5 Awesome Things from RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1 Episode 2: Girl Group Challenge

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This week on RuPaul’s Drag Race the eight remaining queens split into two girl groups. Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child is on hand as the girls cover “Say My Name” and “Independent Woman.”

Last time on RuPaul’s Drag Race, we met the nine queens competing for the title of America’s Next Breakthrough Drag Superstar [sic]. After a sultry car wash photoshoot, the queens were tasked with creating outfits designed in whole or in part with materials acquired from the dollar store. Puerto Rican queen Nina Flowers delivered a fashion-forward outfit, winning the challenge and immunity for this week. Cleveland native (holla!) Akashia and “regional queen” Victoria “Pork Chop” Parker earned the dubious distinction of having to perform the first-ever Lip Synch for Your Life. Victoria was in over her head and was asked to sashay away.

This week, the queens have a photo mini-challenge where they have to take selfies using digital cameras. So much has changed in five years. Ongina and Akashia win the mini-challenge and become the captains of two girls groups. Ongina’s group is called Serving Fish and features Shannel, Nina, and Rebecca Glasscock. Akashia’s team 3D has Bebe Zahara Benet, Jade, and Tammie Brown. Each girl group will perform a Destiny’s Child song in front of the panel, which includes DC member Michelle Williams.

Serving Fish has good choreography, great costumes, good hair, and fantastic makeup. The weak link of the group is Nina Flowers, who is lucky to have immunity this week. 3D might as well stand for Disaster Disaster Disaster. The choreography, while cohesive, is rather simple. The costumes aren’t great and Tammie has a major nip slip. Akashia goes rogue during the performance in an effort to separate herself from the group. It backfires.

Serving Fish is the winning team and leader Ongina wins the challenge. BeBe was the best of 3D and Jade held the choreography together, so they’re safe. Akashia and Tammie have to Lip Synch for Your Life to “Break the Dawn” by Michelle Williams. Well, Akashia lip synchs; Tammie just stands there and bobs her head. Akashia actually brings Michelle to tears, mere moments after she called for security because she hated Akashia’s stank attitude. Tammie is berated a bit for basically taking a dive and then sashays away.

Notable notes from this episode:

  • Pop-up Ru’s Nuggets of Wisdom.
    • “There’s no ‘I’ in team, but there will be T.”
    • :::looks up from a book titled Filth::: “Is that a read?”
    • Shannel, after not winning the challenge: “In my mind, I’ve already won.”
      Ru: “In my mind, I’m Lena Horne.” How I wish someone said that back in 2009.
  • BeBe and Ongina, who were noticeably absent from last week’s episode, start developing their narratives this week.
  • Nina, who didn’t look that bad compared to 3D, struggled through the challenge. Not to be a spoiler for those who have not watched this season, but this will be one of the only times we see the fierce Ms. Flowers perform a lip synch.
  • All though the show is extremely low-budget (the glow did not do RuPaul or Merle any favors), they have managed to land guests who would otherwise seem out of reach. Although Michelle Williams ranks third in terms of success for Destiny’s children post-breakup, she’s still a get. Bob Mackie was on last week, and Tori Spelling will be on next week. Compare that to the slightly more legitimate America’s Next Top Model who gets…um…
  • Tammie gets unceremoniously booted, as she should have been. I still do not understand why she was brought back for All-Stars, unless it was a case of someone dropped out last minute and she was available. Enjoy Planet 9.

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