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Aretha Butchers The Great Diva Classics – An Album Review

So you might remember this being a thing that happened:

Aretha’s Wet N’ Wild Eye Shadow.

Aretha’s wobbly knockers sitting sideways like boys in the days.

Aretha’s minty green discount prom dress.

Cissy’s perpetual over it face and lack of effort.

It’s amazing.

Well all of this was leading up to a new album release!!!

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So this is a cover of the “great diva classics” and Aretha is here to show you how she does it in 2014.  I’m going to listen to what can only be a flaw-free album.

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I’ll be rating each song on a scale of 1 to 5 Aretha Jigs.  One Aretha Jig being a live Jhene Aiko performance.  Five Aretha Jigs being this Respect performance. Let’s get started!

Track 1: At Last (originally performed by Etta James)

This one starts out pretty well.  Aretha seems comfortable and ready to slay.  But then, we get some of Aretha’s slight liberties where she slides up an octave. But you know this is nice.  Aretha’s trademark rasp and lisp are here, but there was some restraint here.  Both in the performance and the post-production (you’ll see what I mean later).  This is a good start to the album!

Rating: 4/5 Aretha Jigs

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Track 2: Rolling In The Deep – Aretha’s Version (originally performed by Adele)

You’ve already laughed at that live performance.  But how does the recorded version hold up?

Not too well actually.  The autotune on her voice in the verses are strange.  I like her performance during the pre-chorus for the most part.  But I just don’t follow where Aretha was going with the arbitrary octave jumps.  Her slides in the chorus are just as hilarious as they were live.

WE COULD HAVE HAD IT aaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWLLLLL!

ROLLING IN THE DeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPP!

But I can’t recommend this for any reason other than the lols.  There’s so much happening and it’s such a tonal departure from the original.  That doesn’t mean I’m not going to listen to it over and over again.

The bridge into Ain’t No Mountain High Enough is an interesting choice.  But they’ve autotuned her belting and it’s just so weird and, sorry to say, bad.  It’s just bad.  This is not a good song.  But it is an amazing one.

Rating: 2/5 Aretha Jigs

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Track 3: Midnight Train to Georgia (originally by Gladys Knight & The Pips)

Ooh I love this song!

::starts bopping::

“aHeeeeeeLL AAAAAAAAAYYYYEEEE”

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This one is going to be a hard one.  Part of it is that I absolutely adore the huskiness of Gladys Knight’s voice and her vocal performance on this song.  Aretha staying in her upper register does not fit this song even a little.

Once I get over that tragic mistake, it’s listenable.  The beat is comfortable and the background singers are killing it.  Aretha’s voice is much more natural here than in Rolling In The Deep.  Her ad libs as the song closes is some of the best stuff on the album so far.  It’s not too bad.

Rating: 3/5 Aretha Jigs

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Track 4: I Will Survive – The Aretha Version (originally by Gloria Gaynor)

Okay this is the first song that should really use her upper register.  Is that auto-tune???

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What is the jazz hi-hat??

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Okay.  It speeds ups after the first chorus.  I love the scatting! For the most part, once the disco beat kicks in, this is good.  Not great, but solid.  Aretha could have kept that ending run.

Wait, is that Survivor by Destiny’s Child?!?!?!? Okay, that is how a mash-up is done.  Wait, is this about her broken engagement from Catfish??? Okay Aretha! Sing from your pain!

Whomever thought it was a good idea to use effects on Aretha Franklin’s voice should be put out to pasture.  Her voice may not be at peak, but what in the absolute fuck? Leave it as it is.

This song has all the parts to be a good cover.  I like the scatting and Aretha’s mashup.  But I hate that the auto-tune and I especially HATE the intro.

Rating: 1/5 Aretha Jig 

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Track 5: People (Originally by Barbra Streisand)

Now I’m not as familiar with this song in comparison with the first four tracks.  But I think that it truly benefits from a more laissez-faire approach to the production.  The slower songs let Aretha be Aretha.  That’s all we really need.  My only complaints here are that I wish she had taken a bit more care to enunciate the song.  With the lisp on each “people,” the message loses just a hint of its power.  The other is that there’s a slight thinness to her voice in the later parts of the songs.  I wish it had a little more power to it.

Overall, I like this and it befits the Queen of Soul.

