RuPaul's Drag Race (season 8)

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RuPaul's Drag Race
Season 8
Broadcast from March 7 (2016-03-07) – May 16, 2016 (2016-05-16)
Judges
Host(s) RuPaul
Broadcaster Logo TV
Competitors 12
Runtime 45 minutes
Winner
Bob the Drag Queen
Bob The Drag Queen at Rupaul's Dragcon 2017 by dvsross.jpg
Origin New York, NY
Runner-up
Chronology

The eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race began airing on March 7, 2016. Returning judges include RuPaul and Michelle Visage, along with Ross Mathews and Carson Kressley, who shared judging responsibilities on an alternating basis. Twelve drag queens competed for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar". The prizes for the winner are a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics and a cash prize of $100,000. The full list of contestants was revealed during the NewNowNext Awards on February 1, 2016.[1] The song "U Wear It Well" from RuPaul's album Butch Queen was featured in promotion for the show. On March 31, 2016, it was announced LogoTV renewed the show for a ninth season.[2] It was the last season to solely be played on Logo, as the show moved to VH1 for its ninth season, and RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Season 2 was broadcast simultaneously on VH1.

The theme song played during the runway segment every episode was "The Realness", and the song played during the closing credits was "Die Tomorrow", both songs from the album Realness.

The winner of the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race was Bob the Drag Queen, with Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls being the runners-up.

Cynthia Lee Fontaine returned on the ninth season as a surprise contestant to compete with the other 13 drag queens. She placed 10th overall.

Chi Chi DeVayne and Thorgy Thor competed on the third season of All Stars. Thorgy placed 10th and Chi Chi placed 8th overall.

Contestants[edit]

(Ages and names stated are at time of contest)

Contestant Name Age Hometown Outcome
Bob the Drag Queen Christopher Caldwell[3] 29 New York, New York Winner
Kim Chi Sang-Young Shin[4][5] 27 Chicago, Illinois Runner-up
Naomi Smalls Davis Heppenstall[6] 21 Redlands, California
Chi Chi DeVayne[a] Zavion Davenport[7] 29 Shreveport, Louisiana 4th Place
Derrick Barry Derrick Barry[8][9] 32 Las Vegas, Nevada 5th Place
Thorgy Thor Shane Galligan[10][11] 31 Brooklyn, New York 6th Place
Robbie Turner Jeremy Baird[12] 33 Seattle, Washington 7th Place
Acid Betty Jamin Ruhren[11] 37 Brooklyn, New York 8th Place
Naysha Lopez Fabian Rodriguez[5] 31 Chicago, Illinois 9th Place[b]
Cynthia Lee Fontaine Carlos Diaz[13] 34 Austin, Texas 10th Place
Dax ExclamationPoint Dax Martin[14] 31 Savannah, Georgia 11th/12th Place
Laila McQueen Tyler Devlin[15] 22 Gloucester, Massachusetts
  1. ^ Chi Chi Kat DeVayne is simply known as Chi Chi DeVayne on the show.
  2. ^ Naysha Lopez originally placed 12th before being asked back to the competition due to the double elimination.

Contestant progress[edit]

Contestant 1 [16] 2 [17] 3 [18] 4 [19] 5 [20] 6 [21] 7[22] 8[23] 9[24] 10[25]
Bob the Drag Queen SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE WIN SAFE WIN BTM2 SAFE Winner
Kim Chi WIN LOW SAFE HIGH SAFE HIGH SAFE WIN SAFE Runner-up
Naomi Smalls SAFE SAFE SAFE HIGH BTM2 WIN SAFE HIGH SAFE Runner-up
Chi Chi DeVayne SAFE WIN SAFE BTM2 SAFE LOW BTM2 HIGH ELIM Guest
Derrick Barry HIGH SAFE LOW LOW HIGH BTM2 WIN ELIM Guest
Thorgy Thor SAFE HIGH HIGH SAFE HIGH SAFE ELIM Guest
Robbie Turner LOW SAFE BTM2 WIN LOW ELIM Guest
Acid Betty HIGH HIGH HIGH SAFE ELIM Guest
Naysha Lopez ELIM SAFE ELIM Guest
Cynthia Lee Fontaine SAFE SAFE ELIM Miss C
Dax ExclamationPoint SAFE ELIM Guest
Laila McQueen BTM2 ELIM Guest
     The contestant won RuPaul's Drag Race.
     The contestants were the runners-up.
     The contestant was voted Miss Congeniality by viewers.
     The contestant won a challenge.
     The contestant received positive judges' critiques but was ultimately declared safe.
     The contestant received judges' critiques but was ultimately declared safe.
     The contestant received negative judges' critiques but was ultimately declared safe.
     The contestant was in the bottom two.
     The contestant was eliminated.
     The contestant returned as a guest for the finale episode.

