harmony \ˈhär-mə-nē\ n : a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity
Hey y’all. I’m back. Sorry about the laziness. Oprah’s trying to help me through it, but I’m really stubborn.
Anyway, there has been a lot of crazy pop culture happening lately: the Super Bowl and all it included (hang in there, Xtina!), blizzards, Ricky Gervais at the Globes, etc. But tonight, I want to talk about two of my favorite things, which have come together so perfectly I couldn’t be a happier hag. Of course, those two things are ANTM and RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Now, I was super super excited for Drag Race to be back. It’s hard to put into words how much I love that show. And imagine my surprise and delight, when watching the casting special, I realized that one of the contestants is none other than Sutan (Drag name: Raja), the make-up artist from Top Model! And Adam Lambert was in her audition video! Fabulous! Sutan had appeared as Raja on Top Model at least once before, maybe twice. And it was clear in that first episode she was going to do Tyra proud.
What a better way to learn how to be a great drag queen than from ANTM? Take a look at cycle 14, where Tyra herself wore nothing but jumpsuits. No seriously, take a look. They’re all on this Web site. Tell me she doesn’t look like a drag queen in half of those pictures. And her tuck isn’t even that good. Not to mention all the drag queen-esque contestants, including Jaeda (Remember her? Awful) and one winner: Jaslene “Cha-cha Diva.”
Here’s the best part of the whole thing: if (when) Raja wins, she’ll be far more present in entertainment than any of the Top Models. I’m not saying they’re not successful, but with the exception of “Top Models in Action,” have you ever seen one of their CoverGirl commercials? And remember when they started doing the double covers of Seventeen? The ANTM winner on one side and Selena Gomez or whoever on the other. But I see info on shows past drag racers are doing all the time. And the Absolut ads are on Logo continuously. Why doesn’t the CW run the models CG ads like that? Who knows.
Maybe Cycle 16 (Yes. 16!), starting February 23rd, will finally give us a “Top Model,” who can lend her pretty face to some actor’s love life and political causes. Plus shoot a Disney TV movie (Life Size, anyone?). And maybe Cycle 16 will bring one last Raja appearance before she got too big even for Tyra.
camp \ˈkamp\ n : something that provides sophisticated, knowing amusement, as by virtue of its being artlessly mannered or stylized, self-consciously artificial and extravagant, or teasingly ingenuous and sentimental
In honor of PRIDE weekend, I wanna talk about the gayest thing I’ve ever seen. And no, I’m not talking about Boxers, the gay sports bar where all the waiters wear boxing trunks, that I went to yesterday. I’m talking about the Adam Lambert Glam Nation tour! The way he presented himself on American Idol is even more impressive when you look at the joyful, glitter-filled spectacle he put on. I’m a huge fan, so I’ve watched YouTube videos of older performances, which had a very similar feel to the Glam Nation Tour. It was a glorious, campy romp, and most importantly (to me) the vocals, in true Adam fashion, were near flawless.
I haven’t been to a concert in a while, and this was an amazing welcome back to pop music. I went with my bestie, Emily, who had never been to a pop concert. My fave thing was her disdain for the idea of opening acts. We came to see Adam, and she just wanted to see him, dammit! Of course, both his openers were fierce females, Allison Iraheta and Orianthi, who both ended up winning Emily over. Emily was also not used to the bitchiness and discomfort of the standing room, general admission floor. While other people jostled and pushed rudely, we made friends with the giant men standing in front of us. After making nice and taking a picture for them, I kindly asked if when the show started we could slip in front of them so we could see. And since we weren’t horrible people, they let us! Kindness gets you far, people.
Then, after having us wait waaaaaaay too long (not cool, Adam.), we were greeted with this beautifully airbrushed and ridiculously gay image projected onto the stage:
Let the games begin! Inexplicably, almost the entire recorded track of For Your Entertainment was played to an empty stage. If you ask me, he’s grown sick of that song, which never should have been the first single, and played the recording so he wouldn’t have to perform it. Our impatience and anticipation were rewarded, however, when Adam came out in a crazy top hat with a glitter “A” and a feather stuck in it, and a purple coat with fringe. Oh my god. Amazing.
Throughout the show, there were costume changes, laser light shows, backup dancers, and sooooo much glitter! And all the while, Adam was killing it. I mean, if you saw any of American Idol, he was definitely giving his all vocally. But his most out there performances, Ring of Fire and the drama of Mad World for example, were just a glimpse at the showman inside. He was working the crowd, dancing, and singing like nothing I’ve ever heard. The only thing I wanted a little bit more of was banter. I love banter. Those segues he did have were a little practiced, and I wanted to see a little bit more of Adam. That being said, I definitely saw the real stage persona of Adam. And you can’t go wrong with that much glitter. Work, girl!