Round TWO, bitches!
The second crop of queens came off a little bitchier and slightly less talented than the first crop, although that’s all based on first impressions and one challenge. Once again, we’re going to skip the modeling mini-challenge, although it was more fun to watch than last week’s, partially because a DMV setting works much better than a ring camera and partially because the presence of Ru and TS Madison gave the queens something
to work off of off of which to work. Now let’s meet the girls.
Super fun entrance look and a super high-energy performance, but her talent came down to lip syncing and hairography, which is not a great way to start off. Also, we’re confused by the jungle setting and surprised she didn’t get more grief about that outfit.
It’s always nice to have an old school cabaret queen in the mix and Plasma is fun, talented, and serves pretty great looks. Having said that, her talent costume was a little awkward and her performance tried to stuff too many tricks into it. The impressions weren’t needed. Ru loves a queen with references, but he does tend to go a little cool on the theater and cabaret queens.
A gorgeous entrance look and a gorgeous performance look. Geneva is a looks queen with a great personality. That latter quality is ultimately what sold her performance, which was less about technique and more about emotion and energy. The judges ate it up. It’s hard not to love a big-haired queen with personality.
We don’t mind a bitch in the competition, but sometimes it helps if you don’t make such a big deal out of how much of a bitch you are. We get it. You’re hot, you’re fierce, all of these other bitches are boogers. Yawn. Still, it really was a great entrance look and while we can’t say we were a hundred percent in love with her talent, she was impressively stupid and weird about it.
We get the impression Megami’s trying just a little too hard to be artsy and original, when that approach rarely ever works here. They want you to be stupid and sloppy, girl. Her entrance look was a stunner, but her performance was a big nothing. There’s way more to political drag than just holding up a sign.
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The girl’s got flips, that’s for sure. Her performance was full of high energy but she comes across a little unsure of herself. Her entrance look was just okay.
The weirdo has entered the chat. Nymphia’s whole banana schtick is likely to get old sooner rather than later (unless she figures out how to retire it quietly during the competition), but we love an out-there queen with talent to back it up. Her performance was beautifully done and her costumes are first rate.
The runway category was reveal-based and a lot of the queens chose to do a somewhat tired “take off a piece of clothing” style of reveal. Getting undressed isn’t a talent.
Nymphia did the undressing style of reveal, but considering how outrageous her costumes were, she gets a pass. Like we said, the banana thing is going to get old rather quickly but that wig is hilarious. Similarly, if all of Hershii’s looks are chocolate-themed, they might get a little tired. This is an okay look, but not a dazzling one.
Plasma gave us big, conceptual costume drag and we’re here for it. Mhi’ya just took off a swimsuit coverup. It was an okay look, but severely underwhelming.
Geneva delivered a classic reveal, perfectly executed. Pay attention to how the hem of her skirt hits at exactly the right point to cover up her leggings. She’s one to watch.
We’re sorry, but Megami comes off very confused about what she’s trying to say and do. This was an interesting costume, but it felt like a somewhat random choice. Jane’s Russian princess-into-Beantown sports ho was great. It was another “take off your clothes” reveal, but the difference between the two looks was so vast that it worked.
We are sorry to report that the lip sync was underwhelming for the second week in a row. These bitches need to step it up and start acting like they’re hungry for it.
Reality show bitches can be tiresome, especially when they make a point of stating what bitches they are, but Plain Jane had the ass to back up that mouth. This was a righteous win, if not a particularly exciting one. We’re hoping things heat up a little next week when all of the queens have a chance to get each other’s measure.
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