Lip syncs, whether or not they’re for a queen’s life, her legacy, the crown, or the chop, are one of the crucial important components within the delectable reality-TV poundcake that’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. Each episode of Drag Race culminates in a heated lip-sync showdown, however not each season of Drag Race has a bona fide lip-sync murderer. A lip-sync murderer is a queen like season two’s Jujubee or season six’s Trinity Okay Bonet who routinely sends different queens packing in Drag Race’s Lip Sync for Your Life elimination format, and does it with ranges of aptitude and keenness that would blow a circuit and crack a display whenever you watch it at dwelling. We’re solely 4 episodes into Drag Race season 13, however on January 22, Alaskan queen Denali cemented her standing because the John Wick of lip-sync assassins.
As a consequence of some formatting conflama this season, Denali has lip-synced on each episode she’s appeared in, and final night time’s was probably the greatest performances we’ve seen on tv thus far this yr, full cease. After a Hallmark film parody appearing problem, Denali landed herself within the Backside 2 reverse the beautiful Kahmora Corridor, who gave a picket efficiency as a lesbian tree (if that’s not sufficient of a motive to look at this present, we don’t know what’s). Each are coincidentally carrying appears to be like impressed by majestic beasts — Denali as a resplendent quetzal, Kahmora as a golden dragon — lending this battle a mythic high quality. The observe “100% Pure Love” by Crystal Waters kicks in, and Denali instantly sheds her feathered practice, the higher to kick and flip in. Kahmora, in the meantime, is confined by her ground size robe, and doesn’t do a lot however swish her arms and stroll across the stage verrrrry slowly. However Denali doesn’t go straightforward on her opponent. Needing to show herself to the judges and queens, she vogues and duckwalks and struts, her vitality completely matching the ’90s dance observe.
This many seasons into the Drag Race machine, it’s uncommon to see RuPaul so taken with a efficiency, however Ru and the judges cackle, gasp, and clap alongside to the mesmerizingly assured queen. “I pity the fool that has to go up against you,” Ru tells Denali as she declares her the victor. Some followers theorized on Twitter that it’s the quickest “shantay you stay” Ru-ling in Drag Race herstory. It’s a lip-sync bloodbath, it’s nice tv, and it’s essentially the most enjoyable you possibly can have whereas the bars are nonetheless closed.