Here They Are: Meet The Cast Of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11

The cast of RuPaul's Drag Race season 11 has arrived!

The newest group of contenders vying for the coveted Drag Race crown was announced live on YouTube Thursday at noon eastern by Olympian Adam Rippon and season 10 winner Aquaria.

The fifteen queens competing to make their mark on the Drag-tastic 11th season include:

A’keria C. Davenport (Dallas, TX) |Instagram: @mizakeriachanel, Twitter: @A_doubleC_D From the legendary drag House of Davenport, A’keria’s slick, shiny look makes you sit up and pay attention. The current reigning Miss Black Universe, this super accomplished pageant queen is doing the Davenports proud with her signature aesthetic: “fit, fashion, mug and body.” Expect big hair, big attitude and big results from this competitor.

Ariel Versace (Cherry Hill, NJ) |Instagram/Twitter: @arielversace A life-sized Bratz doll, this queen's Jersey-licious Disney princess aesthetic is already a hit on social media, where she has a significant following. But don’t be fooled by a pretty face with a poppin’ Instagram presence – Ariel can sing, act and put on a fully entertaining show. You’ve been warned.

Brooke Lynn Hytes (Nashville, TN) | Instagram: @bhytes, Twitter: @BhytesBrock Brooke Lynn grew up in Toronto, Canada before traveling the world as a professional ballet dancer. Much of her drag centers around dance and movement and she is a prestigious former Miss Continental pageant winner. Will Brooke Lynn dazzle the judges with the same polish she brings to the dancefloor?

Honey Davenport (New York, NY) |Instagram: @honeydavenportofficial, Twitter: @Honey_Davenport New York City’s crown jewel, Honey is the second cast member hailing from the legendary House of Davenport and cites “Drag Race” alum Sahara Davenport as a mentor. With parts in Off-Broadway plays, an electro band and 18 pageant crowns under her belt, queens know to bow down to this talented diva.

Kahanna Montrese (Las Vegas, NV) | Instagram/Twitter: @kahannamontrese Las Vegas’s hip-hop showgirl, Kahanna merges edgy street influences with upscale high fashion couture. After seeing Kahanna perform just one time, “Drag Race” legend Coco Montrese adopted this spitfire performer and Kahanna’s drag identity was born. Will Kahanna finish the job that Coco Montrese started?

Mercedes Iman Diamond (Minneapolis, MN) | Instagram: @mercedesimandiamond This African princess moved from Kenya to the USA when she was 11, but Mercedes wasn’t “born” until 10 years later at the world famous Gay 90s club in downtown Minneapolis. All about the “body-odyody,” Mercedes owns any stage she sets foot on, dazzling the crowd with her graceful presence and the expensive bling she is named after.

Nina West (Columbus, OH) | Instagram/Twitter: @ninawest This comedy queen has a big reputation preceding her into the competition. Nina has won the national Entertainer of the Year pageant and writes and produces her own spectacular shows complete with showstopping dance numbers. She’s also an advocate and fundraiser for LGBTQ causes. But can this local legend live up to all of her hype?

Plastique Tiara (Dallas, TX) |Instagram/Twitter: @plastiquetiara Originally hailing from Saigon, Plastique takes a lot of drag inspiration from Vietnamese pop stars. Stunningly beautiful, her popular Instagram drag photos have even been reposted by Tyra Banks. With none other than “Drag Race” superstar Alyssa Edwards for a drag mother, all eyes will be on Plastique to see if she can deliver in the competition.

Ra’jah D. O’Hara (Dallas, TX) | Instagram: @therajahoharashow Ra’jah is from Dallas, Texas, where everything is bigger, better and bolder. A dancing queen known for her kicks, splits and tearing up the dance floor, the “D” in Ra’jah’s name stands for Davenport: this season’s third cast member from the Davenport dynasty. A high energy performer, Ra’jah warns her competitors to watch their backs when she is lip-synching.

Scarlet Envy (New York, NY) | Instagram: @scarletenvy, Twitter: @ScarletEnvyNYC Southern beauty mixed with New York City grit, Scarlet pulls from references as varied as movie stars of the 40s, Andy Warhol superstars of the 60s and supermodels of the 80s. A self-described “natural beauty,” Scarlet has worked with fashion photographer Steven Klein, Harper’s Bazaar magazine and even appeared in a musical number on Saturday Night Live.

