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9 items from 2011

Interview: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”’s Raja Finds Her Inner Beauty

26 April 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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It may have been the most anti-climatic moment in the history of reality television: Raja was crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar on last night’s third season finale episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Why was it anti-climatic? Internet spoilers had long suggested that Raja would be the victor. But it was also obvious to anyone with eyes: Raja absolutely dominated the competition from the very start, winning the show’s first two challenges and coming up with some of the show’s most interesting and unique designs ever.

Even when Raja didn’t win a challenge (and once even landed in the bottom two), it often had a feeling of the producers simply doing it to add a little drama, not because it was particularly warranted.

That said, Raja definitely falls in the “fashion-oriented” end of the drag spectrum, a fact that probably won’t quiet »

- Brent Hartinger

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RuPaul's Drag Race: Straight Expectations

5 April 2011 3:53 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Monday night’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race brought the unwelcome and moderately baffling return of pretty/dull Carmen Carrera, who was chosen by Michelle, Santino, and Billy B to get a second chance at the Season 3 title. It didn’t take long, though, for the skin-baring beauty to torpedo her own chances; when the queens were asked to transform straight jocks into dragtastic “sisters,” Carmen chose bedazzled bikinis that displayed her best assets, and left “Lolita” looking like a burly dude in a two-piece. Let’s recap the action via jaunty screengrab.

Manila explains the fine art of »

- Michael Slezak

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RuPaul's Drag Race Recap: Permanent Record

22 March 2011 3:21 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The legendary Miss Jody Watley and Carmen Electra popped up as guest judges on a lively episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Monday that also served as a nice promo reel for the titular dragster’s music catalog. The queens played a round of “RuSical Chairs,” then headed to the studio to cut renditions of Ru’s “Superstar” from one of six predetermined styles: reggae, hip-hop, country, disco, punk, and pop. Below, a recap using the time-honored art of the screengrab.

Alexis Mateo has some ideas for how dishy producer Lucian Piane can calm her nerves -- but none »

- Michael Slezak

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Drag Ya Later with Jon & John: I Love Frock and Roll!

22 March 2011 8:07 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Oh, ‘fro she didn’t!!!! Manila pumped up the volume, and all the queens got their frocks off in this week’s music RuPaul-a-palooza challenge. And somebody’s boots were made for streetwalking…

A wise old lady once said “Music makes the people come together…” Okay, that was Madonna. But was she watching last night’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race? (Actually, Madge probably has the show re-enacted live in her own London rec room each week, but recast by famous thespians. I’m totally feeling Judi Dench as Delta Work.) Nonetheless, this week the queens mounted their own South-By-South-Tressed music festival, as they all had to become American Idols and sing live and to a song they recorded.

Along the way, the contestants strapped on their heels for a game of Ru-sical chairs, which was probably the easiest mini-challenge ever; these bitches have clearly been toddling in pumps since pre-k. »

- John Polly, NewNowNext

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RuPaul's Drag Race Recap: Patriot Games

15 March 2011 2:02 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

On Monday night’s edition of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the six remaining queens shot patriotic PSAs for the troops — though I’m not sure which military base has a drag-friendly policy! — but most of the gals faltered in at least one of the three crucial areas: Fashion, comedy, and/or heart. I suppose Alexis Mateo’s campy polyester pantsuit and “Bam! Bam!” dancing shtick was moderately entertaining, but I couldn’t get what had Ru and Ms. Visage doubled over with laughter. With no clear winner, and with front-runners Raja and Shangela both flirting with the bottom two, Ru »

- Michael Slezak

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RuPaul's Drag Race: And Then There Were Six (With Video!)

14 March 2011 12:47 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It’s been about a month or so since I wrote about season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, a zany, deliciously campy bit of reality goodness that is one of the highlights of my TV week. In said piece, I gave some thoughts on the remaining contestants and a few predictions over who I thought would leave and when. I figured since we’re getting down to the nitty gritty, as tonight will leave us with a final five, it might be time to revisit my thoughts and see how they’re working out.

I’ve been mostly right about the elimination order, which was a nice surprise. In the first episode after I published, the gorgeous Mariah flubbed her impersonation of Joan Crawford during an already underwhelming episode of Snatch Game and then couldn’t remember a word to Jody Watley’s “Lookin’ For a New Love” (c’mon, »

- Shilo Adams

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TV at the Movies: "They're All Going to Laugh at You!"

9 March 2011 9:47 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Shall we have a small screen comment diversion? There are two things in particular that are urging this post on. One: Gwyneth Paltrow as "Holly Holiday" wisecracking sexed up substitute teacher on Glee and Raja's increasingly commendable and now movie-spoofing creativity on RuPaul's Drag Race.

Let's take Raja first. Rita Rudner, who was the guest judge and comedy coach for this week's challenge (developing a comedy routine), was worried that people wouldn't have seen Carrie (1976) "I haven't seen it in 40 years" and therefore wouldn't get Raja's references. Oh Rita; the gays have seen Carrie! It's maybe not as obsessively worshipped as Baby Jane but it's up there. Raja came out wearing this.

Raja as Carrie, Raja as Herself

They're all going to laugh at you! (On purpose.)

I don't want to stress how much I love Raja and did long before he started referencing great movies like »


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'RuPaul's Drag Race': One big red velvet mis-cake

28 February 2011 9:59 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"RuPaul's Drag Race" took the contest to new catty heights as the queens took off more than their earrings to battle it out on Monday's (Feb. 28) episode.

There wasn't one touchy-feely moment this week for front-runner Raja as she declared that the "Heathers" have arrived to RuVille. Based on the "B's" from the cult movie, the "Heathers" include Raja, Delta, Carmen and Manila. 

As Delta puts it, "We're basically the pretty girls, the top four. And then there's the other girls." Okay?

This week's mini challenge had the queens posing nude for their meals. This ended up being a very telling challenge. Of course, the skinny gals couldn't wait to tear off their clothes for the camera - well, not all of them... Alexis announced to the world that she hasn't dated in a very long time and we're about to find out why. Is Alexis a grower, not a shower? »


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Watch: 'Top Model' Makeup Artist Raja Impersonates Tyra Banks on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

22 February 2011 8:49 AM, PST | | See recent BuddyTV news »

I've always been a big fan of mashups, whether it's music or a monkey wearing baby clothes. Seeing two things I love get rolled into one is an exciting delight. And the rule holds true when it comes to my television, which is just another reason I'm loving this season of RuPaul's Drag Race (besides that it's amaaaazing). One of the contestants this season, Raja, is also a familiar face from the far-off land of America's Next Top Model: She's (he's) beloved makeup artist Sutan, who worked on the faces of Tyra's wannabe models for many seasons before moving on to bigger and better things, like being Adam Lambert's makeup artist.

This reality TV crossover was alluded to, but not addressed directly, last night on Drag Race, when Ru asked the queens to do their best celebrity impressions for the "Snatch Game" (like the old game show Match Game, »


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