RuPaul's Drag Race (season 2)

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RuPaul's Drag Race
Season 2
Broadcast from February 1 (2010-02-01) – April 26, 2010 (2010-04-26)
Judges RuPaul
Santino Rice
Merle Ginsberg
Host(s) RuPaul
Broadcaster Logo
Competitors 12
Tyra Sanchez
Tyra Sánchez (fan art).jpg
Origin Orlando, Florida

The second season of RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on February 1, 2010, and aired its final episode on April 26, 2010. On May 1, 2009, the casting website for the series opened, allowing prospective contestants to create user profiles and upload videos of themselves to be voted on by viewers; the applicant collecting the most votes being invited to become a contestant of the second season.[1] At the end of the online casting period, Jessica Wild had collected the most votes and was announced as being a season two contestant. Filming took place during the summer of 2009.[2]

For season two, the number of contestants was increased from nine to twelve, and the prizes were slightly modified: a lifetime supply of NYX Cosmetics and be the face of, an exclusive one year public relations contract with LGBT firm Project Publicity, be featured an LA Eyeworks campaign, join the Logo Drag Race tour, and a cash prize of $25,000. A new tradition of writing a farewell message, in lipstick on their workstation mirror, was started by the first eliminated queen of the season. Each week's episode is followed by a behind-the-scenes show, RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked. The theme song playing during the runway and the end credits every episode is "Jealous of My Boogie" the Gomi and RasJek remix from RuPaul's album Champion. On December 6, 2011, released this season on DVD via their CreateSpace program.[3]

The winner of the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race was Tyra Sanchez, with Raven being the runner-up.

Shangela Laquifa Wadley returned on the third season as a surprise contestant to compete with the other 12 drag queens. She placed 6th overall.

Jujubee, Pandora Boxx and Raven competed on the first season of All Stars. Pandora placed 11th/12th with season 3 contestant Mimi Imfurst, Jujubee placed 3rd/4th with season 1 contestant Shannel, and Raven was the runner-up.

Tatianna competed on the second season of All Stars and initially finished in 8th place. She returned to the competition after winning re-entry with Alyssa Edwards and placed 6th overall.

Morgan McMichaels and Shangela competed on the third season of All Stars. Morgan initially finished in 10th place, however she returned to the competition after fellow contestant, BenDeLaCreme, chose her to return, and placed 5th overall. Shangela placed 3rd/4th overall along with season 1 winner BeBe Zahara Benet.


(Ages and names stated are at time of contest)

Contestant Name Age Hometown Outcome
Tyra Sanchez James Ross[4] 21 Orlando, Florida Winner
Raven David Petruschin[5] 30 Riverside, California Runner-up
Jujubee Airline Inthyrath[6] 25 Boston, Massachusetts 3rd Place
Tatianna Joey Santolini[7] 21 Falls Church, Virginia 4th Place
Pandora Boxx Michael Steck[8] 37 Rochester, New York 5th Place
Jessica Wild José David Sierra[9] 29 San Juan, Puerto Rico 6th Place
Sahara Davenport Antoine Ashley[10] 25 New York, New York 7th Place
Morgan McMichaels Thomas White[11] 28 Mira Loma, California 8th Place
Sonique Jason Edwards[12][a] 26 Atlanta, Georgia 9th Place
Mystique Summers Madison Donte Sims[14] 25 Bedford, Texas 10th Place
Nicole Paige Brooks Brian Christopher Pryor[15] 36 Atlanta, Georgia 11th Place
Shangela Laquifa Wadley D.J. Pierce[16] 28 Los Angeles, California 12th Place
  1. ^ Sonique legally changed her name after her gender transition to Kylie Sonique Love.[13]

Contestant progress[edit]

