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Who Deserves to Win Miss Congeniality on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'?

Season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race is close to crowing its latest winner, capping off six straight months of our favorite show being on the air (All Stars 3 included).

Besides the winner, the other big prize that is awarded at the end of the season is Miss Congeniality, which is a fan-based vote that determines who the audience thinks was one of three things: the nicest (Ivy Winters, BenDeLaCreme), the one who helped others out the most (Latrice Royale, Yara Sofia), or simply fan favorite for a bevy of reasons (Katya, Valentina. No shade, seriously).

The winner of each season has never won Miss Congeniality as well, which could cause a problem this time around as there is a major front runner for both (IMHO). This group of girls didn't necessarily bring it the way that previous ones did (see my seasons recap here), but there were a couple from this bunch that no doubt deserve to wear the coveted "congenial" sash come finale night.

Here are three of this seasons queens that deserve the title of Miss Congeniality:one from each category (helpful, nice, fan favorite). 

Asia O'Hara (Top 5, still in the competition). She has been dominating the competition (minus Snatch Game and the challenge after that), but hasn't had a major ego like several past pageant queens have. She has kept it all the way real in a way that is authentic without being pushy or with an "I'm right, you're wrong, deal with it," kind of mentality. Her heart to heart that she had with The Vixen was one of the most touching and sincere moments of the season, and Asia's motherly type of attitude that she has exuded with helping the other queens out in their outfits, minds and more could easily earn her this title.

Blair St. Clair (9th place). Could Blair possibly be the nicest person to ever compete on RPDR? Maybe! The Indianapolis native was incredibly sweet, from her entrance to her exit, and was so jovial with everyone around her that it's hard to find any negatives from her time on the show, especially when it comes to the sisterly department.

Vanessa Vanjie Matteo (14th place). Yes, she went home first, but she's become the biggest thing from this season simply by walking backwards and saying her middle name three times before exiting episode one. I have no doubt that Vanessa will get a good portion of the votes from the audience, as she has been able to develop a career better than any other girl who went home first on their season.  When the power of one word can change your life, it deserves some sort of recognition, and Miss Congeniality could be just that.

Go cast your vote for Miss Congeniality on VH1's voting site here

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

 

 

 

RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Power Rankings, Episode 5: 'What’s Your Safe Word?’

Episode 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race aired last night on VH1, and IMHO… was its best yet this season.  The reason for this is due to the challenge at hand, which tested the queens comedy skills and also their quick-witted ability to keep up with all the elements incorporated within, and whereas some flourished, others definitely faltered.

After the queens do some military-inspired drag in this week’s mini-challenge, they were propelled into the maxi-challenge which was to split up into teams of two and given a premise by Ru for a segment they will film on a trashy daytime talk show called The Bossy Rossy Show with Ross Matthews as the host.  The teams were Miz Cracker & Mayhem Miller (one had a fear of pickles), Aquaria and Eureka (both claimed to be the sexiest adult baby in the world), Monique Heart and Blair St. Clair (who are the girlfriend and wife, respectively, of a cactus), The Vixen & Asia O’Hara (one thinks the other is copying off their total look) and Kameron Michaels & Monet X Change (queens dealing with unusual addictions). 

The good thing about this episode is that even the queens in the bottom two didn’t exactly do terribly as it was overall a strong showing of everyone that was left.  That challenge was followed by the one on the runway, where the queens had to serve their best denim look to judges RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and guests Shania Twain (!!!!!) and Carrie Preston.  In the end (SPOILER ALERT) Mayhem Miller was sent home (against Monet X Change).  I never really saw her winning, however I never expected her to go home this early.  Last week I had her in the middle of the pack at number 5 out of 10, and now… she’s eliminated.

Now, we have nine queens remaining, without any indication so far that any of them are coming back (I’m fine with that not happening this season, thank you very much).  Each week, we are doing a power ranking of who is on the top, the middle and the bottom.  In week four, Asia O’Hara retained the top spot for the second week in a row, while Monique Heart was at the bottom.  How does this week’s group fare?  Take a look at who I think ranks 1st all the way to last currently.

