RuPaul’s Drag Race – Season 14, Episode 2: The Recap
Are you keeping up? Are you up to speed with Episode 2 of Season 14? Okay, let’s go.
Season 14 has hit the ground running with a great first episode.
This season is a split premiere – 7 queens on week one and then 7 queens on week two. This week, we got to meet the second batch of queens.
The Work Room Entrance
- Jorgeous: She’s a pocket-rocket Latina and this red ostrich feather number did the business.
- Deja: Deja seems like a lot of fun, but I wasn’t cray about this entrance look. The white body-suit seemed to throw the whole thing off. She’s a campy queen – get into it.
- Jasmine: Channelling Alyssa Edwards, Jasmine is a lot younger than what she’s giving in drag. This was pageant showgirl head-to-toe – pink and feathers and bedazzled. Drag with a capital D.
- Maddy: This felt a bit understated – like a lesbian bowling team on a night out. The white tights seemed like a mistake.
- Angeria: This is a drag queen. Giving you Southern Belle with plenty of camp. Polka dots with red accents was a smart choice. Delicious.
- Lady Camden: Pretty much an interpretation of Baby Spice, which seems to be on-brand for Lady Camden. It was cute.
- Daya: This was a strong look from Daya. Black and gold punk leather-glam with a platinum blonde mullet. Strong.
Following the format of Episode 1, the mini-challenge was a photo-shoot.
This time, the queens had to work with a giant tub of Tic-Tacs as their prop.
Angeria was declared the winner. It could have been any of them, but Angeria made sense.
The Main Challenge
This brought us to the main challenge – the Talent Show.
- Jorgeous: Nailed it. Jorgeous told us she was a dancer, she came out and danced. This was confident and compelling – she’s one to watch, whatever she’s doing.
- Jasmine: Jasmine is also a dancing queen, and she brought the stunts to this lip-sync performance. Impressive.
- Daya: This was a tough spot in the running order for Daya. With the opening two acts being lip-syncs elevated by stunting dancers, Daya just gave us a lip-sync. It didn’t feel like enough.
- Lady Camden: Another dance number – Lady Camden brought some classical technique to the performance and gave some glimpses of comedy. Solid.
- Deja: Deja went for comedy, but it was a swing and a miss. This routine potentially has some potential, but needs a lot of work.
- Maddy: Playing the guitar is cool, but everything about this performance was giving background music.
- Angeria: Yes. An original track delivered in style. Come through pageant experience.
Category is: Signature Show-stopping Drag.
- Jorgeous: Perfection. A purple gown that reveals to a bejewelled bodysuit. Nailed it.
- Deja: This had some drama – black lace with statement splashes of cerulean. It was solid.
- Jasmine: Serving some 60s glamour in gold. High drag done right.
- Maddy: This was a costume stunt but it was done expertly and it worked. Marie Antoinette carrying her own head. Memorable.
- Angeria: Pageant? Check. Nailed it? Check.
- Daya: This wasn’t as strong as what everyone else was serving. The ribbon dress was cute, but it ripped at the back.
- Lady Camden: Katy Perry had a stage-performance version of this for her track Peacock. Lady Camden made it her own. Successful.
Alicia Keys was a good celebrity judge. Clearly having fun and pleased to be there.
Angeria was declared the winner. No surprise there, that felt absolutely correct.
Safe were Jorgeous, Jasmine, and Lady Camden.
That left us with a Bottom 3 of Deja, Maddy, and Daya.
It was no surprise that Maddy was safe, leaving Deja and Daya to battle it out in the lip-sync.
The track was Fallin’ by Alicia Keys.
Not the easiest of tracks – it’s essentially a ballad.
Daya seemed to do a solid job – she looks like a good lip-sync performer, however Deja had the measure of this song.
Deja brought the emotion and touches of humour to her performance – it was compelling.
Deja was declared the winner while Daya sashayed away.
Kornbread “The Snack” Jeté
Current Ranking: Is she a snack or is she the whole damn meal? As the winner of the first episode, Kornbread is the frontrunner. Great TV.
Angeria Paris VanMicheals
Current Ranking: Hailing from Atlanta, Angeria comes into the competition from the pageant circuit. As the winner of Episode 2, Angeria is clearly one to watch.
Current Ranking: Bosco is a Seattle queen, serving femme fatale glamour. It was a strong start from Bosco, she’s leaning into the horny-devil aesthetic.
Current Ranking: From Denver, Willow is from the same crew as Yvie Oddly. Willow is interesting. Whether she can adapt to all of the challenges that Drag Race throws up could be the question.
Current Ranking: LA-based Kerri is likely to be relying on that body. A solid start. The beauty is undeniable.
Current Ranking: A dancing queen from New York City – has Jasmine weaponised her Bachelor of Performing Arts? Probably. She seems like a triple threat.
Current Ranking: Jorgeous is from Nashville and she describes herself as a Latina dancing diva. It was a very strong start from Jorgeous – great performance, great looks, great personality. Compelling.
Current Ranking: Lady Camden is originally from the UK but now lives in Sacramento. She’s a trained ballet dancer turned drag queen. It was a solid start from Lady Camden – we’ll be seeing more of her.
Current Ranking: A pageant queens from Puerto Rico, Alyssa enters the competition with a reputation for looks and performance. Bottom 3 on Episode 1 wasn’t the greatest start, but I’m pretty sure that there’s more to come from Alyssa.
Current Ranking: Maddy is from Arkansas. Maddy identifies as heterosexual, cisgender, male. It wasn’t the strongest of starts for Maddy – landing in the Bottom 3 of Episode 2.
Current Ranking: LA-based June is known as a dancer, and she got to channel some Lizzo in the lip-sync on Episode 1. Not the start she was looking for, but she’s still in the race.
Current Ranking: A Californian queen with lip-sync skills. Not the strongest of starts for Deja – landing in the Bottom 2 of Episode 2.
Current Ranking: Daya Betty is from Missouri and is part of the House of Methyd. She’s tall, and is known for being able to construct a look. However, Daya was eliminated in Episode 2 – beaten in the lip-sync by Deja.
Final Ranking: From Michigan, Orion is serving midwestern beauty. Orion was part of the first seven queens on Episode 1 and she was the first eliminated – beaten in the lip-sync by June – making her the Pork Chop of the season.