RuPaul's Drag Race (season 6)
Sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race
Season of television series
The sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race began airing February 24, 2014. Like the fifth season, the season featured 14 contestants competing for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar". For the first time in the show's history, the season premiere was split into two episodes; the fourteen queens were split into two groups and the seven queens in each group competed against each other before being united as one group for the third episode.
Santino Rice and Michelle Visage returned as judges. Two new pit crew members, Miles Moody and Simon Sherry-Wood, joined Jason Carter and Shawn Morales. The winner of this season won a prize package that included a supply from Colorevolution Cosmetics and a cash prize of $100,000. This was also the first season where Absolut Vodka and Interior Illusions, Inc. were not sponsors for the show, more specifically for the Untucked episodes. The Interior Illusions Lounge was renamed to the Silver Lounge or FormDecor Lounge. The theme song played during the runway segment every episode was "Sissy That Walk" while the song playing during the credits is "Dance With U", both from the album Born Naked.
The winner of the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race was Bianca Del Rio, with Adore Delano and Courtney Act being the runners-up, and BenDeLaCreme being crowned season 6's Miss Congeniality.
See also: List of RuPaul's Drag Race contestants
Ages, names, and cities stated are at time of filming.
|Bianca Del Rio||37||New York City, New York||Winner|
|Adore Delano||23||Azusa, California||Runners-up|
|Courtney Act||31||West Hollywood, California|
|Darienne Lake[a]||41||Rochester, New York||4th Place|
|BenDeLaCreme||31||Seattle, Washington||5th Place[b]|
|Joslyn Fox||26||Worcester, Massachusetts||6th Place|
|Trinity K. Bonet[c]||22||Atlanta, Georgia||7th Place|
|Laganja Estranja||24||Van Nuys, California||8th Place|
|Milk||25||New York City, New York||9th Place|
|Gia Gunn||23||Chicago, Illinois||10th Place|
|April Carrión||24||Guaynabo, Puerto Rico||11th Place|
|Vivacious||40||New York City, New York||12th Place|
|Magnolia Crawford||28||Seattle, Washington||13th/14th Place[d]|
|Kelly Mantle||37||Los Angeles, California|
- ^Miss Darienne Lake is simply known as Darienne Lake on the show.
- ^BenDeLaCreme was voted Miss Congeniality.
- ^Trinity Kardashian Bonet is known as Trinity K. Bonet on the show.
- ^Kelly Mantle and Magnolia Crawford competed on separate episodes and therefore, both were the first to go home, but neither was in a higher place than the other.
Bianca Del Rio won RuPaul's Drag Race.
Adore Delano and Courtney Act were the runners-up.
BenDeLaCreme was voted Miss Congeniality (Miss C) by viewers.
WIN indicates the contestant won the challenge in that episode.
SAFE indicates that the contestant was declared safe by the judges in that episode.
BTM (Bottom) indicates that the contestant had to lip sync in that episode.
ELIM (Eliminated) indicates that the contestant was eliminated in that episode.
Guest, indicates that the contestant returned as a guest in that episode.
|Bianca Del Rio||WIN||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||WIN||SAFE||WIN||SAFE||SAFE||Winner|
|Trinity K. Bonet||SAFE||SAFE||BTM||SAFE||BTM||SAFE||SAFE||ELIM||Guest|
- 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 lip-sync to qualify into the finale.
- ^In the final lip sync, it is noted that all four contestants did not lip sync all at once. There were two lip syncs between Adore Delano & Darienne Lake and Bianca Del Rio & Courtney Act. It was then edited together to make it seem as one lip sync.
Listed in chronological order:
- Adam Lambert, singer and actor
- Mike Ruiz, photographer
- Khloé Kardashian, television personality
- Lena Headey, actress
- Linda Blair, actress
- Lucian Piane, music producer and composer
- Sheryl Lee Ralph, actress, singer, and activist
- Gillian Jacobs, actress
- Heather McDonald, actress and comedian
- Eve, rapper and actress
- Trina, rapper
- Leah Remini, actress
- Lainie Kazan, actress and singer
- Bruce Vilanch, writer and actor
- Jaime Pressly, actress
- Chaz Bono, writer and activist
- Georgia Holt, actress and singer-songwriter
- Paula Abdul, singer, choreographer and television personality
- Neil Patrick Harris, actor
- David Burtka, actor and chef
- Bob Mackie, fashion designer.
Guests who appeared in episodes, but did not judge on the main stage.
See also: List of RuPaul's Drag Race episodes
After use of the term "Shemale" in the "Female or She-male?" challenge of episode 4 led to complaints over transphobic slang specifically from the season contestants Gia Gunn and Courtney Act, as well as previous contestants Carmen Carrera and Willam Belli. Logo temporarily removed the episode from all platforms and stopped using "You've got she-mail" as the video message intro. Episode 4 was eventually put back up on streaming services with the "Female or She-Male?" mini-challenge segment removed.
In this season the theme song for the series remains unchanged from the original season, only being condensed to a shorter length to allow for more show time. As in previous seasons, while RuPaul enters walking the runway before the judging each episode his song "Cover Girl" plays; an instrumental version of the song continues to play while he introduces the judges and celebrity guests. The main musical change-up of the season comes during the runway while each contestant struts, modeling their looks. As in each previous season, the song changes to promote more album and/or single sales for RuPaul. The song this season played during the segment is "Sissy That Walk", from RuPaul's album Born Naked. Also from the album "Dance with U" plays at the end of each episode while the remaining queens dance on the runway, exiting the stage.
Born Naked essentially serves as a soundtrack for the season. Its release coincided with the season premiere, primarily for promotional reasons. However, in the time just after Logo's release of the season 6 "Meet the Queens" interviews, which announced and introduced the season's cast, an album entitled The CoverGurlz was released digitally presented by RuPaul, meant to promote the upcoming season. The single "Oh No She Better Don't" was also released during the season.
RuPaul Presents: The CoverGurlz
|RuPaul Presents: The CoverGurlz|
|Released||January 28, 2014 (2014-01-28)|
|Label||World of Wonder|
RuPaul Presents: The CoverGurlz is a 2014 compilation album by entertainer RuPaul, featuring the season 6 cast of his show RuPaul's Drag Race. The album was released on January 28, 2014. The album was only released digitally to iTunes and Amazon.
Although previous winners and top-three contestants have been given the chance to collaborate with RuPaul either on a song[a] or by performing in one of the artist's music videos, respectively, this album marks the first time in RuPaul's Drag Race history that an album has been produced which features every contestant from the season.
The compilation consists of 14 covers of songs previously released by RuPaul, performed by all of the RuPaul's Drag Race season 6 contestants. It features tracks originally from RuPaul's albums Champion and Glamazon, as well as his extended play SuperGlam DQ, and the 2013 non-album single "Lick It Lollipop". The album also features an outtake from Champion entitled "Let's Turn the Night", reproduced with new vocals by Jason Carter and Miles Davis Moody of the RuPaul's Drag Racepit crew. April Carrión's cover of "Sexy Drag Queen" also features Jipsta from the original version of the song.[b]
As promotion for both the season's contestants and the, then, upcoming season, each contestant is also featured in a short music video for their cover ending with a montage of clips from their respective audition tapes.World of Wonder also produced a music video for the pit crew's song "Let's Turn the Night", which also promoted RuPaul's, then, recently released fragrance Glamazon, released as part of a limited edition make-up line with Colorevolution Cosmetics.
Before the compilation's release, RuPaul confirmed on Twitter that a new album, in which each of the Season 6 contestants covered a song from his catalog, would be coming out.
The week of release the compilation album debuted at number 6 on the iTunes Dance album chart.
(All writing credits adapted from the liner notes of the albums the songs originally appeared.)
|1.||"Let's Turn the Night" (featuring The Pit Crew)||3:40|
|2.||"Ladyboy" (featuring Gia Gunn)||2:33|
|3.||"Tranny Chaser" (featuring Joslyn Fox)||3:56|
|4.||"I Bring the Beat" (featuring Vivacious)||3:22|
|5.||"Superstar" (featuring Adore Delano)||3:29|
|6.||"Click Clack (Make Dat Money)" (featuring Bianca Del Rio)||3:09|
|7.||"Destiny Is Mine" (featuring Milk)||2:58|
|8.||"Devil Made Me Do It" (featuring BenDeLaCreme)||2:59|
|9.||"Lick It Lollipop" (featuring Darienne Lake)||3:13|
|10.||"Glamazon" (featuring Magnolia Crawford)||4:02|
|11.||"Main Event" (featuring Kelly Mantle)||2:52|
|12.||"Champion" (featuring Courtney Act)||3:27|
|13.||"Jealous of My Boogie" (featuring Laganja Estranja)||3:06|
|14.||"Cover Girl" (featuring Trinity K. Bonet)||3:01|
|15.||"Sexy Drag Queen" (featuring April Carrión with Jipsta)||3:40|
Adore Delano competed on the second season of All Stars. She quit the competition and placed ninth overall.
In the third season of All Stars, Milk placed ninth, while BenDeLaCreme quit the competition and placed sixth overall.
Gia Gunn competed on the second installment of the Chilean version of Drag Race titled The Switch Drag Race and finished as a runner-up. She also competed as one of the ten contestants of the fourth season of All Stars. She placed 8th overall.
Trinity K. Bonet competed on the sixth season of All Stars. She placed 5th overall.
RuPaul's Drag Race
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- ^"RuPaul's Big Opening Part 2". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 6. Episode 2. March 3, 2014.
- ^"Scream Queens". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 6. Episode 3. March 10, 2014.
