Welcome to Drag Race Power Rankings! Every Saturday, we’ll debrief the previous night’s new episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 to determine which queens are riding high, and which need she-mergency care. This week, we;’re drying our tears and saying goodbye to season 4 legend Latrice Royale, and checking in with the rest of the top 6.
7. Latrice Royale – ELIMINATED (last week: 7)
This blows. Latrice was the worst of the week, no doubt, but watching an icon like her go out in 7th feels like shit. I do think, of all the eliminees so far, she’s the likeliest to win her way back in the midway-point redemption challenge. She just needs someone she can beat to go home next week.
6. Monét X Change (last week: 5)
Yikes. Monét is just not popping in All Stars 4. Her win back in episode 2 was all but erased by the edit, and she’s been underwhelming in every other episode. She fell into the bottom two for the first time this week, and weakly defended her chance to stay against the emotional Hail Mary coming from Latrice. She’s lucky her best friend won the lip sync, else she was going home this week. That said, she does look good in the upcoming roast challenge, so maybe her fortunes are about to change.
5. Naomi Smalls (last week: 3)
Naomi’s always-the-bridesmaid streak had to end sometime, but color me shocked that it ended because she fell out of the top. I figured she was going to win sooner versus later, yet here we are. Halfway through the season and she’s the only queen left without a win. She needs to pull one out fast, because combined with her relatively slim story value, there’s not a ton keeping Naomi in at this point.
4. Valentina (last week: 4)
I said this in my recap, but I sincerely would not be shocked if Valentina actually goes out the door next. Her edit has suddenly turned negative, after weeks of nothing but glow and admiration. Plus, she ran through basically her entire redemption arc in episode 2. I don’t think there’s a viable path to a win left for Valentina, though I’m excited for her to prove me wrong.
3. Monique Heart (last week: 6)
I am, as a general rule, cooler on Monique than most. Her runways almost never work for me, and her confessionals, while loaded with charisma, also skew too catchphrase-heavy for me. But Monique’s performance in the challenge absolutely killed me. She was hilarious, from yelling “objectify!” instead of “objection!” to bantering effectively with Michelle Visage. I wish she hadn’t gone back to the brown cow well on the runway, but hey, it didn’t bother the judges. I’m starting to think that Monique may actually outlast Monét — unless the latter can really pull out the stops in the next week or two.
2. Trinity the Tuck (last week: 1)
I loathed Trinity’s attitude this week, but also was mostly underwhelmed by her challenge performance. Her runway keeps her from falling too far down the list, plus the fact that she still hasn’t hit the bottom two. At this point, I think Trinity is playing an excellent game for getting to the finale, but maybe needs to start making a case for herself as the actual winner. All Stars seasons are short; you don’t have all the time in the world to play around.
1. Manila Luzon (last week: 2)
It’s funny; despite her wins, I still don’t think Manila is very good at the challenges. I’d have slotted her third at best this week, behind Monique and Valentina. But almost everything else about her is winning me over. Though she got a bit melodramatic about it, her devotion to Latrice is beautiful. My heart twisted seeing her cry upon losing the lip sync. And even though she didn’t quite nail the prompt on the runway, she still looked super cute. Slowly but surely, I’m warming up to the season 3 fashionista. At this point, I wouldn’t mind seeing her take her spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame.