RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars (season 1)

RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars
Season 1
Broadcast from October 22 (2012-10-22) – November 26, 2012 (2012-11-26)
Judges RuPaul
Michelle Visage
Santino Rice
Host(s) RuPaul
Competitors 12
Chad Michaels
Origin San Diego, CA

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars[1] is the first season of the All Star version of RuPaul's Drag Race and premiered on the Logo network on October 22, 2012. Cast members were announced on August 6.[2]

This season features twelve returning contestants representing all four seasons for a chance to be inducted into the "Drag Race Hall of Fame". This series aired six episodes, each an hour in length.[3] Contestants were judged on their "charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent" and, since they competed in teams of two, also "synergy". The winner received a supply of MAC cosmetics, a "one of a kind trip" and $100,000.[4] The theme song playing during the runway every episode is "Sexy Drag Queen" (dootdoot 'doot-swift' Remix) and the song playing during the credits is "Responsitrannity" (Matt Pop's Edit), the latter of which is originally from RuPaul's album Glamazon.

The first episode introduced several changes to the rules for the All Stars competition. Queens competed in teams of two, determined by the contestants themselves. Both members of the team would be eliminated. The bottom two teams chose one member to "lip synch for their lives". The non-lip synching teammates had the option during the first minute of the performance to declare a "she-mergency", hit a panic button and "tag in" to complete the performance. RuPaul dedicated the first episode in memory of Sahara Davenport, a former competitor in Season 2 of the show.[5]

Chad Michaels was crowned the winner and was the first to be inducted into the Drag Race Hall of Fame.

In 2015, it was announced All Stars had been renewed for a second season, which began airing on August 25, 2016.[6]


The drag queens who competed for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame are:

(Ages and names stated are at time of contest)

Contestant Name Age Hometown Original Season Original Placement Outcome
Chad Michaels Chad Michaels 41 San Diego, CA Season 4 Runner-Up Winner
Raven David Petruschin 33 Riverside, CA Season 2 Runner-Up Runner-Up
Jujubee Airline Inthyrath 28 Boston, MA Season 2 3rd Place 3rd/4th Place
Shannel Brian Watkins 32 Las Vegas, NV Season 1 4th Place 3rd/4th Place
Alexis Mateo Alexis Mateo Pacheco 32 St. Petersburg, FL Season 3 3rd Place 5th/6th Place
Yara Sofia Gabriel Burgos Ortiz 28 Manati, PR Season 3 4th Place[lower-alpha 1] 5th/6th Place
Latrice Royale Timothy Wilcots 40 South Beach, FL Season 4 4th Place[lower-alpha 1] 7th/8th Place
Manila Luzon Karl Westerberg 30 New York, NY Season 3 Runner-Up 7th/8th Place
Nina Flowers Jorge Luis Flores Sánchez 37 Bayamón, PR Season 1 Runner-Up[lower-alpha 1] 9th/10th Place
Tammie Brown Keith Glen Schubert 32 Long Beach, CA Season 1 8th Place 9th/10th Place
Mimi Imfurst Braden Chapman 29 New York, NY Season 3 11th Place 11th/12th Place
Pandora Boxx Michael Steck 40 Rochester, NY Season 2 5th Place[lower-alpha 1] 11th/12th Place
  1. 1 2 3 4 This contestant won Miss Congeniality in her original season.