- ^"Shade: The Rusical". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 6. Episode 4. March 17, 2014.
- ^"Snatch Game". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 6. Episode 5. March 24, 2014.
- ^"Oh No She Betta Don't!". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 6. Episode 6. March 31, 2014.
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- ^"The Finale". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 6. Episode Placements. May 19, 2014.
- ^This challenge was removed after the episode originally aired due to the usage of terms offensive to the trans community.
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RuPaul's Drag Race: 10 Most Memorable Moments From Season 6, Ranked
RuPaul's Drag Race is one of the most popular and culturally innovative reality series of all time, with 13 fabulous seasons and several spinoffs. One favorite season among loyal viewers is season 6, which introduced an unforgettable cast of drag queens that included BenDeLaCreme, Adore Delano, and Bianca Del Rio.
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This competition featured a grand array of runway looks, entertaining challenges, and lip-syncs to die for, not to mention some tea-spilling Untucked discussions. With moments full of over-the-top glamour, side-splitting humor, and plenty of drama, it is no wonder that this season is often considered one of the show's best.
10 Vivacious And Ornacia
When they first enter the Werk Room, the queens aim to make a big impression in order to stand out from the crowd. Contestant Vivacious achieved this, although not in the way she intended.
With a Styrofoam head nicknamed Ornacia as a hat, Vivacious entered the Werk Room with a satin veil over her face. However, she fumbled to open the clasp for her reveal, making the moment awkward. Ultimately, Ornacia ended up being more of a standout than the drag queen who wore her.
9 The Rap Challenge
One unique challenge that the season 6 queens had to undertake was starring in a music video for RuPaul's song, "Oh No She Better Don't." This involved the contestants delivering some sharp and catchy lines in a two-team rap battle.
It was this challenge that brought less polished queen Adore Delano to the forefront of the competition as her loud look and smooth rhymes made her the challenge winner. Bianca Del Rio and Joslyn Fox also served memorable performances.
8 Everybody Loves Puppets
A mini-challenge from past seasons, the Everybody Loves Puppets segment of season 6 stands out as one of the most hilarious. The remaining contestants put together puppet versions of their fellow queens and did matching imitations, throwing shade with very funny results.
RELATED: Top 10 Wildest RuPaul's Drag Race Challenges
Comedy master Bianca Del Rio did an excellent job capturing the quirks of Adore Delano, while Adore herself made some nice jabs at BenDeLaCreme. It was DeLa who won this challenge with an exaggeratedly ugly puppet and a loudmouthed impression of Bianca.
7 Sissy That Walk
In the final challenge before the winner was announced, the top four queens performed in the music video for RuPaul's "Sissy That Walk," requiring them to lip-sync the lyrics and walk on a treadmill in high heels at the same time.
The musically inclined Adore Delano shined during her filming, as expected. Meanwhile, Bianca Del Rio was a surprising standout in this challenge. Having relied on her comedic chops and costuming skills throughout the competition, Bianca never had to lip-sync for her life, so her skills in that area were untested. Her sheer talent demonstrated that she could have sent almost any lip-sync opponent packing if she'd had to.
6 Courtney's Wings
There have been countless remarkable outfits throughout RuPaul's Drag Race's history, but one of the most fascinating belongs to Courtney Act. For the Animal Kingdom Couture runway theme, Courtney showed off a pale blue dove costume with a form-fitting corset, thigh-high boots and feathery eye makeup.
The final touch was a pair of gigantic wings on her back, which popped out for an incredible effect. This show-stopping getup, along with an excellent performance in the weekly challenge, was more than enough to make Courtney the winner of the episode.
5 Laganja's Entrance
In every season of RuPaul's Drag Race, there is always a queen who tends to rub the other queens — and the audience — the wrong way. In season 6, this was Laganja Estranja. However, no one knew it yet when she made her grand entrance in the Werk Room.
RELATED: Where Are The RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6 Queens Now?
With a confident strut and what would become her iconic catchphrase — "Let's get sickening!" — she landed a death drop that very few subsequent contestants have been able to top. Unfortunately for Laganja, this was one of her few high points of the season.
4 Trinity Gets Real
As a show that features a primarily LGBTQ+ cast, RuPaul's Drag Race occasionally addresses major issues this community faces. In the case of Trinity K. Bonet, it was the matter of HIV and AIDS.
More reserved at the beginning of the season, her confidence grew episode by episode to the point where she was brave enough to reveal she's HIV-positive. Instead of shedding tears, Trinity talked about being optimistic and living her dreams in the face of her diagnosis, inspiring both viewers and her fellow queens.
3 Laganja's Meltdown
As in any competition, sometimes the stress gets to some of the queens on the show. The pressure definitely got to Laganja Estranja in season 6's most infamous Untucked session.
After a poor performance in that week's challenge, she received further criticism from the other queens, who were getting tired of her obnoxious behavior and felt that she was not being her genuine self. In response, Laganja screamed she was feeling "very attacked." She stormed off in tears. Unsurprisingly, she was eliminated from the competition immediately afterward.
2 Snatch Game
One challenge that RuPaul's Drag Race fans look forward to every season is Snatch Game, where the contestants impersonate celebrities on a game show. The lookalikes that showed up in the season 6 edition were some of the most iconic in the series.
Adore Delano put her "party" attitude on full display as Anna Nicole Smith, and Bianca Del Rio's snappy humor worked perfectly for her Judge Judy impression. The clear winner, though, was BenDeLaCreme, whose version of Dame Maggie Smith in all her Downton Abbey glory was sublime.
1 The Finale
One thing that makes the RuPaul's Drag Race season 6 finale so memorable is that the final three queens were such strong competitors: Bianca Del Rio had wit, Courtney Act had looks, and Adore Delano had personality.
The fabulous trio shared a musical number together before RuPaul ultimately crowned Bianca the winner. Other exciting moments included BenDeLaCreme winning Miss Congeniality and Joslyn Fox's fiancé coming up and asking to get married right on stage, with RuPaul herself officiating the quick ceremony.
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Real Name: Kelly Mantle
"Don't you know who I think I am?"
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She's a well-rounded TV queen with almost two decades of drag experience under her belt, yet when she first arrived on the show the other queens commented how they found her neon-heart dress uninspired, and later the judges took offense to the fact she seemed to be wearing a "shake-n-go wig". To many fans it seemed Kelly was phoning in her performance, assuming she could just coast by on safe for the first few challenges.
- Celebrity Resemblance: As noted by the judges, in drag she looks a lot like actress Christine Baranski.
- Cool Uncle: Not one herself, but she is the nephew of legendary switch hitter Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees.
- Gallows Humor: She has poked fun at her elimination with a music video, aptly titled "Eliminated", guest-starring Tammie Brown!
- Gender-Blender Name: Kelly Mantle is her real name, not a drag name.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Her one and only runway look crafted after Downton Abbey was made from a giant silk flower, however, Michelle Visage pointed out the effect looked more like raw bacon than flower petals. Also in subversion of this trope, the judges unanimously agreed in this one instance, Kelly's dress was definitely not better with bacon!
- Small Name, Big Ego: Her shtick, don't you know how famous she thinks she is?!
- Super OCD: Self-described as when setting up her stuff upon arrival she was forced to do it quickly, and couldn't set up all her things neatly with little labels like she wanted. She claims this was part of the reason she was so unfocused during the competition.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
Real Name: Reynolds Engelhart
"I'm just here for the exposure."
- Attention Whore: Fully admitted she only joined the competition because she wanted to feed into her ego with the exposure she'd get from the show. However, as Bianca Del Rio brought up, she only admitted this when she knew she would be in the Bottom 2.
- Be Yourself: Refused to consider changing her style, even after the judges harshly critiqued her on her signature nose make-up, which she says is purposely done so that it looks like you could 'snap it like a toothpick'. She then verbally lashes out, angrily stating that queens in the competition who do adapt for the judge's aesthetic were spineless.
- Can't Take Criticism: When the judges lay into her for her poor runway look, she'd lay right back into them. It gets so bad that Ru has to call for a stop to it, telling Magnolia she has to make people like her and not lash out at them.
- Catchphrase: A very nasally "Oh wow!"
- His Own Worst Enemy: She basically stopped trying as soon as she was tasked to make a dress with a hoe-down theme.
- Hypocrite: Says her style is to make "ugly things beautiful" only to then pout and throw in her challenge because everything she was given was "ugly".
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: A self-described trash queen who loves taking something ugly and turn it out into something fabulous.
- Informed Attribute: Visage calls her out on this on the main stage with a poor runway look, to which Magnolia outright blames entirely on her hoe-down inspired party box, calling everything in her box ugly ... which turns into a bit of a headscratcher since she stated outright she loved ugly things because she could make them fabulous.
- It's All About Me: In case there was anyone who still doesn't consider her The Scrappy, she admitted in the reunion episode that she didn't even watch the show past her elimination—meaning she couldn't answer Ru's question of which challenge she might have excelled at—since she wanted to keep it in her mind as her moment.
- My Greatest Failure: Claims the reason she didn't watch her episode (or the rest of Season 6) is she didn't want her experience to turn into this, and wanted to keep her time on the show 'hers alone' (after she was coerced into watching her elimination well after the fact, she actually decided to quit drag altogether).
- Naïve Newcomer: After the fact, she has admitted that drag to her was only a hobby, not a career like many of the other queens treat it. This ended up being attributed to her doing so poorly in the first episode.
- Phone Call from the Dead: Many episodes later since her elimination, a video of Magnolia is shown in Untucked where she says "I don't do impersonations, fuck Cher" much to the (albeit joking) anger of the queens who witnessed that video.