Shuga Cain (New York, NY) | Instagram: @missshugacain, Twitter: @ShugaCainNYC A relative newcomer to drag, Shuga quit her sweet six-figure corporate job to become a full-time drag queen. But talent rises to the top, and within 18 short months Shuga has already established herself as a key fixture in the competitive New York City drag scene where she relies upon her performance background in opera and musical theater to stand out from the crowd.

Silky Nutmeg Ganache (Chicago, IL) | Instagram: @silkyganache The life of the party, you always know when exuberant “Big Silk” is in the building. But scratch the surface of this gregarious queen and you’ll find a softer side to Silk– one who was raised in the church, has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and is even on her way to becoming a Doctor of Philosophy. Let’s hope her accolades translate into success in the competition.

Soju (Los Angeles, CA) | Instagram/Twitter: @shotwithsoju Raised in Korea, Soju brings Korean influences into her drag, be it colorful crazy K-Pop aesthetics or Taekwondo martial arts weapons. Producer and star of the popular YouTube show “Shot With Soju,” where queens spill the beans about their time on “Drag Race,” Soju comes into the competition fully prepared for her own shot at the crown.

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (Los Angeles, CA) | Instagram/Twitter: @VanessaVanjie Miss Vanjie. Miss Vaanjie. Miss… Vaaanjie! Never have more iconic words been uttered by a departing queen. Despite being the first queen eliminated from season 10, Vanessa's mesmerizing backwards exit inspired memes, tweets and celebrity shout-outs and an overwhelming demand to see more of this charismatic queen. She’s back with a Vanjeance, but can the queen live up to the memes?

Yvie Oddly (Denver, CO) | Instagram/Twitter: @oddlyyvie Denver’s “commodity of drag oddity,” shock queen Yvie bucked her boring local drag scene and brought conceptual artistry into the mix. Tall and weird (her words), Yvie draws inspiration from fashion muses like Thierry Mugler, and drag stars like Christeene. Known for bringing her brain to the table, anyone who encounters Yvie is guaranteed to end up with their jaw on the floor.

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Season 2 Viral Queen Speak Post RuPaul Drag Race, Tyra Sanchez, A Future "All Stars" and More

Without Mystique Summers, we would not have some of the most famous moments to come out of RuPaul's Drag Race! From her epic runways to her infamous Untucked "Bitch I Am From Chicago" fight with Morgan McMichaels, it is safe to say that Mystique made a definite impact on the show long after her departure. After coming up in one of the reading challenges this year on All Stars, it made perfect sense to catch up with Mystique. I chatted her with about her post Drag Race life, her thoughts on the winner of her season, and if we may see her return to a future season of All Stars. 


INSTINCT: You are heading to Asbury Park this week to Paradise for A Taste Of Honey with hostess and Miss Paradise 2018 Honey Davenport! ! Is this your first visit to Asbury Park? It’s one of the largest LGBT complexes in the tri-state area and everyone is abuzz with anticipation! 

MYSTIQUE: It’s not my first time at Paradise, but it is my first time performing. I can’t wait I am so excited! 

So take me back to pre-RuPaul’s Drag Race Drag Race; how did you get your start in the world of drag artistry? 

I got my start back in November of a certain year (laughs). At a small club called Changes that taught me to perform for one person or twenty thousand people!

You were part of a historic group on Season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. What do you remember the most about the experience? Favorite and least favorite parts? 

I remember everything about the experience that I wouldn'’t change for the world. My favorite part was meeting the all the girls and learning about their type of drag and also making those sisterhood connections. My least favorite part is releasing complete control to the production crew! 

Your argument with fellow Season Two sister Morgan McMichaels was one of the first viral moments of RuPaul’s Drag Race! How does it feel to be a trailblazer? Do you ever run into Morgan at all? 

Trailblazer, please (laughs)! Morgan and myself are the reason these girls getting all these coins! I run into her, just not as much as we should. Hell, we’re the reason Untucked was so crazy!

