RuPaul’s Drag Race moved from Logo to VH1 in its ninth season, and true to the spirit of the show (think RuPaul’s constant reminders than his music is available on iTunes), RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 3 is not going to let that move go without some synergy. The second episode of All Stars 3 brought a RuPaul version of VH1 Divas Live, saw a queen we thought would go much further walk away, and found queens redoing their biggest fashion fails from past seasons on the runway.
Here’s what Billboard Pride Editor Patrick Crowley and Deputy Editor, Digital Joe Lynch thought about the Thursday, Feb. 1, episode.
Patrick: Well that ep was a doozy, wasn’t it?
Joe: First off, I love (and it’s so true to the show) that they’re already cross-promoting VH1 properties within the challenges. So stay tuned for Basketball Wives and Love & Hip-Hop acting challenges?
Patrick: And you know Vanessa Williams was a guest judge to promote her now-canceled Daytime Divas. TBH, I liked that show. R.I.P., sis.
Joe: So speaking of Divas, I have to say the challenge seemed a little unfair. Like the winners clearly got the meatier roles: Doing Mariah not giving a fuck on NYE and Julie Andrews rapping are inherently a lot funnier than some half-baked Celine/Stevie parody tune.
Patrick: Oh, absolutely! I’m totally in Thorgy’s tin foil hat gang: she was not set up for greatness. I was actually flabbergasted that she was even in the bottom because I think she did well with what she was given. Sure, she could have brought out a smoke bomb or something to play up the “witch” factor, but her impersonation was solid. And you just know she would have murdered the Mariah or Julie roles.
Joe: Yes, extremely sad (as a fan, but more so as a viewer of the show) to see Thorgy go so fast. Also, and I know you can’t make a show specifically directed at fans (there’s a wider public to think about) but the edits TOTALLY give away who’s going home, they need to do a fake-out more often so you don’t know ‘oh, this person is going home because they’re getting a f—load of dramatic screen time.’
Patrick: Between Thorgy and Morgan, it has been incredibly obvious. So who stood out to you in the Divas Live segment? I really thought Chi Chi as Patti LaBelle was a lot of fun, with those hand flicks and that wig. I was shocked to see her in the bottom.
Joe: YES, the LaBelle was a knockout, one of the strongest — also it was great because even if you’ve never heard of Patti LaBelle, it was funny. Milk was really working it, I feel with a more iconic Celine look she might have won? Also I loved her redo look! Any do-over outfits stand out to you?
Patrick: Hold up, hold up, hold up. Milk? MILK?
Joe: Okay, maybe not won but she was really working it during Divas and I luvvvved that blue dress.
Patrick: Well we’re certainly entitled to our opinions. I was shocked she wasn’t in the bottom. There was nothing about that look or performance that stood out as Celine. When you looked at the entire group, visually, she was the only one that was unrecognizable. It was so bizarre. And that sour attitude — this ep made me nervous that I may become lactose intolerant. I hope she bounces back because I think her aesthetic is fun and unpredictable. I wasn’t blown away by any of the glow-ups, but Thorgy’s Alien-esque look was one of my favorites (are you seeing a trend?). Shangela’s bubble outfit was very… Well. It was just…very. And what was with all the love for BeBe’s runway? They were comparing her to Miranda Priestly but it looked like if Payless Shoes sold clothes. Meryl Streep would never!
Joe: Yeah I didn’t get the love for BeBe’s outfit or Shangie’s, obviously a Christmas look will be tacky but I thought others had better looks (although she 100 percent nailed that lip sync). I did love Kennedy’s reveal, Trixie’s outfit was an incredible pink nightmare, and I loved Aja’s although I wish she would just ditch that red wig color, period.
Patrick: I forgot about Trixie’s (I loved it too!), but that brings me to another point: they’re really downplaying her, aren’t they? She’s the biggest star in this cast — hell, she has her own Funko doll — but they’re not giving her a ton of camera time. I live for her confessionals though.
Joe: Yeah she gets a lot of confessionals, but less airtime on the runway. I wonder why that is? Saving up her plot line maybe? It is confusing.
Patrick: As long as they don’t do her dirty like they did Thorgy. I’m not sure I’ll ever recover. Can you imagine the backlash if Trixie gets cut early? Anyway, it felt like the judging panel was watching an entirely different show. I would have put Milk and BeBe in the bottom with Chi Chi versus Ben at the top. That said, this episode was A+ reality television and I’m already looking forward to next week.
Joe: Yes — I wouldn’t say I was on the edge of my seat but I was pretty much enraptured start to finish. And agree, SO SAD to see Thorgy go so early — and a travesty to see her leave in that sick hammerhead hat. Like, if you remember one look from last night’s ep, it’s Thorgy’s. So it’s silly she went home. Anyway, v excited for The Bitchelor next week.