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Rupaul’s Drag Race UK Series 3 Episode 8 recap

The final four take on an over-acting challenge that’s in a galaxy far, far away…

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Welcome to our weekly look at what has been going on in the Werk Room and Main Stage of Rupaul’s Drag Race UK Series 3.

If you want to avoid spoilers for Rupaul’s Drag Race, stop reading now.

Last week we waved goodbye to Scarlett Harlett as the girls competed in a race-against-the-clock Fugly Ball challenge. As we join the remaining queens after the elimination Ella and Kitty seem to be putting the boot in to Vanity a little and both seem quite pleased with themselves.

This week Ru sets the challenge as a space parody called Bra Wars where the queen’s will need to overact for their lives. As the winner of last week’s challenge, Ru told Kitty she would be in charge of assigning the four roles: Boobarella, Yolo, She-3p-Ho and the evil Daft Shader.

After asking each of the girls if they have a preferred role, she then decided to audition them and went off to put on a wig and glasses (anyone else think she looked a bit like Alan Carr?) before opening Kitty’s Scott Claus Talent Agency. Of course she took the lead role for herself (Boobarella) before assigning Yolo to Vanity, She-3p-Ho to Krystal and Daft Shader to Ella. Krystal was a little disappointed as her character was a fashion robot and she was hoping to push herself.

Directed by Michelle Visage, all the girls arrived on set ready to show off their acting skills. Vanity’s character was a baby so she had to put her head through a hole and operate tiny puppet arms. Whilst Kitty was a natural (albeit seeming to be doing her Gemma Collins style character again), Vanity was trying hard but needed some advice from Michelle. Krystal struggled to remember lines and had earlier confessed to being dyslexic. Even West End pro Ella seemed to be struggling to get her words right although there was a lovely Valentina reference with her mask:

As the queens got ready in the Werk Room, we had the obligatory chat about issues and this week it was about homophobia still being rife. Ella and Vanity both admitted they don’t hold their partners hands in public for fear of getting abuse or worse. Something I can certainly relate to myself.

On the runway, Ru was joined by Michelle, Graham Norton (in a hideous suit and shirt covered in babies) and special guest judge actor Russell Tovey. The category was Scene Stealers; looks inspired by the big screen.

First out was Krystal, who looked stunning with her cinched waist and Cruella DeVille inspired look. She was followed by Ella who was a wearing an Oompah Loompah inspired look which seemed to tickle Russell’s fancy!

Vanity wore orange (again) as she served Halle Berry in BAPs (US show fans will recognise it from Utica Queen doing it on her season). Finally, Kitty came out in a Rose from Titanic outfit which had a skirt rip off reveal and she even dropped the blue diamond necklace off the stage.

The finished Bra Wars skit was shown and actually, despite a few hiccups in recording, all the queens did a solid job with Ella finding her groove and Krystal turning up the funny. With such strong runways and very little separating the girls in the critiques, it was going to be interesting to see who would be bottom two.

As the girls went back to the Werk Room, it was clear that yet again Kitty and Ella felt like they would be safe and the other two would be lip-syncing.

As the girls filed back out on to the Main Stage, faces dropped when Ru called out Vanity and sent her to safety, before doing the same for Krystal. Not so confident now Kitty and Ella! But, no need to worry, Ru declared the pair the top two of the week and the pair would have to lip-sync for the win.

As the opening bars of Girls Aloud’s ‘Something New’ started both queens were keen to show their lip-sync skills, neither having been in the bottom two before. Both delivered a good lip-sync with Ella the more watchable of the two for me, including some splits. However, Kitty did throw in a couple of death drops. In the end Ru declared them both winners.

A second week with no one being sent home means we still have four queens who will be tasked with roasting themselves and their fellow Series 3 queens next week. From the clip, it could well be that one of them oversteps the mark with Alan, but it may just be a tease!

With Ella and Kitty on the ascendance, it seems to be pointing to one of them as the winner, but I still think Krystal will take the crown.

Rupaul’s Drag Race UK’ series 3 continues weekly, Thursday at 7pm on BBC iPlayer/BBC Three

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