The fifth episode of season 10 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs April 19 on VH1. On “The Bossy Rossy Show,” the remaining 10 queens will be divided into teams of two to tackle the main challenge. The pairings are: Asia O’Hara and The Vixen; Blair St. Clair and Monique Heart; Monét X Change and Kameron Michaels; Mayhem Miller and Miz Cracker; and Eureka and Aquaria.
Joining RuPaul Charles, Carson Kressley and Michelle Visage on the judges panel in episode five will be Grammy-winning country singer Shania Twain and Emmy-winning actress Carrie Preston (“The Good Wife”). Our exclusive Gold Derby predictions are forecasting that they will choose sassy New Yorker Miz Cracker, 33, as the winner of this main challenge.
Conversely, we are predicting that Mayhem Miller, a 35-year-old who hails from Riverside, CA, will be eliminated at the end of episode five. Do you agree? Be sure to make your predictions at the bottom of this post. For now, follow along for our minute-by-minute live recap. Keep refreshing throughout the episode for new updates.
7:50 p.m. – Every now and then I’ll complain about how the show caters to comedy queens more than it caters to any other type of drag, but when it comes to challenges like this–where they’re asked to show off their improv skills for a quick gag and cackle–I zip my lips. I love a queen that can master improvisation! Based on what we know of them so far, my guess is that Blair, Monique, Cracker and Eureka steal the spotlight tonight, but considering we’ve seen so little of Kameron so far it’d be nice to see her shine, too.
8:01 p.m. – After being told by the judges last week that she needs to put herself first, Asia questions the other girls for not offering her help in the previous challenge while she was helping everyone else. But Cracker clocks it by replying that gift giving should be done freely and not with the expectation that you get one in return. At the end of the day, the lesson Asia needs to learn is to help herself first and only after she’s set can she help others.
8:05 p.m. – For this week’s mini challenge the queens are asked to transform themselves into army queens using duffle bags full of military gear. Many of the girls were able to reinterpret their favorite silhouettes (Cracker, for instance donned another 1950s poodle skirt) for the challenge, but in the end Vixen’s was the one that won Ru over.
8:09 p.m. – For the maxi challenge Ru has asked the girls to appear as guests on the daytime talk show “Bossy Rossy” in pairs. As winner of the mini challenge, Vixen got to choose her own pair and who everyone else would pair with. Each pair got a specific theme for their set: Monet and Kameron in “My Freaky Addictions Is Ruining My Life!,” Vixen and Asia in “Why Are You So Obsessed with Me?,” Blair and Monique in “I Married a Cactus,” Aquaria and Eureka in “Look at Me! I’m a Sexy Baby!,” and Cracker and Mayhem in “Save Me from My Deadly Fear of Pickles!”
8:11 p.m. – During rehearsal time, Vixen confesses to Asia that she tried to pair everyone together with other girls that they’d work well with except when it came to Eureka and Aquaria. With that pair she actually tried to screw them over! Eh… I can see them being really great together though!
8:17 p.m. – As if Vixen hasn’t stirred up enough drama already, her and Asia decide to use their theme of an obsessive copy cat as a chance to throw deep shade at the feud between Aquaria and Cracker. I can’t wait to see how this goes down. Elsewhere, Cracker has decided to be a pickle while Blair and Monique are working so well together they’ve come up with a safe word (it’s “Vanjie,” of course).
8:24 p.m. – The first pair to meet Bossy Rossy is Blair and Monique. In their skit Blair is married to a cactus, but he’s been cheating on her with Monique. The setup offered Monique plenty of chances to throw shade, including ripping Blair’s wig off (and in turn Blair snatching Monique’s). But according to Ross, Monique stole the show there and didn’t leave much room for Blair.
8:28 p.m. – Next up was Monet and Kameron where Monet plays an addict who eats her hip pads and Kameron plays an addict who sniffs her tucking panties. In their bit, Kameron was determined to work hard to match Monet’s natural comedic abilities. The work paid off and she definitely shined whereas Monet was much more subdued than expected.
