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Ranking the House Down: Our Squirrel Friends of Rupaul’s Drag Race, Season Six – Taking a Look at the Top Six

Ranking the House Down: Our Squirrel Friends of Rupaul’s Drag Race, Season Six - Taking a Look at the Top Six

This week we said goodbye to Trinity K. Bonet. There is contention in
the blogosphere about whether or not Trinity had deserved to be in the bottom
two over Joslyn Fox (I too am still pondering this), and the conversation
between fans relates closely to the exchange between Trinity and Bianca in the
Untucked Lounge. As you will recall, Trinity raised the question to the group
as to how much the queens are critiqued based on their performances in the
challenges and how much they are judged for their “drag”. It was a worthy
question, the sort of question that deserves consideration when we see Joslyn rise
to the top six. Bianca responded to Trinity that this game cannot just be about
a queen’s aesthetic or else it would be a mere beauty pageant, and Drag Race is
much bigger than that. This is the Drag Olympics, as Ru would say.

Depending on how we weigh them we could have seen any two of Trinity, Joslyn,
or Adore Delano in the bottom two this week. Adore Delano was negatively
criticized for her performance in the talk show challenge, and was read for her
runway ensemble (I personally liked her concept, but it did not cohere as a
whole). Joslyn’s talk show was competently handled until she offended Georgia
Holt with a loaded abortion question. She was majorly ridiculed for her poorly
selected interview questions, and then criticized further for her dull runway
ensemble. Trinity made the mistake of calling Chaz Bono “Chad” throughout her
entire talk show, which did not go well with the judges. Meanwhile, Trinity’s
runway look was one of the best of the week—her attention to detail is
impressive for a young queen. Overall, Adore has been the highest performing of
the named queens, but she was the least impressive of the squirrels this week
so her place in the bottom two was understandable (mind you, some fans enjoyed
her outfit this week). Between Joslyn and Trinity, however, it was a toss-up.
Joslyn has hit her share of comedic high notes throughout the season, and
Trinity had fared similarly for the previous two episodes. Trinity had
lip-synced a couple times, while Joslyn has once before been in the bottom two.
Both queens at this juncture in week nine showed promise to the judges, much as
they each have consistently exhibited weaknesses throughout season six. Trinity’s
nerves had consistently gotten the worst of her, while Joslyn’s Achilles heel
was her entire wardrobe.

I imagine the outrage over Trinity’s elimination is to do with that she had
shown serious growth in the episodes prior to the talk show challenge,
particularly in her confidence as a comedienne and actress. Given the upward
battle that had been Trinity’s narrative arc for season six, there was a
feeling for us that her journey was not yet finished when she was told to
sashay away. The other reason we were sad to see Trinity go was because she
dazzled us on the runway, week after week after week. Even her safer runway
choices were nonetheless polished and pristinely detailed. This week’s exotic
bird look was Trinity’s best presentation yet, which made her elimination feel
even more injurious (to us).

It is easy for us to use this sad moment as ammunition against Joslyn, but let
us remember that previous to these last few episodes we had been rooting for
Joslyn to make it this far in the game. After four straight weeks of hilarious
performances, Joslyn had us hoping she could rise to the top as a dark horse,
someone who could woo the judges with “it” factor and then develop a cleaner
sense of style down the road. Perhaps this week fans wanted Trinity to stay
longer because in their perspective Joslyn had finally peaked. I must admit
that after this week I too am positive Joslyn will not make it to the final
four. I still wonder if Trinity had endurance to go further if she had not been
placed in the bottom two.

Regardless of how many hypothetical scenarios we could imagine in the event
that Trinity had not gone home, we are so gifted to have seen her thrown down
one more time in a lip-sync for her life. I had just earlier this week been
complaining to friends that because season five had spoiled us with powerhouse
lip-syncs on an almost weekly basis, this season has felt a bit drab by
comparison. Up to this week, Trinity was the only queen from season six who I
thought would enter the Drag Race pantheon of great lip-sync artists.
Therefore, it was especially exciting to see this queen’s high drama and
on-point choreography matched by, of all people, Adore Delano!!! Who knew that
stoned valley girl had so many tricks up her sleeve, or could move so fast?!
Needless to say, it is the best lip-sync we have seen in this season thus far.
We have already re-watched it a number of times. It confirms to us that Adore
has the goods to go far in this season.

