Monday, April 25, 2011

RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 3 - Who Is America's Next Drag Superstar?


Tonight, the successor to Bebe Zahara Benet and Tyra "The Other Tyra" Sanchez will be revealed on the Season 3 finale of RuPaul's Drag Race when the three finalists, Raja, Manila Luzon and Alexis Mateo, battle it out for a $75,000 cash prize and the title America's Next Drag Superstar.

Before the champion is revealed tonight, here's a quick rundown of the pros and cons of each of the remaining queens followed by my final prediction....

ALEX MATEO
Pros: Alexis has been a bit of a dark horse this season, and it'd be nice to see one of the "Boogers" win just to stick it to Delta Work and Carmen Carrera, who both took the "Heathers" thing a bit too seriously.
Cons: She is neither campy enough nor glamorous enough to be a true drag superstar. She's had some wonderful shining moments on the show, but lately has been getting through by not being the worst instead of by being the best. Plus, she has been in the Bottom Three more than any other contestant this season.
MANILA LUZON
Pros: Manila is a true performer—there isn't a single moment when she isn't giving 100% on the main stage. She's been in the Top Three more than any other queen this season, and after two seasons of glamazons winning over comediennes (Ongina, Pandora Boxx, Jujubee), I'd love to see this hilarious queen get crowned.
Cons: Her biggest downfalls were the standup comedy challenge and the PSA for the troops. Every Drag Race finale features a music video challenge—can Manila bounce back and deliver a memorable and winning performance?
RAJA
Pros: Raja is the most fabulously fashionable queen to ever appear on Drag Race, which certainly appeals to the show's tendency to award the most glamorous girls with the crown. Just take a look at her main stage looks—even Heidi, Nina, Michael and Tim Gunn would declare her in! And, for the most part, she has been incredibly consistent this season
Cons: She tends to overthink her approach to challenges, which makes her come off a bit cold. And if Ru decides to change course and go for personality over looks, it's not looking good for Raja.
Final Prediction: Manila Luzon for the win! Honestly, I'd be happy with either Manila or Raja being crowned the winner, but I think Manila has the personality edge while still bring dramatic and memorable looks to the runway.

Who do you think should win this season of RuPaul's Drag Race? Is the dark horse Alexis Mateo going to go all the way? Or will Shangela going to pop out of a box and declare herself the winner (and a Season 4 contestant)?!

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