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The Queens Spilled the T on the Pink Carpet at the Season 10 finale of 'Rupaul's Drag Race'!

The queens from Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race were serving 10s across the board on the pink carpet of the season finale. Held at the historic theater at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, crowds sashayed in line for hours as they waited to witness the much-anticipated finale that we’ve all been waiting for.

On the carpet the queens were giving sick’ning looks as they got ready for the finale drama. We got up close and personal with the queens to find out what are some of the most memorable moments from season 10, who they think will take home the title of Miss Congeniality (will it be another fan favorite?), and some other questions that Instinct readers and Drag Race fans have been dying to know!

Don’t worry, there are no spoilers here about the finale, but you WILL be gagged with these lewks...Eureka was serving enlarged Scarlet O’Hara realness, Monique Heart with her Looney Tunes Gossamer eleganza, Miz Cracker in her best black widow bitch fish and more!

The pink carpet was flooded with so much glitter, jewels, highlighter that even the tightest tuck could have come undone!

Get to know the ladies in these interviews and get the T on season 10:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And yes...Vanessa Vanjie Mateo also had some words to share about the phenomenon that has been Miss Vaaaaaanjie

 

 

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.