I’m going to level with you guys. I am completely burnt out at the moment from my new job, so I don’t really have it in me to write a full recap of this episode yet. But I watched it, and I had thoughts! So we’re going to do this queen by queen. Since they decided to split the contestants into two groups of seven for the premiere(s), we got a bit more time with each queen than we normally would at the beginning, which seemed like a better idea in theory than in practice, but at least I have something to say about each of them!
One of those queens with more personality than experience. It’s hard to tell how much of a problem that will be at this point (Shangela had a similar issue, but squandered the goodwill her humor and performance skills engendered by being unbelievably shady), but I’m ok with her sticking around just for the way she reacted to BenDeLaCreme’s overly peppy (to say the least) introduction by blinking and saying “Party.”
I don’t know if you all were as annoyed by BenDeLaCreme as I was, but girl seriously needs to take it down a notch. It really shows that she comes from the same scene as Jinkx Monsoon, with the over the top theater-y persona, but she’s not nearly as likeable. Though she turned out one of the only two successful looks in the main challenge, I wouldn’t have given her the win.
Gia is not fucking around. She’s shady and she doesn’t give a shit. It could get old fast (remember Jade Jolie?), or it could be entertaining. I’m never really fond of the contestants who are super into their own fishiness above all else, but I’m interested to see what else she has going for her.
This is the first season I’ve watched in real time, and when I watched the introduction videos for each queen Kelly was one of my favorites. So, bummer that she went home first! Not that I can claim that her Downton Abbey-inspired bacon halter-top was anything less than hideous, but I think she had more to offer than we got to see (and I don’t think she would have been first to go if all 14 had been there).
Should have won the challenge, full stop. BenDeLaCreme’s Golden Girls ensemble looked great, but April had a much bigger challenge doing something inspired by Duck Dynasty. But she did, and it was great! And can you blame guest-judge Adam Lambert for wanting to get on that? The other queens inexplicably tried to read her for being butch, but if you ask me, she’s one of the prettiest, both in and out of drag!
I honestly don’t even know what to think. I know she’s very old school and from a very specific and very important scene, but while I’m all for celebrating the history of drag, they’re looking for America’s Next Drag Superstar. The alien head was… an alien head. The Game of Thrones dress was overwhelmingly underwhelming. But at the end of the day, there’s no denying her lip-sync was better than Kelly’s, so I can’t argue with her staying.
This one’s going to be a problem for me. It could not be more obvious that she comes from the drag family of Shangela and Alyssa Edwards (if the immediate death-drop upon entering the workroom didn’t tip you off, the “point to where I’m about to go” runway walk did), and not having been a particular fan of either of those two it’s really not doing anything for me. I see internet reaction to her is much more positive than mine though, and it certainly seems she’ll be around for a while. To quote Adore Delano: “Party”
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the two new Pit Crew members. Suffice it to say, they have ripped torsos and oil up nicely. I remain loyal to Jason and Shawn, though (yes I know their names, yes I follow them on Twitter, go ahead and judge). And speaking of judging, Adam Lambert was sweet. And in love with April, of course. Ru, Michelle and Santino were the same as always, but I think somebody put something in Mike Ruiz’s orange juice! Miss Thing was trying to give Ru a run for his money during the photo shoot with the quippy one-liners, and really brought the claws out during judging too.
So that’s our first episode. Can’t wait to see what the other seven have going on next week, so we can really start separating the dusted from the busted.