In the all-new eighth episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on April 18, the eight queens still competing on season 11 were given the chance to compete in a nautical-themed version of the legendary Snatch Game. “Veep” co-stars Tony Hale and Clea DuVall were the guest judges of their endeavors. Which contestant came out on top and was chosen as winner of episode 8 of season 11? And were Gold Derby’s predictions correct that A’Keria C. Davenport would be eliminated this week?
In episode 7, A’Keria came perilously close to being bounced but Ra’Jah O’Hara went home instead. Both had to strut their stuff to the Sheena Easton classic “Strut.” Texas toe-tapper Ra’Jah counted some missteps among her moves. In the end, RuPaul Charles opted to throw a lifeline to Dallas darling A’Keria.
Below, check out our minute-by-minute live blog recap of season 11 episode 8, titled “Snatch Game at Sea'” 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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9:00 p.m. – All Drag Race fans know that “Snatch Game” is the episode that will divide the competition, solidifying some girls as frontrunners for the crown and tanking the dreams of the ones that don’t do so hot. This season there are a handful of comedy queens already doing well–Yvie Oddly, Nina West and Silky Nutmeg Ganache–that could really turn up the dial with their impersonations. And then there are some queens known for turning a fierce look on the runway–Brooke Lynn Hytes and Plastique Tiara–that might struggle to crack a cackle out of Ru. The best part about it all? We have no idea how it’ll unfold!
9:01 p.m. – After Ra’Jah’s elimination tensions are still running high between Yvie and Silky. The two threw each other under the bus in front of Ru last week, going as far as calling each other talentless or in need of going home. Vanessa Vanjie Mateo got involved, too, telling Yvie that she’ll no longer be friends with her if she continues to be “fake,” but Yvie was not going to take it sitting down. It’s becoming slightly of a “villain edit” for Yvie the more she gets into fights with the rest of the cast, but facts are facts America and Yvie has been a high performer in the last six straight challenges and has never been in the bottom so…….
9:05 p.m. – Tonight mini challenge was to pitch a self help book with advice and glam photos just like “Guru,” Ru’s own new book that she’s promoting. Ru’s favorite pitch came from Silky with her book “Eat It: Chronicles of the Buffet” that teaches everyone the importance of eating. Next Ru broke the news to the girls that they’d made it to the “Snatch Game” episode of the season.
9:15 p.m. – As the girls prepared in the workroom we learned who everyone would be impersonating when season 5 winner Jinkx Monsoon entered with Ru for check-ins. Jinkx created one of the most iconic impersonations when she portrayed Little Edie. They stopped by to speak with Silky first, who planned on TS Madison much to Ru’s delight. Yvie admitted to not being great at impersonations, but felt confident about taking on Whoopi Goldberg for the challenge.
9:20 p.m. – Brooke Lynn was also nervous about her skills in this challenge and, well, no one was impressed with her first take on Celine Dion‘s accent. In fact, the more Ru and Jinxk pressed her for a sample of what she’d be doing the laughs just weren’t there and so Jinkx suggested over exaggeration in order to make up for her nervousness. We also learned that Shuga Cain would be going for Charo and A’Keria planned on Tiffany Haddish.
9:26 p.m. – As a comedy theater queen, Ru was expecting Nina to perform well in this challenge. Nina brought two ideas to the show–Harvey Fierstein and Joanne Worley, neither of which would be well known among the younger viewers and so Jinkx told her that she has a tall order and must make things funny even if people don’t catch the reference.
9:28 p.m. – Vanjie’s plan to be Danielle Bregoli worried Jinkx and Ru because she’s a catch phrase celebrity and there isn’t going to be much to the character. Though they cautioned her to switch it up, Vanjie seemed certain that she could make it work, panic aside. Plastique had a better visit with her idea of Lovely Mimi thought Ru wondered whether it would show anything different than what Plastique did in the Wakanda spoof challenge.
9:35 p.m. – During introductions Yvie noticeably bombed in her jokes as Whoopi, forgetting that her career is in a good place as a lead host of “The View.” Silky on the other hand managed to steal the spotlight from others by inserting some jokes of her own during their time on the mic. A’Keria as Tiffany was also an instant hit, but Vanjie missed the mark early as Danielle.
