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RuPaul's Drag Race
Season 11
Broadcast fromFebruary 28, 2019 (2019-02-28)
JudgesRuPaul
Michelle Visage
Ross Mathews
Carson Kressley
Host(s)RuPaul
BroadcasterVH1
Competitors15
Chronology

The eleventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race began airing on February 28, 2019, on VH1. The cast for this season features fourteen new queens and one returning queen who were announced via a live video on January 24, 2019, hosted by season 10 winner Aquaria and Adam Rippon.[1] Season 10 contestant Vanessa Vanjie Mateo returned to the competition.

Contestants

Ages, names, and cities stated are at time of contest.

Contestant Name Age[2] Hometown[3] Outcome
A'Keria C. Davenport[a] Gregory D'Wayne[4] 30 Dallas, Texas TBD
Ariel Versace Bryan Philip Neel[5][6] 26 Cherry Hill, New Jersey TBD
Brooke Lynn Hytes Brock Hayhoe[7] 32 Nashville, Tennessee TBD
Mercedes Iman Diamond Curran[8] 30 Minneapolis, Minnesota TBD
Nina West Andrew Levitt[9] 39 Columbus, Ohio TBD
Plastique Tiara Duc Tran[10] 21 Dallas, Texas TBD
Ra'Jah O'Hara[b] Benni Miller[11] 33 Dallas, Texas TBD
Scarlet Envy Jacob James[12] 26 Brooklyn, New York TBD
Shuga Cain Jesus Martinez Jr.[13] 40 New York City, New York TBD
Silky Nutmeg Ganache Reginald Steele[14] 28 Chicago, Illinois TBD
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo Jose Cancel[15] 26 Los Angeles, California TBD
Yvie Oddly Jovan Bridges[16] 24 Denver, Colorado TBD
Honey Davenport James Heath-Clark[17] 32 New York City, New York 13th Place
Kahanna Montrese Tyrone Hardiman[18] 25 Las Vegas, Nevada 14th Place
Soju Hyunsoo "Tony" Ha[19][20] 27 Los Angeles, California 15th Place
  1. ^ A'Keria Chanel Davenport is referred to as A'Keria C. Davenport on the show.
  2. ^ Ra'Jah D. O'Hara is referred to as Ra'Jah O'Hara on the show.

Contestant progress

Contestant 1 2 3
A'Keria C. Davenport HIGH SAFE BTM6
Ariel Versace SAFE LOW HIGH
Brooke Lynn Hytes WIN LOW SAFE
Mercedes Iman Diamond LOW BTM2 SAFE
Nina West LOW SAFE WIN
Plastique Tiara HIGH HIGH BTM6
Ra’Jah O’Hara SAFE SAFE BTM6
Scarlet Envy SAFE WIN BTM6
Shuga Cain SAFE HIGH BTM6
Silky Nutmeg Ganache SAFE SAFE SAFE
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo HIGH SAFE HIGH
Yvie Oddly SAFE WIN SAFE
Honey Davenport SAFE SAFE ELIM
Kahanna Montrese BTM2 ELIM
Soju ELIM
     The contestant won RuPaul's Drag Race.
     The contestant was a runner-up.
     The contestant was voted Miss Congeniality.
     The contestant won the 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 placed in the bottom and had to lipsync for their life.
     The contestant was eliminated.

Lip syncs

Episode Contestants Song Eliminated
1 Kahanna Montrese vs. Soju The Best of Both Worlds
(Hannah Montana)
Soju
2 Kahanna Montrese vs. Mercedes Iman Diamond Work Bitch
(Britney Spears)
Kahanna Montrese
3 A'keria C. Davenport vs. Honey Davenport vs. Plastique Tiara
vs. Ra'Jah O'Hara vs. Scarlet Envy vs. Shuga Cain
"Waiting for Tonight (Hex Hector Mix)"
(Jennifer Lopez)
Honey Davenport
     The contestant was eliminated after their first time in the bottom.
     The contestant was eliminated after their second time in the bottom.
     The contestant was eliminated after their third time in the bottom.

