RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS: Meeting in the Ladies Room

Posted on June 23, 2024

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This was a perfectly pleasant episode of Drag Race All-Stars; the kind of episode where the queens get to goof off in way  that would feel a little bit like a respite in the middle of a fierce competition if this were actually a fierce competition. But we’re not going to lapse into another rant about how this season has no stakes and subsequently has been the most boring one to watch possibly in the history of the franchise! Not when we could be showing you THIS:

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And THIS:

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A veritable cornucopia, darlings.

 

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We will never get mad when the show makes the queens do something silly and gay. Nina was capable of carrying the most fruit in her taint, so she won immunity from the snip this week, which is too interesting a twist to be introduced this late in the competition. They should have been slinging immunity around from the beginning.

 

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The main challenge was a somewhat interminable and repetitive sketch based on a whole bunch of references that were a minimum of three decades old. That sounds a little more bitchy than we intended it to. It’s always fun to see Ru get in there and mix it up with her girls, although like so much of her Drag Race work these days, it felt like she was phoning it in. The entire sketch would have worked better if she were in drag.

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Nobody really did all that badly, although the extreme amount of editing, along with the fact that Ru just shrugged or laughed when a queen would utter the wrong line, didn’t leave us with the impression that anyone was taking it too seriously. The idea was cute, but the energy was low and it all went on way too long. Angeria and Nina were standouts, which was no surprise. Gottmik also acquitted herself nicely, although every one of her line readings were identical. The rest delivered various levels of “game amateur trying their best.” Fortunately, we’ll always have the runway, which is where most of these All-Stars tend to shine:

 

 

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It’s kind of funny how so many of the queens interpreted “widow” as “slutty with diamonds” or “murderess with diamonds.” Granted, it’s not like we were expecting tasteful widow’s weeds in the Jackie Kennedy mode here. Our only real complaint is that several of the queens just put something big and black over an existing costume and did a reveal (took it off) on the runway.

 

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Nina’s was the most ambitious of the reveals, but she’s actually shown herself to be pretty clumsy at executing them onstage. Her outer costume was stunning, but this dress was hideous. Roxxy’s look is gorgeous and creative without being over-the-top elaborate. We loved it the most.

 

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Angeria’s was surprisingly bold but the headpiece could have been executed a little better. We also think she should be coming in for a little coaching on her makeup, which is always harsher than it needs to be. The urn wig was really clever.

 

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Two absolute stunners, although Shannel clearly just took her Marie Antoinette costume and put a black cloak over it.

 

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Honestly? We thought she looked like crap. The wig is bad, the dress is basic, and the only thing she did to make it category appropriate was throw a black coat over it and carry a tissue. The judges are very much in the bag for her this season, so they didn’t offer her a word of critique for this half-assed attempt. This is not All-Stars level.

 

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Once again, Gottmik slays with the best costume design money can buy. We won’t take away from the originality of the piece, which he designed, however. We just wish she’d change up her face a little more. It’s the same one, no matter the look. Vanjie looks hot, but the costume is pretty basic and unimaginative.

 

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Nina and Angeria were declared the top two and tried their best with one of Ru’s favorite pop songs from four decades ago. We would have predicted that Angeria’d be the one to slay “Lover Girl,” but we actually think Nina did a better job with it. It’s kind of funny that Nina kept changing into these gimmicky lip sync costumes each week and when she got a chance to, she was stuck lip syncing in a look that’s not all that well suited for it. Maybe that’s why Ru gave the win to Angeria.

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Gottmik has been the one queen most in her feelings all season long, so we expect this to be extremely not well received next week.

 

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[Photo Credit: Paramount Plus via Tom and Lorenzo, World of Wonder Productions, Inc./Paramount+]

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