Previously on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Roxxxy, Detox, Katya and Alaska were the final … wait a minute, this isn’t All Stars 2. Aka RuPaul’s Best Friend Race – All Stars 3 is finally getting all started and another queen will join Chad and Alaska in the dystopian wasteland known as the Drag Race Hall of Fame.
Lining up for another shot at the crown is Trixie who arrived serving Roller Barbie realness complete with her trademark dad jokes to an empty room. She was joined by my dear friend Milk, serving flatulent pinocchio Sia sexy, now with more confidence given her stratesphoric rise post being defeated by Bianca Del Rio. They were quickly joined by the bayou queen Chi Chi DeVayne who’s entire family is now completely ready, I assume in matching trash. But seriously, why hasn’t Glad sponsored her?
Thorgy Thor returned full of energy and still completely distracted and annoyed by Bob, immediately driving Chi Chi insane. Like the hair that got stuck to her face during confessionals. Back from the dead, Morgan McMichaels returned looking amazing, ready to destroy everyone and still shocking me by the fact the kindness of Chad birthed the evil of Morgs. Aja arrived like an anime character on a scooter, ready to fuck shit up … and I assume, become All Stars 3 version of Alyssa because she feels FUN. She also kinda channeled Maya Rudolph which is always a win.
The terminally delightful BenDeLaCreme returned – apparently from an extended hiatus – in an upcycled gown from her Miss Congeniality coronation, hoping to prove that you can win a crown whilst being nice. Whilst wearing a crown, Jughead style, in confession. Grab your passport because next up was Newark, LaGuardia, Kennedy Davenport, still glorious, still unable to look in a single direction. A package then arrived in the doorway which obviously meant Shangela was back back back back, back again, hoping to prove that the third time truly is the charm.
While waiting for more queens to arrive – hopefully from season 5 – the queens were surprised by Ru’s arrival welcoming them all to the competition and earn their rudemption … before dropping the bomb that a tenth queen would be entering the competition. And that queen was none other than the victor of season 1, the OG – BeBe Zahara Benet. Everyone was shocked to see a winner return, however as Ru said, she had to survive the season 1 filter so technically, this is our first time actually seeing her.
After brushing up on the All Stars rules – the girls eliminate each other – the pit crew returned to flood my basement and hand out glasses because reading is, what? Fundamental. Thorgy opened up the library with some mild shade before Chi Chi and Kennedy moderately upped the game. Then Milk dropped by and surprised me with some savage burns – Kennedy not needing to look both ways before crossing the street being my fave, obvi. Morgan was brutal, Shangela was Shangela, Trixie likened Aja to Seal, Aja was Aja but totally charming, BenDeLa called Thorgy IT and Shangie old and Queen BeBe wrapped things up by telling Morgan life already read her. Obviously BenDeLaCreme took it out, as she was by far the funniest.
Ru then announced that like last All Stars, they would be kicking things off with a Variety Show maxi-challenge and I am more than ready for someone to surprise me like Tatiana’s killer spoken word.
The queens made themselves at home in the werkroom where BeBe quickly solidified her position as the sweetest person in the world, excited to work with and learn from more girls. They then started sharing what they’d be doing at the talent show – with four essentially doing the exact same performance – before Ben and Morgan spoke about how they’d be deciding to eliminate girls. The latter, obviously, straight up admitted that if she were to win a lip sync, she would be eliminating the biggest competition which is obviously what most people will be doing … but why say that and make yourself a target? Though you do have to admit, being upfront isn’t very villainous.
The next day the queens greeted each other as they prepared for the show, with Shangie terrified that she would land in the bottom on the first episode for the third time. Morgan continued to earn her rudemption, bonding with Aja and Thorgy and showing a softer side. While on the other side of the room, DeLa spoke about how hard it was to lose season 6, and KenneChiChi mentioned they were shocked to see Aja back so soon.
With that out of the way, Ru, Michelle, Ross and Carson were joined by Vanessa Hudgens to watch the Variety Show, which kicked off with a high-energy, Sister Act-esque lip sync from Shangela. She was followed by OG BeBe who did the same performance – no shade to either of them – though with the Sister Act influence traded out with Lion King. But who cares because Camerooooooooooooooooon. Thorgy finally had the chance to bring her thorchestra to the stage and it was EVERYTHING. While it started off slow and dramatic, she upped the tempo AND DID A ONE HANDED CARTWHEEL WITH THE VIOLIN.
