Drag Race UK Season 3 Episode 5 Recap: Draglexa

This week delivered a first in Drag Race UK history when Mama Ru announced no winners of safe queens after the maxi challenge meaning every contestant was up for elimination and Ru posed the famous question to the group: “Who do you think should go home tonight?” Scarlett Harlett received the most votes from her fellow queens which lead to her walking off set during Untucked.

The queens were challenged to a branding and acting challenge to advertise the “Draglexa”. A comedy challenge with endless opportunities, however from the start it appeared that each team was unable to work cohesively and come up with any original ideas. It became apparent in rehearsals this was not going to be a shining moment for them.

Both teams failed to impress the judges or tickle their funny bone and got harsh critique for their performances. After deliberations Ru announced five queens who would be safe this week: Choriza May, Ella Vaday, Kitty Scott-Claus, Krystal Versace, River Medway. But they were issued a warning from RuPaul: “As you step to the back of the stage, keep one thing in mind: step your p***ies up.”

Scarlett, Charity, and Vanity were the only queens left in front of the judges having received the votes from the other queens prior to deliberations.

“You’ve been playing it safe,” RuPaul told Scarlett. “You’ve been playing the same note,” RuPaul told Charity. “You’ve been playing a game of catch-up,” RuPaul told Vanity.

In the end, the bottom two was once again Charity and Scarlett — and because nobody went home last week, Ru made sure they understood one of them would be leaving the competition.

Scarlett and Charity went head to head in a lip sync to “Big Spender” by Shirley Bassey. Charity relied on her quirks which didn’t quite translate on the stage, while Scarletts passionate performance and formal attire fit the song. It was Charity who was asked to sashay away.

Underdogs, Choriza May, Ella Vaday, River Medway, and Vanity Milan thus far have made little impact in the competition having only won badges as part of a group challenge, but have yet to prove themselves as individuals.

Tensions are riding high between the queens after Untucked, and it’s likely we’ll see some of that spill into next weeks episode which will feature the reading challenge and THE SNATCH GAME.

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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