- Phrase Catcher: Seemed to be all set to be this season's Ivy Winters with a hardy "Magnooooolia Crawford!". Unfortunately (or not), Ru only got to use it for just one episode.
- Uncanny Valley Makeup: Likes to contour her nose to an extremely sharp point, Bianca even mused that Magnolia looked like a swordfish!
- We Hardly Knew Ye
Real Name: Osmond Vacious
"Mutha has arrived!"
- Affectionate Nickname: Non-romantic example, but the name "Vivacious" was given to her as a child by her 2nd grade teacher. It had been her nickname for years before she decided to upgrade it to her official drag name.
- Ambadassador: She specializes in performing at primarily-straight clubs, acting as an ambassador for the gay community.
- Ambiguous Gender: Claims to not really go for feminine looks, but instead looks that dominate the attention of the room.
- Bald Women: Goes wigless on multiple occasions.
- Bookends: As per her fumbled entrance look, for her last runway before her elimination, she wore a full body spiked catsuit, with the suit covering the sides of her head so she had to visibly pull back the hood to even listen to the judges critiques. At one point Ru even called her out on whether her catsuit had deafened her, or if she was trying to emulate Mariah Carey's Signature Move!
- Club Kid: She proudly describes herself as one of the original New York City club kids. This creates a little conflict as some feel that her style is outdated.
- Costume Porn: The only way to describe her signature style, her outfits are usually big and bold (if a little impractical), dominating the attention of the room.
- Failed Attempt at Drama: Her big entrance reveal in the first episode was somewhat derailed by her difficulty undoing the headpiece, and it came across as more cringey, than cool.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: Her premiere outfit is a fierce alien-esque costume that covered her entire upper body ... however, as she tries to go for the big reveal she's unable to reach the zipper, leading to a rather humorous moment of the rest of the queens watching her in confused awe as she struggles to free herself.
- Nice Hat: 'Ornacia', her alien head hat, who soon became memetic.
- Only One Name: Taken from her real last name.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: An amusing play on this trope by Vivacious's own alien head hat, Ornacia, who during the photoshoot was said gave better face than she did!
- The Quiet One: In contrast to some of the queens of her season, Vivacious is a very non-vocal queen, prefering to save her energy and emotions for the stage.
- Sexy Walk: As you'll see in her runways, she's got the fierce New York walk down!
- Welcome to the Caribbean, Mon!: Is originally from Jamaica.
Real Name: Jason Carrión
"Reporting for duty! Puerto Rico is in the house!"
Real Name: Gia Ichikawa
"I don't jump guns, I am the boom boom gun, honey."
- Asian Airhead: Aside from being really pretty she's seeming to be defined as not particularly the brightest. Also happens to be the only Asian queen this season.
- Berserk Button: Don't call her ignorant or clock her look.
- Book Dumb: She is not the brightest queen on the main stage, for example, she has never heard of a DeLorean or a Tony Award, she seemed clueless as to why a 1960's horror movie would be in black and white, and she couldn't even get a beans/fart joke until it was painfully explained to her.
- Can't Take Criticism: Whenever the judges try to critique her, she'd just respond (or cut them off) with an enthusiastic but dismissive "Absolutely!" to their irritation.
- Catchphrase: She has a few — usually delivered in a buzzy, nasal tone.
- "Let me feel my oats!"
- "How is she though?"
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: She's not cisgender, and prefers looking feminine both in and out of drag.
Vivacious: Gia is still a ladyboy, in or out of geish.
- Hidden Depths: She comes off as very shallow, critical, uneducated, and annoying ... which to be fair she pretty much is. However, she has also been a Kabuki performer since the age of 5, and is versed on both male and female Kabuki.
- Hypocrisy: She dislikes messy queens, yet herself greeted the second half of the cast with a wonky eye (her eyelash glued wrong). And was later observed by the judges to have it crooked again during a later challenge.
- In-Series Nickname: "Kimora Lee Kardashian" after fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons and the Kardashian family.
- Jerkass: Most of the queens don't like her, clocking her as rude, airheaded, and unpolished. It doesn't help her case that she's very critical of her competitors, stating outright she doesn't like messy queens, cheap queens, or manly queens.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She was downright furious when it was herself and Laganja in the bottom two, after Milk struts down the runway out of drag (dressed as male RuPaul, but still). The thing is, she's not wrong, it is a drag competition and even the judges point out it's borderline offensive that Milk would walk the catwalk as a man.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Named herself after supermodel Gia Carangi, as well as the title character in the movie Gia played by Angelina Jolie. Her last name is from her drag mother, who named herself after Tim Gunn.
- Pet the Dog: Gia spent most of the first episode being a total shady bitch, but when Laganja tearfully recounts her distant relationship with her mother, Gia was the first to comfort her as she is in a similar boat with her own mother
- Phrase Catcher: "G-G-G-Gia!" (to the tune of the Chia Pet jingle) In just the first episode Ru threw this phrase to Gia four times!
- The Resenter: She really resented the fact that Milk was safe the night of her elimination since Milk had decided to dress up as as man on the runway, calling Milk a 'cross-dresser' and a 'troll' during her exit.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Gia felt Milk should have been in the bottom for dressing up as a male RuPaul on the runway, which is fair, but her reasons are petty and based on a rather shallow idea of what drag is.
- Sissy Villain: One of the shadiest queens of her season, and also noted for having an ultra-feminine style and manner at all times — in or out of drag.
- Stealth Insult: "Stealth" may be giving her too much credit, but her farewell message was "Bring out the big Gunns DUDES," almost certainly a potshot at Milk.
- Unusual Euphemism: "Let me feel my oats!". Lampshaded by Alaska in her opening performance during the reunion episode. "Let me feel my...oats???"
- Weaksauce Weakness: An elitist fishy queen who reads others as messy and cheap, but cannot glue her lashes straight.
- You Keep Using That Word: When Gia made her entrance, she called herself "fresh tilapia." As Sharon Needles pointed out in the season recap episode (and Bianca would later point out), that's normally the cheapest fish in the store.
Real Name: Dan Donigan
"Milk! She does a body good, girl!"
- Ambiguous Gender: Purposely invokes this in her drag, deciding if she can't be as fishy as other queens, she can at least be more memorable.
- In just her first runway she strut the catwalk wearing a billy goat beard, giving the judges hermaphrodite realness.
- Also, the bolero jacket Milk wore in her first appearance came from her figure-skating days.
- Club Kid: Self-described.
- Gag Penis: Most obvious during the top and bottom lip synch mini-challenge, Pandora Boxx says it best during Drag Center ...
Pandora Boxx: Adore and Milk's junk win the mini-challenge!
- His Own Worst Enemy: She admits that the reason she goes for unconventional runway looks is because she feels she can't compete with the others for fishiness. Ru and Michelle point out that this ultimately gives her a lack of versatility.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: Quoted word for word by Ru in reaction to Milk's RuPaul inspired runway, when she came down the catwalk as "Workroom Ru", i.e. RuPaul out of drag.
- Mr. Fanservice: Out of drag, she even says she's received a lot of comments from fans about how sexy she is as a boy.
- Nice Guy: A very sweet-natured queen, even when under fire from the other contestants.
- Only One Name: Her name is simply Milk on the show, but occasionally she is referred to as 'Milk Queen' outside of her appearance on Drag Race.
- Running Gag:
- Her shtick seems to be making jokes or puns regarding milk. In just the before-season interview she refers to all her different looks as different types of milk, such as curdled milk, sour milk, as well as pasteurized and unpasteurized milk!
- The other queens have fun with this, too. After meeting Milk, Darienne calls herself "heavy cream", Courtney says in the confession cam "I normally don't do dairy, but I'll make an exception for Milk!", and after a heated argument, Adore comments that's Milk's gone sour and she must be past her expiration date.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: After being continuously told to bring more glamour and to not use camp as a crutch, come the hip-hop episode Milk struts the runway in a mermaid dress to appeal to the judges' aesthetic...and gets sent home anyway.
- Statuesque Stunner: She is easily the tallest queen of the season at 6'3, literally towering over her competition.
- Straight Gay: In Boy Mode he's a classically handsome man and not someone you'd expect to be a drag queen.
- Uncanny Valley Makeup: She considers herself as dressing as a drag queen as no different than putting on clown makeup, so some of her looks can easily cross into this territory.
Real Name: Jay Jackson
"Well I'm young and hung and clearly march to the sound of my own drum, so props to ya, mama!"
- Affectionate Nickname: Adore will casually call her "Ganj-Ganj".
- Attention Whore: She's young, loud, and full of energy, 'Yes gawd!'
- Animal Motifs: "I am the bird they want me to be!"
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: In a last-ditch effort to create some sort of memetastic Catchphrase, she borrows RuPaul's own famous "gag on my eleganza!" and instead turns it into "gag on my ele-ganja!"
- Catchphrase: "Come on <insert here>!" as well as her signature "OKRRR!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: While there were only hints of this in Laganja it became most obvious as the show got nearer towards her elimination. Her above quote, for instance, was said to no one in particular without any provocation, leading Bianca Del Rio to ask outright: "wait, where the hell did that come from?"
- Drag Queens Cannot Do Math: Confronted about this by Bianca after her emotional meltdown that she had been waiting "24 years" for a sign of support from her parents...despite also saying they always supported her being gay and only objected to her doing drag. But then in a different episode she said has only been doing drag for two years. Once Bianca realized the numbers didn't add up, she called bullshit on the whole story.
