Esta’s Drag Race Starts With Engines Roaring
Ladies and Gentlemen… start your engines. This week Miss Esta Bunny revved up the engine on Season 2 of Esta’s Drag Race at Nations. This new season brings a total of 12 contestants, 4 veterans and 8 rookies all battling for the top prize of $500 and the title of Esta’s Drag Race Season 2 Winner.
Of course the 12 ladies were divided into two groups, and let’s just say this first group of five ladies started the second season peeling out with the wave of the green flag. Each girl brought their top game taking a stand and declaring they were here to win.
Starting the night off was Monica Duvall with her intense mix of music and comedy pieces all glittered with cheerleading competition sound effects. Messy as that may sound, Duvall ripped out her performance making a strong statement for the season two ladies. Andrea Duvon,the Amazon temptress of the group, took to the stage dripping with fringe and swinging from the infamous Nation’s pillar by the runway. The drag debut of Porsche Ferrari brought out lots of support. And while this “drag orphan” put on a top show, it was noted that her “drag finesse” will grow with more drag experience.
The top two ladies of the evening set the bar for the rest of the season. Miss Michelle D. Livinge and Miss Zakia Jemaceye let the other ladies know they are forces to be prepared for. Livinge came out sporting a dessert’esque cover-up dropping it to reveal a naughty Barbie look, performing of course to “Barbie Girl” by Aqua. Jemaceye dared for a costume that left very little to the imagination performing to “Breaking Dishes” by Rihanna. However, the question is was she breaking dishes or hearts by pulling the most love from the audience up to the stage?
When Livinge and Jemaceye “lip synced for their lives”, it was to the tune of the disco classic of “I Will Survive”. Since there was no elimination this week, this is why the top two battled for number one tonight. It will usually be the bottom two “lip syncing for their lives” to see which one will stay in the competition. When Miss Esta gave her final decision she said to Jemaceye, “…the flip flops just aren’t doing it for me,” and awarded the night to Miss Michelle D. Livinge.
The night was ended with Millenium C. Snow, the winner of season one, giving us a sci-fi performance via the opera number from “The 5th Element”. She crawled to the stage dragging her fabulous’ness behind her, approximately 12 feet with her snake’esque costume, bringing the crowd to their feet at the end of the night.
Esta closed the show congratulating the ladies of the evening and welcoming everyone to season two. She also let us know that next week’s theme, the lovely contestants will be performing to a disco theme.
So as one night crosses the finish line party people, we are 7 weeks away from that checkered flag. Stay tuned right here for your updates, as now you have you very own pit crew for the drag race. I am here to keep you updated with what happened, who flopped and every inside scoop I can get out for you.
For now, your engines seem good to go… this is your pit crew signing off.
Esta’s Drag Race is an 8-week competition each Thursday at Nations on 2729 W. Broad St.
As part of the Billboard Art Project, the cast of Nations Sunday Drag Brunch look over I-195 northbound.April 24, 2012
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