Friday’s surprisingly personal episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race confirmed the queens’ worst collective fear: In this new post-Valentina world, everyone may have an equal shot — but all of their padded butts are also on the line.
That line ended up being drawn right in between Nina Bo’nina Brown and Shea Couleé, this week’s bottom two. And if you really think about it, wasn’t that the perfect pair to face off? Considering all the spoken and/or unspoken tension between them — Nina ominously referred to Shea as “The Negative One,” much to Shea’s confusion — I was ready to see either of them go. (But preferably Nina, who I can never understand. Half the time, I swear she’s just speaking in tongues.)
The execution of the battle, on the other hand, was a little puzzling. Nina (via voiceover) said she felt like doing a “Charlie move,” which I took to mean she was basically giving up (a la Charlie Hides) before Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer” — an odd choice for a lip sync battle, but whatever — even started playing. But to be honest, neither of the queens gave a particularly memorable performance; it was one of the most evenly matched/boring battles I’ve seen in a minute.
Alas, one of them had to be sent packing. And while I initially rooted for her at the beginning of the season, Nina’s negativity has really weighed down the show in recent weeks. I’m not sad to see her go.
* Can we talk about Kesha (no dollar sign) for a minute please? I feel like I haven’t seen her out and about in a while, and this was not where I was expecting her to turn up.
* Shea’s drag sister may have looked a fright coming down that runway, but the fact that she named her Bae Couleé totally made up for it in my mind.
Your thoughts on Nina’s elimination? And which of the five remaining queens do you consider worthy of the crown? Cast your vote below, then drop a comment with your rationale.