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posted Friday, February 7 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 06
RuPaul's Drag Race stars put on amateurish show
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RuPaul's Drag Race stars put on amateurish show

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE
'BATTLE OF THE SEASONS'
MOORE THEATRE
February 4


Only the most committed of RuPaul's Drag Race followers would have appreciated Tuesday night's 'Battle of the Seasons' concert at the Moore Theatre. Otherwise, for average fans of the Logo TV reality series, it was a bit of a train wreck. At times that train wreck was entertaining; at moments it simply derailed.

What I expected was clever, exciting and witty performances from some of the best female impersonators out there. After all, they each competed on the mother of all drag competitions. But what we got was about 8 to 10 contestants singing, or attempting to sing, microwaved club-themed material that didn't make much sense. Sharon Needles, winner of season 4, sang about an ouija board, while Alaska, runner-up from last season, gargled something about makeup looking terrible, and the pairing of Detox and Willam, though comical and campy, was too overwhelming - I preferred them independently.

Where was the genuinely talented Jinkx Monsoon, winner of season 5 and hometown girl, when we needed her most? Rumor has it, she was in New York. But the two queens who saved the day, or night, were Carmen Carrera and Ivy Winters. The former gave a wonderful, erotic performance to Janet Jackson's 'That's the Way Love Goes' in the first half of the concert, but then chose to just prance around in revealing outfits and hold up placards in the second portion. Carrera is tall and gorgeous, and recently signed to a prestigious modeling agency, so just the sight of her was enough, I suppose. Winters was delightful to watch, performing on stilts and dressed as a butterfly with wobbly antennas and expansive wings. She also creatively mixed music, choreography and florescent paint into another skit, slithering around with underwear-clad backup dancers.

Manila Luzon, second place finisher from season 3 and an All-Star competitor, didn't pump any energy into her single 'Bring It,' though she was lovely to see in person. Her earlier number, a terrific lip-sync of Lady GaGa's 'Venus,' fared much better and featured her wearing a pink cape with furry bow tie and aluminum-colored boots.

Did I mention the show was raunchy? Willam opened it with a vulgar cover of 'will.i.am' and Britney Spears' 'Scream & Shout,' substituting the word 'shit' into the title, but even nastier was Pandora Boxx's sorta funny ditty about, dare I say it, cooter. I did, however, enjoy Pandora's Harry Potter-inspired number that included snippets of 'Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee' and 'Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me.' It was edited poorly, yet the idea of her channeling Hermione Granger was interesting and cute.

Overall, 'Battle of the Seasons' seemed more like a stitched-together talent show than a rehearsed production, and knowing that none of these girls can really sing - except for hostess Michelle Visage, who belted out 'When You're Good to Mama' with a pinch of her signature tune 'It Takes Two' - I would've rather seen and heard them lip-sync to Madonna, Katy Perry or Pink instead. I was expecting a great drag show, but in the end it just dragged.

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