Guest judges

Listed in chronological order:[21]

Special guests

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

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 4

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
1321"Whatcha Unpackin?"[23]February 28, 2019 (2019-02-28)[24]

Fourteen new queens and one returning queen, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, enter the werk room. RuPaul announces the first mini-challenge is to pose with drag race alumni and the queens are paired up as follows: Scarlet and Raja, Shuga and Jasmine Masters, Honey and Manila Luzon, Ra'Jah and Ginger Minj, Vanessa and Farrah Moan, Brooke and Ongina, Plastique and Sonique, Soju and Victoria "Porkchop" Parker, Ariel and Eureka, Nina and Raven, Mercedes and Delta Work, Kahanna and Derrick Barry, A'Keria and Kimora Blac, Silky and Mariah, and Yvie and Adore Delano. Silky wins the challenge and gets to assign each queen a box inspired by a previous contestant to make an outfit from.

Silky assigns herself Peppermint, A’Keria with BeBe Zahara Benet, Ariel with Laganja Estranja, Brooke with Detox, Honey with BenDeLaCreme, Kahanna with Katya, Mercedes with Bianca Del Rio, Nina with Thorgy Thor, Plastique with Sasha Velour, Ra’Jah with Kennedy Davenport, Scarlet with Violet Chachki, Shuga with Sharon Needles, Soju with Kim Chi, Vanessa with Valentina and Yvie with Alaska. Whilst the queens are constructing their garments guest judge Miley Cyrus surprises them by dressing up as a crew member and sneaking into the workroom, she reveals that she will be the guest judge for that week.

On the main stage, Ariel, Honey, Ra'Jah, Scarlet, Shuga, Silky, and Yvie are declared safe. The remaining queens are critiqued with A'Keria, Brooke, Plastique, and Vanessa all receiving praise for their garments with Kahanna, Mercedes, Nina, and Soju receiving negative critiques. After the judges deliberate Brooke is declared the winner of the challenge and Soju and Kahanna are put in the bottom two. They lipsync to "The Best of Both Worlds" by Hannah Montana and Soju is eliminated.

  • Guest Judge: Miley Cyrus
  • Alternating Judges: Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews
  • Mini-Challenge: Photo shoot with past Drag Race contestants.
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Silky Nutmeg Ganache
  • Mini-Challenge Prize: $2,000 gift card from Arda Wigs
  • Main Challenge: Create signature looks from materials belonging to former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” legends.
  • Challenge Winner: Brooke Lynn Hytes
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A seven night stay in Paris, France courtesy of misterb&b
  • Bottom Two: Kahanna Montrese and Soju
  • Lip Sync Song: "The Best of Both Worlds" by Hannah Montana
  • Eliminated: Soju
  • Farewell message: "I LOVE ALL OF YOU CYSTERS! HAVE FUN ♡ — GEONBAE, BITCHES! SOJU ♡"
1332"Good God Girl, Get Out"[23]March 7, 2019 (2019-03-07)[24]

The contestants take part in a mini-challenge where they have to 'photobomb' famous pictures of celebrities and both Silky and Brooke win the challenge. This gives them the power to pick the teams for the week's maxi challenge which is to star in two parody films 'Why It Gotta Be Black, Panther?' (parody of 'Black Panther') and 'Good God Girl Get Out' (parody of 'Get Out'). The teams then assign roles and perform in front of the camera while Ross and Michelle direct.

On the main stage, the category is 'What's Your Sign?' where the queens dress according to their zodiac signs. A'Keria, Honey, Nina, Ra'Jah, Silky, and Vanessa are declared safe. Ariel, Brooke, Kahanna, and Mercedes receive negative critiques of their performances in the challenge but Brooke and Ariel receive praise for their runway looks. While Plastique, Scarlet, Shuga, and Yvie receive positive critiques with Plastique, Scarlet, and Yvie receiving positive feedback on their runways as well. Scarlet and Yvie are declared the winners of the challenge while Kahanna and Mercedes are placed in the bottom two. The pair then lipsync to "Work Bitch" by Britney Spears with Kahanna going home.

