‘Drag Race’ recap: Diva Awards determine Top 3

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imageThe final four were certainly the right bunch to compete in Monday’s challenge for the fictitious Diva Awards challenge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Nobody casts Diva shade like Tati, Raven, Tyra and Juju Bee.

So it was fitting that the girls had to come up with three looks for three fake award shows to determine the finalists to become America’s Next Drag Superstar. Each had to create three head-to-toe personas for the imaginary Teen Diva Awards, D.C. Diva Press Awards and Diva Extravaganza Awards.

But before they got down to business, another throw-away mini-challenge gave the queens each the same dress and asked them to throw them on in 15 minutes and accessorize without cutting or gluing.

They all looked like tragic messes, stubble and all. Tyra, who belted the dress and threw on a long necklace, won the right to say she did, and the episode moved on to the main challenge.

imageThe red carpet looks for the Extravaganza Awards pretty much sealed the fate for who would move on to the Top 3. Club Kid Dinosaur James St. James (“Party Monster”) did mock interviews on a backstage red carpet, and the queens each had to give an acceptance speech as if they’d won an award.

Tyra and Raven both had been holding back gorgeous sequined numbers for the occasion, and they both looked their best (top and second photos, respectively). The two also did well in the Teen category, but in our opinion, Raven had the edge in D.C. realness.

Juju and Tati split the three categories in the challenge. Juju apparently thought the red carpet look was for the Mati Hari Awards, negating a fine look for Teen queen and an OK look for D.C. realness. Tati’s D.C. look was better, but her Teen look was tacky and her red carpet was a hot-glued hot mess.

imageThere’s a great photo set of all the looks on ProjectRunGay.

As Ru’s favorite, Tyra won the night for being prettiest–again. With little guess work necessary, Raven was also sent to the final three. For once, we agree whole-heartedly with her summation that she should have won.

Of course, that left Juju Bee (bottom photo) and Tatiana to Lip Sync For Your Life. If the last chance for the third finalist wasn’t already a no-brainer, the Aretha Franklin lip sync was the final nail in Tati’s coffin. She knew it. We knew it. All the judges knew it. Can’t say we’re sorry to see her go.

We’re satisfied with the Top 3. Raven and Tyra have thrown down consistently good runway and the most wins. We hate them both, but the pair are in the heated race for the win. Raven is the most versatile, and Tyra gives great face. But we admit, Juju is a performer and a looker who, if she can keep it together, could be an underdog contender.

Programming note: it’ll be two weeks before we see the two-and-a-half-hour finale for the crown on April 26. Next week, Ru revisits the season with never-seen clips and fun footage from the audition videos.

”RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs on LOGO (Comcast 288) on Mondays at 9 p.m., re-airs Tuesdays on VH1 (Comcast 51, 851) and repeats throughout the week on both channels.

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