“RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 16 continued on January 19 with episode 3 on MTV. Airing concurrently with the main show is its tea-spilling, backstage-focused sister series “Untucked,” now in its 15th season. As in the premiere episodes, following their three-loo presentations in the ball challenge, the 14 queens became judges of their sisters through the “Rate-A-Queen” twist that required them to rank their competition from tops to bottoms each week. Based on those rankings, Q, Nymphia Wind, and Sapphira Cristál placed in the top and Geneva Karr, Hershii LiqCour-Jeté, and Mhi’ya Iman Le’Paige placed in the bottom.
In episode 3 of “Untucked,” the group of 14 all new queens reflected on the design challenge and runway presentations in “The Mother of All Balls.” Among the safe queens, Amanda Tori Meating was excited to be safe because she was so worried about getting her final look together, but Megami was disappointed in her placement because she was so proud of all three of her looks. Plasma and Morphine Love Dion admitted to be scared of this challenge, too, but they all wanted to hear from Mirage because they knew she was struggling to create something she was happy with. Dawn gave Mirage props for her ability to “sell” anything on the runway.
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Plane Jane and Xunami Muse thought that the rightful top three earned their spots and so their outlook on the rating system is that it was “pretty fair.” That being said, the group was entirely shocked to see Geneva in the bottom and Plasma thought that Megami was going to be considered in the top. Dawn said that she “put her whole heart” in all her looks and showed versatility and so she questioned if she’s “delusional” after not placing in the top. Plasma expressed her pride in her Tweedle Dee/Tweedle Dum look, but Dawn kept it real with her that she actually hated it and the rest of the room agreed. The revelation that it wasn’t well-received was a full face crack for Plasma to hear.
True to her episode 2 form, Jane wanted to clear the air with Amanda, someone she says she has “not connected with look-wise.” Jane said that she hopes Amanda is able to sway her opinion on “how you’ve been looking, which is not very great.” The rest of the room was confused why Jane was coming for Amanda in this situation and Plasma even spoke up in defense of Amanda. At that point, Jane added Plasma to her list of queens that “hasn’t been serving.” In order to counter Jane’s opinion with a different one, Dawn told Amanda that she is “a light and a joy to be around” and after she got to know her more, her drag aesthetic makes sense.
It took the other six queens returning to the room to steer the conversation in a different direction. Geneva was clearly upset at her placement in the bottom and so she asked if “anyone has the courage” to admit to ranking her in the bottom and wanted to know why. Xunami admitted to placing her in the bottom because comparatively her looks “didn’t pop as much” and Q said she also put her in the bottom because her looks were “costumey not in a fashion way.” Hershii wasn’t surprised by her placement or the judges’ critiques, but she was concerned about what her life and career would look like if she goes home first because she came to the show for her kids. Among the top, Morphine told Nymphia that her final look had to be “one of the best looks like ‘Drag Race’ herstory.”
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