9:40 p.m. – Once the game started, Vanjie continued to confuse the judges with her act, but Silky couldn’t stop bringing the laughs! Surprisingly Plastique was getting some chuckles, but Brooke’s worries were confirmed the deeper and more lost she got inside of Celine’s characterization. But honestly the funniest part of it all was the faces that Clea and Tony would make every time Yvie tried to land a joke about Whoopi’s lack of roles.
9:52 p.m. – As the girls got read for the runway, Vanjie and Brooke felt really nervous, knowing that their Snatch performances bombed. Yvie also knew that she didn’t do as well as she should have–perhaps that inspired her to apologize to Silky for calling her “talentless.” Yvie also told Silky that she did really well in the Snatch Game, but Silky was still mad and not ready to accept the apology. Vanjie also was in the mood to spread love and so she apologized to Yvie, but this time it didn’t fall on deaf ears and so the two renewed their friendship and agreed to move forward.
10:01 p.m. – Tonight’s runway category was “Sequins on the Runway.” A’Keria arrived in a black and white evening gown with another superior wig–this one styled in a faux hawk straight down her neck. Vanjie wore another body suit, but this time she added a cape so I guess it’s different? Nina went for a red, white and blue patriotic colonial thing and then Shuga rebounded with a glamorous purple gown that Ru herself would look great in. Brooke Lynn turned a reveal, going from afro 70s look to dominatrix pink scrappy thing and it fully gagged the entire panel. Yvie put together a really cute jumpsuit with a little androgyny and then turned the corner to show a bare bum. Silky also wore a gown, channeling some Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin in the process. Then Plastique closed it out with a jumpsuit covered in bubbles and sequins that, well, wasn’t very memorable. Of the eight, A’Keria and Plastique were the two declared safe and escaped critiques together. The other six remained on stage to hear whether or not they were tops or bottoms this week.
10:11 p.m. – Thankfully Michelle Visage read Vanjie for her SAME look immediately, clarifying that adding a cape does not count. She also pointed out that her Snatch Game wasn’t much of an impersonation, but Clea thought it was still funny. Nina got high marks for making Ru laugh a lot and for always being ready with the improv. Ru told Shuga that her runway dress is one of her favorites to ever be seen on the show and then the panel complimented her Snatch Game impersonation (yet I’m sitting here thinking we didn’t even get to see it?)! Tony called Brooke Lynn’s runway reveal one of the “great reveals” in series history, but not surprisingly she was on the bottom for that awful Celine act. Like Brooke Lynn Yvie also impressed with her runway look, but was told that Snatch Game was a terrible showing for her, despite choosing an iconic celebrity to take on. Silky got the praise we expected to see after a stellar Snatch Game showing and was also told she looked great in her dress.
10:23 p.m. – After Shuga and Nina were called safe there was no one left but Silky to name as the winner, her second of the season. Though her runway nearly saved her, Brooke Lynn was still put in danger of elimination for her Celine impersonation. Of the other two, Vanjie was declared safe and that set up a LSFYL between the two queens that have been on top all season long–Brooke Lynn vs. Yvie. Whhhhhhhhhhat?!
10:26 p.m. – The two frontrunners performed to Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry.” It was the first lip sync for both of them and what a treat it was. Both of them turned it all the way out, covering the stage from east to west and playing off each other very well. We saw all the acrobatics from Yvie and incredible splits control from Brooke Lynn. At one point you could tell that the panel had no idea which direction to look in because both girls were creating such moments. By the end it was clear that this was one of the best battles in series history and that there was no way either was going home. Yes, Ru asked both of them to shantay and stay and warned the other girls in the back and they now have some stiff competition.
NEXT WEEK: The top 8 (again) work their acting skills in a “Cops” spoof.
Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s contest questions for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 11, Episode 8:
Who will be eliminated? No one
Who will win the mini challenge? Silky Nutmeg Ganache
Who will win the main challenge? Silky Nutmeg Ganache
Who will win the lip sync? Yvie Oddly and Brooke Lynn Hytes
Will anybody quit the competition? No
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