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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season Three

Review by CJ

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Judges:
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice, Billy Brasfield

Contestants:
Alexis Mateo, Carmen Carrera, Delta Work, India Ferrah, Manila Luzon, Mariah, Mimi Imfurst, Phoenix, Raja, Shangela Laquifa Wadley, Stacy Layne Matthews, Venus D-Lite, Yara Sofia

Guest judges/special guests:
Vanessa Williams, Mike Ruiz, Bruce Vilanch, Lily Tomlin, Alessandra Torresani, La Toya Jackson, Susan Powter, Chloë Sevigny, Debbie Matenopoulos, Kristin Cavallari, Aisha Taylor, Amber Rose, Eliza Dushku, Sara Rue, Arden Myrin, Rita Rudner, Cheryl Tiegs, Johnny Weir, Carmen Electra, Jody Watley, Fantasia Barrino, Wayne Brady, Margaret Cho, Sharon Osbourne, Gigi Levangie, Jeffrey Moran

Running time:
42-64 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
16

 

Thirteen drag queens compete to win the chance to become RuPaul’s next drag superstar and bring home a massive prize pool including $75,000.

While in season two of RuPaul’s Drag Race I loved the wide variety of contestants featured, there didn’t seem to be as much variety in season three. Episode one only showcases the audition tapes from successful and unsuccessful applicants alike. But by the middle of episode two I had already (correctly) figured out who would win. This was in part because of the raw star quality the winner brought, but mostly because there were only a few people who stood out.

“Snatch Game” remains my favourite challenge in RuPaul’s Drag Race. A close second in season three is the challenge to record one of RuPaul’s own songs in a new style (e.g. country, reggae, punk, etc). All of the challenges in season three are a lot of fun to watch as we follow the contestants through the lows and highs of the competition.

There were a couple of shock reveals in season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The first being that a contestant from season two returns to compete again. The second is when later in season three, a contestant who was eliminated from an earlier round of season three is brought back. Both were great additions to the show.

There is a lot of heart to RuPaul’s Drag Race because, while they are competitive and there are cat fights, the contestants form groups and open up about their lives outside the show. These moments vary from heart breaking or heart warming, but they are always full of emotion.

I enjoyed the addition of Michelle Visage to the regular judges panel. Michelle is fierce, sassy and takes no prisoners in her guidance or critiques. RuPaul is flawless and fun as the host of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Regular host Santino Rice is an honest judge whose criticisms I don’t always agree with but can usually understand and respect.

Overall RuPaul’s Drag Race is a funny show with wonderful costumes, interesting contestants and a vibrant host. As with season two, I would recommend RuPaul’s Drag Race for people who enjoy drag shows and art or creativity based competition TV shows.

Rating:
4 Stars

“She’s one fierce mothertucker.”

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