RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 queens ranked from meh to yaaaas after episode five

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I love when the RuPaul’s Drag Race queens are pressed to be ugly. The queens are constantly told ‘you can’t rest on pretty’, and when a monster theme is introduced, the freaks are separated from the pageant girls. So god bless the Monster Ball, one of the more entertaining balls in recent Drag Race history.

And episode five also cemented by belief that the right judges can make an episode. Can we keep Cara Delevingne and the right honourable Elvira forever? Cara brought her own whip and talked about giving orgasm on What’s The Tee! Elvira joked about plastic surgery! Queens! And they rubbed off on Ru, who was on top form – more Halloweenies jokes, please.

Anyway, the Monster Ball saw some terrifying highs and some horrifying lows – the latter most literally portrayed in a fall that actually made me clutch my pearls (if I were wearing pearls). So, as always, has ranked the queens from scary to those who made us want to put our paws up and shriek.

Spoilers, obviously.

11. Ariel Versace

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Oh, Ariel, babes. It wasn’t going well anyway, with Ariel thinking that iridescent make-up and a scale-covered gown = monster. Unless you think The Little Mermaid was a horror movie, she was nowhere near the brief. Why did she not commit to the syringe-covered evil nurse?!

But then came the fall. Oh, the fall. I actually gasped when it happened – how did that one fall contain, like, three separate tumbles? Painful. Still, kudos to Ariel for getting back up and finishing the Whitney lip sync in style. 

She’s just not enough of a weirdo for this competition. 

10. Shuga Cain

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Shuga’s witch look (bursting through the frame? Genius!) was her saving grace, because her other two looks were baffling. 

No matter what she says, that Trampy Trick or Treater was not a troll. I would have gone with belly dancer with a bad hair day. And the MILF Eleganza was just confusing – would the devil’s wife have a merkin? Who knows.

But girl can most definitely lip sync. 

9. A’keria Davenport

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I love A’Keria, but after the show, I could barely remember what she wore on the runway. Her poker dealer look was clever, but her Witch Please and MILF Eleganza merge into one.

However, she gets major points for her ‘straight to DVD’ comments about Scarlet’s Creature From The Black Lagoon prep. 

8. Ra’jah O’Hara

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Coming off the back of a bottom two lip sync is hard, but I had high hopes for Ra’Jah when she won the mini challenge. However, I was just not feeling the looks on the runway – and why does she keep thinking her knee-high boots are thigh-high boots?

The thing I was feeling, though, was the absolute pettiness. Ra’Jah started off the episode wanting to focus on the positives, but that lasted all of 40 seconds before she started railing on her arch nemesis Yvie. 

‘You are not sickening at all. You’re literally wearing trash. I’m not gagging. Well, I am gagging, because of the smell. B****, do you bathe?’ She’s made for Untucked. 

7. Silky Nutmeg Ganache

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Yvie is right, Silky can’t ride the personality train all the way to the finals, but she’ll get pretty far. I howled when she sang ‘Charmin to the runway’ at Brooke Lynn, and I still find myself muttering ‘yaaaaas’ when she hits the main stage. 

In all seriousness, that unicorn look was cute. But Michelle’s right, she needs to step it up. 

6. Scarlet Envy

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Technically, Scarlet probably fitted the brief the best, as she drew on her horror movie knowledge to come up with looks that Ru would appreciate. Unfortunately, hers weren’t as weird or as beautiful as some of the other girls’.

But her Creature from the Black Lagoon look gives me hope that Scarlet will unleash her inner freak at some point. 

5. Vanessa Vanjie Metro

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Vanessa looked gorgeous on the runway, and that tombstone headpiece was amazing. But what we need to discuss here is Miss Braaaaanjie. 

Have you seen a cuter couple than Vanjie and Brooke Lynn? I am so here for this storyline, and the eventual twist that sees them in the bottom two together, forced to choose between love and the crown. Vanessa could walk out in a potato sack dusted with body glitter and I would cheer her on because this plot device is giving me life. 

Plus, her narrations are pretty much the only joyous thing in the world right now. 

4. Nina West

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I am so happy to see Nina progressing, and she really showed her artistry at the Monster Ball. That shrunken face reveal was weird, high drag at its finest, and she should have been commended more for it. And I was obsessed with her take on Witch Please – anyone else get throwbacks to the Salem witch trial episode of Sabrina? The trial of Goody Spellman? Just me? Cool. 

Plus, anybody who throws it back to The Little Shop Of Horrors is ok in my book. 

3. Plastique Tiara


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Finally, we saw Plastique mix things up. We know she can do pretty, but this week we got to see a bit of an edge, and a personality emerging. 

That skull makeup was flawless, and while I wish Plastique went a bit uglier, she at least committed to the theme.

But the pinnacle of the week was that Playboy bunny look. Honestly, put her on a centrefold and burn it into my retinas, I want to gaze upon that forever. 

2. Yvie Oddly

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This week was made for Yvie, so it’s a pity she didn’t utterly smash her MILF look. But that doesn’t matter, because that dinosaur outfit was absolutely hysterical. 

The hunch! The claws on her pumps! Dropping the prop but being unable to pick it up because of her T-Rex arms!

Every moment of it was campy, weird and kitsch, and it’s guaranteed to go down in Drag Race her-story. 

1.  Brooke Lynn Hytes

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But sorry Yvie, you get number one when you come out on the runway en pointe. What the actual?! That mummy look was one of the most stunning walks I’ve seen on Drag Race, and I didn’t even notice she was WALKING ON HER TOES until Cara pointed it out.

This b**** is super talented, and she’s in love with Vanjie. Give her all the free holidays and drag jewel gift cards you want. 

RuPaul’s Drag Race continues at 9pm ET/PT on Thursdays on VH1, and drops on Netflix the following morning.

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