Previously on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, nine former losers ru-turned for their ru-demption against the OG queen BeBe Zahara Benet. She was looking for rudemption from the season 1 filter, amirite? They were then put through their paces with an All Stars variety show where BenDeLaCreme, Aja and Thorgy shined, while Milk, Chi Chi DeVayne and Morgan struggled. Tragically season 2 – Shangela counts for season 3, ok? – did not come through this time, with Morgan getting the axe from BenDeLaCreme for vowing to eliminate strategically. Which is kind of a strategic elimination.
After Morgan’s elimination where Ben was feeling hella shitty, starting to cry and downplaying the victory. This didn’t fly well with the queens, with Shangela and Thorgy thinking she was playing it up. Chi Chi thanked her for saving her and vowed to show Ben that it was the right decision. Awkwardly, Aja did not agree … revealing that had she won the lip sync, Chi Chi would have sashayed away.
In any event, Shangela had vowed to go all Khaaleesi on their arses, becoming the mother drag queens and snatching the throne.
The next day the queens returned to the werkroom where the girls got down to celebrating their skills in the talent show. Well, except for Chi Chi, who felt Milk was pretty beige and wasn’t showing much talent. Well beyond velcro, as Trixie put it. The discussion was interrupted by Ru, who dropped by to announce this week’s challenge – a lip sync extravaganza, a VH1 Diva’s Live tribute to the one, the only, RuPaul!
Milk got my dear friend cirque du Celine, Kennedy was tasked with Janet Jackson, Aja was given Amy Winehouse, Chi Chi would be Patti LaBelle, Trixie – obvs – got my girl Dolly, Shangela was going to be Mariah Carey, Thorgy got Stevie Nicks, Julie Andrews would be played by BenDeLaCreme while BeBe was given the queen of the divas and my heart, Diana Ross. To make it even more difficult, the runway would offer everyone rudemption by redoing one of their worst outfits from their OG season. Meaning BeBe will come as a filter and Shangie will wear 90% of her former outfits.
The queens broke away in the werkroom to listen to their songs and learn the lyrics, where Thorgy noticed that she had the smallest part and it wasn’t very funny. While she didn’t want to seem like a crazy flat-earther, she felt the part was setting her up to fail … which Shangela tried to deny. But where is the lie though? I mean, was Katya meant to knock Diana out of the park in Mall Stars 2?
On the flipside, Milk was thrilled with his role and would be wearing her outfit from the Met Gala instead of a backward suit. He didn’t feel it mattered though, as a friend of her uncle’s sister’s brother’s driver saw him perform Celine and loved it.
Todrick made his triumphant(?) return to All Stars to choreograph the show, where Shangie as Mariah was obvi late for the rehearsals. Todrick started with Kennedy, who was struggling with the choreo, pissing off Todrick. Thorgy was too much of a Stevie purist, stripping out most of Todrick’s choreography. Shangela’s method acting started to drive the queens mental, particular Milk who was well and truly over it. Thankfully Milk wasn’t the only one being shady, with Todrick getting into BeBe’s head about Ru living for Diana Ross and getting Ben to drink some swag juice, which sounds all fifty shades of Weinstein. By the time it got to Chi Chi’s rehearsal, Thorgy realised that literally everyone had been utilised in everyone else’s performance, leading to Thorgy demanding another appearance.
On show day, the queens spoke about their rudemption outfits with Shangela sharing that her outfit was judged by Vanessa Williams … who was once again judging this week. Talk turned to how difficult the choreography was – and I assume how lowkey scary Todrick is – and how they were perceived in their OG seasons. Kennedy was unaware of her resting bitch-face, Trixie felt she was talentless and Thorgy admitted that she was obsessed with Bob.
It was finally time for the Diva’s tribute where Milk was a solid Ariana Grande as Celine back-up, Kennedy got off on the wrong foot – literally – and never really seemed to get into it, Aja was eerily like Amy, Chi Chi served IT as Patti and Trixie was wonderful as Trixie soz, Dolly. Then Shangela arrived and brought the house down as Mariah, though given she had the best script by FAR, you’d hope she did. Thorgy did a strong Stevie … but I found myself watching Milk in the background, doing his homage to Celine getting caught in her heel. Ben was also amazing, though once again, had one of the better scripts. BeBe was the last to go and was a killer Di.
