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  • Approval of God: It's common for celebrities who are impersonated on Snatch Game to express their approval of their portrayal. Judge Judy, Kris Jenner, Carol Channing, and even Nancy Grace of all people have filmed positive messages and had them aired on the show.
  • The Cast Showoff: Bound to happen since many of the contestants are established queens with certain skills they use off the show or out of drag.
    • Shangela predictably does well in the stand up comedy and acting challenges, since D. J. Pierce is a professional comedian/actor out of drag.
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    • Alyssa is a professional choreographer with her own dance studio, and deservedly wins the ballet challenge. Laganja and Shangela have both studied under Alyssa, and have impressive dance moves as well.
    • Raja's a professional makeup artist out of drag who's worked with the likes of Tyra Banks, so predictably almost all the makeup she presented was spot on.
    • Chad Michaels wins The Snatch Game with her Cher impersonation, since impersonation is her specialty.
    • Jinkx is naturally adept at acting, singing, and comedy, so with the large amount of acting and comedy challenges in Season 5, this was inevitable and paved the way for Jinkx's victory. As Alaska put it, the other queens didn't really take her seriously until they saw her ace the challenges and realized what they were up against.
    • Much like her friend Jinkx before her, DeLa is a campy queen who excels at the acting, comedy and performance challenges.
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    • Bianca is a professional emcee and Insult Comic, so she predictably aces the standup comedy challenge, which leads the judges to seriously question why Joslyn put herself before her and then Bianca last in the lineup since she was bound to bring the house down and make her look bad by comparison — which is exactly what happened. Out of drag, she's is also a costume designer and drapery assistant by trade who's worked on Broadway shows, so her sewing skills were the best of all the queens, even though a bit Boring, but Practical.
    • Season 6's musical theater challenge was basically presented as a showdown between Courtney and Adore, since both are accomplished singers and former Idol contestants.
    • Subverted by Lashauwn Beyond. She specializes in costume design and while the dresses we see from her are gorgeous and creative, her Shrinking Violet personality led to her early elimination.
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    • Season 8's Empire episode, in both the main challenge and the runway. The parody challenge let Bob stretch her comedic chops and grab an easy win. Less expected was the rollerskating runway theme, where Robbie Turner had the most experience performing in skates (though Thorgy and Chi Chi knew what they were doing too). When Robbie landed in the bottom two, she used her skates to slay the Lipsynch against Cynthia. The trailer shows her falling of the stage, but it turns out she intentionally leapt off as a grand finale, since there was padding around the stage and runway to keep the less experienced girls from killing themselves in case they fell.
    • Also from Season 8, Kim Chi is an experienced make-up artist and costume designer. This made her deliver polished and edgy looks that saved her from the bottom when she performed poorly in a challenge, and made her win two design challenges (hair extravaganza in episode 1, the book ball in episode 8) and place high in the third one (the Oz makeover).
    • Backfires hard in Season 10's "Last Ball on Earth" challenge with Asia O'Hara. She's an experienced costume designer who has worked with Beyonce, and she offered to help the other queens get their looks together while neglecting her own, causing her mediocre outfits to be harshly read by the judges. Asia remarks in Untucked that she felt used after helping everyone else but not getting any help in return, but Miz Cracker said in her YouTube series that nobody thought Asia needed help precisely because of how much she touted her sewing skills.
  • Contractual Purity: Averted. More than one contestant has done porn in the past. RuPaul has never commented on the matter, which implies that she doesn't care and that it doesn't affect her decisions. This is particularly defied in Season 7 with winner Violet Chachki; by the time it was known she was in the top 4 (before she won), a user on Reddit identified a then-18 year old Violet/Jason in a porn video where it spread like wildfire. Violet's Twitter response? "Lol vintage smut". Jade Jolie and Detox have both also done porn, Sharon and Alaska have literally kai kai'd onstage while performing their song "Let's Have A Kai Kai", there are even pictures floating around on the internet of Max in bondage gear. And Willam... casually fisted a slave once during a gig, while singing, because he's Willam.
    • The contestants are forbidden from having any interaction with their boyfriends/lovers during the competition, although not for any morality reason, but for fairness among the other queens. When Willam was disqualified, this was even used as a faked reason for his dismissal (he actually lied to producers to get kicked off because he felt he had done enough for his image and was ready to quit).
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Phi Phi is occasionally referred to as the shortened "Phi2" online. Chi Chi and Thorgy have also received the similar nicknames of "Chi2" and "Thor2", respectively.
    • During Season 7, Kandy Ho was given the nickname Kandy Who by several online forums due to her low amount of screen time.
      • Fans have also since coined the term "Kandy Ho edit" to describe queens who are borderline edited out of the show by the producers.
