RuPauls Drag Race Season 11 Spoilers & Bracket
Don’t be a drag; just be a queen. (TY Lady Gaga)
RuPauls Drag Race Season 11: Elevens across the board!
Fine, that wasn’t very creative. I’m not getting paid to be creative. Er, wait a minute.
There are fifteen drag queens from all over the United States participating in the annual tournament of Major League Drag, which, as I understand, is not actually a thing. One will become America’s Next Drag Superstar and receive the crown from Aquaria, the current reigning.
One of these queens is known to all as less of a performer and more of a meme. That would be Miss…Vanjie. Miss…Vanjie… The other fourteen are newcomers to the Ru Girl scene.
If the season is ongoing and you want to know who will win it all, check the T on Reddit. Should you care to know how the season is progressing with a blow-by-blow (that can carry many different meanings) analysis, this is the place to go.
RuPauls Drag Race Season 11: Last Time…
RuPauls Drag Race Season 11 Spoilers: Season Status and Bracket
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RuPauls Drag Race Season 11 Spoilers: Snatch Game Double Shantay
Season 11, Episode 8 Tale of the (Tucking) Tape
8 queens at start of episode
Mini Challenge: Self-Help Books
Mini Challenge Winner: Silky Nutmeg Ganache
Maxi Challenge: Snatch Game at Sea
Maxi Challenge Winner: Silky Nutmeg Ganache
Bottom Two: Yvie Oddly and Brooke Lynn Hytes
Lip Sync Song: “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato
Eliminated: Nobody – Double Shantay
When Plastique started talking, I started having PTSD flashbacks to Gia Gunn as Jenny Bui. She did better, if for no other reason, because it’s impossible to have done worse. Brooke Lynn sounded nothing like a French Canadian, much less Celine. Vanjie sounded like Vanjie, not the obscure teenage character she chose, if I knew who she was. Yvie bombed, and we say this as fans of hers; she did not have nearly enough fun with it and I did not get anything even close to Whoopi. Nina nailed Harvey Fierstein and then Joann Worley. Shuga did a better than passable Charo. A’keria was okay but forgettable as Tiffany Haddish. Silky was the clear winner.
That was, sadly, another underwhelming Snatch Game. Queens coming on Drag Race know it’s going to happen. You wonder how they come up with some of these characters and then fail to execute them. It’s like going on Hell’s Kitchen but not knowing how to cook a scallop, featured on every episode ever.
Snatch Game Queen Rankings
1. Silky: Ts Madison
2. Nina: Harvey Fierstein and Joann Worley
3. Shuga: Charo
4. A’keria: Tiffany Haddish
5. Plastique: Lovely Mimi
T-6. Brooke Lynn: Celine Dion
T-6. Yvie: Whoopi Goldberg
T-6. Vanjie: Danielle Bregoli from Dr. Phil
Honestly thought Brooke Lynn’s killer runway would spare her the lip sync. It was hard to separate the three on the bottom, but that should have been a standout moment.
Final thought: Would it kill Silky to be the bigger person and accept the compliment from Yvie? Vanjie worked it out. Yvie did a legitimately poor job in Snatch Game and did not have to kiss anyone’s ass, but gave credit where it was due. She’s honest when things are bad and honest when they’re good. I did not get “fake” like Silky did. In fact, I rather dislike how Silky is getting her jollies off of putting Yvie down. You’re a talented queen and a worthy competitor but do better; we need you to be above the pettiness.
RuPauls Drag Race Season 11 Spoilers: 7th Boot: Ra’Jah
Season 11, Episode 7 Tale of the (Tucking) Tape
9 queens at start of episode
Mini Challenge: Potato sack races (with jiggling boobage)
Mini Challenge Winners: Nina West and Shuga Cain
Maxi Challenge: Farm-to-Runway Looks
Maxi Challenge Winner: Plastique Tiara
Bottom Two: Ra’Jah O’Hara and A’keria Chanel Davenport
Lip Sync Song: “Strut” by Sheena Easton
Eliminated: Ra’Jah O’Hara
There comes Mama Ru stirring things up in the Werk Room. Asking “Who should go home?” has one intent. Doing it in back-to-back episodes means there wasn’t enough drama and/or scalding hot tea in the eyes of production.
I’m trying to be fair and equitable to all of the queens, but some of the things Ra’Jah has said the last two episodes (including Untucked)…girl. Not a fan of the pettiness. There’s also definitely some on the part of Silky towards Yvie, which nicely accompanies the hints of delusion (“I was in the bottom because I was too beautiful.”)
