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RuPaul's Drag Race
Season 13
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Promotional poster for season thirteen
Hosted byRuPaul
Judges
No. of contestants13
WinnerSymone
Runner-upKandy Muse
Miss CongenialityLaLa Ri
Companion showRuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes16
Release
Original networkVH1
Original releaseJanuary 1 (2021-01-01) –
April 23, 2021 (2021-04-23)
Season chronology
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Season 14
List of episodes

The thirteenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on January 1 and concluded on April 23, 2021. The cast was announced via Twitter on December 9, 2020.[1] The competition is broadcast on VH1 in the United States and showcases 13 new queens competing for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar". VH1 renewed both RuPaul's Drag Race and its spin-off RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars for a thirteenth and sixth season respectively on August 20, 2020. Casting calls for season 13 were opened in December 2019.[2] In addition to airing on VH1, the premiere episode was simulcast across 5 other channels: Logo, MTV, MTV2, Pop, and The CW,[3] becoming the most-watched episode in the franchise's history.[4]

After the season's first teaser trailer was accidentally leaked a day prior, the cast was officially revealed by season 12 winner Jaida Essence Hall on December 9, 2020. The teaser revealed that the season's premiere would consist of six "Lip-Sync for Your Life" battles in a Lip-Sync Extravaganza, along with a new socially distanced stage and werkroom design. The season welcomed Gottmik, the show's first ever openly transgender male and assigned female at birth contestant since the series began in 2009.[5]

The season was filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic, relying on strict protocols, including isolation and testing of contestants, judges, and crew. On February 26, 2021, the series aired Corona Can't Keep a Good Queen Down detailing the season's production amid the pandemic, including unseen footage and reflections from the cast.[6]

The winner of the thirteenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race was Symone, with Kandy Muse as the runner-up and LaLa Ri as Miss Congeniality.

Contestants

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

Contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 and their backgrounds
Contestant[7] Age Hometown Outcome
Symone 25 Los Angeles, California Winner
Kandy Muse 25 New York City, New York Runner-up
Gottmik 23 Los Angeles, California 3rd place
Rosé[a] 31 New York City, New York
Olivia Lux 26 New York City, New York 5th place
Utica Queen 25 Utica, Minnesota 6th place
Tina Burner 39 New York City, New York 7th place
Denali[b] 28 Chicago, Illinois 8th place
Elliott with 2 Ts[c] 26 Las Vegas, Nevada 9th place
LaLa Ri 30 Atlanta, Georgia 10th place[d]
Tamisha Iman 49 Atlanta, Georgia 11th place
Joey Jay 30 Phoenix, Arizona 12th place
Kahmora Hall 28 Chicago, Illinois 13th place

Notes:

  1. ^ The Rosé is referred to as Rosé on the show.
  2. ^ Denali Foxx is referred to as Denali on the show.
  3. ^ Elliott Puckett is referred to as Elliott with 2 Ts on the show.
  4. ^ LaLa Ri was voted Miss Congeniality.

Contestant progress

Legend:

  Symone won RuPaul's Drag Race season 13.
  Kandy Muse was the runner-up.
  LaLa Ri was voted Miss Congeniality (Miss C) by fellow contestants.
  WIN indicates that the contestant won the challenge.
  TOP2 indicates that the contestant was one of the two best performing in the challenge, but lost the lip sync to win it.
  SAFE indicates that the contestant was declared safe by the judges.
  BTM (Bottom) indicates that the contestant was up for elimination.
  ELIM (Eliminated) indicates that the contestant was eliminated.
  STAY indicates that the contestant won the initial lip sync to stay in the competition.
  LOSS indicates that the contestant lost the initial lip sync to stay in the competition.
  Guest indicates that the contestant returned as a guest.
Progress of contestants including rank/position in each episode
Contestant Episode
1[8][a] 2[9] 3[10] 4[11] 5[12] 6[13] 7[14] 8[15] 9[16] 10[17] 11[18] 12[19] 13[20] 14[21] 15[22] 16[23]
Symone STAY WIN WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM SAFE WIN WIN BTM SAFE SAFE Guest Winner
Kandy Muse STAY SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM SAFE BTM SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN BTM SAFE Guest Runner-up
Gottmik STAY SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE Guest Eliminated
Rosé LOSS TOP2 SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE WIN SAFE Guest Eliminated
Olivia Lux STAY TOP2 SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE BTM SAFE SAFE ELIM Guest Guest
Utica Queen LOSS SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM WIN BTM ELIM Guest Guest
Tina Burner STAY SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM Guest Guest
Denali LOSS WIN BTM SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM Guest Guest
Elliott with 2 Ts LOSS SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM SAFE ELIM Guest Guest
LaLa Ri STAY SAFE SAFE BTM SAFE ELIM Guest Miss C
Tamisha Iman LOSS SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM Guest Guest
Joey Jay LOSS SAFE SAFE ELIM Guest Guest
Kahmora Hall LOSS SAFE ELIM Guest Guest


