This season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars managed to almost perfectly balance drama, entertainment, and competition.
Sometimes the show overproduces and includes challenges or plot twists that cause more confusion than entertainment.
It can also push certain queens or storylines to resonate with the fanbase but that ultimately backfire.
Although I think the psychological assassination of Jan was a bit much, this season of All Stars was one of the best in recent times.
Many of the queens returning this season either didn’t perform particularly well in their original season or haven’t made the same popular impact as the likes of Trixie Mattel or Bob the Drag Queen.
However, this worked in most queens’ favour, allowing them to redeem themselves.
Queens like Ra’Jah, Eureka, and Silky Nutmeg Ganache, edited in their original seasons to seem unlikeable, could show the world their more personable side.
Ginger Minj and Pandora Boxx, who had lacklustre original runs, were able to make a deeper run this season to establish themselves as legitimate contenders.
Queens like Trinity K Bonet, Jan, and Kylie Sonique Love, who never won a challenge in their seasons, could return to prove their talent and snatch a win along the way.
Trinity even scored two wins, one in an acting challenge and another in a musical number challenge – in her original season, both types landed her in the bottom two.
The game within a game
After my initial intrigue, as more episodes passed and the game within a game still hadn’t been revealed, I began to lose interest.
Finally, after Eureka’s elimination during the Drag Tots challenge, the game within a game was revealed, and boy was it worth the wait.
A whole episode was devoted to a Secret RuDemption Lip Sync Smackdown, allowing one queen to lip sync her way back to the competition.
The first lip sync pitted the first two eliminated queens, Serena and Jiggly, against each other.
Jiggly won but went on to lose to third eliminated queen Silky, who won the next five lip syncs.
Between pulling a whole bar from her titties, some flag twirling, a half-man half-woman lip sync to Aqua’s ‘Barbie Girl’, and smashing a guitar made out of pizza boxes, Silky’s stunts left fans gagged and gooped.
Unfortunately, Silky finally fell to Eureka, but her series of lip sync assassinations gave Silky another RuDemption storyline.
After her lacklustre ‘No Scrubs’ lip sync against Nina West in Season 11, Silky proved in one episode that she is a performer.
After a season of twists and turns, the four final queens were Kylie Sonique Love, Ra’Jah O’Hara, Ginger Minj, and Eureka.
Given their performances throughout the season, any would have deserved to take home the crown.
All the queens performed well during the ‘This Is Our Country’ music video challenge, served great final runways, and slayed the lip sync to Lady Gaga’s ‘Stupid Love’.
But RuPaul choosing to crown Kylie felt the most right.
Not only is Kylie the first trans women to enter the Drag Race Hall of Fame but her glow up from season 2 to All Stars 6 is one of the most stellar transformations, best encapsulating the RuDemption theme of this season.