1. Miz Cracker (last week: #2).  Cracker has really risen in the rankings over the past couple of weeks and has finally become one to look out for on season 10.  Her irreverent type of comedy worked absolutely wonderful in this challenge, as her performance as Dr. Dill showcased just how funny she really is.  She’s also one of two queens remaining (including Blair) to have never fallen in the bottom.  Here’s hoping it stays that way. 

2. Asia O’Hara (last week: #1).  Was Asia funny in the whole spoof of the Aquaria/Cracker rivalry? Yes, compared to her counterpart.  But she’s lost some major steam in the past two weeks, and that’s a bit concerning for me.  Step it up a bit girl, you have this. 

3. Kameron Michaels (last week: #7).  I’m not going to lie, I had Kameron pegged to be one of the first to go home as the quiet ones can either do extraordinarily well (Jinkx Monsoon, Sasha Velour) or go home first.  Kameron has really blossomed over the past two weeks, especially with the fact that she outshined a Monet who is known for her comedy skills in New York City.  She also had a moment with her idol Shania, and that was wonderful to watch.  She’s doing well, I just hope she’s able to keep it up as the competition goes along. 

4. Eureka (last week: #4).  Yes, Eureka won on the 5th episode whereas she went home the same episode in season 9.  Yes, she did hilariously on the maxi challenge in her baby attire as well as her costumes.  And yes, I did appreciate her trying to mend things with Vixen.  There’s still something off about her that doesn’t put her higher for me right now, and I can’t really put a finger out it.  I give her a ton of credit for trying as hard as she’s been doing though, as it finally paid off this week. 

5. Aquaria (last week: #6).  I’ve been a bit harsh to Aquaria most of these rankings, but she did a pretty great job during the maxi challenge this week.  I only have her this low as her “rival” (see the quotation marks there) Cracker is doing way better than her.  If they are going to treat them as real rivals, then Aquaria needs to step it up a bit to even the playing field with her fellow NYC queen. 

6. Blair St. Clair (last week: #3).  Blair drops in the rankings as she didn’t do too well this week against Monique and her quiet demeanor, which I used to enjoy in the first couple of episodes, is starting to get boring.  Step. It. Up. 

7. Monique Heart (last week: #10).  It took five episodes for her to finally get a high ranking, and I’m proud of her for that.  Consistency is key in this competition, and as funny as she was in episode 5, she needs to continue to do as well if not better if she wants to get a higher ranking than the ones above her. 

8. The Vixen (last week: #8).  I am fairly indifferent about Vixen at this point.  I understand her frustrations about a lot, especially about her performance in the maxi challenge with Asia, but I’m really starting to wonder what she’s bringing to the table outside of these “drama” based storylines.  I get why she didn’t really want to mend things with Eureka, it shows that she’s grown, but her performances lately outside of that have just been meh for me.  Stay tuned though. 

9. Monet X Change (last week: #4).  I DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO DO THIS.  Seriously, Monet is the s**t.  She’s so funny but is getting so in her head and its frustrating to even watch because I know what a damn good drag queen she is.  I hope to god that she’s able to pull it together next challenge otherwise she’ll be the third NYC queen eliminated in only six episodes.  

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Power Rankings, Episode 4: Who is Currently on Top?

Thursday night's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race was 90 minutes long, yet seemed like it was the same amount of time as a showing of Titanic with the previews before it given the amount of ensembles and drama that was featured throughout.

This week's episode relied heavily on the queen's fashion abilities, as they had to create three separate looks for the runway portion of the show.  The "ball" episode usually doesn't air until there are five queens left or so, so the fact that we had 33 different outfits come down the runway (which is more than I have in my closet) was a blessing to see but also something that I had to watch three times just so I could really take it all in in terms of what the queens were serving.

Each week, we are doing a power ranking of who is on the top, the middle and the bottom.  In week three, Asia O' Hara found her way to the top of the list whereas NYC queen Aquaria was at the bottom (IMHO at that point).  Has much changed though?  Take a look at where I think the final ten stand (Spoiler alert: if you don't know who went home, then stop reading).  Let us know if you agree or disagree.

1. Asia O' Hara (Last Week: #1): Yes, she was in the bottom three this week, but that doesn't excuse the fact that Asia's charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent are blossoming as each episode airs.  The fact that she went out of her way to help craft 10 other outfits in spite of the fact that hers didn't look as good as the others proves what a good-hearted individual she is, and a bottom three appearance isn't going to change that.  Expect to see this Texas queen coast her way to the top four at this point.

