Syrup Reacts – RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 Episode One: We Have No Choice But To Stan

After what feels like less than a month since The Viviene was crowned, RuPaul, her bestie Michelle and the iconic workroom are back to our Stan screens with RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12. (And, some say, the ghost of Roxxxy Andrews still haunts the walls, begging someone to “send [her] home”…)

That’s right, hunties, we’re back with another season and so far, it seems like it might be one of the best new seasons yet.

Given we’re likely to have a RuPaul’s Drag Race apocalypse what with RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 5 shortly after this, then another season of RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K., and somehow making time for a Canadian one hosted by Brooke Lyn Heights and a locally made Australian one (did u get all that?), we at Syrup figured we should join in on the fun and have a weekly recap series. 

And yes, this is just an excuse for me to scroll through the RPDR Subreddit and browse memes.

So, anyway, here’s what hahappened.

Much like the best season of all time, Season 6, this new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race starts with a two-part premiere, introducing us to seven of the 14 contestants. And if we can say anything about Season 12, it’s that it’s refreshingly diverse. 

There’s Nikki Doll, the suave French model who endearingly misinterprets English words in her confessionals; Crystal Methyd, the season’s cooky alternative queen with a lovably wholesome attitude and imaginative costume aesthetic (that Freddie Krueger dress was everything); Gigi Goode, the bright and talented son of a theatre gal and someone who really likes having hard things on her head; Britta, the Polynesian-American drag queen who has a big legacy in New York and describes herself as “anything but pure;” Persian Princess of Drag Jackie Cox; the “nastiest bitch in Kansas City,” and potentially not great at team play Widow Von Du; and the sweet summer southern child who I will protect with my very life and secretly hope gets the underdog edit, Heidi N Closet.

With rap goddess Nicki Minaj (and inspo to Syrup fave Doja Cat) as a special guest judge, the stage was set for a rap performance of RuPaul’s “I’m That Bitch,” normally fit for the top four, only with all seven girls writing their own lyrics and choreographing (chaotically, mind you) their dance routine.

Best meme of the week:

The horns? The tail? The red sequince? That’s a HIM moment, honey. 

The outfits we simply had to stan:

All I want is to cry, eat hot chips and own Crystal Methyd’s Freddie Krueger dress.

The outfits we simply couldn’t stand:

Wasn’t a big fan of Brita’s leopard print entrance look, guess it leopard me unimpressed. And alas, while I do love Heidi’s personality, her Spring look sadly fell apart. Hats off to her, I guess.

The moment when I had no choice but to stan:

A toss up between Nicki Doll calling out the producers for not understanding her accent or Gigi Goode’s rap, which absolutely left me on read waiting for more.

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Who deserved to win this week: 

Given this week’s episode was a Lip Sync For Your Legacy instead of Lip Sync For Your Life, Widow Von Du and Gigi Goode were the right choice for top two. While Widow’s rap was professional and Gigi’s was the most memorable, but in the lipsync,  Gigi was definitely the better performer. 

She kept her own in a song against Widow, who is a really strong dancer and lipsyncer. Looking back on it, I don’t really remember her jump splits, but the way Gigi comically struggled to get to the floor and mimic a death drop (or rather, death flop). It felt like something out of All Stars 4 (particularly, Naomi Smalls vs Monet X Change) than Drag Race U.K. 

Who deserved to go home: 

I’m so glad there wasn’t a bottom two this week because I really like all these queens. I love them to death but Nicki Doll and Britta kindaaa faded into the background in the rap challenge. Minaj did clock Heidi’N’Closet’s wigline, so it probably would’ve been Heidi and Nicki (which I am NOT ready for, oh at all).

Current Front-runner/Next to be eliminated: 

I have no doubt in my mind that underneath Gigi Goode’s sturdy ironclad wigs, is someone with the potential to make the top four. Her, Widow and Jackie stuck out as top five potential, with sadly Britta as my bet on the most likely out soon. If Nicki Doll leaves, though, we riot.

After RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season Four and RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K., I was getting mass-Drag Race fatigue. But, if this episode is anything to go by, this season might be the thing I need to break out of it. Season 12 reminds me of Season 6 so far, not only because it has a two-part premiere much like it and was my first season (and let’s be real, your first season will always be your fave imo), but also because it has a fantastically charismatic and universally recognisable cast (yes, even Laganja Estranja, mama). 

From the preview for next week’s episode however, I think a few of the annoying contestants are in the other group (excluding my one true anime and meme queen Rock M. Sakura), but so far, it’s pretty damn great. RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 airs every Saturday in Australia, with Untucked and the main episode available on Stan from 3PM. 

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.

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