Episode 11: Glitter Ball #whyben

I woke up in the middle of the night after watching episode 11 and felt like someone broke up with me. BenDeLaCreme didn’t make the top three, and many of us were stunned. If you are looking for a fair assessment of the episode in order to justify your anger, read Eric Rezsnyak’s recap in the Rochester City Newspaper. (Read Rezsnyak’s recaps in general. They’re up there with the AV Club recaps.) I’m a biased Seattleite, but seriously. How can you not love this face? RuPaul, I adore you, but what in heaven’s name were you thinking?


By the way, don’t forget to vote for Miss Congeniality.

Now that DeLa is out of the picture, there is less suspense about who the winner will be. Can Courtney, Adore, or Darienne really beat out Bianca del Rio? Yeah. Whatever.

When a queen is eliminated, she tends to get a bump in the relative number of fans. This week, DeLa increased followers by 11%, which is higher than any other queen. 11% is still low compared to her other gains this season (28% after the Rusical episode). In general, I think that people have chosen their favorites and are just waiting for the finale. Bianca still leads the pack. Adore is still doing well. People are losing interest in Courtney Act. Darienne Lake still has the same number of fans as the eliminated (read: forgotten) queens.

And now, the numbers…

  • Bianca del Rio has the most followers (43,300) and the highest increase in followers (3,700).
  • Adore Delano is in 2nd place, both in total number of followers (39,200) and increase in followers (3,500).
  • Courtney Act is in 3rd place, with 36,200 followers, but only 1,500 new followers.
  • BenDeLaCreme is in 4th place, with 24,500 followers, increasing by 2,400 followers since last week.
  • Darienne is still in 7th place. You know, because she has those amazing runway looks.
  • April Carrion and Gia Gunn are tied for 8th place.

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Rankings: RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 6, Episode 11

Increase in Followers (#)

  • Bianca (3,700) and Adore (3,500) gained the most followers this week.
  • BenDeLaCreme (2,400) performed better than Courtney Act (1,500).
  • Joslyn, Milk, Trinity, Darienne, and Gia all gained about 600-800 new followers.
  • Vivacious, Kelly, Magnolia and Laganja gained less than 500 new followers.
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Twitter follower increase, Season 6, Episode 11 RuPaul’s Drag Race

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Twitter Follower Increase (Raw Numbers), Season 6, Episode 11 RuPaul’s Drag Race

Increase in Followers (%)

  • Normally Bianca del Rio has the highest relative increase in followers. Not today. DeLa’s elimination likely inspired people to follow her on social media now that she won’t be a regular part of our lives. She increased followers by 11%.
  • Adore (10%) and Bianca (9%) are also seeing a substantial relative increase in followers, but Courtney has only gained a 4% increase.
  • Laganja is at the bottom, with a 2% increase.
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Percent increase in Twitter followers, Season 6, Episode 11 RuPaul’s Drag Race


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Percent increase in Twitter followers (Raw Numbers), Season 6, Episode 11 RuPaul’s Drag Race


For You Mathy Types 


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Total Twitter Followers, Season 6, Episodes 2-11 RuPaul’s Drag Race

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Total Twitter followers, Season 6 Episode 11

And an extra treat…

Seattle’s reaction to DeLa’s elimination.


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