'RuPaul's Drag Race:' Alaska Shares Insight Into The 'Snatch Game'

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By Favour Adegoke on November 17, 2021 at 8:05 AM EST

"RuPaul's Drag Race" is a unique reality show for entertainment lovers. It is a battleground for several potential drag queens vying to show off their repertoire as they compete in several challenges to get the top spot.

Among its many challenges is the highly anticipated 'Snatch Game.' Each installment brings a unique approach - for testing the charisma, uniqueness, nerves, and talent of the contenders making the challenge one of the show's mainstay.

It centers on the competitors impersonating different celebrities, with the result often hilarious and might tack on to the queens after the show.

Many viewers enjoy this segment, as it allows each contestant to stand out from the rest of the pack.

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Despite its funny outlook, drag queen star Alaska Thunderf**k recently divulged a different thought about filming Snatch Game. Read on to get more details.

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It Was So F***Ing Boring

For Alaska, watching the challenge might be a fun moment, but performing it poses a different kettle of fish. In her memoir titled, "My Name's Yours, What's Alaska? A Memoir," she revealed that filming the Snatch Game was a boring time for her.

"One of the best episodes to watch but one of the most boring to film," Alaska divulged. "It was so f***ing boring. You do not have a live audience. The only person you have to make laugh is RuPaul, which is great, but she is paying attention to only one person at a time. It is like performing in a vacuum. There was no way to know if you were doing well or not."

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She further revealed that she shared a different view from the judges' critiques of her performance. For instance, they told her that she failed in delivering a Lady Bunny impersonation, but the reality star thinks otherwise.

"I came in with the vague idea to do Lady Bunny," Alaska wrote. "I'd never done her before, and I didn't prepare. I thought I did a good job, but the judges said my voice didn't sound like Lady Bunny. I disagreed."

Regardless of the judges' view, Alaska still garnered critical acclaim on the show and has moved on to star in multiple ventures, including a web series and part of the "AAA Girls" drag group.

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Alaska's Snatch Game Experience

Since its debut in season two of "RuPaul's Drag Race," Snatch Game has given fans nothing but thrilling moments. According to RuPaul, the challenge separates "the basic b***es from the fierce-ass queens."

Alaska first appeared in season five as Lady Bunny and scaled each stage until losing out to Jinkx Monsoon's Little Edie. However, she came back for another stint in "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 2."

This time, the star brought more refined comedy gimmicks and impersonation gestures that took her straight to the top. Her Mae West's parody earned her several accolades. It is also one of the most talked-about impersonations on the show.

The impressive feat not only delighted the show's judges and fans but also enthralled critics outside the show. In June 2019, New York magazine ranked her in the top ten of "the most powerful drag queens in America" in a bevy of 100 former Drag Race contestants.

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Snatch Game Is The Most Loved Challenge On Drag Race

As expected, one of the most exciting segments of "RuPaul's Drag Race" is the Snatch Game Challenge. It comes in the middle of each season when many of the competitors are already gone.

Having to wait a while before the challenge begins, fans are ecstatic when the contestants finally get the opportunity to display their acts.

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Although some of the impersonated A-listers are not renowned, fans do not care and are content with a good parody of any character. One can assume that they signed up majorly for the comedy.

Each premiere of the challenge also comes with new rules and restrictions; however, the goal has never varied— make the judges laugh. In time past, many queens have fulfilled this mission while some have totally bombed the opportunity.

This unpredictability of what to expect has contributed to making Snatch Game the mother of all comedy challenges on a reality show.

Snatch Game Judges

For every Ying exists a Yang! Similarly, in Snatch Game, there are judges to help select the standout drag queen of the challenge. RuPaul has served as the head judge since its premiere several years ago.

Currently, Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews, and Carson Kressley are the usual suspects on the decision-making panel.

In addition, each edition of the challenge brings several guest celebrities to aid the panel in carrying out their task. Over the years, we have seen A-listers like Alec Mapa, Amber Rose, Loretta Devine, Julie Brown, Gillan Jacobs, Tamar Braxton, Gigi Hadid, and Kate Upton grace the coveted judges' seat.

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Their unique hot takes on the drag queens' performances are always highly anticipated by fans and the contestants themselves. Between fishing out obvious duds and sterling performances, the judges sure have a huge task on their hands.

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