Tyra Sanchez won your season and has been quite the controversial "Drag Superstar' to say the least. Are you surprised at her post Drag Race behavior? 

(Laughs) well I would go crazy if I won ten thousand dollars and now these winners are getting one hundred thousand dollars! 

All Stars, do you think we can possibly expect to see you on a future season? You came up very quickly this season in the reading challenge. Thoughts on that? 

(Laughs) I should, going from three hundred and ninety pounds to two hundred and twenty pounds. Hell, they should of called me! If you haven’t noticed my name is brought up every season. Where’s my check?! (laughs). 

And for Miss Hot sauce's read, she needs to get her own because we heard that from Morgan and Raven in Season 2. I guess it's good to recycle reads right? 

What have been your biggest career highlights since Drag Race? Any aspirations or goals that you are still looking to achieve? 

The biggest highlight is having people watch me go from a 3X to a Medium! My goals is to keep helping, entertaining, and to just be healthy.

As we kick off the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, what gives you “pride?"

Seeing the smiles on kids and adults when they are out and can be free with themselves if it's only for one day.

What inspires you on a daily basis? 

Clouds and sunsets inspires me, cause everyday it's different and the colors are different and amazing! 

What’s next for Mystique? 

Same thing I do everyday #XdressForRent (laughs) who know, maybe All StarsMaster Chef. Whoever calls a gal! 

RuPaul's Drag Race's Tammie Brown - On Her New Album, All Stars 4, and Being a #QueenWithACause

Much like her RuPaul's Drag Race sister Season 7 winner Violet Chachki, Tammie Brown is indeed a one of a kind collectible. Equal amount of smart kitsch and raw talent conspire to create one of the most quirkily talented queens around. With her new EP A Little Bit Of Tammie, Ms. Brown shows us exactly why she is one of the most beloved queens from two different Season One's of Drag Race. I got to catch up with her to chat about her musical stylings, which range from dance to folk, what advice she has for the ladies of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4, and why having a cause to her, is just as important as having a crown. 

Instinct: Tell me about A Little Bit of Tammie and how would you describe it to those that may not be familiar with your music?

Tammie Brown: Well, it’s a little electro pop and dance. There is some folk in it of course, with “I Love You I Love You I Do” and “The Whale Song” which was actually created for a charity. It was on the shelf for about four years, but finally we decided to put it on the EP. It is for what is going on in the environment, for what is going on with climate change, and the dolphins, and Sea World and other water parks collecting these animals and putting them in the water. We are spreading awareness for that and that is the whole point of “The Whale Song” Which is where #QueenWithACause stems from.

I am also campaigning for #SaveTheOrangutan, and have been campaigning a lot for that on Instagram.  

So the rest of A Little Bit Of Tammie is definitely a mixed bag of both good old fashioned fun and also music that has some meaning?

Oh yes! For example “Porta Potty Prostitute” is more on the disco/early 80’s style, with a large inspiration being Amanda Lear. This song was a mix of experience with ideology, randomness and fun, and Amanda Lear-over the top-ness. “Lip Sync Suicide” is kind of a more sixties groove-funk style, and that song is more about the experience of lip sync suicide, as in when I “gave up” or refused to lip sync on Season One of RuPaul’s Drag Race to “We Break The Dawn”. It also pays homage to RuPaul himself and a thank you for sharing his love to me. I am currently working on my next album Schubert and have been in the Valley working on it.


The album is very on brand for Tammie Brown; very kitschy, very unique, and very socially conscious as well. Have you always been this socially aware?

It has always been that way, yes. I always thought we should look up more, instead of just looking down. For example, we come here alone and we leave here alone; we all kind of cluster together, but we all come here alone and leave the planet alone. So yes, I have always been socially aware. For example, I have the song “Whatever” and it was released on the album Popcorn and it was my first video as well, you can find it on YouTube. That one was about a war in the Middle East, I don’t care, I’ll run up my credit card. So that one was definitely a social commentary and that was way before RuPaul’s Drag Race. Regionally I was popular in Southern California, and I always made social commentaries, observed things and liked to write about it. Early influences for music with me was the Talking Heads, "this was a parking lot, now it’s all covered with daises” lyrics like that.

