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The Dilettwat is your friendly drag dilettante.
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I'm here! I'm alive! Yes, I've been watching Season Six, and yes, I've been getting into it. I don't have the free time this year that I had last year, which is why I haven't been recapping--sorry, I miss it too! My pick-for-the-win has been BenDeLaCreme from the beginning, and I'm still rooting hard for her, though I think we can all agree that this season is clever Bianca's to lose, and that if they spun off "Bianca Del Rio's School for Girls," we would all watch the shit out of that. I'm totally endeared by Joslyn (she's 100% my Miss Congeniality pick), I'm begrudgingly enjoying Adore more and more each week, and I swing back and forth hard on how much I like Courtney. I've liked Darienne from the start, and I recognize and sympathize with the phenomenon of hangry-shade. And I love my Atlanta queen, Trinity K. Bonet. I only wanted one thing out of Season Six--for Atlanta to send a queen, and for that queen to make it past the Snatch Game--and Trinity made good! She's a great live performer (if you're in Atlanta, catch her Thursday nights at Burkhart's, among other places), and you all saw... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2014 at The Dilettwat
It's here! I'm going to assemble an in-depth first look at the Season Six cast for you, with links and factoids and tidbits to help you choose your early favorites, but for now, let's look at the entire cast of RuPaul's Drag Race Season Six, presented alphabetically. All my love to the RuPaul's Drag Race subreddit, who helped ID some of the queens whose identities hadn't leaked. Here are your 2014 Racing Queens: Adore Delano April Carrion BenDeLaCreme Bianca Del Rio Courtney Act Darienne Lake Gia Gunn Joslyn Fox Kelly Mantle Laganja Estranja Magnolia Crawford Milk Trinity K. Bonet Vivacious Welcome, gentlepeople, and may the best woman win! Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at The Dilettwat
Season Six is fast upon us! I'm getting excited too. Last year, the Season Five cast went up the weekend of November 16 - 18; I plan to make my cast preview-and-predictions post the first week of December. (I know that other blogs will have their cast previews posted about forty-five minutes after the final cast member is announced. I'm not mad at it--mine is a more-ambitious project.) In the meantime, sorry-not-sorry this space has (temporarily) morphed from a blog about RuPaul's Drag Race to a scrapbook of The Other Show. I've just finished my newest video project! The Other Show had its first birthday this week, and in celebration, I made this supercut. I'm pretty pleased with how it came out; you all know I love a good Drag Queen Video Project, and the queens of The Other Show are pitch-perfect subjects for GIFs and quick-cut videos like this. To borrow a line from Mama Ru: nobody rocks like the girls I'm runnin' with. I just got home from their one-year anniversary show, which was a total blast. It doubled as a Halloween show, with the audience invited to attend in costume, and The Dilettwat ran around in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at The Dilettwat
Each month, Smashing Magazine curates a selection of desktop wallpapers. I’ve made a habit of picking a new one on the first of each month, and this was my background all September: “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” It was my mantra the whole month, as I prepared to throw my hat into the ring I’d been only watched (scrutinized, critiqued, adored) until now: last week, I hatched into a fledgling faux queen. Baby's first time at the rodeo! Yes, that’s yours truly, making my performance debut with The Other Show. I spent a solid chunk of August and September ramping up to these three minutes, starting with an unrelated Lady Bunny illusion for Atlanta’s nerd-paradise-weekend, Dragon*Con, over Labor Day weekend. Lady Bunny and Slash: the yin and yang of Too Much Hair. Given she was my first try, I was mostly pleased with the Lady Bunny costume results: I coaxed my Bunny-cut dress from my 1970s sewing machine, styled my own hair (using two different wigs, some internal-structure bubble wrap, and this tutorial), and glued my brows down and my lashes on. I eschewed Covergirl for drag makeup brands. My primary goal: to properly Do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2013 at The Dilettwat
So, The Dilettwat's blog has taken a hiatus. You figured it out long before I did. May the drag goddesses bless you, people who have been asking whether I've fallen off the face of the planet. Why the sudden quiet? Truly, we're in the off-season: Season Six has wrapped filming, and its journey has moved on to the editing room. These days, story producers are having coffee and sitting in office chairs, editing the shade-gong sound effects over innocuous conversations and deciding who we'll love (and who we'll love-to-hate) come January. Right now, editors are choosing next year’s “Bitch I am from Chicago!” and “I’ve had it! Officially!” tag lines; they’re choosing which snips and moments of each queen’s experience on RuPaul’s Drag Race will shape her personal narrative for the season. It's exciting, in its own super-meta way--filming is over, but the writing of The Story of Season Six has just begun. Season Six's Trinity Bonet of Atlanta, giving us an eight-count of Beyonce at Burkhart's But here, back in actual-reality, all the Season Six queens returned home months ago. While the internet has collectively clocked 10 or 12 (give or take) of next season's queens, the ones who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at The Dilettwat
Episode 1: RuPaullywood or Bust Episode 2: Lip Synch Extravaganza Eleganza Episode 3: Draggle Rock Episode 4: Black Swan (Why's It Gotta Be Black?) Episode 5: The Snatch Game Episode 6: Can I Get An Amen Episode 7: RuPaul Roast Episode 8: Scent of a Drag Queen Episode 9: Drama Queens Episode 10: Super Troopers Episode 11: The Sugar Ball Episode 12: The Final Three, Hunty The Recap Episode The winner is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at The Dilettwat
Chris, thanks for the tip on Miss Fame's boy account! CG, I don't have any Florida queens on my radar, weirdly (or if I do, I haven't realized they're Florida queens--hometown isn't one of my spreadsheet columns). Florida has felt wildly over-represented lately, though--maybe they're getting a break this year? Jasmine, I've had April Carrion on my list for a while now; she's in the category of "Wasn't active enough on social media before to tell if she's missing now." I'm definitely keeping an eye on her. ;-) Thanks for the tip on Queen Bee Ho'!