Lip-syncs[edit]

Episode Contestants Song Eliminated
1 Laila McQueen vs. Naysha Lopez "Applause"
(Lady Gaga)
Naysha Lopez
2 Dax ExclamationPoint vs. Laila McQueen "I Will Survive"
(Gloria Gaynor)
Dax ExclamationPoint
Laila McQueen
3 Cynthia Lee Fontaine vs. Robbie Turner "Mesmerized (Freemasons radio edit)"
(Faith Evans)
Cynthia Lee Fontaine
4 Chi Chi DeVayne vs. Naysha Lopez "Call Me"
(Blondie)
Naysha Lopez
5 Acid Betty vs. Naomi Smalls "Causing a Commotion"
(Madonna)
Acid Betty
6 Derrick Barry vs. Robbie Turner "I Love It"
(Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX)
Robbie Turner
7 Chi Chi DeVayne vs. Thorgy Thor "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"
(Jennifer Holliday)
Thorgy Thor
8 Bob The Drag Queen vs. Derrick Barry "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)"
(Sylvester)
Derrick Barry
9 Bob the Drag Queen vs. Chi Chi DeVayne vs. Kim Chi vs. Naomi Smalls "The Realness"
(RuPaul)
Chi Chi DeVayne
     The contestant was eliminated after their first time in the bottom two.
     The contestant was eliminated after their second time in the bottom two.
     The contestant was eliminated after final lipsync of the season.

Guest judges[edit]

Listed in chronological order:[26]

Special guests[edit]

Guests who appeared in episodes, but did not judge on the main stage.

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

  • AB Soto, musician

Episode 5:

  • Charo, musician and comedian

Episode 6:

Episode 7:

Episode 9:

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
941"Keeping it 100!"March 7, 2016 (2016-03-07)

The 12 queens enter the work room of RuPaul's Drag Race, where they are met by RuPaul himself. The queens were asked by RuPaul to compete in two maxi-challenges; feature in a photo shoot alongside each winner of the competition from season one to then-current season 7 (alongside All Stars winner Chad Michaels), and re-create specific looks taken from previous seasons; these two challenges were to coincide with the series' 100th episode.[27] During the judges critiques, Acid Betty, Derrick Berry, and Kim Chi were deemed the best for their runway looks, with the latter contestant winning the challenge. Naomi Smalls was declared safe, whilst Laila McQueen, Naysha Lopez and Robbie Turner were criticized for their runway looks, though Turner received positive remarks for her photoshoot. Turner was declared safe from the bottom two, whilst Lopez and McQueen lip-synced against each other to Lady Gaga's "Applause"; McQueen won the lip-sync, while Lopez was sashayed away by RuPaul.[27]

  • Guest Judge: Nicole Richie
  • Special Guests: BeBe Zahara Benet, Shannel, Tyra Sanchez, Raven, Morgan McMichaels, Raja, Sharon Needles, Chad Michaels, Latrice Royale, Jinkx Monsoon, and Violet Chachki
  • Alternating Judge(s): Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews
  • Mini-Challenge: Photoshoot with past winners
  • Maxi Challenge: Create an outfit based on a design challenge from seasons past
  • Challenge Winner: Kim Chi
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $3,000 from selfieonastick.com
  • Bottom Two: Laila McQueen and Naysha Lopez
  • Lip Sync Song: "Applause" by Lady Gaga
  • Eliminated: Naysha Lopez
  • Farewell message: "Dear Ladies + Monsters. It was a pleasure meeting you all! Play the cards you are dealt + Turn DA PARTY! P.S. I ♥ U Layla [sic] xoxo! The Beauty! Naysha Lopez ♥"
952"Bitch Perfect"March 14, 2016 (2016-03-14)

The 11 remaining queens were asked by RuPaul to compete in two lip-sync teams in the "Bitch Perfect" show, loosely based from the film Pitch Perfect; contestant Chi Chi DeVayne lead the team Shady Bitches, and Cynthia Lee Fontaine was the leader to Lady Bitches. The runway theme for the week was "Red Carpet Realness".[28] During the judges critiques, Acid Betty, Chi Chi DeVayne and Thorgy Thor were complimented for their performances and runway looks, with DeVayne winning the challenge overall. Dax ExclaimationPoint, Kim Chi and Laila McQueen were all criticized for their performances, though Chi received positive remarks on the runway. Kim Chi was declared safe from the bottom two, whilst ExclaimationPoint and McQueen lip-synced against each other to Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive". For the second time on RuPaul's Drag Race, RuPaul eliminated both contestants due to their poor performance, and announced that a previous drag queen would return to the show.[28] The queens are challenged to perform in a collegiate, all-queen drag-appella sing-off.

