“Rats: The Rusical” Live! May the Best Rodent Win: ‘Drag Race UK’ recap
It’s a theatrical eleganza extravaganza this week as the Queens had to showcase their acting and singing skills in Rats: The Rusical singing LIVE in front of the judges – a first in Drag Race herstory.
SPOILER ALERT: Challenge winners and elimination details from the new episode of Drag Race UK follow.
For this week’s mini challenge, the Queens’ hit the polling booth to elect the Drag Race cabinet. After all the votes were counted, A’Whora was named Secretary of Shade, Tayce was named Trade Minister, Lawrence Chaney was named Leader of the Lording It Up, and Tia Kofi was named Baroness Basic.
As Baroness Basic, Tia Kofi was tasked with assigning the roles for Rats: The Rusical. The “wicked witch of the West End” Michelle Visage and her vocal coach Dane Chalfin helped the Queens prepare for their live performance.
Rats: The Rusical is here, it's queer, and its tail is falling off 🐀
Bring it to the subway, @its_tayce and @elliediamond101! #DragRaceUK https://t.co/f9SbTLBdlt pic.twitter.com/4GrvZJJU3k
— World of Wonder (@WorldOfWonder) January 21, 2021
From rags to riches
Award-winning actress of stage and screen and self-confessed Drag Race superfan, Sheridan Smith joined Michelle Visage and Alan Carr on the judging panel this week. The theme of the maxi runway challenge was ‘Surprise Surprise’ and the Queens brought out some wig-snatching ruveals. From the stage to the runway, Veronica Green had the fiercest performance, earning her a RuPeter badge as the overall winner this week.
Cherry Valentine and Tayce went head to head in the lip-sync battle to Memories by Elaine Page. Ultimately, Cherry Valentine became the second queen to sashay home. See below for quotes from Cherry Valentine about her time on the show.
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What did you learn from the experience?
CV: I learned not to take life too seriously, and not to care what other people think of me. It’s definitely changed me as a person; I feel a lot more able to change the world funnily enough. Also, it’s made me feel less guilty talking about myself, which is something I’ve never really done before.
Can you sum up Drag Race in three words?
CV: A wild ride.
What do you think you brought to the show?
A different outlook. A grounded sense of self, and a positive energy for everyone! A story that has never been shared on the platform, and a style of drag that has never been explored.
Who would you have performed as on Snatch Game?
CV: I brought all my choices, although I was stuck between Nikki Grahame and Gillian McKeith – I probably would have decided on which depending on how I was feeling at the time!