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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 11 Spoilers: What is 'Diva Worship'? Queens Practice Their Best Praise in Episode 3 Sneak Peek

The queens are going to church on the next episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. VH1 released the first look at episode 3, which is set to air on the network Thursday.

Although the contestants are still saddened by the loss of Kahanna Montrese, who was eliminated on the last episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, they won’t have much time to mourn her absence as host and judge RuPaul Charles quickly gives them directions for the week’s mini and maxi challenges.

First up—the queens will have to practice their power of persuasion and convince RuPaul to let them in backstage at a Seduction concert. While the contestants are already well aware of Michelle Visage, who formerly helmed the pop group, they aren’t all that familiar with their music so they’ll need to use their charm, humor and best ‘90’s attire to coax doorman RuPaul into letting them in.

The winners of the mini challenge will receive a $1,500 J.J. Malibu gift card.

The maxi challenge of the week is, well, much more challenging. “This week we’re celebrating something that drag queens do better than anybody…Diva worship,” RuPaul explains in the teaser clip.

The contestants will star in two “she-vangelical” talk shows and during their appearance, they’ll have to “preach and teach the children of the divine pop diva” they choose. While spreading the gospel of Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga and all other iconic divas come naturally for drag queens, this particular challenge will include a few complexities that may make it rather hard to churn out believers.

As part of the challenge, their individual talk shows must feature heavenly hostesses, live, on-air conversions and—everyone’s favorite—hymns of praise. The winners of the mini challenge will be awarded deacon status of the church-based talk show and get to choose members of their broadcast.

Even with the blessing of the lord, the odds of contestants pulling off this Sunday session without a little bit of contrition seems unlikely, especially when A’Keria C. Davenport is one of the last to be picked for a team along with Mercedes Iman Diamond, who was notably in the bottom two last week.

Not to mention there’s the main challenge the remaining 13 contestants must get through. With all the spiritual references in the first two tasks of episode 3, it’s very possible the main challenge will turn out to be either the work of the devil or quite angelic.

Don’t miss RuPaul’s Drag Race when it airs on VH1 on Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET.

 

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