Notes:

  1. ^ Elliott with 2 Ts was voted out of the competition by the other lip sync losers. This meant she joined the winners' group on episode 2.

Lip syncs

Legend:

  The contestant won the second round of the Lip Sync Smackdown for the Crown and was declared the winner of the season.
  The contestant was eliminated after the first round of the Lip Sync Smackdown for the Crown.
  The contestant won the lip sync to stay in the competition.
  The contestant won the lip sync to win the challenge.
  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.
  The contestant won the lip sync for a cash prize of $10,000 for a charity of the queen's choosing.
Episode Contestants Song Winner
1[8] Joey Jay vs. Kandy Muse "Call Me Maybe"
(Carly Rae Jepsen)
Kandy Muse
Denali vs. LaLa Ri "When I Grow Up"
(The Pussycat Dolls)
LaLa Ri
Symone vs. Tamisha Iman "The Pleasure Principle"
(Janet Jackson)
Symone
Gottmik vs. Utica Queen "Rumors"
(Lindsay Lohan)
Gottmik
Olivia Lux vs. Rosé "Ex's & Oh's"
(Elle King)
Olivia Lux
Elliott with 2 Ts vs. Kahmora Hall vs. Tina Burner "Lady Marmalade"
(Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, Pink)
Tina Burner
2[9] Olivia Lux vs. Symone "Break My Heart"
(Dua Lipa)
Symone
3[10] Denali vs. Rosé "If U Seek Amy"
(Britney Spears)
Denali
Episode Contestants Song Eliminated
4[11] Denali vs. Kahmora Hall "100% Pure Love"
(Crystal Waters)
Kahmora Hall
5[12] Joey Jay vs. LaLa Ri "Fancy"
(Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX)
Joey Jay
6[13] Kandy Muse vs. Tamisha Iman "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)"
(Blu Cantrell)
Tamisha Iman
7[14] Elliott with 2 Ts vs. LaLa Ri "Whole Lotta Woman"
(Kelly Clarkson)
LaLa Ri
8[15] Kandy Muse vs. Symone "Boss"
(Fifth Harmony)
None
9[16] Elliott with 2 Ts vs. Utica Queen "Fascinated"
(Company B)
Elliott with 2 Ts
10[17] Denali vs. Olivia Lux "Shackles (Praise You)"
(Mary Mary)
Denali
11[18] Tina Burner vs. Utica Queen "My Humps"
(Black Eyed Peas)
Tina Burner
12[19] Symone vs. Utica Queen "No Tears Left to Cry"
(Ariana Grande)
Utica Queen
13[20] Kandy Muse vs. Olivia Lux "Strong Enough"
(Cher)
Olivia Lux
14[21] Gottmik vs. Kandy Muse vs. Rosé vs. Symone "I Learned from the Best (Radio Mix)"
(Whitney Houston, HQ2)
None
Episode Contestants Song
15[22][a] Kahmora Hall "Something He Can Feel"
(En Vogue)
Joey Jay "I Want You Back"
(NSYNC)
Tamisha Iman "Arrogant"
(Tamisha Iman)
LaLa Ri "Bad Bitch Tip"
(LaLa Ri ft. Ocean Kelly)
Elliott with 2 Ts "Hideaway"
(Kiesza)
Denali "How You Like That"
(BLACKPINK)
Tina Burner "Turn It & Burn It"
(Tina Burner)
Utica Queen "You Should Be Sad"
(Halsey)
Olivia Lux "I'm Goin' Down"
(Mary J. Blige)
Contestants Song Winner
Denali
(NCTE)
vs. LaLa Ri
(NBJC)
"Be My Lover"
(La Bouche)
Denali
Episode Contestants Song Eliminated
16[23] Kandy Muse vs. Rosé "Work Bitch"
(Britney Spears)
Rosé
Gottmik vs. Symone "Gimme More"
(Britney Spears)
Gottmik
Contestants Song Winner
Kandy Muse vs. Symone "Till the World Ends"
(Britney Spears)
Symone

