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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season Two

Review by CJ

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Judges:
RuPaul, Merle Ginsberg, Santino Rice

Contestants:
Jessica Wild, Jujubee, Morgan McMichaels, Mystique Summers Madison, Nicole Paige Brooks, Pandora Boxx, Raven, Sahara Davenport, Shangela Laquifa Wadley, Sonique, Tatianna, Tyra Sanchez

Guest judges/special guests:
Kathy Griffin, Mike Ruiz, Kim Coles, Dita Von Teese, Kathy Najimy, Tanya Tucker, Niecy Nash, Lisa Rinna, Alec Mapa, Phoebe Price, Martha Wash, Mathu Andersen, Terri Nunn, Henry Rollins, Jackie Collins, Gigi Levangie, Marc Malkin, Jeffrey Moran, Toni Ko, Cloris Leachman, Debbie Reynolds, Tatum O’Neal, Marissa Jaret Winokur

Running time:
43-45 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
12

Twelve fierce drag queens compete against each other and themselves to become RuPaul’s next drag superstar.

Recently a subscription streaming service put up seasons 2-7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race (apparently season 1 is referred to as The Lost Season due to being very rare), so I decided to start watching from the “start”. I’d only ever caught a few episodes here and there but enough to know I loved RuPaul and the concept of the show. Season 2 as a whole did not f*ck it up.

I loved the variety of queens that were contestants in season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. There were queens I adored and ones I loathed but all of them brought something different and exciting to the table. I was in no way jealous of the judges who had to perform eliminations the closer it got to the end.

While I’m not usually interested in fashion, I enjoyed watching the costumes and couture be created. The wigs, the accessories, the make-up — it was like sneaking a peak behind the artist’s curtain and watching a work of art form before your eyes. And, let’s face it, sometimes a trainwreck.

The challenges in season two of RuPaul’s Drag Race were fun to watch and very inventive. My personal favourite is “Snatch Game” in which the contestants impersonate a celebrity of their choice in a parody of Match Game gameshow. (Australians may better know it as Blankety Blanks.)

I absolutely adore RuPaul. He is incredible both in and out of drag as judge and mentor to the contestants. With several glorious catch phrases, witty commentary and impeccable style, there is no doubt as to why Ru’s name is on the banner. He works it to the max.

Throughout season two, I found RuPaul’s Drag Race to be a hilarious show with great heart wrapped in hot-glued couture. Definitely recommended for people who enjoy drag shows and art or creativity based competition TV shows.

Rating:
4 Stars

“In this world, you only get one chance to make a first impression so don’t fuck it up.”

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