RuPaul’s Drag Race picks up speed with a patriotic final challenge

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The momentum of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 has dipped with the loss of Monét and Cracker, two of the more charismatic queens who were especially valuable to the series when they were out of drag. The 90-minute running time isn’t doing the show any favors now that there’s a small group of queens left, and the first…

Drag Race recruits social media influencers for a middling makeover challenge

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The Drag Race makeover challenge is typically for people who aren’t used to the spotlight, but that changes this season as social media influencers are brought into the workroom. The producers get to take advantage of the extended reach of these online celebrities, but they don’t have especially interesting personal…

RuPaul's Drag Race builds an exceptional challenge from DragCon promotion

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RuPaul has changed the drag economy over the past decade, and RuPaul’s DragCon is a major part of that landscape. It’s an event that connects drag professionals and fans from around the world, and for Drag Race alumni, it can be a major money maker if queens are able to create a marketable brand for themselves. “Drag…

RuPaul’s Drag Race reveals the dangers of being generous in a competition

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Being helpful to other contestants on a reality TV competition is a smart way to build alliances and ingratiate viewers to your character, but you have to put yourself first. Asia O’Hara learns this the hard way on tonight’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, which has the queens serving three looks on the runway for “The Last Ball…

RuPaul’s Drag Race delivers drama, sisterhood, and a killer lip sync

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Competitive drama and sisterly support are in a constant conflict on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and even though these queens are part of the show’s drag sisterhood, they’re still fighting for $100,000 and the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar. “Tap That App” is an episode that highlights this shifting emotional dynamic,…

An odd Drag Race challenge is redeemed by the queens’ outstanding chemistry

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It’s hard to come up with new challenges for a reality show that has been around for 10 seasons (plus 3 All Stars seasons), which explains why this week’s RuPaul’s Drag Race has a parody lip-sync extravaganza revolving around pharmaceutical commercials. I give the writers credit for thinking outside of the box with…

RuPaul’s Drag Race delivers 10s across the board with an exhilarating premiere

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Fear not, squirrelfriends. After a disappointing season of All Stars, RuPaul’s Drag Race is back on its A-game with “10s Across The Board,” a thrilling, hilarious premiere introducing an exciting lineup of new queens while honoring the show’s past for this milestone season. The new girls eliminate the staleness of All…

A mediocre season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars ends with a robbery

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What is an All Star? Is it someone who does well on a season of Drag Race but doesn’t win? Is it someone who struggles in the competition but goes on to greater things? And what’s the point of an All Star season? Does it exist to boost the profile of promising queens who need the exposure? To reward people who have…

Kristin Chenoweth can’t save Drag Race’s humdrum All Stars Snatch Game

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It’s a bad sign when a guest judge is the best thing about an episode of Drag Race, but Kristin Chenoweth does get much more than the usual guest in “All Stars Snatch Game.” Peeved that no drag queen has ever impersonated her in the seasonal Snatch Game challenge, Chenoweth decides that she’ll just join the panel…

Drag Race’s The Bachelor parody is so good it should be its own show

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Drag Race comedy challenges rarely leave me begging for more, but “The Bitchelor” deserves to be a Burning Love-style series on WOW Presents Plus. This parody of The Bachelor assigns each drag queen a different dating show archetype and pairs them up to improvise scenes with Unreal’s Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and I…

A Drag Race All Star learns that you don’t question reality TV fairness

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It’s not a new idea that reality-show competitions are rigged by the producers, but Thorgy Thor is the rare contestant who speaks out when she sees that the odds are stacked in favor of some queens more than others. It’s an easy way to get eliminated, but in the case of this week’s RuPaul Drag Race All Stars, I can…

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars returns when we need it most

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What’s the point of all star drag queens when the world is on fire? People’s rights are being trampled, the government is barely functioning, and we’re living in fear of a nuclear war ignited by social media. The big TV success story of last year was Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and with each passing day, reality takes…