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Rupaul's Drag Race Season 9 Episode 6 - Power Rankings

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The queens impersonated their favourite celebrities in the Snatch Game this week, while redoing the disastrous fail of a Madonna runway from last season. Which girls got "Hung up" and which girls will "Live to Tell" another day?

1) Sasha Velour

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Yes GAWD. Fräulein Sasha oided the curse of "artsy, alternative" queen getting the chop at Snatch Game! I was so worried for our brainy queen a few weeks ago, but now that there are less girls in the competition, she has come full force as a front-runner in this competition. She pulled off Marlene Dietrich, a character that was relatively unknown to the younger fanbase of the show and revived her with a witty and well thought out performance. I'm sure as time goes by, her snatch will go down as one of the tightest. Her Erotica-inspired Madonna runway was a GAG as well. It took her a while, but Sasha has proven to be a lock for the top three. Personally, I would've given her the win for the challenge - she took a complicated character and made it refreshing, and connected it to her runway. Sasha Velour told us and entire story with her performance and fashion decisions.

Edit: 8

Challenge: 10

Storyline: 8

Her edit continues to remain extremely positive, she might not be the queen with the biggest and loudest personality, but she comes across as likeable and sweet. It's hard not to root for Sasha. She has been given quite a bit of character development over the past few episodes, specifically the discussion of her eating disorder and her friendship with Shea. She's going to be in it for the long haul.

2) Shea Couleé

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Check your lipstick before you come for her bitchhhhhh. I was also worried for Shea this week. I didn't think she could pull off Naomi Campbell, and wasn't yet convinced that Shea had the improvisational skills to truly make it gag-worhty. Like Sasha, she proved me wrong! Shea gave us a tight snatch this week even thought she didn't make it to the top. Where I thought Shea would flounder, she slayed. Now that she has proven she can do fashion, acting AND comedy, I'm not sure there's any challenge Shea will flop at. Her runway knocks her down a couple of points only because she came out with the same outfit as Peppermint (even though she had the much better of the two, sorry Pep).

Edit: 10

Challenge: 7

Storyline: 7

Shea is a narrator, and she still has a large presence even when she just ends up SAFE in a challenge - this is a good indicator that she is meant to go far. In Untucked, Shea's personality really shines. She's the funniest bitch in the room, while also being a mentor and motivator for the other girls who are feeling down on themselves, specifically Nina. Now that we're halfway through the competition, Shea is another lock for top three.

3) Valentina

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All the queens I was worried about this week completely turned it out. Just like Shea, she was declared SAFE for her Snatch Game, but the snatches this week were extremely tight overall. Choosing Miss Colombia, who is a one schtick kind of character was risky, but Valentina played it extremely well with her physical comedy, giving it the over the top-ness the character needed. Her Madonna look will go down in her-story as one of the most iconic runways of all time. OF ALL TIME. What Linda Evangelista did on the runway this week took lots of nerve, which is of course, an important aspect of the C.U.N.T that mother Ru is looking for.

Edit: 9

Challenge: 8

Storyline: 7

Valentina has a presence in the show, and something would be off about the season if she wasn't there. Like Shea, even when she's SAFE, she's always giving good confessionals and making sure she's known in some way or another. Her edit is extremely favourable, but some might find her fake or off-putting.

4) Alexis Michelle

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Alexis has turned it around! With her Kris Jenner last week and her absolutely genius Liza Minelli for Snatch Game, she has gone from forgettable background queen to potential frontrunner. Liza is such a perfect choice for Alexis given her musical theatre background, and she definitely did her justice. Alexis' win was deserved this week, but I still would have given it to Sasha just based on the story she told between her snatch and runway looks.

Edit: 6

Challenge: 10

Storyline: 6

I still feel like I don't know who Alexis is other than "subway fish". She hasn't gotten much development as a character, but since she is climbing her way to the top slowly, it might start coming soon. Her edit however, specifically in Untucked, is giving me late season villain vibes. I wonder if Alexis continues her upward trajectory, but becomes the bitch of the season, getting cut at the top four. As for now, I'm extremely curious to see how Alexis plays out. Could her win have been a one-time thing, like Robbie Turner or Laganja Estranja, with her leaving in a few weeks? Or has she finally started to come forward as a real competitor?

5) Nina Bo'Nina Brown

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NINA AS JASMINE MASTERS IS THE ONLY THING I WILL TALK ABOUT FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. This was an absolutely genius decision on Nina's part and she completely slayed it. She only got a few answers in, but she was embodying the craziness that is Miss Jasmine Masters. She had something to say and she said it bitch! She loses a couple of points unfortunately for her runway, which was a much lesser version of Trinity's Madonna at the Met Gala.

