'Canada's Drag Race: Canada vs The World' Episode 5 Recap: Fast Acting | Magazine Xtra (2023)

You know, when I'mthey heap praisealreadyCanada's Drag Race: Canada vs The Worldto change the challenge ofGreat Britain against the world, I assumed it meant "as long as there are no acting challenges." Alas, here we are, on the final five of this abbreviated season, seeing these über-talented performers go through the "Spy Queens" overacting. A reminder that "different" does not always mean "good"!

Me child — mostly. It is true that acting challenges are an integral partDrag Raceexperience, and probably always will be. And while "Queen of Spies" is short with actually funny material, it's no worse than your average acting challenge (although it feels pretty long). The problem here lies more in time. Icesis Couture quit inlast episodehe has already stopped the momentum of the season a little, withCanadian Drag RaceThe first non-elimination episode ever to happen only due to scheduling difficulties.


Now, not only do we have an acting challenge as the last competition task before the finale, but there is also a very obvious fifth place finisher among the crowd. Vanity Milan spends the cold open this episode learning that both Silky Nutmeg Ganache and herDrag Race UKSeason 3 sister Victoria Scone was ready to send her home last week. She promises that this will light a fire under her ass and that she will return to the Vanity that won long ago inseason premiere. But it would essentially take winning the challenge to overturn the expected outcome - we've seen that before, with Blair St. Clairom uAll stars 5mostly. Anything less would result in her elimination, unless her competition decided to be bloodthirsty.

But that wasn't the case this season, where the queens dutifully sent out the worst performer week after week. And there's no reason to believe that will change this week, especially after Vanity is clearly the worst in the challenge. Victoria and Rita Baga, the winners of our challenge this week, tease the possibility that they might suddenly decide to play a strategic game. However, you have to imagine that they have a memory ofGreat Britain against the worldthe reaction of the fans in their minds. Who wants to be bullied like Pangina Heals was when she sent Jimbo home — or like Blu Hydrangea was when she did the same to Pangina?

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No, suffice it to sayCanada vs. the Worldit was a very different show from his ownUKpredecessor—and frankly, neither gets exactly the right tone.Great Britain against the worldwas an often vicious display of dicey play, in which retreat took a bit of a backseat.Canada vs. the WorldOn the other hand, it felt like a light, loving, fun series that shows great appeal, but the strategic potential of the format remains completely untapped.

One would hope that the futureagainst the worldcould determine the balance — but since this week's announcement of a newGlobal All Starsseries, it seems unlikely that they willagainst the worldthe franchise will continue. I'll have more to say about this new series and its growing international reachDrag Racein the end-of-the-year article on the franchise, but I'm a little bummed that Paramount is taking over internationalAll starsconcept beforeagainst the worldI could understand. I'd love to see more views on the format (I'm still personally clamoring for theSpain against the world), even if I agree that none of the attempts so far have hit the mark.

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Okay, I guess I can only put off talking about Spy Queens for so long. As the defending champion lip syncer, Victoria gets cast. "Acting challenge acting drama" is only slightly more tolerable at this point than "comedy challenge drama with performance order", but it presents a bit of a problem for the British queen because both Vanity and Ra'Jah O'Hara don't understand what they want. Ra'Jah wants to be a "Reading Fundamentalist", a role Victoria assumes for herself, and instead ends up as "Body-Ody-Ody". Vanity, meanwhile, wants the same "Lip Sync Assassin" role that Silky ends up getting, and is instead delegated the "Look Queen" role. (Rita happily assumes the role of "House Mother" for herself, despite no one's protest.)

In practice, all these roles are quite similar, so it's a little ado about nothing. The challenge comes down to who is most committed to impersonating and who can deliver their lines with the most confidence. Rita is the funniest of them all, thanks to her unusual sense of humor and her character being the most pronounced. This is a much more defensible victory than her uCanadian Drag RaceSeason 1acting challenge, at least.


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But the queen who seems to be the most masterful performer, and also has the most inventive (and cutting edge!) take on the Y2Gay runway category for "2000s club dude," is Victoria Scone. She achieved her third best finish in as many weeks and goes into the final with the best record of the others. I'll be honest: I didn't expect Victoria to dominate this season the way she did. I thought she would do well, but I assumed her story would be more about getting a real chance after being pulled from the competition inUKSeason 3.