Note: this post has been modified with additional information as of 6/20. Changes are in italics. Season Six is filming right now. It's thrilling to think: at this moment, while I type, while you read, the girls of Season Six might be actually filming the Snatch Game right now. Or two of them might be lip-synching for their lives tonight. Some petty squabble that will lead to this season's Bitch-I-am-from-CHICAGO-this-is-not-RuPaul's-Best-Friend-Race-I-have-had-it-OFFICIALLY catchphrase? Could be happening at this moment. I've been combing the internet for weeks, making a spreadsheet of every single rumored queen mentioned by anybody, anywhere. By the time I decided it was time to write this post, I'd assembled a list of over sixty queens who were confirmed as having applied, and that's not counting any Atlanta queens. Then, one by one, I went down my list and researched them all. Most were easy to cross off the list: when you're posting Vines from gigs and Instagrams from your Gemini birthday party, you're not simultaneously filming RuPaul's Drag Race. Some were harder, particularly queens who were never very active on social media to begin with. And some? A few, I'm pretty sure we'll be seeing splashed across promos this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at The Dilettwat
I've seen a word dropped a couple times recently, and it's my new favorite word: glamp. Glamp is, of course, a portmanteau of "Glamour" and "Camp." There are a lot of ways to define the total package in drag, and glamp is a fresh name for a particular flavor of total-package drag queen, a style that seems to be rising in both popularity and success. nb: Alaska credits Detox with the word "glamp." The concept isn't new, just the word: the glamp queen delivers polish and entertainment in equal measure. She has the beauty and glamour of her more-traditional pageant sisters, but she also came here to put on a goddamn show. She's a crowd-pleaser. She's smart drag. I certainly don't intend to disparage queens who don't have glamp in their wheelhouse: there are a thousand ways to do drag, and the refrain "If you're not ____, you're not doing drag" is very rarely true. There's also a difference between being an excellent drag queen, and being the sort of queen who excels specifically at the game of RuPaul's Drag Race (or, for that matter, at any given drag competition/pageant). Finally, you don't have to be campy to be entertaining,... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at The Dilettwat
So, the season is over. What's a RuPaul's Drag Race blogger to do? This feeling has become all too common on my blog, lately. RuPaul's Drag Race updates and miscellany, speculation on next season, retrospective writing, and updates from the Atlanta drag scene, of course! There's much to be written, between now and when a troupe of fresh queens struts onto the new RuPaul's Drag Race soundstage. I've recently become friendly with Kathryn Antoinette (and her roommate, local favorite Evah Destruction), and we're going to experiment with being blog accountability partners--she makes sure The Dilettwat stays active, and I make sure Pack & Tuck stays active. Kat, you're on notice: update yer blog! Meanwhile, I'm making a commitment: Mondays should always be a drag, so until next season, I'll update this blog every Monday. Boom. Three orders of business for today! First: this exchange between Alyssa Edwards and Monica Beverly Hillz is my current favorite thing EVER. Turn the sound on when you watch. That look on Alyssa's face! I am smitten with this queen--I know, we all are. Look into those wing-sauce-glazed eyes. Don't you want to feed her fantasy? Second: I didn't recap the reunion, because really. However,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at The Dilettwat
You earned this the honest way, girl. The race might have seemed tight for a moment, right at the end, but in our hearts, we always knew it. It was always, ever, only you, Jinkx Monsoon. Condragulations, you gorgeous, amazing queen! Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at The Dilettwat
So I took clips of your clip show, so you can have scraps of recaps! (Thank you, 2007.) What a hyperactive blur of non-sequiturs and sparkly nonsense. There were dubiously target-demographic-relatable football metaphors! Willam cohosted with a pigeon! They sopped up Latrice! RuPaul taught us how to hide our carrots! Jinkx gave us a new ringtone! JinkxTradeTRADE "Trade! TRADE! Come here and sit on my face, bitch!" You're welcome, hunties. Biggest bummer: No audition videos! I live for audition videos. I could do an entire episode of just audition videos. I was hoping for a whole segment called "Alaska: A Five-Year Casting Retrospective." Favorite bits: the RuPaul Roast outtakes, the rundown of Drag Queen Musical Ventures, the inclusion of fan art and recappers (whose dick do I need to hire Willam to suck if I want to be included next year?), and the introduction of the new-to-us Alyssa-ism of "Not on tonight!" Oh, and the video for "The Beginning." What bizarre shinanigans! As far as I can tell, the plot is this: Alaska, Jinkx, and Roxxxy go for a breezy desert ride, until Alaska crashes the car and they all die. They wake up in Gay Heaven, where all the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at The Dilettwat