Edit: 6

Challenge: 8

Storyline: 8

Nina continues to be an extremely fascinating reality character. There is this depth to her that I have never seen before. Her edit is quite mixed, you want to root for her but it could get annoying to see her so down on herself all the time, when she's one of the most talented girls there. For now though, her storyline will continue to play out and I see her making it all the way to top 6 or 5.

6) Trinity Taylor

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Trinity did well this episode, but she didn't really standout. She's going to need another WOW moment soon or she's going to continue fading into the background. Choosing Amanda Lepore was a smart move, especially given the amount of plastic each of them have in their bodies. Both her snatch and runway looks were gorgeous, but she failed to make a big enough statement to stand out from the others. She had the better of the Madonna at the Met Gala looks, but she still loses a point for not being original.

Edit: 8

Challenge: 6

Storyline: 7

Trinity has become a surprise fan favourite, who has proven that she can be funny and fierce all at once. The past two episodes haven't been Trinity focused at all, so hopefully she starts to make more of a presence for herself as time goes on, because she could potentially go far.

7) Peppermint

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Oh Pep, that Snatch Game was brutal to watch. Nene Leakes was such a good character choice, I have no idea how she flopped so hard. Both her runway and challenge were probably the worst this week, BUT I'm giving her points for that amazing lip-sync. "Music" is a hard song to turn out, but Peppermint completely destroyed Cynthia. It will probably go down as one of my favourite lip sync performances of all time, it was campy, fun and completely unexpected from Peppermint.

Edit: 8

Challenge: 2

Storyline: 10

This week, Pep came out as trans to the remaining queens, and I am so happy for her. I hope her storyline continues as the first openly trans contestant to make it far in the race, to set the standard for future trans contestants on the show. Pep is also extremely hilarious in her confessionals, and although she might be underwhelming in some of the main challenges, I think she might snag a Miss Congeniality win at the end of it.

8) Farrah Moan

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Ah well, I thought Farrah might be the surprise underdog, but at this point, she's nothing but a pretty face. Gigi Gorgeous was probably a good snatch choice for her, but just like her Kylie, she failed to really make fun of the character and just came across as vapid and clueless. She has sucked at every single challenge that didn't involve her wearing clothes that she already brought from home. That's the only reason that gives her an extra edge this week, her runway was easily one of the best ones on that stage.

Edit: 6

Challenge: 5

Storyline: 6

Farrah is an interesting character, she's a complete flop, but you still like her. She's cute and sweet, but unfortunately for her, that doesn't win you the title of America's Next Drag Superstar. She's either leaving next or the week after.

9) Aja

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Aja was the fan favourite coming into this season, but she has been the most underwhelming contestant so far. Was she even in this episode? Both her snatch and runway were completely basic, and she faded into the background once again. We've seen her lip-sync and we know she can turn out a performance, so at this point it's just a matter of how many lip-syncs will Ru let her compete in before she just goes.

Edit: 8

Challenge: 5

Storyline: 4

I love Aja though! She has an extremely fun-loving personality, she's funny and over the top in Untucked, and I want to root for her! I have to place her below Farrah this week because even though Farrah has been doing worse in challenges, Aja has literally zero presence. She is the definition of coasting - just missing the bottom, but never wow-ing enough to warrant a HIGH placement. It's a toss-up between her or Farrah leaving next.

Eliminated - Cynthia Lee Fontaine

Bye Cucu! Unfortunately, she was just not bringing it at all this season. I thought she'd have at least on redeeming moment, but she couldn't act, be funny, slay the runway or perform. Her elimination was a long time coming but I'm assuming the judges didn't want to show that it wasn't worth it to bring her back. I think her run on this season damaged her image in the public, while she came across as loveable in season 8, her underperforming and being given a second chance this season left a lot of fans bitter. Sofia Vergara would have been a perfect choice for her snatch, but she couldn't even make that work. Although, she gave us some emotional moments with her talking about her cancer, and the Orlando shooting. I wish she had turned it out, but she didn't. I hope next time Ru decides to bring a girl from another season back, he chooses someone that improved and had more to show. I think Cynthia is sweet, but her drag doesn't translate well into the drag race format, so, I'm not really hurt by this elimination (sorry bout it).

Alright kitty girls, that's it for this week. Next week the girl's take on a 90's inspired acting challenge and channel their inner 9021-hoe's. Let me know who you think will slay next week!

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