    • In the months following Season 7, Katya's very large fanbase started calling her "mom" as a joke. Katya played along with this at first, but eventually had to make posts on social media asking people to stop calling her "mom" after it got to the point where fans were almost exclusively referring to her as that.
    • For Season 8's Acid Betty fans like to refer to her as "Acidic Betty" and/or "Asshole Betty", for obvious reasons. Although after many queens have said she's actually a very sweet person (in particular fan favorite Cynthia Lee Fontaine, who says Acid was at her side constantly during her cancer treatment) some fans have started calling her "Acid Berry" instead, after Cynthia accidentally called her that for three episodes.
    • Also from Season 8, Naysha Lopez has been referred to be some fans as "Zombie Naysha", since she was eliminated in the first episode only to be brought back in the third episode.
    • In an ironic twist, Alaska from All Stars 2 made a very divisive decision in episode 6, keeping her friend Roxxxy Andrews over a shirt that was lent to her, over Tatianna. Many viewers (even those who are admitted Alaska fans) have started referring to Alaska as a "snake" on social media. This later turned into "Queens of Snakes", which Alaska herself has embraced wholeheartedly.
  • Follow the Leader: Many of the shows design challenges were originally done on Project Runway, to the point where nearly every design challenge could be described as "Project Runway Season X Episode Y, but with drag queens."
  • Foreign Remake: There is now a Chilean version of the show called The Switch Drag Race: El arte del transformismo, and a UK version has been said to be on the way.
  • Fountain of Memes: Willam, Latrice, Alyssa, Laganja, and Bianca are perhaps the most quotable queens in the history of the show.
  • Hostility on the Set: Most of the onscreen arguments and rivalries can be chalked up to stress from long shooting hours and Manipulative Editing only showing contestants at their worst and editing out any apologies afterwards, with a couple notable exceptions:
    • Season 1 finalist Rebecca Glasscock didn't get along with the other two finalists, Bebe Zahara Benet and Nina Flowers, who had bonded and hoped to work together again afterwards, but Rebecca made it very clear that she wasn't friends with either of them.
    • The Season 2 contestants have minced no words saying that they did not get along with season winner Tyra Sanchez. When Tyra was crowned, runner-up Raven's farewell message was, "Keep reaching for the stars, because you'll never be one." This has only continued after the season; Tyra was banned from DragCon for threatening violence against Tatianna (among other antics too numerous to list here). Pandora Boxx summed up the cast's feelings when she tweeted, "Tyra Sanchez you were an asshole 8 years ago and you're an asshole now."
    • Invoked in Season 5 with Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese, who were rivals outside the show due to drama surrounding the Miss Gay America pageant. Despite their constant bickering during the season, when it came time for the ballet challenge, Coco chose to work with Alyssa because she respects that the latter is a choreographer. Their scene just so happened to be a black swan and white swan squaring off.
    • Invoked again between The Vixen and Eureka O'Hara on Season 10. The two seemed to have a terrible time working together, which resulted in a screaming match between the two in Untucked. That is not anything too outlandish for this show, however, afterwards Eureka purportedly approached The Vixen in private and asked her 'how she wanted to handle this' and fabricate a storyline for the show. The Vixen was so insulted about the attempt to manipulate the situation and trivialize their fight that she treated Eureka with contempt and hostility for the rest of her time on the show.
  • I Am Not Spock: The queens constantly assure fans that onscreen antics don't necessarily define them outside the show, especially with Manipulative Editing and Accentuate the Negative in effect. Many of the "villains" are actually lovely people, and supposed rivals are often friends or at least friendly off camera.
  • In Memoriam: The first episode of All Stars was dedicated to Season 2 queen Sahara Davenport after her unexpected passing.
  • Jossed: When Roxxxy Andrews and Alyssa Edwards lipsynched against each other, Roxxxy was accused of conveniently dropping her tragic Parental Abandonment background to move Ru not to eliminate anyone. Ru later revealed that the intense lipsynch battle was her favorite in the whole series, and that's why she kept both queens.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Drag Race Season 1 is notoriously hard to find, as it has not been released on DVD, is not available on Logo's website, and unlike everything else with RuPaul's name attached to it, is not available on iTunes.
    • Finally averted, as Logo aired Drag Race's "lost season" September 30th, 2013. Although still played straight for the unedited version of Season 1 that doesn't include all the "RuVealed" pop-ups.
  • Marathon Running: It's very common for the show to replay several of the preceding episodes before any new episode is shown, not to mention when the new episode does air it usually plays at least twice in a row, for those who may have missed it at it's premier time. Also, in general, it's very rare for Drag Race episodes to ever be shown individually, usually being shown on LOGO in a block of between 2 to 4 episodes at a time.
