RuPaul’s Drag Race: Who Will Win? Who Cares?

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It pains me to write this, but I know a lot of you out there agree with me. This season was very less than or it sucked! I keep trying to figure out why it just didn’t pop like all the others, including All-Stars. The biggest change this season, it aired exclusively on VH1; a little problematic, especially that pre-show aka “Fierce Fridays” with Wendy Williams which after a few weeks mysteriously disappeared. Good move, but it couldn’t save the lack of excitement.

The season started with Lady GaGa finally making her ‘Drag Race’ debut as a mystery queen then as a judge in a challenge that one, RuPaul didn’t dress in drag for, and two it brought back Cynthia Lee Fontaine, the CuCu. Sadly, not Queen CuCa.

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And don’t get me started on Valentina. Did she have the best shot to win? Yes, alas.

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Valentina is an example of what happens when you totally think you’ll win and you don’t prepare. Lip syncing is THE essential drag queen skill, such horseshit! The fact she won Miss Congeniality made me more angry. It was fan-voted, it was fair but I don’t agree. I voted for Eureka who will be coming back next season due to her early exit for knee surgery. Thus, we still wait for a big queen to take the crown. Sigh.

I’ll just cut to the chase, here is who I want to win:

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Shea Coulee’ slayed this season. It’s not that I don’t think Sasha Velour (who is rumored to be the winner), Peppermint, and Trinity Taylor aren’t worthy, Shea just brought it a little harder, and she can dance!

I’m praying next up is an All-Stars season. Season 10 better be better.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Who Will Win Season 8?

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Okay, so Bob The Drag Queen has been sort of cut out of this group photo. The “purse first” pose, she is there (right hand side). Here we are again, only this time, the decision will be a nail biter. This year’s queens weren’t all underwhelming, but a few were just there and they just didn’t pop. If Acid Betty wasn’t such a bitch, she would’ve had a better shot at making the final three. Robbie Turner was the weakest Seattle queen to ever appear on the show. Cynthia Lee Fontaine was entertaining, but she was so not self-aware. She might even win Miss Congeniality.

Last year, I was wrong about Ginger Minj taking the crown. Honestly, Violet Chachki winning was a surprise. This season’s final three present a similar set of skills as last year’s top 3. Bob is the comedy queen, Kim Chi is the painted for the Gods queen, and Naomi Smalls is Violet Chachki 2.0. Based on this initial analysis, I take the crown out of Naomi’s hands, no offense, but I want a more well-rounded queen to win this year.

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I like Bob a lot. She’s funny, clever, and she’s shady. Where she falls short is in glamour. Her looks were good, but I can’t remember a big stand-out runway moment for her. Another aspect which makes Bob attractive is her activism, which is an element not often mentioned on Drag Race. She’s a queen for change, not just dollar bills in the club. If Bob doesn’t win, it won’t matter, she will be in high demand everywhere, but I do give her a slight edge to take the crown.

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Kim Chi is this season’s wild card. She has beauty and she has the creativity of a modern artist. On these points alone, she should win. No she’s not graceful, she’s a big girl, but really, that’s all that’s holding her back. Kim Chi also brings the story of hiding drag from her family. Yeah, it will be a photo finish.

Who wins Miss Congeniality? Throw a dart. I’m leaning Chi Chi DeVayne or Thorgy Thor. That’s all I got, I say either Bob or Kim Chi wins…until next year…

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Who Will Capture The Crown?

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Another season of RuPaul’s Drag Race is almost over and this is truly going to be a coronation for the ages. Why? Because this is the first time in a couple of seasons there is no clear winner. Let’s be honest, with the exception of Jinkx Monsoon’s win two seasons ago, there has never been this much doubt going into the finale.

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Since I’ll forget, let’s go ahead and award this season’s “Miss Congeniality”. At first, I was thinking Trixie Mattel, but when Katya was sent packing Top 5 week, I mean come on. She was clearly this season’s most hilarious queen. Her runway look descriptions were priceless.

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If Katya had made the top 3, she had a really good chance at winning. However, somehow Kennedy Davenport skated through the entire season when, in my opinion, she should’ve been gone weeks ago. Her bold “Snatch Game” choice of Little Richard, which was brilliant, saved her.

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Alas, Kennedy did NOT make the final three. In no particular order, because I have no idea what the hell is going to happen.

