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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season Four

Review by CJ

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

Contestants:
Alisa Summers, Chad Michael, DiDa Ritz, Jiggly Caliente, Kenya Michaels, Lashauwn Beyond, Latrice Royale, Madame LaQueer, Milan, Phi Phi O’Hara, The Princess, Sharon Needles, Willam

Guest judges/special guests:
Shangela Laquifa Wadley, Akashia, Venus D-Lite, Morgan McMichaels, Sonique, Ongina, Raven, Pandora Boxx, Delta Work, Shannel, Elvira, Mike Ruiz, Rick Fox, John Salley, Amber Riley, Natalie Cole, Max Mutchnick, Nicole Sullivan, Loretta Devine, Ross Matthews, Kelly Osbourne, Pauley Perrette, Regina King, Pam Tillis, Pamela Anderson, Jennifer Tilly, Jeffrey Moran, Dan Savage, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Wynonna Judd, Rose McGowan, Charo

Running time:
43-64 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
14

 

Thirteen drag queens compete to win the chance to become RuPaul’s next drag superstar and bring home a massive prize pool including $100,000.

My absolute favourite part in season four of RuPaul’s Drag Race was having drag queens from past seasons dressing up as zombies for the first challenge. It was fun to see some of my favourites shuffling around in zombie drag before chowing down on another past contestant.

While the variety of contestants still wasn’t as eclectic as in season two, season four RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants as a whole were far more interesting than those in season three. I was thrilled with who the winner was. Though they weren’t my favourite queen, they were a close second.

Speaking of my favourite, the most disappointing moment in season four of RuPaul’s Drag Race was when my favourite contestant was disqualified for breaking the rules. But the rules are the rules and that’s the way the pressed powder crumbles. No spoilers but suffice to say I went full Tyra GIF.

The things that have remained consistent in RuPaul’s Drag Race are the fun challenges. Snatch Game has been my favourite challenge since season two and season four did not disappoint. During the rewind in episode 12, RuPaul did a segment called “Shit My Girls Say”. I would love to have seen an expanded version of this segment with one-liners and snappy, sassy repartee.

As always, RuPaul is the hostess with the mostest and Michelle Visage is harsh but fair. I was disappointed that Santino Rice and Billy Brasfield split the role of third judge. It leaves both seeming disconnected and loses the sense of stability regular judges should provide.

I found season four of RuPaul’s Drag Race to bring the same wonderful costumes, interesting contestants and vibrant host found in past seasons. As with season two and three, I would recommend RuPaul’s Drag Race for people who enjoy drag shows and art or creativity based competition TV shows.

Rating:

“Very Lawrence of my labia.”

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