You truly are one of the most cerebral queens around. Do you think that is a fair assessment?

I do. Some people think that I am just crazy or weird, but truthfully I am always analyzing and looking and reading into things deeper than they actually are.I can back myself up because I have talked to other educated people who have said that I have a brilliant observation on something, so I know what I am saying. I also study and I am always watching what is going on and listening. I always like to gauge what is going on before I act. 

In the spirit of being an observer, some of your RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 1 have returned to the completion for All Stars 4. Any advice for them? And do you think you would go back for another run at the crown?

Good for them, it’s great publicity. You never know what to expect when you do the show, they have their ideas as to what they want to do with it and how they want to do it. I say enjoy the ride and keep doing what you’re doing and enjoy it. As for me, I would love to do All Stars again. I wouldn't “love” to do it, but I would do it for the fans. There seems to be quite a demand from the fans wanting me to be back on the show. There are online surveys and I am tagged in them and it always puts me on the top as to why they would want to come back from Season One, so it’s pretty cool. I don’t know if it’s my cup of tea to do it, but I would be happy to do it. 

What keeps inspiring you to do your absolute best drag and music and keep working so outside the box?

Because it’s my dream. It is my mission to entertain and that is what I do. I like to share that way. I am now noticing that the more I share, the more responses I get that people themselves are encouraged. I get messages  with people saying how encouraged they are and they ask for advice sometimes. In life you have to keep going and keep moving forward and that is what I am doing. When you get stuck you have to keep going; that is what we are here to do, we are here to make it better. 

A Little Bit Of Tammie is available on ITunes

Will RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4 Be Another Team Season?

If you’re like me, you’ve planned your holiday parties around the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4. Come Friday, my house’s windows will be shattering from laughter, gasps, and echoing wig snatching bursting through the ether.

After the beginning of 2018 hit us hard with Drag Race fandom with All Stars 3 and Season 10, it seems that VH1 won’t let us ring in the new year without giving us a triple dose of Drag Race.

The queens vying for the crown this season are:

  • Manila Luzon (Season 3, All Stars 1)
  • Latrice Royale (Season 4, Miss Congeniality, All Stars 1)
  • Gia Gunn (Season 6)
  • Jasmine Masters (Season 7)
  • Naomi Smalls (Season 8)
  • Trinity ‘The Tuck’ Taylor (Season 9)
  • Valentina (Season 9, Miss Congeniality “Fan Favorite”)
  • Farrah Moan (Season 9)
  • Monét X Change (Season 10, Miss Congeniality)
  • Monique Heart (Season 10)

And if you can’t wait until Friday’s premiere, you can head to social media to see that the world has exploded with a preview that features the first 14 minutes of the premiere episode of All Stars 4.

In the video you see the queens’ fierce opening looks and you experience the shade from the very beginning. What the initial 8 queens don’t know is that into the competition will sashay two members of Drag Race royalty, Latrice Royale and Manila Luzon—better known as Team Latrila.

Does this mean All Stars 4 will be a return to the nightmare that was All Stars 1’s team challenge?

Check out the first 14 minutes of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4, grab your favorite holiday drink, and sip (don’t gag) on all the drama:



How The ‘All Stars 4’ Eliminations Should Go

We are less than one month away from the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4, which will kick off December 14th on VH1.

It feels as if we were just finishing up both season 10 and All Stars 3 recently, but here we are again! It’s totally understandable as to why World of Wonder and the network would want to start things up so soon given the momentum this show has had in 2018. They practically swept the reality categories at the 2018 Emmys and have continued their ascension to the top of pop culture with every catchphrase these queens come up with.

AS4 could potentially be a phenomenal season given the bevy of talent that is competing. You have 8 newbies to this RPDR spinoff and two that are returning for a second chance at that coveted title. Within ten of these queens there is one, at least from my POV, that is a clear winner.

Just a heads up: I know nothing about anything regarding how the show will develop, this is just my opinion on how I think the eliminations could possibly go if I had it my way. So please take this list with a grain of salt… hunties.

See below for how I think the order should go, from last to first, on All Stars 4.