Contestant Progress

Contestant Team 1 2 3 4 5 6
Chad Michaels Shad BTM2 SAFE WIN WIN WIN Winner
Raven Rujubee SAFE SAFE BTM2 BTM2 BTM2 Runner-Up
Jujubee Rujubee SAFE SAFE BTM2 BTM2 BTM2 Eliminated
Shannel Shad BTM2 SAFE WIN WIN WIN Eliminated
Alexis Mateo Yarlexis SAFE WIN SAFE ELIM
Yara Sofia Yarlexis SAFE WIN SAFE ELIM
Latrice Royale Latrila WIN BTM2 OUT
Manila Luzon Latrila WIN BTM2 ELIM
Nina Flowers Brown Flowers SAFE OUT
Tammie Brown Brown Flowers SAFE ELIM
Mimi Imfurst Mandora ELIM
Pandora Boxx Mandora OUT
     The contestant won RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.
     The contestant was the runner-up.
     The contestant was eliminated without lip-syncing entirely.
     The team won the challenge.
     The team was in the "best and worst" category but was ultimately chosen to be safe.
     This contestant was in the bottom two and lip synced for their life.
     The contestant was in the bottom two but did not lip sync for their life.
     The contestant did not have to lip synch for their life but was eliminated due to their teammate losing the lip sync.
     The contestant lip synched for their life and was eliminated.
     The contestant replaced their partner in the lip synch and finished the song for them and was eliminated.


Episode Teams
Song Eliminated
1 Team Mandora
(Mimi Imfurst)
vs. Team Shad
(Chad Michaels)
"Opposites Attract"
(Paula Abdul)
Team Mandora
(Mimi Imfurst & Pandora Boxx
2 Team Brown Flowers
(Tammie Brown)
vs. Team Latrila
(Latrice Royale)
"There's No Business Like Show Business"
(Ethel Merman)
Team Brown Flowers
(Nina Flowers & Tammie Brown
3 Team Latrila
(Manila Luzon)
vs. Team Rujubee
(Janet Jackson)
Team Latrila
(Latrice Royale & Manila Luzon
4 Team Rujubee
vs. Team Yarlexis
(Alexis Mateo & Yara Sofia)
"Don't Cha"
(The Pussycat Dolls)
Team Yarlexis
(Alexis Mateo & Yara Sofia
5 Jujubee vs. Raven "Dancing on My Own"
6 Chad Michaels vs. Raven "Responsitrannity"
     The contestant/team was eliminated after their first time in the bottom two.
     The contestant/team was eliminated after their second time in the bottom two.
     The contestant was eliminated after the final lip sync.


The complete roster of guest judges includes:[7]


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TitleOriginal air date
11"It Takes Two"October 22, 2012

The twelve returning queens are surprised to learn they will be competing in teams of two and that both team members will be eliminated together. The contestants then voted for their team formations in two rounds;

  • Chad Michaels & Shannel matched on the first round of voting to form Team Shad.
  • Jujubee & Raven matched on the first round of voting to form Team Rujubee.
  • Nina Flowers & Tammie Brown matched on the first round of voting to form Team Brown Flowers.
  • Yara Sofia & Alexis Mateo matched on the second round of voting to form Team Yarlexis.
  • Manila Luzon & Latrice Royale matched on the second round of voting to form Team Latrila.
  • Mimi Imfurst & Pandora Boxx were matched by consolation as the last two left and formed Team Mandora.

The first challenge is for the teammates to make each other up for a high fashion photo shoot. In the first picture, "Half-baked", the queens are to show themselves in the process of getting made up, with no wigs. For "Opposites Attract" the queens have to portray a concept that conveys opposites. Team Latrila wins the challenge, and Team Rujubee was announced as the second best. These two teams are dismissed from the stage while the remaining teams are critiqued. Team Yarlexis' Opposites Attract photo was criticized for lack of creativity, and their runway presenation was deemed "just cute". Team Mandora was criticized for lack of cooperation, as well as their runway looks. Team Brown Flowers received few critiques, with Santino noting Nina wasn't displaying the same type of power he saw she had back in season one, and Tammie Brown is once again praised for her campy performance in the photo shoot. Team Shad received very negative feedback on all parts of their performance, which Ru believes was caused by the fact they had worked together and known each other for so long. After deliberation, Team Shad and Team Mandora find themselves the bottom two teams. Mimi and Chad lip synch to Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract". Chad wins and Shannel stays. Pandora and Mimi are eliminated and must "sashay away".

