‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ episode 11 recap: Which queen was named belle of the ‘Gayest Ball Ever’?

Following Nina Bo’nina Brown‘s elimination on last week’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the five remaining queens felt like the competition had now been narrowed down to the best of the best, meaning even the slightest mistake could send any one of them home. Prior to the episode our exclusive odds left Alexis Michelle and Peppermint in equal footing as the most likely to finish in fifth place. Did one of the two ultimately sashay away or did one of our three frontrunners exit the competition earlier than expected? To find out how it all went down, read our recap of Season 9, Episode 11, titled “Gayest Ball Ever” and then update your predictions in our weekly event to reflect who still remains in the hunt to win.

For the “good old fashioned bitchfest” mini challenge each queen chose a puppet inspired by one of the other queens in the contest and dragged it up with craft items before putting on a one woman puppet show to humorously bitch about one another. Playing with the Trinity Taylor puppet, Sasha Velour brought in the most laughs and won the challenge. As winner, Sasha was given a leadership role to assume later on as part of the maxi challenge.

For the maxi challenge, RuPaul Charles invited the queens to the “gayest ball ever,” a three-part runway challenge featuring three unique looks. In the first part, “Rainbow-She-Better-Do,” each girl wore a garment inspired by the colors of the gay pride flag and the second part was the self-explanatory “Sexy Unicorn” segment. For the third part, “Village People Eleganza Extravaganza,” each queen chose a persona used in The Village People group and created a custom looked inspired by it. But as if that wasn’t enough, following a check-in with the contestants, Ru tasked them with performing a choreographed rhythmic gymnastics routine prior to the ball, to be choreographed by mini challenge winner, Sasha.

Joining series judges Ru, Michelle Visage and Carson Kressley on the dais this week to critique the queens were guest judges Andie McDowell and Joan Smalls. Both Sasha and Shea Coulee garnered raves from the panel for all three of their looks. Peppermint and Trinity on the other hand got mixed reviews while Alexis was criticized once again for her basic fashion sense. For her gag worthy looks, Shea was announced the winner, becoming the first queen to earn four for the season. As predicted, Alexis and Peppermint fell into the bottom together to lip synch for their lives to “Macho Man.” Though she put up a good fight, Peppermint brought the energy, earning the right to stay and sending Alexis on her way in fifth place.

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