Warning: spoilers ahead for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 3 episode 2.
The competition is heating up on Drag Race UK, with the 11 remaining queens showing off their performance chops in the latest episode of the BBC Three series.
After last week saw Anubis become the first competitor told by RuPaul to ‘sashay away’, in week two, the queens were tasked with transforming into uber enthusiastic – and downright scary – fitness instructors, in the utterly spectacular Dragoton dance fitness bonanza.
They were then challenged to take to the runway in dazzling red carpet showstoppers, with some of the queens pulling out the stops and others falling by the wayside in an effort to impress judges RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and extra special guest judge Oti Mabuse.
So which queens spun and bounced their way to the top and which lacked pizzazz?
In our opinion, Ella Vaday had a stellar week.
While she could have pushed herself further during the dance workout, she was the standout of her group and remained committed to her character, injecting personality and fun into her performance.
When it came to the runway, she didn’t hold back, going full-on old school Hollywood glam and absolutely rocking it, from her perfectly styled wig to her form-fitting gown.
She had every right to be peeved about being safe, rather than in the top. We just hope it pushes her to keep giving 110%.
While Veronica could have perhaps loosened up a bit in her performance, she was – as Oti pointed out – ever the professional, putting her performance skills to good use and making sure she and her team performed to the best of their ability.
She delivered one of her most beautiful looks to date on the runway, showcasing a dress of a bright yellow hue that not everyone would be able to pull off.
Although some of the judges’ comments remarked that they weren’t completely taken by the outfit, we disagree, as we think the ruffled, flowing design of the dress went with Veronica’s fun 1980s Kylie Minogue aesthetic.
Veronica is looking strong at this early stage of the competition.
Krystal did what she does best this week – displaying an utterly flawless look on the runway and selling it every step of the way.
While it was fun to see her shout and scream during the Dragoton, we just don’t feel like we’re seeing her whole personality quite yet.
Earlier on in the episode, Krystal made a comment about Victoria’s body that was completely out of order… and fortunately, during a one-on-one between the two queens, they managed to patch things up, with both of them opening up about their past body image issues and insecurities.
Krystal is incredibly talented at her young age. We just hope to see her open up a bit more and demonstrate that she has the personality and the maturity to go all the way.
Kitty definitely upped her game this week, creating a character for the Dragoton that almost seemed to pay homage to Baga Chipz.
Her commitment to her performance made her turn on the runway that much more striking, transitioning from a bellowing fitness instructor to graceful Marilyn Monroe tribute act.
She looked absolutely beautiful in her hot pink look, despite requiring some very small touch-ups, as Michelle pointed out that she could see some of Kitty’s undergarments.
We’re excited to see where Kitty takes her talent in week three.
Choriza was one of the standouts of episode one, and she continues to delight with her bubbly personality and eye for beauty.
While her dance fitness group with Vanity and Elektra may have seemed incoherent at times, she didn’t break character for a second.
Her runway featured yet another showstopper, accessorising with a wig that was styled to look like an elegant headpiece.
Keep doing what you’re doing Choriza.
In our opinion, Vanity did not deserve to be in the bottom two by a longshot.
One of the criticisms she received was that her wig during the dance workout was distracting – but the whole idea of the challenge was to basically depict an over-the-top version of the instructors one might encounter at a spin class. Which she did, with fab moves to boot.
While her wig could have been bigger on the runway, as suggested by Michelle, that may have distracted from her gown, given it was also a bright lilac colour.
Yes, she may not have been the strongest of the week, but she deserved to hold onto her place in the competition.
After soaring to the top last week, Victoria had a tough time in episode two, through no fault of her own.
At the beginning of the episode, she revealed that during last week’s lip sync against Krystal, she actually injured her knee, leaving her in a great deal of pain.
Having aggravated her knee further during rehearsals with Oti, Victoria did what she could during the dance workout performance, remaining seated throughout before swanning down the runway in flat trainers and an eye-catching scarlet gown.
Considering she said that she was in ‘agony’, Victoria did a fantastic job. Wishing her a speedy recovery!
River has oodles of personality to spare, which she showcases both in and out of drag.
She flew slightly under the radar this week, although she did acknowledge that her glam look saw her push herself out of her comfort zone, which we have to give her credit for.
While she is fun to watch, her Dragoton performance was admittedly one of the least memorable.
We just hope that as the weeks go by, she continues to push her limits and discover what she’s capable of.
Scarlett was in a similar boat to River this week, fitting the brief for the maxi challenge and the runway, but not pushing the envelope enough to leave a lasting impression.
She did a good job portraying the excitable nature of her character in the Dragoton show, but again, it just wasn’t as memorable as some of the other queens.
Scarlett impressed the judges with her pretty red carpet look, but up until now, her sartorial choices have been fairly predictable.
We love her energy, so we’re looking forward to seeing what she has in store for the series going forward.
As a performer, we think Elektra was judged a bit unfairly for her performance, resulting in her landing in the bottom two.
Yes, she let her nerves get the better of her and ended up being offbeat. But just as in the case of Vanity, the queens were portraying eccentric versions of fitness instructors – so if anything, her over-commitment could have been interpreted as a plus, rather than a negative.
Elektra was let down by her runway look, which did resemble an oversized costume one might find in a Star Wars film.
She oozed with confidence as she walked the runway, but unfortunately that didn’t make up for the fact that the ill-fitting gown swamped her small frame.
When Charity learnt what this week’s maxi challenge was going to entail, she was understandably nervous.
It was a shame that she was unable to hide her nerves, because – as we saw during the season premiere – when Charity’s in her element, she is an unstoppable force.
While the dancing routine wasn’t her bag, she did deliver a highly glamorous look on the runway, demonstrating to the judges that she doesn’t just have horror in her arsenal.
However, the look was more costumey than red carpet eleganza, so pairing that with her Dragoton performance, Charity was lucky to avoid the bottom two.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK returns next Wednesday at 7pm on BBC Three and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.