RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season Eight

Review by CJ

Judges:
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Ross Matthews, Carson Kressley 

Contestants:
Acid Betty, Bob the Drag Queen, Chi Chi DeVayne, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Dax ExclamationPoint, Derrick Barry, Kim Chi, Laila McQueen, Naomi Smalls, Naysha Lopez, Robbie Turner, Thorgy Thor

Guest judges/special guests:
Bebe Zahara Benet, Tyra Sanchez, Raja, Sharon Needles, Chad Michaels, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, Raven, Shannel, Morgan McMichaels, Latrice Royale, Nicole Richie, Mathu Andersen, Lucian Piane, Jamal Sims, Ester Dean, Ab Soto, Faith Evans, Tasha Smith, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Gigi Hadid, Chanel Iman, Marc Jacobs, Todrick Hall, Thomas Roberts, Vivica A. Fox, Amy Sedaris, David Sedaris, Bianca Del Rio, Carol Channing, Margaret Cho, Nancy Grace, Lena Headey

Running time:
41-61 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
10

 

Twelve queens to compete for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar and $100,000 by competing in an assortment of challenges and runway looks that test their skills in the art of drag.

Season eight of RuPaul’s Drag Race has, to date, my absolute favourite opening challenge. The 12 contestants come face to face with seven of the preceding winners and must pose with them for photographer Mathu Andersen. It was just so much fun seeing the newbies mingle with the Queens of Queens.

Of all the Queens featured in season eight, I must admit there were only three that I really loved. There was another that I liked but she became quite grating at times. I found the rest of the ladies to be intolerable or downright unlikeable. In past seasons I haven’t been quite so decided, but there was far more genuinely loathsome qualities on display this season.

There are so many magnificent performances in season eight of RuPaul’s Drag Race and I was so pleased with how many of them were delivered by the winning queen. 

Snatch Game remains my absolute favourite section in season eight. Bob the Drag Queen’s dual celebrity impersonation is amazing to watch and she nails both celebrities.

RuPaul’s Drag Race’s eighth season brings fans a serving of everything they’ve come to love from the series. While not my personal favourite season, it is a solid addition to the RuPaul’s Drag Race line up.

Rating:

“I’m hilarious, beautiful, talented… and HUMBLE!”

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