10. Monique Heart (Season 10). It’s very difficult to do a show like this when your season just finished. Two have done very well in the past (Chad Michaels won AS1 shortly after season 4 finished and Katya made top 3 in AS2 right after season 7 was done) but suffice to say its hard for any queen to really make it that far when you still really aren’t on an “all-star” level in your career yet. To me, Monique isn’t ready yet, as she was more known for her catchphrases and putting together outfits last minute (sickening still). She would fare better in an All Stars 5 or 6 level, but then again… I could be wrong.

9. Farrah Moan (Season 9). Farrah, like Monique, was a GIF/MEME queen. She didn’t do well at all in her season outside of her fantastic fashion choices. Her promo mentioned that she has her game face on, but I still think her personality pales in comparison to the very strong ones that will be competing alongside of her. It will be interesting, however, to see how her and Valentina’s dynamic will play out given how dramatically things ended with them in season 9.

8. Gia Gunn (Season 6). She’ll bring the attitude that’s needed and necessary for a show like this the same way (if not more) than she did in season 6. It’s also amazing that Gia is the first openly trans queen to compete on All Stars. I’m torn between if she will go the distance or if she’ll leave early as her first go around wasn’t exactly that spectacular. If she’s able to get it together in the challenges and not just in her reading abilities, then she could definitely be a force in this game.

7. Jasmine Masters (Season 7). If there is ever a queen to get “Ru-demption” then Jasmine takes the cake. She went out 3rd on S7 in a very ballsy kind of manner, so this would be a great chance for her to give viewers a different and hopefully elongated side that we didn’t see the first time around.

6. Trinity Taylor (Season 9). Trinity to me seems to be a middle of the road kind of queen. She’s one of the more vocally ferocious ones of the group, so it will be interesting to see how she plays the game, but I don’t really see her winning that crown in the end as I sometimes forget that she was even in the final four back in season 9.

5. Monet X Change (Season 10). Yes, her and Monique were on the same season, but Monet went way further than her and could’ve won had it not been for her placing in the bottom so many times (I still think she won that lip sync against Kameron Michaels). To me, Monet is more focused and readier for something like this and can easily go far if she plays her cards right both in the competition and the strategy.

4. Latrice Royale (Season 4 and AS1). I think pretty much everyone in the world would love to see Latrice win… but that’s to her detriment. If she makes it this far, regardless of how she plays the game, it will be tough for her to win or not get eliminated due to her likability. Fingers crossed though.

3. Valentina (Season 9). I’m torn between Val and who I have in second place as it could go either way. I’m no fool: Valentina is not getting eliminated early on. She’s too polarizing for that. But I do see her trying to right a wrong with the lip sync snafu that happened in her season and dominating the competition to a certain level.

2. Naomi Smalls (Season 8). Naomi is the wild card here, but I see her making it to the end. People slept on her in season 8, primarily because it was the Bob/Kim show… but she stood next to them in finale night and rightfully so. Expect that to happen again in AS4.

1. Manila Luzon (Season 3 and AS1). It’s Manila’s game to lose in my opinion. She’s incredibly smart, fashionable, wise and talented beyond belief. That’s not taking anything away from the other 9, but I do believe it’s her time to finally win something she should’ve won many moons ago (sorry, Raja).

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

The Wait is Over, Kittens! RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Cast is About to be RuVealed!

The wait is over, kittens! On Friday, November 9th you’ll know the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 4. Who/What/Where/When/Why/How? I know those are all the questions.

Today on the official RuPaul’s Drag Race Twitter account, reigning All Star queen Trixie Mattel shared that she will be spilling the tea and the names of the queens who will be returning to fight for the All Star crown. The announcement will be a part of a streaming special called Trixie’s Playhouse and will feature UNHhhh co-star Katya and Drag Race alum Detox.

Any guesses on who will be a part of the All Stars cast? Find out Friday, November 9th at 10 AM EST on all the RuPaul’s Drag Race Social Media accounts.

You can schedule to watch the VH1 RuVeal video below:

h/t: RuPaul’s Drag Race

The 10 Sexiest RPDR Queens Out of Drag

Something that has become glaringly obvious about RuPaul’s Drag Race (outside of the talent, catchphrases and Michelle Visage and Ross Matthews arguing every episode) is just how darn hot the contestants really are out of drag!

