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Drag Race All Stars 5 Season Spoilers and Commentary

They’re back, back, back again.

It’s All Stars 5 time already? Didn’t we just finish a season? Why do we need more so soon?

To quote the new Season 12 winner, “look over there!”

Anyway, yes, Drag Race picks up right where it left off…a week ago with the start of All Stars 5. There are already five members of the Drag Race Hall of Fame, and there will be at least six when this is over. There is a clear favorite heading into the competition, but we will get to that in a minute.

Here you can find info on the ten queens competing to NOT be America’s next drag superstar and follow the season along with us.

Previous Seasons We’ve Followed

The Bracket Yard’s Pop Culture wing has been around for a few years. In that time, we have tracked (United States) Season 10, Season 11, Season 12, All Stars 3, and All Stars 4.

Status of the AS5 Season

Last updated July 24, 2020 (season finale)

Drag Race All Stars 5 - Shea Coulee wins

Meet the Drag Race All Stars 5 Queens

Source for season finish info is the RuPaul’s Drag Race Fandom page.

Alexis Mateo 3rd on Season 3, T-5th on All Stars 1
Blair St. Clair 9th on Season 10
Derrick Barry 5th on Season 8
India Ferrah 10th on Season 3
Jujubee 3rd on Season 2, T-3rd on All Stars 1
Mariah Balenciaga 9th on Season 3
Mayhem Miller 10th on Season 10
Miz Cracker 5th on Season 10
Ongina 5th on Season 1
Shea Coulee T-3rd on Season 9

Preseason Read of AS5

Well, let’s put it this way: if Shea Coulee does not win All Stars 5, it will be a huge shock. She enters this competition as a heavy favorite, considering that she was one of the strongest competitors of Season 9 and might be one of the best in the show’s her-story to not win. Screen Rant agrees with us, ranking her number four among the Drag Race non-winning queens. Sure, there are other tough competitors, too, but Shea’s almost flawless run to finale night a few years ago is still fresh. It took an all-time iconic lip sync by Sasha Velour to stop her.

Otherwise, AS5 is throwing it back to some earlier seasons. Of the ten competing, five originally appeared on Season 3 or prior. Ongina, for example, has not been on the show since 2009. All of the queens have likely grown as performers since their first appearances, but in her case, it will be remarkable to see how she handles the competition over a decade later.

Drag Race All Stars 5 Spoilers – 1st Boot: Derrick

AS5-E1 Tale of the Tucking Tape

10 queens competed
Mini Challenge: Reading Challenge
Mini Challenge Winners: Jujubee and Blair St. Clair
Maxi Challenge: Werq The World Variety Show
Maxi Challenge Winner: India Ferrah
Bottom Two: Derrick Barry and Mayhem Miller
Lip Sync Assassin: Yvie Oddly
Lip Sync Song: “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin
Lip Sync Winner: Yvie Oddly
Eliminated: Derrick Barry (7-2 vote; India also voted for Derrick)

I could get used to the new way they handle things on All-Stars as far as getting rid of queens. It’s not entirely in the queens’ hands, and the winner still has some power. It was not, however, something Derrick Barry was bound to like, because she was screwed either way. One nitpick is that they’re calling it a Ru-mocracy, but maybe a constitutional Ru-public would work? Just flows better.

A brief evaluation of each queen’s variety show performance:

Alexis Mateo: She served it. The beautiful island of Puerto Rico was done proud by that act.

Blair St. Clair: I was worried the judges would be a little bored by it but her makeup was great and she’s evolved as a performer.

Derrick Barry: You were criticized in the past for being a one-note drag queen doing an impersonation of Britney. So, for your talent show, you decide to do a lot more other impressions beside Britney? How about…not doing impressions? That’s what the judges meant by wanting to see you.

India Ferrah: Pleasantly surprised as I was not expecting her to turn it out like that at all. If anything, I expected them to set us up for India vs. Derrick on the bottom, but in fact it was India holding Derrick’s fate in her hands.

Jujubee: A very soulful performance, but I was more gagged by her reading challenge. Glad that they started with it this season.

Mariah Balenciaga: At first it was jaw-dropping disturbing, but then, once you heard what was being sung, you understood it was an important message, so she gets props for that.

Mayhem Miller: A little disappointing and flat. The comment from one of the queens about energy level was right.

Miz Cracker: Already seeing an improvement from Season 10. She just let it happen out on stage without trying to be perfect; in Season 10, that helped her be a not-funny comedy queen, but if she’s not in her head, she could make it work this time.

Ongina: Cute number but what may have saved her were the multiple reveals. Ongina was not lip-syncing (and the reading challenge was tragic).