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Yes, Pearl, flazeda, and the like. If you are going to pick someone who has come a long way throughout the course of the competition, then she should win. She may go down in herestory as the cutest boy out of drag ever.

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However, it’s not “RuPaul’s Cutest Boy Race”. I wouldn’t be shocked if she did win; she seems to have a lot of social media support.

Violet Chachki is very young, but very smart in terms of knowing her drag. She’s a true illusionist. I mean, this, dead.

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I’d say Violet is the dark horse, and I’m crossing all my fingers, hands, legs, and toes, praying Ginger Minj takes the crown.

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Believe it or not, a big girl could win season 7. Ginger is hilarious, savvy, and she knows how to make it work. And she gave us all a new catch phrase.

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So, I’m not going to toss a coin, I’m going to break it down this way. Who should win? Ginger Minj. Who will win? Maybe Pearl.

Let’s just pray that rumored season 2 of Drag Race All-Stars comes to fruition.

Shania Twain’s Lace Front And Cat Suit

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I noticed on Saturday night, ABC was going to air a one-hour concert special of Shania Twain’s Vegas show, “Shania Twain: Still the One Live From Vegas”. Simple enough, so I did the nerdy thing and I recorded it. After all, who doesn’t know all the words to her ridiculously simple songs? I had a friend years and years ago talk about how simple Twain’s rhyming scheme was, like in “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)”, the line, “…relax, Max!” Which is really stupid, but Shania sold 40 million albums and she hardly toured. These are the facts, Max!

I had some time to kill, so I decided to watch the special. The picture you see above, that’s her opening look and it looks oddly familiar.

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I get the suit, because Shania, who will turn 50 in August, is in killer shape. I don’t know if it’s good genes or good docs, but DAYUM! What I don’t get is the stringy gloves? Girl, you want people to know you are certainly NOT aging. She opens with two songs in the cat suit, “I’m Gonna Get Ya Good” which is from Up!, her last country/pop album released in 2002?!? She then launches into the ironically titled and aforementioned “Don’t Be Stupid…”  Oh one part I forgot, the show is modeled on using flashy video clips and horses, lots of HORSES! I saw two live animals in the course of a one-hour show. For her second set/TV segment, here’s the outfit.

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A little more subtle and Twain launches into two of her “honky-tonk” songs, “I Ain’t No Quitter” and my personal favorite, “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” Those are not Mom Jeans. One consistency in the show, is Twain’s elegant lace front wig or it could be a weave, but I’m going to go with wig. I know a lot of music people will blame Shania for today’s Taylor Swifts, but she was the real deal, singer/songwriter, equestrian. For the third set-up, I’ll be damned if she didn’t walk right off the set of “That Don’t Impress Me Much”.

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She’s serving major cheetah! Now that I think about it, she had some major bangs in the original video, and those same damn abs! Twain also squeezes in “(If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!” No “Any Man of Mine”!!! That don’t impress me much. Well, things in the show had to eventually slow down, however…

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She rides in on this white horse. I imagine she has a stable with about 100 at her disposal, and she sings, “You’re Still the One”. Not kidding, this lovely woman with a sort of manly voice sings that song to her horse.

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I mean she got rid of “Mutt” Lange, she lived in a castle, why this? It’s showmanship that’s why? The second song in the “you guys are sick, really?” set, “From This Moment On”, another tune I love. So, how does this shit show, I mean show I would go to if I could totally afford it????

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“Man! I Feel Like a Woman” I’m not gonna lie, I still get funny feelings throughout my body when I hear it and I get really really funny feelings when I see the original video. Gah! Here’s what the Vegas version looks like, it’s okay.

The bottom line? I still love Shania!

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Looking Back At A Wild Season Of RuPaul’s Drag Race

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*NOTE* I was originally going to write about something else, but I procrastinated and I eventually turned my laptop off. Plus, I got some bad news, a family member’s wife passed away, and then I didn’t want to write anything at all. Yet, I just got this idea, so let’s go with it.

