‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ episode 2 predictions: Aja’s confidence keeps her on top in early odds to win

Season 9 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” kicked off last week with the 13 queens serving their best Gaga-inspired looks for host RuPaul Charles, series judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews, as well as guest judge Lady Gaga. Though Nina Bo’nina Brown was declared the winner of that challenge, she misses the mark in our current racetrack odds for predicting who will win the season. See below for my analysis of the queens you’re predicting most likely to win and who you think will go home in “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 9, Episode 2.

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Brooklyn’s Aja led the odds last week heading into the premiere and once again tops our chart with 12/5 odds of winning. While her presence in the first episode was minimal, Aja impressed the other girls with her confidence during the introductions, though Kimora Blac was turned off later by her fashion name-dropping.

Also from Brooklyn is Sasha Velour who comes in just behind Aja in our predictions with 7/2 odds. Unlike Aja, Sasha left an impression on the judges, scoring within the Top 3 for her two runway looks — an artsy Brooklyn-inspired get-up and an interpretation of Gaga’s “Applause” video look.

Third place in our predictions to win is Shea Coulee with 4/1 odds. Shea describes her style as “champagne diet on a lemonade budget” and looks like she’ll be one of the funnier queens this season. For the first runway look she put a giant hot dog on her head to represent Chicago as her hometown.

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On the opposite side of things, we are still predicting comedy queen Jaymes Mansfield (3/2 odds) and the two oldest queens in the competition, 37-year old Peppermint (4/1 odds) and 52-year old Charlie Hides (10/1 odds), as the most likely to be eliminated first.

On this week’s episode “She Done Already Done Brought It On” Ru will reveal the identity of the 14th queen to enter the competition, teased at the tail end of the premiere. This 14th queen is assumed to be a former contestant from a past recent season and will enter the competition on equal footing with the other queens. Whether she or another queen is the first to be eliminated will be revealed this Friday, March 31.

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Gold Derby readers just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it’s important that you give us your predictions. You can continue to update and change your forecasts throughout the week, just click “Save” when you’ve settled on your choices. You’ll compete to win bragging rights and a place of honor on our leaderboard. Be sure to read our contest rules and sound off on the season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in our reality TV forum.

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