We are in the top six!!! This is where the competition becomes an exercise of
splitting hairs because from this moment onward there is not a queen who we do
not like. Some legendary queens have departed from their respective seasons
after making it to the top six: Jessica Wild, Shangela Laquifa Wadley, Willam,
and Alyssa Edwards (on yeah, and uh, Jade Sotormayer). Turn to the next page and let us examine each of the
remaining queens of season six in order to decide where we think these they
will end up by the end of this season, as well as when we would like to see
them go home…

Adore Delano:

Her Performances:

Rupaul’s Big Opening: worst of the week
Scream Queens: worst of the week
Shade: The Rusical: best of the week
Snatch Game: best of the week
Oh No She Betta Don’t: CHALLENGE WINNER
Glamazon by Colorevolution: CHALLENGE WINNER
Drag Queens of Comedy: safe
Drag Queens of Talk: BOTTOM TWO

Her Best Drag: 

Her Worst Drag:

BenDeLaCreme:

Her Performances:

Rupaul’s Big Opening: CHALLENGE WINNER
Scream Queens: safe
Shade: The Rusical: best of the week
Snatch Game: CHALLENGE WINNER
Oh No She Betta Don’t: safe
Glamazon by Colorevolution: BOTTOM TWO
Drag Queens of Comedy: worst of the week
Drag Queens of Talk: best of the week

Her Best Drag: 

Her Worst Drag: 

Bianca Del Rio:

Her Performances:

Rupaul’s Big Opening: CHALLENGE WINNER
Scream Queens: best of the week
Shade: The Rusical: safe
Snatch Game: best of the week
Oh No She Betta Don’t: best of the week
Glamazon by Colorevolution: best of the week
Drag Queens of Comedy: CHALLENGE WINNER
Drag Queens of Talk: safe

Her Best Drag:

Her Worst Drag (which is still incredible by comparison):

Courtney Act:

Her Performances:

Rupaul’s Big Opening: safe
Scream Queens: best of the week
Shade: The Rusical: CHALLENGE WINNER
Snatch Game: safe
Oh No She Betta Don’t: safe
Glamazon by Colorevolution: worst of the week
Drag Queens of Comedy: safe
Drag Queens of Talk: CHALLENGE WINNER

Her Best Drag:

Her Worst Drag:


Darienne Lake:



Her Performances:

Rupaul’s Big Opening: BOTTOM TWO
Scream Queens: CHALLENGE WINNER
Shade: The Rusical: worst of the week
Snatch Game: safe
Oh No She Betta Don’t: worst of the week
Glamazon by Colorevolution: BOTTOM TWO
Drag Queens of Comedy: best of the week
Drag Queens of Talk: safe

Her Best Drag:

Her Worst Drag: 

Joslyn Fox:

Her Performances:

Rupaul’s Big Opening: worst of the week
Scream Queens: best of the week
Shade: The Rusical: safe
Snatch Game: safe
Oh No She Betta Don’t: best of the week
Glamazon by Colorevolution: worst of the week
Drag Queens of Comedy: BOTTOM TWO
Drag Queens of Comedy: worst of the week

Her Best Drag:

Her Worst Drag: 

   


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Summed up, there are four queens who have by week ten won two main challenges,
one queen who has won a single main challenge, and a remaining queen who has
not yet been the winner of a week. Four of the six queens have lip-synced for
their lives, and one of those four has lip-synced twice. With account for the
queens’ performances and runway presentations to date, turn to the next page for predictions and a ranking this house down. 



BenDeLaCrème:

Pros: two challenge wins; impressive gluing skills; a knack for character
acting; a warm, playful demeanor; decent lip-syncing skills
Cons: an annoying voice; a really “prom” personal style; an unvarying Michelle
Visage mug
Where she will finish in season six: fourth place
Where we want her to finish: sixth place. Why? Her whole shtick has become very
high school drama class. Meanwhile, we still do not feel we know her like we
know the other five queens.

