Season 10 of the Emmy-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race” kicked off on VH1 on Thursday (March 22), with a sizzling premiere that showcased the 14 fierce queens in the competition. Among these hopefuls is season 9 contestant Eureka, who had to bow out of the show after an injury. The premiere, titled “10s Across the Board,” also featured a hotly anticipated appearance by pop music icon and star of “Burlesque” Christina Aguilera!
Based on our exclusive predictions, Aquaria is the early favorite to win. This 21 year-old from Brooklyn is the youngest queen in the competition and has odds of 2/1 to take the title. Close behind with odds of 4/1 is Asia O’Hara who, at 35, is one of the two oldest contestants (Mayhem Miller is also 35). Sometimes, the first episode of “Drag Race” does not end with an elimination. If it does, we are predicting that Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams will be bounced.
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “RuPaul’s Drag Race” recap of Season 10, Episode 1 to find out what happened Thursday. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section
Follow along as we live blog all the action on the first episode of season 10 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite queens, and who you think will join the list of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winners.
7:50 p.m. — As is tradition, the first minutes of a new season premiere is the showcase of contestants as they strut into the workroom for the first time and introduce themselves. This is always my favorite part of any season because it’s the first glimpse we get of each queen’s unique style and their brand of drag. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Miz Cracker and Monet X Change perform in person before and I adore them, but I’m eager to see which other queens also give good first impressions!
8:00 p.m. – Eureka is first to enter, dressed as a phoenix in honor of her return from season 9, and she says that this is her own rudemptive season where she can prove that she has what it takes to go all the way. Next is Asia O’Hara, the self-proclaimed “superstar of Dallas, Texas” known for her work on the drag pageant circuit. Third is Miz Cracker and she’s “thin, white and salty” and that’s what makes her a cracker, followed by Yuhua Hamasaki, a bubbly glamour queen, who knows Cracker because they’re both from New York.
8:03 p.m. – The next group starts with Blair St. Clair, the “broadway diva extraordinaire,” a small town girl looking to hit it big any way she can and is the first queen from Indiana in series history. Next is Monet X Change, also from New York, waltzing in to the workroom with a broom to “sweep up the competition” and she describes her drag as eclectic and eccentric. After her comes Kameron Michaels, a “muscle queen” from Nashville that’s a little bit of grunge and a little bit of glamour. Next comes Mayhem Miller, a member of the same drag family as alums Morgan McMichaels, Delta Work and Detox, but she wants us to know she’s the best one out of all of them!
8:06 p.m. – The ninth queen to enter is Kalorie Karbdashian Williams, clearly inspired by the glam fish sensibilities of the Kardashians and a proud twerker. Then it’s Monique Heart, a “razzle dazzle queen” with a ton of energy and a LOT to say, followed by Dusty Ray Bottoms, a trashy punk queen that also dabbles in obscure musical theater. The Vixen arrives next, showcasing her political and artistic sensibility and proudly representing Chicago’s scene.
8:09 p.m. – Vanessa Vanjie Mateo comes through and refers to herself as a “hooker on Rodeo Drive” and is the drag daughter of alum Alexis Mateo. The last queen to enter is Aquaria, the fifth queen from New York, and she comes in cocky. Immediately the other New York queens call out Aquaria and Cracker as lookalikes and Monet tells us that it’s something that has caused conflict between the two of them back home. Drama? Serve it!
8:18 p.m. – RuPaul Charles introduces the season’s first mini challenge to the queens right off the bat and promises that it’s a decade in the making. Is that a hint at what it’ll entail? Indeed, Ru has invited back a gaggle of alum queens and tasks each new girl with having to stand out on the runway among the all stars!
8:20 p.m. – During the runway dance off, Eureka and Kalorie got the most shade thrown at them from the all stars while the girls with family members in the house–Cracker and Mayhem, specifically–had a lot of support. Vixen, Kameron and Vanessa all worked the stage with high energy choreo and, bless her heart, Monet tried to keep up with them.
8:32 p.m. – Ru meets the girls backstage afterward and reveals that Monet has won the mini challenge! In celebration of the series’ 10 season anniversary, this week’s main challenge is a throwback to the same challenge that was on the very first episode of the very first season–drag on a dime! The queens have to create a glamorous look using supplies from a dollar store, including caution tape, dolls, windshield visors, dish sponges and fake flowers.
8:49 p.m. – While creating their looks, the queens use the time to get to know more about each other. Eureka opens up to Kalorie about the recovery process of her season 9 injury and Mayhem admits that she’s nervous about living up to her name and the reputations of all her drag sisters. During makeup application, some of the girls notice that Aquaria and Cracker are putting on the same face, meaning they’re doing their makeup similarly. The tension between the two is pre-existing and it seems it’s going to extend into (and infect?) the season.
8:56 p.m. – Joining Ru on the judges panel this week is Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews. Based on their scores, Dusty, Cracker, Yuhua, Vanessa, Blair, Kalorie and Mayhem represent the tops and the bottoms of the week and will be served critiques. But wait… Ru has one more queen to add to the line-up and it’s…. Farrah Moan? No! It’s Christina Aguilera serving Farrah Moan realness! Yasss, gag, slay, whew, omg, etc. I’m screaming. But unfortunately she’s not here to join the competition, instead she’s stepping on to the judges panel for the week.
9:10 p.m. – Kalorie’s critique is that though she exudes a ton of confidence, her creativity and design skills are not quite up to par. On the other hand, the judges love Blair’s look, with Christina even calling it chic. Dusty also used the windshield visors (like Blair) and the judges are into this look as well, but Michelle takes issue with the signature dots that Dusty painted on her face and urges her to not wear them each week.
9:12 p.m. – Mayhem’s glove look gets raves across the board and as a queen that has auditioned for the show so many times, Mayhem gets emotional about the support the judges are showing her. Vanessa, with Barbie dolls crawling up her face, impresses the panel with her personality, but the design of her outfit though creative lacks form so Michelle asks her to think more about her body in the future. Yuhua risked doing something expected by using caution tape, but the judges think she excelled at her vision. Cracker gets a lot of credit for the construction of her garment and the face she painted to match it, but Carson points out that she really sold the entire look with her performance and hilarious personality.
9:23 p.m. – After deliberating, the judges decide that Mayhem Miller is the winner of this week’s challenge! The bottom two queens are Kalorie and Vanessa, set to lip sync for their lives to “Ain’t No Other Man” by Christina. During the performance, Kalorie brings a ton of energy, like twice as much as Vanessa, including twerking and at one point pulling dollar bills out of her bra and making it rain! Gags across the board, resulting in a “shantay you stay” for Kalorie and the elimination of Vanessa. That’s a wrap for Alexis Mateo’s daughter.
Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s contest questions for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 10, Episode 1:
Who will be eliminated? Vanessa Vanjie Mateo
Who will win the mini challenge? Monet X Change
Who will win the main challenge? Mayhem Miller
Who will win the lip sync? Kalorie Karbdashian Williams
Will anybody quit the competition? No
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