“Evil Twins,” the 11th episode of season 10 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs June 7 on VH1. For the mini challenge, the remaining five queens must decorate a pancake in edible drag. The maxi challenge requires them to present two characters on the runway: versions of their best and worst selves. Joining RuPaul Charles, Carson Kressley and Michelle Visage on the judges panel in episode 11 are “Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham and chanteuse Ashanti.
We expect them to choose Aquaria as the winner of the maxi challenge. Our exclusive Gold Derby predictions are forecasting that this sassy 21-year-old Brooklynite will also go on to take the title at the end of this season of “Drag Race.” Conversely, we are predicting that Miz Cracker— a 33-year-old who hails from Harlem — will be eliminated at the end of episode 11. Do you agree? Be sure to make your predictions at the bottom of this post.
At the end of episode 10, RuPaul Charles sent Monet X Change home. She and Kameron Michaels had landed in the bottom two based on their combined efforts in the maxi challenge: to give drag makeovers to social media superstars. That meant they had to lip sync to “Good as Hell” by guest judge Lizzo. Kameron stepped up her game, with her enthusiastic performance. By comparison, Monet’s rendition of the song seemed ragged.
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7:55 p.m. – After last week, Kameron is the third queen this season to lip sync for her life twice in a row. The other two, Monet and Vixen, have since left the competition, both losing their third LSFYL duels. Can Kameron escape the bottom for a dangerous third time and if she doesn’t can she become the first queen to ever survive three consecutive bottom two appearances? Eureka has also had to lip sync twice this season, but her trips to the bottom are separated by two challenge wins and three other high scores. Asia O’Hara and Aquaria also have two challenge wins, but Aquaria is the only queen left that has yet to face the lip sync. With only five queens left in one of the most evenly matched seasons I can remember, literally anything can happen tonight!
8:01 p.m. – After sending another queen home, Kameron is upset at the idea of being the reason someone else was knocked out of the competition. It’s certainly a tough thing for the other competitors to hear because like Asia says, “then go!” Being humble can only take you so far in a reality TV competition show.
8:05 p.m. – For tonight’s mini challenge, Cheyenne Jackson is in the workroom to help Ru judge the queens’ attempts at dragging up a pancake with edible decorations in 15 minutes or less. Kameron’s pancake had a lot of frosting and colorful cereal, Cracker decorated with spaghetti and eggs, Asia’s had bacon and leafy buns for a wig, Eureka used a lot of deli meats, and Aquaria’s was super artsy inspired by the film “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Cheyenne used the Drag Race standard tiny fork to taste each pancake, and in the end it was Asia’s that impressed him the most!
8:11 p.m. – For this week’s maxi challenge the queens must create two distinct characters–them at their “best and brightest” and the other as their “evil twin.” In addition, they must record the inner dialogue of both characters and present two runway looks on the main stage. This sounds like a really fun challenge with a lot of room for creativity! I can see Aquaria, who always has really inspired runway looks, doing well, but also Asia who has proven herself to be equally creative on the runway. Cracker and Eureka both have incredible senses of humor that will help them in the inner dialogue portion of the challenge.
8:18 p.m. – To help the girls pin down their good and bad qualities they all take the advice of one another. They tell Eureka that all her drag looks very high quality and expensive, but her bad side is that she talks too much and could loosen up her drag to be a little messier. Cracker is advised that she beats herself up too much in her head and overexplains. Asia also tells Cracker that she reads as emotionless, but Cracker is surprised by that because she feels very differently about herself.
8:23 p.m. – During check-ins, Ru councils many of the girls about how to combat their inner saboteurs throughout their careers. In some very sound advice, she tells Eureka that her own trick is to allow herself to take a look at her saboteur, but to “not stare.” The whole idea behind tonight’s challenge speaks to that! We can learn meaningful things about ourselves by examining our fears, but we can’t allow ourselves to get caught up in the negative thoughts by staring at them and letting them fester inside of us.
8:34 p.m. – While speaking with Kameron, Ru asks her what all the shyness is about. Kameron says that it allows her to not be vulnerable by being open. That’s interesting considering Cracker explained her inner saboteur as not wanting to be vulnerable as well, but hers manifests by talking too much and overexplaining herself so that no one else can have an opinion other than the one she wants them to have. The thing is, none of the other queens really buy either of their explanations of their saboteurs and question their ability and perhaps willingness to connect with the other girls.
8:51 p.m. – On the runway, Kameron’s good self is an ice princess and her evil twin is Katrina Michaels in horns and dreadlocks. Eureka’s positive queen is in pink and proud of her size while her evil twin Eufilthior is in black and neon and fully aware of her big mouth and hates her weight. Cracker sees herself as the queen of comedy in a pink Marie Antoinette wig, but her evil twin Miz Crumbs sees her as someone who faked her way into the drag scene based off her relationship with Bob the Drag Queen. Aquaria is proud of her self-confidence in a lavender club kid look, while her evil twin Sabatina is in full leopard print and is a destructive personality wanting to strike Aquaria down. And last, Asia’s good girl is sweet and glittery in orange opposing her evil twin North Korea in head-to-toe black and no wig that attacks Asia’s need for perfection.
8:58 p.m. – Based on my first impression, I’d say Asia really excelled at the challenge of examining her best and worst traits while also putting together two stunning looks. Aquaria won the runway with the top two looks of all ten, but her self-reflection in the dialogue of her characters was shallow and completely missed the mark. Kameron and Cracker had very weak runway looks so I can see them falling into the bottom and Eureka falling in the middle.
9:01 p.m. – In judges’ critiques, Kameron is complimented on her attention to detail in her two looks, but nicked for not going deep enough in her examination of the evil twin. Carson doesn’t think Kameron made her two characters different enough. Lena and Ashanti both loved everything Eureka presented and Carson backed them up with his support for her voiceovers. The panel adores Cracker’s good character, but is concerned that her evil twin didn’t match her good side. Michelle said there wasn’t enough evil there and she’s still too protective of her own image. The judges also loved Aquaria’s good character, but they were even more into her evil side and think that she really played into the character well. Carson loved Asia’s acting on the runway and Michelle thinks her evil side is the most dramatic transformation. They all thought her voiceover was effortless and the most authentic.
9:12 p.m. – Ru asks each of the evil twins who they think should go home tonight: Kameron says Aquaria (biggest competition), Eureka says Cracker (based on critiques), Cracker says Kameron (based on critiques), Aquaria says Kameron (based on looks) and Asia says Cracker (not a star). Whew, Asia went in!
9:22 p.m. – This week’s results are in: Eureka and Asia are safe, Aquaria is the challenge winner and Kameron and Cracker fall into the bottom two to lip sync for their lives. That gives Aquaria her third win (season highest), Kameron her third trip to the bottom (in a row!) and Cracker’s first time in jeopardy.
9:25 p.m. – During the LSFYL to Vanity 6‘s “Nasty Girl” both queens were on top of the lyrics and bringing everything they had, but Cracker’s moments were a bit more desperate and incoherent while Kameron put on a cohesive performance. In the end, Kameron won her third straight lip sync battle (a series record, I think) and sent Cracker home. Ultimately it felt like Cracker saw the writing on the wall throughout the episode so she goes out in pretty good spirits. And, wait, does this make Kameron a lip sync assassin? Plot twist!
Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s questions for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 10, Episode 11:
Who will be eliminated? Miz Cracker
Who will win the mini challenge? Asia O’Hara
Who will win the main challenge? Aquaria
Who will win the lip sync? Kameron Michaels
Will anybody quit the competition? No
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