Thursday, February 16, 2012

RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 4 Episode 3: Group Sales

Darlings, there is no better way to ramp up some drama on RuPaul's Drag Race than a group challenge. And if you're RuPaul, there's no better way to fill an episode than with some blatant (and awesome) product placement. When the two combine? It's a pretty fun hour of television.

So before I nominated myself co-captain, let's hand out some superlatives for this week's episode...

This week on RuPaul's Drag Race: The girls are introduced to Piyah Martell, a drag queen born with Caudal Regression Syndrome that prevented her legs from developing, and tasked with creating a beautiful butterfly-themed headpiece for Piyah's next YouTube video. The winners of the challenge, Kenya Michaels and Phi Phi O'Hara, become the team captains for main group challenge: create an informercial selling one of RuPaul's albums—Glamazon or Champion (both available on Amazon and iTunes, of course)—complete with lip-syncing, costumes changes, story lines and costumes. On the gold and silver-themed Main Stage, Sharon Needles is announced the winner, while Dida Ritz and The Princess lip sync to guest judge Natalie Cole's "This Will Be." Dida Ritz stays and The Princess sashays away.

Most Inspiring: Piyah Martell
It takes a lot to get me really emotional watching Drag Race—ask Ongina how it's done—but Piyah's guest appearance had me a little misty. Being a drag queen is a challenging lifestyle in and of itself, but to perserve through something like CRS and pursue a career in drag is quite the story. Snaps up for Piyah!

Best Dressed: RuPaul
I tried to envision another human on the planet that could pull of Ru's suit from this episode. There is literally no one else.

Best in Show: Kenya Michaels
Kenya has been creeping up the ranks of my favorites this season, and she is certainly following in her Puerto Rican brethren's footsteps of being balls-to-the-wall insane on this show. From her savage jungle performance in the infomercial to her robotic couture on the Main Stage, Kenya Michaels is becoming one to watch. Shame on Milan for trying to step on her toes as captain!

Worst in Show: The Princess
She seems super sweet and all, but it was becoming very clear that this show was not for The Princess. If you are still saying "I haven't had an opportunity to shine" in Episode 3, you clearly haven't been paying attention.

Best Lip Sync: Dida Ritz
As Latrice said, "That is how a lip sync for your life looks like." After two weeks of less-than stellar performance, Dida put her money where her mouth was and served up some glamour bebopping realness on that stage and totally earned her safety. And what a perfect song, too!

Still My Favorite: Latrice Royale
Because, um, obviously.

What did you think of this week's episode? Did Piyah have you in tears? Was Dida's lip sync the best we've seen so far this season? Do you think The Princess deserved to go? And who's next?! Sound off in the comments!

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