Notes:

  1. ^ The eliminated queens were asked to prepare solo lip sync performances for the reunion. The two best ones then lip synced again. The winner got to donate $10.000 to a charity of her own choosing.

Guest judges

  • Jamal Sims, choreographer (episodes 2 and 8)
  • Nicole Byer, stand-up comedian (episodes 3 and 5)
  • Loni Love, comedian and television host (episodes 4, 6, 10 and 12)
  • Ts Madison, LGBT activist (episodes 7 and 9)
  • Cynthia Erivo, English actress, singer and songwriter (episode 13)

Special guests

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

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleOriginal air date
1601"The Pork Chop"January 1, 2021 (2021-01-01)

After the thirteen new queens enter the workroom in groups of two, and one group of three, they face off in Lip Sync For Your Life battles. The winners get to stay, and the losers get "the Pork Chop". The seven losing queens all get together in the "Porkchop Loading Dock", when RuPaul tells them that they get an opportunity to get back in the competition. To do so, they have to give one fellow queen "The Chop".

1612"Condragulations"January 8, 2021 (2021-01-08)

The seven queens in the Porkchop Loading Dock have to pick a contestant to vote off. After all seven votes were in, there was a tie between Elliott with 2 Ts and Utica Queen. After the contestants voted in a second round, Elliott with 2 Ts was voted off.

The contestants winning the lip syncs in the first episode get to meet Elliott with 2 Ts, who returned to the competition in a twist. For the mini challenge, the contestants had to show off two runway ready looks in the categories Day Time Drama Mama and Night Time is the Right Time. For the main challenge the contestants had to write original lyrics to and perform them to RuPaul's "Condragulations". Olivia Lux and Symone were the top two contestants of the week and had to lip sync for the win. Symone took the win after a lip sync to "Break My Heart" by Dua Lipa. The other contestants were all safe.

  • Guest Judge: Jamal Sims
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Mathews
  • Mini-Challenge: Show off two runway ready looks in the categories Day Time Drama Mama and Night Time is the Right Time
  • Main Challenge: Write original lyrics to and perform them to RuPaul's "Condragulations"
  • Runway Theme: Lamé You Stay
  • Top Two: Olivia Lux and Symone
  • Lip Sync Song: "Break My Heart" by Dua Lipa
  • Challenge Winner: Symone
  • Main Challenge Prize: A $5,000 cash tip
  • Eliminated: None
1623"Phenomenon"January 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)

The contestants losing the lip syncs in the first episode enter the work room. For the mini challenge, the contestants had to show off two runway ready looks in the categories Lady and Vamp. For the main challenge the contestants had to write original lyrics to and perform them to RuPaul's "Phenomenon". Denali and Rosé were the top two contestants of the week and had to lip sync for the win. Denali took the win after a lip sync to "If U Seek Amy" by Britney Spears. The other contestants were all safe.

