'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 11 Power Ranking: Episode 7

Brooke Lynn Hytes, Plastique Tiara Silky Nutmeg Ganache and Yvie Oddly
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Clockwise from top left: Brooke Lynn Hytes, Plastique Tiara Silky Nutmeg Ganache and Yvie Oddly

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, RuPaul’s Drag Race served up some organic realness when the queens were tasked with turning all-natural ingredients into runway-ready fashion looks. Some queens got 5 star ratings from the critics -- Plastique Tiara took home her first win for showing off her process using unprocessed materials. Two queens, however, faced the cutting board. After a lip-sync to Sheena Easton’s classic '80s pop hit “Strut,” A’Keria Davenport was added back into the competition, while Ra’Jah O’Hara got chopped after her fourth time in the bottom.

On Thursday, the queens are sending their favorite celebrities on a cruise as “Snatch Game” returns with a nautical twist.

8. Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (last week: 7)

We adore everything that is Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, but last week her runway look was a major bummer. After getting constantly critiqued on wearing the same silhouette, Vanjie went for something only slightly different from what we’re used to, and executed it poorly. She was spared from the bottom, but if she continues to perform at this level, she may be looking at a lip sync sooner than she’d like.

7. A’Keria C. Davenport (last week: 1)

How far can a queen fall in just one week? Well, after her first win of the season, A’Keria immediately found herself in the bottom, and we can see why — her runway look lacked imagination and seemed to be ill-constructed. We know A’Keria can do better, but if she doesn’t start pulling out all of the stops, then she may wind up out of the competition.

6. Nina West (last week: 8)

Was this Nina’s best outfit yet? Certainly not. But was it bad enough to land her in the bottom? No, ma’am! We loved the creativity and detail that went into Nina’s look, even if it didn’t fit exactly the way it should have. Nina is doing just fine — but how much longer is “fine” going to cut it?

5. Shuga Cain (last week: 4)

As in many weeks past, Shuga Cain slid by with another good-not-great runway last week. We loved her windswept hair and use of seeds, though the bodice looked strange and slightly ill-fitting. Safe yet again, we want to see Shuga start excelling more in this competition, and she’s got less and less time to start doing that.

4. Silky Nutmeg Ganache (last week: 6)

Ms. Silky is taking notes. After being critiqued on giving boring, capital-D drag in past runway challenges, Silky showed that she knows how to put a great outfit together last week. Now, all she needs to keep up her momentum is some more consistency. Instead of constantly finding herself back and forth between the top and bottom, it’s time for Silky to keep herself in the top.

3. Yvie Oddly (last week: 2)

If anyone needs lessons in consistency, they should look no further than Ms. Yvie Oddly. Ever since her challenge win way back in episode two, Yvie has gotten nothing but strong critiques. And rightfully so — yet again, Yvie shook things up, not by being weird, but by leaning into the pure beauty and glamor that she can offer. The only thing Yvie really needs is another win to boost herself into an easy first-place spot.

2. Plastique Tiara (last week: 5)

At long last, Plastique Tiara got some well-deserved recognition with her first challenge win. We can see why — there is no doubt that her runway look was the best of the bunch, from the intricate details to just the way she presented herself on the runway. Things are looking up for our Vietnamese queen, and she’s on her way to upgrading from a Tiara to a crown.

1. Brooke Lynn Hytes (last week: 3)

Even without winning last week’s challenge, it’s almost impossible to deny that Brooke Lynn Hytes is leading the competition. Not only is she the only queen with two challenge wins under her belt, but she is also slaying every single time she walks onto the mainstage. It would take a truly heinous performance to knock Brooke Lynn into the bottom, and we’re having a hard time seeing that in her future.


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