RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 4

Kelly Elmore, Reporter

Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race are especially excited since the All Stars 4 cast was announced. Ten queens from past seasons are back to compete to win $100,000, a year’s supply of high end makeup, usually from Anastasia Beverly Hills Cosmetics, and a spot in the All Stars Hall of Fame.

Last year’s All Stars’ winner was fan-favorite, Trixie Mattel. Trixie is known for her barbie doll look, as she wears blonde wigs, and pink clothes often. She is a comedy queen, but she also is a singer, and has two country albums out.

This season of All Stars includes queens from eight different past seasons, including the first season of All Stars.

According to RuPaul’s Drag Race Wikia, this season of All Stars will include:

  • Farrah Moan from season nine
  • Gia Gunn from season six
  • Jasmine Masters from season seven
  • Latrice Royale from season four and All Stars season one
  • Manilla Luzon from season three and All Stars season one
  • Monét X Change from season ten
  • Monique Heart from season ten
  • Naomi Smalls from season eight
  • Trinity the Tuck from season nine
  • Valentina from season nine

A typical episode of Drag Race includes a mini challenge, where none of the queens are eliminated. After the mini challenge comes the main challenge. The main challenge usually involves a runway look, sometimes with multiple outfits.

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The first episode’s mini challenge was a reading challenge, where the competing Queens ‘read’ each other, which is a way of insulting each other, but in a light hearted way. The winner of the mini challenge was Latrice Royale.

The main challenge of this episode was a variety show, where each queen shows off her specific talent. The theme was star-spangled, and it was dedicated to LGBTQ people who are currently serving in the military, or who have served in the past.

Monique Heart and Trinity the Tuck were the top two queens, which means they competed against each other in a final lip-sync to decide who wins the challenge, and also who gets to choose who is going home.  

Tera Roberts, a senior here at Medina, is a fan of the show. She likes Drag Race because, “it not only showcases the art and beauty of drag, but also the performance aspect while still bringing some comedy into it as well.”

As far as the first episode goes, Tera said she loved it. She loves seeing the contestants introduce themselves and their entrance looks. When asked who she’s hoping will win, Tera said she’s “definitely still rooting for Naomi Smalls, she’s my favorite.”

The variety show included a lot of really incredible performances. A lot of queens did lip-syncs and a dance, some to their own song. Others, such as Manilla, Latrice, and Gia, did their own thing. Tera’s favorite performance in the variety show was Gia’s which was a stunning traditional Chinese dance that included a twist, confetti.

Personally, my favorite performance was by Manilla Luzon. She did a very quick painting of what looked like nonsense, until she turned it upside down and it became a lovely vase of flowers.

The first episode of the fourth season of All Stars ended with Trinity winning and Jasmine being sent home. If you want to keep up with the season, RuPaul’s Drag Race is on every Friday night at 8pm on VH1.