Mimi Imfurst stayed true to her name and nature as she sashayed away just as quickly as she came onboard RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Edition taking a very disenchanted Pandora Boxx with her. Check out some of the images from the premiere episode below.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is back for a shorter season (6 – 8 episodes), and they turned the twists all around this time right from the start after all the returning queens made their entrances along with Chad Michaels doing an homage to Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games. This evil little twist really changes the dynamic of the show as the 12 queens were told that they’d be paired up into teams of two for the entire run. This means that if one has a bad week, then the other goes down too, and not in the good way!
The way they were chosen was to make a choice of who they’d like to be paired with and in each round if the other person chose them also, it was set. This has an evil little side as people knew that they might not have been the first choice of the team they’re in like Manila Luzon and Latrice Royale. Manila chose Latrice each round, but it wasn’t a mutual thing. As with each pairing up on reality shows, Mimi Imfurst, trying hard to erase the memory of her bizarre Lipsync For Your Life meltdown, was last on everyone’s list to be paired with and Pandora Boxx wound up with her.
Here’s how the teams landed:
Team Rujubee: Raven and Jujubee
Team Shad: Shannel and Chad Michaels
Team Brown Flowers: Nina Flowers and Tammie Brown
Team Latrila: Latrice Royale and Manila Luzon
Team Yarlexis: Yara Sofia and Alexis Mateo
Team Mandora: Mimi Imfurst and Pandora Boxx
Pandora was expectedly not happy, but it wasn’t near as bad as what the social media made it out to be. It felt more like she gave up pretty much right from the start after that which wound up working against her and the team. This was one episode where Untucked was actually more interesting that the episode since it answered some questions we had here about why Mimi had another dress on under her outfit during the Lipsync For Your Life. The other thing that told us Pandora had given up was letting Mimi go up against Chad Michaels, the queen of everything.
If you don’t usually watch Untucked, watch it. You’ll see how the queens really ganged up on Mimi as she began resorting to those demons that plagued her in Season 3. I was expecting her to flame out and after the contestants brought up what many felt was questionable votes that got her on All Stars and apparently poaching Alexis Mattea’s gig at a Florida club, she took off. It took Chad Michaels to kick Pandora in the ass and run after her teammate so as to have a slight chance of staying on for another week. That’s what I absolutely love about Chad. Where many queens would be delighted that their competition darted, he wants to win not by default but by earning it.
Just from tonight’s show seeing how the teams were relating, I won’t be surprised if Team Rujubee takes the crown followed closely by Team Shad. Team Latrila is a bit of a wild card since they are drastically different, but I’m rooting for Manila since she’s been one of our favorites here.
I’m curious how they’ll bring in Sharon Needles for an episode since they have to, but I was thankful that Shangela didn’t pop in again, and Willam Belli was a fun little surprise on Untucked as was Tammie Brown who can bring crazy back anyday! RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars airs every Monday on Logo at 9 ET/8 CT.
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