RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars

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RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars
GenreReality competition
Directed byNick Murray
Theme music composerRuPaul
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)
  • "Born Naked (Stadium Remix)" (season 4)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes33 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Fenton Bailey
  • Randy Barbato
  • Tom Campbell
  • RuPaul
  • Steven Corfe
  • Pamela Post
  • Mandy Salangsang
Camera setupMultiple
Running time42–62 minutes
Production company(s)World of Wonder Productions
DistributorPassion Distribution
Original networkLogo (Season 1–2) VH1 (Season 2–4)
Showtime (Season 5–present)
Picture format
Original releaseOctober 22, 2012 (2012-10-22) –
present (present)
Related shows
External links

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars is an American reality competition television series all-star and 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.


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, 3, and 4 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 two/three queens.


Judges on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars
Judge Season
1 2 3 4
RuPaul Main
Michelle Visage Main
Santino Rice Main
Carson Kressley Main
Todrick Hall Main Guest
Ross Mathews Guest Main


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, third, and fourth seasons, the contestants deliberated among themselves in the work room on who each of the top 2 would eliminate if they won the Lip Sync for Your Legacy. This served as a mini-Untucked as there were no separately filmed Untucked companion episodes for those seasons.

Series overview[edit]

Season Premiere Date Finale Date Winner(s) Runner(s)-up Winner's Prizes
1 October 22, 2012 November 26, 2012 Chad Michaels Raven
  • $100,000 cash prize
  • A coveted spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame
  • A supply of MAC Cosmetics
  • A vacation trip courtesy of
2 August 25, 2016 October 27, 2016 Alaska Detox
  • $100,000 cash prize
  • A coveted spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame
  • A one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics
3 January 25, 2018 March 15, 2018 Trixie Mattel Kennedy Davenport
  • $100,000 cash prize
  • A coveted spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame
  • A one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics
4 December 14, 2018 February 15, 2019 Monét X Change
Trinity The Tuck
  • $100,000 cash prize
  • A coveted spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame
  • A one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

The winner of the first season of All Stars, Chad Michaels

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, 2012.[2]

The season featured twelve returning contestants from seasons one to four, for a chance to be inducted into the "Drag Race Hall of Fame". It is the only season of All Stars to have the contestants compete in teams of two. This series consists of six episodes, each aired in a 60 minute time-slot.[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 played during the credits is "Responsitrannity" (Matt Pop's edit), the latter of which is originally from RuPaul's album Glamazon.

Each episode, the judges provide their critiques on the contestants' performances in the main challenge and on the runway before RuPaul announces which team is the winner and which teams had the weakest performances. The teams deemed as being the bottom two must "lip sync for their lives" and choose a queen to represent their team in the lip sync in a final attempt to impress RuPaul. After the lip sync, RuPaul 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]

The winner of the second season of All Stars, Alaska

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 cast consisted of 10 returning contestants, 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 to eliminate. However, on their exit, RuPaul advised the first four eliminated queens that they will have the opportunity to come back for their "revenge", with the winner gaining entry back into the competition.

This season featured a lip-sync to the Rihanna song 'Shut Up and Drive' by Alyssa Edwards and Tatianna that has frequently been rated the number one best Drag Race lip-sync performance.[7][8]

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

Season 3 (2018)[edit]

The winner of the third season of All Stars, Trixie Mattel

On August 21, 2017, VH1 announced it would air a third season of the series in early 2018. [9][10][11]

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.[12][13] 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.[14] On December 14, 2017, it was announced that the third season would premiere on January 25, 2018.[15]

A new twist on how the top queens of the season were chosen was revealed in the season's final 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 while the others were eliminated.

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

Season 4 (2018–19)[edit]

The winners of the fourth season of All Stars, Monét X Change and Trinity the Tuck

In August 2018, during an episode of his podcast, Whats the Tee?, RuPaul confirmed he was currently filming the fourth season of All Stars.[16] On August 22, 2018, VH1 officially announced a fourth season of All Stars, with the cast still yet to be revealed.[17] On November 9, season 3 winner Trixie Mattel hosted a live stream with season 2 finalists Katya and Detox to announce the cast.[18] The ten contestants competing on the fourth season of All Stars were Farrah Moan, Gia Gunn, Jasmine Masters, Latrice Royale, Manila Luzon, Monét X Change, Monique Heart, Naomi Smalls, Trinity the Tuck, and Valentina.[19] Gia Gunn is the first transgender contestant to compete on a season of All Stars, while Latrice Royale and Manila Luzon were the first contestants to return after competing in a previous season of All Stars.[19] The fourth season premiered on December 14, 2018, on VH1.[19]

The winners of the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars were Monét X Change and Trinity the Tuck, marking the first time in the show's history where two winners were crowned.

Season 5[edit]

On August 19, 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a fifth season.[20] It was announced on February 20, 2020, on the show's official Twitter account, that the season would premiere on June 5th, 2020, on Showtime.[21]


DVD releases[edit]

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

Starting in September 2019, seasons one and two became available to stream on Hulu.[23]

Critical Reception[edit]

Season Critical response
Rotten Tomatoes
1 80% (5 reviews)
2 100% (8 reviews)
3 14% (7 reviews)
4 86% (7 reviews)


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