Drag Race Spain – All Stars: Episode 3 – The Recap
Drag Race Spain is right up there among my favourite versions of this franchise.
There’s a chaotic energy about the Spanish queens that’s very entertaining to watch.
Sure, we’ve currently got a lot of Drag Race on our screens to try and keep track of, but an All Stars series that brings together some of our faves from Spain is a welcome addition to our watch-list.
The Main Challenge
This week it was the Girl Group challenge.
- Team 1: Samantha, Sethlas, and Juriji.
- Team 2: Hornella, Sagittaria, and Pupi.
They had the same track to work with – Team 1 got a Pop version and Team 2 got an Urban version.
They had to write their own lyrics and come up with the choreography.
It was interesting to watch the recording process. I’m not familiar with the work of the mentors that came into work with the queens, but it felt like they were giving really good advice that materially helped to improve what the queens had prepared.
We got to see the results on the main stage. Both teams did a solid job, but the Urban version of the track felt a bit flat.
This week’s category was Strass Divina de la Muerte.
I’m not quite sure how this translates. Strass is the word for shiny beads or gemstones. Divina de la Muerte is an expression that you use when a woman looks stunning, total perfection, so it’s kind of “drop dead gorgeous”, but I’m not sure how to put that together with “beads”.
- Hornella: This was a really interesting look from Hornella. Taking inspiration from the Lantern Fish, she was deep-sea aquatic. Most of the work was in the elaborate coat she was wearing, but there was also a lot of intention with the makeup and hair. She looked great.
- Pupi: This was a great look from Pupi – she gave us the iconic image of Goldie Hawn from Death Becomes Her – a candelabra sticking through the hole in her stomach. Perfectly executed, this is possible the best thing we’ve ever seen from Pupi on the runway.
- Juriji: A great look from Juriji – she was a chandelier, complete with extravagant beading and lots of candles. The whole looked spectacular but heavy. Not an easy look to walk down the runway.
- Sagittaria: Sagittaria revealed from a red overcoat into a nude bodysuit with raindrop beads and raindrop wet hair. This was okay – commendable in its simplicity but didn’t have a lot of impact on the runway.
- Sethlas: Another stunning look from Sethlas, an over-the-top carnivale spectacular. The red corset was beaded, and the headdress was enormous. Showstopping.
- Samantha: I didn’t like this from Samantha. She had a lot of detail on her face – gems stuck over every inch, but then it was a white bodysuit and a purple coat. I guess it was on-brand.
Team 1 were declared the winners, that meant that Samantha, Sethlas, and Juriji were all safe.
Samantha and Juriji were selected as the Top 2. It was obvious that Sethlas was stronger than both of them, but nice to share it around.
Pupi was declared safe, leaving us with a Bottom 2 of Hornella and Sagittaria.
Sagittaria announced that she wanted to leave, but Supremme told her to wait and see what was decided by the lip-sync. It was a bit of a sulky move from Sagittaria, but that seems to be the storyline that she’s leaning into.
The track was Mafiosa by Nathy Peluso – this week’s guest judge.
This is a good track – lots of personality and attitude.
We got different approaches from Juriji and Samantha. Juriji went for sexy whereas Samantha went for attitude.
Samantha’s make-up was distracting in this context. I’m not totally sure that Juriji knew the words but she felt more in control of the stage and was the more compelling performer.
Samantha was announced as the winner, which seemed a bit of a surprising choice but the judges may have had a better look at the accuracy of Juriji’s lip-sync.
All Star rules mean that the queen who wins the lip-sync gets to eliminate one of the Bottom queens.
Samantha chose to eliminate Sagittaria. No surprise there.
Episode 4, done!
Drag Sethlas: Sethlas is smashing this so far – she’s been Top 2 in the first three episodes and has already picked up three wine. It’s going to be difficult to maintain this momentum and next week’s comedy challenge will test her.
Hornella Góngora: I really enjoy whatever Hornella is doing – she gives good TV. She’s going to need to bag a win very soon if she’s going to stay in the running this series.
Juriji der Klee: Juriji really seems to be shining in this season – she feels a lot more confident and present than in her original season.
Pupi Poisson: Pupi is a really well-established, experienced drag queen with impressive acting skills. She’s also a very strong favourite with the judges. She could win this.
Samantha Ballentines: Samantha’s sense of humour isn’t my sense of humour, but she seems to be enjoying herself.
Final Ranking: Sagittaria had a good start to the series but didn’t get the level of praise from the judges that she seemed to be expecting so got very sulky. It’s all felt very unlikeable. I don’t think this All Stars appearance has done Sagittaria any favours.
Final Ranking: Pakita is intense and interesting and always gives good TV. I would have liked to have seen more from Pakita but this is a small cast and every week we’re losing a quality performer.
Final Ranking: This show never really feels a good fit for Onyx – she’s a conceptual and intellectual queen with a very dry sense of humour. The dancing and the comedy and the improv – not really her kind of thing. Having narrowly escaped the Bottom 2 in the first episode, to wind up back in the Bottom 2 in the second episode made her elimination a bit of an inevitability – Pupi sent her home.
Final Ranking: First out for Pink Chadora was a bit surprising, although I’m not mad about it.