  • Guest Judge: Nicole Byer
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Mathews
  • Mini-Challenge: Show off two runway ready looks in the categories Lady and Vamp
  • Main Challenge: Write original lyrics to and perform them to RuPaul's "Phenomenon"
  • Runway Theme: We're Here, We're Sheer, Get Used to It
  • Top Two: Denali and Rosé
  • Lip Sync Song: "If U Seek Amy" by Britney Spears
  • Challenge Winner: Denali
  • Main Challenge Prize: A $5,000 cash tip
  • Eliminated: None
1634"RuPaulmark Channel"January 22, 2021 (2021-01-22)

Episode 1's losing queens enter the workroom, where they all meet the other contestants. For this week's main challenge, the queens have to act in cheezy holiday movies. Denali, Elliott with 2 Ts, Kahmora Hall and Olivia Lux play in a movie called Misery Loves Company. LaLa Ri, Rosé, Symone and Utica Queen act in God Loves Flags. The last team, consisting of Gottmik, Joey Jay, Kandy Muse, Tamisha Iman and Tina Burner, act in a movie called April Fool's Rush In. After learning their scripts, the contestants filmed their movies, with Ross Matthews as director.

On the runway, Elliott with 2 Ts, Gottmik, Joey Jay, Olivia Lux, Tamisha Iman, Tina Burner and Utica Queen were declared safe. Kandy Muse, Rosé and Symone were praised this week, with Symone winning the challenge. The two bottom queens were Denali and Kahmora Hall, with LaLa Ri ultimately declared safe after some negative critiques. Denali and Kahmora Hall lip-synced to "100% Pure Love" by Crystal Waters, with Kahmora Hall sashaying away from the competition.

  • Guest Judge: Loni Love
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Mathews
  • Main Challenge: Act in cheezy holiday movies
  • Runway Theme: Trains For Days
  • Challenge Winner: Symone
  • Main Challenge Prize: A $5,000 cash tip
  • Bottom Two: Denali and Kahmora Hall
  • Lip Sync Song: "100% Pure Love" by Crystal Waters
  • Eliminated: Kahmora Hall
  • Farewell Message: "Keep chasing the sparkle. I love you ladies. - Kahmora Hall"
1645"The Bag Ball"January 29, 2021 (2021-01-29)

For the mini challenge, the queens get into quick drag dressed up as babies. LaLa Ri is declared the winner and RuPaul announces that this week's main challenge is the Bag Ball, where the queens need to participate in three categories: Mixed Bag, Money Bags and make a look out of bags for Bag Ball Eleganza.

On the main stage, the girls present all of their outfits and Denali, Elliott with 2 Ts, Symone, Olivia Lux, Tina Burner and Kandy Muse are declared safe. Gottmik, Rosé and Utica Queen receive positive feedback from the judges on all their outfits. Meanwhile, Lala Ri, Tamisha Iman, and Joey Jay are negatively critiqued by the judges. After the judges deliberate, Gottmik is announced as the winner of the challenge, while Lala Ri and Joey Jay face off in a lip sync to "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX. Lala Ri is the winner of the lip sync and Joey Jay is eliminated from the competition.

  • Guest Judge: Nicole Byer
  • Alternating Judge: Carson Kressley
  • Mini Challenge: Baby quick drag
  • Mini Challenge Winner: LaLa Ri
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A $2,500 gift card from FierceQueen.com
  • Main Challenge: The Bag Ball
  • Runway Themes: Mixed Bag, Money Bags and Bag Ball Eleganza
  • Challenge Winner: Gottmik
  • Main Challenge Prize: A $5,000 cash tip
  • Bottom Two: Joey Jay and LaLa Ri
  • Lip Sync Song: "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
  • Eliminated: Joey Jay
  • Farewell Message: "I'm a gay ass bitch... I'm WHO? xoxo Joey Jay! "
1656"Disco-mentary"February 5, 2021 (2021-02-05)

In this episode's mini challenge, the queens pair up in teams to create a dress made out of wallpaper. RuPaul declares Elliott with 2 Ts and Tamisha Iman as the winners of the mini challenge. The teams remain the same for this week's main challenge. The teams have to perform in a choreographed disco-themed dance documentary in five different chapters. The teams consist of Gottmik, Kandy Muse and Tina Burner (The Birth of Disco), Elliott with 2 Ts and Tamisha Iman (Disco and Sex), Olivia Lux and Utica Queen (Studio 54), Denali and Rosé (Disco Fashion) and LaLa Ri and Symone (Disco Sucks).