Brooke Lynn looked beautiful but I was a little bored with the look; other than oranges, I did not get “farm.” Yvie was again good, but not great, and no runway truly blew me away. Plastique had the best look of the night in what was her best episode yet; she was the correct winner. A’keria’s runway was nothing special. I appreciate Nina again doing something different, but the look was unpolished. Shuga’s look was creative, maybe deserved a little better than safe, but not a winning look. I expected Silky to get some sort of critique; the look did not do much for me. Ra’Jah did not hit the mark. Vanjie’s look did not do anything for me, either, but hey: a different silhouette!
A’keria won the lip sync; another good call. Ra’Jah dodged her fate a few times before, but not this time. Brooke Lynn and probably Yvie are the two frontrunners and they have some distance from the pack. In particular, I think Brooke Lynn is doing well but getting a bit more praise than is merited. It’s almost like she can do no wrong; her look was the most questionable of the top three but I knew she would be up there.
I’m not sure what TV show if not RuPaul’s Drag Race, but I would love for Vanjie to narrate or commentate on something. Maybe the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, maybe Eurovision, maybe American Idol. If someone is feeding her one-liners, they can come with her. I’m still living for “She was pressed like a panini.”
Again, when all the dust settles, you might have some queens that make you pressed. Whether Ra’Jah, Silky, Yvie, or any of the others, remember this:
Please do not attack my sisters
— Plastique Tiara (@plastiquetiara) April 12, 2019
RuPauls Drag Race Season 11 Spoilers: 6th Boot: Scarlet
Season 11, Episode 6 Tale of the (Tucking) Tape
10 Queens at Episode Start
Mini Challenge: Galisthenics with Love Connie
Mini Challenge Winners: A’Keria Chanel Davenport and Plastique Tiara
Maxi Challenge: The Draglympics
Runway: All That Glitters
Maxi Challenge Winner: A’Keria Chanel Davenport
Bottom Two: Scarlet Envy and Ra’Jah O’Hara
LSFYL Song: “Last Dance” by Donna Summer
Eliminated: Scarlet Envy
First, I was hoping the Draglympics would be a little longer than a four-minute set from each team.
Silky…was Oprah on the runway, again. She was fortunate being on the winning team.
Ru picked the right winning team: Team Tuckpantisan (A’Keria). The team captain was a worthy winner; she did a great job picking the team and turned out the challenge. Her runway was OPPA-LENCE, as some former competing queens would say. Team Plastique wasn’t terrible, however, it’s the second dancing challenge in which Ra’Jah underwhelmed. This was not as bad, but not a great night. If you all saw Untucked, it was a worse night than previously thought.
Having also seen Vanjie perform live, she’s an exciting performer. Her runway, however, was the same as it’s been almost every other week. Yvie’s runway was different, but not a winning look. Was not a fan of Nina’s runway but, like Yvie, credit to her for doing something different.
Scarlet tried in the lip sync, sure, but if your costume trick reveal takes more than two seconds to execute, you are boned seven ways from Sunday. Was Ra’Jah much better in comparison? No; Ra’Jah only squeaked out the win. Without the awkward cutting off the outfit, Scarlet is in a better place to win that lip sync. The rest of the bag of tricks almost saved Scarlet. I would not expect Ra’Jah to be around much longer, either, having now lip synced for a third time in six episodes.
Above all, remember this: these are performers and real people. Did you hate one of the queens’ runways, performances, lip syncs, or comments at any point in the show? That’s fine, but don’t hate on them. Don’t take it too seriously: it’s just drag.
RuPauls Drag Race Season 11 Spoilers: 5th Boot: Ariel
Season 11, Episode 5 Tale of the (Tucking) Tape
11 Queens at Episode Start
Mini Challenge: Dolled Up with Trixie Mattel
Mini Challenge Winner: Ra’Jah O’Hara
Maxi Challenge: Monster Ball Runways
Maxi Challenge Winner: Brooke Lynn Hytes
Bottom Two: Shuga Cain and Ariel Versace
LSFYL Song: “I’m Your Baby Tonight” by Whitney Houston
Eliminated: Ariel Versace
It was the end of the Little Mermaid, er, Ariel this week.
In the Werk Room, Ra’Jah goes from talking about the “positive energy” to taking heat from Yvie to badmouthing her. The mini-challenge win for Ra’Jah was nice, so lay that credit on her. I won’t take it for more than what we all know it is. Not only that, but as we always hear, they are still sisters in the end, and sometimes, sisters fight. And, let’s face it, if there were no drama between queens, would it be as interesting? We know who Yvie is, which is someone who will not avoid or misdirect from confrontation.
