In Friday’s sixth episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” Season 4, the first four eliminated queens — Gia Gunn, Jasmine Masters, Farrah Moan and Latrice Royale — are back and fighting for their right to stay in the competition. They and the other six girls will be paired up for a lip sync smackdown.
Which contestant came out on top as the winner of this game and of the evening? And were Gold Derby’s predictions correct that it would be Valentina who falls short?
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” recap of Season 4, Episode 6 — which was entitled “LaLaPaRUza” — to find out what happened on January 18. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite queens and who you think will ultimately join the list of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winners.
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8:00 p.m. – “But tonight, All Star rules are suspended…” said Ru last week, leaving the competition shaking. And as has become All Star tradition, the first four eliminated queens popped in for a return to the show, but now we get to found out why and how one (or more) of them will manage to re-enter! As Monique Heart pointed out, the lipstick message on the mirror said “Get ready to lip sync for your life, life, life, life.” Is that a clue?!
8:03 p.m. – With the girls back in the work room the eliminated queens got a chance to discuss how they felt about being sent home. Jasmine told Manila Luzon there isn’t anything (other than liking her more!) she would go back and change if she could while Farrah expressed some resentment over her friend Valentina sending her home.
8:05 p.m. – But then the topic turned to who the lip sync winners would have sent home if given the chance and both Manila and Monet X Change were prepared to eliminate Valentina under the pretense that she was the weakest in the competition. In true Villaintina fashion, she refused to accept that she was the weakest despite everyone pointing out that the judges were pretty harsh in their critiques of her. Her reply: “I’m not going off of the critiques, I’m going off of how I felt.” Yass, go off with that confidence!
8:07 p.m. – Latrice took a moment to question Monique’s decision to send her home instead of Monet, assuming that the choice was based off of friendship and not talent. Though she said she isn’t mad about it, Latrice obviously has a fire in her belly and is prepared to fight for chance to come back… and probably seek some vengeance? Let’s hope!
8:16 p.m. – Finally, Ru broke down what the comeback challenge would be, a lip sync LaLaPaRUza. So, in reverse elimination order (Latrice, Gia, Farrah, Jasmine) the four eliminated queens would get to choose one of the other six to lip sync against in a head-to-head where one would be saved and one would go home. Except for the fact that, well, as winners of last week’s challenge both Monet and Manila are immune and cannot be chosen for a lip sync battle. I’m…. still shook.
8:19 p.m. – With Farrah back, Valentina took the opportunity to check-in about where their friendship was at after she eliminated her. Farrah asked Valentina straight up whether or not she thought she was in fact the worst that week, to which Valentina said “yes,” shocking and hurting Farrah’s feelings. Valentina was honest, but it set up an opportunity for Farrah to potentially prove her talent by choosing Valentina to lip sync against and send her home.
8:21 p.m. – Monique and Latrice also had weird air between them, setting up another potential vengeance battle. Both Naomi Smalls and Monet supported Monique’s position in sending Latrice home based on performance not friendship, but more importantly Monique was not shy about going up against Latrice if that’s what Latrice wanted. In fact, Monique wanted to go against Latrice.
8:26 p.m. – Despite insisting that she is not at all nervous, Trinity the Tuck looked like a prime target to Gia, who believed Trinity was much more nervous than she said and could be vulnerable as an easy pick to go against because of it.
8:31 p.m. – Jasmine was in a precarious position as the first eliminated queen because it meant that she didn’t get the option of choosing who she would perform against. Because the other three would get to pick first, she’d be left to go against the one that none of them wanted to go against. That being said, Jasmine exuded confidence and wasn’t scared to go against any of them because of her tenure as one of the longest performers among them.
8:32 p.m. – Both Gia and Farrah were battling their own personal issues regarding their hopeful return. For Gia she struggles with confidence related to being seen by the community as a valid drag performer as a woman. She says her time away as an eliminated queen helped her realize that even as a woman she can still be a stunning and relevant drag performer. For Farrah she remains self conscious about her own talent because of the amount of times it’s been questioned by other queens and by fans. Luckily Trinity was around to give her a pep talk that warmed her spirits heading in to the LaLaPaRUza.
8:39 p.m. – With Ru tonight to make the four tough decisions were series judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews. But first the queens walked the runway in their LaLaPaRUza best: Jasmine had a rose-printed catsuit, Farrah wore a pink (duh!) feathered showgirls look, Gia looked like a bratty private school girl and Latrice was in a fringed leotard that wasn’t unlike, say, an ice skating look? Then, Manila came in an Italian restaurant table in dress form, Monet went for glam in a sparkling gown, Monique was in thigh high boots and a tasseled leotard, Naomi brought the body-ody-ody in a skimpy red S&M get-up, Trinity was cloaked in a big black drape and wasn’t prepared to reveal what was under it until the lip sync and Valentina had her own catsuit on, but red and sparkly and perfectly fit.
8:49 p.m. – It turns out all of the eliminated queens decided who they’d perform against prior to being on stage and so the first to actually lip synch was Jasmine who was left with Trinity as her only option to go against. To determine what RuPaul songs each pair would be performing, one of the queens got to pick a box. Trinity chose the song “Peanut Butter” to which Trinity revealed a stunning cage skirt and top under her cape. As a twerk song, “Peanut Butter” offered both girls the chance to use their body and twerking skills (excellently, I might add), but Trinity got to do her famous booty shake and was ultimately undeniable as the winner because of it. So we, rightly based on that match-up, said a final goodbye to…
8:59 p.m. – … Jasmine. Up next was Farrah who chose Valentina. Yes! The head-to-head we deserve! The frenemies performed to “Kitty Girl,” one of Ru’s most popular songs. In the battle, Farrah relied on a lot of hairography while Valentina showed that when she said she meant to prove herself as a lip sync performer this season she meant it! The surprising part of Valentina’s performance was that she brought out a little humor, too.
9:10 p.m. – After Valentina turned it all the way out in that performance, Ru chose her to stay which meant that we also bid farewell to Farrah for the last time. It would seem Farrah did not in fact win that rivalry. Gia was next to perform and she was looking to go against the queen she believed she could beat. With that in mind she chose Naomi, meaning that Latrice must have chosen Monique!
9:14 p.m. – In their performance to “Adrenaline,” Naomi served a supermodel leg all over the stage while Gia kept it cool for the start and then revealed gold tassel dress just as the beat kicked in to the quick vogue beat. But Naomi wasn’t going to be outdone and when she slid the entire length of the runway on her bottom and then later bent her entire body back on her feet it made for two complete gags.
9:20 p.m. – With moves like that it was impossible for Ru to not give the win to Naomi, meaning Gia was the third eliminated queen to leave for the second time. And so, all that was left to settle was the battle royale between Monique and Latrice!
9:22 p.m. – In their lip sync of “Sissy That Walk” both girls kept it calm until the main chorus hit where they both turned the energy dial way up and each included a wig-under-a-wig reveal (which we’ve seen before) and a split (which we’ve seen before). Overall it was pretty evenly matched with both queens giving it their all, but Ru’s decision was to keep Latrice!
9:27 p.m. – But it wasn’t the end of it for Monique–it seems the judges thought she, too, turned it out and deserved to remain in the competition! And so only three queens were sent home and there’s now 7 left to fight for the crown under, as Ru reveals, normal All Star rules!
NEXT WEEK: With Latrice back in the competition, the work room splits between older crowd and younger crowd as each all star is challenged with creating and hosting their own club night.