Warning: spoilers ahead for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 3 episode 7.
You know the panic of rummaging through endless piles of clothes in a shop when there’s a massive sale? The latest episode of Drag Race UK season 3 epitomised that tenfold… and then some.
For episode 7 of the competition, the queens were tasked with taking part in a ‘fugly’ pageant, where they were given very little time to prepare three looks, only finding out the theme of each runway just before their preparation period began.
Aiming to impress judges RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and extra special guest judge Alesha Dixon, the contestants had to create fugly swimsuit looks in 69 minutes, before putting together charity shop looks in an hour – during which time they were joined by the one and only Charity Shop Sue.
For their third and final look, they had to showcase an ensemble in half an hour that was fugly, but fashionable at the same time, a task that’s definitely easier said than done.
With only five stars left in the competition, deciding who will shantay and who will sashay away has never been harder.
Krystal!!! For weeks, we have been waiting for Krystal to experiment, go beyond her cinched, beautiful looks (which are undeniably stunning) and show she’s willing to step outside her comfort zone.
This week, she did just that while also showing more of her sweet side to viewers behind the scenes, vulnerably opening up about her personal life.
In a challenge where time was of the essence, Krystal had the courage to create a sea monster look for her fugly swimsuit runway, attaching barnacles to her face that she later had to unglue when she only had one hour to prepare her next ensemble.
While her second charity shop-inspired look was admittedly simple, the fact that she achieved a full, flawless beat after stepping out of the blue lagoon was incredibly impressive.
To top it off, Krystal’s final ‘fugly but fashionable’ look not only fit the brief – where other queens fell short – but it was one of our favourite outfits on the runway this entire season.
As the judges pointed out, Krystal demonstrated she’s willing to get dirty and in our opinion, it paid off big time.
While at the beginning of the competition, it may have seemed as though Kitty’s personality would be a bigger draw than her fashion, throughout the series she’s proven she is one brilliantly multifaceted queen.
Her swimsuit look was both fun and eye-catching, while her charity shop ensemble was extremely polished, from her sleek updo to her neon skirt, which caught the eye of guest judge Alesha.
For her third look on the runway, Kitty embraced the ‘fugly’ theme, but while Ru declared her the winner of the week, in our eyes, the ensemble slightly lacked the stylish element that Krystal brought to the stage.
Nonetheless, we are elated that Kitty finally has a RuPeter badge to shout about, as she’s been deserving of one for an extremely long time.
Ella gave a strong performance this week, but having shone above the pack during the Snatch Game in episode six, this week she didn’t quite reach the same level.
Her charity shop look was absolutely beautiful, with Ella donning an opulent purple wig and gliding down the catwalk as if she owned everything in her sight.
While her swimsuit was pretty, it played things slightly safe, while her ‘fugly but fashionable’ look was striking and deservedly won over the judges.
We’re definitely glad to see her proceed to the next stage of the competition, having been one of the strongest competitors of the series.
The annoying thing about this stage of the competition is that even if you think a contestant doesn’t deserve to be in the bottom two, someone has to be.
If the queens were being judged on their final looks alone, Vanity would be accepting her ‘condragulations’ from Ru, without a shadow of a doubt.
She looked the most beautiful she has ever looked on the show, donning a black gown that could have been taken straight off the catwalk of London Fashion Week.
She was let down by her swimsuit, which – while a fabulous colour choice – didn’t fit as well as it should have, as rightly noted by Michelle.
While she absolutely owned her gorgeous charity shop look, it was just the case that other contestants’ outfits were of a slightly higher caliber.
There was nothing that Scarlett did particularly badly this week in the competition. However, as previously said, with only five contestants left, picking a bottom two has never been harder.
Of her three looks, her charity shop ensemble was her weakest. With the same amount of time at her disposal as the other queens, for her to put together an LBD with some fun accessories didn’t quite cut it.
Both her swimsuit and her final runway were far more creative, with her first look of the episode featuring her personal take on a crazy cat lady and her final look paying homage to her East End roots.
The judges may have had a point that her ‘fugly but fashionable’ look didn’t make the ‘fashionable’ cut (although that could be open to interpretation), but it was fabulous to see her having such a great time in an outfit that she clearly loved.
It’s a shame for anyone to have to go in a week where there was no obvious weakest link, and all of the queens have definitely done themselves extremely proud as they near the grand finale.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK returns next Thursday at 7pm on BBC Three and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Original article published here.