After serving looks in a Little Black Dress runway theme, on the main stage, Denali, Gottmik, LaLa Ri, Rosé and Symone are declared safe. After the judges deliberation, Elliott with 2 Ts, Olivia Lux and Tina Burner were praised for their work, with Olivia Lux winning this week's challenge. Kandy Muse, Tamisha Iman and Utica Queen received negative critiques, which landed Kandy Muse and Tamisha Iman in the bottom two. They lip-synced to the song "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" by Blu Cantrell, with Tamisha Iman having to leave the competition.

  • Guest Judge: Loni Love
  • Alternating Judge: Carson Kressley
  • Mini Challenge: Create a dress made from wallpaper
  • Mini Challenge Winners: Elliott with 2 Ts and Tamisha Iman
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A $2,500 gift card from Spoonflower
  • Main Challenge: Disco-themed dance documentary
  • Runway Theme: Little Black Dress
  • Challenge Winner: Olivia Lux
  • Main Challenge Prize: A $5,000 cash tip
  • Bottom Two: Kandy Muse and Tamisha Iman
  • Lip Sync Song: "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" by Blu Cantrell
  • Eliminated: Tamisha Iman
  • Farewell Message: "Till we meet again. Love Misha "
1667"Bossy Rossy: The RuBoot"February 12, 2021 (2021-02-12)

In this week's mini challenge, the queens had to read each other in the Reading challenge, which was won by Gottmik. The main challenge of this week was to improvise in a reboot of the talk show Bossy Rossy. The contestants were divided into teams, and each team had their own segment on the show. The teams consist of Denali, LaLa Ri and Rosé (I'm Pregnant By My Imaginary Boyfriend), Gottmik, Olivia Lux and Utica Queen (Breaking My Silence: Escaping the Cult of Mimeology), Kandy Muse and Symone (Tiffany Gibson & Lil' Deb-Deb: Where Are They Now?) and Elliott with 2 Ts and Tina Burner (My 600-Pound Ass is Killing our Friendship).

After showcasing their looks in a Bead It runway theme, on the main stage, Denali, Gottmik, Rosé and Tina Burner are declared safe. Kandy Muse, Olivia Lux, and Symone receive positive critiques from the judges, and Olivia Lux is declared the winner of this week's challenge. Elliott with 2 Ts, LaLa Ri and Utica Queen receive some negative critiques from the judges. Elliot with 2 Ts and LaLa Ri end up in the bottom two and lip-sync to the song "Whole Lotta Woman" by Kelly Clarkson. Elliott with 2 Ts was declared the winner of the lip-sync, and LaLa Ri had to leave the competition.

  • Guest Judge: Ts Madison
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Mathews
  • Mini Challenge: Reading challenge
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Gottmik
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A $2,500 giftcard from ISLYNYC
  • Main Challenge: Bossy Rossy After Dark
  • Runway Theme: Bead It
  • Challenge Winner: Olivia Lux
  • Main Challenge Prize: A $5,000 cash tip
  • Bottom Two: Elliott with 2 Ts and LaLa Ri
  • Lip Sync Song: "Whole Lotta Woman" by Kelly Clarkson
  • Eliminated: LaLa Ri
  • Farewell Message: "Slay! Then save me a plate! Love yall! LaLa Ri!"
1678"Social Media: The Unverified Rusical"February 19, 2021 (2021-02-19)

The main challenge of this week was for the queens to perform in Social Media: The Unverified Rusical. All of the contestants chose roles, with Denali and Rosé having to audition, in front of the rest of the cast, for the role of Foxy, which eventually was given to Rosé.

After the queens showcased looks in a Yellow Gorgeous theme, on the main stage, Elliott with 2 Ts, Olivia Lux and Utica Queen were declared safe. Denali, Gottmik, and Rosé received positive critiques from the judges, with Rosé being declared the winner of the week's challenge. Kandy Muse, Symoné, and Tina Burner received negative critiques. Kandy Muse and Symone ended up in the bottom two, and had to lip-sync to "Boss" by Fifth Harmony. Symone was declared the winner of the lip-sync, but RuPaul allowed Kandy Muse to stay in the competition.

