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Previously on Drag Race: Queens acted a fool in an improv challenge. Olivia Lux won her second challenge in a row and established herself as a frontrunner. Kandy Muse applied the judges’ critiques and redeemed herself. Denali and Rosé continued to receive the Jan treatment. And The LaLa Ri Experience came to an end.

The hookers celebrate Olivia’s win after the lip-sync, but not everyone is feeling joyful. Utica Queen is silently seething in the corner because she’s realizing all the help she’s giving these other girls is allowing them to shine and win challenges while she continues to fly under the radar. It’s just happened again with the mime role she handed to Olivia.

Yeah, girl, this is a competition! Stop helping people beat you!

Denali is being a little less quiet about her disappointment. She’s mad—like, furious—that she keeps getting passed over by the judges and that even her fellow queens are failing to see her as a threat.

Denali, no! You’re playing right into the Jan storyline!

This week’s maxi-challenge is another Rusical! This time, the girls will get to sing their own parts in a giant social media-themed number. As they sit down to figure out the parts, we get the inevitable conflict between girls who want the same role—but this time it’s exarcerbated tenfold by the desperation some of these dolls have been feeling throughout the competish. Denali attempts to claim Utica’s favorite role for her own, but Utica stands her ground and refuses to let it go. Denali can eat shit… respectfully.

Come through top energy!

Denali then tries to go for one of the lead parts, a big Broadway dame that Rosé is absolutely not willing to let go of either. Elliott with 2 Ts suggests that they both do a quick audition for the role. Rosé’s vocal chords are incredible, so poor Denali, even though she is a good singer, is no match for her. Rosé wins the audition almost unanimously.

So done.

Rather than a walkthrough from RuPaul this week, the queens get a little call from Anne Hathaway! She’s here to talk to the dolls and give them some professional acting advice.

An actual legend!

Gottmik‘s Rusical character is paired with Denali’s, so she asks Anne a question that’ll help Denali get excited and inspired for the back-up role she settled for. And it totally works. Denali even follows up with another question, which leads to her getting to do a figure skating trick for Anne Hathaway. Mik’s strategy completely worked in lifting her partner’s spirits.

Absolute mastermind.

It’s time for the girls to record their tracks with Michelle Visage. Tina Burner and Olivia Lux start things off with an impressive display of vocal prowess, and Symone is completely intimidated. She’s not a singer, and all her usual confidence is gone today. Instead we have this meek little creature stumbling over her words.

Sis…

Utica fought tooth and nail to get her role, but she’s struggling with the tongue-twisting lyrics. It’s a bit hard to watch.

Denali is rolling in her grave.

The dolls learn their choreo with Jamal Sims next, and honestly, I don’t really pay attention to any of it because Jamal’s manly cleavage is exposed and it’s very distracting.

Do y’all hear sumn’?

While the girls do their makeup the next morning, it comes out that Tina Burner used to be in a relationship with Graham Norton, who happens to be a judge on Drag Race UK! Small freaking world.

Oh God the frosted tips! Make them go away!

Ru’s Lewk Ruview:

I like the turquoise jacket and ’80s hair but uhhh can we talk about this ugly-ass purse that doesn’t match the outfit? Is this another Coach bag? Drag Race needs to burn that sponsorship to the ground and never look back.

Ru and the judges do a quick skit this week during intros where Ru tries to talk to each of them and they’re all on their phones. We’ve all been there.

Too real.

Tina Burner starts off the show with a fun and engaging Liza Minnelli-esque emcee. The judges dock her points for her slightly botched death scene, but I thought she did a great job overall.

Olivia Lux’s impressive singing skills are on display as the Mark Zuckerberg character, but I feel she doesn’t dig into his creepy robotic vibe enough. Her portrayal is a bit basic.

Symone is super cringey as the Instagram character. Her look is basic, her singing is no bueno, and her usual stage presence is nowhere to be found. Honey, what’s this?

Utica Queen as the Twitter character managed to pull through with the tongue-twisting “Hamilton”-y lyrics, but her performance isn’t very exciting. It’s a shame.

Kandy Muse is playing a slutty LinkedIn boss bitch lady, but her performance is pretty lifeless and her cheap wig gets in her face for the entire number. Ouch.

Elliott with 2 Ts plays the TikTok character, inspired by Billie Eilish. The singing isn’t great, but her dancing and lip-sync more than make up for it.

As she’d hoped, Rosé steals the show as a theatrical, sex-positive Barbra Streisand with her fabulous pipes and sharp dance moves. It’s an excellent performance.

Gottmik managed to pull something beautiful out of her pairing with Denali. The girls excel as provocative Russian trolls and bring the house down.

Honorable mention for one of the best performances of the night: Jamal Sims’s Chrissy Teigen cringe face.

This week, category is Yellow!

Tina Burner looks good this week in only one of her signature colors. She’s a latex Taxi cab, and her name on the license plate on her butt is a nice touch.

Olivia Lux is giving me Dorothy Dandridge in this glamorous confection. As is now expected from Liv, the level of polish is staggering for her age and amount of experience. Toot.

