‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race All Stars 3’ is back and better than ever. Get your weekly episode recaps here.
Following the success of bringing you weekly recaps of Ru Paul’s Drag Race season 9, I’ve joined forces with two super fans:
I just want to say a HUGE thank you to both of these guys for taking time from their busy schedules to share the tea with us all. All Stars Season 3 looks set to be spectacular, and I’m so glad you’ll get to read the opinions of two super fans each week.
Oh, and please make sure you’ve watched the episode as there are obviously plenty of spoilers ahead!
All Stars 3 Episode 1: All Stars Variety Show
Drag Race Facts review
AYO sis! All Stars back and in full effect! And let me tell you after this episode, I am well and truly GAGGED!
This week the queens walked into the work room, proved that reading IS fundamental, and showed their skills in the second annual Ru Paul’s Drag Race All Stars talent/variety show.
OK, so first we have the entrances.
Trixie’s was cute, wish she hasn’t already worn in on UNHhhh though! Milk’s look was good. I like that it was a continuation of her season 6 look but in denim…but I hated that hair. I think maybe I would’ve liked it more if I couldn’t see the helmet part of it.
I loved Thorgy’s entrance look. Super cute for a fashion clown. Morgan looked great. I feel like the older season queens have to bring it more than the others since they haven’t shown themselves in so long.
Aja! Bitch she came in on a SCOOTER! She looked OK. It wasn’t one of my favourite Aja looks to be honest.
Kennedy….GURL…no! Ben looked really cute. I loved how it was the fabric from her season 6 reunion because it’s like the story continues…and Shangela…I LIVE for her but girl, we get the box thing…Just drop it please henny!
Oh and let us not forget our secret 10th queen that I can FINALLY talk about! Miss Bebe Zahara Benet! You know what? When I first found out that Bebe was returning I was like “What, no, that’s not fair” and I hate to admit it, but I kinda lived for her this episode…I mean her look is so polished, her performance was so good, her reads impressed me, and I’m excited to see Bebe do challenges that she never did in her season like Snatch Game, or ACTUAL runways and not that shoe box they walked on in season 1!
So Ben DelaCreme won the reading challenge, and rightfully so! I LIVED for all of the reads to Kennedy about her lazy eye, and apparently so did Trixie. I think all the queens did good in the reading challenge except for Morgan. She missed a few beats. Kennedy’s weren’t too impressive either.
After that when the queens are unpacking in their work station, Ben and Morgan start talking about the eliminations this season. As you’ll know if you watched All Stars 2, the top 2 queens of the week lip sync for the chance to eliminate one of the bottom 2 queens, and win a cash tip of $10,000!
Ben is keeping the Miss Congeniality theme going by saying she will eliminate who she thinks it’s fair to eliminate. Whilst Morgan openly states that she will be eliminating the queen she sees as the biggest competition, should she get the chance.
So then we get to the talent show.
Shangela brought it…she did a really good job and she looked very Drag, I loved her big hair and the boots, classic Shangela!
Then we had the reigning queen Miss Bebe Zahara Benet (I feel like I have to say her full name every time). Her African/tribal dance was real cute, she holds such a power over the stage and she was captivating. Although I do have to say girl…NO SHOES?
Next up was Thorgy, I loved her performance. She totally didn’t deserve to be in the bottom 3 for this challenge. Thorgy is just so cute, and side note when she said “hi guys” to the judges, I don’t know why but I just thought that moment was the CUTEST thing ever! Her performance was good, her look was good, the only thing I don’t like about Thorgy is that I feel as though she does random cartwheels that aren’t necessary in her performance…you know what I mean?
Next was Aja…HENNY! Aja ABSOLUTELY SLAYED THIS CHALLENGE! Her look was so right. She had everything! Fierce lip sync, outfit reveals, voguing, splits, death drops, death drops OFF OF A BOX! I mean she just went IN! She totally deserved her spot in the top 2 this week!
