RuPauls Drag Race Season 12 Discussion & Bracket
For the red, white, and Ru.
RuPauls Drag Race Season 12, hopefully the best season in the show’s herstory to date, is underway.
For Number 12, there are thirteen queens — go figure.
Let’s dispense with the preamble and get to this season in which we crown a new drag superstar and our first drag president (only half-kidding on the last one – the season’s winner automatically gets 500 convention superdelegates). You can also revisit our past RPDR season coverage: All Stars 3, Season 10, All Stars 4, and Season 11.
Meet The RuPauls Drag Race Season 12 Queens
Data on the queens’ ages and locations from the RuPaul’s Drag Race Fandom Page
|Aiden Zhane||29||Acworth, GA|
|Brita||34||New York, NY|
|Crystal Methyd||28||Springfield, MO|
|Dahlia Sin||28||Los Angeles, CA|
|Gigi Goode||21||Los Angeles, CA|
|Heidi N Closet||24||Ramseur, NC|
|Jackie Cox||34||New York, NY|
|Jaida Essence Hall||32||Milwaukee, WI|
|Jan||26||New York, NY|
|Nicky Doll||28||New York, NY|
|Rock M. Sakura||28||San Francisco, CA|
|Widow Von’Du||30||Kansas City, MO|
Status of RuPauls Drag Race Season 12
Last Updated March 15, 2020
Drag Race 12 Spoilers: Episode 1
E1 Tale of the Tucking Tape
7 out of 13 queens competed – split premiere
Mini Challenge: Spring and Fall Runway Looks
Maxi Challenge: I’m That Bitch live performance
Runway: Sparkle theme
Maxi Challenge Winner: Widow Von’Du
Bottom Two: None – top two (Widow and Gigi) lip synced
Lip Sync Song: “Starships” by Nicki Minaj
General thought before getting into individual queens: I LOVE this half-cast; there are some real characters here. One would hope they did not waste all the good ones in the first premiere.
Queen First Impressions
Yes, we saw the preseason interviews just like the rest of you two-bit hussies, but those were five-minute interviews and this was a two-hour premiere episode. We have a little more information now to make broad, sweeping determinations.
Brita: Got Bianca vibes when she came into the Werk Room but was overshadowed in the challenge. There is a great personality in there, but she was her own worst enemy in the premiere. She could be a force if she overcomes it.
Crystal: Not entirely sure what to think about her yet as a queen, but very sure what to think of the mullet. She is the most blank to me out of these seven queens, except to say it is clear she is comfortable with the lane she is in.
Gigi: Boy Gigi kind of looks like Max Headroom, but girl Gigi is a clear fashionista and given the chance will turn some amazing looks this season.
Heidi: I do not know that we will get the most complete or polished looks from Heidi, but she is a talented and natural performer. Standing up to Nicki Minaj in Untucked about her critique took both of those testicles shoved up in her torso.
Jackie: Perhaps my favorite so far. I see a more fully realized Miz Cracker.
Nicky: Watching her and Gigi duel for high fashion supremacy will be very entertaining.
Widow: Possible lip sync assassin; for a big girl, she absolutely worked it. The mini challenge looks were my least favorite but she has a lane and she owns it. Widow slayed the main challenge.
Drag Race 12 Spoilers: Episode 2
E2 Tale of the Tucking Tape
6 out of 13 queens competed – split premiere
Mini Challenge: Spring and Fall Runway Looks
Maxi Challenge: You Don’t Know Me live performance
Runway: Tulle theme
Maxi Challenge Winner: Jaida Essence Hall
Bottom Two: None – top two (Jaida and Sherry) lip synced
Lip Sync Song: “Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn
Girl, we have a LOT to discuss this week.
We rode a high coming from the first episode, which was legitimately one of the best season premieres in the show’s her-story. Before Friday’s episode even aired, the shinola hit the fan with one Sherry Pie. Because of numerous (at least seven) catfishing allegations, Sherry Pie aka Joey Gugliemelli was disqualified from Season 12. Sherry will, for now, appear prominently in the coming episodes, at least until World of Wonder pixelates her or puts a “censored” bar over her face.
