Two down, a lot more to go. Tonight was the second episode of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars season five. Featuring Tessa Thompson and Madison Beer as celebrity guest judges, the show had a little bit of drama, a little twist, and a solid lip sync featuring a lip sync assassin who is a bit of an icon in the show's history.
The reality of this season of All Stars is that it is going on as things that are much more important are happening in the world. Protests persist nationally for the Black Lives Matter movement, calling for justice in the case Breonna Taylor. Taylor was killed by police who entered her home under a no-knock warrant. Her killers have not been charged or arrested. Drag Race honored her life with a spot.
As is the show's habit, this week the queens are paired into groups and have to write and record verses to a new song. As a side note here: we didn't know that the queens actually can make real bank for this sort of thing once Ru releases it on streaming platforms. On Instagram last week Aquaria revealed that after episode 12 of season 10 premiered she's been getting monthly royalty checks for her contributions to the cast recording of "American." Now, almost 24 months later, her latest check is still about $340! Anyway, back to All Stars 5.
This week the queens had to write verses for the song "I'm in Love" that were odes to their celebrity crushes. Shea Coulee, Blair St. Clair, and Jujubee were clear top performers. Coulee does this!! And that came through on stage. It's worth saying here that Alexis Mateo was also extremely good.
Last episode a few of the queens sort of got on Ongina about not having confidence in herself. That vibe carried over into this week and Miz Cracker takes it up a notch, saying that she should have tried to send Ongina home. It plays out in a lot of feelings and behind-the-back whispering, but it no doubt underscored what Ongina may have been feeling a bit. The result is one of Ru's favorite things to discuss: her inner saboteur.
The Lip Sync Assassin
Miss Coulee if you nasty won the maxi-challenge and was matched up against the lip sync assassin. Her challenger: Alyssa Edwards. And while it certainly was a fun little show, it was clear pretty early on in the lip sync that Shea wanted that $20,000 tip and wasn't getting off the floor until she had it.
She ended up sending home Ongina.
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