The ninth episode of season 10 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs May 17 on VH1. For the main challenge, the remaining six queens must act in a new TV series spoof of the HBO sci-fi hit “Westworld.” Joining RuPaul Charles, Ross Mathews and Michelle Visage on the judges panel in episode nine will be “Broad City” co-creators and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. 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 Monét X Change– a 27-year-old who hails from the Bronx– will be eliminated at the end of episode nine. Do you agree? Be sure to make your predictions at the bottom of this post.
At the end of episode eight, The Vixen was bounced from the competition. This 26-year-old from Chicago and Asia O’Hara, her 35-year-old pal who is from Dallas, faced off in the lip sync challenge. Both had to strut their stuff to “Groove Is In the Heart” one of the biggest hits by Deee-Lite. O’Hara stepped up her game, with her energetic comedic performance. By comparison, The Vixen’s rendition of the song seemed ragged.
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7:55 p.m. – Of the six queens left vying for the season 10 crown only Monet and Cracker have yet to win a main stage challenge. That being said, each has scored on the high end of the weekly competition four different times. Aquaria and Eureka are on the top of their games, each with two wins so far this season. In the middle are Asia who won one challenge early in the season and Kameron Michaels who won for the first time last week. For the most part, it is still any queen’s game to win and any queen’s game to lose so let’s start our engines and see which queen is left behind in “Breastworld.”
8:01 p.m. – Looking back on her trip to the bottom 2 last week, Asia feels empowered and reset by having to lip sync for her life. On the flip side, Kameron is “still processing” her first win and her humble response to the win confuses the other girls. Kameron’s problem all season has been standing out so it’s a bit frustrating to see her take it so lightly that she finally stood in the spotlight. Aquaria is back to her old tricks, too, standing firm in her confidence and telling the other girls straight up that she wants them to go home so the path to win is clear for her.
8:06 p.m. – Stephen Colbert makes a surprise appearance in this week’s “she done already had herses” video to present the queens with the theme of this week: acting! Then Ru arrives to introduce this week’s mini challenge, a game of memory using hot men in underwear. The one queen that made the most matches quickest was Aquaria!
8:11 p.m. – As winner of the mini challenge, Aquaria gets to assign the roles for the main challenge, a scripted performance in the spoof show “Breastworld.” Aquaria’s approach to assigning roles is to let each queen choose the role that they think will fit them best. That’s in stark contrast to her attitude earlier where she was ready to do anything to win. But in letting all the other girls make their decision, Aquaria took the role that was leftover. This could backfire on her big time, couldn’t it? Hmm.
8:19 p.m. – While rehearsing in the workroom, Ru pays the queens a visit to check in on their progress. He questions Aquaria’s decision to be diplomatic in doling out roles and urges her to make everything she does work for the character of Aquaria. Ru reminds Monet that he hasn’t won any challenges yet despite being on the upswing lately and then advises Eureka to make sure she breaks through this week.
8:22 p.m. – In his time with Kameron, Ru asks her what the plan is for the rest of the competition after such a quiet presence throughout the season. Not surprisingly, Kameron doesn’t have much to say to that, seeming to think that her personality comes out when she’s on stage. Okay, gurl! Ru warns Asia that she was very close to going home last week and brings up the bad decision to play Beyonce in the Snatch Game, both in the hopes that it inspires her to make the right decisions this week. Cracker tells Ru that she thinks the reason she hasn’t won any challenges yet is because within the challenges she’s not bringing out her best aspects and that instead her cleverness is expressed in her runway and when speaking to the judges on the runway.
8:29 p.m. – Michelle and Ross are set to direct the girls in “Breastworld.” The set is very Dua Lipa “New Rules” video with a pool, lounges and the girls in floral prints and bright colors. In their first run-throughs, Eureka and Cracker struggle to get the right tone for their characters. Kameron brings a lot of energy to her character, but both Michelle and Ross warn her that it’s hard to understand what she’s saying. Aquaria, on the other hand, hits her marks well despite there being so few of them.
