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Great Musical Moments In Reality TV: RuPaul-A-Palooza!

Lyndsey Parker
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South By Southwest just ended and Coachella is right around the corner, but one of the awesomest musicfests took place this past Monday on the Logo Network. OK, so "RuPaul-A-Palooza" isn't a real festival. But it oughta be! 

This week on "RuPaul's Drag Race 3," the remaining six queens entered the studio with record producer Lucian "RevoLucian" Piane (the clear genius behind RuPaul's "Cover Girl" and "Jealous Of My Boogie" and Johnny Weir's musical debut "Dirty Love"), to record six stylistically different versions of RuPaul's latest single, "Superstar." Did it matter that none of them could really, um, sing? Not at all. What they lacked in vocal talent they more than made up for in attitude, baby, attitude--and AutoTune, of course!

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My fave finalist, Raja (who in another life is known as Sutan, makeup artist for "America's Next Top Model" and Adam Lambert), rocked the house with his punky take on the tune, bringing total anarchy in the Ru-K to the stage in a Wendy O'Williams-worthy Mohawk, schoolgirl skirt, and Doc Martens. Oy!

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The judges--who this week included lip-synching expert/former pop starlet Carmen Electra and, more thrillingly, the incredibly fierce Jody Watley--understandably declared Raja the winnah! But Alexis Mateo's Lil' Kim-inspired, booty-and-boobies hip-hop and Manilla Luzon's Diana Ross disco also amazed. Shangela's new-school country, Yara Sofia's pop ballad, and latest castoff Carmen Carrera's half-assed, dead-eyed reggae weren't quite as rawkin'...but of course that's why the show's producers wisely put obvious headliner Raja on last.

Overall, it was my fave "Drag Race" episode of this season. So when is RuPaul-A-Palooza going to go on tour, huh?

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