RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14: Review → WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD

The first episode of season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race (RPDR) hit VH1 channels on screens all across the globe on January 7th, 2021, and fans were gearing up to meet the new queens and was met with mixed reviews.

The art of drag has been followed for many years, being a form of entertainment loved by thousands of people worldwide. Drag originated in Shakespearian times when male actors would put on makeup and women’s costumes to act since women were not allowed on stage. “Supermodel of the World'' and drag legend RuPaul Charles created the show in 2009 to showcase the world of drag and what these performers do. The show has multiple spin-offs including RPDR All-Stars, RPDR UK, RPDR Canada, and more. Each winner is given the title of “Next Drag Superstar” and awarded a prize of anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000.

On the newest episode, which aired January 7th, 2021, RPDR fans everywhere met seven of the new queens who are competing this season. The first queen to enter the “werkroom” was Alyssa Hunter from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was followed by Bosco, Kornbread “The Snack” Jete, Willow Pill, Kerri Colby, June Jambalaya, and finally Orion Story. They were sent right to the traditional episode one photoshoot by RuPaul and were strapped onto a gigantic wheel and spun around while photos were taken of them. Drag Race superfan Vinnie Apicella said: “I think RuPaul is actually trying to kill them this season, that was just insane. How did they not puke? They were upside down and spinning!” Queen Kerri Colby ended up snatching the win for the photoshoot challenge. Personally, after watching this challenge, I really didn’t think Kerri had the best photo out of the group. She was constantly having issues with her costume, plus her hair was just messy and everywhere. She was too busy trying to be pretty instead of embracing the challenge and getting the audience to know her.

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The queens then de-dragged and were given their next challenge by RuPaul. Each queen had to create an act that displayed their creativity and perform it for the judge’s panel. This “talent show” has been a major element in the majority of the seasons of drag race. Most of the acts were very entertaining and gave us an insight into the new queens’ drag style. One queen killed the competition though and that was Kornbread. She was in full costume and brought this hilarious bag of groceries with her that had all different labels relating to the show. My favorite was the “Missing: Merle Ginsberg” on the side of the milk carton. Kornbread KILLED IT, leaving the entire judging panel gasping for air because they all were laughing so hard. Her facial expressions were what put her act over the top - showing that it doesn’t always take a graceful and elegant queen to win a challenge. Some of the queen’s acts were so out there that it left viewers speechless. Willow Pill’s throwing a toaster into a bathtub and Orion’s odd yoga instruction showed off an odd side of drag to say the least. Kornbread ended up snatching the win, receiving endless praise from guest judge Lizzo. Michelle Visage cackled throughout the entire performance and the hilarious Ross Matthews gave some awesome input as well. Two queens ended up falling in the bottom, June Jambalaya, and Orion Story. The two lip-synced to Lizzo’s “Water”, fighting for their spot in the competition once again. June Jambalaya secured her spot in the competition, sending competitor Orion packing. “I didn’t think Ru (RuPaul) would be sending anyone home in this episode - I was stunned,” Vinnie said. I honestly was expecting it - I knew there would be someone going home because there always has to be someone leaving the competition. It’s not RuPaul’s best friend's race. Overall, I think it was a great way to kick off the season - I can’t wait to see what next week will bring.