, next season PLEASE, if the queens are in the bottom, let each of them choose their best lip sync and perform it. We can tell who you want to keep by the song chosen. for example, when Jinks was in the bottom and you just happened to choose a Quirky Broadway number for the first time ever. Loved Jinks, but it was just as obvious as when Tammie Brown was in the bottom and you handed her a Beyonce song that she obviously had never done.

      • Francisco Casals

        2. The songs to lip-sync are pre-selected by episode before the contestants start the day, the obviously need to time to learn them all. It seems you also forgot Tammie gave up before the song started, you could see she wasn’t even trying to lipsync at all. I love Tammie but she’s stuck in that character, you don’t see her doing things out of her comfort zone. When she and Latrice lipsynced in All Stars, although she did good she didn’t put the energy that tipped the balance over Latrice.

        • Cambel

          1. No they are not. The only quirky Broadway song ever happened to be when Jinks was in the bottom two, that isn’t coincidence.

          2. Tammie gave up because it wasn’t the type of song she does drag to.

          • Francisco Casals

            Listen angry person, if you don’t believe me look up previous contestants interviews and RuPaul interviews all contestants are given a list of the set list per episode AND what kind of outfits they’ll need also prior to start the show. How the hell they can predict X contestant it’s going to be in the bottom two and pick a song in her favor when the set list already being done?!!!

            Tammie Brown it’s a character that ONLY do one type of drag and songs and you can’t come to a competition with that mentality, you have to be versatile and willing to fight to stay in the competition, sucks that she gave up.

      • demidaemon

        The problem with your suggestion comes down to money. They have to pay for all the rights to the songs AND the girls need to be judged on an even playing field. They have plenty of time to learn the songs and work out a performance for them. If they don’t, well, they don’t deserve to be there, IMO.

        Tammie and Akashia also lip synced to a Michell Williams song. I just don’t want the Beygency to come after a fellow BK for giving false info.;)

        • Cambel

          But it isn’t an even playing field. i.e. If you have Latrice Royal and Jinks Monsoon singing against each other you can pre-choose the winner by the song selection. If you give them Jennifer Holiday’s “You’re Gonna Love Me” Latrice is winning, if you give them Barbara Streisand’s “Rain on My Parade” Jinkx is winning.

    • http://www.ueberdesuper.net/ Ueber de Super

      Bianca and the two Idols contestants. I hava a feeling they really thought the Idols storyline would be somewhat interesting but it wasn’t. They lost Absolut as sponsor so maybe the idea was to have 2 contestants that are not just popular in the gay circuit but to a wider audience. But does anybody really remember some also-ran from a past season of American or Australian idol? And will any pre-teen girlie switch Justin Bieber for Adore? I don’t think so. This season was lame. Next season must pop.

      • Cambel

        I agree, this is the most boring top 3 I’ve seen. Adore is funny but needs to bake another year. Bianca is hilarious!….but would have been torn apart any other season for her runway looks. I mean how can Michelle continually attack Ben for her looks being similar and not say a word to Bianca whose looks were not just similar but exactly the same? And Courtney, is professional and looks like a real girl, but doesn’t reach out and grab you.

        • Francisco Casals

          Bianca’s dresses were perfectly executed, what she lacks was variety because Bianca already have a trademark look from wigs to shoes but you can’t read her outfits. Ben de la Creme outfits were the same in the different colors, Bianca have a similar silhouette but they were not identical to each other. Other than the looks they’re evaluated in the competition as a whole and de la Creme had weak points.

          • Cambel

            I can read her outfits, they were the same cut, the same silhouette and the make-up was exactly the same.

    • Fall

      If Bianca Del Rio does not walk away with the crown…

      I don’t even know what I’ll do (Boycott? Couldn’t do it.), but who else’s house got super dark at the amount of SHADE that Courtney Act was throwing every which way? What was hilarious was how oblivious that the same critiques she gave apply to her. If Adore comes out in just a tutu and a corset, you my dear are just out there in a pair of bra and panties. And you want to talk about versatility?

      As I said it’s Bianca’s game, and I hope she wins it. I’m a sucker for dimples.

      • Cambel

        Well do you remember the blog outrage when Tyra won??? And she was a pretty face like Courtney, the only difference was Tyra had more diversity on the runway, but was basically a pretty face.

        • Paigealicious

          I’m still bitter Nina Flowers didn’t win in season 1.

          • Francisco Casals

            It was really a tough call for RuPaul, they were head to head but I think, at that moment and up until season 3 she was preparing mainstream audience for more palatable or familiar kind of drag queens so she gave the crown to a femme looking queen. Either that or she was wanted a black queen to be the first winner, who knows. From season 4 she then started to branch out to more androginous and weird/quirky kind of queens.

          • somebody blonde

            I loved Nina Flowers but I loved Bebe too. She won me over when she beat Ongina at the lip sync and with that Lion Queen look.

