Top 10 Worst Snatch Game Performances on RuPaul’s Drag Race

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Top 10 Worst Snatch Game Performances on RuPaul's Drag Race

VOICE OVER: LY WRITTEN BY: Hannah Collins
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These snatch game performances were just tough to watch. We're talking about the performances from Phi Phi O'Hara, Alyssa Edward's Katy Perry, the failed Beyonces, Morgan McMichael's Pink and more!
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Top ten worst Snatch Game performances on RuPaul’s Drag Race

Sorry... but that’s not a match. Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top ten worst Snatch Game performances on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the worst caricatures of celebrities from RuPaul’s Drag Race Seasons 1 to 9, and All Stars 2. Celebrity impersonations from “RuPaul’s Gaff-In” on All Stars 1 will not be counted.

#10: Morgan McMichaels as Pink
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2009-)

On the very first “Snatch Game” in Drag Race herstory, the queens didn’t quite know what to expect. This was no more evident than in Morgan McMichaels’ lacklustre impression of Pink. Though Morgan was instantly recognisable as the singer with her short, bleached haircut, she failed to match that in her performance. You’d think that with the singer’s bitter, musical rival sitting in the front row, she would have had more than enough ammunition. Yet, Pink’s rebellious spirit and outspoken attitude were totally smothered by Morgan’s low energy, not to mention completely overshadowed by Tatiana’s winning Britney Spears impression. Even when she did try to throw jokes in, they unfortunately fell flat.

#9: Mariah as Joan Crawford
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2009-)

Doing justice to an actress with a presence as huge as the late, great Joan Crawford is no easy task. And unfortunately, in Season Three, Mariah came up dramatically short. Though she tried to heighten the performance with her dark contouring - perhaps in an attempt to make the impression funnier - the makeup came off as sloppy instead. It’s hard to imagine Joan Crawford would have ever left the house with unblended cheeks. Though Mariah attempted to mimic the Mildred Pierce actress’ distinctive way of talking, the impression sorely lacked any drama, humor, or memorable answers to RuPaul’s questions. And in “Snatch Game,” being unmemorable... is unforgivable.

#8: Peppermint as NeNe Leakes
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2009-)

Having impressed with her Britney moves in the previous episode, Peppermint’s impersonation of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes was highly anticipated in Season Nine’s “Snatch Game.” Perhaps that’s why it was also such a big letdown. Peppermint certainly nailed NeNe’s look, but seemed nervous and unfocused in her performance. She not only failed to make the performance big enough, but also fumbled the delivery of most of her jokes too. RuPaul even had to remind her of NeNe’s trademark catchphrase. Luckily, Peppermint was able to save herself from elimination with some great Madonna choreography. It’s just a shame she couldn’t have delivered in the “Snatch Game” to keep herself out of the Bottom completely.

#7: Roxxxy Andrews as Alaska 5000
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars” (2012-)

You know what makes this bad performance even worse? Knowing that it could never have happened. Originally, Roxxxy had Sofia Vergara picked out, but after a chat with Phi Phi caused her to doubt her choice, she made a last minute change to fellow contestant, Alaska. Though a strange move, as a former member of season five’s “Rolaskatox” clique, Roxxxy should have been able to use her knowledge of her BFF to her comedic advantage. Unfortunately, either she was too scared to make Alaska look bad or too unprepared to take the performance to the next level. She also missed a clear reference to Alaska’s music, drawing some side-eye from the top row.

#6: Cynthia Lee Fontaine as Sofia Vergara
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2009-)

Season Eight’s “Miss Congeniality” Cynthia Lee Fontaine was the surprise addition to Season Nine, and expectations of her were high because of her past experience. Though she often gets people laughing, Cynthia was eliciting smiles for all the wrong reasons with her impression of Sofia Vergara. The Puerto-Rican queen could have taken advantage of having a similar-sounding accent to the Colombian actress. Instead, Cynthia seemed to struggle to make sense at all, let alone land any jokes. The “cucu” queen also missed two very, um, big opportunities to exaggerate Sofia’s physical assets. Cynthia’s elimination in tenth place made her the first queen finish the competition in the exact same position in two seasons.

#5: Yara Sofia as Amy Winehouse
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2009-)

You have to give her points for effort. After Yara told RuPaul in the workroom that she planned on doing an Amy Winehouse caricature for Season Three’s “Snatch Game, Ru was skeptical. The Puerto-Rican contestant was unperturbed though, convinced that studying the Harry Potter movies had helped her nail a convincing British accent. Sadly, it wasn’t enough. Admittedly, any contestant with a thick accent starts at a disadvantage, but failing to get the singer’s look right is what really did Yara in. Though she was obviously trying to exaggerate the troubled musician’s wilder side, the performance was just bizarre and underbaked. Was it funny? Sure. Was it a good Amy Winehouse impersonation? Nope.

#4: Alyssa Edwards as Katy Perry
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2009-)

Alyssa is one of the biggest personalities to ever set foot on the Drag Race runway. So, it was pretty disappointing when she delivered this meek and mild Katy Perry impression in season five’s “Snatch Game.” The blue wig and fragrance plugs clued us in just enough as to who the celebrity was, but that was about it. Alyssa failed to find anything about the singer that was funny. Even worse, she missed all of the softballs RuPaul threw at her, including one incredibly obvious reference to the singer’s breakout hit song. Luckily for Alyssa, she had immunity that week. She DID manage to redeem her damaged “Snatch Game” reputation in All Stars 2 though.

#3: Lineysha Sparx as Celia Cruz
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2009-)

Lineysha always found the language barrier on Drag Race difficult, and unfortunately it finally got the best of her in the “Snatch Game.” Lineysha initially perplexed RuPaul in the workroom when she revealed her first choice for the challenge - Michelle Obama. Ru’s doubts made Lineysha also question the pick, so she decided that swapping to the Queen of Salsa would be a safer option. It wasn’t. As well as failing to look anything like the Cuban singer, Lineysha’s characterization was way off. It was also hard to tell whether she was deliberately not answering Ru’s questions properly as part of the act or actually struggling to understand. Either way, Lineysha sashayed away.

#2: Kenya Michaels as Beyoncé
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2009-)

After Tyra Sanchez’s attempt in the very first “Snatch Game” fell flat, you’d think future queens would be wary about doing Beyoncé. Not Kenya Michaels though! While Tyra’s Beyoncé had no characterization at all, Kenya’s had far too much. Beyoncé is a hard celebrity to make funny, so Kenya invented some new, unusual character quirks for the superstar. But, narcolepsy, drug use, and flatulence aren’t exactly Beyoncé’s brand, and the impression became very bizarre, very quickly. Even worse, her raucousness also irritated some of the other queens. Though she was certainly entertaining, fellow contestant Latrice chastised Kenya for being “unprofessional” and “nutty,” while the judges said it was uncomfortable to watch.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Gia Gunn as Kim Kardashian

Trinity K. Bonet as Nicki Minaj

Laganja Estranja as Rachel Zoe

#1: Phi Phi O’Hara as Lady Gaga
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2009-)

Of all the “Snatch Games” in Drag Race herstory, season four’s stands out. But, not in a good way. Phi Phi was one of the contestants that sat on the infamously messy bottom row. Though she was not the biggest troublemaker during the challenge, her Lady Gaga was a caricature. Mother Monster had already proved a tricky celeb to pull off when Sonique unsuccessfully attempted her in Season Two. Phi Phi managed to replicate one of Gaga’s signature looks better, but went way over the top with her mannerisms. Her jokes about the singer snatching the new “diva crown” didn’t ring true to Gaga. But, most importantly, they didn’t crack a smile from RuPaul.

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