Then we had Kennedy Davenport. I love watching Kennedy perform. She has such a presence on stage and is so old school drag but still good! That being said I HATED her outfit…total boot.
Then we come to Bendelacreme…What can I say? She just proved to me why she deserves this spot as much as the other queens…It was so campy, so funny, it was through and through BENDELA! She did such a good job and I was dying the whole time.
After Ben was Miss Chi Chi DeVayne! I mean…I don’t know what to really say. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t terrible. I hated her hair and the shoe,s but other than that it was just very bland to me. Fair enough, she did injure her hand during rehearsals but even so it was just like, I was watching it because it was on, not because I REALLY wanted to watch it.
Next up came Morgan McMichael. I think Morgan looked beautiful, and I didn’t hate her performance. I just think she could’ve done better. Nut no T no shade, Morgan was only in the bottom because everyone else was SOOOO good! If Morgan had been on All Stars 2 she wouldn’t have been in the bottom for the first episode!
After Morgan we had Trixie Mattel! Trixie’s’ performance was good. I liked her look, her song was beautiful, nothing more to really say about Trixie.
And finally we had Milk! And to be honest, I have mixed emotions about Milk in this whole challenge. I LOVED the whole paper cut out thing, it was so cute, but I think she would’ve been better off not singing. I think she should’ve lipsynced. I feel like Milk didn’t really show a talent, she just showed a gimmick…Maybe if there had been more outfits she could’ve sold me on it more, but to be honest I think Milk should’ve been bottom in this episode as opposed to Thorgy.
So the lip sync. I have to say I thought this lip sync was one of my favourite lipsyncs from Drag Race. It was just something for everyone. For those of us who like dancing upbeat lip syncs, we had Aja. For anybody who wanted campy fun drag, you had Bendela.
Ben won which I REALLY wasn’t expecting, but it was a pleasant surprise!
And then, the GAG of the century (for me), Bendelacreme pulls out a lipstick with Morgan McMichaels name on it! I wish y’all could’ve seen my face! I was SHOOKETH! I was SO sure that Aja would win and send chi chi home, and the fact that it went the complete other way really surprised me!
But to be honest, I’m also kind of okay with it, I mean, I wanted to see more of Morgan and I hope she is the queen who ruturns, but we get to see more of Chi Chi. And Ben and Aja are like two of my faves, so I’m so excited to see what happens next!
This season is similar to season 8 where when I watched it, I really didn’t care who was going to win, I was just enjoying the show and I would’ve been happy with any outcome…At this point, any of them could win and I’d be okay with it! So right now it’s anybody’s game!
Okay henny childs, here we are. All Stars 3. Kicked off by Hall of Famers Chad Michaels and Alaska Thunderfuck in their very best Handmaid’s Tale realness, you know we’re in for a good season.
And then Trixie rolls in.
This is clearly against popular opinion, but I’m not the hugest Trixie fan. Call me crazy. She has some funny one liners, sure, but then again who doesn’t? That being said, she has her painted-for-the-cheque-cashing-place-down-the-street look down, and her roller blade in was very on brand.
Milk – it does a body good.
Zaddy’s home indeed! It’s been a long time since season 6, and Milk has come a long way. Her out of the carton look is more polished, more mature, but without sacrificing that quirky essence of dairy that we’ve all come to know and love.
Bayou Queen is in the house. Or at least the work room.
Chi Chi Devayne struts on in sporting a more stylish, more colourful dress than her season 8 debut. But it’s still garbage. Literally. And to be honest, I’m already buying what she’s selling, gurl. She’s got her mind together, she’s got her drag together, and she is ready. Her mama’s ready.
She made top 6 in her season, or as some of her enemies say, bottom 7. She definitely made bottom 7, if you know what I’m saying. She’s serving zany, kooky, intellectual realness, and I just told the waiter to take it back. The first words out of her mouth were to blame Bob for her season 8 failings? Gurl, no. Keep it. And her outfit? What has she come as?