Rating: 4/5 Aretha Jigs

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Track 6: No One (originally by Alicia Keys)

Umm, is that the Casio keyboard Reggae 2 beat?

Wow…this intro…

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It doesn’t get any better from there honestly.  This is a travesty.  The voice is processed with in an inch of its life.  The beat is just awful. The vocal performance does not fit at all.

This is the first song that is actively terrible.  Yikes.

Rating: 0/5 Aretha Jigs

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Track 7: I’m Every Woman/Respect (Originally by Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin)

Pump up the groove! Okay, this is already miles better than No One.  This song fits so much better on her voice.  I also love that the first voice stays in one octave.  It’s rare that she doesn’t arbitrarily jump up the octave.  (See the second verse and chorus).

Even with that complaint, it’s still good.  I’m bopping you know!

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Now, the Respect portion of the song doesn’t work at all.  I mean, did you click that video I linked earlier in the post?  Now that was over 50 years ago. But once you listen to that, it’s hard to listen to this.  That said it’s still good, and I almost upped the score to five jiggin’ Arethas because I love a good key change.

Rating: 4/5 Aretha Jigs

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Track 8: Teach Me Tonight (This was performed by everyone, but let’s go with Dinah Washington)

Ooh, the slower songs are better.  And this is no exception.  The simple production really lets her shine.  Though the touches of autotune are completely out of place.

But this is beautiful.  This is the kind of cover I want to hear from Aretha Franklin.  Soulful, simple, all about her voice.

Best song on the album, by a wide margin

Rating: 5/5 Aretha Jigs

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Track 9: You Keep Me Hangin’ On (originally by The Supremes)

Okay, the opening is promising.  I love that Aretha performed with a bit of sweetness in her voice (a lovely nod to The Boss).

I like this a lot.  It’s much more relaxed and truly uses Aretha’s gifts appropriately.  Minor pitch correction.  Minimal octave jumps until Aretha is allowed to just go at it.  There’s such restraint here and the album shines in those moments.  Now excuse me while I bop my shoulders.

Another of the finer moments of the album.  Not as good as Teach Me Tonight, but solid all around.

Rating: 5/5 Aretha Jigs (I originally had this at a 4, but I honestly don’t have any real complaints)

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Track 10: Nothing Compares 2 U (originally by Sinead O’Connor)

Did you all know this was written by Prince?  Great diva classic, indeed!

Okay, this is jazzy. With a big band arrangement.  This isn’t what I was expecting.  I like  it, I think.

So I need to actually write about this song.  It’s so far outside of what I was expecting that I’m struggling to write about it.  There’s no way to compare this to the original.  That’s actually smart.  I’m not so sure that the song itself fits the production.  It’s an admirable attempt, but my brain just associates this lyric with Sinead’s buzzcut and lone tear.

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Taking it from  an sparse, emotional ballad to this upbeat, sassy song.

Don’t let my critique take away for Aretha’s singing.  I actually think this is her strongest vocal performance on the entire album.  So soulful and full of life.  The beginning of the album has this weird feeling of trying to modernize Aretha.  I don’t know about you all but that’s not what I want.  She has a voice that is representative of that bygone era and we don’t need to plasticize it, even if it’s not in prime condition.

Rating: 4/5 Aretha Jigs

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Overall Rating: 3/5 Aretha Jigs

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I like this album way more than I thought I would going into this review.  After that Rolling In The Deep, what possible opinion could I have??

But as I started to mention in the last song critique, the strengths of this album lie in letting Aretha be Aretha.  She’s not Kesha.  She doesn’t need vocal effects.  Give her a standard or a song from an era where covers of covers were number one hits and let her do her thing.  Despite age, Aretha still has a remarkable ability to convey emotion in her voice and to really use her voice as an instrument.  Look at the difference in her performance on Keep Me Hanging On versus the power on the opening verse of People.  Most of your famous singers these days are incapable of that versatility and it is why the divas are revered.

The album goes wrong when we try to modernize Aretha to make her “palatable” for the current music scene.  The covers of Rolling In the Deep and No One are easily the worst parts of the album.  Someone with good sense could have stopped this and steered her towards more classic sounding songs or at least better production as it relates to these two.