  • Milestone Celebration: The 8th season premiere was the 100th episode of the show and featured the 100th contestant overall. The show celebrated these milestones by having a main challenge that called back several design challenges from the entire run of the show, as well as cameos from many past queens including all of the season winners (except Bianca del Rio, who they replaced with a circus clown).
  • Missing Episode: Season 6's 4th episode "Shade: The Rusical" has been pulled from the airwaves and from LOGO's website due to the unfortunate "Female or She-Male" incident that caused a backlash from the transgender community, although the episode is still available for purchase from Amazon and iTunes.
    • The episode is eventually brought back into circulation, albeit with the "Female or She-Male" scene completely removed.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Season 6 queen BenDeLaCreme had said in previous interviews about joining an All Stars season that she would refuse as she did not agree with the Manipulative Editing she received during her season (affecting both her image and the image of other queens from her season). However, she returned to participate in the third season of All Stars purportedly in exchange for a higher salary per episode for her return.
  • Name's the Same: Many queens (Willam, Chad, Kelly, Derrick) use their actually names as their drag names. Justified with Willam and Kelly, and both are professional actors outside of drag and do so to make it easier for casting agencies to find them.
    • There is another Drag Queen named Sharon Needles who was featured on season 5 of Project Runway. RuPaul was even a guest judge in that episode, although she never mentions it to Drag Race's Sharon.
    • In Season 5, they booked Julie Brown and "Downtown" Julie Brown to be guest judges on the same episode.
    • In Season 1 they had a contestant named Jade, and in Season 5 they had one named Jade Jolie. For the most part, though, Ru and the judges would refer to Jade Jolie on a Full-Name Basis.
    • In Season 5 they featured a queen named Vivienne Pinay, and in Season 8 they will feature UK Drag Queen The Vivienne (although only as a guest in the audience of Episode 4, not as a contestant).
    • Several Season 9 queens share names similar with past contestants; Alexis Michelle to Season 3's Alexis Mateo, Eureka O'Hara to Season 4's Phi Phi O'Haranote , Nina Bo'nina Brown to Season 1's Nina Flowers and Tammie Brown, Sasha Velour to Season 7's Sasha Belle, and Trinity Taylor to Season 6's Trinity K. Bonet.
    • Season 11 brought us another Nina (West), plus Ra'jah D. O'Hara whose first name has the same pronounciation as Season 3 winner Raja.
  • No Budget: Adore, being a rather young queen, relies on eBay bargains and cosplay wigs to assemble her drag look. This combines with her trashy-girl taste and lack of sewing talent to make her a Rummage Sale Reject in the eyes of some of the other, higher-budget queens, particularly Laganja and Courtney.
    • In hindsight, season 1 comes across as having this feel compared to the glossier feel of season 6 as the show gained popularity.
    • Untucked starting Season 7, as it's now a web series on the WOW Presents YouTube channel. Tropes Are Not Bad is definitely in effect here, as fans have celebrated the more intimate and subdued Untucked, compared to the overproduced and overly dramatic versions we've had the last few seasons.
    • In the S01E04 episode of Alaska and Willam's podcast Race Chaser, Willam and Tammy Brown confirm during the Tammy Tidbits segment that All Stars 1's long-reviled team format was also in large part due to this, as production didn't have the budget to make enough episodes for all the queens they wanted to cast individually. Eliminating queens in pairs was production's idea of keeping the episode number to a minimum.
  • Older Than They Think: Applies to multiple memes and catchphrases from across the show's herstory. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Alaska's signature "hieeee": Appears on the show as early as Season 1 with Ongina.
    • Adore's catchphrase "Party!": Comes from the renown LA fixture and Season 10 Rugirl Mayhem Miller.
  • Persona Non Grata:
    • After it was revealed that Season 4's Willam actually lied to the producers to be kicked off his season on purpose (previously it was explained to be that Willam had broken the rules by having contact with his husband during filming), the show has effectively cut all ties with him. Fans were especially disappointed since he was one of the most anticipated queens to return for the second season of All-Stars, with Willam even calling the producers out for ignoring the fan's wishes to see him return.
    • After All-Stars 2, it appears Phi Phi O'Hara has cut all ties with Ru and World of Wonder. In return, they seems to have cut all ties with her as well (Ru going as far as to outright block Phi Phi on Twitter).
    • Season 1 second runner-up Rebecca Glasscock made it a point to cut all ties with the show after her season, feeling she was portrayed unfairly. Years later after the show has taken off Rebecca seems to have made an attempt to get back into the Drag Race fold (she purportedly campaigned heavily to win the fan vote for the first season of All Stars), but World of Wonder seems perfectly fine in keeping ties severed with her, having not featured or invited her back for a single event.