Yes, the Pit Crew is always fun to look at, as they barely wear anything clothing, but many of the queens look simply scrumptious when all their makeup is off and they are back to their boy form (some can even get it in drag, okurrr???)

Take a look at ten that this writer thinks is a tasty snack, both on and off the best damn reality show on television.

Milk: Season 6 and All Stars 3

Naomi Smalls: Season 8



Proud homo forever and always #nationalcomingoutday

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Mayhem Miller: Season 10



I love romper moments #summertime #rupaulsdragrace #itsmillertime #manbehindthemakeup

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Katya: Season 7 and All Stars 2

Phi Phi O’Hara: Season 4 and All Stars 2



With the Mom-n-awe! @beautyismee

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Vanessa Vanjie Mateo: Season 10



duffel bag girl

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Manila Luzon: L Season 3 and All Stars 1

Raja: Season 3

Kameron Michaels: Season 10



I think I’m a little late, but Happy Birthday angel! @farrahrized

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Lineysha Sparkx: Season 5



¿Me escuchan? ¿Me oyen? ¿Me sienteeeeeeen? Saludos y besos a mis Latinos!

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5 Things I Want to See Happen on RPDR Season 11

The 2018 calendar year is ending, which means we have the holidays to look forward to, the ability to gain a couple of pounds and hide it in some bulky sweaters, and the inevitability of a new year beginning. Oh, and another season of RuPaul’s Drag Race starting.

Several RPDR fans got super excited this week when it was announced that they are doing a holiday spectacular that will air on VH1 in the beginning of December. Does this also mean that they will reveal when season 11 of RPDR will air in 2019… as well as All Stars 4? It seems like that might happen, but who knows as the schedule for both is still unknown.

Regardless of which show premieres first, we are in for another wild ride of Drag Race that will happen over the course of several months (just like it did in 2018). I am an avid watcher and lover of this show and have been following it since it began way back in 2009. Several elements of it has changed since then, but the core of what the Emmy-winning program is has remained the same: to discover the next big group of girls who will become global superstars.

There are 5 things I need to see happen for season 11 that will help make it that much more incredible. Take a look at what needs to happen in order for RPDR to score another Emmy next year.

1. LEARN TO SEW. A staple of RPDR revolves around at least one challenge per season where the queens have to create an outfit from scratch. Not knowing how to sew at this stage of the game should really require an easy disqualification as the eye rolls can be felt around the world when a later season queen (Naysha Lopez, Kandy Ho, etc) claims that they don’t know how to. NEXT!

2. No More Separation of Big and Skinny Girls. Weight is something that is often brought up on the show, especially when it comes to the girls that are deemed “big”. A couple of them have fought against the stereotype (Delta Work), some have used it for their comedic abilities (Eureka), and others have become fierce contenders for the crown for simply being talented (Ginger Minj, Kim Chi). The hope is that this is a non-discussion in the future and everyone who goes on Drag Race is seen as equal.

3. Edit Snatch Game Better. Snatch Game is the episode we all wait for every season. It’s the one that separates the front runners from the girls who will leave shortly, yet for the most part it is heavily edited down to where we barely see several of the queen’s answers. If this is such an important episode for the fans to see, why not make it 90 minutes so that we can get a better judgment of their impressions overall?

4. Fellow Drag Queen on the Panel? Am I the only one who realizes that the show has never had another drag queen on its panel since the beginning? This may be a RuPaul kind of decision, however it would be nice to have another opinion from a legendary queen like Coco Peru or Lady Bunny as opposed to the tragic and boring ones from other celebs who have already made an appearance (Vanessa Hudgens, anyone)?

5. Culinary challenge? There’s been so many acting and singing challenges that it makes me wonder why the show hasn’t done a culinary one yet. The puns would be amazing like, America’s Next Top Vers Bottom Drag Queen Chef or something.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

The 10 Best Lip Sync Battles on RuPaul’s Drag Race

Part of what has made RuPaul’s Drag Race such a success over the past 10 years revolves around the super dramatic “Lip Sync for Your Life” battles that occur at the end of every episode. For anyone out there reading this who hasn’t seen the show yet (get on that), the bottom two queens pull out all the stops necessary to stay in the competition by lip syncing to a song in hopes that they will win against their opponent. In other words, they want to hear RuPaul say “Shantay you stay.”