Shea Coulee: Strong out of the gate and man did she work that stripper pole. She is still the one to beat.

Drag Race All Stars 5 Spoilers – 2nd Boot: Ongina

AS5-E2 Tale of the Tucking Tape

9 queens competed
Mini Challenge: None
Maxi Challenge: “I’m In Love”
Maxi Challenge Winner: Shea Coulee
Runway: Love The Skin You’re In
Bottom Three: Ongina, Mariah Paris Balenciaga, and India Ferrah
Lip Sync Assassin: Alyssa Edwards
Lip Sync Song: “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters
Lip Sync Winner: Shea Coulee
Eliminated: Ongina (queens also voted 8-0 to eliminate)

How sad that Ongina went home on a unanimous vote; even sadder that Ongina voted for herself. To say she gave up is not the best way to put it, because she said how long she waited for this chance and how much she wanted to be there. It’s more accurate to say that she threw herself in front of the proverbial bus to save the other two bottom queens. However, despite the chivalrous act of taking the arrows for India and Mariah, she was going home, anyway. I didn’t hate her “I’m In Love” performance and while the runway look was very interesting, did it fit the theme?

Let’s take a minute to condragulate Shea Coulee, the top queen of the week, who hit a home run with her runway look and excelled in another challenge. We went into All Stars 5 with the understanding that she was the queen to beat but man, will she ever make it tough for the others.

Drag Race All Stars 5 Spoilers – 3rd Boot: Mariah

AS5-E3 Tale of the Tucking Tape

8 queens competed
Mini Challenge: None
Maxi Challenge: Shantay, Enjoy Your Stay
Maxi Challenge Winner: Jujubee
Runway: Three Looks
Bottom Three: Shea Coulee, Mariah Paris Balenciaga, and India Ferrah
Lip Sync Assassin: Monet X Change
Lip Sync Song: “Juice” by Lizzo
Lip Sync Winner: Monet X Change
Eliminated: Mariah (4-2-1 vote; Jujubee also voted for Mariah)

This was intended to be a lot like the “design a nightclub” challenge in All Stars 4 (club ninety-six…). What we got was, er, I’ll admit somewhat boring. God love ’em, I tried to follow along and it was at times funny, but when as an elder statesperson I think back to this season of All Stars, I’m not going to say “I wish I could see that resort design challenge” again. None of them were overwhelmingly funny but Jujubee was the rightful winner. Juju is naturally funny and when nobody else is standing out, it’s an easy win.

As for the bottom queens, I would have swapped out Shea Coulee with Alexis Mateo. Their critique of Shea in the challenge was not incorrect (she did, in fact, morph Dorothy and Sophia in terms of character) but I would give her a little more credit for the runway than the judges did. I was not crazy about either the runway or the performance but Alexis was not the worst. India was the weakest in the challenge and on the runway (her three looks were the same outfit, just minus a little each reveal). Had I been given a lipstick choice, I’d have put that one in with Mariah as a second choice. Nice to see these shady ladies did not give Shea the Manila treatment.

I expected more from Jujubee in that lip sync, given her sterling reputation in that department. Monet won in a blowout despite being dressed like an orange creamsicle.

Drag Race All Stars 5 Spoilers – 4th Boot: Mayhem

AS5-E4 Tale of the Tucking Tape

7 queens competed
Mini Challenge: None
Maxi Challenge: SheMZ
Maxi Challenge Winner: Miz Cracker
Runway: Camo Couture
Bottom Two: India Ferrah and Mayhem Miller
Lip Sync Assassin: Morgan McMichaels
Lip Sync Song: “Where Have You Been” by Rihanna
Lip Sync Winner: Tie
Eliminated: Mayhem Miller (Cracker chose Mayhem; queens voted 6-0 for Mayhem)

I didn’t hate this week’s challenge. In fact, I thought two of the groups did well. The funniest was Cracker’s group, and the second-funniest was Shea and Alexis (OF COURSE Ru put them on a team with the shade between them). Shea flipping Alexis the bird in the Werk Room was iconic.

As we said from the start, this season likely ends in Shea getting her crown at last. However, for now, this is a Jujubee stan website. This fan favorite is a natural entertainer and we’ve loved her since Season 2.

The SheMZ episode made it very clear who the top two (Cracker, Jujubee) and the bottom two (Mayhem, India) were long before the judges’ critiques. No shenanigans here; it was judged correctly. However, seeing all the queens as douchey guys doing the TMZ thing was quite the change-up.

The individual appraisals are as follows:

Alexis Mateo: Correct critique that she talked over Shea a few times, but she got a few good zingers in there. She and Shea worked well together, like true professionals. The winter camo look stood out and was stunning.

