RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (season 3)
|RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars|
Promotional poster for season three
|No. of contestants||10|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Original release||January 25 –|
March 15, 2018
The third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars began airing on January 25, 2018. The season was announced in August 2017, and 9 of the 10 cast members were revealed during a VH1 television special titled "Exclusive Queen Ruveal," which aired on October 20, 2017. This season featured ten "All Star" contestants, selected from the show's first season through to its ninth season, who competed to be inducted into the "Drag Race Hall of Fame".
As in the previous season, the top two queens in the challenge compete in a "Lip Sync for Your Legacy," with the winner of the lip sync earning $10,000 and choosing which of the bottom queens gets eliminated. A new twist on how the top queens of the season were chosen was revealed in the season's 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 while the other two were subsequently eliminated. The prizes for the winner of the competition are a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics and a cash prize of $100,000.
Ages, names, and cities stated are at time of filming.
|Contestant||Age||Hometown||Original season||Original placement||Outcome|
|Trixie Mattel||28||Los Angeles, California||Season 7||6th Place [a]||Winner|
|Kennedy Davenport||35||Dallas, Texas||Season 7||4th Place||Runner-up|
|BeBe Zahara Benet||36||Minneapolis, Minnesota||Season 1||Winner||3rd/4th Place|
|Shangela [b]||35||Los Angeles, California||Season 2||12th Place|
|Season 3||6th Place|
|Morgan McMichaels||36||Los Angeles, California||Season 2||8th Place||5th Place[c]|
|BenDeLaCreme||35||Seattle, Washington||Season 6||5th Place[d]||6th Place[e]|
|Aja||23||Brooklyn, New York||Season 9||9th Place||7th Place|
|Chi Chi DeVayne[f]||32||Shreveport, Louisiana||Season 8||4th Place||8th Place|
|Milk||29||New York City, New York||Season 6||9th Place||9th Place|
|Thorgy Thor||33||Brooklyn, New York||Season 8||6th Place||10th Place|
- Originally placed 11th before returning to the competition
- Shangela Laquifa Wadley is simply referred to as Shangela
- Morgan McMichaels originally placed 10th before being chosen to return to the competition.
- This contestant was voted Miss Congeniality during her original season.
- BenDeLaCreme eliminated herself.
- Chi Chi Kat Devayne is simply referred to as Chi Chi DeVayne this season
|BeBe Zahara Benet||SAFE||HIGH||SAFE||SAFE||WIN||WIN||BTM3||Eliminated|
|Chi Chi DeVayne||BTM2||LOW||BTM3||ELIM||OUT||Juror|
- The contestant won RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.
- The contestant was the runner-up.
- The contestant was eliminated by jury vote without lip-syncing entirely.
- The contestant won the challenge and won the Lip Sync for Your Legacy.
- The contestant won the challenge, but lost the Lip Sync for Your Legacy.
- The contestant came back for a chance to re-enter the competition and was chosen to return.
- The contestant came back for a chance to re-enter the competition but was not chosen to return.
- The contestant received positive critiques and was ultimately declared safe.
- The contestant received critiques, but was ultimately declared safe.
- The contestant received negative critiques, but was ultimately declared safe.
- The contestant was in the bottom.
- The contestant was eliminated.
- The contestant won the challenge, won the Lip Sync for Your Legacy, but chose to eliminate herself from the competition.
- The contestant returned as a juror for the final episode to vote for the Top 2
As part of the finale, the eliminated queens were invited back as jurors. They were given two votes each to vote for the remaining contestants that they thought deserved to make the final two, with their first vote worth two points and their second vote worth one point. The remaining contests were given the chance to plead their case before the jurors, prior to the vote.
|Chi Chi DeVayne||Kennedy||Trixie|
|Number of votes||1||5||1||5|
|Result||Eliminated||Top Two||Eliminated||Top Two|
- The contestant was picked first and received two points.
- The contestant was picked second and received one point.
