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Rupaul's Drag Race Season 9 Episode 5 - Power Rankings

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This week, the girls performed a lip-sync extravaganza to Kardashian: The Musical and brought their best faux-fur looks to the runway! Which queens rose to the top?

1) Shea Couleé

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We've got our front-runner kitty girls. Shea completely destroyed her competition this week, continuing to show us the C.U.N.T. it takes to become America's next drag superstar. Shea's win this week gives her back to back wins, every previous queen to achieve that feat has made it to the top three, and I have no doubt this will be no different for Miss Couleé. Last week's win showed off her comedy skills, this week she shone in her lip-syncing and dancing, ALL WHILE BRINGING IT ON THE RUNWAY EVERY SINGLE DAMN TIME. Perhaps her most standout moment this week however, was Shea walking off the stage and telling Ru she "looks so good its damn near sinful".

Edit: 10

Challenge: 10

Storyline: 8

We finally got some vulnerability from our leading queen this week. The girls discussed their struggles with eating disorders, especially when dealing with the body image standard that is set by the gay community. This is a touching and character revealing moment for many of the girls. Shea talks about her struggle with bulimia, something many of us can relate to. At this point in the competition, Shea is giving us the whole package, proving that she's the most versatile queen in the race.

2) Valentina

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Valentina didn't particularly wow in the main challenge this week, but she steals the show in the runway every damn time. Mixing snake skin with faux fur is damn glamorous, and she always holds herself to an extremely high standard.

Edit: 10

Challenge: 7

Storyline: 10

Valentina continues her front-runner edit, even though she didn't place HIGH this week on the challenge, her presence is still extremely strong throughout the race. Valentina's vulnerability, talking to us about her eating disorder, showed a more humane and relatable side to Valentina, as opposed to the perfect glamour queen she's been showing herself as. Valentina showed us that she could be all of that, and more, for us to still love her.

3) Sasha Velour

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Personally, I thought Sasha deserved a bit more praise for what she did in the challenge this week. Her Lindsay Lohan was pretty hilarious and over the top and her runway was one of the best ones up there. Even with her win last week, she has yet to be critiqued on the main stage. She has been consistent, but she needs an individual standout moment to make her way up in the race.

Edit: 10

Challenge: 7

Storyline: 9

Sasha's background on her eating disorder came full circle this episode, with Eureka apologizing and Sasha explaining the struggle she has gone through. I don't think she had any confessionals this week however, just like Valentina, there's something about Sasha that gives off a strong presence, so I expect her to shine more as the episodes go on.

4) Trinity Taylor

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Coming off two very Trinity-centric episodes, our southern belle took a backseat this week. She did well, like Sasha, I thought her Paris Hilton was quite funny and probably deserved a bit more praise, and her runway was interesting. However, I think Kimora actually did that look better when she was eliminated (oops).

Edit: 9

Challenge: 7

Storyline: 7

It's crazy to think about where Trinity's edit was episode one to where it is now. She has quickly become a fan favourite. At this point in my rankings, it's really become a matter of a queen's journey on not just a particular episode, so Trinity is still one of the front-runners at this point who I expect to go far despite this not really being her standout episode.

5) Peppermint

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Yes Peppermint! Just like in the princess challenge, Pep definitely stood out this week for all the right reasons. Her Britney was so so funny and I personally really enjoyed her runway (from the waist up that is). Pep is very on and off when it comes to the runway, if she was a bit more consistent she'd place a bit higher.

Edit: 10

Challenge: 8

Storyline: 5

Pep's confessionals are the highlight of any episode, she's sort of giving me Katya narrator vibes, so although at this point I don't see her as top three material, she's definitely getting a miss congeniality edit. I've reiterated this in every ranking so far though, WHY ARE THEY NOT DISCUSSING HER TRANS IDENTITY.

6) Nina Bo'Nina Brown

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Oof, this was a rough week for Nina. I think the judges were being extremely nit-picky with who was in the bottom, because I think generally all the girls did pretty well, it was just a matter of who stood out and who faded into the background. I don't particularly remember her from the maxi challenge, but, her Mary J. Blige "getting milk on a cold winter's day" runway completely left me gagged.

