Warning! SPOILERS for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 3 episode 6 below!
This week, the Snatch Game on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 3 episode 6 culminated in a truly shocking sashay away that is making herstory in the franchise. Just like the girl groups challenge, there’s another level of expectations that Drag Race fans place on UK queens playing the Snatch Game. This series started out with hilarious impersonations like Baga Chipz as Margaret Thatcher and The Vivienne as Donald Trump. Then, in season 2, Bimini Bon-Boulash killed it as Katie Price.
This Drag Race UK season 3 episode was kicked off with the reading challenge, and it was no surprise at all to see Choriza May winning it. Choriza had a pretty creative approach to the reading challenge, and Ru was clearly happy with it. In turn, Scarlett Harlett used this mini-challenge to let out some of the anger she was feeling toward her co-stars at that point in time. Last week, most queens said that Scarlett should go home next, and she had a hard time processing it.
RuPaul was throwing hints left and right in the lead-up to the Snatch Game. Ru wanted Choriza May to play Cher, but Choriza had never done Cher in her life and didn’t feel confident about having a last-minute character change from her original choice, Margarita Pracatán. On the other hand, Ru did successfully convince many queens to change up their Snatch Game choices. During the walkthrough, Ru convinced Ella Vaday to do Nigella Lawson, Kitty Scott-Claus to do Gemma Collins, and Scarlett Harlett to do Macaulay Culkin. Meanwhile, River Medway played Amy Childs, Vanity Milan played Jocelyn Jee Esien, and Krystal Versace played Selina Mosinski.
From the start, it became clear that Ella and Scarlett were Snatch Game standouts who made RuPaul laugh the hardest. Ella’s impersonation was a classic example of how to make Ru laugh, whereas Scarlett’s performance ended up being a little one-note after a few scared faces. Kitty played a perfect Gemma Collins, but it did resemble Cheryl Hole’s season 1 quite a bit. On the other end of the spectrum were Choriza and River clearly bombing the Snatch Game despite trying their hardest. Vanity and Krystal struggled too, but the edit made it seem like they were slightly better than Choriza and River. In the critiques, RuPaul declared that Ella was the prime example of what to do in the Snatch Game if you want to win this challenge. Later, Ella was indeed chosen as the winner of this Snatch Game. She is now tied with Krystal with two RuPeter badges. Meanwhile, Mama Ru raved about Krystal being so young but knowing what her calling in life was, so she was spared from landing in the bottom.
In the end, Choriza and River were asked to lip sync for their lives to the tune of “Shout” by Lulu. And for the first time in Drag Race UK herstory, RuPaul told two queens to sashay away. Yes, you read that right: both Choriza and River were eliminated this week. For context, this was only the third Double Sashay in the herstory of the franchise, followed by Honey Mahogany and Vivienne Pinay in season 5 and Dax ExclamationPoint and Laila McQueen in season 8 of the American series.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 3 airs Thursdays at 2 p.m. ET on the WOW Presents Plus streaming service.