- Contest received the most votes and made it to the Top Two
- Contest received the second most votes and made it to the Top Two
(Pick for Elimination)
|Song||Winner||Up For Elimination||Eliminated|
(Chi Chi DeVayne)
|BenDeLaCreme||Chi Chi DeVayne
|"Jump (For My Love)"
(The Pointer Sisters)
(Chi Chi DeVayne)
Chi Chi DeVayne
(Chi Chi DeVayne)
(Chi Chi DeVayne)
|"I Kissed a Girl"
|BenDeLaCreme & Shangela||Chi Chi DeVayne
|Chi Chi DeVayne|
|5||Bebe Zahara Benet
|Bebe Zahara Benet||Aja
|6[a]||Bebe Zahara Benet
|"Nobody's Supposed to Be Here
(Hex Hector Dance Mix)"
(RuPaul ft. Big Freedia)
|Shangela||Bebe Zahara Benet
|8||Kennedy Davenport||vs.||Trixie Mattel||"Wrecking Ball"
|Trixie Mattel||N/A||Kennedy 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.
- The contestant chose to eliminate themselves.
- The contestant was eliminated after the final lip sync.
- In episode 6, the contestants in the lip sync were asked to choose an eliminated contestant to return to the competition in addition to picking someone to eliminate.
- ^[b] BeBe Zahara Benet chose not to show whom she selected to return to the competition and whom she selected to eliminate if she had won the lip sync. Later on Trinity the Tuck's podcast, on May 3, 2020, Aja asserted that Bebe had chosen Trixie Mattel for elimination.
- ^[c] BenDeLaCreme wrote her own name on a lipstick using whiteout, choosing to quit the competition. After being given the choice by RuPaul to select a queen to return, she chose Morgan McMichaels.
Listed in chronological order:
- Vanessa Hudgens, actress and singer
- Todrick Hall, actor and singer
- Vanessa Williams, actress and singer
- Constance Zimmer, actress
- Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, actor and model
- Nicole Byer, comedian and actress
- Kristin Chenoweth, actress and singer
- Tituss Burgess, actor and singer
- Shay Mitchell, actress and model
- Adam Lambert, singer and actor
- Emma Bunton, singer and actress
- Chris Colfer, actor and singer
- Garcelle Beauvais, actress and model
Guests who appeared in episodes but did not judge on the main stage (in order of appearance):
- Chad Michaels, runner-up from season four and winner of season one of All Stars
- Alaska, runner-up from season five and winner of season two of All Stars
- Marc Jacobs, fashion designer
- Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic leader and representative for California's 12th congressional district
|Title||Original air date|
|16||1||"All-Star Variety Show"||January 25, 2018|
Nine formerly eliminated queens from past seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race enter the workroom to win a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame, and also to win a cash prize of $100,000. Upon entering the room, RuPaul introduces the final 10th queen, season one winner BeBe Zahara Benet, stating that he wants to showcase the contestant to a new generation of fans. For the episode's maxi-challenge, each queen is to prepare a live talent presentation for the second All Star Variety Show. Upon judgement, BeBe Zahara Benet, Kennedy Davenport, Milk, and Trixie Mattel are deemed safe. During the critiques, Aja and BenDeLaCreme are selected as the top two all stars of the week. Contestants Shangela and Thorgy Thor receive positive reviews from the judges. Chi Chi DeVayne and Morgan McMichaels are placed in the bottom for their performances. Aja and BenDeLaCreme lip-sync against each other to Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda"; BenDeLaCreme wins the lip sync and eliminates Morgan McMichaels.
|17||2||"Divas Lip Sync Live"||February 1, 2018|
In episode two, the nine remaining queens are assigned female musicians to embody in the Divas Lip Sync Live battle, a tribute act in the form of a live medley of RuPaul songs. Aja performs as Amy Winehouse, BeBe Zahara Benet as Diana Ross, BenDeLaCreme as Julie Andrews, Chi Chi DeVayne as Patti LaBelle, Kennedy Davenport as Janet Jackson, Milk as Celine Dion, Shangela as Mariah Carey, Trixie Mattel as Dolly Parton, and Thorgy Thor as Stevie Nicks. The runway theme on the main stage is "RuDemption," a theme for which each contestant recreates a look from their original season. Upon judgement, Aja, Milk, and Trixie Mattel are deemed safe. During the critiques, BeBe Zahara Benet, BenDaLeCreme, and Shangela receive positive feedback on their performances and runway looks, with the latter two winning the challenge. Chi Chi DeVayne, Kennedy Davenport and Thorgy Thor are all criticized for their performances, while their runway looks receive praise. DeVayne is declared safe from the bottom two. Shangela and BenDeLaCreme lip-sync against each other to The Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)." Shangela wins the lip sync and eliminates Thorgy Thor.
