After two weeks in the bottom and looking to turn things around this week on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 9, Farrah Moan entered Episode 7 as the queen most likely to be eliminated. Meanwhile, Alexis Michelle finally won a challenge for the first time last week. Was Alexis able to start a new winning streak and did Farrah break her losing one? To find out how it all went down, read my recap of Season 9, Episode 7, titled “9021-HO,” and then update your predictions in our weekly event to reflect who still remains in the hunt to win.
For this week’s maxi challenge the queens tested their acting chops with performances in a recreation of a 1990s high school drama, “Beverly Hills 9021-HO.” As the survivor of last week’s lip synch, Peppermint was given the task of assigning roles and though she attempted to give each queen a role they wanted, Aja felt slighted after being assigned an older character. To smooth things over and unafraid of the challenge, Shea Coulee volunteered to swap roles so that Aja would feel more comfortable.
During rehearsals with guest judges and challenge mentors Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling, Nina Bo’nina Brown struggled in the delivery of her lines while Trinity Taylor nailed hers. After swapping roles, Shea once again stood out as a comedic talent, but Aja couldn’t get comfortable in her new character.
The category of this week’s runway, “Big Hair Everywhere,” gave the queens a chance to don massive wigs and show more of their personality than the more strict runway themes usually allow. As always, the judges combined performances in the maxi challenge and runway to determine the tops and bottoms of the week. In the Top 3 for their fourth time in the competition was Valentina and Shea, joined by Trinity, among the leaders for the third time. Trinity was declared the overall winner, joining Shea as the only two-time challenge winner so far this season.
As for the bottom, Sasha Velour‘s runway look was much better than her underwhelming performance in the maxi challenge. Though she was among the bottom, she was ultimately saved from the bottom two. Instead, it was Aja and Nina that lip synched for their lives to Cece Peniston‘s “Finally,” with Nina winning out and making Aja the sixth queen to be eliminated.
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