How wrong I was! After getting a warning from the umpires after the Snatch Game to step it up, she's been pushing the pedal all the way from then on. I have some doubts about her chances in the Lip Sync for the Crown tournament, but if she gets the right song and pulls it off – like she did against Silky on “Your Daddy Don't Know” – she could absolutely be a threat to win the title tournament. This would make it two consecutive victories for the United Kingdom and would likely mean that the British franchise would hold a monopoly onagainst the worldvictories.

But I still tend to think Silky has this. Yes, her last place finish is a bit in doubt this week, which could mean the show wasn't invested in her success. After all, who would say Rita or VictoriaI do not want tosend her home? However, I'm inclined to think, given that both Silky and Victoria were ready to send Vanity home last week, production isn't afraid of the occasional Silky boot. Even in her current rock bottom, editing remains very calm with season 11 andAll stars 6a veteran. The more I think about it, the story where, years after Brooke Lynn Hytes knocked out Silky in the Season 11 finale, she's the one who crowned Silky, the more I feel like this season is going.

I guess the crown might still go to Rita, especially considering Icesisrequirementsafter its termination that production was invested in keeping the title in Canada. However, I think her path to winning the lip sync tournament would be limited: she would have to beat either Victoria or Silky in the first round, and face Ra'Jah in the finals. Since the last LSFTC lip sync is mostly judged by the season as a whole—check out Jinkx Monsoon's win inAll stars 7-she could win if she had a better record between her and Ra'Jah. But I think that is extremely unlikely at this point.

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Which brings us to the queen I really thought was going to win it all when this season started: Ra'Jah O'Hara. Honestly, I'm not sure what to make of her continuingCanada vs. the World. She was wonderful as she wasAll stars 6, and her performances on the challenges were solid. But along the way, she's hit a big snag, with her disappointing standup performance at a time when three ladies were better than her, and her ball looking disappointing compared to expectations, while others (especially Silky) surpassed their previous work. She's doing just fine in the acting challenge this week, but the judges spared her the bottom spot by only announcing two queens for elimination.

I still think Ra'Jah could dominate the lip sync tournament, but I have a hard time seeing a way for her to win in the final round if the judging is truly based on the season. Victoria has the strongest results, Silky has a stronger notebook and greater narrative focus, and Rita has a Canadian edge. What a shame considering the high hopes I had for Ra'Jah coming into this season. I'd really like to see her beat the odds and take home the crown, but I'm bracing myself for a different outcome.


We've successfully avoided talking much about Spy Queens in this recap, which is ultimately for the best. It's a pit stop before the final, nothing more. More interesting is the Y2Gay track, which is inconsistent throughout, but in unique ways, and the Estelle and Kardinal Offishall syncopation "Freak." Victoria and Rita are messy in it, but in a very fun way. It's also possibly the longest lip sync of the season, with plenty of time for all the antics of the two camp queens. In the end, Rita wins her lip and, honoring her deal with Silky, sends Vanity home.

See you next week for the final season recap—and the final recapDrag Racein 2022! Whichever queen takes home the title of Motherpucking Queen of the World will do so after a fun and enjoyable season. And for all my wishes for more thanagainst the worldformat, it's a nice way to end the yearDrag Raceas I can imagine.

Unraveling our final thoughts

Up and down:I don't have much more to say here that I haven't already covered in the summary. In terms of track records, Victoria leads the pack, followed by Silky and Rita, with Ra'Jah trailing with just one top finish (and no wins in sight). A truly incredible result compared to my expectations at the start of the season, but it goes to show you can never predict exactly whatDrag Racethey will throw at you!

Let's talk about winsagainst the world. Editing recaps of the previous episode makes it very clear that, as withGreat Britain against the worldand its badge distribution, the show only treats lip sync wins as challenge wins. And I think that's a strange policy! UAll stars 2, the first season with the Lip Sync for Your Legacy format, Alaska clearly counted all of her wins (even without proper lip syncing) as wins, saying she won four in the penultimate episode of the season. And not only that, but every top ranking was considered a victoryAll stars 7earlier this year. Whyagainst the worldwhether he's doing it is unclear, as he only allows five "wins" during the season. Although I guess it only matters for a long time, withGlobal All Starson the way. Congratulations on our latest and likely to be last challengeagainst the worldto win!