The accusations, if true, are horrible; it’s the conduct of a reprehensible individual. World of Wonder and VH1 did the right thing in acting swiftly to disqualify her. Now, look, I’ve seen the T on the internet and I have watched the show a long time now. I am confident Sherry Pie went deep into the season. How deep, nobody knows, but while it’s comforting to know she will not win when her personal life is so sordid, it’s also clear she is going to be front and center this season and that is uncomfortable. Seeing her on the screen, I’m somewhere between not taking her seriously and hoping she goes away. There was little chance they could re-edit this week’s episode in any significant way other than the disclaimer message. I wish there were a way to peel her back from future episodes, but what if she wins some maxi challenges?
It’s also not fair to the other queens to have their big moments taken away by this person. I believe those who have said this turned out to be a strong season. Sherry Pie was part of that, but she’ll be blacklisted from the Ru Girl community and cannot win the prize. This was World of Wonder’s Dan moment (Survivor: Island of the Idols), faced with a contestant who put production in a bad position. WOW’s response was much more swift and decisive. Still, one wishes there were a practical way to undo her from the season, but this is likely to be an uncomfortable ride until the finale.
As For The Rest
I will have “I’m That Bitch” stuck in my head all season. I can’t remember how the tune to “You Don’t Know Me” went and I just heard it. This challenge was slower-paced and frankly not as entertaining. A very forgettable show, even though I’m not sure anyone did badly per se.
Queen First Impressions
Aiden: For certain ahead of Crystal in the “strange queen” competition. Strange works if it’s creative, as we saw with Yvie Oddly and, to a lesser extent, Sasha Velour. We also had a horror queen win in Sharon Needles. I would not disqualify her as a contender on those grounds alone, but she’s not as big a personality as some of the others.
Dahlia: Did anyone else see what they thought was a five o’clock shadow? No T no shade, but while I see “woman” in the others, I see “man in a wig” with this one. Destined to be the Kimora of Season 12.
Jaida: Got the “bitch edit” during rehearsal, but man she can turn a look. She’s one to watch.
Jan: The thirsty ones will be hoping for Jackie and Jan to hook up out of drag. Liked what I saw from Jan (Blank) in drag; she’s a talented performer.
Rock: I appreciate the fun personality and that she brings such positivity in the face of struggles earlier in life.
Sherry: Never heard of her.
Drag Race 12 Spoilers: Episode 3
E3 Tale of the Tucking Tape
13 queens competed – 12 eligible
Mini Challenge: Top queens rate their competition
Maxi Challenge: World’s Worst improv
Runway: Buttons and bows
Maxi Challenge Winner: Queen has been disqualified
Bottom Two: Dahlia Sin and Nicky Doll
Lip Sync Song: “Problem” by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea
Eliminated: Dahlia Sin
First, a note on how we are going to treat a certain queen on Season 12 that was disqualified:
- She will still appear on our season graphic with a big ol’ “DQ” in the sidebar. We will NOT track her wins and losses as she is not a contender.
- We will not give any individual critiques of this queen, nor will we refer to her by name any further.
- We WILL review the performances of any teams she is on as a whole, with individual reviews of the others if necessary, but not her.
Now that we have that out of the way, what an underwhelming episode of Drag Race that could have been much better. Keep in mind that the episode in the United States was edited to remove a certain queen from getting confessionals, which may have affected the visuals to the audience. In any event, as far as we know, the wrong team and the wrong queen won the challenge. The best sketch was the Del Rio Trio, in which all three queens (Heidi, Gigi, and Jackie) were funny and did well. None of the other three were close. Hell, none of the other three were that funny. Gigi slayed the runway with her billion button march, which should have gotten her more close consideration, but Heidi killed it.
The worst team was Team Widow, who looked (very) confused during their Girl Scout act. Neither Crystal nor Nicky had any idea what they were doing. However, the worst performer was Dahlia. I think we knew this already, but she is at this stage in her career a one-trick pony. She had no idea how to improv, or how to be a part of the scene, but she knew to try to make the broccoli look “sexy.” You’re broccoli for god sakes. The queen that wins the season is going to be at least somewhat well-rounded: funny, confident, put-together, and glamorous. You don’t have to have all in the same supply but you have to know how to deliver those things when the time comes, although being confident and knowing who you are as a performer need to be consistent. Dahlia may go on to be a fine queen, but at this stage, she is one-dimensional.
And ladies, that lip sync was terrible. It should have been a double-sashay.