In the all-new ninth episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on April 25, the eight queens still competing on season 11 were given the chance to show their acting abilities (or lack thereof) in a spoof of the reality TV show “Cops.” Actors Natasha Lyonne and Cheyenne Jackson guest judged their performances as they clash with the law in the TV series “Los Angeles Drag Patrol.” Which contestant came out on top and was chosen as winner of episode 9 of season 11?
Last week was a shocker when Yvie Oddly and Brooke Lynn Hytes faced off in the LSFYL. After each aced their performance of Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry,” RuPaul Charles granted them both a reprieve. And Ru issued a stern warning to the other girls that the competition has gone up a notch.
Below, check out our minute-by-minute live blog recap of season 11 episode 9, titled “L.A.D.P.'” 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. – After falling into the bottom last week both Brooke Lynn and Yvie admitted that they deserved to be up for elimination, but were also proud of the chance to prove themselves in the epic lip sync. But bombing in the Snatch Game could be a harbinger of bad things because as Shuga Cain pointed out, no one that has ever won a season of the show has placed in the bottom during the Snatch Game challenge. Yikes!
9:04 p.m. – Uh oh… Ru arrived the next morning to open the library for the girls. That means they took turns reading each other from tops to bottoms in the meanest way possible for this week’s mini challenge. Usually this is one of funniest challenges of the season, but sadly this season’s queens struggled to really hit the punchline on their jokes. Nina West, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Silky Nutmeg Ganache were epically bad, while Shuga, Yvie and A’Keria C. Davenport weren’t awful. But out of all of them, Brooke got the most laughs and won over Ru for the win.
9:11 p.m. – As the mini challenge winner, Brooke got to select her partner for this week’s maxi challenge as well as assigning the other pairs. For the maxi challenge the pairs would be tested on their improvisation skills in “Los Angeles Drag Patrol,” a spoof of the show “Cops.” Brooke chose Nina as her own partner for their skit “Indecent Exposure at the Trailer Park.” She then paired Vanjie and Plastique Tiara for “Catfight at the Liquor Store,” A’Keria and Yvie for “Twerking Girls Corner Disturbance” and Silky and Shuga for “Back Alley Butt Pads.”
9:17 p.m. – In their pair, Nina was concerned that she’d cater to Brooke’s needs in the challenge more than her own. The worry there is that Nina is more comfortable in the acting challenges and Brooke struggles, but in the end they decided to not push out of their comfort zones too far so that they aren’t taking too big of a risk.
9:20 p.m. – During workroom check-ins, Ru challenged Shuga by asking her how she plans on developing her character to the point of success since in the previous Diva challenge that’s where she failed. Ru also wanted to know if Plastique was going to fall back on her Vietnamese accent again this week after using it twice already in the competition. Luckily she said no.
9:24 p.m. – Ru wanted to know from Brooke why she paired the girls up the way she did–her answer was that she put girls with personality with girls with less personality, hoping that they’d help each other out with their strengths and weaknesses. But from an outside perspective it seemed, at least to Yvie, that Brooke wanted to avoid putting two strong performers together in order to sabotage all the strong ones with a bit of an anchor to weigh them down.
9:31 p.m. – In the spoof clips, Fortune Feimster and Cheyenne played the roles of cops that ultimately teed the queens up for their improvisation. In the first skit, Shuga’s quips fell mostly flat, especially with Silky being louder and more aggressive with her own and stealing most of the airtime. The next skit had Brooke as a nude sunbather, a role that provided her the opportunity to play to her strengths as a sexy and acrobatic girl. When Nina arrived on the scene she proved her acting and characterization skills, but it might have been too late to stop the train of Brooke who was absolutely killing it with the physical comedy.
9:42 p.m. – During Vanjie and Plastique’s cat fight it was hard to understand the storyline because of Vanjie’s voice and the constant screaming coming from Plastique. All in all it came off as desperate and unfocused and had almost no humor whatsoever. I mean at one point Plastique even got on her hands and knees and lapped up milk from the street floor…… yuck. A’Keria and Yvie held it together much better, but while they managed to build successful characters they didn’t bring in as many laughs as they should have. The takeaway was that A’Keria stole the spotlight from Yvie who most expected to be the stronger of the two.
9:55 p.m. – During the makeup application period before the runway everyone thought it was odd that Silky was horsing around instead of putting on her face. It struck them as odd because the theme for tonight’s runway was “face-kini,” a reference to an iconic Ru look from a few seasons ago where you serve face with putting all of the focus on your eyes and lips. Apparently Silky’s plan was to not do makeup, but instead cover her face with material? Sure, girl. Sure. She also seemed overconfident that she performed well enough in the improv to not have to lip sync for her life anyway.
10:00 p.m. – For the runway presentation, Fortune and Cheyenne returned as judges along with Michelle Visage and Natasha Lynne. Sure enough, Silky walked the catwalk with a full leather get-up and black fabric over her face all to look like an ant. Shuga pulled out a more vintage look with ruffles and a brimmed hat, Brooke had a glittery steampunk suit and Nina was in a red and white polka dot suit with oversized lashes. Thankfully Vanjie was forced to wear pants instead of her usual body suit, but it was ill-fitted and not up to par. Plastique was a sexy Catwoman, A’Keria was in a mock-nude bodysuit for a plastic surgery spoof and Tie went for the club kid aesthetic as a neon slime monster.
10:09 p.m. – Despite performing in pairs, Ru decided to judge the queens as individuals this week. Yvie and Nina were declared middle of the pack and sent to the back to untuck, leaving the rest to receive a full critique. Silky was told that she stole too much screen time during their improv and then took heat for not putting on any makeup on under her mask and for claiming to be a fly when she looks like a cockroach. Her scene partner, Shuga, got positive critiques for her lovely runway look, but fell short with her character who just seemed like Shuga at the end of the day.
10:11 p.m. – Brooke got expected high marks for both her runway look and her performance, especially the details in her runway. Contrast that with Vanjie who, yes, gave a different type of outfit, but still took heat for brining a formless silhouette to the stage (even if Natasha actually liked it). Her scene partner, Plastique, was dinged for not actually wearing a face-kini and instead just putting some straps across her face and was reminded that she relied on her Vietnamese voice when she didn’t know where else to turn. Cheyenne really loved working with A’Keria and Michelle thought that she really went for it this week.
10:24 p.m. – Based on those critiques, A’Keria was named the challenge winner and Brooke and Silky were called safe alongside her. From the bottom three, only Shuga was immediately safe and so Vanjie and Plastique had to lip sync for their spot in the competition. In their performance to Fantasia Barrino‘s “Hood Boy,” Vanjie had the opportunity to work it out with her hip hop dancing at the front of the stage while Plastique kept it low key and disappeared to the back of the stage for far too long. It didn’t hurt that Vanjie’s costume included a long ponytail that she could spin around in pure hairography. At the end of the day it was clear that Plastique had all but resigned herself to the loss that Ru eventually made official.
NEXT WEEK: The queens are tested in a live stage performance by displaying their best magic tricks in front of the judges.
Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s contest questions for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 11, Episode 9:
Who will be eliminated? Plastique Tiara
Who will win the mini challenge? Brooke Lynn Hytes
Who will win the main challenge? A’Keria C. Davenport
Who will win the lip sync? Vanessa Vanjie Mateo
Will anybody quit the competition? No
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