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RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Season One

Review by CJ

Judges:
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

Contestants:
Tammie Brown, Shannel, Nina Flowers, Jujubee, Pandora Boxx, Raven, Alexis Mateo, Manila Luzon, Mimi Imfurst, Yara Sofia, Chad Michaels, Latrice Royale

Guest judges/special guests:
Rachel Hunter, Ross Matthews, Vicki Lawrence, Busy Philipps, Rachel Dratch, Janice Dickinson, Rosie Perez, Mary Wilson, Kelly Osbourne, Kady Z, Jillian Hervey, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Elvira, Cheri Oteri, Beth Ditto, Marc Malkin

Running time:
22 minutes + 52 minute premiere

Number of episodes:
6

 

The fiercest uncrowned queens from seasons 1-4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race return to compete for their place in RuPaul’s hall of fame.

While there are lots of great moments to be had and my favourite queen made a return, I felt that season one of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars was the weakest Drag Race season yet in terms of overall entertainment.

To begin with, I wasn’t a fan of the enforced partnerships by which every queen had to pair up with another in episode one and work with them throughout the season. This might work in survival or scavenger hunt competition shows, but in creative shows it is more likely to cramp the competitors’ style. I also found the partner configuration put a halt to a lot of the interactions between competitors. In most cases, the competitors spent most of the time interacting with their own partner, whereas in previous season the competitors have generally formed groups of allies but done their own thing and interacted as a whole.

I really missed Snatch Game. It has consistently been my favourite challenge in every season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and its absence was felt. I did love the all girl group challenge though.

Season one of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars has the fashion, sass and celebrity appearances, but it lacks in terms of raw creativity, engaging competitor interactions and ruthless competition that form its usual charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.

Rating:

“I love long walks on the beach, big dicks, and fried chicken.”

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