‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 12 Episode 9 Recap — ‘Choices 2020’

Now is the most important time to be politically active. As a result, the queens must put forward their best political campaign for a debate challenge titled “Choices 2020.” Here’s what you might’ve missed from episode 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

This article contains spoilers from the most recent episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12. Read at your own risk, squirrel friends!

Jaida Essence Hall of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 12
Jaida Essence Hall of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 12 | Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

The queens participate in a ‘kitty girl’ mini-challenge and ‘Choices 2020’

Another day, another chance at a win. That especially true for Widow, who just won against a lipsync with Jan. Gigi is a little upset that she was in the bottom but no one is doing great. That includes Widow, who was told she was “flatlining.”

The mini-challenge this week asks the contestants to act like cats, RuPaul even saying it was better than the musical. Jackie Cox wins with her Eartha Kitt impersonation.

RuPaul goes on to explain the maxi challenge this week: a political debate where each contestant must explain why they should be the next drag queen president. (If you’re a Drag Race fan, you probably remember a similar challenge from season 4.)

Raven joins RuPaul in the Werk Room

For the walkthrough, former contestant Raven offers advice to the queens. Heidi is feeling pretty confident, Gigi and Widow are both looking for a comeback. Crystal and Jackie are both hoping for a win with this challenge.

It’s elimination day and the queens are doing their makeup and having another chat. Crystal shares that both her parents voted for (and continue to support) President Trump. Gigi explains that she isn’t super politically active, and the other queens chime in, saying that watching the news could be triggering.

Jackie, on the other hand, is very politically active but can’t vote because she’s Canadian. The Muslim Ban, and just racism in general, really impacted her family. Even Widow shares that she doesn’t go to certain conservative areas in her city.

The category is: stars and stripes forever on the runway

It’s time for the maxi challenge and each queen has their own shtick. Gigi is a little robotic again, while Crystal uses her mullet as a selling point for her campaign. Heidi acts as the comedic relief, with plenty of reactions to the other candidates.

Jackie leans on the fact that she’s Canadian a lot and Widow is missing some comedy in her character, oftentimes throwing shade at the other candidates. Jaida’s character is mostly confused (and hilarious,) distracting the moderators instead of answering some questions.

Back on the mainstage, after seeing everyone’s stars and stripes, it’s time for the critiques. Widow gets a little emotional as she’s getting bad critiques, while Jackie gets a little emotional while talking about her look, which included a headscarf. She explains that the Muslim Ban really made her lose faith in America but she’s still here: an LGBTQ, middle eastern drag queen.

Jaida is the winner of this week’s challenge. The bottom three is down to Gigi Goode, Widow Von’Du, and Jackie Cox. Gigi is safe and before walking to the back of the stage, she tells RuPaul, “you will not see me in the bottom again.” That means Jackie and Widow must lipsync for their lives.

In true patriotic fashion, Widow and Jackie lipsync to “Firework” by Katy Perry. Jackie is serving comedy with a touch of flair, even making Jeff Goldblum cry, and she stays. That means Widow sashays away and there are only six contestants remaining.

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