Well it was everything until Aja arrived to vogue the shit out of the competition, lip syncing and death dropping her way across the stage AND THEN OFF A DAMN BOX. Which I assumed Shangela had just left lying around. She was followed by Kennedy with another insanely high-octane dance number, this time culminating on a cartwheel ONTO the box. Now I saw some shade about the cast before the premiere … but damn are they shutting up the haters.
BenDeLaCreme then arrived with more nipple tassels than you could ever need, though they were not always in the right places. And damn was it hilarious. Chi Chi was up next, putting the baton in Baton Rogue, twirling it like her life depended on it. Though it didn’t appear to go down well with the judges. Nor did Morgan’s performance, who spent most of the time lip syncing to her competitors, rather than the audience … while her hair fell out. Trixie slowed things down with a country number before Milk pulled out a paper doll lip sync number which bored the hell out of Kennedy and Chi Chi, though it appeared to go down well with the audience. Though it could have just been the inclusion of the pit crew.
In any event, Trixie, BeBe, Milk and Kennedy were deemed safe before Michelle reiterated she wouldn’t try to make anyone cry or quit this year. Shangie’s performance was praised, though her look was deemed underwhelming. Thorgy’s performance was praised, though her muted energy was called into question. Aja received universal praise, particularly for being a model. As did BenDeLa. Sadly Chi Chi was read for her terrible choice of ugly jazz shoes, despite being able to do backflips in six-inch heels. Morgan was praised for looking amazing, however her nervous performance was called out. Dare I say it, her inner saboteur was the problem. Aja and Ben ended up taking out victory to lip sync for their legacy and choose who to send home from the bottom two, who ended up being Chi Chi and Morgan.
Backstage the girls discussed whether they should come to a consensus about who to eliminate, with Ben deciding they should follow All Stars 2 lead and base eliminations on the judges critiques. Which the other girls quickly pointed out, did not actually happen. They did agree to eliminate people if they loaned them an ugly bedazzled singlet. I think?
Ben and Aja each took some time out with the bottom two, with Chi Chi admitting to both that he fucked up though felt that he had far more to prove. Aja was disappointed that Morgan didn’t give her Morgan on the mainstage, and felt that she had way more to give. DeLa then spoke to Morgan about her plan to eliminate the competition, which Morgan reiterated before pointing out where Chi Chi went wrong in the challenge to try and distract DeLa from her fear of leaving Morgan in, only for her to eliminate her if she fell in the bottom.
Both Aja and Ben slayed the lip sync, the former serving thottie realness and DeLa sticking with the comedy route. DeLa ultimately prevailed, taking out the 10K tip – aka half of BeBe’s prize for season 1 – and sending Morgan McMichaels out of the competition as the first boot … to save herself if she ever landed in the bottom.
Let’s be honest, nuggets are quite possibly one of the best things invented. Little morsels of battered chicken, fried to crispy perfection and allowing more surface area to cover in sauce. I must be a biscuit, because I’m about to slop this UP.
500g chicken breasts, sliced in half horizontally and into nugget sized pieces
1 cup flour
1 ½ tbsp salt
1 ½ tsp raw caster sugar
¼ tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp ground black pepper, halved
¼ tsp onion powder
½ cup soda water
¼ cup cornflour
vegetable oil, for fryin’
Sweet and Sour Sauce, for dippin’
Heat 1 inch of vegetable oil in a large pot on medium heat while you prep the nuggets.
Combine the flour, salt, sugar, white pepper and half the black pepper in one bowl, and whisk the soda water, egg, cornflour, onion powder and remaining black pepper in another bowl.
Dust the pieces of chicken in the dry flour mix, shake off excess, bathe in the batter, allow excess to roll off and place one in the oil to check the temp. If it sizzles nicely, add as many nuggets that fit in the pan and cook for a couple of minutes either side, or until cooked through. Remove to a paper-towel to absorb any excess oil, and repeat the process until they’re all cooked.
Devour, slathered in Sweet and Sour Sauce. Because that is the only Maccas sauce that matters.