RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars

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RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars
RPDR AllStars L.jpg
Genre Reality competition
Directed by Nick Murray
Judges
Theme music composer RuPaul
Lucian Piane
Opening theme "RuPaul's Drag Race" theme (season 1–present)
Ending theme
  • "Responsitrannity" (season 1)
  • "Throw Ya Hands Up"
    (season 2)
  • "Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve & Talent" (season 3)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 23
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Fenton Bailey
  • Randy Barbato
  • Tom Campbell
  • RuPaul
  • Steven Corfe
  • Pamela Post
  • Mandy Salangsang
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 42–62 minutes
Production company(s) World of Wonder Productions
Distributor Passion Distribution
Release
Original network Logo
VH1
Picture format
Original release October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22) – present (present)
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website

RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars is an American reality competition television series spin-off produced by World of Wonder for Logo TV, where host and mentor RuPaul invites past contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race to compete for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame.

Format[edit]

Mini challenges[edit]

In the mini challenge, each contestant is asked to perform a different task with varying requirements and time limitations. The winner of a mini challenge is sometimes rewarded with some kind of advantage in the main challenge.

Main challenges[edit]

The requirements of the main challenge vary across each episode, and can be individual or group challenges. The winner of the main challenge also receives a "special" prize for their win. In the past, challenge winners have been rewarded with prizes including custom designer clothing, vacations, cruises, and quality cosmetic items.

The goal of each main challenge involves a new theme and outcome. Challenges focus on the returning contestants' ability to once again present themselves on camera, perform with music, or perform humorously. Season 1 saw the focus on the groups ability to perform well together, while season 2 and 3 are based on more individual challenges where the returning contestant relied on themselves and performance solely. Along with the "special" prizes awarded by winning the main challenge, the top two queens must now lip-sync for the legacy, with the victor being awarded a cash prize of $10,000 and the choice of elimination out of the bottom three queens.

Judging[edit]

Judges
Judge Season
1 2 3
RuPaul Main
Michelle Visage Main
Santino Rice Main
Carson Kressley Main
Todrick Hall Main Guest
Ross Mathews Guest Main

Untucked[edit]

Just like RuPaul's Drag Race, episodes of the first season of All Stars were followed by an Untucked episode each week, giving the viewers a glimpse into the backstage drama and discussions' between the returning contestants. For the second and third seasons, the contestants deliberated themselves backstage on who they would choose to eliminate, serving as a mini-Untucked as there were no separately filmed Untucked companion show for that season.

Prizes[edit]

Each season, the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars receives a selection of prizes. The prizes won for each season were:

Season 1:

  • $100,000 cash prize
  • A coveted spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame
  • A supply of MAC Cosmetics
  • A vacation trip courtesy of ALandCHUCK.travel

Season 2 and 3:

  • $100,000 cash prize
  • A coveted spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame
  • A one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics

In each season there are also smaller prizes awarded for challenges within the episodes, ranging from "cash tips" to vacations, gift cards, etc.

Series overview[edit]

The winner of the first season of All Stars, Chad Michaels
The winner of the second season of All Stars, Alaska
The winner of the third season of All Stars, Trixie Mattel
Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 6 October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22) November 26, 2012 (2012-11-26)
2 9 August 25, 2016 (2016-08-25) October 27, 2016 (2016-10-27)
3 8 January 25, 2018 (2018-01-25) March 15, 2018 (2018-03-15)

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars[1] is the first All-Star season of RuPaul's Drag Race and premiered on the Logo network on October 22, 2012. Cast members were announced on August 6.[2]

This season features twelve returning contestants representing all four seasons for a chance to be inducted into the "Drag Race Hall of Fame". This series aired six episodes, each an hour in length.[3] Contestants were judged on their "charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent" and, since they competed in teams of two, also "synergy". The winner received a supply of MAC cosmetics, a "one of a kind trip" and $100,000.[4] The theme song playing during the runway every episode is "Sexy Drag Queen" (dootdoot 'doot-swift' remix) and the song playing during the credits is "Responsitrannity" (Matt Pop's edit), the latter of which is originally from RuPaul's album Glamazon.

The judges each provide their opinion on the contestants' performances in the main challenge and on the runway before RuPaul announces which queen is the episode's winner and which two had the weakest performances. The day before judging, the contestants are all provided with a song by a female artist to which they must learn the lyrics. The contestants deemed as being the bottom two must "lip sync for their lives" to the song in a final attempt to impress RuPaul. After the lip sync, RuPaul alone decides who stays and who leaves. RuPaul describes the qualities the contestants must have to be crowned the winner of the show as "Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent... These are people who have taken adversity and turned it into something that is beautiful and something powerful."[5] The phrase "charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent" is used repeatedly on the show, the acronym of which is CUNT. On the All Stars season, "synergy" was added to provide an explanation behind the contestants being sorted into teams (expanding the acronym into CUNTS).

The winner of the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars was Chad Michaels.

