RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is again with a brand new season on a new home on Paramount+. If there’s one factor that hasn’t modified about All Stars in 2021, it’s the present’s unpredictable nature. You might imagine you already know what you’re getting out of a queen, a problem, an episode, or a season, however you actually do not know. That was positively the case with the first two episodes that dropped final week. A ball problem in Week 2? Underdogs popping out on high?? Fan favorites getting off to a tough begin??? And what the hell is that this sport inside a sport?!
There are so many All Stars 6 twists to unpack in simply the first two episodes alone. Thankfully we bought the probability to speak it out with the queens of the All Stars 6 forged at the season’s purple carpet occasion in New York City. What was it like preparing in a pandemic? How have their drag outlooks modified throughout their time away? How did going through the judges once more rattle their nerves? We bought into all that and extra (sure, “more” contains Yara’s selection present act) on this All Stars recap with behind-the-scenes tea from the queens themselves. Take it away, divas…
Getting the name to do All Stars is one a queen has to reply—even throughout a pandemic.
Serena ChaCha: It certifies and reaffirms every little thing that you just want for, any doubt that you just had of, “Am I worth it? Do I really belong to the next echelon of drag queens?” Because the elite of the elite, that’s what All Stars is. So it truly is a affirmation that we want. And it’s not about the way you do and what you might have—nicely, perhaps about what you might have and what you personal, [coughs] drag business. But additionally getting the name from RuPaul, as the one who actually began this complete factor—we nonetheless consider in his blessing.
Trinity Okay. Bonet: I used to be prepared a very long time in the past. But like with everyone, it was a pandemic. How do you put together after we all sitting round ready on stimulus checks and hoping that there’s sufficient bathroom paper and fucking Lysol in the shops? But it was making it work and figuring it out, and I wasn’t gonna let this chance go me by. And by the grace of God, I used to be simply in a position to do it. It needed to be completed.
Returning for All Stars permits queens to indicate how they’ve grown since their seasons. For Eureka, that development was televised on HBO’s Emmy-nominated We’re Here.
Eureka: [We’re Here] modified how I approached life. It’s a dream job for me as a result of I’ve at all times been very emotionally related to my drag. It’s remedy for me. I developed a household by way of drag, you already know? We’re Here helped me perceive that I’ve a goal with drag and now I can actually put that into what I’m doing at Drag Race, too… [All Stars 6] is relaxed as a result of I’m a extra relaxed particular person. Season 10, I used to be so pressured coming again, frightened that I might make it to the finish for my mother and all of those components that have been making me faux to be glad on the floor, however actually going by way of it beneath. Now I’m in a spot the place I’ve discovered who I’m and I’m glad.
The All Stars season premiere challenged the queens with a spread present, which led to a couple stunning acts.
Scarlet Envy: The expertise is technically blowing. It’s the All Stars 6 selection present. It’s not a expertise present. Of course you need to be proficient, however we’re on All Stars. We’re all proficient in several methods. But it’s a spread present. My precedence was doing one thing that hasn’t been completed earlier than. Dancing has been a part of my story. With my present Envy of My Boogie on WOW Presents Plus, they’ve taught me methods to dance to sure issues, so I wished to lean into burlesque dance and maintain it enjoyable and foolish and attractive.
So I started working with Casey Caldwell who designed the look and he did the wonderful bubble bra. In phrases of studying methods to do bubble burlesque, I plugged into the neighborhood—there’s a bubble neighborhood, lots of people that carry out main reveals throughout the world with bubbles. I made some connections there and I discovered the place they get their instruments andI began practising with as a lot time as I had after I bought the name.
Yara Sofia: So my mother used to wash the home, and she or he used to shake her physique. And the solely factor I noticed shaking principally was her, like, droopy titties. So she was like taking all the demons and all the unhealthy vibes out of the techniques by shaking it.
During judging, Pandora Boxx discovered herself in the high on her first Drag Race episode in eight and a half years.
Pandora Boxx: I’ll say it was gay-mazing. When I used to be on the market in the lineup, I actually was like, “What the fuck is going on?” Because I actually couldn’t determine. I knew some people who have been in the high. I knew Ra’Jah was positively in the high as a result of her quantity was so wonderful. And Yara needed to be in the high as a result of RuPaul laughed for ten straight minutes about the “tip a drag queen $1.” We sat there and have been like, “Is RuPaul gonna stop laughing?”
So I used to be actually like, “What? Where? Where am I? What’s happening? What’s going on?” And then after I realized all of them stated good issues to me, I used to be like, holy shit. This is the first time in my Drag Race herstory that they’ve simply stated glowing issues about me, everyone throughout the board. So it was wonderful to only be like, holy shit, I can’t be eradicated first. I imply after [being eliminated first on] that present that shall not be named…
Ultimately, backside queen Serena ChaCha was voted out by the remainder of the All Stars 6 forged.