Meanwhile, Ariel: THEY TRIED TO TELL YOU ABOUT YOUR LOOK, BITCH. You said you do “spooky drag all the time,” so why not tonight? Her fall during the lip sync was both literal and figurative. Whitney could have been done better justice during the lip sync by both.
I’m sure she’s perfectly good at her drag, but we saw a one-dimensional queen by Ariel throughout the competition. As for the others, I was a little more down on Silky’s night than even the judges were and might have put her in the bottom two instead of Shuga. Great week last week but not wowed this time. Ru implied that Yvie might have won despite a poor third look. However, it might have justified her being safe and not necessarily in the top. Finally, Brooke Lynn is getting a final four edit.
RuPauls Drag Race Season 11 Spoilers: 4th Boot: Mercedes
Season 11, Episode 4 Tale of the (Tucking) Tape
12 Queens at Episode Start
Mini Challenge: Rachel Maddow news reporting (Why You Maddow Tho?)
Mini Challenge Winner: Scarlet Envy
Maxi Challenge: Trump: The Rusical
Maxi Challenge Winner: Silky Nutmeg Ganache
Bottom Two: Ra’Jah O’Hara and Mercedes Iman Diamond
LSFYL Song: “Living in America” by James Brown
Eliminated: Mercedes Iman Diamond
And now, for a brief evaluation of every queen’s challenge performance.
A’keria (Stormi Daniels). Neither good nor bad; A’keria blended into the background. She was perhaps overshadowed a little by Hillary.
Ariel (Shandy). She held her own as the “lead” character. For me it was not a super memorable performance as others in the ensemble carried it, but she had to not be terrible and she accomplished that.
Brooke Lynn (Ivana Trump). The dancing experience helped, but Brooke Lynn also had Ivana down pretty well.
Mercedes (Ivanka Trump). One gets the sense she was going to struggle in any role. No way she could have done Shandy, but even this minor part fell flat. Throw in a sub-par runway (and an uninspired lip sync in which she didn’t know some of the words) and it was obvious her time had come.
Nina (Sarah Huckabee Sanders). It’s quite obvious still that Nina has stage presence from having done this before. Her experience served her well and I bought the performance big time.
Plastique (Melania Trump). It was a minor part but not bad; the look sold me on Melania. Good enough to be safe.
Ra’Jah (Omarosa). Did not really capture the essence of Omarosa, who is cunning, commanding, and fierce. You could tell the edit was setting her up for a faceplant by the initial “I’m a dancer, this is easy” talk and then bombing hard with it.
Scarlet (Betsy DeVos). Scarlet did well casting the performance. She had to veto Mercedes getting the lead and did alright herself as DeVos. Not memorable but not terrible.
Shuga (Hillary Clinton). Shuga did a good job; Hillary does not have that kind of over-the-top personality in reality but neither does Kellyanne Conway, but both queens dragged up their roles. She was noticeable in a good way.
Silky (Oprah). She was a very believable Oprah. Definitely in the top two but not my winner pick. Silky complained about getting the role but she nailed it.
Vanjie (Rosie O’Donnell). Did not get a lot of Rosie out of Miss Vanjie. The gymnastics were impressive but throw some Koosh balls or something.
Yvie (Kellyanne Conway). Yvie is a talented performer who also had a killer runway. She probably came in second unofficially but should have won the challenge. Tell me again why she isn’t going to be lip syncing for the crown?
RuPauls Drag Race Season 11 Spoilers: 3rd Boot: Honey
Season 11, Episode 3 Tale of the (Tucking) Tape
13 Queens at Episode Start
Mini Challenge: Backstage With Seduction
Mini Challenge Winners: Nina West and Ra’jah O’Hara
Maxi Challenge: Di-vangelical Queens
Maxi Challenge Winner: Nina West
Bottom Six: Everyone on Team Ra’jah (Plastique, Ra’jah, Scarlet, A’keria, Shuga, Honey)
LSFYL Song: “Waiting for Tonight” by Jennifer Lopez
Eliminated: Honey Davenport
The first one, the church of Britney, definitely did not suck. Yet, we all saw the previews with the “stink, stank, stunk,” so we knew what was coming. The Mariah bit was terrible. To quote Charles Barkley, “turrible, just turrible.” It was Gia Gunn as Jenny Bui awful.
Sorry, ladies, but Mariah was a bad choice in that they had absolutely no idea how to talk her up. Some of them seemed to barely know who she was, let alone how to praise her. The contrast with the Britney group could not have not been more stark, from their working in Britney references to the over-the-top personalities. And what the hell was Plastique doing with the evil voice? Not a single one of them did well. A’keria’s runway was gorgeous, for example, but the scene was a big miss.
