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Drag Race fans call shade on the judges after one queen breaks the rules – and gets away with it

Reiss Smith May 9, 2020
Jaida Essence Hall

Jaida Essence Hall summed up many of our feelings this week. (WOW)

Drag Race season 12 continued with actual Whoopi Goldberg(!), a long-awaited victory for one of the queens, and a sad farewell to a certain fan favourite.

After last week’s special nobody-goes-home edition of RuPaul’s Best Friend Race, this week was a return to business as usual.

The Drag Race season 12 queens returned to the werk room after Jackie and Heidi’s double shantay, gooped, gagged and ready to fight another week.

First up, the queens warmed up their reading muscles with the long-awaited return of the puppets challenge.

Crystal got Jaida, Jackie got Sherry, Sherry got Heidi, Heidi got Crystal, Jaida got Gigi, Gigi got Jackie, and the audience got bored.

Moving swiftly on, it was time for RuPaul to unveil this week’s guest judge, the legendary Whoopi Goldberg.

Whoopi was on hand to help the queens prepare for this week’s maxi challenge, a five-minute stand-up set.

As the mini challenge winner it was down to Jackie Cox to decide the running order, causing drama by putting Jaida Essence Hall in last, after claiming to have heard her volunteer for the closing spot.

On the main stage, Crystal Methyd worked it out and served us… well, we’re still not 100 per cent sure what. But a serve it most definitely was.

For the first time in Drag Race season 12 herstory, RuPaul’s favourite El DeBarge impersonator won the week’s main challenge.

Gigi faltered on the stand-up stage, but jeepers did she deliver on the runway.

Sherry Pie impressed the judges with her comedy, but was criticised for running 12 full minutes past her allotted time – almost as if she knew she’d find herself scare of screen time.

But the judges deemed both safe, leaving Heidi and Jaida in the bottom after a pair of flatlining performances. Fans were, it’s safe to say, less than impressed.

And after what was possibly the best lip sync of the season, it was time for Heidi N Closet/Ho/Hydrate/Afrodite to become Heidi Goodbye-di, having cemented her place as a major fan favourite – and, let’s face it, a formidable future All Stars competitor.

More: Drag Race, rupaul, Whoopi Goldberg

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