The other issue that I may not have raised is that there definitely is something cheap sounding about the album.  I mentioned that there are some pre-packaged sounding beats here and there.  Again, this isn’t as big a release in 2014 as say a Taylor Swift album (I just vomited in my mouth typing that). So there’s not going to be as much of an investment in the production on behalf of the label.  This can work for certain artists, but since most classic songs rely on a hearty instrumentation, it weakens the song rather than adding to it.

Go take a listen and let me know what you think! I’m off to bop to Hoodrat Tunes.  My basic side has been neglected.

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The Legend of Ratchetbelle

Shakespeare  once said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Aretha Franklin once said, “A rose is still a rose…Baby Girl, you’re still a flower.”

I bring you these wise words, not only to demonstrate how overused roses and floral imagery are in literary and artistic works, but to set  myself up for the story of how I love my friends, Class and Trash.

Sass here, reporting  for duty.

A little over a week ago, I returned from a much needed trip to see my boys. My favorite duo, Class and Trash. Well, really I went to see Trash, but Class can’t turn down a good time, and just happened to be in the area at the same time, accompanied by my newest boo thang Dash. We spent an entire weekend laughing, laughing until we cried, eating, cackling, guffawing and just fellowshipping in a way that most people will never experience in a lifetime. At a stressful and transitional time in all of our lives, I have to admit that this was well needed and much deserved.

The weekend began when I was picked up by a car of black men, one wearing a du-rag, as if I were some kind of Instagram honey, getting flown out to be tip drilled by the squad. You don’t know me well, but I don’t do those things anymore. This was hours after my plane was originally scheduled to arrive, so I arrived under the guise of night, with plans to turn alllllllllll the way up firmly implanted in my brain. Just as an FYI, we went to Trash’s beautiful apartment where an unfortunate bottle of Fireball dared to challenge us. Don’t worry – we handled that within a number of minutes.

We went to a bar, which didn’t give two shits or a damn about my vagina, if you catch my drift. The bartender there, though, God bless him. I’m positive that he hasn’t yet met a liver that he hasn’t destroyed, with his $3 drinks that were composed of 95% alcohol with a splash of mixer. This is not an exaggeration.  I have a healthy appetite for alcohol, and even I had to ask the bartender for an extra cup of the mixer so that my liver wouldn’t commit suicide on the first night. If there’s one thing that I know, it’s that a weekend with Class and Trash will have your liver praying to King Jesus to bring it home. I needed to pace myself so as to not lose on night one. No one likes that person.

I took my first praise break of the weekend during a 1:30 trip to Zaxby’s. If you’ve never been to Zaxby’s, you have 99 problems, and that is most definitely one.

On Saturday, we prospered and flourished, while sitting on the couch watching Orange is the New Black until about 5 PM. I mean, Class went for a run, because he’s the only one who is apparently serious about his position during the upcoming cuffing season. The rest of us got Chik-Fil-A. Agree or disagree with their policies, but that chicken is scrumptious. “When Jesus says ‘YES,’ nobody can say ‘NO'”

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That night, two groups went out. Me and my new lifelong best friend Asian Sensation went to a club where Trey Songz was “performing,” while Class, Trash and Dash went to another bar. I’m not one to gossip, so you didn’t hear this from me, but only four people went back to Trash’s house that evening *sips tea and lowers spectacles.*

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Since there were only a few of us going back to the apartment, we got CookOut and I had my second praise break of the weekend. Again, if you’ve never had CookOut, please call a friend because you’re not living right.

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So remember how I said only four people returned to Trash’s casa on Saturday night? Let me tell you how said person sauntered into the house on Sunday morning just as chipper as can be. The rest of us didn’t let said person CUM into the house without us all coming for their NECK. We made sure to GET IN THAT ASS with all the jokes that a good HAND JOB could muster (okay, that one was a stretch, but I heard said person needed to stretch after their night out, too). There’s nothing to do after an amazingly fun night out besides go to brunch. And continue to drink. Excessively. For hours. It would have been rude not to. We spent the rest of the day clowning at the pool, because drunk swimming is awesome. Another friend, ATRIPP, took us out around her hood, and we had a blast at a private party, like Trash didn’t need to be at work bright and early at 8 AM.

Now let’s come back full circle, friends. Remember how I gave you those inspiring and riveting quotes about roses at the beginning? And the title is, “The Legend of Ratchetbelle?” Let’s go back there, shall we?