Blair St. Clair: This is a different Blair than what we saw in Season 10, and I like it. The girl next door no more. Even in just a few years, her drag has evolved into a better place and she’s becoming a more well-rounded entertainer.

India Ferrah: Is it fair to call her the Roxxxy Andrews of All Stars 5? This is a sports website first and foremost, so to analogize, what India has done is win the division the first time out and then finish in last place three years in a row. Despite being the bottom three times, she only has one vote against, which makes me wonder how long she will get dragged (no pun intended). That said, I thought India was the weakest in the challenge. Her team’s sketch fared poorly compared to the other two; it felt like it was going nowhere.

Jujubee: Our queen had another solid week, breaking the brief first-to-worst streak. She and Cracker played off of each other well. I was in love with the runway look.

Mayhem Miller: To me, Mayhem carried that scene with India (inasmuch as anyone carried it) but I thought Mayhem’s runway was weaker. Sad that she voted herself out but a girl knows when her time is up I suppose. Even sadder that her BFF Morgan McMichaels had to send her home.

Miz Cracker: Saw this win coming with the improv on point and strong reviews by the judges. In terms of her drag, she is doing a lot better than we saw in Season 10, and this is a gal who made final five.

Shea Coulee: She expected to be dominating the competition, but she hasn’t done poorly per se. This week was a good one for her and this was another runway I loved. Let’s see how the handles Snatch Game next week; hers was just okay in Season 9.

Drag Race All Stars 5 Spoilers – 5th Boot: India

AS5-E5 Tale of the Tucking Tape

6 queens competed
Mini Challenge: None
Maxi Challenge: Snatch Game of Love
Maxi Challenge Winner: Shea Coulee
Runway: Prom Queens
Bottom Five: Everybody Except Shea
Lip Sync Assassin: Vanessa Vanjie Mateo
Lip Sync Song: “Open Your Heart” by Madonaa
Lip Sync Winner: Shea Coulee
Eliminated: India Ferrah (Queens also voted 4-1 for India)

Thems was some SHENANIGANS in this Snatch Game episode. No, not because it was bad – quite the opposite. It’s that Shea was the only one with immunity and nobody else was safe. There were a few other legitimately strong performances but drama.

First, our appraisals of the queens’ Snatch Game performances:

Miz Cracker (Lady Gaga): Kind of flat and uninspiring. Gaga has a big, weird personality and it just wasn’t there in anything but trace amounts.

Alexis Mateo (Walter Mercado): I didn’t know his name, but I knew exactly who he was. You’ve seen those commercials whether you remember them or not; we all have. Alexis did Walter proud and was on point with her comebacks; too bad Walter is not alive to see it.

India Ferrah (Jeffree Star): More bland than Cracker’s performance. It was not funny and there wasn’t any personality on display. A disappointment to be sure but nowhere near as bad as Gia Gunn’s majestic crash and burn in All Stars 4 or Aiden Zhane in Season 12.

Blair St. Clair (Ellen DeGeneres): Blair had the misfortune of sitting next to two queens in a heavyweight title fight. To say she was overshadowed would be an understatement, but she may have been in the bottom had just two queens done that this week. She tried, God love her she tried, but she had one joke and it only landed once.

Jujubee (Eartha Kitt): Spectacular; win or lose, Juju killed it with a dead-on Eartha Kitt and her natural think-on-your-feet abilities were on display. She went toe-to-toe with Shea and could have won herself.

Shea Coulee (Flavor Flav): As good as Juju’s was, this may have been better. Shea and Jujubee together gave us the best duo of Snatch Game performances we have seen in years. Playing a flamboyant man no less, she was electric.

Now for the power rankings of the remaining queens (this is a sports website, after all):

1. Shea Coulee: She is building quite a resume with two challenge wins and two wins over the lip sync assassin. Shea came to slay this season and take that crown. She even paid homage this week to the moment she lost Season 9, showing it’s made her stronger. Shea is without question still the queen to beat.

2. Jujubee: Juju won a challenge but had a case to win either of the last two as at least the clear second-place queen in each. She is one fierce gal.

T-3. Miz Cracker: The only other queen with a challenge win, but has not been as consistent a high-finisher. A solid Snatch Game would have made it tough to distinguish her resume from Juju’s or even Shea’s.

T-3. Alexis Mateo: Has been maybe a third-place finisher a couple of times, and has done relatively well overall. Unfortunately, she does not have a win and the three queens in front of her do. Still, on report card, she has been a little more consistent than Cracker so it evens out to a tie.

