Fifteen queens entered the workroom of RuPaul’s Drag Race this season to compete for the crown. But which one will walk away victorious? Each week, Billboard will rank each of the remaining queens based on their performances on the show to determine who has the best shot at the crown. Follow Billboard Pride on Twitter and Facebook for updated leaderboards each week.
Last week, the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race pulled rabbits out of their wigs in their very own magic shows. One queen was a regular Houdini; Nina West took home her second main challenge win after casting a spell over the audience. But two queens ended up getting cursed when Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Shuga Cain ended up in the bottom. After an emotional lip sync to Mary J. Blige’s “No More Drama,” Vanjie managed to make her competitor disappear.
Tonight, the queens are taking on this season’s makeover challenge, but with a twist — this time, they’ll be making over the eliminated queens.
6. Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (last week: 7)
We cannot stress enough how badly we want Vanessa Vanjie Mateo to do well. But these last few weeks, the fan favorite has been seriously struggling with her challenges and her runway looks. With the finale getting closer, it will take a miracle for Miss Vanjie to slay her way to the crown. With the level that she’s been performing at these last week weeks, we’re afraid that she may already be down for the count.
5. Yvie Oddly (last week: 6)
Yvie Oddly was one of the strongest competitors on Drag Race until she found herself in the bottom. Since then, the queen has been consistently safe, which is a step down from her usual performance level in these challenges. Yvie is more than capable of taking home the crown, as she has clearly demonstrated. But getting low marks toward the end of the competition is an easy way to wind up in the bottom, which could see her lip syncing once again.
4. Silky Nutmeg Ganache (last week: 5)
There is no denying that Ms. Ganache is a wild card this season. She’s won two mainstage challenges but has occasionally struggled otherwise to impress the judges. Her track record indicates that she has a good shot at staying in the competition, but the unpredictability of her performances leads us to believe that this large-and-in-charge queen could easily wind up in the bottom for a misstep.
3. A’Keria C. Davenport (last week: 1)
While many of Da Black Magic’s queens struggled to wow in this week’s challenge, Ms. A’Keria still managed to prove why she deserves to be in this competition. With two wins under her belt, a penchant for turning out great performances and a winning attitude, this queen is a strong contender for the finale.
2. Nina West (last week: 3)
Last week’s magic challenge was practically built for Nina West, so it’s no wonder why she took home the win. With the endgame in sight, Nina is cruising her way toward the top. She’s never been in the bottom, she’s got two wins, and she has a strong trajectory from the last two episodes. We’re excited to see what happens next for this queen.
1. Brooke Lynn Hytes (last week: 2)
We’re calling it — there is absolutely no way that Brooke Lynn Hytes won’t make it to the finale. This queen has been destroying the competition since day one, with only two slip-ups along the way, and only one that landed her in the bottom. Her track record is nearly flawless, and she shows no signs of stopping. We can’t guarantee her the crown, but we can safely say that she’ll find herself fighting for it in the final episode.