Someone must have turned the heat up in the Drag Race Down Under werkroom because the shade was strong. Episode 4 has brought out the reads in each queen, and we’re starting to see the rivalries. Plus, with the surprise return of an eliminated queen, the tea is brewing as strong as possible.
Now, design challenges are hard enough on their own, but the trash design challenge is a special kind of trouble. Especially when Art Simone comes jumping out of the dumpster to ruin Karen from Finance’s day. Yes, Art’s Bindi must not have been bad enough because Ru and the judges are letting her back in the competition. But can she survive more than one more episode?
Trash truly can be treasure
Scarlet Adams continues her maxi-challenge winning streak again thanks to an outfit made out of a literal picnic blanket. Her picnic chic with the grapes really stood out, and felt like an actual runway lewk, challenge aside. Well deserved win.
A big shout out to Maxi Shield though, who took Ru’s criticism of showing more of herself and adding some sex appeal seriously. Her drag bag lewk should’ve been a disaster, and yet she nailed the challenge in more ways than one. Hopefully Maxi keeps it up as the season continues.
Dumpster diving fails
On the weaker end, we saw some decent ideas from the bottom three. Sadly, they just didn’t translate well when it came to the finished product. Etcetera Etcetera’s lewk really did have potential. But there was some kind of disconnect where the lewk was finished, yet it felt like it was missing a bit of pizazz.
Meanwhile, Karen from Finance apparently really wanted to redeem herself in Snatch Game. Too bad she forgot what challenge she was participating in, and ended up throwing herself in the bottom two. While she should’ve gone home for dabbing, we can forgive her (a lil bit) for that beautiful lip sync.
Breaking up the House of Drag
Sadly, Anita Wigl’it couldn’t make magic out of hot glue, and while her lip sync performance was hot, it wasn’t as smoking as Karen from Finance. Sorry to everyone hoping House of Drag would take home the crown together.
We spoke with Anita about her time on the show, and where she thinks she went wrong with her lewk this week. You can read our full interview with this week’s eliminated queen below.
What made you get into drag in the first place?
When I was studying at university, I got a student job and I worked at the theaters in Auckland, just working on the bar in Auckland. The first musical that we’ve had with a musical version of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the iconic movie from Australia, and that was the first time I’d ever seen drag queen on stage and the audience just loved it.
The joy, the laughter that they had was so infectious, so I decided to dress in drag for a theater Christmas party at the end of the year. I loved it so much that I had a Priscilla themed 21st birthday. Then I contacted the local club and said I’d love to do shows if you want and that’s kind of how it all happened. So I guess I was inspired by the musical.
As the co-host of House of Drag, do you feel like Drag Race Down Under will help or hurt your show in the future?
I’m gonna say help, because it’ll give Kita [Mean] and I a bigger platform which would attract more people to watch it. But it will also hurt because House of Drag is kind of like a cheap knockoff of Drag Race/Big Brother, so it will kind of make it even more ridiculous. Hopefully it helps because it’s such a stupidly delightful little TV show.
We have so much fun filming. We would drink, you know, a little fluke glass of champagne. Oh yeah, we would have this joke of continuity. So we would like, have a full glass that we drink during filming. Then we’d probably have to do it again so we’d go “Continuity” and fill our glasses again, and it would just keep fluctuating.
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