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Divas Lip Sync Live

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"Divas Lip Sync Live"
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars episode
Episode no.Season 3
Episode 2
Original air dateFebruary 1, 2018 (2018-02-01)
Guest appearance(s)
  • Todrick Hall
  • Vanessa Williams
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"Divas Lip Sync Live" is the second episode of the third season of the American reality competition television series RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, which aired on VH1 on February 1, 2018. The episode has contestants impersonate famous divas and lip sync to a medley of RuPaul songs. Todrick Hall and Vanessa Williams serve as guest judges, alongside regular panelists RuPaul, Michelle Visage, and Carson Kressley.


Todrick Hall (left, pictured in 2017) and Vanessa Williams (right, pictured in 2012) served as guest judges.

The nine remaining queens are assigned female musicians to impersonate VH1 divas in the Divas Lip Sync Live battle, a tribute act in the form of a live medley of RuPaul songs.[1] After rehearing with Todrick Hall,[2] Aja performs as Amy Winehouse, BeBe Zahara Benet as Diana Ross, BenDeLaCreme as Julie Andrews, Chi Chi DeVayne as Patti LaBelle, Kennedy Davenport as Janet Jackson, Milk as Celine Dion, Shangela as Mariah Carey, Trixie Mattel as Dolly Parton, and Thorgy Thor as Stevie Nicks.[3][4]


RuPaul introduces guest judges Hall and Vanessa Williams, and reveals the theme for the runway: "RuDemption Runway". The challenge has each contestant recreate a look from their original season.[5][6] Upon judgement, Aja, Milk, and Trixie Mattel are deemed safe. During the critiques, BeBe Zahara Benet, BenDaLeCreme, and Shangela receive positive feedback on their performances and runway looks, with the latter two winning the challenge. Chi Chi DeVayne, Kennedy Davenport and Thorgy Thor are all criticized for their performances, while their runway looks receive praise. DeVayne is declared safe from the bottom two. Shangela and BenDeLaCreme lip sync against each other to The Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)". Shangela wins the lip sync and eliminates Thorgy Thor.[7][8][9]


Queen Impersonation Song Runway Result
Shangela Mariah Carey "The Realness" Christmas Eleganza (S3; E2) WIN
BenDeLaCreme Julie Andrews "Call Me Mother" Dripping in Jewels Eleganza (S6; E11) TOP2
Bebe Zahara Benet Diana Ross "The Main Event" Entrance Look (S1; E1) HIGH
Aja Amy Winehouse "U Wear It Well" Fairytale Princess Eleganza (S9; E3) SAFE
Milk Celine Dion "Peanut Butter" Crazy, Sexy, Cool (S6; E6) SAFE
Trixie Mattel Dolly Parton "Adrenaline" The Ugliest Dress Ever (S7; E9) SAFE
Chi Chi DeVayne Patti LaBelle "Jealous of My Boogie" Neon Queen Realness (S8; E4) LOW
Kennedy Davenport Janet Jackson "Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve & Talent" Death Becomes Her (S7; E6) BTM2
Thorgy Thor Stevie Nicks "Born Naked" Neon Queen Realness (S8; E4) ELIM

Lip Sync[edit]

Episode Contestants
(Pick for Elimination)
Song Winner Up For Elimination Eliminated
2 Shangela
(Thorgy Thor)
vs. BenDeLaCreme
(Thorgy Thor)
"Jump (For My Love)"
(The Pointer Sisters)
Shangela Kennedy Davenport
Thorgy Thor
Thorgy Thor
     The contestant was eliminated after their first time in the bottom.


In her 2018 "definitive ranking" of all the RuPaul's Drag Race musicals for In Magazine, Bianca Guzzo ranked the divas tribute number six and wrote, "This was another Rusical that had potential to be great. Our favourite Queens impersonating our favourite divas… Literally nothing could top that. Unfortunately VH1 Diva's [sic] featured some queens having a bit of an advantage over others, which made a lot of Drag Race fans upset."[10] In their review of the episode, Vulture.com's Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers rated "Divas Lip Sync Live" four out of five stars.[11]

See also[edit]

  • Janet Jackson as a gay icon
  • List of Rusicals


  1. ""RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Recap: Season 3, Episode 2, "Divas Lip Sync Live"". NewNowNext. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  2. "The Divas Showed Up (and Showed Off) on 'All Stars 3' Last Night". Pride.com. 2 February 2018. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  3. Oliver, Isaac (2 February 2018). "'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars': Dueling Divas". The New York Times. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  4. Guerra, Joey (2 February 2018). "'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3' recap: Divas (almost) live". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  5. "'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Season 3, Ep. 2 Recap: Diva Impersonations & Cross-Promotion". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  6. Munzenrieder, Kyle. "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Power Rankings: Was This Even a Fair Challenge?". W. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  7. Sava, Oliver. "A Drag Race All Star learns that you don't question reality TV fairness". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  8. "'RuPaul's Drag Race' eliminee Milk teases 'diva' twist, would've played Virgin Mary for Snatch Game". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  9. Molly Fitzpatrick (2018-02-02). "RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3: Thorgy Thor Interview". Vulture.com. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  10. "A Definitive Ranking of All the Musicals on RuPaul's Drag Race". In Magazine. 11 September 2018. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  11. Bowen Yang, Matt Rogers (2018-02-01). "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Recap: Season 3, Episode 2". Vulture.com. Retrieved 2019-03-30.

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