8:31 p.m. – Third to the stage was Mayhem and Cracker in a skit where Mayhem is deathly afraid of pickles and Cracker is a doctor tasked with curing Mayhem’s phobia. At the beginning of their skit, Cracker kind of clunked, but eventually she hit her stride and completely stole the show. Mayhem was basically non-existent in their skit, to be honest.
8:37 p.m. – Fourth up was Vixen and Asia with their copy cat skit in their best Aquaria and Cracker impersonations. The impersonations were pretty loose, but that doesn’t really matter because the humor was… bad. It’s hard to tell whether they just failed to rehearse or if one of them is missing their marks (Vixen suggests that Asia is missing hers) and although they get some laughs at the end it still ends awkwardly.
8:41 p.m. – Last to perform is Aquaria as a self-proclaimed sexiest adult baby who is challenged by Eureka who thinks the same of herself. The gag of Vixen pairing Aquaria and Eureka together (thinking it would throw them under the bus) actually works in the opposite way because both Aquaria and Eureka shine, due in large part to the physical differences between the two which works perfectly for the skit. I have to say that Eureka is my absolute favorite performance of the night though. She killed it.
8:51 p.m. – In the workroom, Vixen hopes to finally get to present herself to the judges for a critique. In the previous episodes she’s been called safe so never got time in front of the panel. Asia on the other hand just wants to be safe after falling into the bottom three last week. Later, Vixen rehashes the fight she had with Eureka in last week’s “Untucked,” but the end result is that some of the other girls have to break it to her that she’s continuously getting wrapped up in fights with other girls and it’s distracting for everyone.
8:54 p.m. – Luckily Mayhem is able to get Eureka and Vixen to air their grievances with each other, leading to the two of them opening up about their pasts and how painful pasts have informed the ways they act out now. I think they reached a good place for now at least with a little bit of understanding and hopefully there’s room for them to grow closer rather than farther apart.
9:01 p.m. – For this week’s runway the category is “denim and diamonds.” My favorites are Vixen in a rhinestone mermaid dress chaps, Mayhem in one of the few not-blue looks (hers is hot pink) and Cracker in a baby pink jumpsuit, while Asia’s shredded post-apocalyptic look, Blair’s patchwork skirt and jacket and Aquaria’s feathered small dress are simultaneously not-cute-at-all and underwhelming. According to the judges however, Asia, Blair, Kameron and Aquaria are all declared safe. That leaves Mayhem, Eureka, Vixen, Monique, Cracker and Monet as the top three and bottom three.
9:11 p.m. – Michelle calls Monet’s runway look a miss and the other judges tell her she underwhelmed in the talk show as well. Vixen gets high marks for her look, but the performance was one-note. The tough critique prompts Vixen to throw Asia under the bus (right after saying she wasn’t going to throw Asia under the bus). The entire panel was head over heels for everything Eureka did tonight and though they weren’t completely sold on Monique’s runway look, her defense of it brought as many laughs as her talk show skit. Michelle calls Mayhem’s runway look juvenile and then Carson says she was overshadowed during the improv. On the other hand, Carrie picked up on Cracker’s natural ability for improv which echoed the love the other judges had for her comedic runway look.
9:23 p.m. – This week’s winner is… Eureka–her first in either of her two seasons! Congrats, girl, it is so well-deserved. Monique and Cracker are both safe first, but later joined by Vixen. That leaves Monet and Mayhem in the bottom two, both for the second time. Tonight they lip sync to Shania’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” because of course that’s the song!
9:25 p.m. – After completely slaying at the lip sync last week, Monet kicks this week’s off right by miming a motorcycle ride and a cigarette puff. From there she begins stripping away her costume and wig, including some hair spray bits, while Mayhem relies on a more standard performance of cartwheels, country hops and some kitty girl dips across the stage. Once again, Monet mopped the floor with her competition and gets to stay. That leaves Mayhem as the 5th queen eliminated this season.
Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s questions for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 10, Episode 5:
Who will be eliminated? Mayhem Miller
Who will win the mini challenge? The Vixen
Who will win the main challenge? Eureka O’Hara
Who will win the lip sync? Monet X Change
Will anybody quit the competition? No
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