RuPaul’s Battle of the Seasons tour may be wrapped up, but we’re still hungry for some more Drag Race excitement. While we wait for the next batch of queens to grace our screens with more eleganza extravaganzas, let’s take a walk down memory lane and take a look at some of the show's best lip syncs that left audiences gagging for more.
Latrice Royale & Kenya Michaels: “Natural Woman” (Aretha Franklin) Latrice Royale is one of the most loved and most memorable queens on the show, and her Aretha Franklin lip sync against Little Kenya Michaels was absolutely chilling. While Kenya bounced around the stage like a bunny in heat, Latrice barely moved from her place, letting her face do all the talking. At that moment, Latrice was Aretha.
Raja & Carmen Carrera: “Straight Up” (Paula Abdul) The awesome Alexis Mateo flat out referred to Raja and Carmen Carrera’s lip sync as soft porn, so that should tell you enough. The 2 “Heathers” were gutted to have to go up against each other, but ended up turning out one of the most memorable performances in RuPaul’s lip sync history. From Carmen stripping down to virtually nothing and Raja leaving her lipstick mark Carmen’s shoulder, this lip synch was straight up hot.
Raven & Jujubee: “Dancing On My Own” (Robyn) In the All Stars season, squirrelfriends Raven and Jujubee were forced to lip sync against each other to Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own.” The lip sync was extremely emotional, with Jujubee and Raven barely even having any oomph in them left to compete against each other. The performance was so moving that RuPaul uttered the magic words to both queens: “Chante, you both stay.”
Alyssa Edwards & Coco Montrese: “Cold Hearted” (Paula Abdul) This was it, guys!! One of the most anticipated sync-offs in Drag Race history. Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese made no secret of their history-laden, drama-filled beef with each other that seemed to transcend countries, eons, and wars. Although both queens had their ups and downs, they had somehow managed to avoid being pitted against each other in the be-all end-all lip sync… until now. Paula Abdul’s “Cold Hearted” was ridiculously apt for the 2 stars and though Coco got to stay, Alyssa left us with some of the best moments from the show (see: “… Back rolls?”)
Roxxxy Andrews & Alyssa Edwards: “Whip My Hair” (Willow Smith)The only time we actually wanted to listen to “Whip My Hair” was during Roxxxy and Alyssa’s crazy lip sync to it. The performance was full of helicopter hair-flinging and sharp dance moves, but when Roxxxy took off her wig only to reveal another wig underneath (!!!!), even RuPaul’s jaw dropped to the floor. Roxxxy may have been petty at times, but she could bring it like no other. The legendary lip sync marked the first time that RuPaul let both contestants stay, because even she knew that all that hair-flipping was no joke.
Manila Luzon & Delta Work: “MacArthur Park” (Donna Summers) What the hell was Manila on during this lip sync? No one will ever know, but we do know that whatever it was, it helped her churn out one of the weirdest yet fiercest performances ever. Looking smoking hot in her yellow Big Bird dress, Manila turned it up all the way – we’re talking eyes popping out, mouth wide open, arms to the sky, crazy queen realness. Her performance was so good that she ended up sending fellow “Heather,” Delta Work, home.
Jinkx Monsoon & Detox: “Malambo No. 1” (Yma Sumac) Hands down one of the greatest lip syncs of all time – the lovable Jinkx Monsoon and the incomparable Detox. The showdown was bound to be intense, since both queens were extremely talented in completely different ways. As fiercely as Detox was bringing it, though, Jinkx stole the show without question. “Malambo No. 1” was made for Jinkx – her over-the-top character and goofy personality complemented her crazy awesome dance moves, and even the always-perfect Detox couldn’t even come close.
Dida Ritz & The Princess: “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” (Natalie Cole) It’s nerve-wracking enough to have to perform in front of Her Royal Majesty RuPaul, but having to perform a song by the original performer of that song makes it even more high pressure. In Dida Ritz’s best performance, she forced The Princess to sashay right the f**k away with her high energy, carefree lip sync to Natalie Cole’s “This Will Be,” done in front of Ms. Cole herself. The performance was so awesome that Dida got handkerchief waves from all the judges.
Jujubee & Sahara Davenport: “Black Velvet” (Alannah Myles) While Raja vs. Carmen was seductive in a porno kind of way, Jujubee’s lip sync of “Black Velvet” was seductive in a classy kind of way. Performing against the lovely Sahara Davenport, Jujubee killed it with her rock chick style and emotional syncing. You really believed that Jujubee was singing the song herself, and her flawless performance sent Sahara packing.
