RPDR S7 Ep9- Divine Inspiration

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RPDR S7 Ep9- Divine Inspiration

After starting the episode with the usual complaining…this time that there are now seven queens instead of six due to Trixie’s return, we’re treated fairly quickly to the mini challenge.

“Reading is fundamental!” That’s right ladies. It’s time for the queens to read each other. The library is open!

For those not familiar with the phrase, the Online Slang Dictionary describes it as “To lecture someone with a sharply worded barrage of painful truths about themselves. It was popularized by New York City drag queens in the documentary movie “Paris is Burning.” Needless to say, this Drag Race tradition does the movie proud.

Here’s a snippet of what the queens served:

Ginger

"Trixie Mattel. Making fun of you is like shooting clown fish in a barrel. Unfortunately, that’s about as fishy as you’ll ever be."
“Trixie Mattel. Making fun of you is like shooting clown fish in a barrel. Unfortunately, that’s about as fishy as you’ll ever be.”

Katya

"Violet, you keep training those corsets girl. Maybe someday your waist size will be as low as your IQ."

“Violet, you keep training those corsets girl. Maybe someday your waist size will be as low as your IQ.”

Violet

"Trixie Mattel, Haute couture? More like haute glue."

“Trixie Mattel, Haute couture? More like haute glue.”

Miss Fame

"Katya, now you get to increase your hooking fee. Thank you RuPaul’s Drag Race."

“Katya, now you get to increase your hooking fee. Thank you RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Kennedy

"Miss Trixie, girl I am waiting for you to change that lip color cause your face looks like the back of a baboon’s ass."

“Miss Trixie, girl I am waiting for you to change that lip color cause your face looks like the back of a baboon’s ass.”

Trixie

"Ginger Minj, girl did you ever save Carolann from the poltergeist in the TV?"

“Ginger Minj, girl did you ever save Carolann from the poltergeist in the TV?”

Pearl

"Kennedy Davenport, you’ve got your eye on the prize, the other eye on the crown."

“Kennedy Davenport, you’ve got your eye on the prize, the other eye on the crown.”

The game is hilariously cut short when Pearl goes in to read RuPaul. The win goes to Trixie Mattel. Katya, in my opinion, should have won based on her adorable reactions alone.

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This week we get yet another acting challenge. However, this one promises to be a wee bit better than the others because it’s an homage to legendary cult director, writer, producer, and actor, John Waters and the late, great, infamous drag queen, Divine. The queens are divided into three teams of their own choosing. Each team will have to screentest a scene from a famous John Waters’ film.

Needless to say, each group’s screentest seemed to be very rocky. Queens forgot their lines, couldn’t get into character, weren’t understanding the material. The list goes on and on. Poor Lucian Piane and Michelle Visage who were directing the queens.

Before the runway, Pearl and Miss Fame are extra super catty towards each other. I’m not sure what we’re missing here. Pearl claims to feel some weird, underlying tension between them.

We get an interesting insight into the world of drag as Kennedy talks about her financial struggles. Bookings are scarce. Money is tight. There is no retirement fund. It’s the life of an artist…a struggling artist. It’s a testament to the amount of passion goes into drag, especially as a career.

Our judges this week in addition to Michelle Visage and Carson Kressley, are Demi Lovato and cult sensation, John Waters. So no pressure there queens. Only the creator of your screen tests, the man who made them legendary, is there. Yikes!

Tonight the queens are trashing up the runway in their ugliest dresses.

Kennedy

This is ugly? She looks like an old lady going to church.

This is ugly? She looks like an old lady going to church.

