For this season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars”, RuPaul Charles brought back eight crowned queens to compete again for the chance to be named “Queen of All Queens,” win a second crown, and take home a cash prize of $200,000. Over the past 11 weeks, we have reacclimated ourselves to the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talents of Shea flow, Hall of Jaida Essences, Yvie Oddly, Trinity the Tuck, Monet X Change, Monsoon Jinkx, Rajaand The Vivienne and were introduced to new twists: the Platinum Plunger and Legendary Legend Stars.
This week in the season finale, the eight queens competed one last time in two lip-sync smackdowns for not one, but two crowns that determined who would become the queen of She Already Done Had Hereses and the queen of all queens. In the main event, the four Queens who earned the most Legendary Stars during the season were the Four Queens: Monét, Jinkx, Shea, and Trinity. In the consolation smackdown were the four remaining queens: Jaida, Raja, Viv and Yvie.
Check out our recap of the “Lip Sync LaLaPaRuZa Smackdown” episode below to find out who faced who and which two queens took home the cash prizes and second crowns:
Referring to herself as a ‘clutch player’, Shea returned to the Werk Room with the other queens as the final round of the top four based on her win the previous week which earned her three stars and propelled her into the top bracket. Monét also earned three stars and a place in the final, in addition to the choice to break the tie between Trinity and Jaida. Monét’s decision to choose Trinity over her was okay with Jaida because she understood their history together and it made sense that it would be Monét’s choice.
As a little farewell gift to the queens and to celebrate the last day in the Werk Room, Ru summoned the pit crew one last time to join the girls in a spirited mini challenge. After 15 minutes of quick drag assembly, the queens took part in a “Soul Train” dance party. In a season full of love and camaraderie, it was one last lighthearted moment for the girls as they anticipated the pressure of the impending slap.
Later in the day, we went straight to the main stage for the presentation of the track in a “Grand Finale Eleganza” category. Ru was joined by the series judges Michelle Face, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews As Jaida walked in a silver fringe dress inspired by Black Hollywood starlets, Raja followed in a trippy outfit that was part alien-insect-aquatic creature, Viv donned a black ostrich-feather dress to balance her more “girlie” final dress from her original season, Yvie created a pink and gold layered cake dress, Jinkx took on the persona of a “witch warrior witch” in armor, Monét walked in an illusion costume nude that gave her some powerful Wakanda vibes, Shea wowed in a tiered yellow, orange and black dress, and Trinity closed in a baby pink and rhinestone bodysuit with train.
For their final comment, the judges took turns awarding each of the queens a new title and giving them a final round of compliments. They were dubbed, in order: Jaida as the essence of everything to prove her multi-faceted talents; Raja as a chic shaman for her elegance, wit and wisdom; Viv as our Powerhouse Scout to define beauty, confidence and star power; Yvie as Queen of Queerdos to be an inspiration with her art and unique point of view; Jinkx as Show Queen Supreme for a talent that looks like a spell; Monét as Diva of Heart and Soul for her talent and sense of humor; Shea as Empress of Excellence for her hard work and polished presentation; and Trinity as CEO of Sass, Brass and Whole Lot of Ass for its campy charm and friendliness.
To kick off the smackdown tournament, the top four queens took to the stage where the dreaded wheel determined who would enter the first round. The first round fell on Viv’s face and the second round fell on Yvie’s, pitting them against each other and leaving Raja and Jaida to face each other in the second round. As the first chosen head, Viv also got to choose between two boxes to determine their song and she chose the brass box with “Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa on the inside.
In lip sync 1, Yvie stole the show in a colorful pop art coat and underdress that gave appropriate 90s vibes to the track. Viv did her best to follow the comically timed somersaults, but her efforts fell short of Yvie’s otherworldly use of her limbs. Ru declared Yvie the first winner.
In lip sync 2, Raja and Jaida clashed on “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” by Deniece Williams. The sweet theme song played very well into Raja’s natural demeanor, but Jaida managed to capture the dance quality of the song and turn it into a physical expression of joy. Still, Raja’s delivery made Ru roar with laughter and so it was no surprise when she declared Raja the second winner.
Then the wheel was brought back on stage to determine matches for the second smackdown. The first round fell on Jinkx’s face and the second on Shea’s, pitting them against each other and leaving Trinity and Monét to face each other as well. Jinkx chose the platinum box between the two, deciding their song would be “Judas” from Lady Gaga.
In lip sync 3, Jinkx and Shea both wore long cape-like clothing, but in between, it was Jinkx who managed to make full use of it with the song. True to her witchy style, Jinkx opening her cape to reveal a black bodysuit and then twirling around was perfectly monstrous. Shea turned out tight choreography throughout and she looked super cool in her blonde mullet, but she may have been outdone by Jinkx’s vamp. Ru declared Jinkx the first winner of this smackdown.
In lip sync 4, Trinity and Monét played for Pink“So what.” The pop rock-n-roll song was dynamic enough that they both pulled off a ton of tricks. Trinity played the comedic angle, cracking jokes with her mannerisms to match the lyrics, while Monét fueled the song’s punk energy in a fantastic glittery pink bodysuit and leggings. In this tight contest, Ru declared Monét the winner.
Next up was the consolation championship match between Raja and Yvie for “Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves” from Eurythmic and Aretha Franklin. Raja had fun with the song, making her way across the stage in a beautiful beige hooded skirt and top, but Yvie had the most defining moment when she let her cat wig slip off during a move , revealing a wig cap underneath that had Michelle’s jaw dropping. Cleverly, it was planned and Yvie showed off another wig under the cap and made the judges laugh. Even with that gag moment, Ru preferred the other performance and declared Raja the winner and named her Queen of She Done Already Had Herses. With this title, Raja won the special cash prize of $50,000.
And in the final face-off for the championship crown, Monét and Jinkx performed “Swish Swish” by Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj. Although you might expect the pop song to respond more to Monét’s style of entertainment, it took a very traditional approach to songwriting and initially sounded low-energy. She turned things around when she threw money in the air and went into fashion later, ending the song in a controlled dive. Meanwhile, Jinkx managed to keep up with the times by adapting her showgirl style to the song and finding the comedy in such an original song. Declaring the winner, Ru clarified that her decision was based on lip-syncing and their performances throughout the season. With that in mind, she named Jinkx the winner and the queen of all queens! With this top-tier title, Jinkx took home the top cash prize of $200,000 and officially became the only two-time winner in series franchise history!
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