  • Guest Judge: Jamal Sims
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Mathews
  • Main Challenge: Social Media: The Unverified Rusical
  • Runway Theme: Yellow, Gorgeous
  • Challenge Winner: Rosé
  • Main Challenge Prize: A $5,000 cash tip
  • Bottom Two: Kandy Muse and Symone
  • Lip Sync Song: "Boss" by Fifth Harmony
  • Eliminated: None
1689"Snatch Game"March 5, 2021 (2021-03-05)

In this week's mini challenge, the contestants have to audition for a new band called Pantyhoes in quick drag, using panties from Snag Tights. Tina Burner wins the mini challenge, and receives a cash prize of $2,500.

For the main challenge, RuPaul announces that the queens have to show their best celebrity impersonation skills in the Snatch Game. The characters are as follows:

On the runway, the category is Fascinating Fascinators. Kandy Muse, Symone and Tina Burner are declared safe, and RuPaul thanks Symone for bringing a powerful message to the runway. Denali, Gottmik and Rosé are praised for their work this week. Elliott with 2 Ts, Olivia Lux and Utica Queen receive some negative critiques.

Gottmik is declared the winner of the challenge, with Elliott with 2 Ts and Utica Queen ending up in the bottom two. They lip sync to "Fascinated" by Company B. Utica Queen wins the lip sync, and Elliott with 2 Ts is eliminated from the competition.

  • Guest Judge: Ts Madison
  • Alternating Judge: Carson Kressley
  • Mini Challenge: Audition for the Pantyhoes band
  • Mini Challnge Winner: Tina Burner
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A $2,500 tip, courtesy of Snag Tights
  • Main Challenge: Snatch Game
  • Runway Theme: Fascinating Fascinators
  • Challenge Winner: Gottmik
  • Main Challenge Prize: A $5,000 cash tip
  • Bottom Two: Elliott with 2 Ts and Utica Queen
  • Lip Sync Song: "Fascinated" by Company B
  • Eliminated: Elliott with 2 Ts
  • Farewell Message: "It took y'all hoes 4 times to get rid of me!!! Be kind and make it HOE! xoxo Elliott with 2 Ts"
16910"Freaky Friday Queens"March 12, 2021 (2021-03-12)

For this week's main challenge, RuPaul pairs the contestants in duos and announces that they will be making over each other. The pairs are as follows: Denali and Olivia Lux, Gottmik and Kandy Muse, Rosé and Tina Burner, and Symone and Utica Queen.

On the runway, the queens show off each other's looks. After the judges deliberated, Symone and Utica Queen are declared the winners of this week's challenge. Gottmik and Kandy Muse receive positive critiques, and Rosé and Tina Burner receive some negative critiques. Denali and Olivia Lux land in the bottom two and lip sync to "Shackles (Praise You)" by Mary Mary. Olivia Lux wins the lip sync, and Denali leaves the competition.

  • Guest Judge: Loni Love
  • Alternating Judge: Carson Kressley
  • Main Challenge: Turn your partner into your drag doppelganger
  • Challenge Winners: Symone and Utica Queen
  • Main Challenge Prize: A $5,000 cash tip
  • Bottom Two: Denali and Olivia Lux
  • Lip Sync Song: "Shackles (Praise You)" by Mary Mary
  • Eliminated: Denali
  • Farewell Message: "Clara Clara, over any gold medal, crown or cash prize, my sisters were the greatest reward. Ass of '13 off to get some D! L8r sk8ers! Denali"
17011"Pop! Goes the Queens"March 19, 2021 (2021-03-19)

In this week's mini challenge, the queens played "Are You Smarter Than the Pit Crew," won by Kandy Muse. The main challenge of the week was to create, market, and film a commercial for their own soda. The sodas that the queens create are:

  • Gottmik: Gottmik's "Gott-Sexxx" Sex Juice
  • Kandy Muse: The K Special
  • Olivia Lux: The LIV(E)
  • Rosé: RoseAid
  • Symone: Sweet Toof
  • Tina Burner: Burnin' Up
  • Utica: Uti-can

After showcasing their looks in a Beast Couture runway theme, on the main stage, Rosé, Symone, and Kandy Muse receive positive critiques from the judges. While Gottmik, Tina Burner, Olivia Lux, and Utica Queen receive negative critiques.

