27th Sep2021

‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK 3×01’ Review

by Rhys Payne

I think we can all agree that season two of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK was one for the history books! It was crammed full of iconic moments such as the iconic H&M rant, the shocking mid season nine-month break, the infectious UK hun song just to name a few! This means that the queens who are entering the race this season have a high standard to live up to and I personally would not like to be in their (high heeled) shoes.

Some things about Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK have not changed like how the winner of the show gets to produce a web series filmed in Hollywood. which I know would not motivate me to stay on top form throughout the gruelling competition. Now that I think aboutit  I don’t even think Lawrence had her shown that she won (although she does now have a book!) and Vivienne’s show was interesting, to say the least. Also, we are still using the ridiculous Ru peter badges for each challenge win which everyone can actually go onto WOW and buy one so again this is a bit of a luck lustre prize.

We start the show on an extremely high note as Veronica Green is back in the race! If you remember last season she had to withdraw from the competition due to to contracting COVID. It is fantastic to see her back and feeling well again, as I don’t think she managed to show how much of a talented queen she truly is on season two. Her rendition of “Let’s Get the Party Started” by Shirley Bassey on All Together Now is out of this world and if you want to check it out for yourself it’s on Youtube. Veronica’s entrance outfit was an ode to the hit west end musical ‘Wicked’ where she had painted herself green, which was a clear reference to her being a musical theatre performer. It was interesting that Veronica’s entrance look was a homage to her theatre roots as Ella Veday also came in talking about her (more) impressive theatre resume. I thought that Vanity Milan looked incredible in her Mardi Gras/Brazilian, rainbow feathers look and she entered the werk so fiercely that I know that other queens must have felt intimidated! The moment that Choriza May announced her name laughed a lot! Then for her entrance line to be “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful, hate me because I’m an immigrant” and her outfit being a hint to her Spanish culture, I was hooked! There was a lot of controversies when the cast for this season was announced as it contained the first-ever AFAB (assigned female at birth) drag queen Victoria Scone. Victoria is a very well know queen around the Cardiff scene who is known for her incredible make-up skills. I am going to try my best to not be biased but she is from my city and I was actually in a nightclub a few days ago with her! Her entrance outfit was incredible, with a wonderfully camp red gown with amazing ruffles and perfect make-up. I was also aware of Charity Case from social media before the show but I was not aware of how creative and out there her persona is. She entered the werkroom with an almost Marie Antoinette outfit but with incredible horrifying make-up all over herself and the dress. Her promo look for this season was incredible and by the looks of things, she is going to be bringing the creative, wacky and memorable outfits to this season!

I have to admit that I didn’t understand the purpose of the mini-challenge in this opening episode as it had the queens competing in dirty charades which didn’t introduce us to the queens really, which I thought was the point of an opening episode. The runway however really allowed us to get to know each queen, as they walked the runway in ‘hometown hero’ and ‘favourite things’ categories. I have to be honest Victoria Scone really excelled in both categories wearing the most wonderful daffodil outfit with sparkly green trousers for her look of her hometown and a wonderfully theatrical tiered cake stand outfit complete with finger sandwiches for her favourite things runway. I enjoyed Scarlett Harlett’s hometown look which was a royal, Pearl outfit that had an almost Mary, Queen of Scots hair and make-up feel to the look. I also really liked Charity Kate’s Lancashire Rosè outfit with was very gothic and glamourous in equal regards and she had a wonderfully sparkly rose headpiece that looked incredible! I thought that many of the favourite things outfits were very fun! Krystal Versace wore a fun and fierce cat-inspired pantsuit which looked amazing. Veronica Green’s 80s inspired video game outfit was very fun and full of energy and Choriza’s graphic blazer and skirt combo was very bright and fun to look at!

For the first time in Drag Race herstory, it was announced that we would be having two lip-syncs with the top two and bottom two competing against one another with the form battling for the winner and the latter to see who would be sent home. In the top was Victoria Scone and Crystal Versace who had the song ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart,’ which I thought would be much more suited to Victoria due to her theatrical background. However, it was Crystal that was declared as the winner! In the bottom was Anubis and Electra fence with the latter dancing literal circles around the former with a wonderful plethora of splits and tricks! Electra was declared the winner of the lip-syncs which means that Anubis goes home!

Overall, this was an exciting first episode with many exciting queens, that I personally can’t wait to see what they will do next! It was amazing to see Veronica back and also to see some Cardiff representation on the television!

****½  4.5/5

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