RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 Premiere Gives Us A 10th Queen And A Variety Show For The Ages

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After what felt like months of waiting, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 finally premiered this past week, giving the world its much-needed dose of lip syncs, fashion, and more courtesy of its colorful cast of fantastic queens.

In December, we were privy to find out nine of the 10 queens that were set to compete during this season’s All Stars, with the 10th queen set to be revealed during the premiere. While we had our guesses and hopes, the 10th queen turned out to be none other than Bebe Zahara Benet, the winner of the first season (aka the lost season) of Drag Race. Having a former winner competing for a place in the hall of fame definitely gives one the impression that this season will be one for the books.

Much to the shock of the other queens, RuPaul justifies that Bebe deserves to inspire a new generation of queens, along with the inflated prize money. Also, like last season, the top two queens will lip sync for the chance to decide who will go home.

But enough about that: let’s get down to discussing the premiere which gave us a Variety Show to gag over. Given that this show is a competition, the format of my recaps will be a little different.

Best EntranceWhile all the queens jazzed it up a bit when entering the Drag Race workroom for the first time, it has to be said that Trixie Mattel’s entrance was the best, considering that she roller-skated into it.

Winner of the Mini Challenge (Reading is Fundamental): Bendelacreme (she was savage).

Best Variety Show Performance: Aja slayed her performance as she danced her little heart out on that stage, leaving it all on it for the judges to see and love. Bonus points were earned for sure for this queen for leaping off the speakers and landing into a split!

Runner-Up For Best PerformanceAs much as it pains me to say this, Thorgy Thor playing “Sissy That Walk” on the violin gave me life. Then Trixie singing a country song gave me a second life.

Worst Performance: Chi Chi Devayne had a lot of energy in her dancing but her outfit killed any chance that she had to stay out of the bottom. Those shoes were a no-no.

Runner-Up For Worst Performance: Morgan McMichaels’ lipsync is only a runner-up because everyone else was so good and this queen looked super uncomfortable and nervous to be on stage.

Bottom Two: Chi Chi and Morgan

Top Two: Bendelacreme and Aja

Song for the Lip Sync:  Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda”

Winner of the Lip Sync For Your LegacyBendelacreme

Chante You Stay: Chi Chi Devayne

Sashay Away: Morgan McMichaels (but was then told by RuPaul that she’ll be back for her revenge later on this season).

Check out the promo for next week’s episode below:




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