RPDR All Stars 6 – Episode 7: The Recap
Are you up-to-speed with Episode 7 of All Stars 6? Let’s get into it.
There was a lot to love in this week’s episode.
The main challenge was a performance challenge – these are generally the best to watch.
Kylie and Ra’jah were team captains.
Kylie chose Ginger and Eureka.
Ra’jah chose Jan, Trinity, and Pandora.
The teams had to write inspiring lyrics and create their choreography.
We got to see glimpses of the recording process and the choreo rehearsals.
The end result was great – a Vegas-style show number with a good mixture of group choreo and individual spotlights.
Trinity was the clear stand-out. It was mainly her choreo but she also sold the performance. Jan nailed it, and Ra’jah was also fun to watch whatever she was doing. Pandora – who has never claimed to be a dancer – was clearly the weakest, but not terrible.
This week’s category was Hot Tropics.
I guess you can read into that what you will, but the obvious direction is resort-wear that leans into tropical prints.
- Jan: Jan looked gorgeous. She’s taken Jersey Shore as her inspiration. She had the big hair and the tropical print that matched and accessorised everywhere. Job done.
- Pandora: Pandora hit the assignment, leaning into her retro aesthetic. It was a 50s-inspired tropical vibe on a trip to Palm Springs.
- Ra’jah: Ra’jah brought the body in a sexy two-piece and a reminder that we all need to moisturise more. Excellent work.
- Trinity: Trinity brought the Rio Carnivale to the runway – it was a spectacular look that makes you wonder how she packed it. It was a red feather extravaganza and she presented it with a Samba walk. Great wow-factor.
- Eureka: Eureka looked good. She had a white bodysuit that was patterned to effectively make her the beach-ball. While it was a relatively simple look, it worked. However, while it screamed Beach, it didn’t really give me Hot Tropics.
- Ginger: Ginger looked good – a flowy sexy look with a lot of fabric in a tropical print. Job done.
- Kylie: Head to toe in green, Kylie looked like a tropical parrot, but sexy. In a category where everyone played it fairly straight down the line, Kylie’s look probably felt the most creative.
Trinity was declared the winner for the week. There really wasn’t any doubt about that.
The Bottom 2 were Pandora and Jan.
It was no surprise that Pandora was in the bottom, but it didn’t make sense to me that Jan was in there. It’s difficult to think who else should have been there instead of Jan – probably Eureka or Ginger?
This week’s lip-sync assassin was Alexis Mateo. The track was Dance Again by J.Lo.
Alexis is old-school drag excellence. A pageant diva who also knows how to put on a show – she’s one of the queens who helped establish Drag Race as a cultural force.
This was looking like a really tight contest – Trinity is a great performer. However, when Trinity’s wig flew off – unintentionally – it was a clear win to Alexis.
How did Trinity not have her wig more secure? Did she not have enough time to get ready for the lip-sync?
As the winner of the lip-sync, Alexis got to reveal who the cast had voted to eliminate. She pulled out Pandora’s name, but then also pulled out Jan’s name – the voting had been a tie.
I think maybe they’ve said this somewhere previously, but I don’t think we’ve ever seen it in action. When there’s a tie in the voting, the casting vote goes to the winner of the week. So, Trinity had to reveal who she voted for.
I fully expected Trinity to eliminate Pandora, but instead she pulled out Jan’s name.
Episode 7, done!
Who’s going to win?
We’re getting into the business end of the season. Shall we try and predict the Top 4?
At this stage, my Top 4 prediction is:
That would mean Eureka and Pandora being eliminated. Maybe that’s harsh on Eureka, it does feel like they’re setting her up to win something.
Plus, adding complication, next week is the Snatch Game episode – the Snatch Game of Love format, not my favourite. If anything, that should favour Eureka and Pandora, which might put Trinity, Kylie, and Ra’jah in a vulnerable position.
Also, we’ve still got the game-within-a-game to play out. They haven’t announced how or when this is going to happen, but inevitably it’s going to be some kind of opportunity for an eliminated queen to return to the competition.
There’s still plenty of drama to come.
