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Ranking the Best Seasons of 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

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All the seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race have been great, but which seasons really werk? Drag superstars compete in challenges, lip-sync for their lives, work the runway, and more all under the expert guidance of RuPaul. Some of the most memorable contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race are, let's rank every RuPaul's Drag Race season from best to worst.

RuPaul's Drag Race is a reality competition series featuring contestants going head-to-head, showing off their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to be named “America's next drag superstar.” RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on Logo on February 2, 2009 and moved to VH1 for the ninth season and beyond. The series, which is produced by World of Wonder, and has earned RuPaul four consecutive Emmys (2016 to 2019) for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.

Vote up your favorite seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race, and vote down any seasons that were busted, despite how much you loved any individual contestants. It can feel shady to put one RuPaul's Drag Race season over the other when there are so many seasons that give you life, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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    RuPaul's Drag Race - Season 8

    The eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on March 7, 2016 and contains 10 episodes. This season finds Debbie Harry, Gigi Hadid, and Marc Jacobs appearing among the celebrity judges.

    Winners of RuPaul's Drag Race season 8 received the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar,"a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics and a cash prize of $100,000.

    Contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race season 8: Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Chi Chi DeVayne, Derrick Barry, Thorgy Thor, Robbie Turner, Acid Betty, Naysha Lopez, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Dax ExclamationPoint, and Laila McQueen.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Bitch Perfect," "Wizards of Drag," and "The Realness."

     Memorable moments from Season 8 include:

    • The queens compete in a drag-appella sing-off.
    • Robbie lip syncs in roller skates.
    • A book-inspired pageant impresses Amy and David Sedaris.

    Lip-sync Songs from season 8:

    • "Applause" (Lady Gaga)
    • "I Will Survive" (Gloria Gaynor)
    • "Mesmerized" (Faith Evans - Freemasons Radio Edit)
    • "Call Me" (Blondie)
    • "Causing a Commotion" (Madonna)
    • "I Love It" (Icona Pop)
    • "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (Dreamgirls)
    • "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" (Sylvester James)
    • "The Realness" (RuPaul)
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    RuPaul's Drag Race - Season 13

    The thirteenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on January 1, 2021. This season has a new socially distanced stage and werkroom design and also welcomed Gottmik, the show's first-ever openly transgender male and AFAB contestant in its entire thirteen-year history.

    Winners of RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 received the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" along with a lifetime supply of Colorevolution Cosmetics, a one-of-a-kind trip courtesy of AlandChuck.travel, a headlining spot on Logo's Drag Race Tour featuring Absolut Vodka and a cash prize of $100,000.

    Contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race season 13: Denali, Elliott with 2 Ts, Gottmik, Joey Jay, Kahmora Hall, Kandy Muse, LaLa Ri, Olivia Lux, Rosé, Symone, Tamisha Iman, Tina Burner, and Utica Queen.

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    RuPaul's Drag Race - Season 7

    The seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on March 2, 2015 and contains 14 episodes. This season finds Ross Mathews and Carson Kressley joining the judging panel.

    Winners of RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 received the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar," a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics, and a cash prize of 100,000 dollars.

    Contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race season 7: Violet Chachki, Ginger Minj, Pearl, Kennedy Davenport, Katya, Trixie Mattel, Miss Fame, Jaidynn Diore Fierce, Max, Kandy Ho, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Jasmine Masters, Sasha Belle, and Tempest DuJour.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Glamazonian Airways," "Conjoined Queens," and "And the Rest Is Drag."

     Memorable moments from Season 7 include:

    • The queens dress up in granny drag.
    • The queens create musical versions of John Waters films.
    • Hello Kitty gets a few new friends.

    Lip-sync Songs from season 7:

    • "Geronimo" (RuPaul)
    • "Twist of Fate" (Olivia Newton-John)
    • "I Was Gonna Cancel" (Kylie Minogue)
    • "Dreaming" (Blondie)
    • "Lovergirl" (Teena Marie)
    • "Break Free" (Ariana Grande)
    • "No More Lies" (Michel'le)
    • "I Think We're Alone Now" (Tiffany)
    • Really Don't Care" (Demi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd)
    • "Show Me Love" (Robin S.)
    • "Roar" (Katy Perry)
    • "Born Naked" (RuPaul)
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    RuPaul's Drag Race - Season 11

    The eleventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on February 28, 2019 and contains 14 episodes. This season finds Miley Cyrus surprising the contestants.

    Winners of RuPaul's Drag Race season 11 received the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and other prizes.

    Contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race season 11: Yvie Oddly, Brooke Lynn Hytes, A'Keria C. Davenport, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Nina West, Shuga Cain, Plastique Tiara, Ra'Jah O'Hara, Scarlet Envy, Ariel Versace, Mercedes Iman Diamond, Honey Davenport, Kahanna Montrese, and Soju.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Whatcha Unpackin?," "Trump: The Rusical," and "Grand Finale."

     Memorable moments from Season 11 include:

    • The queens star in a musical about the women in Donald Trump's life and cabinet.
    • The contestants compete in Snatch Game at sea.
    • The queens give advice to their younger selves.

    Lip-sync Songs from season 11:

    • "The Best of Both Worlds" (Hannah Montana)
    • "Work Bitch" (Britney Spears)
    • "Waiting for Tonight (Hex Hector Mix)" (Jennifer Lopez)
    • "Living in America" (James Brown)
    • "I'm Your Baby Tonight" (Whitney Houston)
    • "Last Dance" (Donna Summer)
    • "Strut" (Sheena Easton)
    • "Sorry Not Sorry" (Demi Lovato)
    • "Hood Boy" (Fantasia Barrino)
    • "No More Drama" (Mary J. Blige)
    • "No Scrubs" (TLC)
    • "Pride: A Deeper Love" (Aretha Franklin)
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