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Tops and Bottoms: Power Ranking 'RuPaul's Drag Race' 07x12 — RECAP

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And then there were three. Well, first there were four. Then there were three. Last night's episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race ru-vealed the top trio, but it also left me feeling a little underwhelmed with the gals we got left.

I don’t blame the queens. I don’t think this season featured less talented performers or otherwise inferior contestants. However, I do think it’s time, seven seasons deep, to revisit the show’s format. The simplest solution is making sure the challenges aren’t so team heavy in the beginning. I understand it’s an effort to maximize time while the contestant pool is still large, but it totally makes it difficult to let folks break away from the pack. We won’t get tons of screentime with everyone, but the cream, as they say, will rise to the top. The other thing to consider is making sure there is a healthy mix of challenges (acting, comedy, singing, sewing, dancing, etc.) from the get-go. This season felt heavy on the scripted acting challenges, and, sorry writers, but punny scripts aren’t nearly as entertaining as you think they are. Plus, they keep us from seeing what the girls are really like.

A more complicated approach would be to take inspiration from other aging reality shows and introduce a few gimmicks. We’ve already got All Stars, but what if next season was “Comedy Queens vs. Pageant” or “Mother Daughter Pairs” or “Queens of the World.” Things like that have kept Survivor, the granddaddy of contemporary reality competition, feeling fresh. (Counterpoint: Top Model: British Invasion.)

But enough about the future, let’s talk about what happened last night, AFTER THE JUMP

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Tops and Bottoms: Power Ranking 'RuPaul's Drag Race' 07x11 — RECAP

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Ranking the queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race is neither a science nor an art. This season especially there hasn’t been a single queen that’s been able to consistently dominate across a variety of challenges the way that Bianca del Rio was able to crush comedy, create custom couture and conform to a variety of scripted challenges. It’s as if this season’s batch of contestants has multiple leads depending on the day.

I certainly didn’t see tonight’s elimination coming, which says just as much about this season’s roller coaster ride as it does my own terrible guessing ability.

Let’s have a kiki and discuss the episode, AFTER THE JUMP

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What To Watch This Week On TV: 'Bessie' Sings The Blues; A Must-See 'Drag Race' Lip Sync

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— The allegedly bisexual blues star Bessie Smith gets the biopic treatment in HBO’s Bessie. The film stars Queen Latifah in the titular role, with Mo’Nique as her mentor, Ma Rainey. The film premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. on HBO.

Another topnotch lip sync, finales for Grey's and Scandal, and more TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Belle Goes to 'WeHo' in Todrick Hall's New Brilliant 'Beauty and the Beast' Musical Parody: VIDEO

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Set around West Hollywood's gay downtown and its numerous businesses, Todrick Hall's parody of "Belle" from Beauty and the Beast stars YouTube personality Colleen Ballinger wandering the Santa Monica strip as the Disney princess in search of aspirations beyond her "little town."

RuPaul, Daniel Franzese, Ross Mathews, Lance Bass, Frankie Grande, and many others including Hall himself take the parts of the townspeople in Beauty and the Beat Boots, one of Hall's best parodies yet.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And don't miss Hall's mash-up of more than 70 Beyoncé songs in four minutes, or his other musical parodies like CinderoncéThe Wizard of Aahs, and Mean Boyz.

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Tops and Bottoms: Power Ranking 'RuPaul's Drag Race' 07x09 — RECAP

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It's getting down to the wire, and so we've got to be prepared to mourn the loss of any of the remaining queens on RuPaul's Drag Race. Tonight's challenge put the queens to werk, hunny. It was one of only a few challenges that I feel like really pushed everyone. The dance challenge was not easy, and even the runway look demanded a degree of creativity. 

Let's untuck some of the details of tonight's episode, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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What To Watch This Week On TV: Fonda and Tomlin Bond Over Gay Husbands

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— Legendary actresses Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin unite for the new Netflix comedy, Grace and Frankie, available to binge watch Friday. The series reunites the 9 To 5 co-stars as two women who come to depend on one another once their husbands (played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterson) leave them to become lovers.

A lethal lip sync, action in Essos, and more TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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