A couple weeks ago Deb from over at She Who Seeks, asked me in a comment what my thoughts were about Drag Race this season. Well, between my work schedule then, and the laptop issue (which I'm still getting used to finding where shit is on this new one), and Logo not being offered on my package anymore, I have to watch online the next day. So Deb....here's my take this season.....
1- Overall, I thought it was another pretty entertaining season again with quite a collection of different queens from all kind of genres. I mean, how many more ground breaking styles can we have come season 7, and now 8 has been announced.
2-The judges were.....ok. A nice selection of guest judges, but I say the chemistry was much better with Santino, Ru and Michelle.
3-As far as the challenges, I was happy to see some new ones, and with some of the old favorites still in tact.
4- As far as the queens go, they started to leave in the order I had predicted they would, till about the middle. I never saw Tempest being first, I thought Miss Fame would make top 4, and why in hell was Jasmine even ever on the show??? Kandy Ho also shocked me by being so weak, and kept as long as she was. This year I also watch the Untucked show, which I have to say, almost enjoyed more than the show itself. I found it very interesting, for the most part, that the queens did really get along, and it was nice to see how supportive they were of each other for the most part. It really captures I think, what the feeling is like, if you ever wondered, in the dressing rooms at drag shows.
5-Some of my other thoughts and guesses........
I pretty much knew Ginger would do very well. Since Miss Fame is now gone, I really think this may be the year for the big queen, and about damn time. I enjoyed Ginger as much as Lattrice Royale. Ginger looks fabulous, has great make-up skills, is funny, has enough cattiness, a great lip syncher, and holds a great commanding stage presence. During a show, I do believe I would like to see her over and over again. I love that she will talk about you right behind your back then to your face... I am really hoping the win goes to her.
From the beginning I said Pearl would be top 3. I absolutely love this queen and her cool, collect demeanor, much like mine. Her looks are very modern, flawless and creative which I can respect. But .....I do see shades of edginess from Sharon Needles, and I'm not sure she has a presence I'd want to see all night long, for example, like mc-ing or hosting a drag show. The humor is not quite there, which I don't think she has all the time. But I do really love her, and she has quite a rare attitude which is very refreshing.
Violet Chachki I hadn't known too much about, except for the attitude, which most times didn't disappoint. I must admit, I hadn't placed her high on my list to stay. She made it much further than I ever suspected. Does she deserve to be there? Yes. She was consistently flawless, never had to lip snych, and always had nice tight looks. Girlfriend can work the looks and the attitude which only adds to her alter ego. But that is where it ends to me. While I think she would put on a hellva performance, I don't pick up on a great stage presence as far as carrying a whole show, or hosting a show. And I have yet too see any humor. But I do respect her still being in the race, with her not being in the drag world long, and for being so well painted in her short time.
Kennedy Davenport I didn't think would win, but went further into the race than I though pageant girl would. I was MOST surprised by her more than anyone how she grew on me. She was a class act, has incredible drag etiquette, was fair and personable to all, and how could you not love her entertaining accent? She was old school pageant drag with just the right mix of updated style.
My girl Kasha ended her run just about where I thought she would. And was very happy she went as far as she did. Kasha has long been a favorite of mine and one of the sweetest queens you'll meet, but I didn't think we would have two back to back comedy queens win. Plus, she's alright in my book, as we have a lot in common....."There's always time for a cocktail!"
And finally Max Malanaphy.....another who I really enjoyed watching more than I thought. I really enjoyed her shtick she was selling....and I was buying. I loved her looks, and the whole character she was creating. I do think she may have went down the race further had she done Marlene Dietrich or Greta Garbo for the Snatch Game. Why do another drag queens act??? I think they should have to do actors or other notable personalities. I mean were watching drag queens...why do one? But over all did love her style and creativity.
So....if you watched, what did you think of the season and who do you think will take the crown??? Tootles!