            • Diva in 4 Inch Heels

              The still adore Bebe, Nina and Ongina. I wasn’t mad that Bebe won over Nina, because they each were strong competitors AND really wonderful people.

        • somebody blonde

          While I was outraged that Tyra won, saying that Tyra had more diversity on the runway is a major understatement. That queen gave us several jaw-dropping looks. Courtney’s ONE look that could be called jaw-dropping was the wings one, and she didn’t even tuck properly!

    • Daktari100

      I was getting quite a bit of Dawn French from Darienne this past week, especially in that awesome over-the-top dramatic scene when she rolled around on the floor. Great comedic and acting skills. Sorry to see her go!

      • Diva in 4 Inch Heels

        YES!
        I wonder if Darienne knows exactly who Dawn French is, because she could totally add Ms. French to her act.

        • Synnamin

          oh, man. Could you imagine a Dawn French in Snatch Game?!?

    • girlsaturday

      I think, that there was one big reason that Darienne couldn’t win – she lacks an element of loving herself that all of the other winners have had. Despite having certain insecurities, the other winners both in and out of drag have had that sort of confidence in their personal cores that is very RuPaul. Darienne doesn’t seem to have that when she’s out of drag, and I think that’s the cause of her unwillingness to switch up her looks while she’s in drag.

      For Bianca, I think it’s more a matter of being set in her ways. She has insecurities but, well, “Bitch, I was raised by wolves! And I’m still surviving and my shit’s together”

      I wish Bianca were my drag mother

    • http://batman-news.com ChristopherM

      Darienne’s looks are custom made?! I thought she bought that mess at (C)Ross Dress for Less!

    • R.C.

      I think it will either be Bianca (most likely) or Courtney to win- as until this episode, neither have had to lip synch for their lives. Adore has been in the bottom too often, even though I think I agree Ru does have a soft spot for her- but she’s def not polished enough to snatch the crown. They’re most likely giving it to Bianca, as they’ve been setting it up all season. #TeamCourtney, but even I can see the set up.

    • AnotherG

      Four is too many for this kind of an episode. Granted I was more inebriated than I planned on being when I initially formulated my viewing plans, but the cuts and speed through which the episode moved seemed . . . vertiginous.

      • VicD

        OH NO she betta don’t be givin’ us that Merriam Webster’s realness!

        • AnotherG

          This is why I drink. To sound normal and not like an SAT exam.

    • JaCory Deon

      I too found this to be a dull episode but I’ll give my two cents, starting from the worst to the best. Courtney, for all this talk of what a star she is, hasn’t really done much except be “pretty” and forgettable, i.e., if they didn’t remind you she’s this big star down under you’d hardly guess that. In any other season she’d of been bounced long ago. Adore, Bianca, and Darienne easily have more stage presence than her which wouldn’t be so bad if we didn’t have to look at her for so long. Now, Adore’s got that “it” factor and just needs some time to polish it up. Bianca, while polished, has never produced a “bam” moment on the runway, nor is her comic timing as good as all of that imho. I don’t know, to me she’s a good enough queen but hardly has that “it” factor that other winners of this show have possessed.

      Darienne may not have had much variety in her looks but then, none of the top four really have. She does have, however, painting abilities, performance chops and based on what we saw this episode alone (acting challenges and lipsync) she could of stayed around another ep. Perhaps if she let out that reality tv gem of family rejection earlier in the season, she’d have Courtney’s spot? We’ll never know one supposes. I don’t think any of the three have “c.u.n.t.”-ness 100% to be honest.

    • Synnamin

      I have to disagree with your assessment of Darienne being corseted in all of her looks. I’m her size and make my own corsets. Darienne’s wearing a lot of body shapers, but none of those are making her into the smooth hourglass or conical figure I would expect from some serious steel under her looks. I was actually thinking this episode that I wish some of the big girl queens would invest in proper tailoring and corsetry to modify their shapes. There’s a lot you can do with a larger figure, which I’ve not seen yet on RPDR.

    • Francisco Casals

      All final 4 have talent in their own way. I think most of the viewers were expecting petty rivalries like in past seasons and that’s why most people and not too thrilled. Also, people are expecting wow moments in the runway every week? let’s be realistic for a minute! Courtney’s bird costume, April’s yellow outfit and umbrella with rain included, Bianca’s black and white runway look gown (just to name a few). Darianne’s personality hurt her with the audience (reminds me a little season 3 Delta’s mean spirit) but in terms of performing, acting and lipsyncing she’s a top competitor. In any case, Delano didn’t deserve to be in the final 4 considering all the times she’s been either low score or at the bottom and she just keep getting breaks. In The Glitter Ball that was not the best costume, yet her personality sold the dress (or so they say) and that makes her won the challenge. Adore have talent but it’s still a little green to get the crown, it reminds me Shangella in season 3.