Serena ChaCha: When I had the outcomes I had 8 years in the past [on Season 5], and also you come again with every little thing you might have [now], it made it a complete problem to inform myself, “I’ve been dedicating the last eight years to making other people beautiful—can you get this package together and show up in just a minute?” It made me need to do Serena over again, time and again as a lot as I’ve to, with this chance. It’s what I wanted, as a result of in any other case I gained’t cease doing somebody else’s hair except I had a chance that was higher. And I consider in making different folks lovely. It is every little thing I stand for. So to get to take pleasure in a bit little bit of what my purchasers do is de facto wonderful, shone upon the gentle by RuPaul.
Episode 2 gave us a ball problem constructed round the colour blue. As with ball challenges, the third look could be constructed out of unconventional supplies.
Yara Sofia: It was so troublesome as a result of we needed to get supplies and we needed to run to get the supplies. And then some ladies bought the greatest, and it was like cloth. And then I didn’t have cloth. I had a tarp. So it was prefer it was…
Pandora Boxx: I actually liked A’keria’s outfit, as a result of she had an outfit that didn’t work. My workstation was subsequent to her, we have been neighbors and it didn’t work—after which she made a brand new one. I simply so admired how wonderful she is simply placing that outfit collectively. She’s so fast and she or he’s so proficient. So I liked seeing a failure of 1 outfit, and she or he nonetheless made one thing work that I feel regarded nice.
A’keria C. Davenport: When you’re getting dressed after Untucked and every little thing, that’s the woman that really hears your cries, while you’ve been in the backside otherwise you’re struggling and also you’re attempting to determine what’s going on with your self. The woman subsequent to you is the one hopefully that you already know has your again. Pandora was that woman for me. At first and naturally, I used to be going to need Silky subsequent me as a result of now we have a bond. But I’m really so glad that Pandora was subsequent to me as a result of I’ve by no means really had the probability to work with Pandora. And being on the present, she was positively a consolation to me. And that’s why she’s my Pandy.
Trinity Okay. Bonet: I simply grabbed shit. They had undergarments and hoop skirts. So I stated, okay, ball robes. And then it was blue and I stated, “Oh, Cinderella.”
And then proper earlier than I went on the runway, I had a genius concept to go away the shoe and run off. I used to be like, I have to make up for it. I at all times say you must consider your opponents. I knew that the ladies had stronger appears in the first two classes. I would like to have the ability to maintain at the least being secure, as a result of I used to be already in the backside the first episode. So I stated, “Let me give them a story.” And it saved me.
For the first time in her Drag Race profession, Kylie Sonique Love discovered herself in the high.
Kylie Sonique Love: I really feel for the first time individuals are really attending to see who I’m. My life has modified dramatically and I’m so grateful and so honored for folks to not solely do fan artwork, however really really feel like they will relate to me.
I really feel like trans folks have at all times been part of drag, and a few of my large inspirations in drag have been trans folks. RuPaul herself was certainly one of the first folks I ever noticed that questioned folks’s concept of what gender and sexuality was. And I simply really feel so glad and so honored to be a part of what RuPaul has planted, that has grown into such an exquisite factor. I’m endlessly grateful to be part of that.
The honor of high All Star of the week went to Ra’Jah D. O’Hara. The considered going towards a lip sync murderer didn’t concern her.
Ra’Jah D. O’Hara: When they informed me episode one, that it was Bruno Mars, “Don’t believe me? Just watch.” I stated, “I’m ready.” But I didn’t win that episode. Like I stated on Season 11, should you keep prepared, you ain’t bought to get it. So I’m prepared for no matter lip sync tune they throw at me. I’m an entertainer first. I’m a woman that lives and breathes on that stage.
That’s why on episode two, after they say, “Are you ready to see your lip sync assassin?” I wasn’t frightened about it. I stated whoever it’s, child convey it on. And then as soon as it was revealed that it was my sister Brooke, I bought a bit shook. But you already know what? You can by no means allow them to see you sweat and I can’t examine myself to the ladies that present up in the room. So whoever the lip sync murderer is or no matter the tune is, you already know what? I’m prepared.
The second queen despatched dwelling, as voted by her castmates in addition to being chosen by Ra’Jah, was Jiggly Caliente. Every queen voted for her, together with her greatest good friend in the competitors, Ginger Minj.
Ginger Minj: No, no, she knew. Jiggles—and I name her Mrs. Jigglesworth—we even have a cooking present collectively that bought picked up by OutTV that’s popping out on Amazon Prime this 12 months known as Wigs in a Blanket. We speak each single day. We put one another on FaceTime and prepare dinner dinner collectively as a result of it’s what we do. It’s our connection. And so we had that dialog the second I bought again to a telephone and will speak to her. And she understood. It damage. And I informed her if anyone else is gonna perceive what you’re feeling, it’s me as a result of it occurred to me on All Stars [Season 2].
Jiggly Caliente: I feel they did play honest they usually voted pretty. I can’t fault them for that. [Yara] gained the week earlier than, although her first two outfits [in the ball] have been bizarre as shit! But it’s all good. And I really feel like me simply being again was sufficient, although they didn’t get to see the [whispers] $27,000 I spent on this motherfucker. I used my Ryan Murphy cash to do All Stars! And I’m glad that my time there—at the least I had enjoyable. I used to be a really completely different woman 10 years in the past doing Season 4. So to do it now utterly as myself? I bought to compete as me.
New episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars premiere on Paramount+ on Thursdays