- Drama Queen:
- A big example would be when she gets into it with Adore in the Untucked lounge, when she claims that although she doesn't remember what Adore said, or when she said it, or where she said it, that Adore said "something" that really hurt her feelings. Adore calls bullshit on Laganja for this.
- Accused of this by Bianca, especially regarding Laganja's relationship with her parents. Mama and Papa Estranja were loving and supportive about everything apart from the drag career, which they later came around to. Bianca suspected Laganja of playing up the issue to get attention and sympathy.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Despite being found to be extremely annoying by the fellow queen and many viewers, she has gained significant popularity since then, partially due do her quotable moments and being Alyssa Edwards drag daughter.
- Fighting Your Friend: Expresses mixed feelings about her lip sync battle against Gia Gunn, who was her best friend in the competition.
- Genki Girl: Has a very loud and excitable personality, and loves to spout out hip-hop any chance she gets ... although Ru is quite sure the whole act is just a thinly veiled façade.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Couldn't get through a single Untucked without doing this.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: In her voice over for her first runway, she appears to be extremely confident in her first runway... until Untucked, when she comes down extremely hard on herself. She's already prepared to lip sync, even though her outfit could've only been at worst the fourth worst outfit on the runway.
- It's All About Me: A strangely non-malevolent example, but every bit as melodramatic. During Untucked she got a message from her Mom and Dad who she's expressed missing and growing distant from in the past few years. When the other queens attempted to joke and lighten the mood and discuss their relationships with their own parents, Laganja completely blew up at them for stealing her moment. It continues into the next week too, which completely pisses Bianca off.
- Large Ham: She's Alyssa Edwards' drag daughter and it shows.
- Nice Hat:
- In boy mode when she dances into the workroom wearing what looks like a macrame plant hanger◊ on her head, even Ru was taken back when she saw the odd choice in headgear.
- In the comedy challenge episode, she rips the "No Smoking" sign out of her hotel room and wears it in her hair.
- Once an Episode: Until her elimination, it seemed contractually obligated for her to have a breakdown and make a scene in every episode of Untucked.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Clocked by Adore and Bianca when she remarks that she has heart in the competition, insinuating that Adore doesn't and is being unfairly mean to her.
- Punny Name: Her drag name is Laganja after all, but you can also refer to her as Miss Mary Jane, Little Miss 420, or for the Latin folk, La Marijuana.
- The Resenter: Admits via Confession Cam that she's upset that Adore is doing well in the competition, while she herself is either safe or in the bottom, when she feels her drag style is on a much higher level than Adore's.
- She's Got Legs: Like her drag momma before, her legs are everything!
- Signature Move: The death drop, even if the situation doesn't particularly call for it.
- Stealth Insult: In regards to her friendship with Adore, Laganja says several times that her over-the-top personality is genuine and is how she acts with her "real friends" ... which obviously does not include Adore, since Adore states she's never seen Laganja act that way before.
- The Stoner: A proud self-admitted stoner, as she's said during the show, 'if it's not green, then she's not into it'.
- This Is a Competition: Adore clocks her on her competitiveness, stating that although they're friends she knows how serious Estranja takes competition.
- Verbal Tic: Takes the stock "kiki" voice many queens use and turns it Up to Eleven, so she can barely get out a sentence without tacking on "MOMMA" or "OKRRR?" at the end. She was called out on this, as most of her competitors and judges clocked it as the annoying.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
- Was a complete Momma's Boy as a child, and her mother is very critical of her being a drag queen. She hopes that being on the show will prove to her mother that she can be successful and happy even if she's in drag.
- Also has this to a lesser extent with her drag mother Alyssa Edwards, who according to her hired her at her dance studio and initially expressed doubt at Laganja's ability to drag but was eventually convinced.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: A frequent accusation towards the end of her stay in the competition. For one example, see Drag Queens Cannot Do Math above.
Real Name: Joshua Jones
"I'm as close as you're gonna get to Beyoncé"
- Accidental Misnaming: Continually refers to Chaz Bono as Chad during the interview segment.
- Always Second Best: Despite constantly beating herself up, there were three challenges where Trinity did very well but just barely missed winning: the party dress, the makeup commercial, and the stand-up. Worse, the only one where she didn't lose to Bianca was when she was paired up with her. Even at the end, when she or Joslyn were likely to win Miss Congeniality, DeLa's surprise elimination caused fans to vote for her instead.
- Armor-Piercing Question: When Bianca asks point blank what she does well, Trinity can't come up with a response. Although there are little things one may notice (Trinity's drink) that may make you wonder whether or not Trinity had no answer for the question or if it was a case of producers editing the moment for more drama. At least this could be the case for more cynical viewers.
- Berserk Button: Her trouble with enunciation has become one ever since the judges have critiqued her on her dental flippers.
- Black and Nerdy: You wouldn't think it at first, but she's named after Trinity from The Matrix, and her first runway look was inspired by Princess Amidala from Star Wars.
- Can't Take Criticism: Was called on it during critiques in the Musical Episode.
- Celebrity Impersonator: One of her life ambitions as a drag performer is to be a professional Beyonce-illusionist in Las Vegas.
- Flat Character: Bianca clocks her on a personality that is a dead ringer to a corpse she knew back in New Orleans, though as the season progresses, she does begin to show Hidden Depths.
- Hidden Depths: In her pre-show interview and the sneak peak of the second premier, she came across as just another self-absorbed Beyonce-impersonating glamour queen—which she doesn't deny being—not helped when she chose the "Princess Party" kit for her first runway look. However, she unexpectedly went with a Star Wars theme as mentioned above, and in Untucked she was very level-headed, likable (her friction with Bianca notwithstanding), and a voice of reason.
- Her Own Worst Enemy: Feels the rest of the queens are a lot stronger than she is and she just doesn't know if she can compete on their level. The other queens even notice that half the time it looks like Trinity's already given up and is hardly putting in an effort.
- Ill Girl: Admitted to being HIV positive during one episode of Untucked. Also qualifies as Handicapped Badass since it so far doesn't seem to have done much to stop her.
- In-Series Nickname / Ironic Nickname: Bianca has taken to sarcastically referring to her as "Beyoncé" ... ironic that although Trinity considers herself as close to Beyoncé as you can get, Bianca's opinion of her is the exact opposite.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: Legally, the K. in her middle name stands for nothing. However...
- Named After Somebody Famous: In addition to the Matrix reference, she also says the K. in her name stands for Kardashian.
- Nice Guy: The only person Trinity is ever hard on is herself! To the other queens she's kind hearted and supportive, giving encouragement to Joslyn, Laganja and DeLa when they were struggling.
- Nice Hat: The colorful rhinestoned baseball cap she wears in boy mode.
- Self-Deprecating Humor: During the Reading challenge, she reads herself by pulling off her clip-in ponytail and joking about her damaged hair.
- The Quiet One: Tries to stay reserved, especially during Untucked, hoping to avoid becoming the hot topic among the other queens ... however her being so quiet just causes the queens to try and figure out why she's acting so mopey.
- This Is a Competition: A non-malevolent example, she takes the judges' critiques very seriously and gets down on herself for it. The rest of the queens continuously attempt to convince her not to take the criticisms to heart, however Trinity keeps trying to point out they are in a competition show, and the critiques do matter since they could get her sent home.
- Toothy Issue: She wears dental flippers in drag since her natural grill is rather crooked.
- The Unintelligible: She's a bit of a mushmouth while wearing her dental flippers, especially when she sings.
Real Name: Patrick Joslyn
"Try me bitch, I'm a motherfishin' Drag Queen!"
- Aesop Amnesia: The judges are baffled when after being critiqued on her "multi swimsuit and accessory" look from last week she proceeds to come out in the Black & White challenge wearing essentially the same thing.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Both a real-life example (she suffers from ADHD in real life) and invoked in her stand up comedy routine.
- Berserk Button: Ignorant, mean queens. Caused a small shouting match between her and Gia Gunn.
- Broken Pedestal: Joslyn Fox idolized Courtney Act prior to season 6, but some harsh critiques and shade from the latter pretty much ended that.
- Catchphrase: "Hey Ruzy Q!" whenever RuPaul would check on Joslyn in the workroom, also a rare instance of Ru being a Phrase Catcher for once, as she's normally the Phrase Pitcher to her queens.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Established from the start when she opens her Quinceañera party box and has to be told what she thought were "house numbers" represent her age. *holds up numbers proudly* "Fifty-one!"
- Cute, but Cacophonic: Her Fran Drescher impersonation is uncanny (though she doesn't play her for the Snatch Game) and her voice gets compared to a dial-up modem.
- Determinator: This was her fourth time auditioning to the show, and she says the only reason she feels she got in this season was because she stopped trying to give what she thought Ru was looking for, and instead decided to just be herself.
- The Ditz: See Mala Proper for one of the earlier examples
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: One of the fishiest queen in the season. She probably would've been recognised more for it had Courtney Act not been cast in the same season as her.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: She wasn't very well remembered upon first viewing due to flying under the radar for the first few episodes and making several mistakes in her last ones. However, her popularity grew due to her surprisingly good performances in earlier challenges, particularly in the Scream Queens challenge, the Snatch Game and the rap challenge. Several fans mention liking her a lot more after seeing her on Untucked, particularly when she defended Milk and comforted Adore.
- Follow the Leader: Her "X came from Y's vagina!" intro during the interview challenge was most likely inspired by Alaska from Season 5. When Chaz was a guest judge that season, Alaska said in the confession cam, "I love Chaz Bono, he came from Cher's vagina!" The difference, however, is that Alaska wasn't sitting right in front of them when she said it.
