Drama queens, dancing and lip sync rapping found a new home on VH1 Divas. The retro ceremony returned for a one-night only celebration honoring RuPaul on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 3 Episode 2.
Each of the queens portrayed an iconic female performer lip syncing to a RuPaul song. We got singing, hilarious choreography, and a not-so-shocking elimination that sent Thorgy Thor out the door. (Too bad she was always in her head and couldn't embrace her second chance.)
Rounding out the second hour of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 3 was a runway redemption where the queens got another chance at mastering a failed past runway outfit, Milk succumbed to the pressure of the game, and the players made alliances for future votes.
We picked out seven favorite moments from "Divas Lip Sync Live" that made us smile or left us shocked. And we couldn't forget the dramatic game moves too! What was your favorite moment of the night?
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 3 airs Thursdays on VH1 at 8/7c.
The Queens Discuss The Past
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3 is not only a fight for the crown, but it’s a chance for redemption. These queens competed previously and all lost, except for BeBe of course. In some cases, like Trixie, they were eliminated more than once. Time has passed since their Drag Race venture and some wounds still hurt. Seeing the queens open up and share their post-RuPaul’s Drag Race experiences made us connect with them on a personal level, not just as competitors to cheer on.
Aja Would've Voted Out Chi Chi
You couldn’t write a more dramatic moment than when Aja revealed she would’ve eliminated Chi Chi had she won the lip sync for your legacy. Chi Chi now knows that she was close to being eliminated, and that Aja had no problem voting her out. Whereas RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 2 had easier votes, the queens this time don’t care about changing things up and voting differently from the group. Was Chi Chi the worst in RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3 Episode 1? Yes. She was lucky Aja lost the lip sync.
Vanessa Williams & Todrick Returned As Judges
Vanessa and Todrick are no strangers to the Drag Race judging panel. Between the two of them, they’ve returned for plenty of challenges, runways and eliminations; Todrick even had a big prominence during RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 2. Both speak their mind and they push the queens to go further. Plus, it’s Vanessa Williams! She’s amazing on whatever TV series she’s on.
Appropriate humbling? Delusions of grandeur? Whatever you want to call it, Milk got a huge dose of reality from the judging panel. She expected to walk away after the VH1 Divas challenge, and the redemption runway, to be singing for her legacy, but she was only “safe.” Milk didn’t like that; she thought she had it in the bag. Her response was hilarious because her ego clouded her artistic veneer just enough to wash away and she didn’t want to hide her anger any longer. Milk. Was. Pissed!
Welcome, Queen Of Dragons!
I love outright and subtle references to other TV shows. I love strategic gameplay and competitive actions. I love reality TV. When it came to RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3 Episode 2, Shangela brought her competitive side out in full force and I was living for every moment. She channeled her inner queen of dragons.
Shangela Rolls Over The Competition
If you need a ru-demption moment, simply look to Shangela’s runway. Back in RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3, Shangela failed during the runway challenge that focused on creating holiday-themed outfits. It was a low point in her Drag Race career and, to thicken the plot, Vanessa Williams also served as a guest judge then too. This was her chance for a redemption…and she slayed! Walking out in the plastic ball wowed the judges and surprised the audience. Shangela came here to win.