Warning: spoilers ahead for RuPaul’s Drag Race season 14.
RuPaul’s Drag Race has kicked off 2022 with the launch of season 14, releasing a premiere that packed a punch with show-stopping performances and a whole lot of talent.
Straight off the bat, the show unveiled a twist that left the queens gooped, as they discovered that only half of them would be appearing in the first episode and that there would still be an elimination at the end.
Kerri Colby set the tone with the first mini challenge, being crowned the winner of a task that saw the contestants strapped to a spinning wheel for a photo shoot that was all about serving face.
The seven competitors then took part in a talent show, before taking to the runway in a bid to impress judges Michelle Visage, RuPaul, Ross Mathews and extra special guest judge Lizzo.
In the end, Orion Story became the first queen to be told to sashay away after lip syncing against June Jambalaya to Lizzo’s track Water Me, while Kornbread ‘The Snack’ Jeté was crowned the first winner of the series for the maxi challenge.
When RuPaul told Orion that she had been eliminated, the head judge told her: ‘Orion, your story is just beginning. Now, sashay away.’
As she made her exit on stage, the dejected queen said: ‘Well boots, it’s time to start walking.’
Back in the Werk Room, she expressed her disappointment over her early exit.
‘I definitely did not see myself going home first, but I think everyone back home will be proud of what I did,’ she said.
‘I don’t have a single regret. I put up a good fight, but it wasn’t enough.’
On Instagram, she wrote: ‘Thank you all so much for the love. I’ve got a long post coming later, but b***hes! I’m a RUGIRL!!!’
Several fans sympathised with Orion following her elimination, with one tweeting: ‘I forgot how brutal day-one eliminations are. Really feeling for Orion, you could see her heart breaking.’
‘Orion going home first is a crime,’ another stated, while someone else remarked: ‘Orion Story going home first just doesn’t sit right with me.’
Next week, the remaining seven queens will make their entrances, while global singing sensation Alicia Keys is set to sit on the panel as the next extra special guest judge.
So who will get the pork chop next?
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 14 is available to watch on WOW Presents Plus with new episodes released on Saturdays.