Season 9, Episode 12: Category Is

Hey queer nerds! This is my penultimate blog post!

I really like all four queens. Wouldn’t it be nice to invite the four of them over for Thanksgiving dinner and just laugh and laugh?

But girl, this is a DRAG COMPETITION.

Answer my Who do you think will win? poll. Fans are the best predictor.

We all know the competition is now between Shea and Sasha, our hot, lesbian lovers. We know Shea has a higher challenge score. We know Sasha is more popular. (She is now #1 on Twitter!) But HOW MUCH more popular? Take a look at the hashtag votes from the last week. Sasha has 64,800 votes, compared to Shea’s 21,000. This is a big deal.

Data from Talkwalker

For reference, Kim Chi was beating Bob on Instagram by about 5,000 votes (~17K vs ~12K).* Sasha is beating Shea by a margin of 43,000 votes!

*Instagram only, May 3-5, 2016. Granted, the Kim Chi vs Bob was only recorded over a few days, and I’m only representing Instagram, but that margin is still very small compared to Sasha vs Shea.

WHO WILL WIN?

My logical brain has been telling me that Shea will win. She has a much higher challenge score than Sasha, especially when we know that Sasha’s wins were in partnership with Shea. There were so many episodes that I thought Sasha should win, but RuPaul was just spreading around the love (Snatch Game, Gayest Ball Ever, Draggily Ever After, even the Roast). However, as a liberal arts lesbian who is obsessed with overanalyzing everything, I recognize my bias. I don’t think RuPaul is concealing his love for Sasha. I think he doesn’t like her as much as I do (and 68,000 people who are hash tagging her).

Am I wrong?

Challenge Score

  • I gave each queen a “High” placement tonight, which does not change the rankings, but gives Peppermint a boost in her score.
  • Shea leads with a Safe Sucks Score of 18.5, followed by Sasha (16.5), Trinity (14.5) and Peppermint (8.5).

Instagram

  • Valentina has 448K followers. I predicted she would be at half a million by the finale, but she will probably be closer to 460K-475K.
  • Farrah Moan is still in second place (350K), but Sasha Velour is in third place, and catching up with her (310K).
  • Peppermint (145K) has moved from #10 ranking to #9, sending Cynthia Lee Fontaine down to #10.
  • Aja (295K) is still more popular than Shea (265K) and Trinity (161K).
  • Rankings:
    • Sasha: 3rd
    • Shea: 5th
    • Trinity: 8th
    • Peppermint: 9th
  • Here is the order of elimination, and the ranking of the bottom queens
    • 1st elimination: Jaymes (14th place)
    • 2nd elimination: Kimora (7th place)
    • 3rd elimination: Charlie (11th place)
    • 4th elimination:¬†Eureka (13th place)

Twitter

  • Sasha broke into first place on Twitter! She now has 66K followers, and Valentina has 62.8K.
  • Shea is in 4th place (50.7K).
  • Trinity moved from 6th place to 5th place. She now has 40.2K followers.
  • Peppermint still holds 8th place (34.2K).
  • Here is the order of elimination, and the ranking of the bottom queens
    • 1st elimination: Jaymes (14th place)
    • 2nd elimination: Kimora (11th place)
    • 3rd elimination: Charlie (10th place)
    • 4th elimination:¬†Eureka (13th place)

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