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The Racer Ru-view: Week Eleven

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Contestants Sapphira Cristál and Plane Jane present their prohibition-era-themed bathroom design. The pair were placed for a tied victory by Sports Editor Jax Jackson.

As the end of the competition nears, the queens were tasked with designing a remodeled bathroom. The challenge was two-pronged; the queens had to not only design a nice gender-neutral restroom, but they also had to tell jokes and give a funny presentation of their rooms. The standings were close, and for the first time this season, I rewarded Plane Jane and Sapphira Cristál with a double win. Sadly, Dawn sashayed away after a lip sync against Morphine Love Dion to “Body” by Megan Thee Stallion. We’ve reached the point in the season where the six remaining queens match up with the six ranking places, so here are my rankings of the queens from top to bottom this week.

My Top 3 of the Week:

Tied 1st place  – Plane Jane/Sapphira Cristál – Partnered in this challenge, Plane Jane and Sapphira produced the best bathroom design by far. Themed around the ‘20s, the girls showed a bathroom along with plenty of prohibition jokes. The activities in this room – a critical part of the challenge – were the most interesting. It was special to watch Sapphira performing more of her vocalizations along with Plane Jane trying to match her comically. If I were forced to place one above the other, I would have to choose Plane Jane, as the aesthetic of the room was much further out of her comfort zone. Sapphira has rigidly stuck to her brand, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I think Plane Jane showed an amazing amount of diversity.

3rd place – Nymphia Wind – I hated the critique they gave, telling Nymphia that she overpowered Dawn in this challenge. She completely bodied the challenge, and Dawn’s failure shouldn’t be Nymphia’s fault. Nymphia and Dawn came up with a conceptually strong idea of a “fART museum” bathroom, but the presentation of their comedy was extremely uneven. Although she was super powerful with her comedy, Nymphia was often afraid to let the jokes sit. During the challenge, I noticed she would gasp heavily and pivot quickly between jokes to try to fill space, but she had an adverse effect. Although she had some mistakes, Nymphia’s strong jokes along with the best runway look this week kept her in the top half.

My Bottom 3 of the Week:

4th place – Q – I have never enjoyed Q’s delivery when she’s trying to be funny. She always sounds stunted, and it feels like she tries too hard to make everything she says funny. Part of making the comedic lines stand out is allowing other lines to be normal, so emphasizing every word as a hilarious revelation sets up Q for failure. Q and Morphine had the most basic concept of the three, and many of their choices strayed from this theme. For example, the activity of tickling felt very out of place in their miserable eternity. The group struggled in this challenge, and Q narrowly escaped lip-syncing for her life in this episode.

5th place – Dawn – It makes total sense that Dawn went home this week. As I mentioned before, she was completely outclassed by Nymphia in the challenge, but I think Dawn’s elimination comes down to the lip sync to a greater extent. Forcing Dawn to perform “Body” against Morphine, whose entire brand is having a BBL, was criminal. Even worse, Dawn’s runway look restricted her movement, and the mini-chains and afterthought cutouts brought the quality of Dawn’s runway down.

6th place – Morphine Love Dion – As Dawn underperformed comedically, Morphine matched Dawn’s failures. Morphine and Q set themselves up for at least one of them to land in the bottom. In fact, it wouldn’t have been entirely off base to set Morphine against Q in the lip sync. Morphine was dominated and uncomfortable in her deliveries, as she often is. I would have hoped that Morphine could improve her comedy throughout the competition, but she didn’t, and she suffered for it this week. She also had the strongest runways, and it set her up to destroy that lip sync.

Make sure to return for the next episode of the Racer Ruview, breaking down more hot opinions on “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 16, Episode 13.”

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Jax Jackson
Jax Jackson, Sports Editor
Jax has been involved with the Harbinger since his freshman year as a graphic designer, but taking Journalism as a junior got him truly excited about journalism. He has discovered a passion for storytelling, advocating through his work and sharing news, recently becoming an Editor-in-Chief. In his free time, Jax enjoys playing tennis, ceramics and performing music.
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