The first episode may be the best one ever.
Make sure your TV is plugged into a surge protector for the season three debut of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars if you haven't seen it yet because the first episode is full of voltage spikes, including an early shocker and a few performances that may knock you off your bandwidth.
The above palaver may seem a bit hyperbolic, but I can honestly say that as I reviewed the episode alone in my living room, I verbally shouted out to the TV more than once. It was highly entertaining, surprising and hilarious.
But this should be no surprise, these returning queens have gone out and made their heel marks on some of the best stages in the world. They headline shows now, make number one records and star in motion pictures.
They are seasoned and mature, confident and successful. Winning the All Stars crown means more to them than probably anything else in their career. They are held to a higher standard now, the difficult thing is going to be the level of scrutiny coming from the judges and the fans who know this isn't the amateur hour.
Not to worry though, these queens are back with a vengeance, claws out giving more shade than a rainforest during a new moon.
“The rumors are 100% true, baby,” said executive producer and host RuPaul. “The ‘All Stars’ three debut delivers my most legendary queens, and they’re fired up and ready to take over the mother-tucking world.”
This season we have some of the biggest drag queens in the world competing for that All Star crown and I'm not going to go into any spoilers just in case you haven't been able to the premiere.
But let's just say if this first episode is indicative of what's coming, get ready for the best season yet.
The returning queens are:
Aja (season nine; from Brooklyn, NY), BenDeLaCreme (season six; from Seattle, WA)
Chi Chi DeVayne (season eight; from Shreveport, LA)
Kennedy Davenport (season seven; from Dallas, TX)
Milk (season six; from New York, NY)
Morgan McMichaels (season two; from Los Angeles, CA)
Shangela (seasons two & three; from Los Angeles, CA)
Thorgy Thor (season eight; from Brooklyn, NY), and Trixie Mattel (season seven; from Los Angeles, CA)
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 3 airs Thursdays on VH1 at 8/7 central.
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