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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Drag Queen Showdown!

SPOILER ALERT: If you are not caught up on RuPaul's Drag Race, where the hell have you been for 3 days!


A loyal reader expressed dissapointment that Miss Ginger had not opined about last Monday's RuPaul's Drag Race, and, never wanting to be one to fail a ready, Miss G happily obliges!

The challenge for the girls this week was to take a bunch of female (aka lesbian) kickboxers and make them over into their own drag image. Miss Ginger actually has some experience in this art, because here in H-town our own ShyAnne sponsors a similar contest called "Dykie Diva" every spring where we do exactly that! Miss Ginger's dyke won 2 years ago!

Anyway, the contest worked it's way down to Bebe and Ongina, who had to "lipsync for their life!" Many were surprised Ongina lost. RuPaul actually had to take a dramatic break to compose herself before she could come back and tell Ongina to "sashay away." It was a pretty close call. Here's Miss G's take on the 2.


Bebe Zahara Benet comes across as a true drag "diva" with a capital "D". She is from Cameroon, and speaks with an elegant accent, and often dresses in costuming that is authentically African or African inspired. I think she takes the art of illusion very seriously, and works hard at creating a look that is dramatic, glamorous, and mysterious. She succeeds at those goals, but my take is that the judges feel like she does not really connect with the audience. You gotta connect, gurl, or those queens will just rip ya to shreds!


Ongina is the "cute as a button" high-energy Asian girl whose look Miss Ginger almost considers "genderfuck" instead of true drag. Her makeup is typically all woman, but she generally doesn't wear a wig on her shaved head, instead opting for funky hats or silly headpieces. She doesn't tuck, although for her I'm not sure that's an issue (unlike Rebecca Hugecock!) She bared her soul a couple of episodes ago when she revealed on national TV that she is HIV positive, something she had not previously shared with anyone, including her family. It was a touching moment, and it endeared her to the audience and judges, who already liked her because she is a performer who truly connects.


Anyway, for the lipsync that had to this obscure song that Miss G has never heard, and I gott tell ya, Bebe really brought it! It was the kind of song one would expect from Ongina, and we got from Ongina what we expected, but Bebe threw herself into the challenge and really saved herself.


I think that Ongins is adorable, and funny, and will have a great career as a drag performer and cabaret artist. But of the two, and think Bebe more perfectly embodies the goal: "our next Drag Superstar!"


So we're down to Rebecca, Bebe, Shanell, and Nina. Check out the full episodes that got them there at Logoonline.com. And check back next week for Miss G's expert opinions!

7 comments:

mistress maddie said...

Miss G- a wonderful recap! A friend of mine gave me the spoiler alert as to who wins.He doesn't know if it is true or not. I'm still routing for Nina Flowers. Shannel, I have seen and she is very good and talented, but a one trick pony. I think she always looks the same. Nina and Bebe are the most versatile, but like you said Bebe doesn't always connect with the crowd!

MadeInScotland said...

Toujours fabulous miss GG. Was she Shannel or the more classy Chanel?

ahoj

Miss Ginger Grant said...

Oh no she is Shanell!- with an "S". She's a Las Vegas showgirl!

Anonymous said...

G-I love the cowgirl on the side in her pink western shirt and hat-all fixed up for the rodeo I suppose. MBC

Sam said...

It is with much love, I bow down to you. Thank you for the recap. Bebe is to high saditty for me, and Nina flowers scares me. I've seen Shannel in person, she belongs in Vegas. And like they say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Rebekah, hehe, is it me or do her feet look huge? Sasquatch. I think maybe the best drag queen has been overlooked, Ms. Ginger that show aint shit without you.
xoxoxoxoxox

Joy said...

I enjoyed reading your critique of the dragtestants. Also enjoy the comments! Thanks for writing about it. :-)

Mark in DE said...

I'm fed up with Ongina for not wearing any hair. This is not "RuPaul's Bald-headed Race", its "RuPaul's DRAG Race", so put a damn wig on, Ongina!

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