Contestant[a] 1[18] 2[19] 3[20] 4[21] 5[22] 6[23] 7[24] 8[25] 9[26] 11[27] 12[28]
Sahara Davenport BTM2 WIN SAFE SAFE BTM2 ELIM Guest
Morgan McMichaels WIN SAFE SAFE BTM2 ELIM Guest
Mystique Summers Madison LOW HIGH ELIM Guest
Nicole Paige Brooks SAFE ELIM Guest
Shangela Laquifa Wadley ELIM Guest
     The contestant won RuPaul's Drag Race.
     The contestant was the runner-up of RuPaul's Drag Race.
     The contestant was eliminated without qualifying to lip-sync in the finale.
     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 Sahara Davenport vs. Shangela Laquifa Wadley "Cover Girl (Put the Bass in Your Walk)"
Shangela Laquifa Wadley
2 Nicole Paige Brooks vs. Raven "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
(En Vogue)
Nicole Paige Brooks
3 Mystique Summers Madison vs. Raven "I Hear You Knocking"
(Wynonna Judd)
Mystique Summers Madison
4 Morgan McMichaels vs. Sonique "Two of Hearts"
(Stacey Q)
5 Morgan McMichaels vs. Sahara Davenport "Carry On"
(Martha Wash)
Morgan McMichaels
6 Jujubee vs. Sahara Davenport "Black Velvet"
(Alannah Myles)
Sahara Davenport
7 Jessica Wild vs. Tatianna "He's the Greatest Dancer"
(Sister Sledge)
Jessica Wild
8 Jujubee vs. Pandora Boxx "Shake Your Love"
(Debbie Gibson)
Pandora Boxx
9 Jujubee vs. Tatianna "Something He Can Feel"
(Aretha Franklin)
11 Raven vs. Tyra Sanchez "Jealous of My Boogie (Gomi and RasJek Edit)"
     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 their third time in the bottom two.
     The contestant was eliminated after the final lip sync.

Guest judges[edit]

Judges are listed in order of appearance:


No. in
TitleOriginal air date
101"Gone with the Window"February 1, 2010 (2010-02-01)

The 12 queens arrive and start to size up their competition. Early on in the episode, they discover that some of the queens met one another prior to being cast: Sahara and Shangela, Raven and Morgan, and Nicole and Sonique. After meeting RuPaul for the first time, the queens are pushed into a photo shoot with photographer Mike Ruiz for a Gone with the Wind inspired photo shoot involving the girls straddling a cannon and a high speed fan blowing in their faces.

The first challenge consists of 12 window treatments with different style curtains, courtesy of Smith+Noble. Each queen has to choose one and make an outfit made entirely of the curtains. Raven is allowed to select her curtains first as a reward for having the best photo.

  • Guest Judges: Mike Ruiz and Kathy Griffin
  • Mini-Challenge: Gone with the Wind inspired photo shoot
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Raven
  • Main Challenge: Outfits made from window treatments and home furnishings
  • Challenge Winner: Morgan McMichaels
  • Bottom Two: Sahara Davenport and Shangela Laquifa Wadley
  • Lip Sync Song: "Cover Girl (Put the Bass in Your Walk)" by RuPaul
  • Eliminated: Shangela Laquifa Wadley
  • Farewell Message: "Love you all. Turn it out... Shangela "DJ" "
112"Starrbootylicious"February 8, 2010 (2010-02-08)

The girls are given a mini-challenge where they're split into teams of two (with Mystique working alone, as there's an odd number of girls) and asked to give a RuPaul doll a "bad girl" makeover. RuPaul selects Sahara and Pandora as the winners, and they're made group leaders for the next challenge.

For the main challenge, the contestants will be split into two teams and create a burlesque performance for a Hollywood nightclub to "Tranny Chaser" by RuPaul.

