Start your engines, because the winner and runner-up of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 14 will make more money than any other queen in herstory.
VH1 has announced that the winner of Drag Race season 14 will earn a record-breaking grand prize of $150,000 – a 50% increase from past seasons. The show is now also adding a cash prize for the runner-up of the season worth $50,000. Historically, there has never been a cash prize for runners-up on Drag Race, making this a first for the series. When it comes to Miss Congeniality, the cash prize of $10,000 will still be awarded to the winner of the title.
Scroll through to see a list of how much money the semifinalists have already made on Drag Race season 14. And tune in to watch the grand finale on Friday, April 22 at 8pm on VH1.
Daya Betty has made $5,000 over the course of Drag Race season 14, making her the lowest earner among the semifinalists. So far, Betty has made $5,000 from winning the maxi challenge in the “‘60s Girl Group” episode.
The second lowest-earning semifinalist of the season is Willow Pill. She received a cash tip of $5,000 for winning the ball challenge in episode three and $2,500 from winning the photobomb mini challenge in episode nine. At this point, Pill has already made $7,500 on the show.
With $12,500 already in her purse, Angeria Paris VanMicheals is the second-highest earner of the season going into the semifinals. Angie started out winning the Tic Tac photoshoot in episode two, which made her $2,500. She then won two maxi challenges worth $5,000 each: the talent show in episode two and the “Night of a Thousand Jennifer Lopez’s” challenge in episode four.
The highest-earning semifinalist of Drag Race season 14 is Bosco. The Seattle queen has won three maxi challenges – the “Save a Queen” commercial challenge in episode five, the “Menzes” DragCon challenge in episode nine, and the Ross Mathews roast challenge in episode 13. Bosco made $5,000 from each of those maxi wins. Meanwhile, she has also won the Reading mini challenge in episode eight and the bubble-wrap outfits mini challenge in episode 10. Adding it all up, Bosco has made $20,000 throughout season 14.