Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Who Deserves to Win RuPaul's Drag Race?

Some reality competition shows are over the hill — and it shows — but the comparatively young RuPaul’s Drag Race is so fun and fresh-faced that it doesn’t even need to make use of its own gauzy lenses. Tonight, we’ll find out whether Jujubee, Raven, or Tyra Sanchez will take home the top prize, and frankly, I’m more invested in this outcome than I ever was in the shows that Drag Race parodies (like America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway). Here’s what the three remaining queens have going for and against them:

Working for her: Has the sweetest attitude (a major plus in RuPaul’s book) but can also throw the best shade, is the wittiest, has a sad “doing it for my dead father” backstory, is definitely the audience favorite
Working against her: Has the least impressive fashions (and most likely the loss of Santino’s support), is trending downward after several placements in the bottom two
Working for her: Has second-half momentum, resembles Joey Lawrence, killed the judges flat with her Barbra Streisand look, is smart and savvy
Working against her: Has the worst attitude of all three girls, has been the victim of a mean edit in the last few episodes (and on Untucked) that suggests she won’t win
Tyra Sanchez
Working for her: Has never been in the bottom two, has the most impressive fashions, can do realness the best, has improved throughout the competition, is always a little bit funnier than you thought, is clearly Santino’s favorite…

Working against her: …but also may have stolen Santino’s basso voice, is awfully similar to
last year’s winner on looks alone, has a bad attitude
On speculation alone, I’d wager that Raven will place third, leaving the tiara up to Juju and Tyra. The judges obviously want to give it to Juju — that’s why they’ve dragged her this far and into the finals — but if she can’t bring it, Tyra will have to win the grand prize. Unless I’m wrong. And I almost certainly am! What do you think?