Tuesday, February 17, 2009

You Betta Work!

A lot of paint and powder and a positive attitude, high heels and a dream, will take you a long way. RuPaul

Battling a wicked headache and some congestion yesterday, I decided to blow off the post-work trip to the gym and instead went home and watched TV. And boy am I happy I did because I think I may have found my new favorite show...Errr, let me rephrase. This particular show can't replace Lost or The Office, since my love for those two holds no bounds, but RuPaul's Drag Race (airing on Logo every Monday night) could very well rank in my Top 5. Ohmigosh, y'all. If you haven't seen it, tune in! It is hi-LAR-ious.
Here's the 411: RuPaul’s Drag Race is a new reality competition that explores what it takes to be a drag star today. Each of the nine contestants has his own distinctive style and look as a woman, ranging from androgynous punk to ’50s schoolmarm. Hysterically funny, the show is nearly a dead-on spoof of Project Runway and America's Next Top Model. RuPaul, for example, serves as the host AND mentor on the show playing both the Tyra/Heidi and Tim Gunn roles.
From Miss Ru herself: "Tell Tyra [Banks] that the Queen has returned, and while you’re at it have Heidi [Klum] clear the runway. I’m going to pump some ‘realness’ into reality. To be a winner on this show the contestants need to be a fashion designer, an American Idol, and a top model all rolled up into one. And they definitely have to be smarter than a fifth grader."
So far, "RuPaul’s Drag Race" seems to be a campy, good-humored ode to cross-dressing, lip-synching and striking an attitude. I understand this show might not go over well with all audiences, but I think even the most straight-laced types will enjoy some of the premise. For starters, it's only three episodes in, but already the show's contestants have had to: reinvent their glam drag looks using thrift store clothing, divide into two rival girl groups and perform a number AND show off their Oprah-esque talents as newscaster, product spokesperson and talk show host. Even better, the bottom two drag queens have to duke it out each week in a lip-synching contest to see who stays and who goes. And RuPaul's hilarious and catty quips are the icing on the cake. Examples...
1. "Tighten those tuck-in pants. It’s going to be a bumpy ride."

2. "I've consulted with the judges, my lawyers and my housekeeper, but the final decision is mine to make."

3. And the kissoff line that shames all others: "Sashay, away. I hope you take this experience back home with you and continue to do what you do best and inspire the children."

Seriously. You need to be watching this. It.Is.Awesome!

Oh and P.S. Tomorrow is National Drink Wine Day! So raise a glass of your favorite and relax.

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