'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 13 Episode 8 Recap — Anne Hathaway and a Social Media-Inspired Rusical
25th February 2021

From Kardashian: the Rusical to Shade: the Rusical, there have been a few iconic musical episodes of this reality competition series. Now, the queens will appear in Social Media: The Unverified Rusical. Here’s our summary of the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13.

[This article contains major spoilers from the eighth episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13. Read at your own risk!]

What’s next for the ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ contestants?

LaLa Ri has just sashayed away and now Symone and Kandy are left “out in the cold” as the only bald queens left. Olivia is so happy to have won another challenge, but Utica is still upset that she wasn’t the mime. Denali is angry about being overlooked.

When it’s a new day in the Werk Room, Kandy brings up that they should all live together in a California mansion. Some of the girls think it’s a bad idea, but Kandy is mostly missing Joey Jay, anyway. RuPaul comes in and announces the maxi-challenge of the week — Social Media: The Unverified Rusical.

Rosé is excited, she’s been waiting for this challenge! Tina Burner, however, wants to be the “M-She,” the narrator of the story, which is the biggest part. Gottmik needs to be the Russian bot. Utica tells the group she’ll be Lady Tweets, because she wants to make it loud and funny. Denali, two seconds later, says she’s going to be Lady Tweets. 

No way. Utica isn’t backing down this time. The other queens agree with Utica, but Denali’s other option, Foxy, is the character Rosé wants. Elliott has the idea of making them both audition and they’ll vote on who’s better. Rosé thinks that’s a great idea. Denali is over it. After performing part of the song, most of the queens vote for Rosé. As a result, Denali is stuck being a Russian twin with Gottmik.

The ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ queens record for the Rusical

The queens hear the “she-mail” sound and instead of RuPaul, the actor Anne Hathaway appears on the screen to answer questions. Tina Burner asks about dying on-screen. Hathaway even shared that she was the ninth choice for The Devil Wears Prada.

She leaves the queens with one piece of advice: don’t forget to have fun. After chatting with this actor, the queens head to the mainstage to record with Michelle Visage. Olivia brings the runs, while Symone is nervous. Utica is getting tongue-tied.

Then, it’s time to learn the choreography and Symone and Utica are struggling. Rosé is feeling inspired to dominate but Denali wants to do the same. Unfortunately, Denali and Gottmik are a pair and Gottmik is not a dancer.

It’s time for ‘Social Media: The Unauthorized Rusical’

It’s time to get ready for the Rusical and Olivia is excited. Symone isn’t, though. She thinks that the recording is probably bad, but there’s nothing she can do. Kandy Muse shares that she had a meme go viral called “sitting alone in the VIP.”

Tina Burner shares she was in a relationship with Graham Norton and social media impacted that, too. Then, it’s time for the challenge. While Utica gets some laughs, Symone didn’t exactly slay the competition and neither did Kandy Muse.

On the runway, category is ‘yellow, gorgeous’

After the Rusical, the queens show off their yellow-themed eleganza on the runway. (Tina Burner and Elliott even wore similar yellow taxi outfits.) When they’re all together, RuPaul decides that Utica, Olivia, and Elliott are safe.

The judges were pretty disappointed in Tina Burner, for stopping lip-syncing, and in Symone, for giving up so easily. For Kandy Muse, the judges say they couldn’t even see her face.

The judges loved Rosé, even though Visage didn’t love her shade of yellow. Denali finally got her positive critiques, as did Gottmik. After deliberating with the other judges, RuPaul names Rosé the winner of the challenge and Denali and Gottmik safe.

Then, RuPaul says Tina Burner is safe. That means Symone and Kandy Muse lip-sync for their lives. After performing “BO$$” by Fifth Harmony, Kandy Muse sashays away… or does she? Just as Kandy Muse is about to walk off the stage, RuPaul says she’s not ready for her to leave. Shantay, she stays.

New episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race premiere on a weekly basis on VH1.

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