The eighth episode of season 10 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs May 10 on VH1. In the main challenge of “The Unauthorized Rusical,” the remaining seven queens must impersonate Cher. Joining RuPaul Charles, Carson Kressley and Michelle Visage on the judges panel in episode eight will be actors Billy Eichner and Andrew Rannells. We expect them to choose Miz Cracker as the winner of this main challenge.
Our exclusive Gold Derby predictions are forecasting that this sassy 33-year-old New Yorker will also go on to take the title at the end of this season of “Drag Race.” Conversely, we are predicting that The Vixen — a 26-year-old who hails from Chicago, Illinois– will be eliminated at the end of episode eight. Do you agree? Be sure to make your predictions at the bottom of this post.
At the end of episode seven, Monique Heart was bounced from the competition. This 31-year-old from Kansas City, MO and The Vixen faced off in the lip sync for your life. Both had to strut their stuff to “Cut to the Feeling” one of the biggest hits of Carly Rae Jepsen. The Vixen stepped up her game, with her energetic comedic performance. By comparison, Heart’s rendition of the song seemed ragged since she did not know the lyrics.
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7:55 p.m. – Tonight’s main challenge marks the second time this season that the queens must perform in a Rusical, the first being episode 2’s “PharmaRusical.” The Vixen won that challenge, but now our predictions have her doing a complete 180 and potentially going home. Vixen has been in the LSFYL in the last two weeks so odds are that a third trip into the bottom two will be her last–a total of six queens in Drag Race herstory have been in the bottom two three weeks in a row and all of them have been sent home (the last was Jaidynn Diore Fierce in season 7). Monet X Change had back-to-back low scores in episodes 4 and 5, but has since turned back time to get high marks in episodes 6 and 7. Truth be told, anything can happen tonight if the queens believe that they’re strong enough, so let’s see what’s in their kiss!
8:02 p.m. – In last week’s “Untucked,” Vixen aired her beef with the rest of the cast after a majority of them told Ru and the other judges that she should be the one eliminated next. Vixen’s feelings are hurt because she expected some of the girls to have her back out of loyalty, but their argument is that they just answered the question honestly either based on her weak performance in the Snatch Game challenge or her overall performance. All wrapped up within that is the ongoing feud between Eureka and Vixen which many of the girls are starting to understand is simply a clashing of personalities rather than anything real.
8:05 p.m. – For this week’s mini challenge Ru asks the queens to master the skill of getting fake slapped by her. They must say something catty to Ru and in return she smacks them across the face and they will be judged on their reactions. In a hilarious turn of events, Ru actually did slap Asia O’Hara and her reaction was, needless to say, over the top! A full gag.
8:10 p.m. – For the maxi challenge the queens will portray Cher from a different era of her career: Kameron as 60s, Monet and Vixen as different 70s variety show, Aquaria as disco, Asia as movie star, Eureka as rock star and Cracker as comeback. The kick is that in the rusical they have to sing… live.
8:17 p.m. – While the girls rehearse, Ru visits the workroom to discuss the challenge with them. One of the things Ru stressed to many of the girls is that Cher is a “rebel” and they must embody that in their interpretations of her.
8:31 p.m. – Prior to filming the actual rusical, the queens meet with resident choreographer Todrick Hall for a singing and staging rehearsal. Kameron Michaels struggles to find the right key and as the first queen to perform Todrick tells her that she has to be on point because she sets the tone for the entire show. Vixen and Cracker fare a little better than Kameron, but also have trouble nailing down the quirks of Cher.
8:35 p.m. – Asia and Eureka have a really tough time staying on top of both the choreo and the lyrics at the same time. With so many girls struggling at this stage of the process, I have to say this is one of the most difficult challenges they’ve ever had on the show. Not only do they have to impersonate one of the most iconic stars, but they also have to dance and sing? And I’m not here to pretend most (or any) of them should know how to sing. The levels of intimidation must be through the roof!
8:42 p.m. – After rehearsals with Todrick, Eureka is still a little shaken and says that it all boils down to a traumatic experience from her childhood when she had an altercation with her dad over not living up to expectations. That experience triggers anxiety when she is asked to perform outside of her comfort zone. Later, Cracker tells the story of her childhood and how secluded her parents kept them from the experiences that other children had, like being in touch with pop culture.
8:45 p.m. – Because of the fighting between Vixen and Eureka, Asia decides to pull Vixen aside for a one-on-one with her in an attempt to help her understand why she resorts to anger so much. Asia tells her that it’s possible she’s directing her anger and frustration at Eureka because Eureka represents people that Vixen is angry at not because of Eureka specifically. Vixen seems to hear what Asia is saying so this could be a huge breakthrough for her personally. I totally agree with Asia so I hope this is a turning point for Vixen.
8:53 p.m. – In the rusical, Kameron and Monet kick it off in cherific fashion, completely nailing the essence of Cher. Then Vixen and Aquaria bring the mood down a little bit with iffy impersonations just before Asia totally bombs as movie star Cher. In true Eureka form she manages to overcome her fears and puts on a humorous performance that works, followed by a closing portion from Cracker that isn’t half bad!
9:04 p.m. – On the runway tonight, category is: glitterific! Most of the queens walk in jumpsuit looks–Asia’s is a really cool clown suit, Aquaria’s is religious-inspired and Monet’s is a transparent body-ody-ody look. My favorite looks however are from Cracker, a golden ensemble with a creative shoulder piece and Vixen’s multi-colored craft project dress that packs the biggest punch in terms of shimmer. That being said, between the rusical and runway I’m expecting Vixen and Asia to be in the bottom 2 while Monet is best situated for a challenge win.
9:12 p.m. – During critiques, Michelle tells Kameron that she had the most spot-on impersonation of Cher and the entire panel applauds her runway look. Monet gets clocked for a poorly constructed garment that doesn’t hide her chest pasties and tape very well, but they mostly loved her Cher. Vixen gets compliments for her runway look, but Michelle says that her impersonation was not Cher at all. Aquaria’s runway look is once again gorgeous according to the judges and while her rusical performance was funny it didn’t scream Cher. Asia failed to sell the Cher as well, but they applaud her bold runway look. Eureka’s runway and Cher impersonation get decent marks so she winds up in the middle of the pack, but Cracker gets super high marks for her runway look and strong notices for her Cher as well.
9:23 p.m. – The judges’ decision is different than what I expected to hear: Monet is declared safe and Kameron is this week’s winner! Eureka and Cracker are both the next to be safe, leaving Vixen, Asia and Aquaria in the bottom. Of those three, Aquaria is saved, leaving Vixen to lip sync for the third week in a row against Asia.
9:26 p.m. – In the LSFYL, both girls know the words (thankfully!) and serve high energy dancing. They both perform so well that it’s kind of hard to name either better than the other–in that regard, Ru’s decision to send Vixen home must come down to her underperformance for the third straight week so it’s hard to argue. Congrats to Asia for making the top 6, but also congrats to Vixen for showing some personal growth this week and best of luck to her in the future!
Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s questions for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 10, Episode 8:
Who will be eliminated? The Vixen
Who will win the mini challenge? Asia O’Hara
Who will win the main challenge? Kameron Michaels
Who will win the lip sync? Asia O’Hara
Will anybody quit the competition? No
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