It's the end of werkroom days. No more wacky mini-challenges, no more racing to the supplies table or jostling at the make-up mirror, no more hoping to not lip synch. It's the music video. It's the victory lap. It's the Final Three. As we bid adieu to Detox's waggling Black & Decker Pecker Wrecker, the queens do the math. What a difference a single challenge makes: Jinkx's record-breaking eight-week run of highs and wins has ended in her first Lip Synch For Your Life. Meanwhile, Alaska's timely victory has secured a three-way tie for challenge wins, and Alaska is the only finalist who hasn't lip synched. The momentum is potentially meaningful: except for Manila, every queen who's won the Top Four Ball Challenge went on to win her season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Pictured: by some measures, your eleventh-hour frontrunner. Roll credits! Top Three Fantasy, Top Three Fantasy! Our finalists dance into the werkroom, and Ro and Laska have notes from Tox. Not that Detox owed Jinkx a note, but it still feels like a snub: no note for Jinkxy. nb: Detox has been diligent about answering tweets over the last couple weeks, but when I asked her if some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at The Dilettwat
Y'know how I've been hinting at a big secret project all season? Here it is! The song, of course, is "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" by the Scissor Sisters. I've always thought that it was a perfect song to encapsulate the excitement-and-dread of a Lip Synch For Your Life performance, so I spent the season slowly stitching this together. This was certainly a labor of love, but I'm really proud of how it came out. Hope you love it! Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at The Dilettwat
It's the crucial Top Four challenge! Everybody has something to prove today: Jinkx and Roxxxy are vying for dominance in total wins, and it's Alaska and Detox's last chance to catch up. Coco and Alyssa are gone, Ivy and Jade and Lineysha and everybody else are gone, and we're down to ...Rolaskatox and Jinkx. While we roll the opening credits, I want to take a moment to acknowledge a couple things. One: my apologies for this recap being so late. As I was writing last night, the news of the explosion in West, TX was breaking, and the video from it wrecked my capacity to be snarky about drag queen fashion mishaps. This has been a shitty week in America, but it's heartening to see people rallying around those affected by the tragedies in Boston and West. Hopefully I can do my part to bring you, dear reader, a little levity, by reading some bitches down today. ;-) Second, a congratulations and shout-out: at the viewing party on Monday night, I found out that my friends Ashley and McCord are engaged! Aren't they the damned cutest? Marriage equality hasn't made its way to Georgia yet, so I'm lobbying for a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2013 at The Dilettwat
It's the question we've all been asking, ourselves and each other: Who will win RuPaul's Drag Race season 5? I loved assembling my mid-season analysis post, and the more I examined this season from a statistical-records perspective, the more nuanced the question became. 1. What do past seasons' Top Four records give us? For my purposes, I took the records for the Top Four of each previous season, as of the conclusion of the Top Four Ball challenge. I made a separate column for explicit wins, then grouped together the combined wins and top-three counts, the combined Safe and low-but-safe counts, and the number of Lip Synchs. As we've discussed in the past, with the exception of Season 3 (where Raja and Manila finished with identical records), the queen with the most challenge wins has always won their season. It's also interesting to note that the runner-up has always had a better win/high record than the third-place finisher, even though, in every season except Season 2, the second and third place finishers had the same number of challenge wins. Finally, it's also potentially-telling to note that the fourth place finisher nearly always has the weakest record of the group, either... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at The Dilettwat