  • Guest Judges: Kim Coles and Dita Von Teese
  • Mini-Challenge: Turn "Mini-Ru" doll from a lady to a tramp in teams of two
  • Mini-Challenge Winners: Sahara Davenport and Pandora Boxx
  • Main Challenge: Teams compete to earn more cash performing burlesque and selling gift certificates
  • Runway Theme: High Class Drag
  • Challenge Winner: Sahara Davenport
  • Bottom Two: Nicole Paige Brooks and Raven
  • Lip Sync Song: "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" by En Vogue
  • Eliminated: Nicole Paige Brooks
  • Farewell Message: "Be Safe Bitch N.P. Brooks"
123"Country Queens"February 15, 2010 (2010-02-15)

The girls enter the workroom to discover a long table, where most of the girls speculate that they will have to eat something. They're asked to play a game that RuPaul calls "Chicken, or What?", in which they participate in a blind taste test of three foods. They have to guess if what they ate was chicken or some other fried food ("what?"). Mystique and Morgan are declared the winners. They become captains and have to form their teams for the main challenge.

The main challenge tasked the two groups with creating a commercial for Disco Extra Greasy Shortening. Mystique's team creating a commercial for fish fillets, and Morgan's team creating a commercial for fried chicken. After the leaders have cast what parts their teammates would play, and after everyone has memorized most of their lines, RuPaul reveals a twist: the queens need to swap scripts.

  • Guest Judges: Kathy Najimy and Tanya Tucker
  • Mini-Challenge: "Chicken or What?" eating contest
  • Mini-Challenge Winners: Mystique Summers Madison and Morgan McMichaels
  • Main Challenge: Teams compete as feuding families in a TV Commercial for Disco Shortening in Country
  • Runway Theme: Country Couture
  • Challenge Winner: Tyra Sanchez
  • Bottom Two: Mystique Summers Madison and Raven
  • Lip Sync Song: "I Hear You Knockin'" by Wynonna Judd
  • Eliminated: Mystique Summers Madison
  • Farewell Message: "Balls 2 the Walls. Fishes or Bitches. You pick. Mystique."
134"The Snatch Game"February 22, 2010 (2010-02-22)

The contestants are given a mini challenge called "The Queen is Right," where the girls are shown drag essential items and asked to bid on how much they believe the item is worth. The contestant who comes closest to the actual price wins. Raven wins the challenge, and she is rewarded by being allowed a one time call home. The queens are then asked to impersonate celebrities as part of a Match Game homage, called "Snatch Game."

  • Guest Judges: Lisa Rinna and Niecy Nash
  • Mini-Challenge: "The Queen is Right" bidding challenge
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Raven
  • Main Challenge: Celebrity impersonations in a Match Game setting
  • Runway Theme: Personal Style
  • Challenge Winner: Tatianna
  • Bottom Two: Morgan McMichaels and Sonique
  • Lip Sync Song: "Two of Hearts (song)" by Stacey Q
  • Eliminated: Sonique
  • Farewell Message: "☮♥ XO Son!que "Trust" "
145"Here Comes the Bride"March 1, 2010 (2010-03-01)

The contestants are given a mini challenge to decorate a white box using provided supplies and an item borrowed from another queen, which Raven wins. RuPaul then announces the main challenge of creating a wedding dress by altering weddings dresses provided to them. As an additional twist, the queens will be shooting wedding portraits using not only their girl drag, but their best guy drag as well by posing as both bride and groom for the portraits. Raven gets first pick of her wedding dress to alter, and then gets to pick the order the rest of the girls pick their dresses out in as well.

  • Guest Judges: Mathu Andersen and Martha Wash
  • Mini-Challenge: Decorate a box that shows who they are and they must borrow something from another contestant
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Raven
  • Main Challenge: Dress up as the bride and groom in a wedding photo shoot
  • Challenge Winner: Tyra Sanchez
  • Bottom Two: Morgan McMichaels and Sahara Davenport
  • Lip Sync Song: "Carry On" by Martha Wash
  • Eliminated: Morgan McMichaels
  • Farewell Message: "All you have to do is DREAM! Morgan XOXO!"
156"Rocker Chicks"March 8, 2010 (2010-03-08)

The girls arrive to RuPaul giving them a mini challenge in which they must style a wig, giving it a glam rock makeover. Pandora is declared winner. RuPaul reveals the remaining contestants a very special and unique challenge. They must create a rocker chick outfit and perform live vocals to a rock and roll cover to RuPaul's Ladyboy.

