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The mini challenge
This week’s mini challenge was the Reading Challenge.
There weren’t many strong reads, as Eva – narrating the entire segment – made clear.
It seemed a clear win to Eva.
The Main Challenge
This week’s main challenge was the make-over challenge – one of the toughest in this format.
Friends and family were brought in.
We had this really weird breakdown from Minty – it made her seem quite cold and unlikable. Even Xilhouette was fairly dismissive of what was going on.
- Eva: Eva made over her best friend. Eva ticked all the boxes with this and met the assignment. It wasn’t a particularly exciting result, but she got the job done.
- Brigiding: Brigiding made over her cousin, and it seemed like a really strong result – cute outfits that were clearly in the same family, and great make-up. The judges hated it, as they seem to hate everything that Brigiding does.
- Xilhouette: Xilhouette made over her partner, who is a model and a seasoned male beauty pageant competitor. The results were good, but Xilhouette had a very easy canvass to work with.
- Marina: Marina made over her sister. The results were cute but Marina’s sister was super-pretty to begin with and the results were fairly safe.
- Minty: Mingty (reluctantly) made over her sister. I didn’t really see the connection between their looks and there didn’t seem to be much connection on the runway.
- Precious: Precious made over her younger brother – who is super-shy about twice the size of Precious. It was obviously really emotional for them to be able to undertake this challenge together. While the make-over results weren’t as polished as the other queens, this family dynamic really embodied what this task was all about.
I don’t know about this judging.
Xilhouette was declared the winner. She clearly did well, but she had a pretty easy make-over task. I would have given the win to Precious – it was a much more compelling make-over story.
Eva was safe, which made sense.
The critiques were probably a bit harsh on Marina but she did have a fairly easy make-over task and didn’t really push out of her comfort zone on this challenge.
I thought we’d end up up with Marina and Brigiding in the Bottom 2, but ultimately we’re leaning into the drama of a lip-sync rematch between Brigiding and Minty.
The track was Dyosa by Yumi Lacsamana.
This is a fun track with some good energy, personality and some nice highs and lows.
I really liked Brigiding’s performance in this – if I only had one dollar to tip, I would have given it to her – but it felt somewhat inevitable that this was the end of the road for Brigiding.
I don’t know why, but it just feels that Brigiding wasn’t being respected by this show. It’s probably best for her own sanity that she leaves now and focuses on continuing to build her career.
Episode 8, done!
What's life like for LGBTQ people in the Philippines?
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in the Philippines? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality indicators.
Is homosexuality legal in the Philippines?
Yes. Same-sex sexual activity is legal.
Are there anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ people in the Philippines?
There are some anti-discrimination protections place, but further work needs to be done to implement comprehensive protections against discrimination on the grounds of sexuality.
Is there Marriage Equality in the Philippines?
No. There is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships. Marriage is specifically limited to opposite-sex couples.
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in the Philippines?
In general, the Philippines is a fairly welcoming and accepting place in relation to LGBTQ people.
However, there is quite a lot of variation in the experience of LGBTQ people. Some parts of the country are very religious, and homophobia is frequently encountered.