RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 5: Premiere Date, Cast, Trailer, Spoilers, News

For avid followers of drag queen circles, and those who have an interest in drag races, 2019 has got off to a good start. The long-running and famous show, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, has only recently started airing Season 11, and the show has already been renewed by VH1.

Meanwhile, its sister show, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ has just finished airing its fourth season, and fans are already wondering whether it will be renewed for a fifth run. ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ Season 1, consisting of six episodes, first aired on October 22, 2012. After a four year lull, the competition format reality television show returned with Season 2 on August 25, 2016. The gap between Seasons 2 and 3 was shorter, and Season 3 first aired on January 25, 2018. Less than a year later, Season 4 aired on December 14, 2018, concluding recently on February 15, 2019.

As the name of the show suggests, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ is a spin-off of the original show, which is currently in its eleventh season. While the original show focuses on fresh participants, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ brings former participants in the show back into the fray. The contestants compete for a place in the coveted Drag Race Hall of Fame.

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Cast: Who is in it?

In Season 4, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ saw 10 contestants – Monet X Change, Trinity the Tuck, Monique Heart, Naomi Smalls, Latrice Royale, Manila Luzon, Valentina, Gia Gunn, Farrah Moan, and Jasmine Masters – fight for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame. As of now, we have no idea about the cast of Season 5, or whether there is going to be a Season 5 at all. We will update this section when relevant information emerges.

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Plot: What is it about?

World of Wonder’s renowned drag race show ‘RuPaul’s All Stars’ is very similar to the main ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ show in its formula, except that the all stars show is the higher tier, i.e. its contestant pool is drawn from the award winners and prominent stars who have earlier appeared on the main show.

Being a higher tier, ‘RuPaul’s All Stars’ gives each season’s winner a place in the Drag Race Hall of Fame – possibly the highest honor an American drag queen can earn. Yet, that’s not all, the show also gives winners a massive cash prize of $100,000, which is often accompanied with bonuses like a year-long supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics.

The one-hour-long episodes consist of some minor challenges that flank a larger major challenge. The ‘mini’ challenges can be anything from an array of different tasks which the contestant has to perform within a time limit and under a set of conditions. A win in these mini challenges nets them an advantage in the major challenge, which is theme-specific and varies with every episode. This becomes the final test for the drag queen’s ability to perform – be it singing, dancing, mimicry, or comedy routines. Although challenges can also be group activities, individual challenges seem to have taken primacy over the last two seasons.

Each episode of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ Season 1 was backed with short episodes called ‘Untucked’, which would give viewers a glimpse into the backstage drama that erupts between the competing candidates. However, Season 2 onwards, the showmakers broke away from the tradition and did not film separate ‘Untucked’ episodes. Instead, Seasons 2, 3, and 4 had short sessions of behind-the-scene drama, and Season 5, if announced, could follow the same.

In Season 4, after much drama, Monet X Change from New York City, and Trinity the Tuck from Orlando emerged as finalists, and both the drag queens went on to be crowned joint winners. Their joint coronation marked the first time in the show’s history when two winners were crowned. Understandably, fans are eagerly hoping for a fifth season.

In terms of reception, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ enjoys popularity among both critics and audiences alike. The show enjoys an overall score of 70% of Rotten Tomatoes, with Season 1, 2, and 4 receiving high scores, and Season 3 receiving a poor score of 13%. On IMDb, the show has an impressive rating of 8.5/10.

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 5 Release Date: When will it premiere?

As of now, VH1, which has rights to the show, has not made any official announcement regarding the fate of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’. However, it should be noted that announcements for new seasons of the show have generally been made in August, so there’s still some months to go before fans start worrying.

However, there are positive signs that the show might be making a return with yet another season. Publications like Billboard have already put up articles about the drag queens that they would like to see in Season 5. Further, the publication has also asserted that the show is getting another season, writing, “After four seasons of All Stars, and an established format that packs in plenty of drama, it’s pretty safe to say a fifth installment in the series is more than likely.”

Audiences, too, seem to be doing their part, and have taken to social media, particularly Twitter, to tweet about their expectations and what parts of the show they would like changed. Given such enthusiasm, there’s no reason why VH1 will not renew the show. We will update this section with specific or tentative dates about Season 5’s release, when VH1 makes an official announcement. So, do keep a check to stay in the loop.

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 4 Trailer :

Till such time VH1 announces the show and filming for it gets completed, we are unlikely to see any trailer for Season 5. We will update this section when the Season 5 trailer is released. Meanwhile, here’s the trailer for Season 4 to give you a glimpse of the drama that awaits you if take a dive into this show.

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