  • Guest Judges: Henry Rollins and Terri Nunn
  • Mini-Challenge: Give a wig a glam rock makeover.
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Pandora Boxx
  • Main Challenge: Live rock performance of "Lady Boy" by RuPaul
  • Challenge Winner: Jessica Wild
  • Bottom Two: Jujubee and Sahara Davenport
  • Lip Sync Song: "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles
  • Eliminated: Sahara Davenport
  • Farewell Message: "Live, Love and Believe!!! XO. Sahara"
167"Once Upon a Queen"March 22, 2010 (2010-03-22)

The remaining girls are given a mini challenge where they "read" (insult) the other contestants. Jujubee wins the mini challenge, and RuPaul then gives the girls their main challenge for the week. Each contestant is to create an autobiography book cover and title that represents their own personal stories about how doing drag has impacted their lives.

As an additional challenge, the girls field questions via a satellite interview, where they must not only present their autobiography, but also promote a new Absolut alcoholic beverage.

  • Guest Judges: Gigi Levangie and Jackie Collins
  • Mini-Challenge: Reading is Fundamental
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Jujubee
  • Main Challenge: Come up with and promote a concept for an autobiography
  • Challenge Winner: Raven
  • Bottom Two: Jessica Wild and Tatianna
  • Lip Sync Song: "He's the Greatest Dancer" by Sister Sledge
  • Eliminated: Jessica Wild
  • Farewell Message: "I love you girls! Viva P.R.! JW."
178"Golden Gals"March 29, 2010 (2010-03-29)

This week's challenges focused entirely on age. For the mini challenge, the girls had to match all 12 of this season's contestants to their baby pictures, including their own. The main challenge consisted of the girls taking older gay men and transforming them into their drag mothers for the runway. The contestants were also expected to perform a lip-synch with their mothers to RuPaul's song "Main Event." Tatianna got to pick who each girl would be teamed up with as her reward for winning the mini-challenge.

  • Guest Judges: Debbie Reynolds, Cloris Leachman and Toni Ko
  • Mini-Challenge: Quickly match the season's 12 contestants with their baby pictures
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Tatianna
  • Main Challenge: Transform older men into drag mothers and perform a lip synch duet with them
  • Challenge Winner: Raven
  • Bottom Two: Jujubee and Pandora Boxx
  • Lip Sync Song: "Shake Your Love" by Debbie Gibson
  • Eliminated: Pandora Boxx
  • Farewell Message: "Lick this Boxx, bitch. XOXO Love you all Pandora Boxx"
189"The Diva Awards"April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12)

This week's challenges focused on creating polished looks for different events. For their mini-challenge, the queens had to style and accessorize identical dresses without cutting or gluing them. Tyra is the winner, and she is placed in charge of choreographing an opening number for The Diva Awards, where the queens must put together three looks for three different Diva Award ceremonies: the Teen Diva Awards, where the queens must dress like teen idols, the Diva DC Press Awards, where the queens must pull out executive realness looks, and the Diva Hollywood Extravaganza Awards, where the queens are expected to wear their most glamorous looks.

  • Guest Judges: Tatum O'Neal and Marissa Jaret Winokur
  • Mini-Challenge: Style and accessorize one of four identical dresses
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Tyra Sanchez
  • Main Challenge: Create three different looks for "Diva Award" ceremonies (Teen Diva, Diva D.C. Press, and Diva Hollywood Extravaganza) and perform a group opening number
  • Challenge Winner: Tyra Sanchez
  • Bottom Two: Jujubee and Tatianna
  • Lip Sync Song: "Something He Can Feel" by Aretha Franklin
  • Eliminated: Tatianna
  • Farewell Message: "Do you 2 the FULLEST! Love TATI"
1910"The Main Event Clip Show"April 19, 2010 (2010-04-19)

Highlights and outtakes from the second season's first nine episodes. RuPaul reveals some never-before-seen, behind the scenes moments including the queens impersonating each other, the contestants' family relationships and the unseen moments on the main stage. This is followed by a fast-forward flashback recap of the entire season, followed by an up close and personal look at the final 3.