8:34 p.m. – When Asia enters the scene for the first time, her energy raises the bar significantly. Unfortunately for Kameron that just highlights how big of a dud her performance is. Monet, while not bad is getting lost in everyone else’s mess and so if she was hoping to be in the top again she might need the others to really bomb because we all know the runway isn’t Monet’s strong suit.
8:40 p.m. – For tonight’s runway, the queens are supposed to don their best “silver foxy” look, imagining what they will look like in 50 years. The makeup application part of every episode is always great, but seeing the queens applying droopy face masks and adding frown lines to their foreheads is just… incredible.
8:51 p.m. – On the runway, Cracker’s aged look is basically a librarian with not many wrinkles–she says it’s “glamorous matriarch” and she plans to be beautiful at every age. Asia’s look includes braids, feathers, some ripped leggings and socks and slippers! I’m gagged. Monet takes the jokes one step further than that and comes out with an IV attached and fake saggy boobs hanging out of her outfit.
8:53 p.m. – Aquaria remains as fashionable as ever, but makes it a little more relaxed than her typical nude outfits. Eureka is fully covered (“polished and refined”) looking like a wealthy grandmother. Kameron also makes her runway humorous in a big wig and a gold sequin jacket with a lot of pill popping and shaking up and down the stage. Of the six, I like Asia’s the best just because it’s so outrageous and am most disappointed by Cracker’s who really feels like she was too scared to adhere to the spirit of the theme. If her performance in the final version of “Breastworld” is as bad as it was during filming then she could be in trouble tonight.
8:58 p.m. – In “Breastworld,” Aquaria knocks her robot character out of the park. She has so little to do in the script, but puts in a lot of great touches in her movements and non-verbal performance. Kameron on the other hand has a ton to do, but everything hits the same note and so it actually starts to grate after a while. Eureka and Asia are my other top two, leaving Cracker and Monet behind as two that are simply just okay (they mostly just perform as themselves with nothing interesting to add).
9:09 p.m. – For critiques, Cracker isn’t scolded for her lazy runway look like I expected her to be. Ross does express some concern for her acting performance though. Keep things going down that road for Kameron because Ilana really loves her runway look, but again the performance in the show brought her score down. Monet gets high marks for her “Breastworld,” specifically for adding so much ad-lib and then her runway impresses as well.
9:11 p.m. – Michelle gives Aquaria a hard time for her runway look not being as aged as she would hope, but the panel agrees that she was probably the best on set. Eureka takes a lot of heat for both her time on set during rehearsal and for a runway look that didn’t quite hit their mark. Michelle is totally confused by Asia’s runway look, but when she explains the story behind it she gets a ton of laughs so maybe she saved herself. Ross and Ilana also really enjoyed her performance in the show.
9:23 p.m. – Before naming the tops and bottoms, Ru says that everyone did a wonderful job this week and that because it’s the end of the competition that it’s a tough decision. Monet is the first to be called safe, just before Asia is named this week’s winner! That’s her second win, joining Eureka and Aquaria. Aquaria is the next to be called safe, but Eureka falls into the bottom two to lip sync against Kameron. That means Cracker is safe as well.
9:25 p.m. – The lip sync tonight is to “New Attitude” by Patti LaBelle. In the LSFYL, both queens are vibrant and full of as much life as the song demands. If this is where Kameron finally shows her personality then she’s not a liar because she is definitely serving it, but then Eureka gets acrobatic and steals the show with splits and dragging herself across the stage. By the end of the performance Ru is in stitches, and deservedly so. In a crazy turn of events at this stage of the competition, Ru tells both queens “shantay you stay!” That means no one goes home tonight and we stick with the final six for another week. Whew!
Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s questions for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 10, Episode 9:
Who will be eliminated? No one
Who will win the mini challenge? Aquaria
Who will win the main challenge? Asia O’Hara
Who will win the lip sync? Kameron Michaels and Eureka
Will anybody quit the competition? No
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