Our 10 Favorite Moments from RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 5
Season five of RuPaul's Drag Race is one of the most dramatic seasons to date. Unlike previous seasons, there was no clear winner from the get-go. We had a feeling Sharon Needles and Raja were going to win, and we're still disappointed that Tyra Sanchez beat out Raven and Jujubee in season two.
Jinkx Monsoon seems like a good bet since she excels at comedy and acting challenges. Alaska is another entertaining and funny queen, and Roxxxy Andrews serves up thick and juicy glamour and lots of attitude. We can't wait to see America's Next Drag Superstar get crowned Monday night on Logo. Until then, here's a look at season five's top 10 greatest moments.
Love them or hate them, drag cliques are entertaining. Raja, Delta Work, Manila Luzon, and Carmen Carrera formed The Heathers in season three and called the "ugly" girls boogers. Roxxxy, Alaska, and Detox quickly became friends and shouted "Rolaskatox" in unison every time they entered the work room. Michelle Visage called out "Rolodex" and warned about the dangers of cliques, which struck a fire under Alaska.
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Ivy Winters' Outfits Ivy Winters is stunning, even if she confuses New York with Tokyo and didn't get the JFK joke during the Snatch Game. She was the most talented seamstress on the show, concocting stellar butterfly stilt outfits and a dress made from pictures of her face.
Alaska was written off as "another Sharon Needles" at the beginning of the series. Michelle Visage criticized her for hiding behind a character and not showing enough heart. As much as we love her high-pitched "hiiiii," Alaska finally came through and distanced herself from Rolaskatox just in time for the RuPaul Roast.
Jinkx was called out for her lack of fashion sense time and time again. She never asked the other queens for help, but kept working hard and eventually triumphed in the perfume challenge.
The First Double Elimination in Series History All aspiring drag queens can learn a thing or two by watching this lip sync. Both Honey Mahogany and Vivienne Pinay were up for elimination and had to perform to Britney Spears' "Oops, I Did It Again." The lip syncs lacked energy, so both Honey and Vivienne had to sashay away. Vivienne spend most of the energy putting down the "strong" personalities of the other queens and Honey was chastised for relying on calftans. Plus, how can drag queens not get excited about Britney?
The End of the Alyssa/Coco Rivalry If there was a season five drinking game, viewers should take a shot every time Coco Montrese and Alyssa Edwards threw shade at each other. Coco loved to rub it in Alyssa's face that she got stripped of her pageant crown every time she got a chance. These queens were bound to get into a fist fight, but instead they duked it out in a lip sync to Paula Abdul. Coco won and was sent home by Detox the following week.
Guest Judges LaToya Jackson's girlish giggle is adorable. Watching the queens flirt with Wilmer Valderrama during the telenova challenge was hilarious. Aubrey O'Day inspired one of season five's most entertaining moments, as the queens mimicked her large, and intimidating blue eyes.
The Underwear Challenge "Whatcha Packin'" was a genius idea. Buff models dropped their trousers to reveal Andrew Christian underwear as the queens matched up colors and styles. The queens looked pretty distracted in the presence of these gorgeous men. Ru nailed it by saying, "The winner of this week's mini-challenge is every straight woman and gay man in America."The Snatch Game
Logo should consider making a permanent series based on the Snatch Game. Seeing drag queens dress up as celebrities is one thing, but watching them impersonate celebs' mannerisms is hilarious. This was Jinkx Monsoon's first time to really shine with her spot on Little Edie Bouvier Beale. Detox played up Ke$ha's trashy qualities and Jade Jolie was a wonderfully girly Taylor Swift.
Watching Alyssa Edwards and Roxxxy Andrews face off to Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" is one of the best lip syncs in the show's history. It's one for the ages, just like Team Rujubee turning it out to Robyn's "Dancing On My Own." Both Roxxxy and Alyssa make good use of their wigs--Roxxxy reveals that she's wearing two for additional volume. The hair whipping is intense, and both queens nail it. Roxxxy breaks down and cries about being left at a bus stop as a child. We can't help but wonder if her crocodile tears are a desperate plea to stay in the competition, but Ru's speech about family is very inspirational. Plus, both queens got to stay!
The season five queens topped our lip sync expectations once more when Jinkx Monsoon and Detox lip synced after the candy challenge. These gals had the challenge of lip syncing along to Yma Sumac's "Malambo No. 1." This song is pretty ridiculous and Jinkx plays it up by shaking her hips and making full use of her face.
RuPaul Ballet The season five challenges were far from easy. Dancing queens are few and far between, which is why Coco put her beef aside to select Alyssa for her team. This was a wise move, as Alyssa won this challenge with her fierce Black Swan choreography. Alaska shows her humor by playing RuPaul's angry mom, and Linesha Sparx ran circles around Honey Mahogany's Diana Ross. Ivy Winters and Detox were hilarious as the Lady Bunny/RuPaul party monster duo, and best of all, Coco and Alyssa fed off their own personal feud to portray "Good Ru vs. Evil Ru."
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