Canada Drag Race Recap Season 2 Episode 2
Here is the fun and obvious thing about Drag racing: When the show features entertaining performers and they are given good material, the show is good. When the show fails to do it … you get Down (just kidding… just a bit of shade from one Commonwealth spinoff to another). Earlier this year, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 and UK Season 2 has proven that the series still has it, as long as “it’s” a pool of talented drag artists to choose from and fun challenges that showcase their strengths. For the first 15 minutes of this week’s episode, I wasn’t sure what kind of season it was yet.
And then they sent the clowns.
Like setting up a (circus) tent, this episode was a cultivator, not a shower. The mini-challenge was a Doordash-sponcon werkroom fashion show that had the queens showing off regional looks that represented their neighborhoods. I couldn’t help but think that some of these pieces – namely Océane Aqua-Black’s poutine headdress – were packed in hopes of a main parade and were poorly served by the rapid drag of the mini challenge. Also note: the two queens of Montreal dressed as the most beautiful symbol of the local fauna, the orange traffic cone.
Brad and Tracy Melchior – who is back from Season 1 while last week’s maid is conspicuously absent – tell the girls the maxi challenge is “Under the Big Top: The Rustic!” A circus show that’s also a kind of music looks like a wig on a wig, but it’s a great fun theme. Obviously the show was inspired by the famous Canadian export of Cirque du Soleil, but I guess they couldn’t get their rights because I don’t even think there was any reference to it? Instead, there was a spiel that back then drag artists were seen as “clowns” and “freaks”. It’s rude of them to have chosen Lady Bunny like that.
On the casting couch, the queens embark on one of those classic debates about who will play which role. Gia, who hasn’t lost an ounce of confidence in the last two performances of the past week, said: “My first and my only choice is Himbo.” Same! Synthia wants to play the lead role, an ingenious clown named Corsette (Okay, Pulitzer Prize for hilarious writing), and no one objects. The Pythia is delighted with this challenge. “A Rusical clown! Are you kidding? I wasn’t born for that, ”she says in her confessional, and she’s not kidding: it literally looks like Crystal Methyd was cloned by the guy who made Barbra Streisand’s dogs for the sole purpose of producing more clowns. dredgers. She wants to be Pennywise because “Pennywise is a very scary creepy clown who likes to freak people out.” I laughed at this explanation because it gave “A.k.a is a spy show.
As soon as the queens meet on the main stage with vocal coach Thom Allison, it becomes at once clear that this episode will be hilarious. Pythia is the first, and I think no one expected Ed Wynn’s voice to come out of this young queen. Pythia’s rap “I’m a Creepy Clown / Biggest Creep In The Whole Bloody Town” deserves a spot alongside Nicki Minaj’s “Monster” verse in the Creepy Rap Hall of Fame. Synthia crushes her role, presenting herself as the best singer of the cast. Kendall can’t find the note for her Ringmaster number, while Gia’s song Himbo serves sexy woman Rum Tum Tugger. Oceane, Adriana, and Suki Doll stumble during their “Bing, Bang, Bong” trio rehearsal, but they wore those sad little clown wigs when no one else was dressing up for practice, and that’s commitment.
The path Canada’s Drag Race films his dance rehearsals are frankly cinematic, giving Center Stage. What is less impressive is the “self-proclaimed dance queen” Icesis choking in her dance role alongside Stéphanie. Kimora shines during this part of the episode precisely because she doesn’t have to dance at all, just stomp (playing the famous non-dancing clown Bianca Del Rio, naturally). On the day of the elimination, the makeup mirror talk centers on immigration and racism. “People think it’s not a reality in Canada,” says Suki. Océane shares a tragic story by saying: “My parents abandoned me in the forest in Haiti. A Quebec family then adopted him. “And you were well fed,” answers Stéphanie. Savage.
The Rusical is performed with live vocals, making it fun to watch when it’s good and even more fun when it’s a mess. Anyone who had written this stuff in the Canadian basement of World of Wonder did a much better job than what we’ve seen in the American Rusical challenges of years past. Synthia serves up the reality of Big Comfy Couch in her costume, and her voice is even more impressive sung live for the judges. She doesn’t lose her temper for a second throughout this issue. Kendall is very present on stage and makes up for her inability to sing along with a really funny character voice. The disorder of the numbers “Bing Bang Bong” is a spectacle to be seen in full zhuzh clown. Who thought it was a good idea to have these three French-Canadian queens rapped in English? Rough is an understatement. Stephanie is gorgeous while Icesis struggles as the queens of “Leather and Lace” fashion. Eve 6000 is supposed to sing a sexy song about a “big reveal” (the joke is it’s a clown nose on her crotch) but looks so worried all the time. Kimora makes Bianca her own. This issue’s two stars are Pythia’s Pennywise and Gia’s Himbo, who storm in as Eddie in Rocky horror on a big trike and looks like it took a movement class between last week’s abysmal lip sync and this episode.
The theme for the runway this week is “Circus Bezerkus,” and the looks are consistently excellent as hell. Some highlights are Pythia’s two-headed woman, Eve 6000 dressed as a clown swallowed by a lion, Gia as a woman takes on Canadian stuntman voiced by Keanu Reeves Duke Caboom from Toy Story 4, and Suki Doll as a truly creepy sleep paralysis demonic clown with a ventriloquist dummy popping out of a hat. The only really underwhelming look of the night is Synthia’s very basic rainbow tent dress; I think she would have been at the top instead of just being safe if the look matched the polish of her excellent performance.
Synthia’s Brat Pack sisters, Kendall and Gia, are at the top, along with Pythia. Suki, Icesis, Eve and Océane are all acclaimed for their looks but are found at the bottom for their performances. In Mini Untucked Junior, Eve 6000 clearly feels salty and insecure and digs into Kendall’s vocals a bit, prompting the other Bratz to come to her defense with effusive praise, in turn making Eve feel league. But Eve’s look finally saves her from the bottom, Pythia wins the prize (diamonds !!), and the last two are a face-to-face of two talented queens in magnificent black and white looks: Icesis Couture serving harlequin and Océane Aqua-Black carrying the whole circus tent.
They face off against Girlicious’s “Stupid Shit”, which, let’s face it, is here for a technical detail. The group isn’t even Canadian, they’ve apparently just taken off more in Canada than in the United States. The LSFYL joke is when the editorial staff cut an Icesis confessional: “Remember when I said my knees hurt? Cut to Icesis doing something crazy awesome with his legs. “I lied bitch.” Alright, Miss Shyamalan! Icesis and his deceitful knees win, which means Oceane has to go, but not before that beautiful closing sentence: “Now I’m going to go home and eat a cheeseburger!” Always in our hearts.
• “Icesis and I are bad girls and bitches, we are method players. »- Stéphanie, continuing to serve pure C behind that smile.
• “I love waterfalls. – Thom Allison when he sees Pythia take the stage to voice a creepy clown.
• “Okay, I’m going back to Brooke Lynn’s basement!” – Pennywise.
• “And his beard goes all the way to her vagina, bitch.” – Narration of Stéphanie’s track 10/10.
• “The ocean is rising and it is coming to a town near you”. – OAB’s last words were also kind of a threat. And it is beautiful.