How The All-Stars Format Has Evolved Over The Years

The beloved Drag Race spinoff has changed a lot in five seasons – from teams of two to lip sync assassins. What will season 6 bring?

Fans are eagerly awaiting the premiere of season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, but the beloved season has changed a lot since its first season. From teams of two to lip sync assassins, here’s how the format of All Stars has evolved over the years.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars first premiered in 2012. The spinoff provides an opportunity for queens who have competed on the original iteration of Drag Race to return for a second chance at the crown. Typically, fan favorites from the most recent seasons make up the main pool of competitors, although veteran queens from early seasons have also been known to make appearances. Many All Stars winners and contestants such as Alaska, Trixie Mattel, and Katya Zamolodchikova have gone on to lucrative careers as hosts, performers, and entrepreneurs.

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In the first season of All Stars, the queens were paired together and competed as a team of two. At the finale, the contestants began competing as individuals and Chad Michaels was crowned the first All Stars winner. Season 2 of All Stars brought a dramatic change to the show’s structure. Not only did the queens compete individually throughout the competition, but the two top challenge winners lip synced against each other for a chance at a cash prize. The lip sync winner would then be responsible for eliminating a queen of her choice. While certain queens followed the strategy of eliminating their biggest competition, there is an unspoken rule that the winning queen should choose who to eliminate based on their performance in the game. This structure remained in place from seasons 2 through 4, which featured the first double-crown (Monét X Change and Trinity “The Tuck” Taylor) in the show’s history.

In season 5, the structure changed yet again to allow more fan favorite queens to make cameo appearances. Each week, the challenge winner was pitted against a mystery “lip sync assassin,” a former Drag Race competitor known for their performance skills. If the All Stars queen won, she chose who to eliminate. If the lip sync assassin won, a queen would be eliminated by popular vote. Shea Coulée, a beloved Chicago queen who was the runner-up on season 9 of Drag Race, was the champion of season 5 of All Stars.

With all of the changes to All Stars that have occurred over the years, fans are eager to see what the upcoming season 6 will bring. While the cast has not yet been officially announced, rumors have been flying about which fan favorites will make an appearance. Season 6 of All Stars will also now be hosted by the new Paramount+ network.

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