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RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 5: Premiere Date, Cast, Recap, Update, Spoilers

Updated August 20, 2019
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Everyone know one of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, one of the most successful reality shows that airs on VH1. Its sister show, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’, is getting equally popular with every passing season. 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. 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. We are sure that Season 5 will introduce us to a new and exciting list of ex-contestants. 

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?

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 4 premiered on December 14, 2018. As far as the next season goes, we have good news for the fans. On August 20, 2019, VH1 renewed RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars for a fifth season.

“Hey squirrel friends, are you hungry for more RuPaul’s Drag Race? Good, ’cause your country breakfast is ready!” RuPaul said in a video clip posted on Monday. The drag superstar added, “And I’m serving up a new season of All Stars 5 and a new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race 12. And they’re coming soon to VH1!”

While no release date was announced, going by the release patterns of previous seasons, it is easy to figure that each seasons takes around 14 months to produce. Hence, we are almost sure that RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ season 5 shall return to VH1 at the beginning of next year, i.e. between January to March of 2020. We will update this section with the exact dates as and when we learn more.

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Trailer:

We are unlikely to see any trailer for Season 5 trailer anytime soon. 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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