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 got down and dirty with the law as the queens took on their next improv challenge, starring as deranged criminals on the parody cop show L.A.D.P. (Los Angeles Drag Patrol). After twerking her booty up and down the boulevard, A’Keria C. Davenport earned her second main challenge win this season. But two queens were officially booked, and only one got bailed out. In a high-octane lip sync to Fantasia’s 2006 song “Hood Boy,” Vanessa Vanjie Mateo managed to get out of her cuffs, while Plastique Tiara was sent down the hill.
On Thursday, the queens will have to pull a rabbit out of a hat as they put on their very own magic shows.
7. Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (last week: 8)
Miss Vanjie, Miss Vanjie, Miss Vanjie … we certainly hope these aren’t the words we’ll be hearing from the drag star any time soon, but her performance on the show isn’t standing up to scrutiny. Vanjie had yet another difficult week on the runway, this time being critiqued for her ill-fitting bodysuit, and failed to impress with her feline character in the improv challenge. If Vanjie doesn’t figure it out soon, we might see yet another iconic exit pretty soon.
6. Shuga Cain (last week: 2)
While Shuga had an undeniably great runway look last week, it could not save her from once again fading into the background in the maxi challenge. It may be hard to pull focus in a scene with Silky, but with so few contestants remaining on Drag Race, Shuga needs to make her presence known next week. Otherwise, she could find herself lip syncing for a third time, which usually spells doom for contestants on the show.
5. Silky Nutmeg Ganache (last week: 1)
Silky had the opposite problem of Shuga Cain last week — her performance as an illegal buttpad saleswoman was hilarious, but her runway was unpolished and basic. With two challenge wins under her belt, Silky is a queen to beat in this competition, but those wins won’t save her if she finds herself in the bottom two.
4. Yvie Oddly (last week: 6)
After a Snatch Game performance that landed her in the bottom two, there is no doubt that Yvie Oddly was happy to be safe last week. With two decent performances on the runway and in the challenge, Yvie did what she needed to do to remain on the show for another week. That being said, we know what this crafty queen is capable of, and she doesn’t have much longer to show her full potential to the judges.
3. Nina West (last week: 3)
She may have started out shaky in the competition, but Nina West has proven time and time again that she is a force to be reckoned with. Last week was no exception — the queen’s Leigh Bowery-inspired runway was absolutely sickening, and she managed to hold her own against an unleashed Brooke Lynn Hytes in the improv challenge. Don’t sleep on Nina, because she’s certainly not sleeping any time soon.
2. Brooke Lynn Hytes (last week: 5)
When it’s right, it’s right. Brooke Lynn Hytes proved exactly why the judges decided to keep her around last week, with an absolutely off-the-walls performance in her maxi challenge, along with a stunning piece of couture on the runway. Brooke Lynn has got her eye on the prize, and at this rate, she’s on a crash course toward it.
1. A’Keria C. Davenport (last week: 4)
For once, A’Keria earned what she rightfully deserved last week. Her performance in the maxi challenge as a twerking granny was inspired, and her plastic surgery runway look was an inventive twist on an otherwise tired Drag Race trope. With two wins, A’Keria is showing that she is not to be overlooked, making her one of the deadliest queens still in the race.