I’ve blogged in the past about queer television to watch but I’ve been watching this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Season 2 and I’m not joking it’s so good it needs it’s own post.
This show single-handedly puts the world of drag into the spotlight a community popularized in the 1980’s as an underground culture (cc: Paris Is Burning, go watch it now!). Now with RuPaul’s Drag Race in its second all star season (with Drag Race just coming off of its very first Emmy win! Woot) I’m constantly excited to see how much farther they can go and boy did they deliver. In celebration for the season finale tonight, I wanted to put together my Top 5 moments of this epically sickeninggggg season.
5. The Twist
As soon as the season begins, RuPaul tells the girls (All Stars and fan faves from past seasons including: Alaska/Detox/Katya/Adore/Roxxy/Alyssa/Tatianna/Phi Phi/Ginger/Coco) that unlike in past seasons, she “…will not be eliminating anyone this season”. Twist: Instead the top two queens of the week will be lipsyncing for a chance to win $10,000 and given the ultimate responsibility of eliminating one of the bottom two queens. This twist has proven to be a double edged sword, forcing many of the queens (who are good friends with one another outside of the show) the tear-filled job of saying “byeee”. Alliances were made, promises were broken. The drama was giving me life.
4. Lil’ Poundcake
Any fan of Season 5 will tell you that Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 became an instant favorite with her sharp wit, polished drag and winning personality. Alaska blessed us with an amazing shout out to her season by dressing up on the runway as the same doll she created along with her partner Lineysha Sparx back in her season. Alaska has also become a marketing genius with her tribute as I later realized she dropped a new song and video that also stars Lil’ Poundcake running amok. Regardless I was living for it.
3. Au Revoir Adore
Runner up for her season of Drag Race (and one of my personal faves), Adore Delano returned to this season of All Stars. The self-proclaimed alternative grunge “hog-bodied” queen came in with a great attitude, invigorated by her huge successes outside of the show. To our dismay, after a really harsh read from the judges in the first episode (
thanks a lot Michelle Visage and Raven Symone), Adore decided to bow out of the competition concluding her head and heart weren’t in it. 💔
2. Roxxie Gets Saved. Twice.
All T, no shade: Roxxie Andrews didn’t blow me away in her season and still didn’t impress me this time around. Don’t get me wrong, great queen but she easily gets lost in the crowd of talented all stars. However, being a part of the legendary Rolaskatox Triad (formed in her season), she found herself saved from elimination even though she landed herself in the bottom 5 times. Rolaskatox allies Alaska and Detox instead sent Tatianna and Alyssa Edwards home in two major shockers, both amazing queens cut before their time. As this is a competition my only hope is the queens kept her around so the obvious choice for the winner would be that much more apparent at the end. ☕
1. The Revenge of the Eliminated Queens
This by far was the biggest weave snatching moment. After the first elimination, we find there was an extra twist, revealing that the freshly eliminated queen will have an opportunity later on to snatch back her spot in the competition. It all came to a head when Alyssa Edwards was eliminated by frenemy Phi Phi O’Hara only for Phi Phi to return to the workroom with the remaining queens and be surprised to see the eliminated queens *BOOM* “Ruvealed” through the two sided mirrors. (Jaw literally dropped. Weave permanently snatched.) The ultimate revenge was in the next episode when Alyssa slayed and came out on top and sent Phi Phi packing for good! Revenge is so so sweet.
Can’t wait to see who will land their spot in the All Star hall of fame! Check out RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Season 2 Finale tonight on Logo!
Who will you be rooting for tonight?
(I know who I will. Clue: HIIIIIIEEEEE)