This week on Drag Race UK was the episode fans wait all season for, Snatch Game and it ended in a truly shocking elimination.
UK queens have set high standards in previous seasons with their celebrity impersonations such as Baga Chipz as Margaret Thatcher and The Vivienne as Donald Trump in season one and in season two, Bimini Bon-Boulash slayed as Katie Price bringing us tag lines like: “The eyes are the nipples of the face.”
Season 3, episode 6 kicked off with the reading challenge and emotions were still bubbling high for Scarlett Harlett who used the opportunity to “get a few things off her chest.”
Ru used the walk through with the queens after announcing Snatch Game to throw a few hints in the direction they should go. It appeared as if RuPaul dropped hints for every queen to change their initially chosen celebrity and most took on the advice, except Choriza May who Ru recommended to play Cher. However, having never done a Cher performance before and not feeling confident enough Choriza went for her original choice Margarita Pracatán. During the walkthrough, Ru convinced Ella Vaday to do Nigella Lawson, Kitty Scott-Claus to do Gemma Collins, and Scarlett Harlett to do Macaulay Culkin. While, River Medway played Amy Childs, Vanity Milan played Jocelyn Jee Esien, and Krystal Versace played Selina Mosinski.
It became clear early on that Ella and Scarlett were standouts among the queens, between Ella’s saucy Nigella innuendos and Scarlett’s Christmas classic Home Alone puns. Despite Scarlett’s performance being a little repetitive continued to make Ru last which after all is the aim of the game. Kitty as Gemma Collins naturally stood out for all the right reasons, and received great feedback from the judges on the main stage with: “I think you did Gemma Collins better than Gemma Collins.”
Choriza and River were critiqued for learning their characters and playing what was already funny, as a pose to pushing the character boundaries and being funny.
During critiques RuPaul announced Ella was the prime example of what to do in the Snatch Game if you want to win Snatch Game and won her second RuPeter badge. Ru also praised Krystal for being so young and pushing herself out of her comfort zone during the main challenge, saying: “You were born to be a Drag Queen.”
In the end, Choriza and River were asked to lip sync for their lives to the tune of “Shout” by Lulu. The performance was one of the sloppiest in Drag Race herstory. Both queens were like dears in headlights and flailed around on stage as if they had never seen the show or known what a lip sync was… and to do that in front of RuPaul and LuLu — wow! It was truly no surprise when Ru asked them both to sashay away.