RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is back following last week’s surprising tap out (Adore Delano) and mostly disappointing Snatch Game. Hopefully the queens can recover from all of the drama and bring us a HERstory-making episode tonight. As Alaska wipes off Tatianna’s message on the mirror (Thank You! ♡ Tati) she explains that although both Tatianna and Roxxxy floundered in Snatch Game, Roxxxy’s runway look was stronger so she deserved to stay. Katya concurs. She thinks Roxxxy’s look was so good that Tatiannna was an easy decision. Moving on to brighter topics, Alyssa Edwards brings up that they’re the Top Eight but the other girls cut her off. They’re actually the top seven. Detox teases that she was so busy looking in the mirror she counted herself twice. Alyssa can’t disagree, mostly because she’s too busy staring at herself in the mirror. Never change, girl. Never change. Then we get a montage of Alyssa’s workroom antics. The other girls seem to enjoy it but Phi Phi O’Hara isn’t amused. “She’s funny sometimes. Sometimes.” Dun dun dun.
The next day, RuPaul interrupts another episode of the Alyssa Show (co-starring a glaring Phi Phi) to tell the girls about their HERstorical lip-sync challenge which includes a group dance routine created by “celebrity” choreographers Ant and Ash of The Squared Division. Alaska is cast as Eve (the original bad girl), Phi Phi O’Hara gets Helen of Troy, Ginger Minj will be Catherine the Great, Detox gets Marie Antoinette, Alyssa Edwards is cast as Annie Oakley, Roxxxy Andrews gets Eva Peron and Katya will play Princess Diana. RuPaul leaves them with a warning: this may be a group challenge but make sure you stand out. Everyone knew their characters ahead of time so they pull out costumes brought from home. Katya plans to wear Diana’s wedding dress but the train is too long for the dance routine. She decides to cut up her dead grandmother’s dress. Kind of. “It’s actually my friend’s dead grandma’s dress,” she admits in a whisper. “Rest in peace, grandma.” We get another package of Alyssa vs Phi Phi. I see where this is going. I get your foreshadowing.
Fellow choreographer/dance geek Alyssa starts fangirling when she meets Ant and Ash. Ginger Minj only feels terror. Her dancing is rough at first but eventually she works it out. I mean, there’s no way she’ll do worse than Alaska (love you, boo). Phi Phi tries to play on her insecurities. When Ginger won’t bite, she moves on to Alyssa. Ginger watches the whole thing play out. She sees you, Phi Phi. She sees you. Back in the workroom Alaska brings up the Phi Phi/Sharon Needles season four feud. People got really heated at Phi Phi about it, including threatening to throw acid in her face. She even considered quitting drag. And one of her biggest online bullies? Detox. Interesting. So we get a PSA from Alaska about online trolls. “Be nice, for fuck’s sake. It’s just drag.” Just drag? JUST drag? But seriously, chill out. If you can’t hate yourself how in the hell are you going to hate anyone else?
The lip-sync performance starts with Michelle Visage playing god. It looks like each character gets a song and dance while the others dance around in the background. Alaska’s Eve is giving Britney vibes with a serpent thrown around her neck. Her choreography is limited so she does well. Phi Phi O’Hara’s Helen of Troy is a heavy metal queen. She gives good ugly-face. Ginger Minj does great with her huge dress and horse prop. Detox’s Marie Antoinette has neon yellow hair, of course. She does the standard Detox lip-sync mouth. Alyssa Edwards really camps it up as Annie Oakley and it works. She has one of the better songs and choreography. “Yippee-Ki-Gay!” Roxxxy looks gorgeous as Eva Peron. She did it “better than Madonna.” It’s hysterical seeing Katya as sweet Princess Diana but even better when she gets raunchy (you go, Di). The songs were fun but I didn’t see much “choreography” going on. Bring back Candis Cayne or Jamal Sims next time.
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Todrick Hall are joined on the judging panel by fashion designer Jeremy Scott. The runway category is the Future of Drag. Alaska starts things off in blue vinyl and three foot nails. Phi Phi O’Hara looks like a blue and gold robot. She really does great cosplay. Ginger Minj looks like a 1960’s version of the future. With a big long bustle. Detox is head to toe silver with white bandages (the future version of the bandage dress). When she pulls her wig off and struts her literal chrome dome the judges cheer. Detox is bringing it to the runway this season! Alyssa Edwards is fussy. I’m having a hard time describing her tutu, frou-frou, moon boots outfit any better than that. Roxxxy Andrews is also going robotic-ish but the bathing suit version. We’re seeing lots of odd colored contacts tonight. Katya cracks me up. She has a strange silver dress that I’m hoping converts into something else and the hugest donut bun in history (eat your heart out, Sheree Whitfield). She calls it intergalactic mom.
Carson thinks Alaska’s Eve started the show off right but Michelle expected more on this runway from the self-professed Alien from the Planet Glamtron. According to Michelle, Phi Phi faded into the background in the lip-sync but everyone loves her runway look. Jeremy Scott wants to see Ginger Minj on Broadway but Carson isn’t a fan of her runway look. Jeremy Scott thinks her runway look is channelling Miss Piggy in Pigs in Space and suddenly I love Jeremy Scott. My new favorite judge calls Detox’s lip-sync performance “Neon-toinette.” Michelle’s positive review of her runway look makes Detox cry so Ru warns her she’ll rust. Jeremy and Carson agree that Alyssa stole the lip-sync performance but the judges are torn over her runway look. Carson liked Roxxxy’s Evita but Michelle calls her runway “plain.” They love Katya’s bun but not so much the outfit. And her performance was too solemn. Todrick finally pipes up to add that her lip-sync was the most spot on. Michelle ignores him and wishes that Katya’s Diana dress had a ridiculously long train. Oops!
Top queens: Detox and Alyssa Edwards
Bottom queens: Ginger Minj and Katya
This will be an interesting elimination. Katya is clearly performing better this season but also got somewhat harsher criticism from the judges. Katya looks worried so Detox pulls her aside. Unlike on her original season, Katya finally feels like a star and that she belongs. But she also knows she didn’t give her best tonight. She thinks Detox is preparing her for her elimination. Ginger is also having a hard time because she doesn’t want to see Katya leave but almost everyone thinks she got the worst critiques. Alyssa calls Katya over. Alyssa isn’t sure doing bad on this one challenge is enough reason to send her home when she’s so talented. Ginger makes a good case for herself to Alyssa. And she shows a fire that Alyssa didn’t really see from Katya. Oh, no! This can’t be happening. Before the season began I expected Katya and Alaska as the ultimate final two. She can’t be going home so soon.
LIP-SYNC FOR YOUR LEGACY
Detox and Alyssa Edwards perform Tell It To My Heart by Taylor Dayne. Alyssa is dramatic from the get-go. She’s doing her trademark Alyssa moves and faces. Detox starts smaller but more emotional. Michelle Visage lip-syncs along from the judging table. This is a great lip-sync. Alyssa can really dance and Detox is living the song. Alyssa Edwards wins! She eliminates Ginger Minj. Whew! I love Ginger but she didn’t do as good overall in the competition as Katya and Katya deserves to stay.
Next week: The girls are shocked by Alyssa’s decision to keep Katya and the Phi Phi monster makes another appearance. They also do movie parodies.
And don’t forget to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Behind the Scenes right here on TamaraTattles!
This is TT I hate to butt in here, but you MUST SEE this performance. I have it set to start with the big event. And then you must AT LEAST got to Lip Sync For Your Legacy at the 36 minute mark. See you in comments. I have A LOT TO SAY!