After the judges deliberate, Rosé and Symone are both declared winners of the challenge, and Gottmik and Olivia Lux are declared safe, while Tina Burner and Utica Queen are up for elimination and lipsync to "My Humps" by Black Eyed Peas. RuPaul declares Utica Queen the winner of the lipsync, with Tina Burner having to leave the competition.

  • Alternating Judges: Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews
  • Mini Challenge: "Are You Smarter Than the Pit Crew" trivia game
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Kandy Muse
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A $2,500 gift card from JJ Malibu
  • Main Challenge: Create and brand your own soft drink and promote it in a 45-second commercial
  • Runway Theme: Beast Couture
  • Challenge Winners: Rosé and Symone
  • Main Challenge Prize: A $5,000 cash tip
  • Bottom Two: Tina Burner and Utica Queen
  • Lip Sync Song: "My Humps" by Black Eyed Peas
  • Eliminated: Tina Burner
  • Farewell Message: "Live life with no apologies. Be your true authentic self. Let your light shine. Turn it and burn it. xx the Manhattan monster Tina B."
17112"The Nice Queens Roast"March 26, 2021 (2021-03-26)

In this week's mini challenge, the queens have to star in a live makeup tutorial on how to make a glamorous selfie, in pairs. The mini challenge is won by Kandy Muse and Rosé.

In the main challenge, the contestants have to roast the previous Miss Congeniality winners Heidi N Closet, Nina West and Valentina. After the roasting performance, the judges deliberated. Gottmik, Kandy Muse and Rosé received positive critiques, and Olivia Lux, Symone and Utica Queen received negative critiques. Kandy Muse won the challenge, with Symone and Utica Queen ending up in the bottom two lip syncing to "No Tears Left to Cry" by Ariana Grande. Symone won the lip sync and Utica Queen had to leave the competition.

  • Guest Judge: Loni Love
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Mathews
  • Mini Challenge: In pairs, star in a live makeup tutorial on how to make a glamorous selfie
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Kandy Muse and Rosé
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $2,500 worth of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics
  • Main Challenge: Roast previous Miss Congenialities Heidi N Closet, Nina West and Valentina
  • Challenge Winner: Kandy Muse
  • Main Challenge Prize: A $5,000 cash tip
  • Bottom Two: Symone and Utica Queen
  • Lip Sync Song: "No Tears Left To Cry" by Ariana Grande
  • Eliminated: Utica Queen
  • Farewell Message: "Hay Goobers I'm so happy to have you all in my life now! To my new sisters, I love you so much and love yourself inside & out Wiggle to the Top! Utica"
17213"Henny, I Shrunk the Drag Queens!"April 2, 2021 (2021-04-02)

For this week's main challenge, the queens star in the new sci-fi adventure Henny, I Shrunk The Drag Queens! The roles are as follows:

  • Gottmik as Chardonnay
  • Kandy Muse as Dominique
  • Rosé as Brandy
  • Olivia Lux as Ginger Ale
  • Symone as Margarita

After the contestants show their looks for the Haute Pockets themed runway on the main stage, the judges deliberate. Gottmik, Rosé and Symone receive positive critiques from the judges, while Kandy Muse and Olivia Lux receive negative critiques. Rosé wins this week's challenge, with Kandy Muse and Olivia Lux ending up in the bottom two. They lip sync to "Strong Enough" by Cher. Kandy Muse wins the lip sync, and Olivia Lux has to leave the competition.