On the runway, Milk redid his glamourous number though looked more like the Tony’s runway after giving birth. Aja had Princess Disastah glow the fuck up, Chi Chi redid her neon runway by borrowing Bob’s neon look, Trixie looked like Baby Jane, Kennedy uopdated her death becomes her look before crystalising into a glamazon and Thorgy too decided to fix her neon look, looking like a Power Rangers villain. DeLa updated his dripping with jewels look, which looked pretty great anyway, BeBe fixed her entrance look and Shangela slayed by redoing her Christmas look, WALKING THE RUNWAY IN A SNOWGLOBE. It was epic. Shangela, Ben and BeBe landed in the top, while Chi Chi, Thorgy and Kennedy landed in the bottom.
Milk, Aja and Trixie took their place in the safe zone, where Milk proceeded to have a hushed meltdown about the top three believing that he should have been there instead. Given everyone could hear, it was super awkward.
Kennedy was called out for not knowing the lyrics or bringing Janet to life, while Chi Chi only received positive critiques aside from disliking the coat making his appearance in the bottom odd. Shangela was praised for everything, rightly so … though I do agree with Thorgy, it was kind of a given. Speaking of which, she was read for filth for her outfit and performance of Stevie. Once again, DeLa was universally praised, as was BeBe who gave me life as Di. Ultimately Shangela and BenDeLaCreme won the challenge, while Kennedy and Thorgy landed themselves in the bottom two.
Backstage Thorgy was really emotional and Trixie was topless, before Shangela and DeLa took the bottoms away for a chat. Shangela continued to channel the mother of dragons, talking to Thorgy about potentially forming an alliance. Though Shangela was super concerned about her getting stuck in her head and being a bad choice to save. Meanwhile Kennedy worked on convincing DeLa she had so much more to give, while she agreed and thought Kennedy could make it to the top three, the judges didn’t see Janet … which was the challenge. Out of nowhere Milk started to cry, thinking his performance was better than it was judged and that he deserved stage time. It wasn’t pretty and it makes me sad.
Thorgy then sat down with DeLa and tried to get her to admit she didn’t deserve to be in the bottom two, then threw shade at BeBe … and then threatened DeLa should she eliminate her. Meanwhile Kennedy tried to play up her growth, and then her friendship with Shangela. Neither Shangela or DeLa were confident in their choices, though brought the house down to Hugh Grant as the PM in Love Actually’s hit song, Jump. I mean, Shangela damn jumped rope throughout the chorus, DeLa got breathless, stripped and then started mimicking Shangie’s moves. Well, until she brought out the ‘80s aerobics moves, with which she couldn’t keep up with. Ultimately Shangela’s skipping won her the lip sync, which tragically lead to a very salty elimination for my girl Thorgy.
To say Thorg was pissed is obviously an understatement, though thankfully our friendship is so great that I can usually snap her out f a Bob-esque meltdown after a matter of mintues. And if that fails, I pull out a Thorgy Choripán and all is right with the world.
Hot and spicy are two ways I like the insertion of sausage into buns to be described, and this is no exception. Sizzling chorizo, hot chimichurri and delicate, fresh buns. I’m all in … balls deep … forever.
½ red onion, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
½ red capsicum, seeded and diced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste
6 fresh hot chorizo
6 small baguettes … or hot dog shaped Kirsten Bunst
½ cup chimichurri
Combine the onion, tomato and capsicum in a bowl with the olive oil and red wine vinegar, and a good whack of salt and pepper.
Heat a skillet over medium heat until scorching, reduce heat to low and add the chorizo. Fry, turning on a couple of times, until they are cooked through aka about ten to fifteen minutes.
To serve, split your buns, spread with the salsa, top with the chorizo and add the chimichurri. Devour, immediately.