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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season Seven

Review by CJ

Judges:
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews

Contestants:
Ginger Minj, Jaidynn Diore Fierce, Jasmine Masters, Kandy Ho, Katya Zamolodchikova, Kennedy Davenport, Max, Miss Fame, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Pearl, Sasha Belle, Tempest DuJour, Trixie Mattel, Violet Chachki

Guest judges/special guests:
Adore Delano, Alaska Thunderfuck, Alyssa Edwards, Alyssa Milano, Ariana Grande, Bianca Del Rio, Candis Cayne, Demi Lovato, Isaac Mizrahi, Jessica Alba, Jinkx Monsoon, John Waters, Jordin Sparks, Jujubee, Kat Dennings, Kathy Griffin, Kym Johnson Herjavec, Latrice Royale, LeAnn Rimes, Lucian Piane, Mel B, Merle Ginsberg, Michael Uri, Moby, Nelsan Ellis, Olivia Newton-John, Our Lady J, Rachael Harris, Raja, Raven, Rebecca Romjin, Santino Rice, Sharon Needles, Tamar Braxton

Running time:
39-61 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
14

 

Fourteen more drag queens compete in a variety of challenges to become RuPaul’s next drag superstar and bring home a massive prize pool including $100,000. 

I must admit, as much as I love RuPaul’s Drag Race, I found season seven to be quite disappointing. The four stand out queens for me are Ginger Minj, Trixie Mattel, Katya Zamolodchikova and Max. The rest of the queens ranged from loathsome to simply forgettable.

The finale of season seven was incredibly frustrating. While my favourite girl doesn’t always make it to the crown, I haven’t been as disappointed by a winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race since season two. 

I did love the addition of Carson Kressley as a regular judge. I used to love watching Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Carson was always such a hoot — a fact that hasn’t changed.

The celebrity guests were on point for the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the looks were often fierce, the new judge is fabulous, and the Snatch Game was a hoot, but a lacklustre lineup of contestants and controversial crowning left me wanting.

I would recommend watching all of the seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, because they are often referenced in later seasons and queens make their return, but I would keep season seven as one to have on in the background while you meal prep or catch up on the ironing.

Rating:

“Drag queens always say paint for the back row. I paint for the check cashing place down the street.”

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