- Handsome Lech: A shameless flirt, in just the first episode she fangirled over Courtney, revealed her deep crush on Pit Crew member Shawn, and said outright she wants to run her tongue over Santino's bald head, and this is all in just her first episode!
- Hidden Depths:
- The other girls weren't expecting much from her come the first acting challenge in episode 3, but she proved to be surprisingly funny. GASP!
- Many people were pleasantly surprised with her rapping skills in episode 6. RuPaul even compliments her for stepping up.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Won the mini challenge and got to decide the order nof the queens in the stand up comedy challenge, which backfired spectacularly when she put herself in front of Bianca, the closer, and as a result looked weak by comparison and wound up having to lipsync. The judges even directly ask What Were You Thinking?
- The Hyena: She's easily the most laugh-happy queen of this season, it's just a shame her laugh is more of a ...
- Mala Proper:
- During a cam she proudly states she hopes she becomes the "Blackhorse" of the competition ... after which the producer had to confirm she really meant "Darkhorse".
- She does it again in the stand-up challenge...in the confessional and not part of said stand-up: "I know that stand-up comedy is not my cup of soup...cup of tea...cup-a-bowl-of-what? Cup of tea. This is not my cup of tea."
- Nice Girl:
- Seems the most upbeat and least abrasive of the queens this season, she even puts up with every single one of Bianca's insults with a big smile and a giggle. Many people believe she should've been crowned Miss Congeniality, a title she set out to win. Many felt DeLa only won because of her shock elimination. Bianca herself said that she felt Joslyn should've been Miss Congeniality.
- Her supportive nature was shown even more in Untucked. In episode 4, she was the only person to stand up for Milk when Gia was insulting her and in episode 10, she comforts Adore (along with DeLa) after she becomes emotional from a bad week and her mom's video message. Her speech in which she tells Adore how much of a superstar she is.
- No Social Skills: Her behavior on the show dances the line between this trope and Cloud Cuckoo Lander, but she gets scolded outright by Michelle Visage for her lack of social skills after bringing up a sensitive topic with Georgia Holt during a Talk Show interview challenge (the fact that Georgia considered getting an abortion while pregnant with Cher). It's implied the only reasons she didn't wind up lipsyncing for that was because of her sincere apology, the fact it had come from extreme naivety rather than malice and the fact that Georgia voluntarily praised the rest of her interview, adding that she wasn't offended by the question, she simply wasn't expecting it. It was later revealed that the question had been brought up by a discussion about Georgia's documentary, in which the topic in question was discussed. This sparked accusations of Manipulative Editing, as while the question still wasn't appropriate, it wasn't as out of the blue as it appeared.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: Was known as "the queen with nine bikinis" after she wore essentially the same multi-swimsuit ensemble two weeks in a row ... after the judges told her they didn't like it the first week.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: She tried really hard in the competition, but just seemed to fall short of the other queens. She was considered really feminine, but couldn't compete with Courtney Act, was a lovable ditz, but was outshined by Adore Delano, and hoped she would strike a chord with the fans and win Miss Congeniality, but was overshadowed by BenDeLaCreme's popularity.
- Rummage Sale Reject: Purposely invoked in her look as she loves to wear tons of extra accessories and jewelry in order to compensate for looking too much like a real woman while in drag.
- She's Got Legs: Although she won't deny with the way she eats, one of them may be wooden.
- Signature Move: Her little "whomp-whomp" breast jiggle when she's 'keeping it foxy'. Ru's sees her off with one of her own after Joslyn's elimination, and at the start of the next episode the remaining queens give a sort of "whomp-whomp" salute in her honor.
- Silk Hiding Steel: When Gia started reading Milk, she stepped in with a surprising amount of force considering her Nice Guy personality.
- Squick: In-universe, during the Horror-themed Untucked the queens were asked to play the childhood game of sticking their hands into a box to guess it's contents by touch alone. When it came to an (unused) adult diaper filled with cream corn though, Joslyn starts loudly gagging and retching by the reveal.
- Stripperiffic: Certainly not the worst offender of this trope in Drag Race history, but coupled with her Rummage Sale Reject taste in jewelry, the judges are baffled at how she can be wearing so much, and still be so naked at the same time!
Real Name: Benjamin Putnam
"Yes, 'DeLa' for short, 'De' for shorter, 'Ms. Creme' if you're nasty!"
- Always Second Best: despite being the early frontrunner in the competition lost a challenge twice to Courtney and once to Bianca and Darienne, not to mention two lip syncs.
- Badass Baritone: She drops the growl of a voice while in drag, though.
- Becoming the Mask: A common criticism from Michelle Visage was that Ben was always "in-character" as BeDeLaCreme instead of letting the judges see her true personality. According to Visage, this ultimately made Ben less engaging than her fellow competitors.
- Brainy Brunette: Almost always wears a black wig (his natural hair color) and shes quite smart, perhaps too smart as per her rap and comedy routine.
- Compliment Backfire: Happens when she quips that Bianca Del Rio is "sailing through the competition". She claims she meant it as a compliment that Bianca is so talented and versatile the challenges all come easy to her, but Bianca took it negatively, accusing DeLa on reading her as lazy and not really giving it her all.
- Formerly Fat: Was bullied in middle school for being "too fat, too gay and too weird".
- Gender-Blender Name: Subverted. While "Ben" is her first name, the other queens call her "DeLa" since it's more feminine-sounding (despite meaning "of the"). Although now the queens and even judges sometimes refer to her as Bendela or Benda.
- Genki Girl: Self-described as "terminally delightful", and clocked by Michelle Visage for having a personality that could get real annoying real fast.
- Gratuitous French: Chose her drag name because it's French, even though she doesn't actually speak French. See also: the point of her whole rap in Oh No She Betta Don't.note Well it's DeLa to the Creme, I'm the fatal femme but I got the candy coating so they call me Creminem, that's cream en francais, voulez wanna couchez, avec four fly ladies that be coming your way.
- Heroic Second Wind: Inverted. DeLa was the early frontrunner in the competition, being the first to win two challenges, and the first challenge and Snatch Game to boot. However, after the stumble on the commercial, DeLa never scored another win and lost his final lip sync.
- Identical Stranger: When she's introduced, everyone comments on how much she looks like Michelle Visage. DeLa can't see the resemblance at all because she's had her face for so long.
- In-Series Nickname: Michelle Visage starts calling her "Bendela", which Ru and the rest of the queens quickly adapt. During Whatcha Packin' with Michelle Visage she admits that prior to the show, this was what Jinkx would normally call her as well.
- Missing Mom: The death of her mother in her adolescent years hit her hard.
- Nice Girl: Season six's Miss Congeniality.
- No Social Skills: To a degree. She's usually charming, but has put her foot in it several times without intending to be malicious. She tried to compliment Bianca by saying she was "sailing through" the competition, which Bianca interpreted as "coasting through", as in just doing enough to get by and not really trying.
- Overly Long Gag: Her lipstick elimination message on the mirror filled up the entire mirror in rather small print, jokingly explained to have been made so long and pointless just so she could force Darienne to have to clean and clean and clean and clean to wipe off. note "Dear top 4- howz it going? I'm doing pretty good. Sometimes you have to have Mama Ru yell atcha a bunch of times before it sinks in. I guess I neverreached that number of times, Darienne. I knew the second I was up against you i waz out the door. You get it lady. I wish you all the luck in the world and only harbor enough resentment to write a long pointless message that you will have to clean and clean and clean and clean. But fo real tho you girlz are my heroes. XX BDLC"
- Playing Gertrude: Her forte, although between playing the crazy old mother in the Scream Queens challenge and Maggie Smith from Downton Abbey for the Snatch Game, the judges have said they've seen enough of her old lady schtick.
- Punny Name: Her name is based on the phrase "Crème de La Crème".
- Secret Identity Vocal Shift: In boy mode, his voice is throaty and very deep; in drag, it becomes a nasal falsetto.
- Small Name, Big Ego: At least Darienne seems to think so after DeLa congratulates herself on being the first queen of the season to win two challenges.
Darienne Lake: BenDeLaCreme, you remind me of a Russian doll ... Full. Of. Your. Self.
- Straight Gay: In boy mode, which is in stark contrast with her bubbly, effervescent drag persona.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Bianca calls out her behavior in Untucked about questioning Darienne as to why she wasn't picked for Miss Lake's hip-hop group, since Bianca felt it was extremely disrespectful towards the group DeLa did get instead.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Her drag character's main characteristic is she's relentlessly upbeat about everything.
Real Name: Greg Meyer
"Some of the queens are pretty, I'm prettier; some of them are funny, I'm funnier; and some of them are big, but I'm bigger!"
- Big Beautiful Woman: She's two tons of fun of twisted steel and sex appeal!
- Big Fun: Loves cracking jokes, and is quite the hilarious plus-sized queen!
- Dark and Troubled Past: During her dinner with RuPaul, they talk about Darienne being kicked out of her home, in which Darienne's mother gave her a 'strong invitation' to move out due to practicing her gay lifestyle despite her mother thinking homosexuals were lesser people.
- Deadpan Snarker: Perfectly capable of reading someone to filth with a sweet smile on her face.
- Gainaxing: Using her own big, beautiful body instead of any breast illusion, she can make the kittens dance with the finesse of a seasoned queen!
- Hypocrite: Has said she considers sleeping with another queen to be gross ... however one might remember her appearing on the Ricki Lake show in which she was dating fellow drag queen, Pandora Boxx. But since this was over twenty years ago, it's possible that the experience put her off the idea.
- Large Ham: A boon that won her the Scream Queens challenge while playing the minor role of a demon-possessedsevered head in a box.