Then in walks the highest pair of cheekbones you’ve ever seen, with a body just hanging from them.
Morgan McMichaels saunters into the workroom like she owns it. Giving us big hair, giving us big eyeshadow, giving us big attitude. First impressions? Morgan will be one to watch.
“Good cast so far, who’s gonna fuck it up?” asks Milk.
Scooting on in to answer, is Aja.
Surely I cannot be the only one who made a confused sound when Aja was announced as an All Star. Did her Linda Evangelista rant get her here? Because honey, that rant wasn’t witty or shady, it was just sour grapes. And sour grapes spoil the wine. She’s right about one thing though, she is HD ready.
BenDeLaCreme. DeLa for short. De for really short. Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.
This is one I’ve been waiting for. The Rupurposed Miss Congeniality gown was giving me Marge Simpson Chanel suit at the country club realness, and I was definitely picking up what she was putting down. Some may call it recycled, I call it a nod to the past. And it was delightful. Terminally delightful.
Newark. LaGuardia. Kennedy Davenport.
The hair looks like a big ol’ mushroom cloud. Apt, since a bomb clearly went off. The dress was all shine and no substance. Good thing there’s so many mirrors tacked all over her, because she needs to take a good hard look at herself.
Ding dong, special delivery.
On brand as ever, Shangela popping out of that box looking more polished and put together than Drag Race has ever seen her, and halleloo. Straight away her energy fills the workroom. She admits her inexperience and her lack of knowledge where what failed her in season 2. And 3. But it’s the better part of a decade later, and she’s giving us the goods. (And frankly, I’d much rather hear halleloo a million more times than hear cucu once. There, I said it.)
Seriously? Is this all the queens? Somebody count ‘em up for me, I’m bad at maths. But there’s not many. And none from season 5? Oh, right, because everyone from season 5 has already been on All Stars.
“Oh oh oh, but wait. Before the race starts officially, I have just one more queen I’d like to introduce into the competition.”
The door opens. In walks the OG queen. The OG winner. The one. The only. All the way from Cameroooooooooooon: Miss BeBe Zahara Benet! Royalty enters the workroom in a flawless floor length cape-sleeved gown. And no season 1 filter. And I am ready to crown it, henny!
There’s no messing around, and Workroom Ru kicks the season of by opening the library. Officially. If there’s one thing a read shouldn’t be, it’s wordy (that’s to you, Thorgy). The girls sling some witty reads, and some shitty reads, until Ru closes the library (officially) and announces BenDeLaCreme the winner, before setting the challenge for the girls to compete in a Variety Show.
The girls go boy, the claws come out, and work gets started. McMichaels immediately lays out her strategy, and as cunty as it seems, it’s also smart and intensely honest. Love it or hate it, Morgan is going to eliminate the strongest queens whenever and if ever she gets the chance. No kumbaya love-in for her. It’s not shady, it just is what it is. She’s here to win. This is not RuPaul’s Best Friend Race, after all.
Shangela kicks off the variety show with a high energy, high beat, high speed gospel-meets-Vegas residency dance and lip-sync number that is going to be hard to beat.
BeBe steps out rocking a flawless Broadway’s Lion King-esque ensemble and ferociously lip-syncs her way though an original song.
Thorgy predictably lowers the energy with a violin solo that does absolutely nothing for me, and it isn’t until the judges point out during the critiques that she was violining Sissy That Walk. It’s a no from me.
Aja lived up to her lip-sync prowess from season 9 with voguing, two outfit reveals, and a death drop from the height of a big black box that had the crowd GAGGING for it.
Kennedy steps onto the runway sporting a clearly reworked ensemble from season 7’s Hello Kitty challenge. The energy is there, though, and she blows us away with a cartwheel onto the aforementioned big black box.
DeLa gives us titty-tassels again and again and again with one pair of breasts after another, in a comedic performance that has the judges, the crowd, and me in stitches.
