RuPaul’s Drag Race: Final 5 Season 14 Episode 14 Recap
In episode 13 of season 14 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, RuPaul Charles put the queens to the comedy test at the annual roast challenge. Jokes Daya Betty, By Ja Skye and jorgous dropped Ross Mathews weren’t good enough to stop them from a three-way lip-sync where only one of them would make it out alive. Once again, Daya was able to put lip-synced assassins in their place, sending DeJa and Jorgeous home.
This week, the Final Five write and perform their own lyrics to a remix of Ru’s new single “Catwalk.” This penultimate challenge of the season is their ultimate test of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent and will show Ru, Ross and the other judges who are ready to fight for the crown in the final.
The remaining seven queens are: Angelia Paris VanMicheals, boat, Daya Betty, Lady Camden, and willow pill. Check out our full recap of Episode 14 titled “Catwalk” below:
Following the shocking triple lip sync, Daya admitted to being scared to face off against two queens who had already proven themselves to be strong on stage, but the rest of the girls assured her that they couldn’t take their eyes off her. Bosco was in particularly good spirits, pointing out that she had three wins over Angie and Camden’s two and Willow and Daya’s. That being said, they all agreed that they were such a strong group with a great track record and any one of them could make it into the top four for the finals.
The next morning, Ru arrived in the Werk room with words of confidence and pride on how strong these final five were. She said that for their latest challenge, she wanted them to be inspired by the George Michael “Too Funky” video for a reinterpretation performance of his song “Catwalk”. To complete the challenge, they would write and record their own lyrics, work with a choreographer on dance moves, and then design their own couture outfit for the video. They also sat with her and Michelle Face for an intimate chat about their journey so far.
To ensure their performances were representative of who they are as queens and their own modeling dreams, the girls sat down to brainstorm ideas for what their lyrics and appearance would be like. It was clarified that they didn’t have to make their outfit for the video — instead, they designed it and submitted it to a professional seamstress. Each queen acknowledged that the group of girls were all capable of being the top performer this week and so they were under pressure to do their best.
The first to sit down with Ru and Michelle was Bosco. She told them that while she expected to make it to the final, it was “freeing” to be so close to going home, as it offered her a reset to go even stronger afterward. The fact that she won three comedy challenges surprised her, but Ru said she was able to peel back the layers of who she really is. When Daya sat down, Ru explained that she didn’t necessarily see her going that far and that it took the “Daytona Winds” challenge for her to see her as a different queen from methyde crystal. Daya said her approach to life is about facing fears and not letting things get you down, because you can knock them down by learning to own them.
Angie entered the competition with her own eight drag kids and a desire to make them and both her parents proud of her time on the show. Ru told her that she was genuine, kind and charming and that clearly came from where she came from. Ru then asked Willow about her ability to “laugh in the face of adversity,” which Willow said was a big part of her outlook on life and dating. Willow told them that she had always wanted to “make a monument” out of her trail as a way to attach herself to life after feeling like she was always slipping away from him. Camden arrived last with her big smile, telling Ru and Michelle that she realized her risks in the competition were the most rewarding moments. She then explained that her brother’s suicide was what made her leave England and that maybe it was time to come out of this darkness in order to have her “just waiting for you” moment to make proud. everyone at home.
The next afternoon after their Tic Tac lunches, the girls arrived to find their clothes fully ready for them as they prepared for their first choreography rehearsal. Michelle was on set for the session with the choreographer Miguel Zarate. Already spooked by her own choreography abilities, Angie quickly fell behind the fast pace as the others followed suit. Once, she worried less about specific steps and just felt the movements she was able to calm down. But that was short-lived as Michelle then called the backup dancers and revealed that they would actually start filming the scene they had just learned about immediately. In the end, Angie made it like the other girls, and then after filming their group part, each of them took the stage alone for their solo moments. Michelle tried to hint to Angie that she should crawl on the catwalk, but she didn’t and so Daya who followed her did the crawl instead and it was an instant hit.
Back in the Werk Room as they prepared for the show, the girls reminisced about their first impressions of each other. They all agreed that Angie was beautiful and sweet, but when she took off her candy she was a lot crazier than they imagined. Angie told Willow that she was introverted and they knew how to let her come out of her shell on her own and that’s why they got so close. Daya was the only one of this group not to be with them during the first episode. So when she arrived and they found out she had already gone home, they knew they would underestimate her. They also underestimated Camden, but said when she starred in “The Daytona Winds” they realized what a threat she would be.
For the final track Ru brought together Michelle, Ross and Carson Kressley to judge the queens in the “You’re a Winner Baby” category and their video performances in “Catwalk.” Bosco channeled Marilyn Monroe and Madonna with her final look, Angie donned a big black ruffled dress without her typical sequins and stone looks, Daya finally went glam in a white and yellow burnt dress for a statement to “tear down the conventional beauty,” Camden wore a silver princess dress with a high leg slit, and Willow made up to walk like a cartoonish rat princess. After their struts on the catwalk, Ru showed the final cut of their video. In their lyrics, Bosco referenced her willingness to show her skin, Angie expressed her need to make everyone proud, Daya spoke about her confident approach to competition, Camden alluded to her dance training and her elegance, and Willow added that she was “cute with a touch of ugly” to describe her drag point of view.
During reviews, Carson told Bosco how gorgeous her final look was, but that her performance in the video was “tentative” with not enough attitude. Ross disagreed, saying he liked her performance but her outfit wasn’t strong enough. They told Angie she always brings “great stuff” to the catwalk, but the video outfit was just a bodysuit and her problem wasn’t that she couldn’t dance, it was that she couldn’t dance. she was afraid to trust herself. Carson called Daya’s final look “high fashion flirty” and that’s exactly what a final look should be. Michelle said Daya always injected her own perspective into every challenge, including the video where she completely sold the concept. The opulence and “high drag” of Camden’s final look stunned the judges and they also appreciated that she delivered something very different in the video. Michelle told Willow that it was really fun to watch her compete because of her creativity which Carson called “crazy”. But in the video, Ross pointed out that in the video, her face didn’t match her body because she was too much in her head.
After giving heartfelt messages to the photos from their youth and the judges deliberating a bit more on the final five, Ru got the queens to name the queens who had already won their ticket to the final. First was Daya, safe and in the final, then Camden, which Ru declared the winner of this final challenge. This left Bosco, Angie, and Willow down and vulnerable, but Bosco was a bit better than the other two in the video and so she was taken to safety and placed in the finale as well. Competition BFFs Angie and Willow were forced to lipsync for life to Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s “Telephone.” It wasn’t easy for the queens to move around on stage in their full-length dresses, but both managed to serve up the armography and facial expressions that delivered the message. It was fitting for two girls who felt like “sharing the show” with someone they love, including holding hands and performing the last part of the song entirely together. It would have been impossible for Ru to declare a single winner after this display of camaraderie and so she dropped a deserved double “shantay” to announce that all five would be in the “Grand Final!”
NEXT WEEK: The queens come together to prepare for the season as we vote at home as #TeamAngeria, #TeamBosco, #TeamDayaBetty, #TeamLadyCamden and #TeamWillowPill.
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