Strut-2-3-4! Strut-2-3-4! In their own ways, everybody this week learned how to serve. We're post-elimination, and Coco feels good. She hopes to rewrite her narrative arc, announcing, "Now it's time to be America's next drag superstar. Thank you, girls!" It's misplaced hope, but Coco doesn't know that yet. Meanwhile, the other queens are resolved to sabotage Jinkx any way they can. Alaska observes, "It's turned quickly from 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' to 'Sisterhood of I'm Going to Kill You So I Can Win,'" which is a mouthful, but I guess Chad already ran the Hunger Games allusion into the ground. Roll credits! Good morning, Top Five! Today's SheMail is comprised of building and construction jokes--laying a foundation, painting the house down, et al--but apparently that mini-challenge, whatever it was, was nixed after they'd already filmed the SheMail segments. "Using this Form Decor, you have twenty minutes to build a Drag House pillow fort." Instead, they've phoned in a trainer for a reprise of the Season One endurance challenge. I question the wisdom of jumping jacks in heels, but I suppose it's no more complicated than some of the dancing in heels they're expected to do, and fortunately, nobody turns... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at The Dilettwat
First: fun news! If you follow @RuPaulsDragRace on Twitter, you've seen them tweeting every Monday that retweeting a specific tweet will enter you in a sweepstakes to win a prize pack. Well, guess who won last week? :-D (Between you and me: that sweepstake's official rules were incredibly useful in working out spoilers for this season, since it gave the judge-episode pairings and hints on the episode themes; from it, we figured out the early double-elimination, that Detox and Jinkx had made it to the Top Six episode, etc. I'd spent a lot of time studying those official rules before winning the associated prize!) So, I filmed an unboxing. Here it is! Second: almost every recap, I end up making a few GIFs that I don't use--usually, they're funny visual moments that don't really fit into the flow of the recap, or else I realize that I've already made a dozen different GIFs of a single queen that week and I need to scale back the fangirling a little (this mostly happens with Jinkx and Alaska--case in point below). Well, last week, I made this GIF, but never used it: And then, around 3:30 AM the other night, I realized... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2013 at The Dilettwat
¡Ay, caramba! Dig out your craft-store hair-flowers, woven ponchos, and Taco Bell Chihuahua impersonations, because this week, we're prancing south of the border! I know we only skipped one week, but the last episode feels like a lifetime ago, doesn't it? We're back in the werkroom after "Scent of a Drag Queen" judging, fewer one friendly face. I miss Ivy too! Alyssa lays out her mantra for the episode: "I'm a performer. This is what I do." (Alyssa, like me, still has "Runway Girl" stuck in her head from Week Two.) Alyssa loves to perform and she loves to compete, and when they're married into one? It's possible that Alyssa enjoys lip synching for her life more than any other queen who's ever come to RuPaul's Drag Race. The other queens are incredulous that she's unshaken by her second lip synch in a row. Meanwhile, Jinkx wants to finish what Coco started in last episode's Untucked, regarding Coco dismissing Jinkx as a "comedy queen." At this point in the evening, though, neither of them wants a fight, just the last word; if Coco had come for Jinkx again, they'd have broadcast it. The dramatic music would indicate otherwise, but the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2013 at The Dilettwat
Imma post my own thoughts/reactions as a comment, since as I said, I'm no qualified arbiter of fashion, drag or otherwise. :-) Sara, I agree: Alyssa keeps to a very narrow color palette. With the exception of Pink Week, it's all blacks and dark, dark jewel tones, always with brunette hair. How many different wigs have we actually seen from her, I wonder? Coco's looks are ...almost ...campy. Am I wrong? For as much as she crows about being a glam queen, and how the camp queens don't bring it the way she does, look at all those over-the-top whackadoodle outfits together, and tell me you wouldn't mistake her for a camp queen if you didn't know her personality and background. Detox brings the editorial looks. Every week, I hadn't been sure if I liked her look, but now that I'm seeing them all together, I'm suddenly really understanding and appreciating her aesthetic. I like her more each episode, and with Ivy gone, she's now in my personal favorite top three. And you're spot-on, Sara: aside from her lip color, Roxxxy paints almost exactly the same way each week. It borders on uncanny. Has she determined that her technique is flawless exactly the way she executes it, or does she just never experiment?