Nina Flowers & BeBe Zahara Benet: “Cover Girl” (RuPaul) One of the best lip syncs for the titles was performed in the very first season of Drag Race – the showdown between Camerooooooooooon (aka BeBe Zahara Benet) and one of the best drag queens in the world, punk rock majesty Nina Flowers. The queens had literally polar opposite styles and their fight for the very first Drag Superstar title was as fierce as expected. Performing to RuPaul’s classic “Covergirl,” the queens battled it out and left audiences everywhere begging for more.
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Brad Pitt regularly leaves his children squirming with disgust when he showers their mum Angelina Jolie with affection. The actors rarely have any alone time as they are constantly juggling their parenting commitments with their busy work schedules, but Pitt's pal Frank Pollaro, who owns a furniture business with the Moneyball hunk, reveals the couple is still crazy about each other after eight years together.
He tells Esquire magazine, "Once I walked in and Angie was standing there and (eight-year-old daughter) Zahara walked up and said, 'Daddy, you're not going to start making out with Mommy again, are you?' And it's like that. This is a guy who has tried not to do any sexy scenes with other women since he's met Angelina. He's crazy about her, and she's the same way about him."
And the designer insists the stars are also beyond dedicated to their six boys and girls: "No matter how hard he's working, if one of those kids runs by the window he'll get out of his chair and give them a kiss. And I don't think I've ever seen Angie without one of those children in her arms."
Angelina Jolie took a brave step as a mother this month, as she revealed in her New York Times editorial. With the full weight of her mother's untimely death at the age of 56 due to cancer, Jolie took a preventative measure for her health, undergoing a double mastectomy that reduced her chances of breast cancer from 87 percent to five percent. Many fans, journalists, and any other humans with the ability and desire to praise others (including Mr. Jolie, Brad Pitt) have touted Jolie's decision and subsequent openness as heroic. And that, dear people of the Internet, is the only appropriate response at a time like this.
The problem is that there are many people who don't seem to understand that. Jolie has been a polarizing figure in pop culture for years. She endured the supporters of Team Jennifer Aniston when Jolie's affair with Pitt was publicized as the cause for Pitt's divorce from America's favorite girl next door. People love to groan at her children, adopted from destitute countries as an elitist move. When she makes a bad movie, we don't hear the end of it... ever. (Just say the name The Tourist to any movie lover and see what happens.) But when it comes to something this sensitive, comments like "Sorry, but I still can't get over the fact that she's a husband stealer" or "Jolie's not been in the news recently so she must be gagging for some media coverage" or calling the surgery "something only rich people can afford."
This is not okay. Not only are these people missing the point, they're lacking in one essential element: humanity. As Jolie is baring her soul, something she's not wont to do unless it's for a good reason, and opening her most personal struggle to the world for a reason: "I hope it helps to know you have options." And yes, Jolie's procedures at the Pink Lotus Breast Center are likely out of most readers' price ranges, but that doesn't diminish what she's saying. Her goal, in being open and using her fame as a megaphone on the issue, as she states it, is to raise awareness and perhaps even expand women's access to healing and preventative measures.
"It has got to be a priority to ensure more women can access gene testing and live-saving preventative treatment, whatever their means and background, whereever they live," she writes. It may be a lofty, potentially unattainable goal, but it's one that's coming from her heart. It's one meant to counteract the "deep sense of powerlessness" she says cancer can create in its victims.
And while this announcement has certainly made her a trending topic, it's not as if she threw out some Kardashianesque scoop, hoping to drum up ratings for her new reality show. She's using the voracious appetite of the Internet and the rest of media to send her message of health far and wide; she's using the untameable monster for good. How is that something to harp on? Put simply: it's not.
You can hate Angie for stealing Brad. You can hate her for being too beautiful or elitist. You can hate the amount of attention she gets for simply taking her kids to a theme park. You can even hate her for the way she cocks her eyebrow like seduction is second nature or the way her voice carries on like that of a queen in a Disney movie. You cannot, however, hate her for baring her soul in a genuine, articulate, and candid manner as a measure of encouraging women's agency over their own health.
Jolie may be one of the biggest celebrities in the world, but she still has a heart. Those who question that fact, however, are the ones I'd be worried about.
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Madonna hit headlines in 2006 when she applied to adopt David Banda from an orphanage in Malawi, and she eventually welcomed the child into her family two years later (08).
Changeling star Jolie adopted her daughter Zahara in Ethiopia in 2005 - and has also taken in kids from Cambodia and Vietnam - but Africa-born de Vasconcelos has called for a halt on celebrity adoptions, insisting young children should not be taken from their native country and thrust into a Hollywood lifestyle.