The Lip-Sync Assassins
- Episode 1: Coco Montrese – up against Yara and the track was Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars. This was judged a win for Coco, although I probably would have given it to Yara.
- Episode 2: Brooke Lynn Hytes – up against Ra’jah and the track was Miss You Much by Janet Jackson. This was judged a tie, although my vote would have gone to Brook Lynn.
- Episode 3: Laganga Estranja – up against Trinity and the track was Physical by Dua Lipa. You want a performance filled with stunts? Laganga delivers. That’s hard to share a stage with. A clear win to Laganga.
- Episode 4: Jessica Wilde – up against Jan and the track was Womanizer by Britney Spears (#FreeBritney). Jessica delivered a great performance, clearly taking the win against a low-energy Jan.
- Episode 5: Mayhem Miller – up against Ginger and the track was Phone by Lizzo. Ginger did a great a job, but it felt a bit like the production team decided that they couldn’t roll the tip money over any more. Mayhem really didn’t get any screen-time. It was a win to Ginger.
- Episode 6: Manila Luzon – up against Kylie and the track was Dirrty by Christina Aguilera. Manila always delivers an entertaining lip-sync but this is a track made for Kylie and it really enabled her to shine. It was a win to Kylie.
- Episode 7: Alexis Mateo – up against Trinity and the track was Dance Again by Jennifer Lopez. Alexis looked gorgeous, and there was an effective costume reveal. She embodied the song and – once Trinity lost her wig mid twirl – it was a clear win to Alexis.
Current Ranking: I’m not a huge Eureka fan, but she’s clearly a very accomplished drag queen who has been able to use the platform of Drag Race to build a successful career. Eureka turns looks, it’s just that I find her personality a bit overwhelming.
Current Ranking: If you want a queen who knows how this business works, then Ginger is your girl. Short in stature but big on talent. Ginger is entertaining to watch, whatever she’s doing.
Kylie Sonique Love
Current Ranking: Kylie always seems most at home performing on a stage, but the win in the acting challenge has definitely. boosted her confidence. It will be interesting to see if she can make Top 4.
Current Ranking: Pandora has done this several times before. She’s a seasoned, accomplished queen, who knows how TV works. Lucky to scrape through in Episode 7, I’m not sure we’ll see much more of Pandora in this series.
Current Ranking: Ra’jah has come into this series with all guns blazing. She seems much more present this time around and is as the competition has progressed she’s emerged as a favourite to win.
Trinity K Bonet
Current Ranking: Trinity came back into this competition a lot more self-assured, but she she still wears her emotions on her sleeve. Week after week, she seems to be getting stronger. She know looks like a definite contender for Top 4.
Final Ranking: I really like Jan. The talent is undeniable. I don’t really understand why the producers of this show hate her so much?
A’Keria C Davenport
Final Ranking: A’Keria has had some stand-out moments this series, but she’s never really seemed to be able to find her feet and look like a major threat. She made it to Episode 6 – eliminated by Kylie.
Final Ranking: Scarlet always looks good, but sometimes her dry personality can translate as a lack of enthusiasm for the job at hand. She made it to Episode 5 – eliminated by Ginger.
Final Ranking: Yara is an incredible drag queen, and somehow her kooky personality also translates really well onto TV. She’s had a bit of a rollercoaster on this series – either at the top or the bottom, eventually voted out in Episode 4.
Silky Nutmeg Ganache
Final Ranking: I’ve got to be honest, I’m not a fan of Silky. I guess that some people find her good TV, but it’s not a character or a performance that I connect with. She was voted out in Episode 3.
Final Ranking: Leaving in Episode 2, Jiggly has once again been brought undone by a sewing challenge. It seems a shame to lose Jiggly so early, she’s good TV. But, this is a really strong cast – the smallest slip-up is an excuse to send you packing.
Serena Cha Cha
Final Ranking: Serena is the Pork Chop of this season. Obviously, we’ll see her again at some point in the show, but it’s interesting that she was unanimously judged as the Weakest Link by the rest of the cast. There’s some drama about wigs that I haven’t fully caught up with – Serena makes wigs for other queens. My sense is that there’s possibly a bit of behind-the-scenes drama that contributed to the consensus that Serena needed to go.