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The queens started this episode entering the workroom with a gospel-style processional (led, of course, by Latrice Royale) singing “Jesus is a biscuit!” What a fun, high-energy way to start the show! But did y’all notice Sharon in the back plugging her ears? Shade!
Willam addressed her bottom-two status from the previous episode. When Latrice asked if it humbled her at all, she stated, “It didn’t add any humility to me.” They cut to Latrice’s interview where she said in no uncertain terms that anyone else would have sent her home in the lip-synch.
This episode’s mini-challenge wasn’t really a challenge at all in that there was no winner or loser. The queens were hooked up to a polygraph and asked questions about their fellow cast members. I had to giggle about how the music and lighting made it look like a combination of 24 and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with a touch of To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.
Things we learned (keeping in mind that editing happens):
• Chad Michaels sleeps in the nude.
• Phi Phi’s not into Sharon.
• Sharon would hate-fuck Phi Phi (my guess, Sharon’s topping and got her in a choke hold).
• Latrice doesn’t want a piece Willam, but everyone would kai-kai with Latrice, were she the last queen on earth.
• Latrice and Phi Phi think they’re prettier than Willam.
• Dita has talked behind Chad’s back (of all people!).
• Dita and Chad aren’t into the Pit Crew, but Latrice would sop ‘em up like Jesus (yeeeeee-sah)!
Oh, and RuPaul (because I know you’re reading this), you were dead wrong for asking if they liked your shoe line!! Shade, girl! SHADE!
For the main challenge, the queens were paired by most opposite personalities: Dita with Chad; Willam with Latrice; and, of course, Phi Phi with Sharon. They had to perform a "Frienemies" club act to a campy original song with live vocals. Oh, and the losing couple would have to lip-synch for their lives regardless of individual performance!
The workroom was all about the preparations of the costumes, learning the lyrics and mixing in just a touch of catiness.
The queens got a rehearsal with Lucian Piane, RuPaul’s producer and composer of the song they were performing. All the acts looked pretty busted, but Dita Ritz and Chad Michaels looked the most raggedy. Phi Phi was looking very, how shall I put this, unaware of herself with the opera-style singing. Lucian put her “Oh my god, I’m so good!” attitude in check with a quickness. When Phi Phi sang it straight, Lucian nixed Phi Phi’s X-tina-like runs.
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Phi Phi kept messing up (rhythm and harmony) and trying to throw the blame on Sharon in her interview.
On the day of their performance on the runway, Willam seemed like she was a million miles away. The other queens definitely noticed that she was very quiet, but Willam was dismissive when Latrice asked her what was going on.
Speaking of strange behavior, Phi Phi and Sharon seemed uncharacteristically buddy buddy as they painted for the runway. WTF, right?
On the runway, the first performance was Latrice and Willam. It started out a bit awkward, but they ended up having hilarious chemistry. Great moments included Latrice’s faking like she was about to hit Willam (and Willam looking legit scared); Willam’s slipping and falling on the ribbon Latrice threw across the stage; and the pair’s stripping down to lingerie. That final touch was perfect for such a campy, burlesque-sounding tune, and the judges gave them plenty of love.
There were high expectations for Phi Phi and Sharon, but their presentation was the equivalent of strutting out arm-in-arm with big smiles on their faces. Phi Phi’s harmonies were consistent. Unfortunately, the consistency was sharp. Thought he judges didn’t name names, they agreed that the harmony didn’t quite work. On the other hand, Michelle Visage, who had been telling Sharon to glam it up, loved her new showgirl look. Also, Pamela Anderson told Phi Phi she looked like another Pamela.
Dita and Chad tried really hard, but something just didn’t work for me. I really did love their ending, though, with Dita pulling Chad’s dress off and Chad running off the stage. The judges ended up with surprisingly nice things to say about their show.
And props for Pamela for stopping the show to throw shade at America’s Got Talent (props to the editors for keeping it in!).
|"Can I get another Red Bull, please?"|
Willam and Latrice weren’t my initial pick to win (really, it was Phi Phi and Sharon), but their performance ended up being the best. Michelle Visage asked, “Would you have them open for you in Vegas?” And Pamela gave an emphatic, “YES!”
Honestly, this was a hard episode for me to watch because my top 4 (Sharon, Latrice, Willam and Chad) spread between the 3 couples, so at least one of them had to be in the bottom 2. I was surprised to see that Sharon and Phi Phi ended up having to lip-sync. Was it because they didn’t live up to the high expectations or was it for dramatic effect?
Pamela’s reaction to RuPaul’s “Silence!” was a wide-eyed look of “…the FUCK?!” Exactly what I expect from every guest judge and never get. Props.
So Ru was giving the girls her critiques and telling Latrice and Willam they’d won. And just as she was about to say who was the bottom couple (hehe), Willam starts puking her guts out off the side of the stage! I’m sure they may have enhanced sounds bit in post, but damn, girl! What the hell were you consuming that you had that much coming out! Willam soon composed herself, and RuPaul announced that Sharon and Phi Phi had to lip-synch for their lives.