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Silky chose not to reveal that she chose Vanity last week on the couch, instead telling her solo in the mirror. I understand why she's doing it, citing her mental health and fears of making Vanity feel, but it's kind of funny, years after Bebe Zahara Benet chose not to reveal her lipstick, that finally someone else is refusing (even for the moment).

Stylist Joe Zee is our guest judge this week. He's fine! He doesn't have a ton of unique insights to offer. I'd have preferred him to officiate the ball, but the guest umpire positions have been a bit iffy throughout the season (with the exception of Gary Janetti on the comedy challenge).

Ra’Jah tries to do Victoria’s dolphin noise from Spy Queens but instead imitates her sister Mercedes Iman Diamond from season 11. "Scream Mercedes Iman!" he adds happily.

Each of the characters in Spy Queens gets an entrance and tagline. Silky's "death drop" joke is the best, while Vanity's master of disguise references the characterRevealiana. I bet you've never seen itandcome on baby!

It was Traci Melchor who was chosen to play the villain in the film. She's honestly my favorite part!

Silky's goal is to be onGrey's Anatomy. Call Krista Vernoff to join Silky!

It's interesting to hear Silky admit what should be obvious: Rita and Victoriayou shouldeliminate her, so that she has the best chance in the finals. This makes me even more confident of a Silky win: they had a chance to knock it out, but they didn't take it. Now watch her win the tournament.


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'Canada's Drag Race: Canada vs The World' Episode 5 Recap: Fast Acting | Magazine Xtra? ›

I wasn't in the best mindset going in there to begin with,” Icesis said. “I was on the tour and I had to leave the tour early because I ended up breaking my leg. To be completely honest, I spent like $70,000 on the show, and the doctors didn't want me to go on the show and wanted me to cancel everything. ...

Who was eliminated on Canada vs the World? ›

Rita BagaTOP2Eliminated
Victoria SconeSAFEEliminated
Vanity MilanWINGuest
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Why did Icesis quit? ›

I wasn't in the best mindset going in there to begin with,” Icesis said. “I was on the tour and I had to leave the tour early because I ended up breaking my leg. To be completely honest, I spent like $70,000 on the show, and the doctors didn't want me to go on the show and wanted me to cancel everything. ...

Who won episode 5 drag race? ›

Luxx is named the winner while Amethyst ends up in the bottom two again along with Salina.

Is Anita Wiglet on Canada vs the World? ›

Anita was unofficially voted as Miss Congeniality by her fellow RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under Season 1 castmates and officially won the title of Miss Congeniality on Canada's Drag Race: Canada vs The World Season 1, also voted by her castmates.

How did Canada get eliminated? ›

Canada eliminated from World Cup by Croatia though Alphonso Davies makes history with his goal. AL RAYYAN, Qatar -- Canada were eliminated from the World Cup after a 4-1 defeat to Croatia at Khalifa International Stadium on Sunday.

Who did Canada lose against? ›

Canadian forward Lawson Crouse forces overtime with 12 seconds left in regulation. Thomas Olsen scored the shootout winner to complete Norway's 3-2 upset over Canada at the men's world hockey championship on Monday. It was Canada's second loss to Norway in tournament history, and its first since 2000.

Who is the most famous Drag Race winner? ›

Sharon Needles - 1M

Her time on the show brought about some especially memorable challenge performances, runway looks, and workroom drama with fellow contestant Phi Phi O'Hara. With just over a million followers, Sharon's Instagram has her placed as one of the most popular winners of the Drag Race regular seasons.

Who is the most popular Drag Race winner? ›

1 Bianca Del Rio

Leading this ranking is the one and only Bianca Del Rio, a drag queen who, just like Bob, positioned herself as the front-runner from the very first episode, and she is considered by many as the most talented drag queen to ever appear on the show.

Why did Alyssa Edwards get dethroned? ›

Some media outlets reported that Edwards kept missing major club events and other public appearances for Miss Gay America. Hence, the organisation decided to strip her of the crown.