  • Guest Judges: Sydelle Noel and Bobby Moynihan
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Mathews
  • Mini-Challenge: Celebrity photo bombing
  • Mini-Challenge Winners: Brooke Lynn Hytes and Silky Nutmeg Ganache
  • Mini-Challenge Prize: $1,000 gift card from Fierce Queen
  • Main Challenge: Perform in drag film adaptations of Black Panther and Get Out
  • Runway Theme: What's Your Sign?
  • Challenge Winners: Scarlet Envy and Yvie Oddly
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $2,500 gift card from The Crème Shop
  • Bottom Two: Kahanna Montrese and Mercedes Iman Diamond
  • Lip Sync Song: "Work Bitch" by Britney Spears
  • Eliminated: Kahanna Montrese
  • Farewell message: "For the first time I’ve felt like I truly belonged. Thank you for embracing me & making me feel loved. Xoxo, Kahanna"
1343"Diva Worship"[23]March 14, 2019 (2019-03-14)[24]

At the start of the episode the queens take part in a mini-challenge where they need to try and 'seduce' their way into a Seduction concert, and Nina and Ra'Jah win. They select their teams for the maxi challenge which is to make a parody Christian talk show to worship a diva. Nina's team pick Britney Spears and Ra'Jah's team select Mariah Carey. The queens are then directed by Ross and perform their show in one take.

On the main stage, the category is 'Fringe' and the queens each present a fringe inspired look. Team Nina are declared the winners of the challenge and Ru compliments both Vanjie and Ariel for their excellent performances but Nina is declared the overall challenge winner. Team Ra'Jah O'Hara is declared the losing team and all six of the team's members (A'Keria, Plastique, Ra'Jah, Scarlet, Shuga, and Honey) are critiqued for severely lackluster performances, but most of their runways are well-received. After deliberating, Ru places every team member in the bottom six and has them lipsync to "Waiting for Tonight (Hex Hector Mix)" by Jennifer Lopez. Ru announces first that Plastique is safe, followed by Ra'Jah, Scarlet, and A'Keria. Finally, Shuga is the last to be saved, resulting in Honey's elimination.

  • Guest Judges: Guillermo Díaz and Troye Sivan
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Mathews
  • Mini-Challenge: Seduce your way into a Seduction concert
  • Mini-Challenge Winners: Nina West & Ra'Jah O'Hara
  • Mini-Challenge Prize: $1,500 gift card from J.J. Malibu
  • Main Challenge: Star in a she-vangelical talk show worshiping a diva
  • Runway Theme: Fringe
  • Challenge Winner: Nina West
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $3,500 gift card from ISLYNYC
  • Bottom Six: A'Keria C. Davenport, Honey Davenport, Plastique Tiara, Ra'Jah O'Hara, Scarlet Envy and Shuga Cain
  • Lip Sync Song: "Waiting for Tonight (Hex Hector Mix)" by Jennifer Lopez
  • Eliminated: Honey Davenport
  • Farewell message: "Sisters, if nothing else show the world your heart. I hope y'all saw mine. Xoxo, Honey"
1354"Trump: The Rusical"[23]March 21, 2019 (2019-03-21)[24]
1365TBAMarch 28, 2019 (2019-03-28)[24]

Ratings

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Whatcha Unpackin?" February 28, 2019 0.30[25] 0.631[25]
2 "Good God Girl, Get Out" March 7, 2019 0.28[26] 0.586[26]
3 "Diva Worship" March 14, 2019 0.26[27] 0.539[27]
4 "Trump: The Rusical" March 21, 2019 TBD TBD

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