Drag Race UK Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: “Rats: The Rusical”

Drag Race UK is back in full swing with host RuPaul and her longtime friend Michelle Visage. They’re joined on the judging panel by UK entertainment personalities Alan Carr and Graham Norton, as well as a collection of celebrity guest judges.

After Joe Black’s elimination, the queens returned to the werk room to say their goodbyes and express their shock that a British legend was first to leave the competition. Bamini was on a high after showing her skills in the lip sync and Asstina defended her win after A’Whora voiced her opinions that she should have been in the bottom three of the week for wearing an ASOS jacket on the runway.

The next day, everyone entered the werk room in high spirits and RuPaul arrived shortly after to introduce them to this weeks mini challenge; a hidden election to determine who among them is the Secretary of Shade, Trade Minister, Leader of Lording It Up, and Baroness Basic. After the votes were cast, A’Whora was named the shadiest, Tayce was voted trade of the season, Lawrence was cockiest, and Tia the most basic.

Since Tia, was voted most basic RuPaul gave her the power to assign the roles in this weeks maxi challenge where the queens were required to act and sing live in “Rats: The Rusical.”

During rehearsals the queens worked with Michelle and her own personal vocal coach, Dane Chalfin as well as choreographers Jay Revell and Kieran Daley Ward.

On elimination day, Cherry Valentine opened up to Sister Sister about her background in a traveller family and the culture difficulties she’s faced with her sexuality and career. Cherry even confided in Sister hat she has never spoken to her family about these feelings and in a way the appearing on the show is a way of coming out.

On the main stage, the panel consisted of RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and special guest judge Sheridan Smith who all had front row seats to “Rats: The Rusical” in which Bimini and A’Whora really shined with their performances, as well as Veronica and Tia.

On the runway, category is: “Surprise! Surprise!” Where the challenge was to surprise the judges with a secret reveal, where the queens changed their outfits on the runway like a magic trick.

It was Veronica who came out on top this week and was the second queen to win a RuPeter badge. While Cherry and Tayce found themselves in the lip sync performing “Memories” by Elaine Paige — as the song is a ballad, both queens took a risk to perform the song dramatically as a singer would, without the razzle-dazzle. Unfortunately, our northern lass Cherry came off a little stiff in her emotional rendition and was asked to sashay away.

While we’re sad to see a northern lass leave the competition so early. We’re hoping that Cherry has found the strength and support she needs moving forward.

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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