Edit: 7

Challenge: 6

Storyline: 8

Nina's edit is absolutely devastating. I've never seen a queen on the show have so much self-doubt and negativity. Nina is one of the most talented and original queens to ever grace the main stage, it's really a shame that she doesn't see that. At this point, Nina's self-destructive tendencies could either be her downfall, or she could turn it around and get the greatest underdog edit the show has ever had. I'm rooting for you Nina!

7) Alexis Michelle

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Alexis finally KILLED a challenge this week, if the win didn't go to Shea, it definitely should have gone to Alexis. Her Kris Jenner was exaggerated and that's exactly what the judges want to see in these challenges. Girl, that runway though...choices. Alexis continues to have "questionable" taste when it comes to fashion, and I think that might be her downfall.

Edit: 6

Challenge: 9

Storyline: 5

Her edit is rather nonexistent however. She won the mini challenge and got some confessional time, but other than that I still don't know anything about Alexis. In Untucked, her ugly side definitely came out. With some extremely flawed logic, she blamed all the other girls for her extremely basic runway option. Alexis is still getting sort of shafted by producers, so despite doing well this week, she's still not going to be in it for the long run.

8) Aja

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Once again, Aja failed to standout in both the main challenge and the runway. Her record is quite bad, coasting on safe every week with one bottom placement, if she doesn't get a win by next episode it's done for her.

Edit: 7

Challenge: 7

Storyline: 5

Although she got her "makeup" development a couple of episodes back, I don't really know anything more about Aja. I thought she might potentially get a growth edit, and she definitely has improved her makeup, but the judges don't seem to be very interested in what she's doing. Aja will probably leave middle of the pack.

9) Farrah Moan

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Oh sweet sweet Farrah. This week was just a disaster for her. I don't think she did particularly horrible at the main challenge, she just didn't stand out. When you have a character like Kylie, it's so easy to go over the top and make fun of it. Where were the over drawn on lips? She was too worried about being pretty and not making an over the top performance. Her runway was cute enough, but that lip-sync was an effort to get through. Surprisingly, not as bad as Cynthia's was though.

Edit: 7

Challenge: 5

Storyline: 6

Last chance for Farrah, just like Aja. I predicted she might get a growth edit, but it seems that she might just continue flopping and get sent home in the next couple of episodes. Her edit is still pretty positive however, I find it quite hard to dislike her cause there's something just so damn adorable about her.

10) Cynthia Lee Fontaine

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Bringing Cynthia back to compete was a BAD idea. What was going on with that main challenge this week? How does one mess up KIM KARDASHIAN that bad? Cynthia didn't know the words to both the challenge or the lipsync, and that just shows unpreparedness and unprofessionalism. Her runway continues to be extremely mediocre and boring. I'm sorry girl, but your cucu was cute for a couple of episodes in season 8, but at this point it's just taking up space. If Ru was going to have a double elimination, I would have eliminated her alongside Eureka.

Edit: 7

Challenge: 3

Storyline: 5

I like Cynthia as a person, I think she's adorable and means well, but when there are more deserving queens left in the competition, or even more deserving queens to come back from previous seasons, it's hard to root for her. She hasn't had a standout moment at all, and she continues to underwhelm. I doubt she makes it another episode.

Eliminated - Eureka

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Eureka being eliminated because of her knee injury will go down as one of the most dramatic moments in drag race herstory. Despite her sometimes rough personality, I really liked Eureka. I thought she was one of the most polished "big" girls to ever be on the show, showing us versatility and perseverance. She went out on a high note at least, getting that redemption edit of apologizing to Sasha and being an overall positive presence throughout the episode. I'm overwhelmed with joy with Ru inviting her to season 10, which I'm sure she will completely SLAY. For now, we must say goodbye to our elephant queen, she brought the drama and a larger than life personality, and I'll miss her.

Alright hunties, that's it for this week. Do you think we have a clear top three or four at this point? Next week is the snatch game, which will truly set the pros apart from the amateurs. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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