'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4' Power Ranking: Episode 2
RuPaul’s Drag Race has officially returned for All Stars 4, reintroducing us to 10 fan favorites. After prancing through the werk room doors, the queens read each other to filth (in good fun, of course) and competed in a special All Stars talent show.
After showing off their skills, the brown-cow-stunning Monique Heart and plastic surgery advocate Trinity the Tuck were declared the top two, with the later winning a lip-sync showdown to "Emotions" by Mariah Carey and earning the power to send a competitor home. Ultimately, she chose Jasmine Masters, whose stand-up set went over flat.
While we recover from Jush’s elimination, Billboard Pride has conjured up a power ranking of the competitors heading into Friday’s (Dec. 21) second episode. Check back each week for an updated leaderboard.
9. Farrah Moan (last week: 10)
Even despite her slip-up on the stage (ouch!), Farrah’s striptease performance was lackluster. Yes, it looked expensive, but the Vegas showgirl didn’t exude the charisma of past challenge-winning burlesque numbers by Roxxxy Andrews or BenDeLaCreme. Going into episode two, Farrah has the most to prove.
8. Monét X Change (last week: 2)
We had high hopes for Monét. Her looks on red carpets, at DragCon and in the series promos were all promising, but her fashion choices during the premiere were just that: choices. And while she’s proven she can hit the falsetto in “Soak It Up,” her rough vocal didn’t do her any favors. Here’s hoping that the NYC queen will retire the sponge schtick (and their eye sore of a color combo) and live up to the potential we know she has.
7. Gia Gunn (last week: 9)
God bless Gia Gunn. All Stars 3 lacked a tense villain narrative, but Gia seems determined to single-handedly fix that for the new season. In just one episode, she’s already thrown shade at four competitors (Farrah, Monique, Trinity and Valentina). We were admittedly ready for her variety show performance to fall flat, but Miss Gunn proved that her talent is as sharp as her tongue. While the venomous attitude will almost certainly cost her the crown, the inevitable drama will likely extend her stay a bit.
6. Valentina (last week: 1)
It’s near impossible to imagine the finals without Valentina, but with a cast of this caliber, one needs to consistently deliver their a-game. Valentina’s choreographed lip sync in the talent show was fine, but it was also safe.
5. Naomi Smalls (last week: 4)
Naomi didn’t do much to stand out this week, but she’s no doubt a strong contender for the crown. The absurdity of the last moments of her talent show performance -- when she scalped the top half of her wig to reveal a half-bald head -- was a hint into what we could see from this queen.
4. Monique Heart (last week: 6)
Stunning! Given her eighth place finish in season 10 (which was only filmed a year prior), it would be quite impressive to see this hilarious queen in the finals, but she’s got the chops. If she Monique can manage to keep her wig on in future lip syncs, she could prove to be this season’s dark horse.
3. Trinity the Tuck (last week: 7)
This is us eating our words. Trinity didn’t come to play: right off the bat, she took one of the biggest risks for the talent show, combining a hilarious pre-recorded track with an elaborate tucking tutorial. It will be interesting to see what else The Tuck has up her sleeves.
2. Latrice Royale (last week: 5)
If we’re judging the talent show based on difficulty, Latrice’s color guard production was quite the showstopper. Add that to her much-deserved win in the reading challenge and it’s safe to say that the season 4 competitor is back with a vengeance.
1. Manila Luzon (last week: 2)
It’s clear that Manila hasn’t lost her touch. The queen stunned with her conceptual roadkill Big Bird entrance (a nod to a look she rocked in season 3) and continued her creative streak through the variety show. While most queens opted for high energy performances, Manila -- who has a background in graphic design -- chose to paint a canvas for her talent. While the audience was left confused through most of the set (she painted an upside-down bouquet of flowers), the end reveal was gag and was a welcome swerve left in a sea of lip sync performances.