Katya

“Crochet you stay!” -RuPaul

“Crochet you stay!” -RuPaul

Ginger

“This is a Tracy Turnblad look.” -John Waters

“This is a Tracy Turnblad look.” -John Waters

Trixie

“It’s Molly Ringworm” -Carson Kressley

“It’s Molly Ringworm” -Carson Kressley

Pearl

“It’s very Toddlers and Tequilas.” -Carson Kressley

“It’s very Toddlers and Tequilas.” -Carson Kressley

Violet

“It's not like the Pride Flag. It's like the shame flag." -Carson Kressley

“It’s not like the Pride Flag. It’s like the shame flag.” -Carson Kressley

Miss Fame

“That must be her eatin’ dress.” -RuPaul

“That must be her eatin’ dress.” -RuPaul

As the queens line up, it’s time to Ru-veal the screen tests. Now I must warn you, John Waters films are not for everyone’s taste. I realize that, but I felt it was best to share the actual scenes than to do them an injustice by describing them for you.

Up first are Kennedy and Katya with “ChaCha Heels” from the film Female Troubles.

Kennedy turns it out and does much better than I thought she did during the filming of the scene. But Katya clearly, once again, steals the show. Bravo Katya!

Next we have Ginger and Trixie with “Eggs” from the film Pink Flamingos.

Ginger clearly steals the scene from Trixie, but I feel like it’s supposed to be that way. I’ve never seen Pink Flamingos, but I suspect that Divine’s (Trixie) character takes a backseat to her egg-demanding mother. I’m still trying to figure out how Ginger managed to make that character lovable. How Ginger? HOW?

Last, but certainly not least, are Pearl, Violet, and Miss Fame with “Poo” from the film Pink Flamingos.

I didn’t think this screentest was awful. It wasn’t great and seemed to drag on, but I was actually surprised by Violet’s performance. I didn’t think she did a bad job. I think she could have gone for it more, but overall I was pleasantly surprised with her performance.

Time for the judge’s critiques!

Kennedy

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The judges aren’t impressed with her church lady look, saying it’s not ugly enough…more “ugly chic.” John Waters is pleased with her performance as Dawn Davenport saying she lived up to her name, Kennedy Davenport. He was very flattered by her performance.

Katya

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John Waters compliments her on the beautiful obscenity of her performance. The judges agree her dress is atrocious.

Ginger

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Michelle, who hates the color green, of course thinks Ginger’s dress is hideous. She also calls Ginger’s performance in Eggs “a masterpiece.” Waters says there are moments when Ginger looked exactly like Edie (the original character) and compliments her on playing the loveliness about her.

Trixie

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To Michelle it’s not terribly ugly. She likes the leopard. John Waters saw a moment of pathos in her performance and was pleased.

Pearl

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Her dress is the least ugliest about everyone. Pearl admits she feels cute. On her performance, John Waters comments that he wasn’t even aware she was supposed to be the “good” Divine.

Violet

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Carson says she’s nailing the runway look more than anyone else. Michelle compliments her on her performance saying she looked the most like Divine, but could have taken it further. John Waters says he felt she wasn’t confident with the material.

Miss Fame

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John Waters says she needs “ugly lessons.” Her performance was too “put on” and didn’t come naturally.

RuPaul then asks the question every queen dreads…”which queen do you think should go home tonight?” The results are:

Kennedy, Katya, Ginger, Trixie, and Pearl say Fame.

Violet says Trixie, because she got to come back the judges should be looking at her performances more closely.

Fame, obviously feeling singled out, says Pearl. She feels that Pearl still has the “too cool for Season 7” vibe to her and doesn’t really want to be there.

After the judges deliberate, Ginger is declared the winner of this week’s challenge!! GO GINGER! Very well deserved indeed.

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As if it weren’t clearly spelled out with their cattiness towards each other this entire episode, Pearl and Miss Fame are the bottom two.

Next comes…THE MOST BORING LIP SYNC IN THE HISTORY OF ALL LIP SYNCS!

Here are pictures. I’m not going to waste your time by making you watch it. It’s soooooo dull.

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In the end, Pearl, who clearly has more lives than a cat, gets to stay while Miss Fame is sent away.

Personally, I like Miss Fame. I didn’t at first, but she’s grown on me. I can see how she grew as an artist during her time on the show as well. Maybe I connect with her because we’re both very much “in our heads.” But I see a talented queen that I’m sad to see go home. Goodbye Miss Fame. And please do more YouTube makeup tutorials because those are AWESOME!

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