Drag Race Recap: A lackluster rusical is staged by a lip-sync shock


Broadway may still be dark, but the Friday episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race kept the music going with the debut of its latest rusical (for better or for worse).

The rusical is a time-honored tradition that previously explored everything from the rise of the Kardashians (RIP, Kimye!) To the fall of the worst bitches in the Herstory. How did Social Media: The Unverified Rusical hold up against the productions of the past seasons? In the words of Dorinda Medley, “Not good bitch.” Seriously, not even a pep talk by Anne Hathaway before the show could save this one.

Sure, some queens have had standout moments – from Denali and Gottmik as a pair of Russian bots to Kandy Muse’s “Womanizer” homage – but to quote Nicole Kidman in The Prom, there was a certain lack of… Zazz. In contrast to Madonna Rusical from last season, I will not accept RuPaul’s support to “binge view” this on YouTube soon.

As with most challenges that require a casting element, this one was instantly drama. Rosé and Denali, in particular (which are very different, but also kind of interchangeable?) Shot at the same roll, resulting in such an uncomfortable drop that I winced just thinking about it. “We have a lot of nerve getting you to audition,” admitted Olivia Lux. “But I want to see it!”

Unsurprisingly, the final vote was largely in support of Rosé, despite Utica Queen and Tina Burner both throwing their support behind Denali … or did they? (“I picked Denali 100 percent to fuck with Rosé’s brain,” admitted Tina in a confessional.) Check out everything below:


Fortunately this week [extreme Barbra Streisand voice] “Yellow, beautiful!” The runway gave the queens an opportunity to remind us why we still love them. Tina and Elliott With 2 Ts both earn toots for their respective taxi-inspired getups, Gottmik’s Crash Test Dummy tribute managed to stop the traffic, Denali made Banana proud of her “Princess Python Reality” look and Symone was dressed as a pimp to kill Big Bird (her words!). Heck, I didn’t even hate Kandy’s replica of Beyoncé’s iconic “Lemonade” video dress – and that’s a step up!

But just one look made me gasp audibly, and that was Rose’s ridiculous (and well-executed!) Homage to Jim Carrey’s character in The Mask. The green face, the feminized outfit, the big smile – everything worked. Coupled with Rosé’s impressive rusical performance, her win that week was a foregone conclusion.

As for Michelle Visage’s claim that Rosé’s outfit is more orange than yellow, I’m not sold. I feel like she was just trying to start another black and blue and white and gold debacle that is on the social media theme of the week, and I’m definitely not biting. … OK, well, I’ll bite. Please cast your vote below:

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Although the judges enjoyed their runway look, Kandy and Symone rightly landed in the bottom two positions for their lackluster rusical performances. But these queens didn’t want to drop out yet, and from the moment Fifth Harmony’s “BO $$” started playing it was a fight to the death (drop). While I’m proud of #TeamSymone, I really believe Kandy won that lip-syncing – but it doesn’t matter because neither of them flies (Hath) away!

Real talk: we all knew this was going to be a double shantay from the jump, yes? I can’t exactly say why – maybe it’s because these two queens seem destined for the top 4 – but after watching this show for years, you just know when it’s coming. Ru almost caught me with this forgery, but recalling Kandy was as inevitable as Rosé’s victory in a musical challenge. (Sorry Jan!)

Watch the queens showdown below:


Tonight, our bottom two queens made the party a disgusting lip-sync from @ FifthHarmony’s ‘Bo $$’. What did you think?! #DragRace pic.twitter.com/Lg9cQ8uzca

– RuPaul’s Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) February 20, 2021

Your thoughts on this week’s episode, from the rusical to the double shantay? Drop them all in a comment below.

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