De Vasconcelos, a humanitarian ambassador for the European Union whose family fled Mozambique and war-torn Rhodesia when she was a child, tells Sky News, "I am very concerned about the work on the ground... I am just concerned that we respect the traditions of the chiefs and of the country and that we help the children in the country and not take them out into a Hollywood lifestyle."
The couple's brood of six - Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne - put pen to paper to detail their wish lists and posted them off in the village of Littlebourne in Kent, England, where their famous father was re-shooting scenes for upcoming blockbuster World War Z.
Littlebourne post office assistant Fiona Lindsay tells People.com, "It was so cute. All the children sent messages to Father Christmas and were absolutely beautifully behaved.
"Just like any other kids in a sweet shop they were excited, but Angelina controlled them perfectly. It was lovely. They were all very polite. They were just a bunch of gorgeous, happy kids."
The movie star's children with Angelina Jolie were spotted delivering letters to Father Christmas in Kent, England last month (Nov12), and Pitt can only hope they'll forgive him and their mum when they realise the truth about Santa.
He explains, "I'm not real big on the whole Santa thing. I thought it was a huge act of betrayal when I was a kid. I didn't like that. When I found out the truth, I was like, 'Why? Why? Why would you lie to me? Why?'"
But he's not about to ruin Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne's holidays: "I tell them that some people believe it's Santa, and some people believe it's parents (who put your gifts out), and you get to believe whatever you want."
The Salt star and her fiance Brad Pitt are parents to a brood of six: Maddox, 11; Pax, nine; Zahara, seven; Shiloh, six, and twins Knox and Vivienne, four - and Jolie admits she is thinking about becoming a full-time mum within the next decade because she won't be able to juggle her career with her parenting duties and her extensive charity work.
She tells England's Channel 4 News, "I think I'm going to have to give up the acting as the kids hit the teenage years... (there will be) too much to manage at home.
"I have enjoyed being an actress. I am so grateful to the job and I have had great experiences and I have even been able to tell stories and be a part of stories that mattered and I have done things for fun. But if it went away tomorrow I would be very happy to be home with the children."
The news comes just months after 48-year-old Pitt announced he was planning to retire when he hits 50.
He told U.K. publication The Sunday Times' Culture magazine, "We all have a shelf life, and mine is coming."
The actress' four-year-old daughter Vivienne, whose dad is Brad Pitt, was cast as the child version of Elle Fanning's character Princess Aurora in the upcoming adaptation of classic tale Sleeping Beauty.
Now it has emerged Vivienne's older siblings Pax, eight, and Zahara, seven, also have non-speaking parts in the fantasy film, which stars their Oscar-winning mum as the princess' arch enemy.
According to Us Weekly, Jolie's six-year-old daughter Shiloh was also offered to join in the fun, but she lost interest when it came time to step in front of the cameras.
A source tells the publication, "They have smaller parts. Shiloh was supposed to be in it, too, but she was bored and not in the mood during the day her part was supposed to happen, so she ended up not being in the film."
Jolie has opened about the attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai in a new article written for website TheDailyBeast.com, revealing her eight and six-year-old kids appeared to grasp the horror of the 9 October (12) drama, which put the schoolgirl in hospital with gunshot wounds and life-threatening injuries.
The actress, humanitarian and United Nations refugee ambassador writes: "It was difficult for them to comprehend a world where men would try to kill a child whose only 'crime' was the desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school."
Jolie reveals her daughter Zahara suggested the injured Pakistani teen should be honoured with a statue, while little Shiloh, six, asked mum who was looking after Malala's pets while she was in hospital.
The actress adds, "She (Shiloh) also asked about Malala's parents and if they were crying. We decided that they were, but not only for their daughter, also for children around the world denied this basic human right.
"Still trying to understand, my children asked, 'Why did those men think they needed to kill Malala?' I answered, 'Because an education is a powerful thing.'"
Concluding her TheDailyBeast.com piece, Jolie urges schoolchildren and parents to join her and donate funds to the Women in the World Foundation as a tribute to brave Yousafzai. The charity seeks to provide funds to women and girls fighting for girls' education in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The actress took her eldest sons Maddox, 10, Pax, eight, and seven-year-old daughter Zahara to England's legendary Pinewood Studios to watch Russell Crowe shooting scenes in character as Police Inspector Javert.
A source tells UsMagazine.com, "Russell and Angelina caught up at the F Stage, where Les Mis is being shot. The kids were all fitted with (protective) ear defenders because it's quite a loud sound stage. It was really exciting for the children to see the movie being shot."
Crowe was said to have personally invited the Tomb Raider star, who is in the U.K. to begin working on Disney's Maleficent, to check out the production.