Lime green, flat jazz shoe, flat lifeless wig, and a lacklustre performance are all served up by Chi Chi. Hashtag forgettable.
Morgan McMichaels tries to give us Tatianna in All Stars 2, but misses the mark, while sporting a wig that seems to come unravelled in front of our very eyes.
Trixie, wearing a red and white gingham tablecloth, slows things down with a country music song. And here I was thinking this was supposed to be a talent show.
Milk faceplants in a nude bodysuit, and attaches cardboard gowns to herself one after the other, in a quirky routine that was both out of the box and on brand. Pour me a glass of full cream, gurl!
Safe: Trixie, BeBe, Milk, and Kennedy.
Tops and bottoms (giggles): everyone else.
Shangela takes the compliments and criticisms with grace and humour. Thorgy takes guest judge Vanessa Hudgens’ criticisms on board in a way that frankly exudes class, thanking her for the critique and challenging herself to do better (instead of making shitty excuses as so many queens do.)
Aja is up next, and deservedly basks in the judges’ glory – after that performance Aja has earned her place here in my eyes. The judges fawn over DeLa, showering her with well-earned praise.
Chi Chi is read for her outfit, her hair, and her performance – clearly a bottom. Morgan welcomes being finally critiqued by Michelle Visage (whatever happened to Merle Ginsberg?) and receives praise on her look, and criticism on her performance.
Based on the judges critiques, Aja and BenDeLaCreme are deemed the winners, and are set to duke it out as they lip-synch for their legacy! Shangela and Thorgy join the safe girls in the back, leaving Chi Chi and Morgan finding their heads on the chopping block.
Backstage, the queens unwind with a cocktail, debriefing and discussing their elimination strategies, trying to come to a consensus (because we all saw how well that went in All Stars 2 *eyeroll*).
DeLa and Aja have a sit down with Chi Chi and Morgan, and the girls settle on the agreement that if one of them lets the other borrow their gross rhinestone tank top that they won’t save them. *cackling ensues*
Anaconda is the song of the night, and DeLa and Aja bring their absolute most to the lip-sync. Going into it, my money was on Aja – she showed us in her season that she could lock a lip-sync down, a force to be reckoned with. She brings that, with moves so fast if you blink you’d miss them.
DeLa plays to her strengths in her lip-sync, giving comedy as well as moves, and the judges eat it up – every eye in the house soon finds itself drawn to DeLa’s lip-sync. And in the end, BenDeLaCreme is a winner, baby.
DeLa had maintained that she would eliminate queens based on the judges critiques, as she believes they have decided as a group, and so it’s somewhat of a shock when the lipstick she pulls from her corset has Morgan’s name on it! Claiming that Morgan’s strategy of eliminating threats of the stronger queens goes against the ‘group decision’ and threatens to undermine All Stars 3 unity, BenDeLaCreme sends Morgan McMichaels sashaying away.
Morgan leaves her lipstick message on the workroom mirror, but her goodbye monologue is interrupted by Ru’s cryptic message and a promise of ruvenge…
Have you seen this short video from All Stars 2 winner Alaska? It’s a mini-interview/behind-the-scenes glimpse where she talks about a number of interesting topics: losing her season, winning All Stars, Sharon, her career and more!
Check it out here –
Now back to All Stars 3! To get you in the mood, here’s a sneak peek at the cast, as well as a few predictions and initial thoughts about each queen.
All Stars 3: Meet The Queens
Predictions by Michael
Aja (Season 9)
I love Aja. She has been one of my favourite queens since long before season 9, and I don’t think she did as good as she could have in season 9. While she did have some of the most memorable moments (Linda Evangelista…And can I just say I really liked her Sista’ dissasta’ lewk), but she had so much more to show!
I’m so excited to see more of her and I hope she is more confident and believes in herself more. I just hope it’s not too soon for her from her original season.