Season 2 (2016)[edit]

A second season of All Stars was announced in 2015 and started shooting immediately after Season 8. The show was to begin airing on August 25, 2016. Along with the season premiere's announcement, the cast of All Stars 2 were revealed. The show's cast consisted of 10 returning contestants, including Adore Delano, Alaska, Alyssa Edwards, Coco Montrese, Detox, Ginger Minj, Katya, Phi Phi O'Hara, Roxxxy Andrews and Tatianna.[6]

A new twist was revealed for this season changing the format of the show. In previous seasons, the two lowest performing queens had to "Lip-sync for their Life" to avoid elimination. This season has the two best performing queens of the challenge "Lip-sync for their Legacy", with the winner of the lip-sync earning $10,000 and choosing which one of the bottom queens gets eliminated. However, on their exit, RuPaul advised the first four eliminated queens that they will have the opportunity to come back for their "revenge".

The winner of the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars was Alaska.

Season 3 (2018)[edit]

On August 21, 2017, VH1 announced it would air a third season of the series in early 2018. [7][8][9]

On October 13, 2017, VH1 announced that a one-hour special, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Exclusive Queen RuVeal, would air on October 20, 2017, announcing the season’s returning contestants.[10][11] The ten contestants that competed on the third season of All Stars consisted of Aja, BenDeLaCreme, Chi Chi DeVayne, Kennedy Davenport, Milk, Morgan McMichaels, Shangela, Thorgy Thor, Trixie Mattel, and season one winner BeBe Zahara Benet.[12] On December 14, 2017, it was announced that the third season would premiere on January 25, 2018.[13]

A new twist on how the top queens of the season were chosen was revealed in the seasons last episode. The previously eliminated queens returned in the finale and voted for the top two out of the remaining top four finalists, from there on the two queens with the most votes advanced and the others were subsequently eliminated.

The winner of the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars was Trixie Mattel.

Season 4[edit]

In August 2018, during an episode of his podcast, Whats the Tee?, RuPaul confirmed he was currently filming the fourth season of All Stars.[14]

Contestants[edit]

All returning contestants are listed below by season and elimination order.

Placing Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Winner Chad Michaels Alaska Trixie Mattel
Runner-Up Raven Detox
Katya
Kennedy Davenport
3rd Place Jujubee
Shannel
BeBe Zahara Benet
Shangela
4th Place Roxxxy Andrews
5th Place Alexis Mateo
Yara Sofia
Alyssa Edwards Morgan McMichaels
6th Place Tatianna BenDeLaCreme
7th Place Latrice Royale
Manila Luzon
Phi Phi O'Hara Aja
8th Place Ginger Minj Chi Chi DeVayne
9th Place Nina Flowers
Tammie Brown
Adore Delano Milk
10th Place Coco Montrese Thorgy Thor
11th Place Mimi Imfurst
Pandora Boxx
12th Place
     The contestant was eliminated earlier in the competition, returned and advanced.
     The contestant quit the competition.

DVD releases[edit]

Season Release date Special features Discs
1 January 22, 2013[15]
  • Bonus scenes
  • Episodes of Untucked
  • Meet the Queens interviews
2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race". Retrieved September 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race: Meet the Queens from www.newnownext.com 6 August 2012
  3. ^ Logo launching all-stars edition of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' -- EXCLUSIVE from Entertainment Weekly 12 March 2012
  4. ^ "RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race Premiere: Never Too Early to Throw Shade". 
  5. ^ RuPaul's Drag Race Insider Clip (October 8, 2008). "WOW TV". Wow.wowtv.tv. Archived from the original on December 12, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2009. 
  6. ^ "eet the Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Season 2". Retrieved September 27, 2016. 
  7. ^ Bellino, Damian (August 21, 2017). "VH1 Greenlights RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season Three and Brings Untucked After Show Back to TV". VH1. United States: Viacom Media Networks. Archived from the original on August 21, 2017. Retrieved August 21, 2017. 
  8. ^ Turchiano, Danielle (August 21, 2017). "VH1 Orders RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 3 and More Untucked (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 21, 2017. 
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (August 21, 2017). "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars & Untucked Renewed By VH1". Deadline Hollywood. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 21, 2017. 
  10. ^ Bellino, Damian (October 13, 2017). "RuPaul Will Unveil the Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars in an Exclusive Queen Reveal on October 20th!". Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  11. ^ Rudolph, Christopher (October 13, 2017). ""All Stars" Season 3 Queens Will Be Ruvealed In "RuPaul's Drag Race" Special Next Week". Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  12. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' season 3 queens announced: See an exclusive cast photo". 
  13. ^ Nolfi, Joey (December 14, 2017). "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3 premiere date announced in stiletto-snapping trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Archived from the original on December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  14. ^ https://www.queerty.com/rupaul-loses-filming-drag-race-stars-4-terrifies-cast-20180809
  15. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars". LogoTV Shop. Retrieved May 14, 2013.