In the third episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 2, the queens go head to head on the runway in a never before seen sewing challenge.
The third episode kicked off with a fun and tantalising mini-challenge with a limbo competition. The queens were given 30 minutes to get themselves into “quick-drag” with some choosing festival style head pieces. Watching drag queens do the limbo and chanting “how low can you go” is one of the most joyous things to watch on a Thursday evening. Queens Veronica Green and Tayce competed as the final two, however both fell at the final level making it a draw.
For this weeks main challenge called “Who Wore It Best?” RuPaul asked the queens to pair up with their “very best Judy” which was a unique opportunity for viewers to see what relationships have been forming behind the scenes. However, all is never as it seems on Drag Race, as RuPaul told the queens they would be competing against their partner not with them, and that on the runway there would be one winner and on loser. Any queens chosen as the loser in their pair would be up for elimination.
All the queens were given the same box of materials, however each pair were assigned a different colour. As winners of the mini-challenge Veronica Green and Tayce assigned the colours. Veronica Green paired with Tia Kofi, chose the green box, which considering her name and love of Wicked was predictable. Tayce who chose A’Whora as her “very best Judy” chose black. While, Ginny Lemon and Sister Sister got pink, Ellie Diamond and Lawrence Chaney received gold and Bimini Bon Boulash and Asttina Mandella got blue.
In the werk room while the queens put together their outfits for the runway, RuPaul talked to Ginny Lemon who became vulnerable when talking about her identity, and which point RuPaul challenged her to try breaking away from comedy drag for a sexier look on the runway. Ginny then went on to have an emotional chat with Bimini Bon Boulash about what it means to be non-binary. Watching the queens bond, and build strong friendships in the werk room is truly a beautiful thing.
On the runway, each queen attacked the challenge in a different way. It’s always interesting to see where they draw their creativity from and how they approach the challenge, especially when a queen can’t sew. There were defiantly some unique takes on “Who Wore It Best?” With some queens playing it safe and others pushing boundaries.
In the pairings of Tayce and A’Whora, A’Whora won as Tayce was criticised for using a similar silhouette to last week. Sister Sister won over her pairing with Ginny Lemon who didn’t quite pull off sexy with her simple garment.
Veronica Green beat Tia Kofi, who came off looking a little like a powderpuff girl after changing her outfit last minute. Bimini Bon Boulash won against partner Asttina Mandella who was criticised for her simple take on anime chic however was reminiscent of Sailor Moon and Lawrence Chaney beat Ellie Diamond, and also went on to win the main challenge.
Tia Kofi and Asttina Mandella were in the bottom two and competed in the lip sync. Despite Asttina claiming to be a excellent lip syncer, and being the winner for the first challenge in week one it was Tia Kofi who delivered the winning performance. Sadly Asttina was asked to sashay away and Tia Kofi lives to fight another day.
Nine queens remain.