I live across the country from ALL of my friends. Where I live, I have friends, but it is the East Coast that knows me, loves me and allows me to be unapologetically me. When I come back to this side of the world, my friends show up, show out and get down. Which has somehow earned me a nickname…they call me Ratchetbelle. Similar to Tinkerbelle, I fly in, sprinkle you with Ratchet Dust and everyone seems to fly high and leave their manners, good sense and panties at home.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am the victim of a slander campaign. Don’t let Class, Trash, Dash, Asian Sensation or ATRIPP fool you into thinking that any of the good times mentioned this weekend are because of me. Whether you call me a rose, Sass or Ratchetbelle, I can’t take credit for the gut busting that laughter caused this weekend. These good times are because of US. A group of friends who wholeheartedly love each other, and enjoy the good things that each person bring to our lives. I could have visited these people in South Africa during Apartheid, and we probably would have made each other laugh, love and live as freely as we did.

The value of a genuine friend is something that everyone should know. I am honored to have spent my time with these people, and I truly cannot wait until all of our paths cross again. With or without my Ratchet Dust.

So to Class, Trash, Dash, Asian Sensation, ATRIPP and everyone else I saw that didn’t get a shout out because this entry is too long already: Thank you for being a friend. Traveled round the world and back again. Your heart is true; you’re a pal and a confidant. *DUN DUN DUNNNNN* And if you threw a party…invited everyone you knew….you would see the biggest gift would be from me, and the card attached would say (all together now) THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND.

xxoo, Sass.

Quickie Post: Got2BReal

Trash is still not really feeling it.

Please enjoy Queen Patti LaHelle and her masterpiece.

Bye y’all!

Class Has a Question for Rupaul.

Well….Trash is le tired and I don’t have the time to go in depth about the episode but what I want to know is…

HOW THE F*CK IS DARIENNE LAKE STILL ON THIS SHOW?!

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Listen she has walked on that stage every damn week in her finest Lane Bryant, Cato, and Ross Dress for Less fashions. TRANSLATION, SHE LOOKED BASIC AS HECK week after WEEK! To top it off she had the NERVE to walk out there in her final runway look, lookin like a sparkly turd. Ma’am, Latrice would NEVER! And she keeps clomping down the runway in orthopedic looking heels. #BYE

BenDeLaCreme is polished and the only one that could keep up with Queen Bianca Del Rio. Unfortunately, the final lip sync left much to be desired from both. I hope Kelly Clarkson never catches wind of this lip sync cause…. ::yawn::

SO the top 3….IN ORDER will HAVE to be:

1) Queen Bianca (if she doesn’t win, i’m not watching the show again.)

2) Courtney Act (She may not be the best but at least she’s pretty and consistant)

3) Adore damn Delano (This should have been Trinity, Joslyn, or DELA’s spot)

RuPaul…I never disagree with you but…you f*cked this one all the way up. If Darienne doesn’t roll on home next week, I don’t know what I will do…

Class has spoken.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race S6, Ep 10 Recap

Better late than never, y’all!

The ladies are back in the workroom and Adore discusses how disappointed she is in her performance in the talk show challenge.  Courtney is bringing a bit of shade to the proceedings but it’s clear that she and Bianca are friendly.  Competitive but friendly.

The next day, Darienne makes a quip about leaving banana peels to slip up the competitors.  The Not-Shemail is all about weddings.  Ru enters and the mini-challenge is a “body art painting challenge” with a theme of marriage equality.  This is really just an excuse for RuPaul to pun it up.  I approve.

The art doesn’t matter and Bianca wins! “Ooh, very Andy Whore-hol!” As you know, Bianca can do no wrong for me.  So yay!

After a shower, Ru announces that we have company coming.  Ru announces that she’s an ordained minister and will be marrying 6 couples on the runway.  Bianca pairs up the queens with the ladies. Ru is looking for a strong family resemblance and the queens will serve as the mother of the brides.  The grooms enter and Ru announces that the queens are dragging up their husbands-to-be!  This twist showed up on a season of Project Runway and it’s still good.

Adore is nervous as she should be.  Lest we forget that Honey Boo Boo mess she put together in Episode 1.

When we return from the commercial, Bianca bonds well with her couple.  Joslyn loves weddings.  Brandon is acting like he didn’t know he was signing up for RuPaul’s Drag Race.  Good Night Nurse.  It is Season 6.  RuPaul walked you into the room.  WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?