- Leave the Camera Running: In the music video for 'Sissy That Walk' she had a scene with Charles (RuPaul) in which the two were former lovers before Charles left her for good ... at least that was the plan, but after the take Darienne started throwing a tantrum in-character that was so over the top it left both Ru and director Mathu Anderson speechless. Charles/Ru even comes back into the scene and offers to take Darienne back again, completely unscripted! Darienne probably would have won this challenge had it not been the finale.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Well, somewhere famous. She's named after Darien Lake, an amusement park located between Buffalo and Rochester, New York.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: Despite several of the queens being quite hunky in boy mode, Darienne is positively squicked by the notion of sleeping with any of them, saying that having sex with another queen (even if they are out of drag) is gross.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Sometimes she would try to rattle her competitors cage using this tactic.
- Phrase Catcher: 'Dip into the waters of Darienne Lake'
- Psychological Projection: During the puppet mini-challenge, Darienne spends most of the routine making the Courtney puppet call Darienne ugly and misshapen. While the bit is Actually Pretty Funny ("You look like a wallaby"), apart from the accent it doesn't actually sound much like Courtney - who at one point even told Darienne that she doesn't need to lose weight to be attractive and that she's beautiful just the way she is. As a result, it comes across sounding much more like Darienne voicing her own insecurities than reading Courtney.
- The Rival: She ultimately found her rival for the season in DeLa, who was completely caught off-guard since there had been no bad blood between herself and Darienne previously.
- Self-Deprecating Humor: "This body seats six!", and later she dubs her Eartha Kitt's Catwoman runway look as "Girth-a Kitt".
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Had the music video been a regular challenge, Darienne would have certainly won. But as the final challenge, she was judged for the whole season, causing her elimination and meaning that her over-the-top performance in "Sissy that Walk" was for naught.
- They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!: Subverted, although her drag name is technically Miss Darienne Lake, shes actually pretty lax on the whole 'Miss' part.
- This Is a Competition: Makes sure to berate DeLa when the latter admitted to giving Adore an easy theme for the Drag Ball, stating that if it were up to her, she would have sooner put Adore in cement shoes and called it a day. She came on the show for a crown and the $100,000, and says outright she will help herself before she helps anyone else.
- Took a Level in Jerkass:
- During the hip-hop challenge when Darienne was picking teams she didn't pick DeLa, much to the latter's surprise. The real jerkassery comes in when Ben asks Darienne why she wasn't picked for her team, to which Miss Lake simply replies that it's "none of your fucking business."
- The other queens finally call her out on her jerkassery in the Talk Show episode of Untucked, mentioning how she seems to be snapping at everyone (instead of just DeLa). Even Bianca says she's acting like a hateful bitch, which coming from Bianca is saying something!
- Unknown Rival: A reoccurring thing with her, she will criticize one of the other queens in the Confession Cam and act like it's turning into a rivalry without any real payoff. She's had odds with Gia, Milk and most bitterly, with Ben.
- White Anglo-Saxon Protestant: Describes herself as a "white lady from the suburbs" when worried about the banjee-girl singing task.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: She was the underdog in the final four, having lip-synched for her life three times prior and was very unlikely to move into the final three. When Ru makes the announcement for the final queens, she says Darienne's name first ... then says she's the one who was eliminated (opposite of how it usually works). You can literally see the heartbreak on Darienne's face when she realizes she's been sent home.
Real Name: Danny Noriega
"For all those queens telling me I'm not polished enough, I just want them to know that I'm polish remover, bitch!"
- All of the Other Reindeer: Unlike previous queens who qualify, Adore wears this trope as a badge of honor, proudly stating that she doesn't fit in with society or other drag queens.
- Anime Hair: While sometimes donning classic blond, Adore seems to favor unusual hair colors in her drag, from rosey pink to aquamarine teal to dark tomato red.
- Aside Glance: When Laganja has one of her many breakdowns and Gia says to her how she knows what it's like to be a sensitive person, Adore briefly looks at the camera like "Seriously?"
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She's armed with tons of raw talent and charisma, but Adore stumbled a few times when her poor focus and lack of work-ethic let her down. Best illustrated in the horror movie challenge, where she assigned roles randomly without thought to who would perform best in them, failed to rehearse the scene before filming, and walked on-set without knowing her cues.
- Catchphrase: "Party!" Although "Fuck!" and "I'm a Libra" are also high up there.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Likes to describe herself as that one glittery crayon you find in special boxes of crayons, and claims she can feel the psychic energy between her fellow queens.
- Disappeared Dad: Has a broken relationship with her father, brought on by her dad saying he was ashamed of his son for being so feminine. Adore, however, says she's over it and has no desire to reconcile with him at this point, to which Ru agrees that it's his loss, not Adore's.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Self-admitted, which is why the transition to drag seemed to come so naturally for her. She even compared herself out of drag as looking like a lesbian Jonas brother. However, she equally fits Lady Looks Like a Dudein drag, as she does not know how to cinch her waist, which results in her giving the judges "hog body" as she puts it. This really irked Michelle Visage, since she had to give Adore the same critique two weeks in a row.
- Fan Community Nickname: A mean-spirited one brought on by Adore's Base-Breaking Character status, but her fans are often referred to as DAFs, "Delusional Adore Fans".
- Hairstyle Malfunction: Seems to have a few issues securing her wig in place. She had to keep tugging it down during her acting challenge when she was supposed to be getting electrocuted, and it came loose again during her lipsynch with Trinity.
- His Own Worst Enemy: Touched on when she admitted early in the competition she did not bring much with her in the way of wardrobe, however this gets expanded on after the final three when she reveals to Michelle Visage that she does in fact own a lot more clothes and wigs (and even several corsets) but didn't bother bringing them to the show because she was sure she would be going home by the second week. One has to wonder if she would have done even better in the competition (maybe even won the show) if she had taken things seriously from the start.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Despite stating that she's proud to be an outcast from the drag scene, it's obvious during the competition the fact that she's had to constantly prove herself to other queens has taken a toll on her confidence.
- The Klutz: Was accused of pulling a pratfall in the first episode for attention, but claims she's not attention-starved, she just likes rocking back and forth in her chair and occasionally falls over.
- Meaningful Name: As she tells it, Adore is short for adorable, because that's what she is. Also, Delano means 'at night', but in some languages also means 'swampy' or 'anus' ... so her name basically stands for a swampy anus at night.
- Naïve Newcomer: Despite her outstanding charisma she was very naïve in the ways of drag, like when she admitted to Michelle Visage that she does own several corsets (although didn't bring any of them with her), but doesn't even know how to lace them up properly. Even Ru said she embodies that young talent that just doesn't know what she's doing yet.
- Of Corsets Funny: Adore's "hog-body" and the corset gifted to her by Bianca become a Running Gag and the subject of a few reads.
- Oh, Crap!: Her signature gulp, when she was nervous or up for some harsh critique, at the end of the competition Courtney even mentions how she'll miss Adore's audible gulp.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Claims to be a mermaid, which is the reason why she is such a phenomenal singer.
- Properly Paranoid: When she and Laganja make up over a fight they shared in Untucked, Adore says outright she does not buy the apology since she feels Laganja just considers her a Poor Man's Substitute of herself, and shouldn't be doing so well in the competition ... which is exactly what Laganja admits to during a Confession Cam. It also shows that although Adore may come off as a little dim, she's a little more perceptive than she looks.
- Rage Breaking Point: She hits one rather early in the season, after being saddled with making a dress using Here Comes Honey Boo Boo leftovers, add to the fact she can't sew, Adore finally loses it after realizing she's accidentally glued her dress to her mannequin, slamming her dress form to the floor, breaking it apart, and ripping her costume off the figure.
- The Rival: As fans had speculated with both herself and Courtney being former Idols, as well as on opposing teams in the Musical challenge, a rivalry between the two singing queens was inevitable. Although it seems the rivalry was played up in the commercials. Aside from passing comments about there being pressure to do well because of Courtney's idol background Adore seemed quite interested and even a little impressed that Courtney did it in drag.
- Shaped Like Itself: As team leader, her strategy was "strategically strategized".
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: To the point where "Fuck!" is jokingly considered her Catchphrase, right up there with "Party!" In fact, the first thing she says when walking into the workroom was "Fuck yeah!" Confession Cam sections that have been censored for broadcast can almost get hard to understand sometimes, given how much has been bleeped or taken out.
- Town Girls: Of the top 3, the neither. To put it in her own words, Adore is a lesbian Jonas brother.
- Valley Girl: Bonus points for being from (and constantly referencing) Azusa, CA, which is just outside the Trope Naming San Fernando valley.
- Western Zodiac: Likes to follow astrology, and for the record, she's a Libra.
Real Name: Shane Jenek
"Everyone else is relying on ugly, why can't I rely on pretty?!"
- A Hero to His Hometown: Courtney has some celebrity status in Australia due to being a finalist in the first season of Australian Idol.
- The Ace: Joslyn more or less implies that Courtney thinks of herself as this.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While she's generally nice and encouraging that doesn't mean she can't be very critical, like when she talks smack about Milk's inability to do glamour or critiques Joslyn's looks as being not on the same level.
- Brutal Honesty: Was considered a bitch for saying that she didn't think that Joslyn's outfit for the runway was very polished but during the Confession Cam stated she was only intending to help Joslyn and didn't mean it as a read.
- Condescending Compassion: Accused of this by Joslyn after she says Joslyn's drag isn't on the same level as the rest of the queens and then offers to let her have some of her stuff to gets her runway looks up to another level.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Her promo pic alone has caused many to call her the fishiest queen in the show's history. Justified as she's genderfluid.
