Drag Race Belgium – Season 2, Episode 4: The Recap.
We’re back in Belgium for Season 2 of Drag Race Belgique!
Are you up to speed? Let’s get into it.
For no particular reason, this week’s mini-challenge was a quick-drag Cha Cha Cha dance-off.
No one knew what Cha Cha Cha was but maybe they were contractually obliged to play Cha Cha Bitch by RuPaul at some stage this season and so this was it.
It all felt very flat and a waste of everyone’s time.
This was a political challenge. We’ve seen variations of this over the years but this version did resonate with Belgium because Belgian politics is chaotic and farcical.
The queens had to write and deliver a humorous political speech within a set time-limit. It had to be funny and also personal – a tricky combination to pull off.
Everyone did an okay job, but Morphae and Loulou didn’t get their speech out within the alloted time so they effectively failed the task.
This week’s category was Eurovision – taking inspiration from looks worn by Eurovision entries from Belgium over the years.
This is a great category and celebrates a fairly treasured part of Belgian culture.
- Alvilda: Another great runway from Alvilda, she delivered a haute couture version of the look that Gustaph – last year’s entry – wore. It was a clear reference and the execution was strong.
- Chloe Clarke: Chloe looked good and she confidently delivered the look she was wearing, which made sense in the side-by-side photo to her reference. In close-up, the nude-illusion was a bit wonky, but it was a good look.
- Gabanna: Loved this from Gabanna. It was a bit of a loose interpretation from the original reference she was using, but she made it drag and it made sense.
- La Veuve: Veuve’s reference was a duo and so she delivered a reveal that served both partners of the duo. Good job.
- Loulou Velvet: Loulou looked good – her reference was a white Grecian look and she took a loose interpretation of that.
- Morphae: I couldn’t really follow Morphae’s creative process on this one – she had a reference of woman in a black dress and so delivered a completely different black dress and added a spider element for no particular reason. It was interesting but it wasn’t really what the category was about.
- Star: Star’s always giving more than what you asked for – a reveal from one reference look into a completely different reference look. She went all out and it paid off.
Star and Veuve were safe.
Gabanna and Alvilda were in the Top. Alvilda was declared the winner, which seemed fair enough.
Chloe was safe, leaving us with a Bottom 2 of Morphae and Loulou.
Morphae announced that she had decided to leave the competition. This didn’t come as a huge shock – she’d been foreshadowing it for a while
The track was Toy by Netta.
It’s a song that’s firmly embedded within Eurovision folklore, so it’s a reasonable choice given the runway category.
As Morphae had already eliminated herself, Loulou was invited to perform the lip-sync by herself, with no danger of elimination.
I guess Loulou was tired – I’m sure it had been a long day of filming, and the emotional rollercoaster of Morphae’s decision would also have taken its toll. But, let’s be honest, Loulou went through the motions like this was her third number on a Tuesday night in an empty cabaret bar on rue du Marché au Charbon. There was walking, there was pointing, there was wafting of fabric. Eventually, the music stopped and we could all go home.
Episode 4, done!
Alvilda: Arty and edgy, there’s a lot to like and the momentum is building.
Chloe Clarke: We’re only four episodes in and Chloe has already survived two lip-syncs. I think that next week could be the end of the road.
Gabanna: My early favourite but Gabanna has taken a while to find her feet in this competition. She badly needs a win but next week’s Snatch Game is going to play to her strengths.
La Veuve: A bearded queen with a fetish edge, she smashed Episode 1 but it’s been a struggle since then. Next week’s Snatch Game should suit her nicely.
Loulou Velvet: It felt initially that Loulou was a real contender but it feels like she’s starting to run out of steam. Next week’s Snatch Game could be a struggle.
Star: Old-school cabaret drag. She’s bringing a lot of experience into this competition, will she be able to adapt those skills to master this format? So far, so good.
Final Ranking: Out of drag, super-model. In drag – the look is chaotic but there’s clearly method in this madness. She was my pick to win so it’s a bit of a surprise to lose her so early in the competition – she eliminated herself in Episode 4.
Final Ranking: Yoko’s low-key personality seemed to make it difficult for her to make her mark in this competition. The Girl Group challenge was her downfall, eliminated in Episode 3 – beaten in the lip-sync by Veuve.
Final Ranking: Sarah is the Pork Chop of the season – undone by the sewing challenge of Episode 2 and beaten in the lip-sync by Chloe. Short but sweet, the showgirl returns to the cabaret stage.