It's shocking that a drag queen hadn't attempted Liza before the Season 9 "Snatch Game." Other gay icons have gotten the impersonation treatment multiple times -- Cher and Lady Gaga for starters -- but Liza? No takers? We're glad the first try was done by Alexis Michelle, who clearly reveres the superstar. Her theater training didn't always shine throughout the season, but it didn't get any more clear than this.
"Drag Race" is full of atypical eliminations -- from two queens getting booted at once to Willam getting disqualified in Season 4. However, Eureka's elimination due to her torn ACL was the first time one had been eliminated for medical reasons, and it was bittersweet. Eureka later said that she received support from her fellow contestants and from the crew, which added to the emotional moment. That, plus the fact she got asked back for Season 10, makes us want to tune in.
RuPaul loves Sarge. The contestants love Sarge. We love Sarge. The makeover challenge this season went behind the camera and allowed the queens to transform the crew into their drag daughters. They were all surprisingly charming, but one stood out. Sarge was quick-witted and hilarious, but when RuPaul asked him about working on the show and how he views drag, he was able to tone it down for a sweet moment where he showcased his respect for the medium.
It was by far the best runway of the season. The episode gave us a primer on Club Kid culture and allowed the contestants to stretch their creative muscles. Trinity, who had never experienced the culture before, was able to wow with her interpretation but it was Peppermint in her candy-inspired clown outfit that made our jaws drop.
Sasha Velour's entrance
There are only a handful of memorable workroom entrances, and this season, it belonged to Sasha Velour, who walked into the workroom, lifted her hands in the air, and screamed. We know now that Sasha is an intelligent, quirky queen with a unique sense of style, but in that moment we just felt her emotions. When you enter a new situation for the first time, you'd want to scream too (watch the first 20 seconds of the clip to the left).
Valentina compares herself to Selena
We're happy to see the return of a full-length reunion episode, since the queens are allowed to be more emotional and raw when they're not in front of a large audience. The whole episode was tense, but when the spotlight finally focused on Valentina and her fans, things got a little weird. When asked to explain her rabid fanbase -- some of which sent abusive messages to the other contestants -- she compared herself to 1990s superstar Selena. The other queens' faces are priceless.
In a season full of lackluster lip syncs, we were happy whenever Peppermint ended up in the bottom two. At least you knew she was going to put on a show. The one quality lip sync featured her and Alexis Michelle going head-to-head while lip syncing to "Macho Man." It's everything a lip sync should be -- competitive and dynamic. Alexis started it off with a mustache reveal, but once Peppermint pulled off her wig to reveal another wig, it was over.
"You look like Linda Evangelista"
We'll be saying this on our deathbeds. When Aja came for Valentina in "Untucked," she, in her own words, "aggressively complimented" her for what she felt was an undeserved spot in the Top 2. "You're perfect, you're beautiful, you look like Linda Evangelista, you're a model. Did you stone those tights? Oh you're smiling!" It's almost like Aja knew it was going to be on a T-shirt, or a song, which you can listen to at the clip.
This was the season of one-sided lip syncs. We thought it couldn't get worse than Charlie Hides sway and clap effort, but somehow it did. Valentina was doing well throughout the entire season, but a major misstep sent her into the bottom two and into a lip sync against Nina Bonina Brown. She could've gone all the way, as Ru said after, but when you don't know the words and refuse to take off your mask, you're going to be remembered for all the wrong reasons.