HELLO TOP 5!
Episode 11 started with another Drag Race tradition. The queens must reach into a deep dark hole in the wall and pull out…a puppet. The goal, spend 20 minutes making the puppet look like your assigned competitor then interview them. At least this is a creativity challenge!
Katya gave Violet valuable advice on how to make her puppet more Katya-esque.
“The key to capturing my essence is to capture my scent visually.”
Let that tumble around your brain for a moment.
Overall the puppets were uninspired. Violet did do a spot-on version of Katya. I hope Katya got to keep that puppet. It’s fantastic. Ginger’s take on Violet was also hilarious with a dash of shade. It earns her the win for this challenge.
RuPaul announces that the theme of this week’s mainstage challenge is branding. The special guest this week is, aside from Mickey Mouse, probably one of the most well known characters in the world.
The challenge is to make a dress out of a variety of Hello Kitty items. And boy are there are LOT of Hello Kitty items to choose from! I never knew Hello Kitty had so many products. It’s very impressive.
Despite there being a ridiculous amount of Hello Kitty stuff to choose from, the queens are still having a hard time coming up with their individual looks. Ginger doesn’t sew and is starting to freak out. Katya and Violet joke that Katya should come out in only umbrellas, while Pearl is too laid back to give much of a reaction to anything.
We do learn that, back for whatever reason, Santino Rice is this week’s extra special guest judge. For those who aren’t familiar with him, Santino Rice was a RPDR regular judge on all six previous seasons. He’s known for putting the queens under the lens of high fashion and for bickering with Michelle Visage. With the addition of Carson and Ross, I didn’t really miss him. But he’s here for an episode so…yay?
Unfortunately for our already overwhelmed queens, we learn that making a Hello Kitty dress isn’t the only thing they’ll have to do this week. Because making an entire look out of random objects isn’t stressful enough, the queens will also need to create a character to be Hello Kitty’s new best friend. Luckily, the queens are given pre-made foam heads to decorate as their character.
This, of course, leads to a hilarious few minutes where the queens try on their new heads and realize their field of vision is limited. I LOL’d. I’m sure nearly every cosplayer out there was groaning. Suck it up buttercups!
This week, in addition to Santino Rice, our extra special guest judge is Rebecca Romijn and of course, Hello Kitty.
First, we’re treated to the queens’ creations of Hello Kitty’s new BFF. Let’s just say some of them are…interesting? Clearly the idea of branding has gone over some of their heads. Creating a Hello Kitty version of yourself isn’t necessarily a good idea.
Violet created an adorable Violet Kitty that would fit into the Hello Kitty Universe perfectly.
Ginger went with her country roots and created an adorable bovine character complete with aspirations to one day become a fine designer handbag.
And this is when things started to go off-kilter.
I give you, Banjee Girl Pearl.
I know Hello Kitty. I know.
Katya also misses the mark, but I give her points for creativity and sticking to her character. Granted, she really wouldn’t fit in the Hello Kitty universe like this, but a little international flavor is good. Really, if she lost the cigarette she’d probably be fine!
And then there’s Kennedy…who gives us…Kennedy. I’ll leave it at that. (Yawns)
With their Hello Kitty friends out of the way, the queens are free to walk the runway in their custom creations. Everything is coming up pink and Hello Kitty!
Violet gives us a mod-1960’s style creation. I’m surprised by her creativity and her ability to put this together herself. I always pegged her as someone who had people make stuff for her. I’m glad to say I’m wrong. This look earns Violet several points in my book.
For someone who complained they couldn’t sew, Ginger sure managed to pull together a pretty adorable look. She’s covered in dolls and she looks like a doll!
Pearl…I’m not really sure what to say about this look. I kind of like the dress, but the headpiece? Looking at her makes my neck hurt.
Katya serves us some housewife turned stunt woman turned something else realness. I’m getting a Jetson’s vibe from this look and I kind of like it. I love the catsuit and it fits her perfectly. I’m getting a sort of rhythmic gymnastics feel here.
Finally, there’s Kennedy. Given her pageant background and her constant need to tell us she’s a total package, I expected more from her look. A lot more. Ok, at least more than a bathing suit with bows glued to it. I thought she could sew? The bag is interesting. I give her props for creating that.
Time for the judges’ critiques!
Having only one count against her (the Hello Kitty BFF), Pearl is safe. Which means Katya and Kennedy are up for elimination.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Kennedy is a FIERCE performer. She’s probably the best dancer in Drag Race history. But Katya’s good too. At least this will be interesting.
Yup, it was fierce. And while I thought Katya’s performance was cleaner and she connected more with the song, the judges were drawn to Kennedy’s dance skills.
While Katya is told to sashay away.
I’m sad to see Katya go. She was one of my picks for the Top 3. We learned a lot about Katya over these last eleven episodes. Perhaps it’s her vulnerability that makes her so easy to connect to. We’ve watched her panic and struggle, but we’ve also watched her soar. She nailed the John Waters challenge and kept us laughing. We’ll miss you Katya. The show isn’t as funny without your humor.