22"RuPaul's Gaff-In"October 29, 2012

The mini-challenge, "In Da Butt Ru", tests how well the teams know each other by asking them questions in the style of The Newlywed Game. The winning team received cream pies to the face as its "prize".

For the main challenge, teams had to write original comedy material for a Laugh-In style sketch show. For the show the queens delivered celebrity impersonations.

Each team had to perform three segments, a cocktail party, a joke exchange with Ru and a joke wall. For the runway teams displayed their best 1960s fashions. Following the presentations, the teams received their critiques, most notably with one well-performing member, and one poor-performing member. Yara Sofia was strongly praised for her impersonation of Charo, which the judges believe was enough to hold the team up, as Alexis' Shakira impersonation fell flat. Latrice Royale is criticized for not delivering Oprah, while Manila Luzon is praised on her impersonation of Madonna, even though Michelle does give her some critiques regarding her makeup for the evening. Jujubee is praised for her impersonation of Fran Drescher, although Santino did not believe she looked like her, and Raven is critiqued on her poor impersonation of Bea Arthur. Shannel is told her Lucille Ball was not spot-on, but Chad's Bette Davis is highly liked, and therefore praised. Nina Flowers is critiqued for not giving La Lupe enough of a personality, although Busy Phillips does compliment her on her look for the evening, and Tammie Brown is criticized on letting her own personality take over Tammie Faye Messner. Team Brown Flowers received very few positive notes, with Santino saying their jokes were poor and the performance was even uncomfortable to watch. Team Yarlexis won the challenge, while Team Latrilla and Team Brown Flowers fell into the bottom two. Latrice and Tammie lip synced to "There's No Business Like Show Business" from Annie Get Your Gun; Latrice prevailed and Team Latrila stayed while Team Brown Flowers sashayed away.

In the companion series Untucked, Chad Michaels received a supportive video message from his father, from whom he had been estranged for 25 years.

33"Queens Behaving Badly"November 5, 2012

In the mini-challenge, the queens had to take a photographic self-portrait posed as a sexy macho male. Team Yarlexis won. For the main challenge each queen, under the direction of their partner via earpiece, had to go to Hollywood Boulevard and convince passers-by to participate in pranks, for example slapping the queen with a novelty foam hand or allowing the queen to spray whipped cream down the pedestrian's pants. Each prank was assigned a point value. On the runway the queens were to wear "girl gone bad" outfits. Team Shad was the only team who performed well, thus making them the winners of the challenge. Team Rujubee was critiqued for not being "in sync" with each other, as well as their runway performances not giving enough. Team Yarlexis is called out by their other competitors as the weakest team, and the ones that should go next. Manila Luzon once again receives praise for her performance in the challenge, as well as her runway look, but Latrice is criticized on all accounts of her look as well as her performance. Team Latrila and Team Rujubee are declared the bottom two, and Manila and Jujubee perform the lip-sync. Jujubee won the lip sync and Latrice and Manila had to sashay away.

In the companion series Untucked, former contestant Tatianna served "Tea with Tati", in which she "read" (insulted) several of the remaining contestants.

