A new (or semi-new, at least) cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars has been announced and the big surprise is how utterly unsurprising the choices are. No tea, no shade, ladies!
Look, we’re always going to have a vested interest in wanting to see another season or another franchise of Drag Race. We wouldn’t say any of the chosen queens this season are disappointments in an individual sense, but let’s just say there are a few too many who are on their third attempt at a crown. But look, there’s no denying this is a high-quality set of drag queens:
A’Keria C. Davenport (Season 11) | Instagram: @mizakeriachanel, Twitter: @A_doubleC_D
Where is the body? A’Keria C. Davenport IS the body! This bootylicious powerhouse from the Davenport drag dynasty made it to the Top 4 of Season 11, thanks to her bodacious beauty and performing talents. Is it time for this Texas titan to take it all?
Eureka! (Season 9, 10) |Instagram: @eurekaohara, Twitter: @EurekaOhara
After an early exit from Season 9 due to a knee injury, Eureka! came back with a vengeance, making it to the Top 3 of Season 10. A natural gift for comedy, unstoppable stage presence, and a spot on an award-winning HBO series has primed this Tennessee talent to stake her claim on the Hall of Fame.
Ginger Minj (Season 7, All Stars 2) | Instagram: @gingerminj, Twitter: @TheGingerMinj
A Drag Race icon, is there anything Ginger Minj can’t do? This self-proclaimed glamour toad is a born performer, and one of the quickest wits in drag! Since nearly snatching the crown on Season 7, she’s appeared on All Stars 2, and starred in Dolly Parton’s film, Dumpling. Can the Minj take the win?
Jan (Season 12) | Instagram: @janjanjan, Twitter: @JansportNYC
New York’s singing queen brought voice and vivaciousness to Season 12. And while she ruled the Madonna Rusical challenge, she failed to materialize a win. It’s time for this perfectly professional performer to funk it up and make us all feel the Jan-tasy!
Jiggly Caliente (Season 4) | Instagram: jigglycalienteofficial, Twitter: @Jiggly_Official
A beloved queen from Queens who always keeps it 100, Jiggly Caliente brought heart and humor to Season 4. Since then everyone’s had eyes on Jiggly, thanks to star turns on Broad City and Pose. May we call her a winner, Baby?
Kylie Sonique Love (Season 2) | Instagram/Twitter: @XOSonique
This Season 2 glamazon is known for her buxom beauty, her talent for tumbling and for solidifying her status as one of L.A.’s legendary queens. Last seen in the Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular, Kylie is ready to show the world she’s in it to win it. Everybody say “Love!”
Pandora Boxx (Season 2, All Stars 1) | Instagram: @pandoraboxx, Twitter: @ThePandoraBoxx
One of Drag Race’s OG comedy queens, Pandora Boxx slayed the first-ever Snatch Game in Season 2 with a performance that set the standard. (“Raspberries!”) She also snatched viewers’ hearts as Miss Congeniality, but a bumpy ride on All Stars 1 had this nice girl finishing last. Can this funny lady finally finish first?
Ra’Jah O’Hara (Season 11)| Instagram: @therajahoharashow, Twitter: @RaJahOhara
Season 11’s salty sister was never afraid to speak her mind – and fans had feelings about it. But this Dallas doll was also known to slay a lip-sync and look fabulous doing it! Now this dancing queen is back with a new attitude and her big, beautiful eyes on the prize.
Scarlet Envy (Season 11) | Instagram: @scarletenvy, Twitter: @ScarletEnvyNYC
The world wants New York’s Scarlet Envy and the feeling is mutual. In Season 11, this lanky lady won over audiences with her Southern charm and joyful personality. A proven actress, Scarlet struggled in dancing challenges… Can she step it up enough to prance all the way to the Hall of Fame?
Serena ChaCha (Season 5) | Instagram: @myron.morgan, Twitter: @SerenaChaCha
Fresh out of art school, Serena ChaCha stirred up lots of Untucked drama in Season 5. Officially! She exited early on, but in the years since, Serena’s found success with her own wig business, and as a makeup artist. Now she’s back to school the queens again – on her way to the Hall of Fame.
Silky Nutmeg Ganache (Season 11) | Instagram/Twitter: @SilkyGanache
Can we get an “amen?” The Reverend Doctor Silky Nutmeg Ganache is back to claim her crown! This charismatic Top 4 finalist from Season 11 fills a room with her exuberance and attitude. Since Drag Race, she launched a YouTube cooking series… Does she have the recipe to win All Stars 6?
Trinity K. Bonet (Season 6) | Instagram/Twitter: @TrinityKBonet
From the A-T-L, Miss TKB is known for her killer lip-sync skills, including a flawless Beyoncé. A memorable force in Season 6, she brought Ru to tears when she overcame her inner saboteur in the stand-up comedy challenge. Will Trinity get the last laugh by slaying her way into the Hall of Fame?
Yara Sofia (Season 3, All Stars 1) |Instagram/Twitter: @YaraSofiaPR
A Season 3 standout, Yara Sofia took her rallying cry of “echa pa’lante” all the way to the Top 4! Known for her quirky humor and free-spirited nature, this beloved Puerto Rican showgirl took home the title of Miss Congeniality—and had a strong showing in All-Stars 1. Is it time for this Vegas-based queen to hit the jackpot?
And we will be one hundred percent on board for at least the first few episodes. We always are. But this was a chance for the franchise to show a little more freshness and it feels like there are too many queens from way back in the herstory. It seems insane to us that none of the international queens are in the cast, although we suspect there would have been issues coordinating that during the last year or so.
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