Season 1 contestants Ongina, Shannel, and season 1 winner BeBe Zahara Benet join RuPaul to count down the top ten most unforgettable fits and fashions from the season.
2011"Grand Finale"April 26, 2010 (2010-04-26)

Merle and Santino arrive to tell the last three queens about their final challenge - dressing in their best 80s outfits and shooting the music video for RuPaul's next single: "Jealous of My Boogie." They will work with guests who include reality star Robert Verdi, who will help the girls with fashion, make-up artist Mathu Anderson, who will direct the video and choreographer Ryan Heffington, who will coach them in a small fight sequence a la Dynasty.[29]

During the shoot, each girl is given a certain script, where they confront RuPaul and get slapped.

  • Main Challenge: Shooting a music video for "Jealous Of My Boogie (Gomi and RasJek Edit)" and acting in a scripted scene with RuPaul inspired by Dynasty
  • Eliminated: Jujubee
  • Farewell Message: "You are your own worst critic... let go, forgive, & live. Love, Juju B."
  • Top Two: Raven and Tyra Sanchez
  • Lip Sync Song: "Jealous Of My Boogie (Gomi and RasJek Edit)" By Rupaul
  • Runner-up: Raven
  • Farewell Message: "Keep reaching for the stars, because you'll never be one - Raven"
  • Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Season Two: Tyra Sanchez
2112"Reunion"April 26, 2010 (2010-04-26)

Season 2 cast reunite to talk about their journey and The Miss Congeniality Award Winner is announced as Pandora Boxx, winning in a landslide. The queens all dance together for the last time.

  • Miss Congeniality: Pandora Boxx


  1. ^ Contestant progress is referenced throughout the episodes from LogoTV, alongside the episodes published on iTunes Store.[17]


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  2. ^ LOGO On-line (May 8, 2009). "Jessica Wild". LOGO On-line. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ Kline, Dill. "Rupauls' Drag Race Season 2 Pre-Orders". Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ This Drag Race star is having a baby... for the second time
  6. ^ Catching Up With Jujubee
  7. ^ Virtel, Louis (March 14, 2013). "The 10 Hottest "RuPaul's Drag Race" Contestants Out of Drag". (Logo TV / Viacom International. Archived from the original on March 28, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ Drag Race' star Pandora Boxx performs at PrideFest
  9. ^ RuPaul’s DragCon 2016: Meet Jessica Wild
  10. ^ Antoine Ashley's Boyfriend: What He Will Miss Most
  11. ^ RuPaul’s Drag Race Scot Morgan McMichaels reveals cruel gay jibes inspired cross-dressing diva
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ The herstory of trans women on RuPaul's Drag Race
  14. ^ "Go speed 'Racers'! - Dallas Voice". Dallas Voice. 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  15. ^ "Brian Christopher Pryor". Nicole Page Brooks official site. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  16. ^ Shavarebi, Jordan (November 17, 2011). "Catching Up With Shangela". Out. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  17. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 2". iTunes Store (United States). February 1, 2010. Retrieved March 21, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Gone with the Window". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 1. Episode 2. February 1, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Starrbootylicious". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 1. Episode 2. February 8, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Country Queens". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 1. Episode 3. February 15, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Country Queens". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 1. Episode 4. February 22, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Here Comes the Bride". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 1. Episode 5. March 1, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Rocker Chicks". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 1. Episode 6. March 8, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Once Upon a Queen". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 1. Episode 7. March 22, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Golden Gals". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 1. Episode 8. March 29, 2010. 
  26. ^ "The Diva Awards". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 1. Episode 9. April 12, 2010, 2010.  Check date values in: |= (help)
  27. ^ "Grand Finale". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 1. Episode 11. April 26, 2010, 2010.  Check date values in: |= (help)
  28. ^ "Reunion". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 1. Episode 12. April 26, 2010, 2010.  Check date values in: |= (help)
  29. ^ LOGO On-line. "Logo TV Schedule April 26, 2010". LOGO On-line. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 

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