Review: RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3

Fresh of its ninth season, RuPaul's Drag Race returned with its third instalment of the special All Stars competition. Sophie Hicks shares her thoughts on All Stars and how the side-show differs from the regular seasons.

Sophie Hicks
12th February 2018
Image: YouTube

RuPaul has returned to screens as RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3 has started. If you’ve heard of Drag Race but are unsure of what All Stars is, you’re in for a treat. All Stars is a popular spinoff show where they re-invite popular queens from previous seasons who didn’t win. Whoever wins All Stars gets $100,000 and their name in the Drag Hall of Fame and gets to be a drag superstar in their own right.

Drag Race is a fun show to watch if you need something light-hearted but addictive. The queens all have very strong personalities, so you get more emotionally attached each week until they are either sent home or end up winning. Whilst the show makes you laugh, you are also able to take them seriously as artists and learn the struggle that comes with drag; a lot of them have troubled backstories, which makes it much sadder if they are eliminated. Each episode starts with a mini challenge, such as ‘reading’ other queens, or making puppet impressions of each other. It then moves on to a main challenge which is for the remainder of the episode, which could include an acting performance or an intense dance routine. After judging, the two worst queens are against each other to ‘lip sync for their lives’, and whoever does the worst in the lip sync leaves.

Whilst the show makes you laugh, you are also able to take them seriously as artists and learn the struggle that comes with drag

However, in All Stars there is a twist, as the two top queens ‘lip sync for their legacy’ and whoever wins the lip sync wins the challenge and $10,000, plus they get to eliminate the girl they choose from the bottom two queens. As the same as the previous season, some eliminated queens in upcoming episodes may return as RuPaul assures them they’ll be able to get their ‘Ru-venge’ on the person who perhaps unfairly sent them to ‘sashay away’.

If you love the original Drag Race and had a favourite queen who didn’t win, watch All Stars as they may be on the show and could have another chance to win.

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AUTHOR: Sophie Hicks
Current TV Editor for the Courier studying BA Media Communication and Cultural Studies

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