Dela gets a zinger in with Courtney.  “Courtney might have trouble transforming a manly man, since she only uses Chapstick and mascara!”

Ru comes in to grab the biological ladies.  Bianca and her groom bond a bit.  Bianca: “Look, I actually made a friend.  Me!” Love her.

Joslyn and Ru doing her foxy honk which is completely adorable.

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She says that she’s going demure.  Brandon still hasn’t figured out what he’s doing here.  Whatever.  Darienne appears to be doing a much better job with the design this time but Ru is skeptical of their goth wedding.  Bianca’s gown is pretty much done and it is flawless.  She banters with Ru because she is seriously the best.  We don’t see any of Ben, Courtney, or Adore.  We’ll see how that plays out.

After Ru’s exit, Bianca offers a bit of advice to Adore as she works on her hideous gown.  Again, it’s Season 6, boo.  No sympathy from this corner.

We reenter the Werq room and Adore’s bride reads the shit on her wig.  Courtney comes for her and her bride in a way that’s hilarious but a little mean.  Oh well!  A reference to Honey Mahogany! Queen of muu-muus!  She is reason behind one of my favorite RuPaul runway quips.  “Very Bed, Bath, and Beyoncé!” Here’s her awful song.

Brandon talks about how his teammates are going to talk about him in drag or something.  His insecurity about that is not interesting but it does give us a chance to hear wise words from Courtney and Joslyn on the issue.  Worrying about gay dudes in the locker room is like waiting for Bigfoot to walk out of your closet.  While people may sneak a glance, you are not so attractive that we’re going to push you into a locker.

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Everyone is serving “Hog Body” shade at Adore and her daughter.  Because it’s funny.

But then! Bianca swoops in the snatch the best confessional line award which I just invented.

“After the makeover, Joslyn’s drag daughter looks like that one girl gremlin in Gremlins 2!”

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Seriously.  Cackling.

It’s time to Sissy That Walk!  Ru continues to make everyone look like the amateurs they are in a blue sequined checkered gown. Neil Patrick Harris is here to be great and his husband is here.  Umm, hi David?  Is it just me or is it weird to see Michelle and Santino sitting next to each other?  Michelle looks so good toned down.  Love this trend boo!

Anyways! Let’s critique.

Joslyn actually looks pretty for my eyes.  But DAT MAKEUP on Brandon.  No. God.  However, it’s overall a much better effort than her previous sewing challenge.

Courtney did a lovely job on the face but she seriously made her daughter look 60 years older. The gown looks a bit retro slip cover, but it’s not the worst.  She really did make herself look young and perky and a nude dress with butterflies misses the mark on “mother of the bride” although she looks smashing.

Bianca looks great.  Her clownish makeup helps to sell her look but the real star is the trim on the veil.  So well done and a lovely way to call back to her own drag.  She also sells it on the runway with her “tears.

Darienne actually kills it on the runway for her daughter.  The goth look works really well and actually looks well put together.  I also like the spraypaint bit.  However, her own look is terrible! She looks almost exactly like she did in the first challenge except she didn’t add that trash-ass seam down the front of her skirt.  And DAT WIG! NO NO NO.

Adore…

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I don’t know what to say. This is honestly one of the worst runway showings I’ve ever seen.  Like worse that Vivacious’ cartoon dinosaur realness.  Worse that Rebecca Glasscock’s Ace Frehley realness.  Worse than almost anything Tatianna wore.  Worse than Shangela’s Christmas Coutorture.  Worse than Stacy Layne’s red velvet jumpsuit.  Worse than Jinkx reindeer candy cane thing.

Pause, can you think of any runway look worse than this??  The only one I can think of is Tatianna’s look for the Season 2 Ball Challenge.  Serena Cha Cha’s “soft sculpture” lederhosen of yore.

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This is so off the mark.  Adore looks like the daughter and a terrible looking one.  Her bride looks like something from your nightmares with a ragged wig, makeup that makes her face look bloated, and I don’t even know what’s happening with the gown.  The leather jacket is literally the only nice thing about this look.

Dela definitely did a great job.  I love the look and her face is great.  I love her pink look and the cardigan/flower combination is super smart and nails that challenge theme.

The vow ceremony is sweet but blah.  The goth couple was great though.  Brandon still sounds like he hasn’t passed 2nd grade English.  Dela’s dress is even better in the close-up.  That’s enough of this.  Time to read these ugly wimmens.

