‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ episode 2 recap: Which former contestant returns and like totally ‘brings it on’ for cheerleading challenge?

Last week RuPaul Charles left us hanging with the tease that a former contestant would be returning to compete on Season 9 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Did you correctly guess which queen Ru welcomed back? Read our recap of Season 9, Episode 2, “She Done Already Done Brought It On,” below to find out who’s back and which queens placed in the bottom and the top for the week.

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At the top of the episode, Season 8’s 10th place finisher Cynthia Lee Fontaine is revealed as the season’s 14th queen. Her return to the competition is bittersweet after the topic turns to her battle with liver cancer that began around the same time as her elimination last season. And while some of the queens are intimidated by her joining the group, she is welcomed with open arms.

To celebrate her return, Ru names Cynthia head cheerleader of one of two squads set to compete in the week’s main stage team challenge, a cheerleading performance. Cynthia leads the away team, the B52 Bombers, while last week’s winner Nina Bo’nina Brown is named head of the home team, RuPaul’s Glamazons. In rehearsals, tension mounts between Alexis Michelle and Jaymes Mansfield over which role in the squad each will take, but by the time they perform it seems to have been put to bed because both squads hit their marks in an enthusiastic routine.

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After the challenge, the queens hit the runway where the category was “white party realness.” Critiquing their performances in both the cheerleading routine and on the runway, series judges RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Ross Mathews and guest judges the B52s named Valentina this week’s winner, with Shea Coulee and Trinity Taylor joining her in the top three.

In the bottom three was Charlie Hides, joined by Jaymes and Kimora Blac who took the stage for the season’s first ‘lip synch for your life’ to the B52s classic “Love Shack.” In the end, Jaymes’ shyness got the best of her and she was asked to sashay away in 14th place. Did you predict this week’s result in our weekly event? Be sure to update your predictions for where the remaining 13 queens will finish in the competition.

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