- Face Palm: Did this in during a Confession Cam with an resigned "Oh god, Laganja" during another one of Laganja's tantrums.
- Graceful Loser: Stated that even if she didn't win the show she would be absolutely happy with where she placed.
- Granola Girl: Her post-Drag Race vlogs and Twitter account show that she's a practicing vegan and prefers having as much healthy, organic, or cruelty-free options she can find.
- In-Series Nickname: "Australia's Next Drag Superstar", not an official title by any means, but Courtney still likes to refer herself as this and uses it as her reason of why she should also be crowned "America's Next Drag Superstar".
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: This is the edit she seems to have gotten from the show, although as she approached the Final 3 her Alpha Bitch tendencies seemed to increase.
- Muscle Angst: She gets both the male and female versions of this trope. She talks about feeling too skinny as a man compared to the gym bunnies of West Hollywood, but at the same time she's worried that bulking up would hurt her image as Courtney.
- No-Damage Run: One of two queens this season to make it all the way to the end without having to lip sync for her life.
- Polyamory: She's very outspoken about her poly orientation. She's had several paramours of both genders.
- Punny Name: In Australia her name sounds like "Caught in the act", although she admits the joke is a bit lost in the U.S. without the Australian accent. In a minor Pet the Dog, Ru's catch phrase for Courtney isn't a phrase, but to pronounce her name with an Aussie accent so that the pun is present. It gets to the point that other queens start to do it too so Courtney will always have her pun.
- The Rival:
- The fires were sparked when she first met Adore, but fanned to full flame in the Musical challenge, as the two Idols starts trying to outshine each other just practicing their lyrics in the workroom. Although their "rivalry" pretty much fizzled after said Musical Theater episode.
- She and Joslyn become this later on, although Courtney has made it clear she doesn't think Joslyn is on her level.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Seems to have become a little meaner and meaner the closer the show gets to it's finale. Courtney even lampshades this by saying that the show is starting to feel more like a competition the less queens there are.
- Self-Deprecation: During the acting challenge in the music video pokes fun at herself for not really speaking with an Australian accent any longer.
- She's Got Legs: This is possibly the leggiest season of Drag Race ever, and Courtney with her body-ody-ody is no exception.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Ru accuses her of resting on pretty, despite the fact she has always performed well in acting challenges and even won the Musical Theater challenge. Courtney even says outright she's not sure why she's getting the "stop relying on that body" warning since she really is quite talented and versatile.
- Small Name, Big Ego:
- Courtney bragging about being able to nail every challenge started to look like this to some of the other queens.
- Her constantly referencing her Australian celebrity status reads as this, especially since in America she was just another drag queen before appearing on the show. She styles herself "Australia's Drag Superstar" and although that's not an official title, she still uses it a reason why she should also be America's Drag Superstar.
- Stripperiffic: Loves to show off her body-ody-ody ... so much so that by the end of the season, the judges actually critique her on her over-reliance on showing skin.
- Genre Savvy: While talking with Ru about her first runway look she correctly predicts that eventually Michelle will end up telling her not to "rely on that body".
- The Stoic: Has been criticized for her responses sounding canned, and herself has admitted that she can come off Stepfordy at times.
- Town Girls: Of the top 3, the femme. Out of all the racers who are not transwomen, Courtney is still considered by the fandom to be the fishiest queen.
- Vocal Dissonance: Her voice while out of drag is a bit of a shock, as it is quite naturally soft and feminine.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: For the "Your Best Drag" runway, she wore a stunning dress that featured not only the Australian national flag, but also the Australian Aborigine flag as well.
Real Name: Roy Haylock
"Were drag queens in a fucking competition, the only thing worse is prison!"
- The Ace: Arguably of the entire franchise. Having won 3 challenges and never landing below safe, Bianca currently holds the best statistics of any queen in a regular season, and the second best statistics overall after BenDeLaCreme in All Stars 3. Even long after her season, Bianca remains at the top of most people's "Favorite Winners" lists. Considering Drag Race's notoriously-splintered fanbase, the fact that she's near-universally loved is no small feat.
- Berserk Button: De La's comment that Bianca was "sailing through" the competition was one of the few things that got under Bianca's skin. A case of Poor Communication Kills, as De La meant it as a compliment to her versatility and talent, and not that she was coasting by.
- Boring, but Practical:
- Ironically enough, Bianca's seamstress skills started her off as The Cast Showoff, however she specializes in a similar silhouette for her outfits. Eventually the judges call her out on the fact that although her dresses are always fabulous, they've grown bored with seeing the same gown week after week in different fabrics.
- If you look at her outfits in non-main runway looks (such as the banjee girl) or what she wears off show, she actually has decent diversity in her looks. Likely she just decided to go for what 100% works, trusting her skills to keep her out of the bottom.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: She loves to use Judge Judy's "BALONEY!" when calling out the other queens.
- Brick Joke: During the hip-hop challenge, guest judge Trina comments that Bianca's style is very "wide 'n sassy", and Bianca jokes that that was her nickname in prison. A few episodes later, the queens are given a mini-challenge where they have to put together a prison drag look; each queen is given a nickname onscreen, and you can guess what Bianca's was.
- Brutal Honesty: Insult comedy aside, she's a very brutally honest queen, she doesn't believe in throwing shade, she throws the truth ... sometimes right into the other queens' faces.
- Bully Hunter: Despite throwing Brutal Honesty left right and centre, Bianca can't stand bullying and has stood up for a few queens a number of times. It gets to the point where Ben de la Creme prays Bianca will notice Darienne picking on her and come to the rescue.
- Can't Take Criticism: During the stand-up challenge, Bianca playfully rants, "I will show you versatility when Santino wins a sewing competition and Visage wears a fucking turtleneck!" But she's actually one of the few queens this season to take critiques gracefully.
- Catchphrase: An exasperated "Really, queen?" when one of her competitors is acting the fool. Also "Not today Satan!"
- Cool Old Lady: Many of her competitors, especially Adore, refer to her this way. What else can you expect at the ripe old age of 37?
- Deadpan Snarker: The absolute mistress of the witheringly snappy put-down, almost everything that comes out of her mouth is delivered with weary sarcasm.
- Death Glare: Her signature expression, especially if the queens, especially Laganja, are acting foolish in her eyes. It comes out in full play during Untucked.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Says that the competition really touched her icy little heart, and that the whole ordeal put a few cracks into the walls she's built up into her personality over the years.
- Don't Call Me "Sir": While it is not at all uncommon for older and more tenured drag queens to be given endearing motherly nicknames, Bianca very frankly tells Laganja to stop calling her "momma", although that's mostly a result of the friction between the two.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Has something of this role for the other queens who fall back on excuses, but also sincerely congratulates them when they overcome them.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: Her stage outfit in the Season 7 finale episode was a glittery silver Pimped-Out Dress...and her face literally covered in glitter.
- Hates Everyone Equally: The season's recap episode listed the top fights of the season with the #1 listed simply as "Bianca vs. the world".
- Hollywood Old: At the time of filming Bianca was 37 - not old by any means, yet many jokes aimed at her were related to her 'old age' and 'maturity'. The odd thing about this is that she wasn't even the oldest queen in the cast, or even the second oldest.
- I'm Not Here to Make Friends: She has admitted she's met some lovely people here but this is not Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantyhose. However, even Adore has admitted after the show that Bianca has a huge heart, and she already seems to be in a good friendship with Courtney Act.
Bianca: I made a friend. Me. Friend.
- In-Series Nickname: "A damn seamstress!" due to her impressive sewing skills, something of a growing rarity for queens in Drag Race. The nickname is actually a callback to Alyssa Edwards in Season 5 saying "I might not be funny, or a singer, or a damn seamstress, but I am a fierce queen." Bianca is a damn seamstress.
- Insult Comic: Describes herself as Don Rickles in a dress ... but prettier and not quite as old.
- Jerkass Has a Point: For all the things she says, there's usually a point behind it. Trinity's excuses are the main thing.
Bianca: So let me ask you a fair question. What is it you do successfully? Quickly.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- For all her outer abrasiveness, she does show her softer side, like letting Adore use her cincher, and congratulating Trinity for both delivering a strong lipsynch and coming out as HIV positive. Even when she does hurl insults, she usually makes a very good point and won't put down someone just because she dislikes them or their drag style.
- Her communication from home is a letter and a drawing from her friend's eight-year-old daughter Lola, who talks about missing "Roy Lady" (her name for Bianca's drag persona) and wanting her to come home so they can hang out again. Bianca speaks with fondness and pride about the little girl, and how glad she is to have Lola in her life.
- No-Damage Run: Has made it all the way to her crowning without ever landing in the bottom throughout the competition.
- Oh, Crap!: Her reaction to discovering that her pick for the Snatch Game, Judge Judy, is in fact RuPaul's favorite person ever.
- Only Sane Man: Compared to the other queens, her pragmatic attitude keeps things in perspective. As she puts it:
Bianca: We're drag queens in a fucking competition! The only thing worse is fucking prison!"
- Palette Swap: Has a collection of gorgeous gowns, but as De La and Courtney both put it, they're 50 of the same dress in different fabrics.
Courtney: Oh look, another boat-neck gown!
- Pet the Dog:
- "Don't tell any one I'm being nice", right before helping out her competitor Adore Delano before a runway.
- She has a number of small moments helping other queens or trying to give them confidence boosts. We see more than a couple of instances of her helping Adore with her runway outfits; she tries to encourage Trinity to come out of her shell, and asks the others to give her kudos on a great lip-lynch; she helps Ben and Laganja with their make up just prior to the Snatch Game; in the pre-finale episode she even stops to ask Darienne if she's OK when the latter seems upset working on her last outfit.