What is the difference between wiglet and wig? ›

It is similar to a wig but much smaller and only covers a small area of the head. You can get coverage for thinning hair in the front, front and top, top and crown, or top and partial back using a wiglet. Wiglets are a great option for women who want to add more volume to their hair or cover up bald patches.

Is Amazing Race Canada only in Canada? ›

The Amazing Race Canada is a Canadian adventure reality game show based on the international Amazing Race franchise. Following the premise of other versions of the format, the show follows teams of two as they race across Canada and around the world.

Is there amazing race canada? ›

The Amazing Race Canada is a reality television competition between ten teams of two in a race around the world for $250,000 to 'amazing' locations.

How old is Isis Couture? ›

Icesis Couture is the stage name of Steven Granados-Portelance (born February 3, 1987), a Canadian drag queen who won the second season of Canada's Drag Race in 2021. He returned to compete in the spin-off series, Canada's Drag Race: Canada vs.

Who is Vanity Milan husband? ›

Personal life. In 2011, Adamson moved to Estonia, where he lived for five years. While there, he met his husband Siim Adamson, who is an Estonian citizen.

Where is Kimmy Couture from? ›

Kimmy is the first Filipino contestant to reach the finale on Canada's Drag Race.

Why didn t Canada join the usa? ›

Annexation was never a very popular choice. Many Canadians were loyal to the Crown and Great Britain, especially the descendants of the United Empire Loyalists. French Canadians worried about being an even smaller minority in a larger union, and were concerned about American anti-Catholicism.

Has America ever tried to take over Canada? ›

The United States invaded Canada in two wars: Invasion of Canada (1775), American Revolutionary War. Invasion of Canada (1812), War of 1812.

What did Borjan say about Croatia? ›

Ethnic Serb Canadian goalie Milan Borjan says the Croatia fans who threw insults at him in Sunday's match and mocked his family's flight from Croatia in 1995 are 'primitives who need to work on themselves'.

How many soldiers did Canada lose? ›

The Dead. Some 619,636 Canadians enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the war, and approximately 424,000 served overseas. Of these men and women, 59,544 members of the CEF died during the war, 51,748 of them as a result of enemy action.

How did Britain lose control of Canada? ›

With the Act of Union 1840, Upper and Lower Canada were joined to become the United Province of Canada. By the 1860s, interest developed in forming a new federation between the Canadas and the other British colonies of British North America, that led to Confederation in 1867.

Did Canada fight in a war? ›

Since then, Canada has been committed to multilateralism and has gone to war within large multinational coalitions such as in the Korean War, the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, and the Afghan war.

Who is the most loved drag queen? ›

Bianca Del Rio, who was crowned the winner of RPDR season six, had 2.5 million followers on Instagram as of June 2022. Other Drag Race contestants with over two million followers on the platform are Katya Zamolodchikova, Adore Delano, Plastique Tiara, and Violet Chachki.

Who is the best drag queen ever? ›

1. Bianca Del Rio. The queen of all Drag Race queens and the most successful alum, Bianca appeared on the show five years ago (and was so dominant that she reached the finale without having to lip-sync for her life).

Who is the most controversial Drag Race winner? ›

James Ross, the artist formerly known as Tyra Sanchez and who won season two of RuPaul's Drag Race, is one of the most controversial figures in franchise history – a winner who previously quit drag all together and has been out of the limelight for some time after a major DragCon controversy a few years back.

Who is the famous Drag Race girl? ›

RuPaul's Drag Race
  • Season 1 winner. BeBe Zahara Benet.
  • Season 3 winner. Raja.
  • Season 5 winner. Jinkx Monsoon.
  • Season 6 winner. Bianca Del Rio.
  • Season 7 winner. Violet Chachki.
  • Season 8 winner. Bob the Drag Queen.
  • Season 9 winner. Sasha Velour.
  • Season 10 winner. Aquaria.

Has anyone won Drag Race without winning a challenge? ›

For example, did you know that Jujubee is the only queen in Drag Race HERstory to make the top three without a single challenge win? Or that Trinity The Tuck has lip synced more than any other contestant? If you did know, great.