Symone is showcasing her flawless body again in this high-fashion look. I kind of wish the coat and the wig were the same shade of yellow as the overalls and boots, but that’s me being nitpicky.

Utica Queen is giving us 14th century medieval noblewoman gown. It’s a clever idea that makes great use of fabrics and shapes to tell a story, and the hair is fab. Once again, though, Utica makes a few too many silly faces on the runway.

Kandy Muse looks beautiful in this Coachella-Lemonade look. The gown swallows her body a bit, but it’s forgivable because of how nicely it floats around her.

Oops… We have two taxi cabs. Elliott with 2 Ts is giving us a slightly more polished version of Tina’s lewk, and she’s carrying around a steering wheel, which is a nice touch.

Rosé is making a bold choice with this drag version of Jim Carrey‘s character from The Mask. The green face makes the resemblance pretty uncanny, though there is something to be said for the shade of her dress… More on that later.

Denali looks stunning in this snake goddess lewk that I’d almost expect to see depicted in some sort of Indonesian sculpture. The outfit itself could use some embellishments (shoulderpads maybe?) but the headpiece is amazing.

Gottmik is somehow giving us the second crash test dummy lewk of the season, but it’s a total serve. The wig made of plastic coming out of the top of her head is genius and the cartoony way she walks down the runway brings the whole thing together.

Olivia, Utica and Elliott are safe.

You guys! Denali and Rosé aren’t safe this week!!

Symone and Kandy had a rough week, but Tina is given ridiculously harsh critiques. The judges focus on the one little thing she did wrong as opposed to the other excellent 90% of her performance.

When did the judges start hating Tina?

Rosé, Denali, and Mik get high marks. Rosé, however, gets clocked on her ORANGE outfit.

And I OOP

In the werk room, the safe girls discuss everyone’s performances. It comes up that Utica and Olivia plan on going on a date after the competition. Like, a real, actual date! Kai kai alert!

Get you a drag queen who looks at you the way Utica looks at Liv.

Speaking of connections between queens, Rosé and Denali have a super sweet moment in the mirror where they congratulate each other on their excellent performance and give each other words of encouragement. Then Rosé goes and sits on the werk room’s orange floor to showcase how yellow her dress is in comparison!

Still kinda orange honey…

Denali goes over to her Porkchop sisters Utica and Elliott and points out that this is the first week of the season where the three bottom queens are all from the winner’s circle.

The Porkchops are taking over!!

Rosé wins the challenge! Yay!

At last, the safe curse is lifted!

Tina is safe, so Symone and Kandy are the bottom two. They need to lip-sync to “Bo$$” by Fifth Harmony.

Both girls do a great job. Kandy is dealing with a huge poofy dress but she excels at throwing the fabric around to create movement. Symone is an excellent lip-syncer and is able to consistently make magic with the lyrics.

Symone wins the lip-sync. But as Kandy makes a beautiful exit speech and starts to walk away, Ru calls her and tells her to stop.

Dramatic hairflip!

Kandy’s not done here yet, Ru says! She gets to stay another week.

Aww!

No one is going home this week! This is officially going to be the longest season EVER. But I’m happy for Kandy.

How about a Doll Call?

Tina Burner – I’m shocked the judges were so harsh with Tina this week. Possibly because this is her thing and there were higher expectations for her coming into this challenge. You could tell she was PISSED.

Olivia Lux – Olivia didn’t reach the top this week, but she continues to shine in every challenge. She’s now taken over Symone’s spot as the previously unstoppable frontrunner. Does she even have a weakness?!

Symone – Symone had a serious fall from grace this week and in the process, revealed her confidence is a lot more fragile than it seemed earlier in the season. Still, she’s got a lot more to show and I think this’ll be a great opportunity for her to redeem herself and get back on top.

Utica Queen – Utica stood up for herself and we love to see it. But she’s still not managing to break through, possibly because her performances are starting to feel a little one-note. I’m waiting for her to really shock me beyond her incredible aesthetic.

Kandy Muse – Kandy is lucky she’s good TV, because I do feel it was her time to go. She’s starting to show her limits, but it’ll definitely be nice to see her have another chance at success.

Elliott with 2 Ts – Elliott spent some of Untucked talking about letting her guard down with the girls and allowing herself to be a little more natural, and it showed a little. She seemed more relaxed. I think that’s going to do wonders for her in the performance department if she allows it.

Rosé – Yay! I am SO glad Rosé isn’t getting the Jan treatment anymore. She earned her victory and it was so delicious. I think there’s a chance she’ll be rising to the top four now, or at least close to it.

Denali – Denali broke her safe streak with a high-scoring performance, which I’m super happy about. Now here’s hoping this isn’t an isolated incident for her. Maybe with a bit of her confidence restored, she can continue to shine.

Gottmik – Mik has been proving these last few weeks that she’s not just a pretty face. She’s also a dynamic performer, a bit of a scene stealer, and most important of all—an empath and a strategist. That’ll get her very far. Maybe even all the way?

That’s it for this week, darlings. What did you think of the double shantay?

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