Brandon’s face is trash.  She looks undead.  But Joslyn definitely looks the best she has in weeks.  Michelle is right on with the metallic face.  The wedding dress isn’t strong though and the bodice is actually the exact same as her party look.  Brandon is “struggling with his manlihood.”

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The judges laugh at him and then he serves us yesterday’s craft services.

Rein Act looks like Tori Spelling.  The length is very Adore and David calls out what I mentioned earlier about Rein Act looking like Courtney’s mother.  Courtney tries to sell a cougar narrative, but she simply looks too good in comparison to her daughter.  This was an opportunity for her to really step out of her box.

Bianca nails the family resemblance and I love the yellow trim.  Bianca continues to quip her way to the top.

Darienne’s makeup skills continue to be off the charts.  Her groom has a lot of personality and that’s super helpful in challenges like this.  Darienne’s look is bad.  Neil calls it out for being not goth.  That wig is so horrendous.

Dela seriously killed it.  Santino actually gives a valid tip in that the sharp-winged eye that Dela does would have added more resemblance. The gown though is fabulous and she really embraced the challenge.

Adore…Adore…Adore.  Santino calls out the execution.  There are no compliments as there shouldn’t be.  It’s just terrible.  The wig looks even worse in the close up.

The judges reiterate what they’ve said already.  I’ll use this moment to talk about how dour and humorless Neil and David are.  Like even worse that Chaz Bono.  You would think they would be funny and upbeat, but it is such a downer to hear them talk.  Blah.

RuPaul: “Oh you’re such a whore.  We should, totally, go somewhere together…”

Back from commercials, Dela is safe while QUEEN BIANCA SNATCHES ANOTHER WIN!!!! GET INTO HER BEAT AND HER BANG!!!! 

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Adore is in the bottom for what has to be the single worst makeover ever.  Courtney and Darienne are safe, leaving the Foxy Joslyn in the bottom two.

Joslyn and Adore lip sync to “Think” by Aretha Franklin.  If only Latrice Royale was here!

Adore is super high energy but there’s this manic intensity that just doesn’t fit the song.  I actually hate this performance although her face play is still good.  Joslyn is good (not great), but having to lip sync is so much fabric seems foreign to her as she holds up the front of her gown for the entirety of the performance.  It’s awkward and holds her back, but her performance works better for me.

But alas, it is Adore who is saved and we have to say goodbye to my lovemuffin Joslyn.  😦 😦 :(. Her exit speech is so mature and gracious.  I just love her.

Now do I think it was Joslyn’s time?  Yes.  She is a great queen, but she needs a few more years to up her style game but she is a charismatic performer with tons of potential.  I fully expect her to make a run on All-Stars 2 with increased funds and better style because she’s way stronger than I think anyone realized.

This is also the point where Adore is either going to have to rise to the occasion or get out.  The rest of the season (barring the finale) is look-based challenges.  If she doesn’t figure out how to present herself, she really should not be in the top 3, despite having fantastic charisma and performance skills.  My gut tells me that Ru is going to keep her until the finale because of that star power, but her road is going to be much more difficult now.

I’d peg Bianca and Dela as finalists as of now, with Courtney and Adore battling for the third spot. Darienne has performed admirably. If you can ignore her bitchiness, she’s done a great job on the show. But she’s out of her depths at this point.  Bianca and Ben are funnier with better style. Adore has way more natural charisma.  Courtney has so much star power but she needs to push herself if she’s going to knock out Adore.  What she has in style and confidence, she lacks in natural spark.

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Every one is super sweet and supportive.  Blah blah blah…

Let me talk about how Darienne’s daughter is READING.

::props head on chin:: “That doesn’t mean it’s fashionable!”

Girl, I fell out. 

On Adore talking about how she can’t sew: “You gotta get your skills up!”

::Laganja voice:: COME ON, GOTH BRIDE!

We “complete” Brandon’s story line as he accepts the gays in the locker room or whatever.

In the Gold Bar, we get a message from Adore’s mom and is it’s all super sweet.  Love her! Bianca continues to be just the best at everything.  I want to be her best friend.

And that’s about it. What are your thoughts, dear readers?  Do you agree with the elimination?  Who is your winner (Bianca is the only answer).  Have a great day!