Prediction: I hope Aja finally wins a challenge this season. As for her placement, I think it will be somewhat similar to how she placed on season 9. I would love Aja to be top 4, but I think she will be middle of the pack.
BenDeLaCreme (Season 6)
Ben is one of my favourite queens from Drag Race. I love campy drag. Queens like her and Jaymes Mansfield will always hold a special place in my heart.
I think Ben will do better now that Darriene is gone…I hope she does herself proud.
Prediction: I think Ben will be very hit and miss on the runway. She’ll have some looks that go over very well, and some that are a complete bust!
Chi Chi DeVayne (Season 8)
The Bayou Queen is back!
I love Chi Chi. She’s so sweet and can dance the house down. And I try not to read too much into spoilers, but I couldn’t help it. From what is speculated, let’s just say she’ll be leaving on that midnight train to Georgia a little sooner than she might have hoped.
Prediction: I hope Chi Chi does well and that the rumours are false. I mean, she can’t be eliminated on a dance challenge, can she? Then again, Adore was in the bottom in a singing competition and Tatiana lost snatch game so you just never know!
Kennedy Davenport (Season 7)
Yes MA’AM! The dancing diva of Texas is back and I’m so here for it!
To be honest, I think Kennedy had shown us a lot of herself in season 7, so I’m not sure she really has anything to prove…and girl…what was that entrance look…sorry but BOOT!
Prediction: Similar to Ben, I think she’ll miss the mark on a few runways. From her trailer, I love what she did for the flower themed runway (spoiler!) – so I think she will also have some good looks…I hope she does well.
Milk (Season 6)
Ready for some MILK?
YAAAAAASSS! Milk is back! Let’s be honest, when she sashayed away, we were all either super happy – or super sad – because I don’t think Milk’s drag aesthetic was really appreciated in season 6.
I think she’s grown so much now and her overall drag has improved so much that people can’t help but love her. I want to root for her this season. She’s kinda the underdog, no?
Prediction: I think Milk will struggle with the first challenge. I think she may even be in the bottom 3, but I don’t think she will be first eliminated. I think Milk will place higher than Aja, but won’t be top 4.
Morgan McMichaels (Season 2)
I am so excited that Morgan is coming back, she has changed so much since her season almost 9 years ago and her drag has improved so much, not to mention that mug! Morgan is a seasoned queen who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and that promo look…she looked STUNNING!
Prediction: I see Morgan getting a bitchy edit. Not quite the ‘Phi Phi’ but maybe more of a season 5 Roxy Andrews edit. I think Morgan will go home maybe 4th? I want her to be top 4 but I think she will go home around half way through the season.
Shangela (Seasons 2 and 3)
Haleloo, she’s back bitches! It’s Shangela!
Now a lot of people weren’t too happy that Miss Thing was getting a third chance. But they were also the people rooting for Adore to come back for a third time…hmmm!
Anyway, I love Shangela. She is honestly one of the most energetic performers out there. I think she totally deserves her place in All Stars – regardless of what others think.
Prediction: I hope she does well, but as an interesting twist I can see her bomb a comedy challenge and possibly even be in the bottom for one…I think her runways will be hit and miss (very similar to Phi Phi’s in All Stars 2).
Thorgy Thor (Season 8)
Woo! It’s Thorgy Thor:
Yes. Bitch. Work. I can’t wait for some more Thorgy. Let me tell you, I feel incredible that she’s back!
I really am excited to see Thorgy back again. I hope this season she comes out of her shell and isn’t in her head as much!
Prediction: I think Thorgy will showcase some new talents this season, but I can also see her being out early.
Trixie Mattel (Season 7)
Oh honeyyyy – here we go!
As she said herself, Trixie is the uncrowned drag superstar from season 7. Honestly, I think she has it in the bag. Her mug and looks have improved so much, but I do hope she strays away from the all pink and blonde looks she’s been giving. She looks fierce but I want her to show us more!
Prediction: The winner! Trixie will be the Alaska of this season…All she’s missing is that crown!