2. Miz Cracker (Last Week: #6).  Cracker has a charm and funniness about her that Aquaria thinks she has but she doesn't.  She's been at the top in three of the four challenges, and hasn't been anywhere near close to the bottom yet.  Even though the preview shows differently, it looks like her humor will work wonders during the talk show challenge with Ross Matthews, and that should segue into a hopeful top 9 Snatch Game appearance where she will (once again hopefully) slay this group.  

3. Blair St. Clair (Last Week: #2).  I love Blair, and still think she has that something special that will help her go far in this game, but she's not getting a major edit in a sea of queens that are extremely alpha this time around.  I hope at some point that they give her something to work with from a personal POV outside of her comedy and aesthetic, because she has it, it just hasn't been shown yet. 

4. Monet X Change (Last Week: #5).  Monet ended up in the bottom two and quite frankly slayed the f***ng house down with her hilarious rendition of Nicki Minaj's "Pound the Alarm."  I'm trying not to be biased here, as she's from NYC and I've seen in person just how talented she is, but I truly believe this week was simply a blip and she'll coast her way to the end just like Asia will.  Hang tight, y'all.

5. Mayhem Miller (Last Week: #7).  Mayhem started this season so strongly, then she faltered big time last week, and now she's safe.  Hmm.  Here's what's concerning: the upcoming challenges will more than likely show each queen's comedy side, and based on how she was last week, it makes me wonder if she will fall on her own sword again and not do well as she's become more of a "look" queen at this point in the competition.  I'm still holding out hopes for her, however.

6. Aquaria (Last Week: #11).  You won a main challenge by looking like Lady Gaga ten year later... great.

7. Kameron Michaels (Last Week: #9).  Kameron really stepped it up this week with her fashion game, but I have truly yet to see anything out of the ordinary to propel her any higher than this ranking right now.  This can easily change, of course, next week. 

8. The Vixen (Last Week: #3).  Here's where I support Vixen: she was justified both episodes in her flipping out on Eureka and Aquaria.  I understood it, as she was somewhat provoked by the latter, and definitely provoked by the former.  However, this is becoming her storyline, and that has to be frustrating for her as she's a very talented queen outside of these fights she's involved in.  I hope to god there aren't anymore, so RPDR fans can focus on what got her on the show in the first place.  

9. Eureka O' Hara (Last Week: #4).  We are four episodes in, and Eureka has been safe for two, high for one, and bottom two for the other.  Given that this is her second time doing this, you think she would've figured out a formula to at least win one and make the other queens realize why she was brought back again.  She also dropped in the rankings this week because it was very evident that she provoked Vixen on Untucked, and that kind of behavior really was disgusting and was mimicked how she behaved on her original season.  Tsk, tsk.

10. Monique Heart (Last Week: #10).  There's really nothing wrong with Monique, but she's been nothing but a middle of the road queen to this point and I don't see that changing in the near future.  She's next to go, IMHO, unless something drastic happens on Thursday. 

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

 

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 Power Rankings: We Have a New Front Runner

Episode three of RuPaul's Drag Race aired last night on VH1, which saw the first New York City queen go home: Yuhua Hamasaki (I never saw her winning TBH, but I definitely didn't see her going home this early).

Last night's episode (plus Untucked) gave us a vibe similar to how season 4 was in terms of certain cast members having a very vocal and in your face opinion and attitude about the others in and out of the werk room, which quite frankly helped make this show into what it is today.  Not saying that I enjoy the whole Bad Girls Club meets RuPaul's Drag Race sort of thing that last night was, but at the same time, one queen's thoughts on racism needed to be shared and for good reason. 

That being said, there are 11 queens left, and moving forward, I will be doing a power ranking of sorts that shows where each queen will fall (IMHO) after each episode airs.  Based on last night's episode, here is how I think the group stands.

1. Asia O'Hara.  I wasn't really convinced about Asia in the first two episodes, as I sort of just found her presence to be simply "there".  Episode three showed her really stepping her game up, by easily winning the Tap That App challenge by using one of the funniest faces I've ever seen on RPDR plus her feather-inspired runway look which was also able to find its funny by Asia consistently blowing the hair out of her face.  As of now, she is potentially the one to beat, as she's never been in the bottom, and has been able to control her emotions pretty well compared to some of her still competition.  Stay tuned though.