|18||3||"The Bitchelor"||February 8, 2018|
The eight remaining queens are each assigned a personality by RuPaul for The Bitchelor, a satire based on the show The Bachelor. Aja plays the Needy Girl, BeBe Zahara Benet the Shy Virgin, BenDeLaCreme the Cougar, Chi Chi DeVayne and Shangela a polyamorous couple, Kennedy Davenport the Party Girl, Milk the Stalker, and Trixie Mattel the Fake Bitch. Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman participates as the main love interest of the show. The main-stage runway theme is "Wigs on Wigs on Wigs". Upon judgement, Benet and Shangela are both deemed safe. BenDeLaCreme, Davenport and Mattel are praised for their performances and looks, with the former two contestants winning the challenge. Aja, Chi Chi DeVayne, and Milk are placed in the bottom three. Davenport and BenDeLaCreme lip-sync against each other to Lorde's "Green Light". Davenport wins the lip sync and eliminates Milk.
|19||4||"All Stars Snatch Game"||February 15, 2018|
The seven remaining queens prepare for the Snatch Game, where each contestant picks a celebrity to impersonate. Aja appears as Crystal LaBeija, BeBe Zahara Benet as Grace Jones, BenDeLaCreme as Paul Lynde, Chi Chi DeVayne as Maya Angelou, Kennedy Davenport as Phaedra Parks, Shangela as Jenifer Lewis and Trixie Mattel as RuPaul. Guest judge Kristin Chenoweth partakes in the challenge, playing herself. The runway theme on the main stage is "Flower Power." Upon judgement, BenDeLaCreme and Shangela are deemed the winners of the challenge. Aja and Benet receive positive remarks for their runway looks, though reviews are divided on Benet's Snatch Game performance. Both are ultimately declared safe. DeVayne, Davenport and Mattel are placed in the bottom three. Shangela and BenDeLaCreme lip-sync against each other to Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl." The lip sync is declared a tie, and both contestants eliminate DeVayne.
|20||5||"Pop Art Ball"||February 22, 2018|
The six remaining queens participate in a mini-challenge where they dress up in "Quick Drag" and model in an Andy Warhol-inspired photoshoot. Aja wins the challenge, receiving a year's supply of burgers from Hamburger Mary's and a cash tip of $2,000. For the main challenge, each contestant is asked to prepare two runway looks for the Pop Art Ball: one inspired by Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans and a second inspired by Studio 54. Additionally, each contestant has to record a voice-over narrative to be played during her runway presentation. During the judges' critiques, Aja and Shangela are criticized for both of their runway looks, and they fall into the bottom two. BeBe Zahara Benet and Trixie Mattel are both commended for their runway looks, winning the challenge. BenDeLaCreme and Kennedy Davenport attract mixed commentary but are ultimately declared safe. Benet and Mattel lip-sync against each other to Diana Ross's "The Boss". Benet wins the lip sync and eliminates Aja. At the end of the episode, RuPaul brings previous winners Chad Michaels and Alaska back onto the main stage, and they reveal three queens in cloaks that will be returning for the next episode.
|21||6||"Handmaids to Kitty Girls"||March 1, 2018|
RuPaul reintroduces all the eliminated queens to the competition. Everyone is tasked with writing and performing original lyrics to audition for RuPaul's new all-star supergroup, The Kitty Girls. The queens are split equally into two teams: the eliminated queens on one team, and the remaining queens on the other. Each member creates a character to perform: Benet appears as Jungle Kitty, BenDeLaCreme as Goth Kitty, Davenport as Diva Kitty, Shangela as Sparkle Kitty, and Mattel as IQ Kitty. On the opposite team, Aja appears as Lil' Banjee, DeVayne as Cajun Kitty, Milk as Milky Kitty, McMichaels as Bimbo Kitty, and Thor as Cardio Kitty.
