'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 11: The Queens Go Country With an All-Natural Challenge
Warning! Spoilers below for this week's all-new episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race." If you haven't watched yet, fix that, then come back and read for more from this week's eliminated queen!
Things got a little bit country on Thursday's all-new RuPaul's Drag Race, and one queen was sent back to the barn after failing to get a blue ribbon from the judges.
The drama started right away, as the contestants "mourned" the loss of last week's eliminated queen, Scarlet Envy -- although their moment of honor mostly consisted of Ra'Jah O'Hara continuing to snark about her victory over the larger-than-life performer. "Scarlet is still in the parking lot, jumping in the van, and Ra’Jah is still reading the dog s**t out of her," Miss Vanjie exclaimed.
However, Ra'Jah felt justified in her shade after surviving yet another week in the bottom two -- "The lip sync assassin has struck again" -- and proceeded to call out some of her fellow competitors she felt are "taking up space," including Shuga Cain, Nina West and Plastique Tiara.
The mini challenge kicked off the week's country theme, as the queens strapped on some quick drag and a pair of "tig ol' bitties" to complete in a slow motion potato sack race. Nina "Breast" and "Shuga Tits" came out victorious in the challenge, but the week's drama continued in the Werk Room as Mama Ru stirred the pot, asking each queen who they think should go home.
So, there was a fair amount of bickering as the queens got to work on their maxi challenge, where they had to use “all natural” ingredients like corn, berries and pine cones to create a “farm to runway” look that was “both sickening and sustainable.” The feud between Silky Nutmeg Ganache and Yvie Oddly continued to build when Silky told Ru that Yvie should go home because she was injured, which Yvie dubbed "a crock of bulls**t."
Others got emotional with Ru, as she spoke with both Brooke Lynn Hytes and Plastique Tiara about showing more of their personalities on the runway and all of the queens got a big shock mid-challenge as Drag Racelegend Alyssa Edwards made a surprise appearance to coach the girls on their struts and coordinate a "Pumpkin Pie" country line dance.
Alyssa's advice and Ru's encouragement clearly paid off, as Alyssa's drag daughter, Plastique, took home her first win this week, in her radiant red look constructed with flowers, feathers and bark -- as well as her stand-out performance in the country dance number.
On the other end of the spectrum, A'Keria C. Davenport went from first to worst with a rare design stumble, as she failed to wow the panel -- including guest judges Kandi Burruss and Amber Valletta -- with her "less is more" denim ensemble after her original, organically-dyed outfit didn't work out. And Ra'Jah once again found herself at the bottom when the judges loved her makeup, but thought she got lost in the "Pumpkin Pie" number and didn’t like her ill-made burlap pants.
However, A'Keria wasn't fazed at having to face off with Ra'Jah as they squared off for a lip sync for your life to "Strut" by Sheena Easton: “She ain't assassinating me tonight.”
And the seventh queen to sashay away from season 11 was...
The self-proclaimed lip sync assassin finally suffered a fatal blow, as Ra'Jah O'Hara was unable to save herself from elimination after too many trips to the bottom. ET's Brice Sander spoke to the contestants ahead of season 11, where Ra'Jah described her "roller coaster" season as "full of excitement."
ET: If you had to sum up your Drag Race experience in just a few words, how would you sum up this crazy ride you've been on?
Ooh, this crazy ride? Roller coaster. Roller coaster full of excitement. As far as my run on the show, baby? Roller coaster. Roller. Coaster. [Laughs] It's like, all the emotions that you could think that you would ever have, you have it. You have it in that moment.
And then some.
And then some!
What do you hope the fans walk away thinking about you?
Well, I really hope that the fans see a little bit of themselves when they see me. [I hope] they realize that I'm a real person, that I'm, like, their homegirl. I am your homegirl, America. So, go on ahead, holler at your girl, subscribe, follow me on all my socials. [Laughs] But yeah, that I am a real person and although drag is my persona, all of this comes from a creative mind.
Did you walk away with any friends for life out of this season?
I have left this experience with so many sisters. A couple of us are, like, thick as thieves. Like me and Silky, thick as thieves. A'Keria Davenport, coming into the competition we knew each other -- she's actually my drag sister from Dallas -- and coming into this, it actually brought us a lot closer, because we have this experience that only a handful of us get experience. So to have that and have her be there with me was amazing. So yeah, I have a lot of sisters.
RuPaul's Drag Race airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.