Yvie looks like a queen who has the inside track to the final four. She offers a creative sort of drag that has gotten similar queens far. Not only that, but she seems multi-talented. Through three episodes, she’s in front.
For the first time, SIX queens lipsynced. How do you even pick a queen out of that? Talk about splitting your attention. Honey was the one to go, and it was a little sad, but at the same time, I’m thinking, “did we see her on the camera much?”
By the way, Silky lost her shit in Untucked. There’s always one that wears out the welcome quickly.
RuPauls Drag Race Season 11 Spoilers: 2nd Boot: Kahanna
Season 11, Episode 2 Tale of the (Tucking) Tape
14 Queens at Episode Start
Mini Challenge: Photo-Bombing Celebrities
Mini Challenge Winners: Silky Nutmeg Ganache and Brooke Lynn Hytes
Maxi Challenge: Hit Movies Acting Challenge
Maxi Challenge Winners: Scarlet Envy and Yvie Oddly
Bottom Two: Mercedes Iman Diamond and Kahanna Montrese
LSFYL Song: “Work Bitch” by Britney Spears
Eliminated: Kahanna Montrese
Nina West was quite strong in the acting challenge. She’s clearly experienced as an actress, which one would expect of drag royalty. Plastique Tiara also did a nice job in the challenge, as did Yvie Oddly. Yvie’s runway was very creative; one of the best of the night. Silky had a little trouble enunciating her lines. Brooke Lynn killed the runway but underimpressed in the challenge. Sugah Cain got the job done in style, but not so much on the runway.
Scarlet held her own as the lead role in her movie. Mercedes did not have a great night until the lip sync, but she gave us the feels with her sad story. Kahanna’s runway was less basic than last week but still basic; they are setting up for her ru-demption on All Stars 6.
Both queens did well in the lip sync, at least as far as going to the bag of tricks. Unrelated, I’m still trying to figure out who some of the queens are out of drag. Happens every year.
But DAMN we got some shady bitches on this season. I’m not complaining, only stating a fact.
RuPauls Drag Race Season 11 Spoilers: 1st Boot: Soju
Season 11, Episode 1 Tale of the (Tucking) Tape
15 Queens At Episode Start
Mini Challenge: Photo Shoot with Drag Race Legends
Mini Challenge Winner: Silky Nutmeg Ganache
Maxi Challenge: Drag Race Legend-Inspired Looks
Maxi Challenge Winner: Brooke Lynn Hytes
Bottom Two: Soju and Kahanna Montrese
LSFYL Song: “The Best of Both Worlds” by Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus
I get that Silky is trying to give us personality, and maybe the edit betrayed her, but if it did, we saw someone who was not taking the competition seriously. Maybe this is who Silky is, keeping in mind we only see what the editors want us to see. Her runway wasn’t bad, but not my favorite.
Soju’s look was not good; a trainwreck you could see coming from the Werk Room. She was not ready for primetime. Nina’s look was not good, but she was safe. I didn’t hate Kahanna’s look as much as the judges but there were issues. There was very little or no Katya in there at all, however.
Scarlet has a little bit of a Tammie Brown thing going on. Ra’jah O’Hara in the confessionals is serving us Steve Urkel realness. Mercedes kind of looks like a deer in headlights and will need to turn it around, lest she be another early exit.
Kahanna mopped the floor with Soju in the lip sync. Soju should have left saying “Miss Soju. Miss…Soju. Miss……….Soju!” She may have been invited back for Season 12. At least she will have the support of her “cysters.”
RuPauls Drag Race Season 11 Spoilers: The Queens
|A’keria Chanel Davenport||aka Gregory D’Wayne||Dallas, TX|
|Ariel Versace||aka Bryan Neel||Cherry Hill, NJ|
|Brooke Lynn Hytes||aka Brock Hayhoe||Nashville, TN|
|Honey Davenport||aka James Clark||New York, NY|
|Kahanna Montrese||aka Tyrone Hardiman||Las Vegas, NV|
|Mercedes Iman Diamond||Minneapolis, MN|
|Nina West||aka Andrew Levitt||Columbus, OH|
|Plastique Tiara||aka Duc Tran||Dallas, TX|
|Ra’jah O’Hara||aka Benni Miller||Dallas, TX|
|Scarlet Envy||aka Jacob James||Brooklyn, NY|
|Shuga Cain||aka Jesus Martinez||New York, NY|
|Silky Nutmeg Ganache||Chicago, IL|
|Soju||aka Tony Hyunsoo Ha||Los Angeles, CA|
|Vanessa Vanjie Mateo||aka Jose Cancel||Los Angeles, CA|
|Yvie Oddly||aka Jovan Bridges||Denver, CO|