RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10, Episode 1 Recap: 10s Across The Board
Celebrating a decade of fierce queens and creating drag looks on a dime…
Start your engines because RuPaul’s Drag Race is already back, back, back again with their 10th season. This week’s episode celebrated a decade of fierce queens that Mama Ru has blessed our lives with, and brought to our television screens for the past decade. This week we were introduced to a fresh group of queens, and one returning contestant from season 9. Eureka O’Hara was the first queen to walk into the Werk Room. You may remember she was invited back for season 10 after injuring her knee in the cheer competition back in the beginning of season nine.
After being introduced to the new queens (five of them hailing from New York), the first mini challenge of season 10 saw memorable queens from past seasons returning to the sidelines of the runway. The challenge was to stand out among 10 years of wigs under wigs, iconic lip syncs, and runway extravaganzas. One of the most high-energy premiere challenges to date determined that Monét X Change was the first mini challenge winner of the season. Though honorable mention does go to Aquaria for spinning into, and accidentally slapping season five winner Jinkx Monsoon in the face.
After the mini challenge de-dragging revealed two important facts for the start of the season. The first being that 21-year-old Blair St. Clair looked about 12-years-old out of drag, and that everybody had a crush on Kameron Michaels.
After the queens had finished getting out of drag, Ru appeared to present this season’s first maxi challenge to the group. In a callback to the first season of Drag Race ever, the queens were to create runway looks with items from the dollar store (Drag on a Dime). Pool noodles, sponges, fake flowers, and a shower curtain were the materials, and some of the queens created truly gag-worthy looks for the runway. Standing out in the workroom were New York queens Miz Cracker (who revealed her mother was an artist who takes trash and makes it into art), and Monét X Change, who was creating a geometric gown out of kitchen sponges.
As an extra special guest judge this week Farrah Moan Christina Aguilera joined seasoned judges Michelle Visage, Ross Matthews, Carson Kressley, and of course Mother Ru to critique the queens on their runway looks. Top looks of the week included Miz Cracker’s straw hat and shower curtain dress, Blair St. Clair’s sun visor skirt, and Mayhem Miller’s frock made out of gloves and garbage bags.
Mayhem was the winner of the first challenge, and after auditioning for the show for years; it was a sincere and well-deserved win. Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams’s money dress landed her in the bottom two along with Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, and her floral Barbie look. As usual, the bottom two queens lip-synched for their lives to Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t no other Man.” After the lip sync, Ru declared that Kalorie would continue on in the competition, sending Vanessa Vanjie Mateo home, making her the first eliminated queen of season 10.
Takeaways from the premiere:
-Miz Cracker, and Aquaria will likely be compared to each other the whole season, possibly creating some drama in the werk room.
-The cast this season is really diverse. There is a great mix of comedy, pageant, fashion, and camp queens, which will make for entertaining, and hilarious challenges.
Frontrunner predictions from Episode 1:
– Miz Cracker, Blair St. Clair, Monét X Change.
What we’ll see next week:
– The legend herself Alyssa Edwards returns to the show to choreograph this season’s Rusical challenge. Maybe we’ll even find out her secret.
BIANCE GUZZO is a 23-year-old writer based out of the GTA. She spends her free time watching Trixie Mattel makeup tutorials, though she still has yet to nail the look.