With one week to go before a queen is crowned winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 3, Thursday (March 8) night’s episode was a fairly standard one by Drag Race standards — and given last week’s insane shocker, that was almost a welcome reprieve. Spoilers Ahead: True to the show’s tradition, the returning queen was the first one to go home, with Morgan McMichaels — who came back thanks to the self-eliminated BenDeLaCreme — leaving just before the top four (Shangela, Trixie Mattel, Kennedy Davenport and BeBe Zahara Benet) was named.
Below, Billboard Pride Editor Patrick Crowley and Deputy Editor, Digital, Joe Lynch discuss the Streep-meets-Schumer challenge, the guest judges and who we want to win the season.
Joe: Well, after last week’s GOAT shocker, I guess we were due a by-the-numbers episode of Drag Race. And we got it!
Patrick: For sure. It was tough to watch without DeLa — she’s really a gem. This maxi challenge was a lot of fun though! I loved the concept of combining serious Oscar contending films with comedy classics. Who was your favorite this week?
Joe: I mean after that lip sync, Shangela by far. And of course, with DeLa gone, she’s the clear frontrunner. In fact, and I love Trixie, but it would be a crime if Shangie doesn’t get the crown. She’s been so consistently hilarious and delivered on every challenge. Her looks are gorge and fierce. She deserves it. Who are you rooting for to snatch the crown?
Patrick: Oh honey, I’m #TeamTrixie all the way. She got lost a little bit in the beginning, but between her performance on The Bitchelor, her stunning Studio 54 look and her overall performance last night, it’s hers to lose. I think Shangela is fun, don’t get me wrong — but I don’t feel like she’s had a real breakout moment this season. Last night’s lip sync was funny, but I would have liked it if it felt more polished; between the terrible grandma nightgown and the ill-fitting panties, it felt more like something I’d expect to see in a half baked Saturday Night Live skit than this close to the finale of All Stars.
Joe: Oh no! We are diametrically opposed today. I thought it was so funny, I was cracking up hardcore watching it. I’m fine with something being a little sloppy as long as it’s funny, and she sold the hell out of that joke. Ru was laughing! Ru agrees with me! Anyway, what did you think about the movie thingey? Side note: Ru said she wanted a Meryl Streep movie that was Amy Schumer level bawdy and FACT CHECK that exists and it’s called She-Devil co-starring Roseanne Barr.
Patrick: Hold up, though. Would it have been as funny if a queen of a certain size (XXXL) did the same thing? There was an element of fat-shaming that I wasn’t really into — like, that was the joke: look at how ridiculous it is to see a fatty twerking in lingerie. As a bigger guy, I didn’t love it — but on the same note, I don’t want to be that guy. (FWIW, Vicky Vox agrees with me.)
Joe: Huh, I hadn’t thought of that. You might have a point. Cue Sasha Velour “don’t joke about that.”
Patrick: Anyway, I don’t want to dwell on it — the trailer was a lot of fun. I lost my shit when Trixie used her prop baby’s hand to move the hair out of her face. Also: can we talk about Chris Colfer’s spot on Emma Stone impersonation?!
Joe: I need more Chris Colfer in my life. I love him, that was so fucking good. Yeah Kennedy and Morgan really choked on that challenge. BeBe was basically BeBe.
Patrick: Totally. I feel like Beige Swan could have been so much fun! Imagine Aja or Thorgy or even Milk tackling that! But comedy isn’t Morgan’s strong suit — and there was no way they were going to allow the season’s first eliminated queen in the final four… I would have gagged if Shangela sent BeBe packing though. How are you going to compare yourself to these Game of Thrones characters and then not take an opportunity to be cut throat?
Joe: Yeah Shangela has been exceptionally nice this season. I think the queens have realized that winning at any cost isn’t worth it — you have to keep in mind that you’ll be working with these queens consistently for years to come, and the fans will judge you. Speaking of, what did you think about Kennedy’s comment about having short fan lines and being the “second thought”? It made me sad and empathetic but then a queen at the bar I was watching argued it’s silly for someone getting paid hundreds of dollars per meet and greet to be complaining about anything when most drag queens don’t have that opportunity — and a national TV show — in the first place. But I guess it’s all relative.
Patrick: I felt for her — I’m sure it’s not a great feeling. But you’re right — it’s all about perspective!
Joe: So I guess the finale will be another four-way lip sync? Or do you think there will be more surprises and shenanigans?
Patrick: Oh, there are definitely going to be surprises! I’ve heard rumblings that the decision is going to come to a jury vote from the eliminated queens. And the music video they’re recording looks incredible! Maybe DeLa will return and still win? I’d be okay with that, tbh!