RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Six Premiere

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!

Adore Delano

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.”

BenDeLaCreme

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 Gunn

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.

Kelly Mantle

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).

April Carrion

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!

Vivacious

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.

Laganja Estranja

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.

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11 Responses to RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Six Premiere

  1. collin0truckasaurus says:

    A+ Can’t wait to see more! My DVR cut off the 2nd episode so I don’t know what’s happening with those girls. I liked the lady with the awesome makeup. Yes, that was all of them!

  2. collin0truckasaurus says:

    So here’s a thing that happens on one Wednesday a month for me: our dept has a lunch meeting and for some reason the catering companies usually include a cookie with lunch. I know this has been an issue I’ve mentioned before, but today is another cookie day. I believe today it’s oatmeal raisin and FRANKLY I’m just not that excited about that. Gonna try to save it for about 3pm today. Maybe 3:45.

    • collin0truckasaurus says:

      I ate the cookie. It was a B. Pretty chewy. Okay flavor. Weird aftertaste.

      • It’s been a long time since I’ve had a really good cookie. Not a euphemism.

        • I recently had a “pignoli” cookie for the first time and upon reading what that was (between purchasing and eating it)(pine nut cookie!) I was like, “ugh, bummer” but it was actually amazing.

      • hotspur says:

        I took the unusual step of buying a box of Pepperidge Farm cookies last night at the bodega on my corner. For years I felt like this brand was extravagantly expensive and I did not understand who could buy them ($5 for cookies??), but lately my credit card debt has been reduced to a reasonable amount and so now I know the answer: People buy Pepperidge Farm who do not owe Visa $38,000. It’s even easy and fun!

        Also I need to start exercising again.

    • Wallflower says:

      Ugh! I hate oatmeal raisin! There is no reason for that to be a cookie and I only eat them when I think I’m getting chocolate chip and then I’ve already started it so I might as well finish it but I’m never happy about it.

      • collin0truckasaurus says:

        my grandmother makes the most amazing chocolate oatmeal cookies and they are my favorite of all the many flavors she makes, but the minute you start putting raisins in cookies is the minute I stop being interested in your baking skills!

  3. Wallflower says:

    I haven’t seen all of Unplugged oops I mean Untucked yet but looking forward to watching it. I was super bummed about Kelly because she’s originally from a small town in Oklahoma and I know someone who went to school with her (probably the closes I’m ever going to get to knowing a RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant) but it just didn’t work for her. Already hate Gia so I know she’ll be on for a while. I kind of love Vivacious already. The totally commitment to the extra head and her runway walk! I’m hoping some of the more annoying ones were just having first show jitters and will calm down. Not a fan of the two show premiere but Ru didn’t ask me.

  4. whatisabadger says:

    LET’S TALK ABOUT DRAG RACE!!
    -I can see what you mean about Ben de la Creme being too much, but at least she seems like she can ‘turn it off’ when not on the stage, as opposed to like, Laganja.
    -Gia seems like the Mariah of this season.
    -Did you see the about-the-queens/meet-the-queens things they posted way long ago? Adore’s opening line killed me (“My name is Adore Delano, I’m two years old and I’m from the ocean.” Perfect.) so I’m hoping she sticks around for a bit longer to be funny.
    -I love how batshit Vivacious’s aesthetic is, but I really hope she can put some glamour in there too, cause I’m kind of getting like an art school student vibe from her looks right now.
    -Kelly seemed like she could’ve been funny, in a sort of dry subdued way (which probably isn’t the best kind of shtick for RPDR), so too bad she had to leave. Not sure who I would’ve picked in her stead though.
    -Did they get two white guys for the pit crew to balance out the racial distribution? I kind of liked that the pit crew was entirely guys of color before, the new additions seem like some kind of compromise. They are hot, but still.

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