- Phrase Catcher: Near the end of the season, Ru started to refer towards Bianca more and more often with "Blame it on Bianca Del Rio!"
- Sad Clown: Has said she uses comedy as a way to protect herself from being hurt by others, to the point where the other queens were dubious that she could say anything without a nasty comment or a joke added in.
- Self-Deprecation: Especially during the stand up comedy routine.
Bianca: My mother is from Cuba and my dad is from Honduras, which basically means I have a large dick, no credit, and a tendency to take things that don't belong to me.
- Straight Gay: When in boy mode, she's not especially camp at all.
- Take That!: She says point blank that too many previous Drag Race contestants are releasing music singles because they "think they can sing", although she does not name specific names.
- Team Mom: She'll read you to filth, but she's always the first to dole out no-nonsense, rational advice, and lend a cincher.
Bianca: Shake it off. Pretend it's gas and leave it in the hallway."
- This Is a Competition: She's in a drag competition, and it's every clown for them-fucking-selves!
- Town Girls: Of the top 3, the butch, given her manly voice and clown makeup.
- Uncanny Valley Makeup: There's a reason why Bianca refers to herself as a clown, as her makeup - whilst flawless - is very heavy and exaggerated. In interviews Bianca has said that this is intentional - unlike some queens, her natural features aren't very feminine so she compensates with her makeup. This is referenced by Courtney Act in the second episode:
Courtney Act: I'm just surprised to see that Bianca Del Rio is a real human being underneath all of that clown makeup...
- Vitriolic Best Buds: As far as from the last Untucked, she's this with Adore and Courtney. Especially Adore.
- Vocal Dissonance: Did pretty much nothing to disguise her natural voice in drag, which just added to the hilarity.
- Self-admitted in interviews before and after the show. As DeLa's "Bianca" puppet puts it:
DeLa: Looks like your lace-front is coming off...
"Bianca": BALONEY! I HAVE NO PROBLEMS! I LIVE IN NEW YORK! I WORK ALL THE TIME!
- At a Season 8 premiere party, she cracked that the only reason she wasn't at the winners photoshoot mini-challenge was because she was the only queen who was at work.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: 10 Best Episodes, Ranked According To IMDb
RuPaul’s Drag Race has been going strong for 13 seasons to date. Which of the seasons is best is often a matter of debate between fans, and most likely will be for many years to come. But when it comes to individual episodes, certain ones will undoubtedly go down in Drag Race history after being immediate hits with the audience.
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The high points of the show’s 13 seasons (without mentioning those in the multiple spin-off series), include makeover challenges, finale episodes, and of course the fan-favorite, Snatch Game. So with an impressive IMDb rating of 9.3, which of the show’s 175 episodes is the most popular?
10 "Superfan Makeover" (Season 12, Episode 10) - 8.9
The twelfth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race aired last year and because of the COVID-19 pandemic the reunion and finale were held virtually for the first time. But the events of 2020 couldn’t stop this season’s queens from becoming favorites with fans all across the globe.
Episode 10 saw the remaining queens surprising superfans of the show with a drag family makeover. Out on the main stage, the queens and their new drag daughters walked the runway before the superfans performed a group lip sync together. With its fun and exciting main challenge (never seen before quite like this), it’s easy to see why this episode is a fan favorite. A standout among the cast in this episode was Crystal Methyd, who almost won the challenge with her inspired Bert & Ernie makeover look.
9 "Shade: The Rusical" (Season 6, Episode 4) - 8.9
“Shade: The Rusical” is season 6’s musical performance by the remaining 11 queens of the season, and the first-ever Rusical on the show. With BenDeLaCreme playing the perfect villain, the Shady Lady, and the vocals of two former American Idolcontestants, Courtney Act and Adore Delano, it’s no surprise that this musical episode ranks as one of the best in the show. This episode was key in spotlighting Courtney, who won the challenge by delivering a combination of excellent vocals and an inspired acting performance that she is now known for to fans of the show.
8 "The Finale" (Season 6, Episode 14) - 8.9
Season 6’s finale episode captivated fans all over the world as they waited in anticipation for the crowning of America’s Next Drag Superstar. In this episode, RuPaul interviews the eliminated queens and the top 3 (Adore Delano, Bianca Del Rio, and Courtney Act), perform a mini-song before the winner of the season is revealed.
With such huge personalities in the top 3, an undeniable Miss Congeniality, and audience members like Chaz Bono, this episode was undoubtedly going to be a hit. In addition, the finale of RuPaul's Drag Race is considered the best episode of season 6 due to many memorable moments such as RuPaul officiating an impromptu marriage between contestant Joslyn Fox and her boyfriend and Trinity K. Bonet's stunning runway look.
7 "Oh. My. Gaga!" (Season 9, Episode 1) - 8.9
What season 9 may have lacked in drama, it made up for in polished, sickening queens. In fact, this premiere introduced some contestants (like Sasha Velour and Peppermint) who will go down in Drag Race history. First episodes of new seasons are always a big hit. There’s nothing quite like watching the Werk Room fill with queens, and lapping up the first impressions of the contestants who will be fighting for the crown that season. And with the iconic Lady Gaga guest judging in this episode, it’s no surprise that it ranks high with IMDb users.
6 "Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical" (Season 12, Episode 7) - 9.0
In this episode of season 12, the top 9 queens get into the groove to star in a Madonna-inspired Rusical. They were tasked not only with lip-syncing on stage in full Madonna looks, but recording their own vocals to Madonna-esque songs. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Winnie Harlow joined RuPaul and Michelle Visage on the judging panel and provided insightful critiques for the queens.
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Rusical episodes are often a big hit or a big miss but this season’s queens gave memorable performances as they sang and danced to a satiric medley of Madonna's hit songs. Among the highlights include Gigi Goode's challenge-winning "Papa Don't Preach" number and Jaida Essence's Hall sultry dance that homaged "Justify My Love." This episode is always noteworthy for spawning the popular "Jan is upset" meme, which originated when the camera zoomed on Jan's motionless face after she learned she didn't win. With a 9.0 score among IMDb fans, "Madonna: The Rusical" is the most popular of all the Rusical episodes.
5 "Drag Queens of Comedy" (Season 6, Episode 8) - 9
Season 6 has proven to be extremely popular among Drag Race fans, and with memorable queens like Bianca Del Rio competing, it’s no surprise that the stand-up challenge of the season was a big hit. This season’s crowned winner, Bianca, won the comedy challenge (of writing and performing a stand-up comedy routine in front of a live audience) against surprisingly tough competition from Trinity K. Bonet and Darienne Lake. Not only did she captivate her audience on the show, but it seems she won over the audience watching at home because this episode ranks fifth out of all 175 in the show's herstory.
4 "I’m That Bitch" (Season 12, Episode 1) - 9.1
Season 12’s premiere episode saw a new crop of queens (or at least half of them) entering the Werk Room for the first time. Always entertaining, the first episode often sets the tone for the rest of the season. And with Nicki Minaj as guest judge, “I’m That Bitch” did not disappoint.
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When Ru revealed the main challenge of the episode as a rap battle, to be performed with Nicki, tensions were running high and the queens began to feel the pressure. It’s no surprise that this episode is ranked so well; in a contest of best guest judges, Nicki Minaj is one of the best and provided insightful critiques that helped queens like Heidi N Closet improve later in the competition.
3 "RuPaul Roast" (Season 5, Episode 7) - 9.2
The Roast challenge (or comedy challenge as it is known in other seasons) is a chance for the queens to perform in front of a live audience and showcase their charisma and nerve. This season 5 episode, however, stands apart from the rest as the queens are tasked to roast RuPaul and the celebrity judges.
It’s a night to remember that ends in a show-stopping lip sync between two iconic southern queens, Alyssa Edwards and Roxxxy Andrews. Both queens give it their all and in a shocking double shantay, neither queen is eliminated. This episode embodies the spirit of Drag Race: unfiltered entertainment, twists and turns, and unbridled talent. “RuPaul Roast” entertained fans enough to give it a high score of 9.2.
2 "Grand Finale" (Season 9, Episode 14) - 9.2
Season 9 was full of many Drag Race "firsts." The spectacular finale episode, for example, was the first to have four queens compete for the crown. It was the first episode where the winner won fewer main challenges than another contestant. And the first time where a queen who won four main challenges didn't win the season.
Not only did this episode break new ground, but the 3 lip syncs by the top 4 queens in the “Grand Finale” were undeniably some of the best performances the show had ever seen. One moment that delighted fans and gained mainstream attention in publications like Vanity Fair was Sasha Velour's wig reveal, which showered her with rose petals and secured her place in the top 2. There’s no doubt that this episode deserves its high ranking just for that moment alone.
1 "Snatch Game" (Season 6, Episode 5) - 9.3
Every season, the Snatch Game is one of the most highly anticipated episodes. Some of the queens’ impersonations leave the audience cringing like Gia Gunn's woeful Kim Kardashian, while others are impeccable like Ginger Minj's acerbic Adele. But what’s certain is that all of them are entertaining.
Season 6’s Snatch Game saw BenDeLaCreme, steal the win as Dame Maggie Smith's character from Downton Abbey. DeLa shocked everyone in this episode, but with one of the best impersonations Snatch Game has ever seen, they definitely deserved it. Featuring other great performances from Bianca Del Rio as an acid-tongued Judge Judy, and Adore Delano as an inebriated Anna Nicole Smith, there’s no denying this season 6 episode has its rightful place as one of the best RuPaul’s Drag Race episodes ever.
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