2, Blair St. Clair.  Blair is going to be the silent killer of this season.  If you haven't realized it already, she's been in the top for all three episodes as of now, but has yet to win a main competition.  That to me is not a problem, as it shows that she's been consistent with her performance unlike others such as Mayhem Miller who has sort of been all over the place.  Blair is funny, unique, has a great story behind her and really is coming across very likable so far which can allow the producers to craft a great story for her as the season goes on.  She's definitely one to look out for at the moment.

3. The Vixen.  When you come into the first episode saying you are ready to fight, you better back up those words.  And she has, each and every episode.  The Vixen is this season's Phi Phi O'Hara, but with a more justified POV.  I love Phi Phi, but a lot of her anger in S4 came across as pure insecurity whereas The Vixen has a major point and I'm so glad that they didn't really edit anything out in Untucked when she came head to head with Aquaria regarding how the NYC queen shaded her about simply borrowing a wig.

Sure, her delivery might be over the top and I do agree with Miz Cracker when she can bring it down to a five instead of a ten, but The Vixen knows how past African-American queens have been treated on and off this show (Jasmine Masters, Nina Bo'Nina Brown) and she simply doesn't want that happening anymore and decided to speak on it on television as opposed to simply on social media.  She rightfully put Aquaria in her place, and didn't back down.  It shows that she's not only talented queen on the runway, but a smart cookie off of it in terms of knowing how to play this game but at the same time voicing your opinion when needed.  

4. Eureka O'Hara.  Eureka figured out what her flaws were in season 9 and is doing her best to not repeat them.  After winding up in the bottom two last week, she quickly recovered by doing a pretty funny performance in the Tap That App challenge, and killing it on the runway.  Her whole thing, moving forward, is to keep her balance of funny and fashion going at a rate that can put a lot of these other queens in the back row as opposed to the main stage.  She has it, we know she does, just stay balanced and she'll go the distance.  

5. Monet X Change.  Monet has a New York City mindset that is very reminiscent of Bianca Del Rio in season 6.  She knows how to throw shade at the other queens, but has also been very smart and very balanced in how she handles the others, particularly the Aquaria vs. Vixen meltdown on last night's episode.  Her humor shined in the Tap That App challenge, and it looks as if this whole sponge thing will be her "Purse First" moment of the season.  I hope she gets a win in some of the main challenges moving forward, because she's someone who I really want to see make it to the end of this game.

6 Miz Cracker.  I'm fairly confident that Miz was in pure heaven last night when Aquaria, who has talked so much smack about her so far, got her ass handed to her by The VIxen.  Miz is talented, funny, irreverent and quirky, which has been seen a good amount so far.  She has yet to really have her moment to shine, so unless she's able to find that in the upcoming episodes, she remains in the middle of the pack for now.

7. Mayhem Miller.  Sure, she won the first episode.  Kudos on that, but she's a bit of a mess with her emotions and clearly can't speak up for herself.  I knew from the middle of the episode last night that she would be in the bottom two.  Yes, she killed it in the lip sync, but if you can't speak up for yourself on a show that will make you a superstar like your fellow sisters Detox and many others, than you really shouldn't expect to go that far.

8. Dusty Ray Bottoms.  Dusty's story about her horrific upbringing being gay was incredibly jarring and heartbreaking to watch, so I'm glad they gave her a human element this early in the season.  That being said, she's been middle of the pack so far and unless something changes with that soon, I don't see her going the distance at all.

9. Kameron Michaels.  Kameron's quietness and inability to perform in a comedy sense will be her downfall, especially with Snatch Game coming up.  

10. Monique Heart.  She's extra in a way that isn't good, and her delusional thought process in thinking that she should be in the top every week really is hard to watch.  See ya. 

11. Aquaria.  Aquaria is a perfect example of why people hate millennials.  She got everything she deserved last night after throwing some major shade at The Vixen, that led to her crying a couple of times which no one was really here for.  Don't start nothing, won't be nothing is the true statement here, and she's clearly pissed off half the girls that are left (including Dusty outside of the show), and quite frankly, I don't see her lasting that much longer.  This is what happens when people fill your ego to the brim to the point where you can't really see how you act with others.