We are already two weeks into RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13, and not a single contestant has yet to sashay away. Does that mean this season is going to go on forever? We sure hope so! Because my “The Day After” cohost, Voice Season 9 finalist Jeffery Austin, and I have nothing else better to do!
So, last week, we left seven potentially eliminated Drag Race queens on the Porkchop Loading Dock. And in this week’s cliffhanger semi-resolution, one of them, Elliott With Two T’s, surprisingly rejoined the competition. Presumably the others — Denali, Joey Jay, Kahmora Hall, Rosé, Tamisha Iman, and Utica Queen — are still on the dock, awaiting further instruction. But Jeffery and I will get to that next week. This week there’s plenty to discuss, including three different looks for each of this week’s RPDR contestants, a musical maxi-challenge, the best past seasons in Drag Race herstory, Gottmik’s gender dysphoria, Elliott’s redemption story arc, Symone’s early frontrunner status, Tina Burner’s mid-aughts romance with Graham Norton, the pros and (mostly) cons of cruise-ship entertainers, Jeffery’s mother’s first impressions of Drag Race, and Jeffery’s first impression of a little band called the Beatles.
We also chat about The Masked Dancer Group B premiere (because we have to support original American Idol judge Paula Abdul’s triumphant return to Fox television), and — speaking of Idol – my recent interview with Randy Jackson and the possibility that two of the Group B dancers, the Sloth and the Zebra, might be Idol alumni Todrick Hall and Clay Aiken.
Speaking of which, American Idol will return on Feb. 14 (on ABC, with Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan), so now we have confirmed 2021 Valentine’s Day plans. Until then, Jeffery and I will be spreading the love by recapping RuPaul’s Drag Race, Drag Race U.K. (which starts again on Jan. 14), The Masked Dancer, and maybe even The Masked Singer U.K. (if I can convince Jeffery to watch that one). Special thanks to our Season 6 American Idol pals Blake Lewis and Brandon Rogers for our funky theme song, and if you prefer the written word, check out my Voice, Drag Race, American Idol, Songland, America’s Got Talent, Masked Singer, and Masked Dancer articles on Yahoo Entertainment here.