‘Drag Race’ recap: Next Drag Superstar revealed

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imageActing, dancing and actual cat-fights were on the challenge agenda for the final three on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as Jujubee, Raven and Tyra went toe-to-toe for the title.

But before we get into it, let’s skip to the end of the two-and-a-half-hour finale package for a little local news. On the “Reunited” season capper that brought all 12 contestants back to rehash the past, Atlanta’s own Sonique made us so proud.

In a heartfelt, tear-filled revelation, the dynamic performer with a thousand fierce looks came out as transgender. Drag “wasn’t enough. I am a woman.”

We honor her bravery for sharing her intimate struggle with drag vs. transgender, and we are sure it will educate some viewers to the difference between the two while inspiring others in their own lives. Sa-lute!

imageBack to the beginning: the three-part eleganza extravaganza—the finale show, the backstage peek on “Untucked,” and the “Reunited” show—dragged a little, pun intended, and in our opinion, sullied the fun of the show’s premise with real-life backstabbing, jealousy, bitterness and insincerity.

And that’s just Raven. Or as Ru says, “That’s So Raven.”

The first part of the final challenge put the girls in RuPaul’s video for “Don’t Be Jealous of My Boogie.” The shooting included a choreographed fight scene (top photo) in which Tyra “accidentally” ripped Raven’s wig off twice and shoved a stiletto heel into Jujubee’s eye.

To make matters worse, she acted sickly-sweet sorry and “surprised” that the others were a little mad about it. Two words: Fake bitch.

The next phase of the video was to shoot a “Dynasty”-inspired scene one-on-one with Ru. In their own ‘80s costumes, the campy slap-fests were a good bit of fun. All three did just fine. Juju’s overacting actually worked with the setup.

Next, they were shot in more ‘80s glamour in front of a mirror (second photo). Raven’s ‘80s look was spot on, and they all worked it for the camera.

imageFinally, the runway was our own biggest disappointment of the night. This is the finale, girls, so why did we get random mediocrity from all of you. Raven’s dominatrix was fierce but out of place for the finale, Juju’s cocktail dress was over-accessorized, and Tyra’s hideous chartreuse and fuchsia color combination—on her eyes and her dress—was her worst look of the season (third photo).

Juju sashayed away first, and then Tyra, in her first Lip Synch For Your Life of the season, kicked Raven’s sorry ass up one side and down the other. If Ru favored Tyra for wins throughout the season even when she didn’t deserve it, the lip synch sealed the deal.

Then, much to Raven’s seething disappointment, Tyra was named America’s Next Drag Superstar (bottom photo).

imagePissed as hell, Raven ignored Tyra as they wiped off their drag after the show. To top it off, Raven’s last message to Tyra at the end of the show was, “Keep your eyes to the stars, because you’ll never be one.” Two words: Bitter bitch.

So fake bitch and bitter bitch didn’t inspire us to root for either one of them. We will, however, hand Tyra every bit of her due: she not only gave flawless face but presented a slew of creative, fierce, fashion-forward runway looks throughout the season. And her lip synch proves that she can command an audience.

For better or worse, personality disorders and ego bruisers are just part of life for many in the midst of the drag universe. Perhaps the “us against the world” reality they face does make for some thick skins and sharp tongues.

But Raven took it to new heights in the “Untucked” episode, where she read every previous contestant for filth, saving her worst venom for Nicole Paige Brooks from Atlanta, Ga. We love you, Nicole, and you were sent home too early for America—or certainly Raven—to see what you have to offer.

To end on a high note, the “Reunited” show presented Pandora Boxx, our girl who faces her challengers with humor and grace, with the Miss Congeniality sash, an honor voted on and bestowed by fans of the show.

The night was also filled with previews that give Ru fans something to look forward to: “RuPaul’s Drag U,” a drag school reality series with “Drag Race” contestants as the faculty, premieres this summer on Logo.


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