The “Snatch Game” challenge on RuPaul’s Drag Race has become the most highly anticipated moment of the season: Success as a panelist requires not only a convincing look, but a quick wit and some serious charm—it’s really the challenge that separates the queens from the princesses.
We already know from preview clips that Jinkx Monsoon will be serving us manic shut-in realness as Little Edie, but let’s imagine who some of the other contestants might (and probably should) portray in Episode Five.
Check out our predictions for this season’s Snatch Game celebrity impressions. Think the girls will be RuPresenting someone else? All T, all shade in the comments section below!
JADE JOLIE as VENUS XTRAVAGANZA
There’s already a similarity between the two in terms of looks, and Ru would go nuts for the old-school reference. The contestants are encouraged to watch Paris is Burning repeatedly before entering the competition, and this would be Jade’s chance to show that she did her homework.
LINEYSHA SPARX as PHYLICIA RASHAD
Again, resemblance is half the motivator here. But this choice allows for plenty of sass, and it’s important to pick a bold character so you can stand out from the crowd. Also, Phylicia is bilingual, leaving opportunities for Lineysha to shine in both English and Spanish.
HONEY MAHOGANY as IMAN
This option has a few positives for Honey. First, the judges have already made the comparison, so she may as well show them just how gorgeous her face can get. Second, it’s a shout-out to her Ethiopian heritage. And third, the dry, withering commentary that Iman delivered as host of the Canadian Project Runway would be a perfect fit for this challenge.
VIVIENNE PINAY as PAULA ABDUL
I hate to say it, but Vivienne strikes me as dull. To prove that she’s got some personality, she needs to stop relying on her looks to get by. Sure, the reference is a little dated, but successfully embodying a messy, manic, pill-popping Paula would prove that she’s more than just fish.
ALYSSA EDWARDS as LINDSAY LOHAN
Lindsay was once headed for the top, but after one too many public missteps, she’s fallen—hard. Alyssa, I’m sure, can relate. Plus, Lohan’s erratic public persona gives lots of options, performance-wise: she could go drunk, belligerent, professional, stupid, glassy-eyed, or all of the above.
COCO MONTRESE as E.T.
Though she’s known for her Janet Jackson impersonation, I think Coco should rely on her signature brand of crazy and deploy her other well-known illusion. I mean, if you’ve already determined that you can make yourself look like an alien puppet, how could you not use that skill in this circumstance? People wouldn’t be able to handle it.