Neither Sharon Needles nor Phi Phi had been in the bottom 2 before, so it was thrilling to see them go head-to-head. Sharon was giving us character, emotion, and spot-on lip-synch. Phi Phi was giving us uncontrolled energy and 80% lyrical accuracy. And that vogue fall looked like she had only seen others do it and got lucky on her first try. My pick to stay was Sharon.
|Phi Phi: "Angels can fly!"|
Sharon: "Oo, she's gonna feel that tomorrow."
|Phi Phi: "Your butt's supposed to hit first, right?"|
|Sharon: "A curse upon the house that sends me home! Er, I mean, it's raining men."|
|Phi Phi: "I really need to get my back aligned after that fall!"|
|Phi Phi: "Eat it, bitch."|
|Phi Phi: "Must flail on the other side of the stage!"|
Sharon: "What do you call a busted showgirl with no show? Hint: it rhymes with pee-pee."
And, let’s be real. In overall presentation throughout the season, Sharon has outperformed Phi Phi. There was no way, in my mind, she was going home.
So at the end of the lip-synch, as (gay) America held their breath, RuPaul called Willam forward. And Willam gave us 14-year-old girl eye-rolling and dragging of the feet.
RuPaul stated that Willam had broken “rules that are in place to protect the fairness of this competition.” Ru told Willam to leave the competition immediately.
Willam chassed away with her head held high. And what did she have to say: “I stood on stage sick with a 24-inch waist, and I’m proud of myself.” Then she did her mirror lipstick kiss with her ass. Classic.
What do you think Willam did to get kicked off? Leave your answer in the comments.
It was a lot to see Willam go. Partly because she was in my top 4 (okay, top 2) but partly because she always brought it on the runway and always added a certain clever streak to the challenges, even when she didn’t win or do particularly well (which she usually did).
My top 3 now (in no order): Chad Michaels, Sharon Needles, and Latrice Royale.
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I saw this right before the episode, and though it didn’t influence my choices, it certainly makes things interesting.
On Untucked, they had one person from each pair go into one of the two lounges. Phi Phi, in the Gold Room with Willam and Dita, started to throw Sharon under the bus for their botched performance. Phi Phi stated that she outshined Sharon (you tried harder, but outshined?), and Willam brought it back (more noble, though almost equally shady) with, “I tried not to do that with Latrice.”
In the Interior Iluuuuusions lounge, Sharon really took her performance’s criticism hard, shedding some serious tears and sharing that she feared having to lip-synch.
The queens turned the conversation towards Willam, who had had a “rough morning” when they were prepping for the runway. They noticed that she wasn’t herself, and a few of them explicitly said that Latrice should sabotage their performance since there was no way Willam could take her on in a lip-synch. Phi Phi even offered her the cruise she’d won. But Latrice took the high road, and this is why we love her.
Meanwhile, Phi Phi was still reeling over Pamela calling her Pamela, and she claimed that she never wore blonde. Willam called her on wearing blonde in her winning magazine cover the previous episode. Oh, and the wrestling challenge, too.
Willam changed the subject, asking Dita who should go home. Phi Phi jumped in and said that Willam should go. Phi Phi hinted at something Willam was doing that would have consequences for all of the queens. Then Phi Phi read Willam for not having talent and relying on designer brand names. From what I’ve seen, the judges were impressed before they knew who had made her clothes/shoes. But I understand: Phi Phi had to come up with something.
|"You have no talent! You shouldn't be here. You're a bitch, and I don't lie you!"|
When the camera switched back to the Interior Illuuuuusions Lounge, they were talking about how Phi Phi was always scheming and plotting to send someone else home in a sleazy way. When they talked about how much she hated Willam, Chad mentioned that Willam was “doing shit that’s we’re all gonna get in trouble for.”
Willam said that she had a “rough morning” due to “personal issues.” And Phi Phi said that her “personal issues” were rules that she’d broken in their contracts. Then she went off on her again, telling her she didn’t deserve to be there. Phi Phi and Dita left and joined the other girls. As Phi Phi was recapping what she said in the other room, Willam was listening at the door.
Willam came in with the other girls. She sat down to an awkward “Um…” from Latrice. Willam looked at Phi Phi, saying, “She can’t even look at me,” and Latrice, who was obviously waiting for something to break the tension, threw back her head in laughter and yelled, “She can not! I LIVE for it!” Then Phi Phi yelled some more and called her a bitch.
Right then, RuPaul came on the screen and told them to go to the Gold Room where they met Pamela Anderson. Weirdest timing ever, but she was a hit with the queens!
I have to say, eliminating Willam will definitely take something away from the entertainment factor of the show. In my book, she and Sharon Needles are the best for one-liners, and Chad Michaels rounded out my first picks for the top 3 (all 3 are the only queens with 2 wins so far). But I have to hand it to Phi Phi for her fake cry at the end of the episode. Way to bring it full circle, girl.
“At least the lipstick’s on the mirror and not on her teeth for once.” –Willam
“There are two things I don’t like about you: your face!” –RuPaul
“There’s a reason why I lip-synch!” –Latrice Royale
“Let your work speak for itself.” –Latrice Royale
“I think she added a teaspoon or two of Christina Aglieara [Ugly-era?]” –Sharon Needles
“I’m gonna be so pissed if this cheesy song-and-dance number sends me home.” –Sharon Needles
“I loved their voices together, but I’m tone-def.” –Pamela
“When you’re doing a duet, you have to play the straight man at some point.” –Willam
“Pamela Anderson, I’m a huge fan of one of your movies… something about boats and aquatic-ness.” –Sharon Needles
“Natural beauty takes at least 2 hours.” –Pamela Anderson
“With us both being vegetarians, have you yelled at David Hasselhoff for eating a hamburger off the floor?” –Sharon Needles
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For EW's interview with Willam about her disqualification, motives and opinions on the judges, click here.