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, the queens were tasked with their first acting challenge, bringing campy comedy to their parodies of Get Out and Black Panther. Following an astrology-themed runway, Scarlet Envy and Yvie Oddly scored a double-win for their superior on-set chemistry and stunning looks. In a lip-sync battle to Britney Spears’ club jam “Work Bitch,” Mercedes Iman Diamond sent Kahanna Montrese home, leaving 13 queens in the competition.
On Friday, the queens will be promoting their worship for pop divas in a televangelist-style talk show challenge.
13. Mercedes Iman Diamond (last week: 12)
While her lip sync to “Work Bitch” was impressive, Mercedes is going to need to take Britney’s advice if she wants to keep her spot on the show. The queen’s performance has been less-than-stellar thus far, from her relatively boring runways to her lackluster performances in the weekly challenges. We’re living for the “opulence” memes, but we need Mercedes to show us some opulence of her own if she wants to stay in the competition.
12. Ariel Versace (last week: 9)
After a middle-of-the-road first week, Ms. Versace seemed to set herself on auto-pilot for episode two, turning in a robotic acting job for Why It Gotta Be Black, Panther and a sub-par Aries look. Ariel may have won some brownie points with Yvie Oddly this week when she owned up to shading Silky in the workroom, but those seem to be the only points the queen has managed to rack up thus far.
11. Ra’Jah O’Hara (last week: 11)
Ra’Jah remains right where she stood last week — and that’s not a good thing. With a passable Capricorn runway look and a poor acting performance, this queen needs to focus less on her fights with Yvie Oddly and more on performing at her highest level.
10. Silky Nutmeg Ganache (last week: 5)
Attitude check: Silky’s pissed. And we get it — hearing that people are talking smack about you behind your back is never a fun moment. But it’s clear that last week, Silky let her nerves get the best of her, and her performance suffered. Hopefully Silky can learn to grow a thicker skin in the coming weeks, or she may find herself lip syncing.
9. Honey Davenport (last week: 6)
There is nothing inherently wrong with what Honey has brought so far this season. But the seasoned professional hasn’t been standing out either, which on Drag Race, is just as deadly. We know Ms. Davenport can bring it, so it’s time for her to take a risk and bring it to the runway.
8. Nina West (last week: 13)
Do you hear that sound? It’s Nina West sighing a breath of relief. After a rocky first appearance, Nina clearly stepped her game up. Yes, her Leo-themed fashion was still a bit…questionable, but the legend showed that she has what it takes to slay in her acting challenge. You betta werk, Nina!
7. Brooke Lynn Hytes (last week: 1)
Category is: peaks and valleys. There is no doubt Brooke Lynn started off strong, but the Nashville queen nearly lost all her good will last week; even a killer runway look couldn’t overpower the star’s mediocre acting job. Brooke Lynn is clearly still a threat to her fellow contestants, but she’ll need to reach higher Hytes if she wants to win.
6. Shuga Cain (last week: 10)
The Shuga tasted a hell of a lot sweeter this week. The New York star showed that she has some major potential, both in her acting and on the runway. Now her job is to make sure that we remember that fact from here on out.
5. Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (last week: 2)
Did Miss Vanjie hit it out of the park this week? No. But she proved once again that her fashion sense is better than ever (those Libra scales, bitch), and that she knows how to pull focus in a good way. Maybe she wasn’t perfect in her performance this week, but this queen isn’t walking backwards any time soon.
4. A’Keria C. Davenport (last week: 4)
The C. in her name must stand for “consistent.” A’Keria nailed her performance as “Rhonda from the DMV” and delivered yet another excellent runway look — frankly, we were surprised she wasn’t given top marks this week. If the Davenport legacy is in the hands of this queen, we’re not too worried about it.
3. Scarlet Envy (last week: 8)
Scarlet went into episode two determined not to be safe, which was clearly the right headspace to be in. The queen destroyed her runway look, gave us leading lady realness in Good God Girl, Get Out and proved that clearly, her teammates saved the best for their last pick.
2. Yvie Oddly (last week: 7)
Two words: robot lion. Yvie brought every ounce of creativity that she had to this week’s runway, resulting in an instantly iconic and memorable look. That, along with her Joan Crawford-level of absurd commitment in the acting challenge, shot the Denver star into the stratosphere this week, making her one of the most exciting queens on the show.
1. Plastique Tiara (last week: 3)
Even with no wins under her belt, Plastique is the queen to beat this season. The Vietnamese star has already shown off her fashion sense, her humor, her acting ability and her on-camera charisma, and it’s only episode two! If she keeps performing at this level, Plastique can expect to upgrade her Tiara to a crown.