Over ten regular season and three All Stars versions, this show has given us so many memorable lip syncs that it’s hard to pinpoint which ones were truly the best. Here are 10 that this writer deems to be the most thrilling ones to date, in no particular order. Do you agree? Let us know.

Kameron Michaels vs. Eureka, Season 10. Song: Patti LaBelle: “New Attitude”

These two Tennessee natives became the lip sync divas of the season (minus Monet X Change, more on that later), and this battle proves that and then some. The runway challenge for this episode was for them to evoke what they would look like 50 years from now, but that didn’t really matter with the song they were singing. Each of them excelled so well in this lip sync that Ru decided to keep both when it was done.

Latrice Royale vs. Kenya Michaels, Season 4. Song: Aretha Franklin: “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”

A lot of the lip syncs on RPDR revolve around a ton of movement across the stage and high energy. This song didn’t require that, and its why Latrice stayed and Kenya left. The runway challenge was pregnancy realness, where the girls had to dress up as a mother-to-be. Kenya was sort of all over the place, taking her wig off and not making much sense for this song. Latrice stayed right in her place, holding her fake baby belly, and really making the audience believe every word she lip synced.

Alyssa Edwards vs. Coco Montrese, Season 5. Song: Paula Abdul: “Cold Hearted Snake”

This was an inevitable battle we were all waiting to see, given the drama that occurred between these two on the show and off of it. They both really gave such an incredible version of Paula’s #1 hit, with Alyssa excelling in her dance and Coco relying a lot on how tight her lip sync was plus how well her gorgeous yellow dress flowed with the song.

Shea Coulee vs. Sasha Velour, Season 10. Song: Whitney Houston: “So Emotional”

This was the first season where the girls had to lip sync for the crown as opposed to just RuPaul picking a winner. Sasha clearly came prepared for this performance, where two words really come to mind: rose petals. She won against her close friend, which became a highly debated issue in the Drag Race community given how many people thought that Shea should’ve won the season.

Sharon Needles vs. Phi Phi O’Hara, Season 4. Song: The Weather Girls: “It’s Raining Men”

Sharon and Phi Phi were the first two queens to become true enemies on RPDR. Just like Alyssa and Coco, this was a battle we all saw coming, but it really was for nothing as they disqualified Willam at the end of the episode. Still, it was amazing to see both of these eventual frontrunners go against one another, where Phi Phi utilized the stage while Sharon relied on her facial reactions and lip movement for the upbeat song.

Carmen Carrera vs. Raja, Season 3. Song: Paula Abdul: “Straight Up”

This to me was memorable because of how god damn sexual it got. Carmen pretty much was butt ass naked, and Raja grinded on top of her during a lip sync that could’ve gone from LOGO to Cinemax late night easily.

Monet X Change vs. Dusty Ray Bottoms, Season 10. Song: Nicki Minaj: “Pound the Alarm”

What was amazing to watch during this performance, outside of Monet’s split “fake out” was how Dusty really gave her a run for her money. This is a song that was totally in Monet’s wheelhouse yet Dusty kept up with her for the most part even though she lost in the end.

Alyssa Edwards vs. Tatianna, All Stars 2. Song: Rihanna, “Shut Up and Drive”

This was the first time on All Stars where two queens competed against one another to get back into the competition. It was very clear that both had their game faces on the minute they walked onto the stage. Each gave one heck of a performance to Rihanna’s big hit, causing RuPaul to bring both of them back into the competition.

Dida Ritz vs. The Princess, Season 4. Song: Natalie Cole, “Everlasting Love”

Dida basically took us to church with her version of Natalie’s hit, and we were mesmerized from the beginning to the end with it.

Alyssa Edwards vs. Roxxxy Andrews, Season 5. Song: Willow Smith, “Whip My Hair”

The biggest wig reveal this show has ever seen. Do I think this was a worthy double-shantay? No. Roxxxy kind of just stood there and Alyssa didn’t know all the words. But, the energy was incredible to see and made for such an emotional moment for Roxxxy when it was over as she cried hysterically while revealing some very sad news about her upbringing.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Who Should Really Be on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4?

