Crystal Methyd has a good chance of landing her first maxi-challenge win in RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 episode 11. If she wins, this could solidify her reputation as one of the dark horses of the competition.
Crystal Methyd did well in the past weeks. She placed in the top three of the maxi-challenges in the previous four episodes. This gives her a lot of momentum as the reality show nears its season finale.
To recap the previous episode, the queens went through the highly-awaited Makeover Challenge. The queens had to do drag makeovers to visiting Drag Race superfans, who had the biggest surprise of their lives.
RuPaul upped the ante when he announced that the superfans also had to lipsync. This shocked both the queens and the superfans because it was never done on the show before. The teams will have to do well to impress the panel (including guest judge Daisy Ridley).
Jaida Essence Hall and Crystal Methyd turned the party with their makeovers. Jaida chose to go for a classic look with her “drag daughter” Bethany. Crystal, on the other hand, delighted everyone when she brought a glam Bert and Ernie out on the runway.
However, Jackie Cox and Heidi N Closet received negative remarks for their performances. They ended up lip-syncing against each other in the bottom two.
The week’s lip-sync song was “Kill the Lights” by Alex Newell and DJ Cassidy. Jackie and Heidi displayed different interpretations of the song, which both moved the judges. RuPaul was so impressed she eliminated none of the queens.
In a previous episode, Jackie Cox became the center of debate in the Drag Race fanbase. This was after she wore a hijab on one of the show’s runway portions.
According to a report, the controversy started when Jeff Goldblum asked about how Islam treats women and LGBT people. A lot of viewers slammed the question, accusing the guest judge of Islamophobia.
What Crystal Methyd is experiencing is the complete opposite of what is happening to Gigi Goode. Once the clear frontrunner, Gigi has placed low in three consecutive challenges now.
At this point, Jaida Essence Hall now equals Gigi’s number of maxi-challenge wins. The two of them could be in a two-person race for the show’s crown. RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 episode 11 will be on VH1 on Friday, May 08. Crystal Methyd and Gigi Goode will appear on the season’s finale episode later this month.
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