Joslyn Fox:

Pros: an inviting and endearing presence; a natural talent for comedic acting
challenges as well as strength in other performing arts; a quirky, high jinks
lip-syncing style; a punkish, more-is-more approach to fashion and adornment
Cons: no challenge wins; unfinished-looking paintjobs; a streak of underwhelming,
everyday-looking runway ensembles; a surprisingly miserable performance in the Drag
Queens of Comedy challenge, that placed her in the bottom two; a lack of game
face
Where she will finish in season six: sixth place
Where we want her to finish: fifth place. Why? Because she is our best friend
in season six. It is enough to forgive her missteps, as many of those as there
are.

Darienne Lake:

Pros: a challenge win; an almost faultless sense of style (almost—refer to her
“worst drag”); a variety of eye-catching hair colours and dos; the season’s
best paintjobs; an exceptional sense of humour; superior “reading” skills; the
fact that she lip-synced better than Ben
Cons: two lip-syncs so far; an increasing antagonism towards her peers that is
beginning to make her less likeable; an overall dicey performance throughout
the whole season, usually due to nervousness
Where she will finish in season six: fifth place
Where we want her to finish: fourth place. Why? She would be ranked higher if she
had not recently become such a venomous biatch. Nonetheless, she is the only
queen of the remaining six who exudes any sexuality, and that matters to us.
(#whatwouldravendo.)

Courtney Act:

Pros: two challenge wins; a high capability in most performing arts; a
charming and somewhat intellectual persona; a couple of the season’s best
runway presentations that respectively cited Klaus Nomi and a crane taking
flight
Cons: a weak sense of humour; a general tendency to beat her face with
apparently little makeup; a lot of uninteresting “Hitchcock blonde” hairdos
Where she will finish in season six: Runner-up
Where we want her to finish: Runner-up. Why? Scroll back up to the picture of
Courtney’s Klaus Nomi realness. That is the reason.

Adore Delano:

Pros: two challenge wins; a high aptitude for singing, comedic acting,
impersonation, and rapping; sickening lip-syncing skills; immaculate paintjobs;
an adorable personality
Cons: an inconsistent, mostly un-stimulating, middle-of-the-road sense of style;
lack of discipline
Where she will finish in season six: Runner-up
Where we want her to finish: Runner-up. Why? In our heart of hearts Adore might
be our favourite of season six, but when it comes down to the actual
competition she is a far cry from Bianca’s breadth of skill and strategy.

Bianca Del Rio:

Pros: two challenge wins; finesse in all areas of performing arts; a crass but
relatable persona; versatility of palette and aesthetic; a genuine sense of
camp; maybe the best comedy of all six seasons
Cons: nothing at the moment, though we do not yet know how she lip-syncs (ditto
Courtney), which is a fundamental aspect of drag
Where she will finish in season six: Winner
Where we want her to finish: Winner. Why? Refer to “Cons.” There are none. 


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Comments

Jesús

Hi! I wait all the week for your articles. I really think they´re interesting with an intellectual point of view about the reality show dynamic and all the things that this envolve.

At the last post, you said that the whole Laganja "thing" would be descripted in a particular article, have you posted it yet?

In the most honest way: T H A N K Y O U.

Cheers from México.

Jon

Dela is amazing, but I highly doubt will win, waaaay too close to Jinkx. Reality tv still has its implicit guidelines in play, and the apex of that sheet is "no too-similar consecutive winners" (American idol, ANTM, etc. etc.)

Also, top 3 usually has some sort of variation. Seems like it will be Courtney, Bianca, and Adore as the top 3, since bianca and dela are both the "funny" queens of that bunch, with bianca or courtney going all the way.

Tiran

A couple of points to consider.
Bendela's score of safe for Scream Queens was because her team sucked. The judges said they would have put her at the top/potential winner if she had been on the winning team.
In six seasons only one Queen has ever not been sent home on her third lip synch. And she was lip synching against another Queen on strike three. She went home on lip synch four. (Alysa/Coco if you don't remember).
There was a blogger last season who did a really cool Nate Silver style statistical analysis, I wish they were doing it this season, but I haven't been able to find it.

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