  • Guest Judges: Ester Dean, Lucian Piane, and Jamal Sims
  • Special Guest: AB Soto
  • Mini-Challenge: Latin dance-off to "Cha Cha Bitch"
  • Mini-Challenge Winners: Chi Chi DeVayne and Cynthia Lee Fontaine
  • Maxi Challenge: Perform in a collegiate a cappella sing-off called Bitch Perfect
  • Runway Theme: Movie Premiere Realness
  • Challenge Winner: Chi Chi DeVayne
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: 4 night getaway to a bed and breakfast in New England
  • Bottom Two: Dax ExclamationPoint and Laila McQueen
  • Lip Sync Song: "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor
  • Eliminated: Dax ExclamationPoint and Laila McQueen
  • Farewell Message — Dax ExclamationPoint: "Ladies, You're all Fantastic! I wish I could be here with you! Set the world on fire + Make Everyone EAT IT -DAX! ☠"
  • Farewell Message — Laila McQueen: "You're All the Biggest Pack of freaks and I am so "Happy" to call you "family". But Actually I ♥ you All & can't wait for the future with you! xoxo Laila! PS. 1 less Madonna"
963"RuCo's Empire"March 21, 2016 (2016-03-21)

The queens perform in a mini challenge where they must turn a judge's robe into a fashionable look. Naomi Smalls wins the mini challenge and becomes a team captain. Naysha Lopez returns after the double elimination and becomes the second team captain. The queens must act in two "episodes" of RuCo's Empire. The Runway theme of the week was "Roller Girl Realness". Naomi, Chi Chi, Kim, and Naysha are called safe. After the judge's critiques Bob wins the challenge despite negative reviews on her runway look. Thorgy, Acid Betty and Derrick are called safe. Robbie receives positive reviews for her runway but winds up in the bottom 2 with Cynthia, who was criticized for both her runway and performance in the challenge. Robbie lip syncs in roller skates while Cynthia lip syncs in heels. Robbie wins the lip sync and Cynthia is sent home. [18]

  • Mini-Challenge: Drag up a supreme court judge robe
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Naomi Smalls
  • Returned: Naysha Lopez
  • Maxi Challenge: Star in two Empire-inspired acting scenes
  • Runway Theme: Roller Girl Realness
  • Guest Judges: Faith Evans and Tasha Smith
  • Alternating Judge: Carson Kressley
  • Challenge Winner: Bob The Drag Queen
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $3,500 of Innovative Eyewear from Bradley Kenneth
  • Bottom Two: Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Robbie Turner
  • Lip Sync Song: "Mesmerized" by Faith Evans (Freemasons Radio Edit)
  • Eliminated: Cynthia Lee Fontaine
  • Farewell message: "Dont give up!!! Fight For Your Dreams!!! Love you Mis Amores #CuCu <(:3"
974"New Wave Queens"March 28, 2016 (2016-03-28)

The queens have to sing live in ‘80s style New Wave girl bands.

  • Guest Judges: Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, and Lucian Piane
  • Maxi Challenge: Sing live in ‘80s style New Wave girl bands
  • Runway Theme: Neon Queen Realness
  • Challenge Winner: Robbie Turner
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A wig wardrobe from Weaven Steven
  • Bottom Two: Chi Chi DeVayne and Naysha Lopez
  • Lip Sync Song: "Call Me" by Blondie
  • Eliminated: Naysha Lopez
  • Farewell message: "Dear Ladies, Have a good time and push yourself. I got a 2nd chance, don't blow your first and only! xoxo Da Beauty! Naysha Lopez"
985"Supermodel Snatch Game"April 4, 2016 (2016-04-04)

The queens impersonate celebrities in a quick-witted TV game show, and dress in iconic Madonna looks for the runway. Bob wins as his portrayal of Carol Channing and Uzo Aduba. While the queens walked the runway, Derrick, KimChi, Naomi, and Thorgy all wore kimonos, causing the judges to criticize the look.

