'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 11 Power Ranking: Episode 5

Plastique Tiara, Nina West, Yvie Oddly and Brooke Lynn Hytes
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Plastique Tiara, Nina West, Yvie Oddly and Brooke Lynn Hytes

Fifteen queens entered the workroom of RuPaul’s Drag Race this season to compete for the crown. But which one will walk away victorious? Each week, Billboard will rank each of the remaining queens based on their performances on the show to determine who has the best shot at the crown. Follow Billboard Pride on Twitter and Facebook for updated leaderboards each week.

Last week, Halloween came early when the queens turned out their spookiest looks for “The Monster Ball.” Brooke Lynn Hytes stunned the judges with her conceptual outfits, resulting in her second win this season. But fellow queens Ariel Versace and Shuga Cain failed to bring the scares, landing them both in the bottom two.

After a lip sync to Whitney Houston’s classic “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” Ariel got the chop, while Shuga was granted another week in the competition.

On Thursday, the queens of season 11 will be getting physical in the show’s first ever “Draglympics.”

10. Shuga Cain (last week: 9)

Shuga Cain’s runway last week wasn’t too sweet — while the New York City star nailed her “Witch, Please” category runway with a frightening Bloody Mary look, the rest of her outfits were ill-defined and missing. She killed her lip sync, and that’s a good sign, but if she wants to keep herself from lip syncing again, she better work, witch.

9. Scarlet Envy (last week: 8)

While none of Scarlett’s outfits were truly heinous last week, none of them were amazing either. We appreciate the creative effort she put into making her Creature from the Black Lagoon look, but we wish it stayed in the swamp. As more girls go home, the bar will keep being raised. If Ms. Envy plans on sticking around, her work — much like the fabric of her final look — is cut out for her.

8. Silky Nutmeg Ganache (last week: 2)

Much like Scarlett, Silky Nutmeg Ganache had a great idea with her The Wiz-inspired witch look last week. But also like Scarlett, the execution was not there. It’s frustrating to see Ms. Ganache stumble like this — we have seen her potential and know she has what it takes to do well in the competition. It’s time for Big and Silky to get out of her own head and bring it to the runway.

7. Ra’Jah O’Hara (last week: 10)

After weeks of struggling in the competition, Ra’Jah O’Hara seemed to find more comfortable ground last week. Granted, a few of her outfits still slightly missed the mark, but she certainly dazzled with her fur-covered devil look. Good job, Ms. O’Hara, we’re hoping to see this side of you more often.

6. A’Keria C. Davenport (last week: 4)

When you set a high bar for yourself, you have to make sure you can clear it, as A’Keria Davenport learned last week. Her poker waitress costume lived up to our expectations, while her remaining spooky looks left much to be desired. Yet still, A’Keria has an x-factor to her that is just waiting to be seen — and we’re hoping she shows it to us sooner rather than later.

5. Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (last week: 7)

After finding herself in the bottom, Miss Vanjie had to play it relatively safe to make her way back into the judges good graces — and she succeeded. Her looks were clean and well-crafted, though certainly not as memorable as some of her competitors. This week, we’re hoping to see Vanjie turn up the heat so she can claim her spot near the top of this list.

4. Nina West (last week: 5)

Playing to your strengths is one of the smartest decisions a queen can make on the show, which is exactly what Nina West did with her first two looks on the runway — they were campy, they were the definition of drag, and they were very Nina West. But it was her horrifying final look that sealed the deal for us; we’ve never seen a face reveal quite like the one Nina pulled off, and we certainly won’t forget it any time soon. Keep up the great work, queen.

3. Plastique Tiara (last week: 10)

Finally, Plastique has returned from the bottom. Ms. Tiara has had a somewhat rough go of things the last few weeks, but with last week’s design challenge, she proved to the judges why they brought her on Drag Race in the first place. Her looks were clean, gorgeous, and even a little spooky. Let’s hope that Plastique can keep that momentum going in order to keep herself away from the bottom.

2. Yvie Oddly (last week: 1)

Had it not been for one look that was not as stellar as her first two, Yvie Oddly would have easily taken home her second win last episode. The Denver queen has been cleaning up every episode, impressing the judges at every possible turn with her wonderfully weird drag. Yvie’s not going anywhere any time soon.

1. Brooke Lynn Hytes (last week: 3)

Get used to seeing Brooke Lynn Hytes’ name near the top of this list. Not only has this queen won two maxi challenges, but she’s managed to (save for one week) keep herself amongst the top critiques every week. With a few killer looks and a winning mindset, we can all-but guarantee that Ms. Hytes will find herself in the finale of this season’s competition.


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