‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 16 episode 10 recap: ‘Werq the World’

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 16 continued on March 8 with the tenth episode in RuPaul’s quest to find “America’s next drag superstar.” Previously in episode nine, the girls faced their third design challenge of the season and once again seamstress Q came out on top with another maxi challenge win. On the bottom was Mhi’ya Iman Le’Paige who sent home frontrunning musical theater queen Plasma home in a Lady Gaga lip sync.

This week, Ru wanted the final seven queens to continue the tradition of drag queens being agents of change by inspiring the audience to vote with original verses to her song “Power.” Seated at the judges’ dais for episode 10 titled “Werq the World” was Emmy winning host RuPaul Charles, longtime bestie Michelle Visage, recurring judge Ross Mathews, and Jamal Sims as the choreographer and special guest judge.

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The queens still vying for the crown are: Dawn, Mhi’ya Iman Le’Paige, Morphine Love Dion, Nymphia Wind, Plane JaneQ, and Sapphira Cristál.

Check out our full recap of episode 10 below:

Because Plasma had two maxi challenge wins, the girls were gagged that Mhi’ya was able to send a frontrunner home, but it was proof that anyone can go home at any time. They all agreed that three lip sync wins makes Mhi’ya the legit “lip sync assassin” of the season and that she turned it out with flips in a dress and an overall great performance, even if Morphine thought that a wig reveal with nothing underneath but a wig cap was the nail in her coffin. With a second maxi challenge win of her own, Q was starting to see herself as a strong contender for the win.

Feeling the pressure of not having a win of their own, Dawn and Morphine understood that they were reaching a point in the competition where they need to step it up or fall behind. Morphine was energized to make that leap into the winner’s circle, but the stress of her position fueled a back and forth with Mhi’ya who the girls were still giving a hard time for having Sapphira make her dress in the design challenge.

There was no time for Ru to host a mini challenge this week because she had a list of tasks for the queens to compete in this season’s political-themed challenge. First she wanted them to write an original verse for her inspirational anthem “Power” about “what matters to [them] as a drag queen living in the U.S.A.” Then, they would record the vocal with composers Leland and Freddy Scott and learn choreography with Jamal. As noted by Jane, this is a challenge that incorporates singing, dancing and performance skills.

As the queens listened to the track and planned their verses, Morphine had her sights set on finally earning a challenge win, but was also keenly aware that this was the last week that Jane could use her Immunity Potion so she knew to cuddle up to the right person just in case. Sapphira was also interested in getting her second win since the premiere and planned to take inspiration from the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” for her own verse. Dawn’s view for her verse was to focus on overcoming trauma, but sitting next to a struggling Nymphia was a distraction. In their interactions, Nymphia admitted to Dawn that during the girl group challenge Megami “ghost wrote” her verse for her and so without her help this week she was really struggling.

In the recording sessions with Leland and Freddy, Morphine seemed “already almost there” so Leland just wanted her to “own it” and called it “potentially a show stopping verse.” When Mhi’ya rhymed “equal with equal,” Leland thought it could be “lazy songwriting” unless she sells it in a way that actually works and is funny. Jane thought Dawn’s verse was “interesting” and could herald her “last week here,” but then when she hit the mic she couldn’t stop stumbling through her own lyrics. Leland challenged Nymphia to “make each word a moment” because she has fewer lyrics in her verse, but it was clear that she could fall to the bottom this week. As she continued to record, Jane and Dawn started hypothesizing about whether or not Jane would use her Potion to save Nymphia from a probable elimination this week. The queens also thought that Q might be in trouble despite her thinking that she exhibits vocal prowess.

Later, back on the Main Stage for choreo lessons, Sapphira was proving herself to be an “all around funky queen” while once again Q struggled to remain “committed” to the dance moves even with a ton of confidence. Q wasn’t impressed when she watched Dawn and rehearse either though and Mhi’ya thought it was suspect that Nymphia couldn’t even hit three-count instructions from Jamal. Like with her recording session, Jane was in her head and had a tough time with the quick movements that Jamal planned for her.

On elimination day as the girls got ready for the stage, Morphine was feeling confident while most of the girls were concerned with Jane’s “over confidence” that was “reaching delusion” because they didn’t see her as one of the strongest during the planning stage. Nymphia was aware that she could be in trouble, so she began “pleading and begging” Jane for some generosity, but Jane replied that “time will tell” how and if she uses it.

After their world debut of “Power” on the Main Stage, the queens walked the catwalk in the monochromatic “True Colors” category and received critiques from the judges. But first, Jane had to make the decision to either use her Immunity Potion or let it expire. She called the decision “tough” and elected to use it by extending her “kindness and generosity” to Nymphia. Ross raised his eyebrows that Nymphia accepted the gift, but what’s done was done so Nymphia was safe and exited the stage. Morphine was surprised that as a “rotted queen,” Jane gave it to anyone especially considering she might have needed it on herself this week.

In the critiques, Ross told Mhi’ya that she was “comfortable for the first time” in the performance and Michelle was proud of her both in the challenge and the runway for looking great in her red gown. Ross thought Jane had strong comedic lyrics, but Michelle noticed the first “chink in the armor” and sensed nervousness that Jamal agreed with. The judges agreed that Sapphira “got the references” and was “funkified” in the performance that spoke the language of the challenge at hand. Ross called her royal blue gown a “statement” of how she does drag. Michelle said Dawn “gave it a good go” in the challenge despite being awkward on stage. Ross added that it worked because she has her “own joy.” Jamal was a fan of the “sleepy, creepy” navy blue garment she made for the runway. Ross was a fan of what Q wore during the performance because it distracted from her clunky movement on stage. Michelle wasn’t as big of a fan of her lavender look for the runway. Ross was “on a Morphine high” this week and Michelle said that it was the first time that she “really shined.” Jamal said he was “blown away” with her performance and Ross thought the deep purple sexy gown on the runway was “perfection.”

After further deliberation, Ru announced that the judges decided Mhi’ya, Dawn, Q, and Jane were all safe. Their decision left an air of tension in the air as Sapphira and Morphine, who both received positive critiques, were left on stage alone. It was then that Ru revealed that tonight “no one will be going home” and that they are the top two queens of the week. To determine a winner Morphine and Sapphira faced off in a Lip Sync for the Win to Meghan Trainor’s “Made You Look.” Here, Sapphira wisely ditched the skirt part of her dress and was able to maneuver around the stage more fluidly while Morphine was constrained by the tight fit of her own gown. Eventually Morphine took hers off as well, but by this time she was dancing in Sapphira’s shadow. For a superior performance in the funk challenge  and winning the lip sync, Sapphira was declared the winner, earning her second challenge win of the season at long last.

NEXT TIME: The queens become instructors in a challenge to deliver “employee seminars” about “drag awareness.”

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