RuPaul's Drag Race (AS9)

I am so sick of Jinkx.

It’s Jinkx’s edit (both seasons now) that is tiresome to me. She’s truly a great queen but the show insists on editing her in the most overly positive and precious way that makes me root against her when I otherwise wouldn’t. Everyone carrying on like she’s the massive front runner of the season as if she wasn’t one of the very worst 3 challenges in a row prior to this one is a bit much. I was rooting for her on season 5 but on rewatch the edit is so overbearing that, like Roxxxy, my favorite moment becomes seeing her in the bottom 2. She’s done well in all the challenges you’d expect her to but outside of that, I’ve been underwhelmed, especially at her 4 lipsyncs now which seem to prove Malambo No 1 was an absolute fluke (or flat out rigged according to Detox)
 
Jinkx is quite possibly the best actor that's ever been cast on the show, not because she's necessarily the most versatile, but because every part she is given, even the most generic one (see last week), she can twist it, enrich it and make 1000% her own. Bob is up there, arguably even better, but no one else comes even close.
 

Island

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Screaming at RuPaul basically admitting to not stepping foot in a gay bar in like a year since he hasn’t heard of Shea Soul-ale.
 
Yeah I’m surprised at the negative comments I see weekly because I’m having a lot of fun with this season. Like, I’m genuinely sad when the episode ends and can’t wait for next week’s.

The challenge this week was fun, it felt perfectly designed for Monet because she’s so charismatic on camera. I enjoyed everyone’s runways but majorly impressed with Jaida’s and Jinkx’s - those were amazing.
 
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Whilst I admit it does seem to have slipped a little, I can't begrudge a season that

- Showcases Jaida as one of THE powerhouse winners, not only for fashion but for humour and charm.
- Relights the love for Raja, genuinely through her own design.
- Showcases the talent and heart of Trinity the Tuck as one of the strongest drag queens the show has produced.
- Showed Yvie as out of her depth
- Made me not so embarrassed that the Viv won our first season in the UK as she has talent
- Showed Shea as the underdog with such special and powerful runways.
 
The fact that Shea is technically coming last right now but it’s really Yvie. Whew, her power.

Something is not clicking with Shea this run though, I can’t work it out. Monet, Jinx and Jaida all absolutely slayed this week.
 
The thing that’s probably hindered Shea the most in this competition is that she is ‘very good’ at essentially everything, but she’s been edged out of the top most weeks because there will be competitors who will excel at that week’s particular niche just slightly more than she does, claiming the win.

It transpires that, if you’re able to unpick ‘high’ placements from the mass of wall-to-wall positive critiques (i.e. those who get shout-outs when the judges deliberate, but ultimately aren’t top 2), Shea is approximately joint second-best performing with Jinkx, just behind Trinity.

Basically, in a season of 12 episodes and no eliminations, it actually sort of works against you if you’re a very competent all-rounder, as opposed to someone who performs middling most weeks, but can snatch a few wins if your niche is sewing/acting/comedy, which will swing by a few times throughout. Shea’s ‘thing’ is probably writing and performing verses, which led to her first week win and should’ve led to her winning the TRL week too but the judges nearly always prefer stupid humour over anything else unless you’re Rock M. Sakura.
 
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