“RuPaul’s Drag Race” returned to VH1 on February 28 with the debut of season 11. In the all-new episode on March 7, the remaining 14 queens were tasked with taking part in spoofs of two Oscar-winning movies: “Black Panther” and “Get Out.” Which contestant came out on top as the winner of the challenge? And were Gold Derby’s predictions correct that Kahanna Montrese would be eliminated this week?
In last week’s premiere, she came perilously close to being bounced but Soju went home instead. Both had to strut their stuff to “Best of Both Worlds,” a hit for guest judge Miley Cyrus‘s TV alter-ego, Hannah Montana. Kahanna, a 25-year-old showgirl from the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, showed off her deft dancing. Soju, a 27 year-old from La La Land, was determined to prove that her talent extended beyond her YouTube blogging. However, she could not keep up with Kahanna, whose high octane routine included a backflip.
Below, check out our minute-by-minute recap of season 11 episode 2, titled “Good God Girl, Get Out,” to find out what happened Thursday night. Then 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.
9:01 p.m. – Following Soju’s elimination there were only two things on the girls’ minds: Soju’s cyst and congratulations for Brooke Lynn Hytes. The only queen not happy for Brooke Lynn was Scarlet Envy who thought her own critique was too harsh and couldn’t help but feel like Brooke Lynn was overconfident.
9:05 p.m. – For tonight’s mini challenge RuPaul Charles had the queens dress themselves in quick-drag and then pose for a “celebrity photo bomb” shoot. Not to be outdone in any way, Silky Nutmeg Ganache actually derobed completely for her photobomb of Tom Brady throwing a pass and was declared one of the two winners. The other winner was Brooke Lynn for her own spread.
9:08 p.m. – As the winners they were named leaders of two teams tasked with starring in film spoofs “Good God Girl, Get Out!” and “Why It Gotta Be Black, Panther?” Brooke Lynn chose: Nina West, Ra’Jah O’Hara, Honey Davenport, Shuga Cain, Plastique Tiara, and Ariel Versace; Silky chose: A’Keria C. Davenport, Vanessa Miss Vanjie Mateo, Mercedes Iman Diamond, Yvie Oddly, Kahanna and Scarlet. As the last pick, Scarlet was miffed yet again, but swore that the queens made a bad decision and she’d prove herself as the best actress.
9:16 p.m. – When Ru returned to the workroom for a check-in the two teams were in the middle of line reading rehearsals. But as Ru does, he wanted to dish the gossip with the girls, leading to Brooke Lynn’s team throwing Silky under the bus for being too obnoxious and loud. Naturally Ru wanted to ask Silky herself about her perception in the workroom, telling her that the other team says she sucks the air out of the room. Silky actually took the gossip really well and had Ru rolling with laughter with the jokes she made in response, but I feel like this is going to bubble under the surface for a while until it explodes
9:25 p.m. – Brooke Lynn’s “Why It Gotta Be Black, Panther?” team was the first to film with both Michelle Visage and Ross Mathews on set to serve as directors. Ariel’s performance fell a bit flat with too many affectations in her speech, but Plastique had both Michelle and Ross in stitches from the very minute she opened her mouth. Plastique’s scene partner Ra’Jah struggled profoundly, specifically trying to get the word “legitimate” out.
9:29 p.m. – When Silky’s “Good God Girl, Get Out!” team came to set, A’Keria took notes really well and became a standout because of it, but both Vanjie and Mercedes were a little slower with the improvements. Silky was good with taking advice, but like Ra’Jah had trouble with her line readings despite being engaging with her physical humor.
9:38 p.m. – During makeup application time, Silky wanted to address the gossip from earlier in the challenge and Ariel was more than game to own up to her comments. Yvie was adamant about making all of the girls admit to talking to Ru about Silky instead of saying silent which created tension between her and Ra’Jah, who did not like being called out. The two of them turned it up by getting personal with one another, attacking each other’s makeup choices and their aesthetic in general.
9:41 p.m. – Putting the drama aside, Mercedes opened up about the impact being put on the “no fly list” had on her health and her career. As a native Kenyan with a Muslim-sounding name she was added to a watch list and because she couldn’t fly she had to drive from gig to gig and her health deteriorated because of the exhaustion. It was a nice moment to see who Mercedes is under the makeup and to hear about her personal journey through her career and as an immigrant in the States.
9:44 p.m. – Joining the judges panel this week as guests were SNL’s Bobby Moynihan and GLOW and Black Panther’s Sydelle Noel to help Michelle, Ru and Ross decide which of the teams produced the better film and how the queens looked on the runway in the category “What’s your sign?,” a zodiac themed concept.
9:53 p.m. – On the runway most of the queens turned it out with perfectly themed garments, but Kahanna’s heel got caught in her skirt during her walk and tore it off before she could execute what I think was supposed to be a tear-away-and-turn moment. That has to be one of the most egregious slip-ups we’ve ever seen on the runway–will it affect her chances to stay out of the bottom two?!
10:00 p.m. – In the films, Nina and Plastique were fully committed to their Dragkandan characters and garnered the most audible laughs from Ru and the other judges on Team Brooke Lynn. As for Team Silky, the laughs were few and far between except for a handful of moments for A’Keria and a chuckle here and there for Vanjie.
10:12 p.m. – Instead of declaring one team the winner and another the loser, Ru judged the queens individually and asked only eight to remain behind for critiques. Brooke Lynn was told she flatlined on set, but looked great on the runway. The entire panel loved Plastique both on the runway and in the film, but Shuga’s scorpio look was a miss compared to her fantastic showing in the film. Bobby thought that Ariel was too in her head in the film while Ross found Scarlet to be one of the most impressive on camera. Yvie’s passion left the judges shook and they thought her runway was one of the best of the night. Mercedes missed the mark in both areas, but worse than that they thought that her insecurity was getting the best of her. Kahanna was read for filth for her outfit that fell apart on the stage and for failing to leave an impression in the film.
10:24 p.m. – Shuga and Plastique were the first to be called safe and Scarlet and Yvie were declared c0-winners for their perfect display of chemistry in their film. Last week’s winner Brooke Lynn and Ariel were then called safe, leaving both Kahanna and Mercedes in the bottom to lip sync for their life.
10:26 p.m. – In the LSFYL to “Work Bitch” by Britney Spears Kahanna showed a lot less composure than she did last week while Mercedes busted out with some vogue moves that gagged the girls watching from the back. Kahanna’s big moment was a pair of double back flips down the runway that didn’t turn out as well as she expected them to. As such, Mercedes was asked to remain in the competition while Kahanna had to sashay away.
NEXT WEEK: The queens are divided into teams again, but this time to perform live in talk show spoofs.
Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s contest questions for “RuPaul’s Drag Rice” Season 11, Episode 2:
Who will be eliminated? Kahanna Montrese
Who will win the mini challenge? Brooke Lynn Hytes and Silky Nutmeg Ganache
Who will win the main challenge? Yvie Oddly and Scarlet Envy
Who will win the lip sync? Mercedes Iman Diamond
Will anybody quit the competition? No