When Ru said she was giving us a twist, she wasn’t kidding, henny.
Last week’s RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars episode threw the kitchen sink at us in the last five minutes. And let’s be honest, we were fully prepared for it all to be for naught, offering very little to change RuPaul’s Drag Race “The Game,” and only stoking some dying embers of drama from RuPaul’s Drag Race “The Reality Show.” Well from the teaser clip released this evening on Twitter, we could be in for a major switch up to “The Game.”
— RuPaul's Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) January 16, 2019
In an unprecedented move for Drag Race, after having temporarily suspended All Stars rules, Mama Ru has set up basically a lip-sync to the death between the returning queens and the remaining queens. Dubbed a “Lip Sync LaLaPaRuZa,” the competition will see each returning queen (in reverse elimination order, starting with Latrice Royale) select a queen that’s still in the competition to go head-to-head with in a lipsync. The winning queen of each match will progress on in the competition. All to RuPaul tracks of course!
In theory, this means that we could potentially end the show with all four returning queens back in their slots, having sent home their counterparts. May the odds be ever in your favor.
The choice is a pretty amazing one. To allow queens to earn their returns, not in some sort of crazy acting challenge or comedy skit, but in a lip sync which many of them would point to as their bread-and-butter outside of this television show, really allows them to lay it all on the line. Sure, they won’t be able to do an interesting track mix that drag queens are known for, but putting them on the stage to truly perform (essentially even bringing back the idea of “Lip Sync For Your Life,” but now in All Stars) is the perfect way to add some real skin to “The Game.”
Of course, we could do all of this and the remaining queens could mop the floor with their would-be competitors. At least we’ll (likely) get a reveal out of it!