      • Cambel

        But remember the REASONS Ben was in the bottom. Michelle would attack her for having similar looks, even though Bianca walked the same dress every week.

        • demidaemon

          I really think it was Ben’s executive realness look that killed it for her in the bottom AND her choice of gemstone. Pink seemed to be her signature color (remember the pink swimsuit in the horror films episode and the pink suit from the makeover), so she should have chosen a different gemstone for herself. Second, she should not have chosen the executive realness look she id so close to the makeover challenge look. They were way too similar and way too close together chronologically. Having said all this, I still think it should have been Courtney in the bottom two, with Courtney probably going home at that point.

          • Cambel

            My problem with the Courtney/Darienne thing is that Darienne seems to be more interesting in performance but Courntey is visually better with some of her outfits.

    • somebody blonde

      We saw plenty of jaw-dropping looks this season- all of them were on Trinity.

    • Milos Mom

      Gentlemen, you’ve won the award for “Most Usage of the Word POLISHED” in a blog post.

    • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com cheekypinky

      Darienne needs that gorgeous pink hair for the rest of her life–it compliments and accentuates her already amazing makeup work.

      • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com cheekypinky

        *cough* I have been known to be biased towards pink hair *cough*

    • jjfg

      Hm. I was pretty sure Courtney was going to go and Darienne was going to be top 3, based on the edits Courney got and her coming off like a completely unlikable ass. The saving grace is that at this point, she’s clearly 3rd. I wasn’t a Darienne fan, particularly, but Courtney dropped off a cliff in that episode as far as I was concerned.

    • demidaemon

      I’m going to probably say the controversial thing here (considering the dislike for Darienne I’ve seen): Courtney should have gone home. True, Darienne was in the bottom the most of those remaining, but in the end, she showed more vulnerability and versatility than Courtney, as a performer and through her emotions. In fact, I think we finally saw where that bitterness and sourness spawns from during the lunch, which was quite powerful. She’s probably the only queen, in the history of the show, to take LSFYL and give the same energy and quality in every performance. Usually, at some point, the person in the bottom kind of gives up. Trinity did this, to a degree, in her final performance.

      That said, I think next season we will see a much younger, more unpolished group of queens. Ru always seems to cast based on the previous season, to provide contrast.

      At this point, I am really torn between Adore and Bianca. If either one won, I would be totally fine, though i do think that Adore needs the prize–specifically the cash–more than Bianca.

      • http://vispreeve.tumblr.com/ Den Milano

        I agree with you even though I think Darienne should have gone home last time and Courtney in this episode. Then we would have a perfect top 3: Bianca, Adore and DeLa.

        • demidaemon

          Which is probably exactly why it didn’t happen, unfortunately. Ru really likes to set up a clear top two, and Ben was not going to win, no matter what the Internets said, because she was too similar to Jinkx.

      • Cambel

        Who cares about vulnerability? That is a B.S. reality show requirement that has nothing to do with actually being a good performer. If you go to see a drag show, you aren’t going to see the Queen be vulnerable on stage. You are going because they are a good performer.

        It is the same reason why singers on shows like American Idol stopped being good. The judges, especially Kara only cared about backstory and not about talent. There is no backstory that makes up for that shiny jumpsuit Darienne wore. As for the Lip Sync, how do you know she was good. They chop the edit so badly you only have Ru’s word for who did the best job.

        • demidaemon

          Umm, did you watch the same show that I did? Ben was clearly out of her element with that song and very jerky. I think anyone could have beat her at lip synching, if that was her best (which it isn’t, but that’s what she showed on the show). If you are talking about the 4-way lip sync, the only one I can say did well was Adore because it was choppy as all get out. And, it’s a reality TV show where you want to care about the contestants. It’s called good TV.

          You are right that you aren’t going to see them be “vulnerable” on stage. But, seeing their personalities and vulnerabilities on the show IS going to help you, as a viewer, determine who you would want to go see in person and how much you want to tip them.

          • Cambel

            You can’t judge the lip sync because it is edited so heavily. The most obvious case of fake editing was when, first season they pretended that Pork Chop couldn’t walk in heels, when anybody who has seen her perform knows that is part of her schtic. What I know is that they kept saying Darienne was good, but never showed us a sync for more than a few seconds. As for the critiques lobbed at Ben’s costuming any of them could have been lobbed at Bianca. She wore the same dress and same make-up every week.

    • Fred Vaughn

      Team Crazy Eyes (Bianca)!

    • YvesPaul

      My theory is that the winner is the one always have the least exposure in the media. Probably because of gag orders and stuff. Right before Ben got kicked off there was a new web series featuring Ben as a host. I’ve seen a web clip with Bianca Del Rio, I just saw Courtney’s new song in a video but I have never seen Adore in anything lately so I’m thinking Adore will win. Though I like Courtney the best…

    • DJV

      Excellent assessment of all the queens, but can I just add that the way Bianca does her eyes is really really really bad?