‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ episode 5 recap: Which queen stole the spotlight and who was shockingly eliminated?

Watch out, Bette Midler: The queens of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 9 are coming for your Tony! This week the queens starred in their very own musical inspired by the rise of the Kardashian family and the show left one queen standing in the spotlight and sent another home in a shocking last-minute twist. To find out how it all went down, read my recap of Season 9, Episode 5, titled “Reality Stars: The Musical,” and then update your predictions in our weekly event to reflect who still remains in the hunt to win.

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For this week’s mini challenge, RuPaul Charles tasked the queens with shooting their own sexy selfie with a trio of male models. Alexis Michelle‘s selfie game was strongest and as the winner of the challenge she got to choose roles in the week’s maxi challenge. For that challenge the group would be starring in “Kardashian: The Musical,” an original hip hop herstory lesson and lip synch challenge rolled into one.

During rehearsals some of the queens struggled. Eureka, having hurt her knee in the cheerleading challenge a few weeks ago, was hobbling around on crutches, Nina Bo’nina Brown was upset she wasn’t assigned the character she wanted and Aja failed to pick up the choreography as quickly as everyone else. But in the final production, only Nina’s performance fell flat and guest judge and choreographer Todrick Hall even called her difficult to work with.

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For the runway (category: “Faux Fur Fabulous”), Shea Coulee, together with a star turn as Blac Chyna in the musical, stole the show and was declared the week’s winner. Alexis and Peppermint joined Shea in the top based on strong performances in the show, despite lackluster looks on the runway. On the opposite side of things, Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Farrah Moan were up for elimination after Ru announced Nina, also in the bottom three, was safe.

For the lip synch the two queens left everything on the floor to Meghan Trainor‘s “Woman Up,” but before choosing a winner Ru took an unprecedented moment to collect her thoughts. Upon return Ru shocked the competition by bringing Eureka to center stage, telling her that she could not continue until her knee was given proper time to heal. With an open invitation to return next season, Eureka sashayed away, effectively saving both Cynthia and Farrah from elimination.

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