Who is the best female drag racer? ›

Shirley Muldowney is the best women's drag racer of all time. Not only was she the first woman to ever obtain a drag racing license from the NHRA, but she also became the first woman to win a Top Fuel World Championship. She repeated that feat two more times, becoming the first person to win the title three times.

Who is RuPaul's drag daughter? ›

Aquaria (drag queen) - Wikipedia.

What does fishy mean in drag? ›

fish / fishy. a term used to describe when a drag queen looks like a cis-gendered woman. gag / gagging. another term used in place of "stunned"

What is the biggest drag family? ›

Sharon Needles. If there was ever any debate regarding which drag family has had the largest impact on the RuPaul's Drag Race franchise, it would be hard to argue against the lineage established by season 4 contestant Sharon Needles, who was crowned America's Next Drag Superstar against all odds.

Which team eliminated Canada? ›

BREAKING: Canada has been eliminated from the FIFA World Cup following a 4-1 loss to Croatia. Kramaric has scored again to widen Croatia's lead to 3-1. Cautions have been handed out for both teams in the last few minutes of play, with yellow cards for Canada's Tajon Buchanan and Croatia's Dejan Lovren.

Did Canada get eliminated from the FIFA World Cup? ›

Canada was eliminated in the first round after losing 1–0 to Belgium, 4–1 to Croatia and 2–1 to Morocco. The 2022 FIFA World Cup took place from 20 November to 18 December 2022.

Is Canada eliminated now? ›

With one group-stage game still to play, Canada has been officially eliminated from the 2022 FIFA World Cup following a 4-1 loss to Croatia.

Is Canada out of World Cup? ›

2022 FIFA World Cup: What we learned as Canada bows out in loss to Morocco.

Why isn t Canada in the United Cup? ›

Unfortunately, Canada isn't among the 18. It's an individual entry event, and our players have chosen not to attend.

Who was the last Canadian team to win? ›

The 1993 Montreal Canadiens were the last Canadian team to capture hockey's top prize. This year's winner will be the 29th consecutive American champion — the Cup wasn't presented in 2005 due to a lockout.

How is Canada doing at World Cup? ›

Canada lost all three of its games, a disappointing result for a team that finished ahead of Mexico, the United States and Costa Rica in regional qualifying. Here are the group matches for Canada: Nov. 23, 11 a.m. P.D.T.

How did Canada lose in the World Cup? ›

BREAKING: Canada has been eliminated from the FIFA World Cup following a 4-1 loss to Croatia. Kramaric has scored again to widen Croatia's lead to 3-1. Cautions have been handed out for both teams in the last few minutes of play, with yellow cards for Canada's Tajon Buchanan and Croatia's Dejan Lovren.

Is USA out of the World Cup? ›

U.S. vs. NetherlandsU.S. Team's World Cup Is Over After 3-1 Loss to the Netherlands. The Dutch scored two fairly easy goals in the first half to build a lead that the Americans couldn't overcome.

Is Canada out of the World Cup if they lose against Belgium? ›

AL RAYYAN — Canada put on a show in its return to the World Cup after a 36-year absence but failed to convert its chances in a valiant 1-0 loss to Belgium on Wednesday.

What did Canada coach say about Croatia? ›

And we're going to go and eff Croatia,” the coach said with a smile, using a single letter F to avoid a televised profanity. “That's as simple as it gets.” It didn't stay that simple, though. How did the Croatian coach react? He used the word “respect” 13 times in a 90-second answer.

Will the USA be eliminated if they lose to the Netherlands? ›

The United States men's soccer team has been eliminated from the World Cup after a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands Saturday.

Has USA been eliminated? ›

The United States men's national team were eliminated by the Netherlands in the round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Saturday.

Has Canada ever scored a goal in the World Cup? ›

Canada men's first-ever World Cup goal, even in blowout loss, sparks hope. DOHA, Qatar — Alphonso Davies scored the first goal in Canada men's World Cup history just 68 seconds into the match, but could not prevent the team from being eliminated from the competition with still one game remaining.

Does Canada have a chance to qualify for World Cup? ›

The United States, Mexico and Canada will all automatically qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

When did Canada get out of World Cup? ›

Overall record
FIFA World Cup recordQualification record
2014Did not qualify12
2022Group stage20
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