“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 12, Episode 9 power ranking: Approval ratings


(Editor’s note: VH1 and World of Wonder have disqualified Sherry Pie more serious cat fishing allegations involving five men. A spokesperson for VH1 and World of Wonder said the season will air as scheduled “out of respect for the hard work of other queens”. In accordance with this decision, we will remove Sherry Pie from the standings for this season.)

welcome to Drag race Power rankings! Every Sunday we will debrief the new episode of this week RuPaul Drag Race to determine which queens are going high and which need fusion care. This 2020 election-themed season prepares for a political challenge throughout the season. But when the time came to head for the debate, which queen ended up voting the highest with the judges?

6. Veuve Von’Du (last week: 6) – ELIMINATED

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Unfortunately, Widow’s story ended this week. Although I recognize that she is not the strongest on the track, I have been constantly impressed with her this season, even more so than the judges.). But in terms of her story, she was indeed flat. There was no room left for him to grow in competition; if the judges didn’t like what she was serving this week, they would never come back. She deserved better than her race this season, but I think her performance in the first week set an incredibly high level in the eyes of the judges. She was just never going to keep that promise.

5. Jackie Cox (last week: 4)

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I’ll give her this: Jackie was half as smart as I expected her to be in this lip sync. She knows that she is not the strongest dancer, but she has a very particular and original performance style that helps her to stand out. Despite Widow’s emotional performances, I thought Jackie was clearly the winner of lip sync for making “Firework” his and really surprising us. That said, I think her own recognition that her humor can be “esoteric” is what keeps her here. She had a joke before the debate and many ways to interpret it, but the judges were clearly looking for more than just riffs about being Canadian.

I have complicated feelings about what happened on the track, as I expressed in this week’s recap, but I have to admit that I am more and more wary of Jackie who is constantly crying at tears when she underperforms in challenges. It’s clearly a sensitive soul, but Drag race take courage. Nina Bo’Nina Brown received a similar note from Ross Mathews in Season 9: You Must Be tough to survive this competition. I’m afraid Jackie’s skin isn’t thick enough for that.

4. Gigi Goode (last week: 5)

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It’s weird, you’d think Gigi was really screwed up based on her editing the past two weeks. It was mediocre, of course, but nowhere near as bad. In fact, I thought she had a few moments this week, although I agree that she was not worthy. (Her publicity last week was worse, IMO, which is why I was surprised to see so many fans defending her.) She seems to be very critical of herself, it’s like she is expecting to shoot a Bianca del Rio and never get close to the last two. This kind of race is legendary because do not Everyone can do it.

Gigi fans shouldn’t worry, though: this slowdown is a chance for the prodigy to get the oppressed relatable montage, a fabricated tale from behind that has propelled queens like Jinkx Monsoon and Yvie Oddly to win in their seasons . Ru and Michelle Visage both love seeing the queens’ vulnerability, and that minor stumble may be enough for Gigi to forge a “comeback.” One question, however: Will Ru want to crown a queen who admits that she has little interest in politics after such a political season? Gigi may have to prove his political good faith somehow if she is to win the title.

3. Heidi N. Closet (last week: 1)

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While I love the continued climb of my favorite Queen Rower, I have to admit that this week’s high ranking for Heidi left me a little confused. She was very good at the challenge, and I think she managed some exceptional moments despite all the chaos (“Oh, slander!”). But I didn’t think his track was almost as polished as the judges thought, and for me the first two were far ahead of Heidi. Look, like I said, I’m not looking at a gift horse in the mouth. I hope this good fortune will give Heidi the confidence she needs to continue to thrive in the final stages. But I hope the next time she gets a high score, it will be for a harder job.

2. Crystal Methyd (last week: 2)

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With the caveat that the winner this week was miles ahead of the rest, I fully understand why Crystal finished second this week. She continues to show more of her authentic self in challenges, and she has learned to steer her drag in a form that is compatible with Ru. I can roll my eyes at DeBarge for all of this, but Crystal has figured out how she can play with that to please Ru. (Even though, as noted in the debate, she still doesn’t really know who DeBarge is.) I was surprised that Carson Kressley didn’t like her outfit on the runway – I thought it was a mix fun of textiles that worked in a very specific way to Crystal.

Will Crystal Methyd win this season RuPaul Drag Race? Probably not. But at this point, I would be flabbergasted if she is not at least one of the best four queens. She has a lot of natural charm and charisma, and Ru sees her investment in it bearing fruit. It’s a recipe for success.

1. Jaida Essence Hall (last week: 3)

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finally, Jaida is on top! Although she has done a good job in recent weeks, she has not found a way to arouse the enthusiasm of judges about her for some time. This week, she really hit the ball out of the park – there’s no way Ru can ignore it this week. She did the pretty impressive trick of being funny in the challenge (very funny too!) While taking stock of the general politics of politics. It was remarkable, honestly, and Ru sat down and noticed it.

The best thing Jaida can do to justify her win this season is to keep winning and take advantage of Gigi’s slowdown. If Ru can come out of this season thinking more of Jaida than Gigi, she has a real chance. I still think Gigi’s victory is inevitable, but hey! At the same time last season, I said that Yvie Oddly was down. Crazy things happen Drag race sometimes.


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