  • Guest Judge: Cynthia Erivo
  • Alternating Judge: Carson Kressley
  • Main Challenge: Star in the new sci-fi adventure Henny, I Shrunk The Drag Queens!
  • Runway Theme: Haute Pockets
  • Challenge Winner: Rosé
  • Main Challenge Prize: A $5,000 cash tip
  • Bottom Two: Kandy Muse and Olivia Lux
  • Lip Sync Song: "Strong Enough" by Cher
  • Eliminated: Olivia Lux
  • Farewell Message: ""Believe in yourself, I believe in you! " xoxo your polite diva, Liv"
17314"Gettin' Lucky!"April 9, 2021 (2021-04-09)

17415"Reunited"April 16, 2021 (2021-04-16)

RuPaul and the contestants reunite virtually and look back at the season. The eliminated queens all lip sync in a self-directed music video and the four finalists are interviewed in a Vogue-inspired "69 Questions with..."

LaLa Ri receives a Golden Boot Award for her episode five Bag Ball Eleganza look.

Denali and LaLa Ri are both awarded the season title of "Lip Sync Assassin" by RuPaul and battle in a lip sync for a charity of their own choosing. Denali wins the lip sync and the donation prize of $10,000 for her charity, the National Center for Transgender Equality.
17516"Grand Finale"April 23, 2021 (2021-04-23)

The final four queens compete against each other in a sudden death lip-sync showdown for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar". The lip-sync wheel lands on Kandy Muse and Rosé, who competed for the first round, lip-syncing to "Work Bitch" by Britney Spears. Kandy Muse wins the lip-sync and advances to the final round while Rosé becomes the first finalist to sashay away. In the second round, Gottmik and Symone lip-sync against each other to "Gimme More" by Britney Spears; Symone wins the lip-sync and joins Kandy Muse in the final round as Gottmik becomes the second finalist to sashay away. "Miss Congeniality" is then announced; and previous Miss Congeniality, season 12 contestant Heidi N Closet announcing that LaLa Ri had won the title. In the third and final round, Kandy Muse and Symone lip-synched against each other to "Till the World Ends" by Britney Spears. Symone wins the lip-sync and is crowned America's Next Drag Superstar; with Kandy Muse placing as the runner-up.

  • Finals venue: Ace Theater, Los Angeles, California
  • Final Four: Gottmik, Kandy Muse, Rosé and Symone
  • Miss Congeniality: LaLa Ri
  • Lip Sync Smackdown #1: Kandy Muse vs. Rosé
  • Lip Sync Song: "Work Bitch" by Britney Spears
  • Eliminated: Rosé
  • Lip Sync Smackdown #2: Gottmik vs. Symone
  • Lip Sync Song: "Gimme More" by Britney Spears
  • Eliminated: Gottmik
  • Lip Sync Smackdown #3: Kandy Muse vs. Symone
  • Lip Sync Song: "Till the World Ends" by Britney Spears
  • Runner-up: Kandy Muse
  • Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Season Thirteen: Symone

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of RuPaul's Drag Race
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "The Pork Chop" January 1, 2021 0.24[25] 0.561[25]
2 "Condragulations" January 8, 2021 0.26[26] 0.634[26]
3 "Phenomenon" January 15, 2021 0.25[27] 0.611[27]
4 "RuPaulmark Channel" January 22, 2021 0.23[28] 0.594[28]
5 "The Bag Ball" January 29, 2021 0.22[29] 0.609[29]
6 "Disco-mentary" February 5, 2021 0.21[30] 0.585[30]
7 "Bossy Rossy: The RuBoot" February 12, 2021 0.21[31] 0.500[31]
8 "Social Media: The Unverified Rusical" February 19, 2021 0.25[32] 0.605[32]
9 "Snatch Game" March 5, 2021 0.24[33] 0.582[33]
10 "Freaky Friday Queens" March 12, 2021 0.26[34] 0.638[34]
11 "Pop! Goes The Queens" March 19, 2021 0.24[35] 0.582[35]
12 "Nice Girls Roast" March 26, 2021 0.26[36] 0.610[36]
13 "Henny, I Shrunk The Drag Queens!" April 2, 2021 0.22[37] 0.558[37]
14 "Gettin' Lucky!" April 9, 2021 0.24[38] 0.623[38]
15 "Reunited" April 16, 2021 0.20[39] 0.479[39]
16 "Grand Finale" April 23, 2021 0.32[40] 0.772[40]

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