RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8: A Review

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*fangirl screaming in the distance*

Okay this isn’t really trans specific necessarily, but as a huge fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and being there have been several trans performers to come out of the show, I think today is as good a day as any to do a little review (or RuView if you prefer) of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 and the 100th episode!

This season is going to be particularly interesting because it’s only 12 queen’s instead of the normal 14.

There are a few queens I think I’m going to be very impressed by this season, already, Acid Betty, Kim Chi, and Bob the Drag Queen, are all my top three. For the mini challenge, Ru had the queens do a photoshoot with the previous 8 winners (minus Bianca, who had probably a tour going on). I can’t imagine being that queen who was too busy for RuPaul, but if anyone would be it, it’s Bianca.

Of all the mini challenges they’ve had over the past 7 seasons (plus All Stars), I think this is far and away my favorite. It’s such a brilliant idea gathering all of the winners and saying okay, you think you’re the best, and you’re worthy to sit here next to these winners. Prove it.

Then came the main challenge. Again, by far my favorite main challenge because it pulled from the main challenges of all the other seasons minus All-Stars and I think nothing of season 1 was really used. It’s brilliant to take everyone’s favorite challenges from the past seven seasons and make the different queens show what they could do with them. As expected, Acid Betty, Kim Chi, and Bob turned it with their looks. Part of what I loved about it was seeing newer queen’s take on these iconic challenges. In some ways these led to exciting recreations or interpretations. Acid Betty’s take on the Money Ball was sickening, and Kim Chi’s Hair Ball look was everything. Even the Gone with the Window look Bob turned out was stunning. Naturally there were a few flops, Robbie Turner’s Bitch Ball outfit (who, I’m looking forward to in spite of this slip) left a lot to be desired. Some of the outfits were less memorable although I will say Thorgy Thor’s Cake challenge outfit was gorgeous. Particularly considering that red velvet cake was what sent Stacey Lane Mathews Home in season 3.

In the end the bottom two came down to Laila McQueen and Naysha Lopez, and one queen has already sashayed away. (I won’t spoil it here).

PS: I’m not sure whether or not this is going to become a regular Trans Tuesday thing or if it’s just a one time deal.

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