‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ episode 3 recap: Which queen’s fairy tale did not end happily ever after?

As a young queen with only 10 months experience prior to joining “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” all eyes are on Valentina this week who bested her more seasoned competitors to win last week’s main stage challenge. Did Valentina win for the second week in a row and who went home in Friday’s Season 9, Episode 3, titled “Draggily Ever After”? Read my recap below and then update your predictions in our weekly event to reflect who still remains in the hunt to win.

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No queen is more threatened by Valentina’s success than Trinity Taylor who spends most of the episode pledging to beat her this week. Trinity also has a rivalry with Eureka based on their interactions with one another on the pageant circuit prior to the competition. But rather than let herself be intimidated, Trinity uses the strength of the other queens as fuel to her own fire, pushing harder to be at the top of her game.

For this week’s main stage challenge, RuPaul Charles tasks the queens with creating a unique fairy tale princess persona as well as a cheeky sidekick CGI character to walk the runway with them. Guest judges Todrick Hall and Cheyenne Jackson joined series judges RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Carson Kressley to decide which princesses were belles of the ball.

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In the top three this week were Valentina and Trinity, back for their second week in a row, and Peppermint, making her first appearance. This time Trinity is named the winner, applauded for her Princess Aquapussy character who the judges felt was a nice contrast to her typical pageant girl perfection.

The bottom three spots were occupied by Farrah Moan, Aja and back for the second time, Kimora Blac. Farrah and Kimora were called out for the poor construction of their garments while Aja was clocked for chunky makeup and a disastrous character. In the end, the lip synch came down to Aja and Kimora, performing Bonnie Tyler‘s “Holding Out for a Hero.” Bogged down by the fur wrapped around her body, Kimora’s show had less energy than Aja’s and after two weeks fighting for her life she was sent home. That means Aja, our current odds frontrunner to win, remains in the competition.

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