44"All Star Girl Groups"November 12, 2012

In the mini challenge the girls had to dress up in cheer-leading costumes and "read" the other contestants in a cheer format. Team Yarlexis were the winners of this mini challenge. The main challenge was to form a girl group with celebrity women and drag them up into a Drag Girl Group. Team Yarlexis selected Kelly Osbourne (daughter of Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne), Team Shad chose Jillian Hervey (Vanessa L. Williams's daughter) while Team Rujubee opted for Kady Z (Pia Zadora's daughter). Team Yarlexis' song to perform is "Cover Girl", Team Shad's song to perform is "Glamazon", and Team Rujubee's song to perform is "Jealous of My Boogie". After their group performances in front of a live audience, the groups received their critiques. Team Shad's look is praised, but they are criticized for making Jillian the center of attention during the performance. Team Yarlexis' look is praised for being a coordinating look, but they are criticized for being out of sync with the song. Team Rujubee receives the harsher of the critiques, with the critiques mainly focusing on the lack of "dragging up" on Katy, as well as performing moves Raven and Jujubee learned in the video shoot for "Jealous of My Boogie" at the end of season 2. Once again, Team Shad wins the challenge, while Team Rujubee lands in the bottom two, this time alongside Team Yarlexis. Raven and Alexis are the original performers of the lip-sync, but within a minute after the start of the performance, Yara hits the she-mergency button and tags Alexis to finish the lip-sync. Raven wins the lip-sync for Team Rujubee, and Team Yarlexis sashays away.

55"Dynamic Drag Duos"November 19, 2012

In the mini challenge, the remaining pairs played a basketball mini-challenge: Fish instead of Horse. Team Rujubee won and got a chance to talk to their love ones. For the main challenge, the teams created a story about a Super Hero and a Super Villain. Chad and Jujubee play their teams' superheroes, while Raven and Shannel play the villains. Shannel's look is critiqed as being a little too reminding of an S&M store, while Chad's look as Fire Crotch is praised. The team's backstory, however, is told to be a little misleading. Raven's look is highly praised, but Jujubee's look is deemed flat, as well as their hero/villain backstory. The judges were torn between the remaining pairs, but Team Shad ultimately won for a third straight week in a row, and Team Rujubee lip synced for their lives for the third straight week as well. This time Raven and Jujubee must lip-sync against each other. After an emotional lip-sync, RuPaul elected to save both of the queens and advance them to the finale, the first time in Drag Race history to have a "final four" instead of a final three.

66"The Grand Finale"November 26, 2012

For their final challenge, the final queens have to go to different locations within minutes of each other and perform different shows, consisting of a group interview, followed by an appearance at Hamburger Mary's to accept an award in their honor, and finish up with a comedy routine in front of a live audience. The queens were taught by Cheri Oteri on their comedic side. The queens (now competing as individuals), were then divided into pairs to attend the events. Chad and Raven were teamed to leave with season one's Ongina in her car, while Jujubee and Shannel were teamed to leave with season three's Delta Work in her car. On the interview, Jujubee did not interact as much, while Shannel overshadowed all the girls by talking too much. The final four also handled well at their Hamburger Mary's appearances. Raven, Chad, and Jujubee's comedy performances are highly liked by the crowd, while Shannel's performance fell flat. On the main stage, the queens receive their final critiques. Raven is praised for her look, as well as her performance in the comedy routine. Santino critiqued her on her makeup at her Hamburger Mary's appearance, which looked a little shiny. She also received notes on her use of cursing at the interview. Jujubee's look was critiqued for not bringing enough to the finale. She is also critiqued on her interview, in which she let the other queens outshine her. Shannel's finale look is praised for reminding the judges she is a showgirl, but she is criticized on both her comedy performance which was found offensive, and over-talking during the interview. Chad's entire performance as well as her final runway look are praised. During the deliberations, the judges agree Jujubee is holding back, which could show she is not ready to take on the large title. Michelle talks highly about her like of Shannel due to the fact she is a showgirl. Raven is spoken highly of due to her star potential, which was a reminder of why she was the runner-up of season 2. The judges agree Chad came to All-Stars with a new energy since season 4, and it showed in all of the challenges, as well as her background history with drag. After deliberating for the last time this season, Ru eliminates Jujubee and Shannel, leaving Chad and Raven to lip-sync for the final time. Both did well, but it was Chad Michaels who was crowned as the winner of RuPaul's All-Star Drag Race and the first inductee into Drag Race Hall of Fame. Chad Michaels also became the only of the twelve contestants to place higher in All-Stars than in her season (assuming Shannel finished in 4th rather than 3rd based on the final critiques).


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