Last night, RuPaul’s Drag Race fans were left absolutely stunned as one of the two favorites to win this season, Thorgy Thor, was sent packing after an amazing lip sync against Chi Chi Devayne. Whereas Chi Chi slayed the house down, we were all shocked as Thorgy has been consistently good throughout and no one saw this coming. That brings me to the point of this piece.
RuPaul’s Drag Race has delivered some seriously shocking moments in its 8 years on the air, many of them coming from the contestants who get eliminated way too early for whatever reasons possible. So let’s break down the 10 mind boggling eliminations that left us gagging in so many ways.
10- April Carrion
I had April pegged as going the distance in S6, for her amazing beauty and fashion, in particular how she killed it in the first challenge. I think she was just dealt two bad cards in the acting and singing challenges right after, yet I think it should’ve been Adore lip syncing against Vi Vacious as April wasn’t even bad as the butch lesbian. I’m hoping she gets some big redemption on All Stars for sure, because she deserves it.
9- Jessica Wild
I loved Jessica so much in S2, from her brand of humor to colorful choices on the runway. I never saw her fully winning, but many of us were floored that she got cut before Tatianna, due to an over performed lip sync by Jessica herself. She never used her language barrier as an excuse, excelled in the Snatch Game and reading challenges, and did a great job throughout.
My top three from the get go on Season 1 was Ongina, Bebe and Nina. I was gobsmacked when Ongina left, as she killed in it every challenge up to that point, especially the Mac Cosmetics challenge in which she bravely admitted she is HIV positive. Such an inspiration for many and I hope she gets her redemption in All Stars as well.
7- Thorgy Thor
Already spoken about earlier on. Her future right now is bright as her wigs, so no need to worry.
6- Yara Sofia
Yara was absolutely hysterical on S3, as well as fashion forward and one of the best makeup artists the show has ever seen. Whereas I totally understand her breakdown during her final lip sync, and it was so sad to watch, I also believe that if she stuck with it to the end, she would’ve made it to the Top 3. Eschapalante dear.
5- Alyssa Edwards & Roxxxy Andrews
Alyssa and Roxxxy found themselves as the bottom 2 in S5’s RuPaul roast, as both of them couldn’t get the comedy chops together to produce anything funny. However, that lip sync to “Whip My Hair” was so iconic as Roxxxy removed one wig to reveal another wig and Alyssa dragged herself all over the floor to leave us gagging for more. Then… Ru keeps both of them, primarily as Roxxxy did one last stitch effort with her story to stay in the game. Legendary in so many ways.
Willam was riding high in S4 as one of the standout personalities. She won the challenge in the final 6 with Latrice, then got sick and vomited, then was eliminated for breaking the shows rules, all in a 15 minute time frame. It was a lot to take in as viewers seeing as we were scared that Sharon might go home, but it goes to show you- play fair.
3- Trixie Mattel
S7 sucked so badly, but we all loved Trixie for her over the top makeup, personality and humor throughout. Social media went into a huge uproar when she was eliminated hella early on for a group challenge where she was far from the worst. HOW WAS KANDY HO STILL THERE? Nevertheless, she was brought back and broke the curse of returning queens for actually lasting more than one episode. Proof that life in plastic is really fantastic.
I wanted to throw my television out the window when Katya was eliminated, but I paid a lot for it so I didn’t. Katya exemplified being the last great hope in a season of queens that were less than in many ways. For her to go home against Kennedy, who was just plain awful all season, sucked so badly but her redemption came in winning Miss Congeniality, being adored by thousands and hopefully earning a spot in All Stars 2.
Ben was a sure fire contender to win S6, even though the season had brutal competition in Bianca Del Rio, Courtney Act, and Magnolia Crawford. LOL at the last one. Ben’s bright persona both in and out of drag, amazing performances in the acting and singing challenges, and giving Maggie Smith a hilarious interpretation in Snatch Game, are just several reasons why we loved her. She almost went home against rival Darienne Lake early on in a challenge they weren’t even bad in, but then really was sent packing in the top 5 against her rival again, which sent social media fuming. Just like Katya, she rightfully won Miss Congeniality and has an insanely bright future ahead.
Who would you put on this list?