  • Guest Judges: Gigi Hadid and Chanel Iman
  • Alternating Judge: Carson Kressley
  • Maxi Challenge: Impersonate celebrities in the Snatch Game
  • Runway Theme: Iconic Madonna looks
  • Challenge Winner: Bob The Drag Queen
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A set of Lux De Ville hand bags
  • Bottom Two: Acid Betty and Naomi Smalls
  • Lip Sync Song: "Causing a Commotion" by Madonna
  • Eliminated: Acid Betty
  • Farewell message: "Ladies, You have been touched by fierceness! Now werq it out! -Bob, ♥ you! See jew in new york. -Thorgy you are amazeballs -Acidbetty.com "
996"Wizards of Drag"April 11, 2016 (2016-04-11)

The queens give cast members of Little Women: LA drag makeovers in the style of The Wizard of Oz.

  • Guest Judges: Todrick Hall and Marc Jacobs
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Mathews
  • Special Guest: Marc Snetiker
  • Mini-Challenge: Reading is Fundamental
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Bob The Drag Queen
  • Maxi Challenge: Give Wizard of Oz-themed makeovers to cast members of Little Women L.A.
  • Challenge Winner: Naomi Smalls
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $1,000 worth of spa services from The Spa on Rodeo
  • Bottom Two: Derrick Barry and Robbie Turner
  • Lip Sync Song: "I Love It" by Icona Pop
  • Eliminated: Robbie Turner
  • Farewell message: "My dearest trashbags, I'm sorry to leave you all so soon, but know this, the love I have for you is REAL + quite strong, also whoever wins owes me a tea or a steak dinner! Love you all, Robbie"
1007"Shady Politics"April 18, 2016 (2016-04-18)

The queens shoot shady presidential campaign ads, throwing their wigs in the ring to become the first drag president of the USA.

  • Guest Judges: Vivica A. Fox and Thomas Roberts
  • Special Guest: Andrew Christian
  • Alternating Judge(s): Carson Kressley
  • Mini-Challenge: Playing a true or false guessing game with the Pit Crew
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Derrick Barry
  • Maxi Challenge: Work in pairs to shoot presidential campaign ads to smear their partner and stake their claim to be the first drag President of the U.S.A.
  • Runway Theme: Black and White Realness
  • Challenge Winners: Bob the Drag Queen and Derrick Barry
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A custom made gown from MountBatten Concepts
  • Bottom Two: Chi Chi DeVayne and Thorgy Thor
  • Lip Sync Song: "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls
  • Eliminated: Thorgy Thor
  • Farewell message: "Clowns! All of you!! Come to NY - but please take down Bob! ... She's terrible! - anyway - <3 you guys! top 3?....... Naomi, Bob, Deryk... Let's see.... (that was shady!) <3 thorgy"
1018"RuPaul Book Ball"April 25, 2016 (2016-04-25)

The queens compete in a pageant of book inspired couture, and perform a musical tribute to Jerri Blank from Strangers With Candy.

  • Guest Judges: Amy Sedaris and David Sedaris
  • Alternating Judge(s): Ross Mathews
  • Mini-Challenge: Everybody Loves Puppets
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Chi Chi DeVayne
  • Maxi Challenge: Design three outfits for the Book Ball, Baby Drag Realness, That's My Mama Realness and Book Couture, and perform a musical tribute to Jerri Blank from Strangers With Candy
  • Challenge Winner: Kim Chi
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $2,500 gift card from Fabric Planet
  • Bottom Two: Bob the Drag Queen and Derrick Barry
  • Lip Sync Song: "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester James
  • Eliminated: Derrick Barry
  • Farewell message: To my top 4, Ru said I won the challenge! What happened? I love you all! <3 Derrick Bitch!
1029"The Realness"May 2, 2016 (2016-05-02)

The queens compete in their final challenge - starring in the music video for RuPaul's hit "The Realness."

  • Special Guests: Bianca Del Rio and Jayson Whitmore
  • Alternating Judge(s): Ross Mathews and Carson Kressley
  • Maxi Challenge: Star in the music video for RuPaul's single "The Realness"
  • Lip-sync Song: "The Realness" by RuPaul
  • Eliminated: Chi Chi DeVayne
10310"Grand Finale"May 16, 2016 (2016-05-16)

Wigs fly as the queens discuss the drama of the season. Plus, both "America's Next Drag Superstar" and "Miss Congeniality" are crowned.

  • Miss Congeniality: Cynthia Lee Fontaine
  • Runners Up: Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls
  • Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race season eight: Bob the Drag Queen

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