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2013 on Category is: Runway Extravaganza! at The Dilettwat
There's been a lot of talk this season about which queens are bringing it on the runway. We hear it in Untucked and we read it online: Who's showing versatility, and who's not? Who's keeping their make-up fresh, and who's doing the same thing every week? Who's been judged too harshly by the judges, or not harshly enough? What do our Top Six queens look like, if we take all their runway looks together? I wanted to find out, so please enjoy this compilation: every runway look from our Top Six thusfar. Put on "I Bring the Beat" and take a look back at the first eight episodes' worth of face, body, and look, darlings. Click each queen to see them full-sized. Commence. Shake. DOWN. Alaska Alyssa Edwards Coco Montrese Detox Jinkx Monsoon Roxxxy Andrews Now, the T is the T: I'm no fashion expert. So I want your opinions instead: who's been best-dressed so far? Who do you think has been holding back, and who's running out of tricks? Are there any trends that we should watch for in the coming weeks? Let me have it! Coming up: I've been in YouTube upload hell for nearly 24 hours now.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at The Dilettwat
I agree, Sara--for me, the fighting runs a narrow gamut between irritating and stressful. I couldn't even *deal* with Untucked this week, which is why I skipped it in the recap entirely. Ugh. (That said: I re-watched that Untucked with a friend who is a mental health counselor. As she watched Coco and Jinkx go at it, she observed, "That's sleep-deprivation-fighting. Those two just need sleep, a lot more sleep than they're getting." It gives me a starting point for sympathy for Coco--people who aren't sleeping aren't themselves. STILL, THOUGH.) Lisa, I knew exactly what you meant, and I did exactly the same thing. By halfway through the LSFYL, I was gritting my teeth and whisper-screaming at the television, "Come on, Ivy, you are fiercer than that." Because she is! JiveHonkey, I'm not sure about Alaska crafting a persona/narrative per se, so much as simply crafting a strategy for not getting immediately labeled a stunt-casting, compared unfavorably to Sharon, and sent home. A less-savvvy queen in Alaska's position would have borne that fate. I haven't written an essay about her yet or anything, but I've been thinking a lot about Detox the last few weeks. She spent last season watching one of her best friends cakewalk through the competition (after all, before the DQ, Willam had the second-best record after Sharon), and must have figured, "I can do that too." But this is a really, really competitive year, and where Detox might have cleaned up on another season, this season has a couple untouchable queens in almost every drag discipline. Detox is almost too well-rounded: funny, but not the funniest; polished, but not always the most-polished; a fierce runway walker, but not the only glamazon stomping the stage. If she's frustrated, it's justified: this season's competition is stiff. (Okay, I guess now I've written an essay about Detox. I hope she gets more screen time in the next couple episodes--she's really become one of the kindest, coolest personalities this season.)
This episode put us through it, right? It's not comfortable, spending a full hour gagging like that. We cold-open in the werkroom, just after Roxxxy and Alyssa's Hairwhip For Your Life. Roxxxy's hitting her post-cry endorphin rush, and has perked up since we last saw her. She apologizes for taking her anger and frustration out on Jinkx, and Jinkx accepts the apology. Meanwhile, Detox is frustrated that there are still seven queens in the competition. Alaska is playing "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" as Coco crows over her win. She and Jinkx are quickly becoming a united front, but neither of them wants to fight with Coco on-camera more than necessary, so let's roll credits! The queens come into the werkroom for the day's new challenge, hollering "Yes Gawd!" (These werkroom entrances make me nostalgic for DiDa Ritz. "Category is: Cheesecake!") The SheMail brings an onslaught of scent-related jokes, but before we start panty-sniffing, there's a meaty mini-challenge to behold. The queens will play "Whatcha Packin'?" The answer, of course, is dick. Lots of generously-sized dicks and hefty balls, well-packed into Andrew Christian. (And his underwear. *rimshot!*) If you follow the West... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at The Dilettwat
I am starting to think that RuPaul was talking completely out his ass when he said "Two queens fall in love." We've seen three or four of them nursing crushes, but unless the end of production is about to get intense, they only have, what? Four episodes, so maybe two weeks of filming left, tops? Probably less? And the internet has collectively determined that none of the queens are dating now, or if they are, they're being very DL about it. So, I'm not sure if RuPaul was intending to refer to these two, or Detox and Roxxxy, or somebody else entirely, but I think that regardless, "two queens fall in love" was an exaggeration. Unless they're ALL pulling one over on us, and if that's the case, condragulations to them--I'm being successfully tricked into thinking there's not gonna be a couple this season after all. ;-)
Here are my thousand words: I had a big chunk of my heart set on Ivy Winters, and I wasn't the only one. Actual recap forthcoming, of course. I'm definitely attending the Elimination Lunch today at noon EST, and you should come too. But for now: <3. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at The Dilettwat