Friday evening on VH1, Emmy winner RuPaul Charles and guest Chaka Khan unveiled the names of the nine all star queens that will compete in the upcoming third season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” in a special called “Exclusive Queen Reuveal.” Very little is known about the structure of the new season, but based on the twists of the two previous cycles we know to expect the unexpected. On All Stars 1 the queens competed as pairs in a shortened six-episode season and on All Stars 2 instead of lip syncing for their life, top performers of the weekly challenges got to lip sync for their legacy and single-handedly eliminate another queen of their choosing. Those seasons led to the crowning of Chad Michaels and Alaska, both runners-up in their seasons prior to competing in All Stars.
Who are the nine queens competing for a spot with these previous All Stars legends in the Drag Race Hall of Fame? Below we’ve listed the nine new All Stars with a brief history of how each queen fared in their previous seasons and what contribution they’ve made to the legacy of the show. Who is your favorite and who do you think can win? Sound off in the comments!
Aja – 9th place, Season 9
Aja’s journey on Season 9 is most significant because of the way she antagonized fan favorite Valentina throughout the show. Her most memorable moment is when she uttered the now infamous line, “You’re perfect, you’re beautiful, you look like Linda Evangelista,” about Valentina’s endless praise from the judges.
BenDeLaCreme – 5th place, Season 6
Ben was named Miss Congeniality among one of the most legendary casts in series history, beating out favorites like Adore Delano, winner Bianca Del Rio and the ultimate death dropper Laganja Estranja.
Chi Chi DeVayne – 4th place, Season 8
Chi Chi began Season 8 as a proud southern queen capable of building looks on a dime, at times failing to live up to the glam standards of her competitors, but finished in fourth based on the strength of her performance skills, including two lip sync for your life wins.
Kennedy Davenport – 4th place, Season 7
The highlight of Kennedy’s time on the show was her winning impersonation of Little Richard in the Snatch Game challenge, after which she routinely earned high marks from the judges until her elimination just before the finale.
Milk – 9th place, Season 6
Milk’s willingness to push the boundaries of gender within drag is what sets her apart from any queen we saw before or after her appearance on the show. Whether the judges are more ready for it now than they were three seasons ago remains to be seen.
Morgan McMichaels – 8th place, Season 2
Morgan is probably the least recognizable face among the cast since she competed in one of the show’s earliest seasons before it had gained the huge fan following it has today as well as the little watched spin-off “Drag U.”
Shangela – 12th place, Season 2 & 6th place, Season 3
When Shangela appeared on Season 2 she was relatively new to the world of drag and her looks were rough, to put it nicely. But by the time she famously popped out of a box to compete again on Season 3 she had evolved to into a confident comedy star.
Thorgy Thor – 6th place, Season 8
Thorgy’s style of comedy was a little too off-beat for the judges in Season 8, but certainly paved the way for the crowning of Season 9’s winner Sasha Velour who employed a similarly intellectual approach to drag.
Trixie Mattel – 6th place, Season 7
Trixie began as one of Season 7’s frontrunners, but in Episode 4 was eliminated in a total shocker to the audience and despite winning a spot to return to the competition four episodes later still couldn’t live up to the high expectations. Regardless, she’s remained a fan favorite ever since and will be a huge threat this time around.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” recently wrapped one of its most successful years in series history after relocating full-time from airing on Logo to VH1 for Season 9. Aside from earning a series high eight Emmy nominations this year, including three wins, one of which was RuPaul’s second straight as Best Host, Season 9 was the most watched season ever with a series premiere featuring Lady Gaga that was watched by nearly one million viewers. We don’t know for sure yet when All Stars 3 will premiere, but we can expect the season to arrive sometime in early 2018.
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