In the all-new seventh episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on April 11, the nine queens still competing on season 11 were given the challenge of designing looks that could take them from down on the farm to up on the runway. Grammy-winning singer Kandi Burruss and supermodel Amber Valletta were the guest judges of their endeavors. Which contestant came out on top and was chosen as winner of episode 7 of season 11? And were Gold Derby’s predictions correct that Ra’Jah O’Hara would be eliminated this week?
In episode 6, Ra’Jah came perilously close to being bounced but Scarlet Envy went home instead. Both had to strut their stuff to the Donna Summers classic “Last Dance.” Brooklyn beauty Scarlet counted some missteps among her moves. In the end, RuPaul Charles opted to throw a lifeline to Dallas darling Ra’Jah who, at age 33, is one of the oldest queen still in the competition.
Below, check out our minute-by-minute live blog recap of season 11 episode 7, titled “From Farm to Runway,” 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.
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9:01 p.m. – Ra’Jah was not shy about throwing some shade at Scarlet after her elimination, leaving the other girls gagging about how dig she was dipping. For Brooke Lynn Hytes it was another case of Ra’Jah being her own worst enemy and getting all worked up about the wrong things. Plastique Tiara was feeling good about a rare good critique that night, but Silky Nutmeg Ganache was a little pressed that Plastique hadn’t been read for always wearing the same corseted silhouette each week.
9:05 p.m. – The next day Yvie Oddly was still on crutches after she twisted her ankle during the Draglympics. She hoped to take it easy in this next set of challenges, but unfortunately this week’s mini challenge was a potato sack race! But not your typical one and Yvie was allowed to just stand in place for the challenge that required the queens to bounce their stuffed bras for the best slo-mo video capture. The two winners were Nina West and Shuga Cain.
9:09 p.m. – Keeping with the theme of veggies and organic foods, Ru introduced the maxi challenge of the week. She asked the girls to create “farm to runway” looks using produce and other sustainable materials and transforming them into couture fashion.
9:15 p.m. – Plastique was looking at the challenge as a way to prove herself in the competition, unphased by the design aspect of the task unlike most of the rest of the girls. A’Keria Davenport was one of them most intimidated by the unconventional materials and struggled to find inspiration for her look.
9:17 p.m. – No one was more concerned about their creation than Vanessa Vanjie Mateo who was told in no uncertain terms that if she didn’t come to the runway with a different silhouette this week that she’d probably be sent home. Nina got a similar critique last week when Michelle Visage told her to be more aware of her proportionizing considering her larger figure.
9:19 p.m. – In following up with the question she asked the losing team last week, Ru decided to ask some of the other girls who they think is the next one to go home when she visited them in the workroom. Brooke joined the chorus of the other girls last week that said Ra’Jah has been in the bottom too often to not be on the chopping block now.
9:22 p.m. – Ru told Plastique that the design challenge offers the girls a chance to show more of their personality, something she’s been called out for already by the judges. Plastique confessed about how the secrecy of her career as a drag queen in terms of her family life back home and how it’s caused her to learn to hide parts of her personality from the world. For Plastique the show provides a space for her to come out of her show, but it was very clear that she is still struggling with how to do that in a way that makes herself proud, as well as her family.
9:30 p.m. – When Ru asked A’Keria who should go home she said Brooke, not because she’s been in the bottom but because she’s a challenger to her own chances of winning and so she wants to take her out now.
9:32 p.m. – No workroom visit was better than Silky’s though. Ru challenged her to prove that she can create a stunning design to which Silky got defensive about the critiques from the past. She also challenged Ru to put her in the bottom and make her lip sync for her life. Silky says she isn’t afraid and even wants to go head-to-head against Yvie, the girl she told Ru should be the next to go because of her hurt ankle.
9:34 p.m. – Yvie’s visit was right after Silky’s and she repayed the favor by telling Ru that Silky should be the one to go next. In terms of the this challenge, Yvie told Ru that she was confident she’d be showing something unique to the judges unlike the rest of the girls.
9:39 p.m. – Drag Race royalty Alyssa Edwards stopped by the runway to give the queens some pointers on their runway walks. When Brooke took the walk down Alyssa was liking her rhythm but failed to see any personality and advised her to deliver a character instead of just a face. Nina wasn’t shy in the personality department and neither was Silky, but she needed pointers on movement and pace.
9:53 p.m. – Overnight both A’Keria and Ra’Jah had to change up their looks. For A’Keria the organic blue dye she used to color burlap didn’t work and so she had to switch to a denim. Ra’Jah wasn’t happy that Plastique started using the same materials as her so she switched up her idea in order to create something the other girls weren’t doing.
10:01 p.m. – Prior to strutting the runway, the girls performed as a group in down home country attire for a little line dancing. It was an unofficial part of the challenge that offered them all another chance to show their sense of humor and a ton of personality. It was followed by the parade of farm to runway looks made from sustainable products. Shuga’s corset was cute if not basic (again) and Silky’s bean-studded two-piece look actually looked great on her. Yvie’s look delivered upon her promise of being intricate and well-designed and Nina succeeded in creating a corn husk corset that spoke to her figure much better than what she did last week, but I really hated the purple wig.
10:04 p.m. – Brooke created a denim wrap-toga dress with a little peek-a-boo crack in the back while A’Keria played it more covered up in a dark blue denim skirt and cloak that was indeed more laid back than what we normally see from her. Vanjie didn’t wear a body suit, but she did still focus on showing skin and chest (without the glitter) while Ra’Jah was the only one to make burlap pants. Last to walk was Plastique in a corseted body suit with bright red feathers and flowers.
10:11 p.m. – Ru and the judges decided to keep Plastique, Ra’Jah, Yvie, A’Keria, Nina and Brooke around for critiques of their presentations. Yvie got high marks once again (her 5th of the season–she’s never been in the bottom!) for her smart use of materials and high taste level. Brooke also got a good critique, especially for the little back moment and Ross Mathews even referred to her as the “front runner” of the season. Plastique was the third high score of the week, noted for showing more of her personality through the fashion.
10:14 p.m. – Ra’Jah was told that she didn’t show enough personality in the line dancing and then Michelle likened her to Groot in her runway look. Though they weren’t happy with the finished product, Ross at least appreciated that Ra’Jah took a huge risk. A’Keria on the other hand took a hit for her messy silhouette and was told that she took a step back from her typically great runway presentations. The judges went really hard on Nina for both the silhouette and her makeup that could be cleaned up, but at least she was receptive to the critiques and seemed eager to learn.
10:24 p.m. – In terms of the tops, Ru declared Plastique the winner of the week, her first of the season! Of the three bottoms, Nina was kept safe and so A’Keria and Ra’Jah had to lip sync for their lives. They performed to Sheena Easton‘s “Strut,” a non-stop uptempo track. This was Ra’Jah’s fourth LSFYL and A’Keria’s second, but it appeared as though Ra’Jah’s vitality had run out because she wasn’t as hyped as she usually is. In the end, A’Keria pulled it out and finally sent Ra’Jah, the season’s early lip sync assassin, home.
NEXT WEEK: It’s Snatch Game!!! The girls will bring their character impersonations for the iconic tradition and Jinkx Monsoon stops by for a workroom visit.
Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s contest questions for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 11, Episode 7:
Who will be eliminated? Ra’Jah O’Hara
Who will win the mini challenge? Nina West and Shuga Cain
Who will win the main challenge? Plastique Tiara
Who will win the lip sync? A’Keria Davenport
Will anybody quit the competition? No
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