April 27, 2010

Reality Rundown Special: Whose Boogie Should We Be Jealous Of?

4/27/2010 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
RuPaul's Drag Race - Season 2 Finale

I've been dying to cover RuPaul's Drag Race for weeks now but I started late into the season and didn't want to randomly begin recaps. I decided the finale would be a perfect time to write my first RPDR's Rundown post, and you should definitely expect it as a regular post come season 3 cause this show's amaaaaazing. Never watched RPDR? Watch the full season finale here.

Our final 3 ladies get introduced one last time to the audience. Jujubee is the hilarious Boston native that's flashy, sassy, and what I wish Kimora Lee Simmons was. My dream is to meet Jujubee in person (girl, if you read this, Facebook me!). Raven is tough, bitchy, and sarcastic; I think in real life we'd be great friends making fun of people. Raven started out weak but has become a favorite of mine. Tyra Sanchez, the other Tyra, is well, kinda bitchy sometimes. However, her bitchiness also comes with an amazing sense of style, sophistication, and a deep manly voice. All 3 are stars, but who will be crowned America's Next Drag Superstar?

Judges Santino Rice (of Project Runway fame) and Merle Ginsberg (fashion critic, recent contestant on Launch My Line) visit the workroom to give the ladies their final challenge: they will perform in a music video for RuPaul's irresistibly catchy "Jealous of My Boogie" with a choreographed catfight and act in a 80's diva/Dynasty-esque scene with RuPaul. Juju, Raven and Tyra work on the choreography and get some fashion advice; it seems only Raven is old enough to remember the bitchy women of the 80's, which she hopes might give her a leg-up. RuPaul also pulls each finalist aside for lunch which consists of an orange Tic-Tac buffet and now I really dream of one day dining with Ru. Each finalist opens up and sees how much RuPaul and this experience changed their life. Cue everyone: awww.

The acting scenes with RuPaul are pretty classic, along with the hilarious slaps which yes made me laugh out loud. Raven's reminds me of this sort of a manipulative soap diva as Raven dares asks RuPaul, "What about Raven?" Tyra is suprisingly good and the scene plays like All About Eve as a new diva takes on the original. Jujubee is completely outrageous (in a fantastic way) and the director calls her a drag clown. The girls finish up the video by lip-syching in the mirror and their pretend catfight, which turns pretty ugly when Tyra starts yanking of wigs and Jujubee gets a heel to the eye. It's all fun and games til someone gets a scratched retina with a stiletto.

Final runway show! RuPaul comes out in this stunning emerald green number and Santino makes gaga eyes at her. Jujubee takes the runway first with a bubble skirt dress that's actually sort of very un-Jujubee. It's not flashy enough and doesn't scream personality; where are the glorious sequins Juju?! Raven comes out next in this kinda gothic but stylish black number and Merle loves it. Tyra enters last in one of her famous transformation outfits. It's a sea-green bathing suit along with a cape with pink-lining and it steals the show.

The judges put their heads together and unfortunately, it's obvious that Jujubee isn't winning. I hold back my tears and aknowledge that no matter what, Juju is a star. Ru can't decide a winner based on just the runway alone so Tyra and Raven have one last chance to prove themselves. Yes, one last change to lipsych... for their lives. Raven is great and nails the words to "Jealous of my Boogie" but it's Tyra who completely shines. And really, she better have nailed the lipsynch since Tyra's had like 9 weeks of not having to do this. Tyra is declared the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race but forgets to breath in all her excitement, pulls off her wig, and passes out on the runway. Don't worry, she's alive and well and re-wigged, and just excited that she'll be able to start a new life with her son.

Photo Credits: Various posts on NewNextNow and VH1's blog