5. Blair St. Clair: Appears to be the next boot, but she has grown a lot as a performer in a short time.

Drag Race All Stars 5 Spoilers – 6th Boot: Alexis

AS5-E6 Tale of the Tucking Tape

5 queens competed
Mini Challenge: None
Maxi Challenge: Charles Family Backyard Ball
Maxi Challenge Winner: Miz Cracker
Bottom Four: Everybody Except Cracker
Lip Sync Assassin: Roxxxy Andrews
Lip Sync Song: “One Last Time” by Ariana Grande
Lip Sync Winner: Roxxxy Andrews
Eliminated: Alexis Mateo (3-1 vote; Cracker also voted for Alexis)

Well, you know they’re going to throw a ball towards the end. This one was different than most others we’ve seen; not terrible, not memorable with the backyard theme. Cracker’s win, on balance, was deserved; it was no blowout but she edged ahead of Jujubee, who was (most likely) again the second-place performer. Juju has locked in several of what we would we consider runner-up performances, but she falls behind Cracker as the latter has a second win.

Shea was right in the middle and should have been safe under a normal format. Of the remaining two, Alexis and Blair, I thought Blair was the weaker of the two but the queens had clearly ruled otherwise.

I thought the lip sync was boring, and part of that was because I think it was kind of a boring song to pick; it doesn’t have a fun beat or a fast-paced feel. Aside from that, neither queen served off the charts, but Roxxxy had two reveals and Cracker had zero, so that was the tiebreaker.

Drag Race All Stars 5 Spoilers – 7th Boot: Blair

AS5-E7 Tale of the Tucking Tape

4 queens competed
Mini Challenge: None
Maxi Challenge: Shady Shack Smackdown
Maxi Challenge Winner: Miz Cracker
Bottom Three: Everybody Except Cracker
Lip Sync Assassin: Kennedy Davenport
Lip Sync Song: “Fancy” by Reba McEntire
Lip Sync Winner: Miz Cracker
Eliminated: Blair St. Clair (queens voted 2-1 for Blair)

Got some thoughts about this one and I tend to think the folks out there agree with that sentiment.

The Challenge: Meh.  I expected better considering who was up there.  Disappointed that Jujubee, one of the funniest queens who has ever been on the show, needed a notebook.  Cracker was good but not special.  Shea was good but also not special.  Juju started slow but got better as she went along.  Blair was the only queen I thought did poorly and the notebook literally helped sabotage her (but, ya know, she was the one who put the notes in it).

The Runway: Interesting, and I thought Juju’s was the best look of the night.  Cracker did well.  Neither Shea or Blair moved the needle for me.

Did Cracker Deserve Her Win?: Yes, but it was one of those challenges where I didn’t think there was a lot of space in between first and third place.  Cracker was a legitimate first place but it wasn’t a blowout.

The Lipsync: Very underwhelming.  It’s a fine song if you’re into country, but as Donald would say about Jeb Bush, “very low-energy.”  Kennedy walked in circles and tossed her hair; not much for “assassin” activity.  Cracker barely did more than that and therefore deserved to win this time.

Thoughts Heading Into the Finale?: This is the top three it should have been.  If Cracker wins next week’s music video challenge, it would be difficult not to crown her.  However, in Shea and Jujubee, you have two of the fiercest queens to ever appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race.  Their report cards aren’t that much less impressive.  Cracker did well for herself here but it would almost be a disappointment if Shea didn’t win.

Drag Race All Stars 5 Spoilers – Shea Coulee Wins

AS5-E8 Tale of the Tucking Tape

3 queens competed
Mini Challenge: None
Maxi Challenge: Clap Back
Maxi Challenge Winner: Nobody Knows
Lip Sync Song: “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monae
Lip Sync & Season Winner: Shea Coulee

When it’s right, it’s right.  Yes, we called Shea Coulee winning before the season even started.  So did almost everybody else with half a brain.  This is not to say there wasn’t competition – there were some damn fierce queens on All Stars 5.  However, the season set up as a Ru-demption arc for Shea, who easily could have won Season 9 but will have to settle for winning All Stars 5.  For those keeping track, three out of Season 9’s top four have now won a season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.  When does Peppermint win All Stars 6?

The Other Queens: I’m glad the eliminated queens were part of the episode and for more than just a few minutes.  There was a mini-reunion, they were backup dancers in the challenge, and they did a final runway with all the queens.  I want to see more of this on future All Stars seasons.

The Performance: Shea killed it as expected but all three queens were good.  Juju and Cracker looked like they were having a great time.

The Runway: The top three all looked stunning, but Jujubee’s golden Buddha-inspired look may have been one of the best looks ever on RuPaul’s Drag Race that I’ve seen.  Sweet fancy Moses.

Our Winner: Congratulations Miss Coulee!   May those rose petals haunt you no more.

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