On May 6th, we will find out which queen captures the crown on RuPaul’s Drag Race, season 5 on LOGO. This season was probably the most dramatical (not a real word) so far. We had the old pageant rivals, Alyssa Edwards and CoCo Montrese bitching at each other, reluctantly working together, and in the end, they sort of finally healed their old wounds. We had a queen from my neck of the woods, Owensboro, Kentucky’s own Monica Beverly Hillz, who became the first contestant in Drag Race herstory to come out as transgendered during the competition. There was Serena Cha Cha, the upstart, who did the worst Raja impression ever, and her outfits were way worse. There were queens, Vivenne Pinay and Honey Mahogany, who underwhelmed and were sent home early. Ivyyyyyyyy Winters was really good, but she’s not quite a superstar yet. Then, we had RoLaskaTox.

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Each season has a sisterhood, but this one almost made it to the final three. There’s no doubt, all three are amazing queens. Just last week, I discovered this Detox performance after hearing about it on LOGO’s Elimination Lunch…

You’ll find about six versions of it, flawless, but seriously, what the hell was Detox thinking? She could’ve been in the final three if she had just stepped up her game more during the competition. Alaska, who auditioned for all previous seasons, has been the most pleasant surprise to watch. And yes, if she wins, she and her significant other and last season’s winner Sharon Needles will be the first ever Drag Race Royal Couple. Guess what? Alaska was NEVER in the bottom two this season. That’s impressive. Thus, Roxxy Andrews, along with Jinkx Monsoon (whom I think will win) will be challenging Alaska for the season 5 prize.

Roxxy Andrews. I don’t know where to begin. Is she fierce? Of course. Can she lipsync? Um, hell yeah! Watch this (yes, it’s taken from a TV, but who cares?)

She is a fierce performer, and there’s no doubt she’s a superstar, but…I can’t help but think of one of last year’s finalists when I see Roxxy.

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Phi Phi O’Hara had no chance in hell of winning last season and I’m afraid Roxxy will meet the same fate. So Roxxy is a pageant queen, fine. But, being a pageant queen doesn’t mean versatility. I will say Roxxy can out bitch Phi Phi on any day, plus, she’s a better queen. And just as Phi Phi ragged on Sharon last season, Roxxy has done the same with Jinkx. I love that Sharon has brought out the different queens, and Jinkx is definitely different. Is she totally polished? No, but she can create a character in seconds, and she has a great sense of humor.

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Narcolepsy be damned! (issacritz.com/logotv)

Honestly, if Alaska were to win, I would be tickled to death, which is exactly how I felt if Chad Michaels had beaten Sharon. Oh and the general consensus when I asked on Get Glue if Roxxy was indeed this season’s Phi Phi? I got a lot of response, and they all agreed that Roxxy was a bigger bitch. In fact one user suggested maybe RuPaul should do a season of Drag Race with the most notorious bitches who have ever been in the competition. Bitch-Stars? It’s not a bad idea. I’ll file that one away in case Drag U doesn’t come back.

Who do you think will take the crown?

The Shade Of It All: Latrice Royale Exits RuPaul’s Drag Race

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Good God Girl Get a Grip! Oh, the agony of finding out Latrice Royale was eliminated on this week’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, I was NOT happy.

I try to stay off Twitter because of spoilers when I’m at work, but it’s not always successful. And this goes for staying in tune with all the other primetime shows I record for later. However, Twitter was not the spoiler culprit last night, it was Get Glue. I almost always make it back home by no later than 9:15p, and I don’t always check in to Get Glue for my various stickers. So I accidentally discovered Latrice was eliminated. I started to feel sad, but I would forge on and I would watch the inevitable.

Let’s be honest here, Latrice was the first big girl ever in the competition who had a good shot at winning. All the big girls of the past: Stacy Layne Matthews, Delta Work, and even Jiggly Caliente, they didn’t have it. Latrice had no insecurities about her size, she embraced it and she made it work time and time again. Attitude, but not too much (Phi Phi I’m calling you out bitch!), is essential for drag queens. Latrice’s attitude mixed in with some words of wisdom made her a delight to root for.

So who should win? I’m still betting on Sharon Needles. Phi Phi O’Hara, don’t get me started! Chad Michaels is really the odd queen out. She’s fierce and she’ll be able to milk the Cher card for the rest of her life, but is she edgy enough to win? If Chad wins, I won’t complain. She would also be the oldest queen to win. We’ll find in two weeks and then the REUNION! It better be sickening! I leave you with a video of Latrice performing and it’s just awesome…