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

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 1

    The first season of RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on February 2, 2009 and contains nine episodes. This season was the premiere season of the series and was later referred to as RuPaul's Drag Race: The Lost Season Ru-Vealed.

    Winners of RuPaul's Drag Race season 1 received $5,000 worth of MAC Cosmetics, was featured in an LA Eyeworks campaign, joined the Logo Drag Race tour, and won a cash prize of $20,000.

    Contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race season 1: BeBe Zahara Benet, Nina Flowers, Rebecca Glasscock, Shannel Ongina, Jade, Akashia, Tammie Brown, Victoria "Porkchop" Parker.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Mac Viva-Glam Challenge," "Girl Group Challenge," and "Absolut Drag Ball."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • The queens channel Oprah Winfrey.
    • Everyone participated in a vogue battle with three looks: Swimsuit, Executive Realness, and Evening Wear.
    • The challenge for the final three was to appear in RuPaul's latest video for her song, "Cover Girl (Put The Bass In Your Walk)."

    Lip-sync Songs from season 1:

    • "Supermodel (You Better Work)" (RuPaul)
    • "We Break the Dawn" (Michelle Williams)
    • "The Greatest Love of All" (Whitney Houston)
    • "Would I Lie To You?" (Eurythmics)
    • "Stronger" (Britney Spears)
    • "Shackles (Praise You)" (Mary Mary)
    • "Cover Girl (Put the Bass in Your Walk)" (RuPaul)
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