It comes as no surprise that World of Wonder and everyone behind RuPaul’s Drag Race decided to do a fourth version of All Stars already. The heat from RPDR is at its all-time high: snatching a ton of trophies, skyrocketing in ratings and establishing itself as the best damn reality show on television (IMHO).

All Stars 4 has reportedly been filmed already (RuPaul talked about a crazy experience during judging on one of her podcasts where she flipped out on the contestants), so now it’s just a matter of time until we find out if this will air before or after season 11. Just another opinion, but it would make sense for them to follow the format of All Stars first, regular season last that they did this year as it was a seamless transition from one to the other for all the diehard fans out there.

The alleged cast for AS4 has made its rounds over the past couple of months, and the list itself looks incredible. There are, however, queens that did not make this list that really should be part of it and ones that are included that really aren’t at an All Stars level yet.

That being said, here are 10 contestants that I think should compete on RPDR.

Ongina (Season 1). How has this not happened yet? Ongina was such a standout from the “lost season” of RPDR and her name has been thrown into the All Stars list for several years now. She was arguably robbed of the crown during the show’s premiere season and it would be great for an entire new generation of fans to get to know her similarly to what Tatianna and Bebe Zahara Benet has experienced.

Jessica Wild (Season 2). In a season that was hella dramatic and bitchy, Jessica was the one to keep things friendly and nice amid all the backstabbing chaos. She was fun to watch, both on and off the runway, and was hysterical in several challenges including Snatch Game (where she portrayed RuPaul correctly) and the book challenge. Here’s hoping she gets her time to shine again all these years later.

Stacy Layne Matthews (Season 3). Such an underrated queen when it comes to how talented she is from a fashion and comedic standpoint. I think several of us would be ecstatic to see “henny” walk through those werk room doors one more time.

Ivy Winters (Season 5). I’m sort of surprised that Ivy has never been asked back given the plethora of season 5 queens that have been on All Stars already. Her fashion sense was out of this world extraordinary during s5 and she was crowned Miss Congeniality by the end of it. Would be nice to see her give it another go given how far her style and looks have come since then.

Joslyn Fox (Season 6). Criminally underrated and did so great at many of the challenges that were unfortunately overshined by other competitors. Snatch Game, the rapping challenge and so much more proved what a force Joslyn was in her season, and my hopes is that she gets invited back at some point to do it all again.

Mrs. Kasha Davis (Season 7). Her elimination against Kandy Ho was crap and the fact that Ms. Ho lasted longer than her and Trixie Mattel is still one that I scratch my head at. Kasha is hilarious! She was needed in season 7 amid a group of girls that just got so hostile and mean towards one another yet was cut too short over flubbing one word during the DESPY’s challenge. We are ready for that cocktail again, Mrs. Davis.

Naomi Smalls (Season 8). I’m fine with Naomi coming back, however she needs to excel in all types of challenges that aren’t just about fashion. Part of what propelled Naomi to the top three in her season was her style, of course, but also her likable personality that helped bring her there over big competitors like Thorgy Thor and Chi Chi Devayne. If she’s able to do that then she will have a big chance at the crown (if that rumored list is true and she is actually on it).

Shea Coulee (Season 9). She was robbed for the crown, we all know this. Not taking anything away from Sasha Velour’s win but it's pretty obvious that Shea would’ve won had it been the same format the show has done since season 4. I don’t think she is part of AS4, but it would be vindication in the biggest way for her to come back and “slay” it all over again to win something she should’ve taken home the first time around.

Peppermint (Season 9). Peppermint has done what others like Milk and Trixie have in that they've established a major career outside of RPDR. She landed a major role on Broadway in Head Over Heels and has built up quite the resume when it comes to her music as well. I don’t think anyone saw Peppermint making top 2 in s9, but she did and made New York proud with her incredible acting talents and lip sync abilities.

Valentina (Season 9). She’s another one on the rumored list... and rightfully so. I’ll just say this: remember your lip sync words. Other than that, it will be interesting to see how this polarizing contestant will do for a second time given how talked about her first go at it was.

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