Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Alyssa Edwards is top diva after ballet number on RuPaul’s Drag Race
Isn't she fabulous?
I wish I could properly express how much I love RuPaul’s Drag Race. In my opinion, it has everything you need in a reality show, including a delicious dose of drama. This season, a good amount of that drama comes directly from Mesquite’s own Alyssa Edwards. It also includes RuPaul, who for most of the episode works as a mentor to the girls (dressed as men) but then transforms into his divine drag persona for the judging stages of the show. Having a coffee and maybe a tic-tac with RuPaul is on my bucket list. Now you know, from this post to Ru’s ears.
Back to the show, now. From the moment the competition started a couple of weeks ago, the producers have not missed a chance to show us the interactions between Edwards and Coco Montrese. The two drag queen divas go way back and it was because of their rocky relationship that Edwards is known in drag circles (or at least in her own brain) as the Vanessa Williams of drag. Why? Because after winning a pageant a few years back, Edwards was stripped of her crown, which in turn made Coco Montrese a winner. You can see an uncensored clip of one of their arguments on the show here.
Things were a little different last night when Miss Edwards, a trained dancer, was the first queen picked by Coco, the team leader, to form part of her team. Montrese has known Edwards for years and knows well that the Mesquite pageant queen is a trained dancer. Choosing Edwards was a shock for everyone, but then Edwards danced, and it was game-over for the rest of the girls.
For this week’s challenge, the contestants would be part of a ballet production of RuPaul’s life. Some played RuPaul at different stages of her life, some portrayed people important in RuPaul’s history. Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese showcased RuPaul’s early struggle between good and evil in a dance resembling scenes from the movie Black Swan. Edwards depicted the evil dancer and was in character for every second she was on stage, not only dancing but emoting and making
ridiculous fierce faces.
Edwards was named the winner by RuPaul and the judges, while the two worst contestants of the night (and possibly the season), Vivienne Pinay and Honey Mahogany, had to lip-sync against each other for a chance to remain in the competition. Their lip-sync of Britney Spears’ “Oops I Did it Again” was so bland that, in a first for the show, RuPaul sent both of them home. Sashay away, ladies.
When asked who from the low scorers she would send home, Alyssa Edwards went a little further, calling out the very annoying Jade Jolie, who wasn’t even on the bottom this week, nor in the room at the moment. Catfight ahead.
Mesquite’s queen has immunity next week, so we will see her for at least two more weeks. While she is good, she faces stiff competition, namely from my favorites, the body-licious Roxxxy Andrews and the weirdly fierce Detox.
Have you been watching? Who do you think is the fiercest queen of them all?