During the judges' critiques, Benet and BenDeLaCreme are praised for their performances, and they are deemed the top two contestants. Davenport, Shangela and Mattel are placed in the bottom three. Benet and BenDeLaCreme are instructed to eliminate one of the bottom queens and to select an eliminated contestant to return to the competition. Benet and BenDeLaCreme lip-sync against each other to Deborah Cox's "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here," and the latter wins. BenDeLaCreme chooses McMichaels to return to the competition and subsequently eliminates herself, making her the second queen to leave the competition voluntarily. Upon the episode's premiere, critics deemed her move one of the most shocking, controversial, and "unthinkable" moments on the show.
|22||7||"My Best Squirrelfriend's Dragsmaids Wedding Trip"||March 8, 2018|
The five remaining queens are asked to act in a trailer for a movie titled My Best Squirrelfriend's Dragsmaids Wedding Trip, comedically portraying Academy Award-winning female characters. Morgan McMichaels is tasked with handing out roles to each contestant: Bebe Zahara Benet plays The Queen (The Queen), Kennedy Davenport plays La La (La La Land), McMichaels plays Beige Swan (Black Swan), Shangela plays Actavia (The Help/Hidden Figures), and Trixie Mattel plays Sharon Frokovich (Erin Brockovich). The runway theme for the episode is "Red for Filth." During critiques, Shangela's and Mattel's performances and looks are praised, and they are chosen as the top two contestants. Although Benet, Davenport and McMichaels receive compliments for their runway looks, all three are placed in the bottom three. Shangela and Mattel lip-sync against each other to RuPaul's "Freaky Money." Shangela wins the lip sync and chooses to eliminate McMichaels.
|23||8||"A Jury of Their Queers"||March 15, 2018|
The final four queens were asked to write, sing and dance in an ambitious production number to RuPaul's song "Kitty Girl." Choreographer Todrick Hall accompanied the girls choreography, but also revealed that the entire music video would be shot in one-take throughout the backstage of RuPaul's Drag Race, including the runway The music video opens with Kennedy Davenport, and follows with Shangela, Bebe Zahara Benet and Trixie Mattel; the judges, and eliminated contestants, all appeared as cameo to the video. During the critiques, all four queens were given positive comments about their performances and runway looks. RuPaul reveals that each eliminated queen gets to vote two contestants to enter the top two spots, whereas each remaining contestant got the chance to plead why they deserved to be in the top positions. Subsequently, the four remaining queens were asked to change costumes for the lip-sync to Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball". After deliberation, eliminated contestant Morgan McMichaels announces Davenport and Mattel as the top two All-Stars, effectively eliminating both Benet and Shangela. After the lip-sync, RuPaul announces Mattel as the season three winner, and earns a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame.
On February 15, 2018, the series production company World of Wonder filed a lawsuit against an anonymous leaker using the alias RealityTVLeaks. According to the lawsuit, RealityTVLeaks posted several visuals from the season on various social media websites such as Reddit, Twitter, and Instagram before each episode's airing—including runway themes, challenges, episode titles, and eliminated queens. Additionally, a producer from the show stated that the leaker removed "information identifying [World of Wonder] as the copyright owner and author" before adding "misleading copyright management information falsely identifying [the defendants] as the copyright owners and authors." World of Wonder launched the suit because of the defendant's "unlawful theft and public dissemination of episodes of the popular and critically-acclaimed reality television show," and the production company confirmed it is seeking damages of $300,000, including $150,000 for each infringed episode and $25,000 per violation of "actual damages" and defendants' profits.
|1||"All-Star Variety Show"||January 25, 2018||0.46||0.895|
|2||"Divas Lip Sync Live"||February 1, 2018||0.40||0.777|
|3||"The Bitchelor"||February 8, 2018||0.39||0.738|
|4||"All Stars Snatch Game"||February 15, 2018||0.34||0.713|
|5||"Pop Art Ball"||February 22, 2018||0.38||0.732|
|6||"Handmaids to Kitty Girls"||March 1, 2018||0.49||0.883|
|7||"My Best Squirrelfriend's Dragsmaids Wedding Trip"||March 8, 2018||0.31||0.658|
|8||"A Jury of Their Queers"||March 15, 2018||0.27||0.589|
Although a ratings success, the season was not critically well received, following the high bar set by All Stars 2. Vulture, in writing a summation review, described the season as "truly one of the roughest seasons of the show ever. After a stellar, jaw-unhingingly good All Stars 2, this season felt more like an embarrassing cousin you brought to gay happy hour who wears double polos". The A.V. Club similarly described the season as disappointing; in their final review of the season, they wrote, "I should be celebrating the crowning of a new queen in the Drag Race hall of fame, but Drag Race All Stars season three has left me feeling totally underwhelmed and wondering, What’s the point?"
Vulture did however make the point that although the season did not live up to expectations, "even at its worst, it’s still one of the best, if not the best goddamn reality competition show on television".
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