      • If there was any "ban" in place, it appears to have been lifted as Rebecca Glasscock was invited to participate in the Season 10 finale, along with the rest of the Season 1 girls (minus Tammie Brown, who was unable to attend due to a gig in Australia).
    • After season 7 finalist Pearl's interview on Hey Qween! in which she spoke at length about her disillusioning experience on the show, she was purportedly called by a WoW producer to be told she'll never be in an All-Stars season.
  • Playing Against Type: Happened twice in a row to April, which landed her in the bottom two both times. In the horror movie challenge she was cast to play a Butch Lesbian despite not having a butch atom in her body (though it wasn't by choice). In the musical challenge, she chose to play the role of a big queen despite being thin, and completely failed to sell it, leading to her elimination.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: In All Stars the teams of queens get names like this, for instance Latrila (Latrice and Manila) Brown Flowers (Tammie Brown and Nina Flowers) and Rujubee (Raven and Jujubee).
    • Amusingly in season 2 this is discussed about Raven and Morgan, as they always had each other's back until Morgan gets eliminated by a spurned slightly bitter Jujubee who Raven didn't pick first to choose a wedding dress despite without Juju she wouldn't have won the mini challenge. Her and Tatianna think of different couple names to call them by.
    • Season 5 also gives us Rolaskatox for the triad of Roxxxy Andrews, Alaska and Detox, who quickly form their own little clique.
    • For the Romance on the Set between Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Brooke Lynn Hytes in season 11, their fellow queens coined the term "Branjie".
  • Promoted Fanboy: One of the criteria Ru was looking for in a new full-time judge for Season 7 was to be a big fan of show, which she found in Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews.
    • Part of the reason the guest judges will appear is that they're fans of the show.
    • Since Season 7 onwards, quite a number of the competing queens have said not only are they, themselves, huge fans of the show, but some of them were actually inspired to get into drag because of watching the show. Season 8 winner, Bob The Drag Queen, mentions on her Meet The Queens video that she started doing drag after watching the first ever season of the show.
  • Referenced by...: Has happened more & more with the show's increased popularity.
    • In the Riverdale episode "Death Proof", as Archie and Jughead are preparing to race the Ghoulies, Kevin notes that this in "Not the type of drag race I ever saw myself attending."
    • Rapal Dark Res, the show's Affectionate Parody, is 90% composed of references to the show, along with references to every spinoff, the personal life of every queen, as well as pretty much anything related to the show.
    • The Abridged Series: Several of these have emerged in recent seasons, although two of the most popular are The Ru-Up and the Ru-Cap. Most of them snarkily edit the show to poke fun at the queens, and very often make references to Drag Race inside jokes. And yes, the Ru-Cap and Rapal Dark Res have both referenced each other.
  • Romance on the Set: While established couples have competed in separate seasons, there has yet to be an actual romance between contestants during a season, though a few queens came close. The Princess flirted with Sharon Needles in Season 4, and Jinkx Monsoon admits an attraction to Ivy Winters on the Confession Cam in Season 5.
    • May finally be actually happening in Season 11 with Brooke Lynn and Miss Vanjie, much to the delight of their castmates. The reunion revealed that the pair dated for four months afterwards, but then broke up due to their busy schedules, they remain on friendly terms, however.
  • Star-Making Role: As the show is pretty much the only mainstream source of exposure to drag, any queen who appears on the show becomes a massive name in the drag world. It's gotten to the point where a common complaint of non-Drag Race queens is that the DR girls are able to make an amount of money off of booking fees and tips that they will never see, despite many being just as talented as (if not more talented than) some Drag Race queens.
  • What Could Have Been: It is often speculated that Willam could have won Season 4, or at least made it to the top 3, if he hadn't been disqualified.
    • Several queens have been asked to return for All Stars at one point or another, but ultimately did not appear for various reasons.
      • Sharon Needles was voted by the fans to take part in All Stars 1, but had to turn down the invitation due to previous obligations that would have made taking part in the competition impossible, and gave her spot to another fan favorite, Pandora Boxx.
      • Ongina was also asked to participate in All Stars 1, but was unable to get out of work commitments. It's been heavily implied by several queens that Mimi was brought on to fill in for her.
      • The producers wanted BenDeLaCreme to appear on All Stars 2, but she turned down the invitation due to her negative experience with the producers attempting to manufacture drama during Season 6. She ultimately did end up returning for All Stars 3, although she reportedly only agreed to do it for a larger per-episode paycheck.
    • Alaska auditioned for every season of Drag Race, including season 4 with her boyfriend, Sharon Needles. In Sharon's audition tape the two even say how emotional it would be to be forced to lip sync for their lives against one another. Later on Sharon even revealed Alaska had been selected as part of the top 14 finalists for Season 4, meaning Alaska was literally the last queen cut from that season's 13 queen cast.
      • Alaska revealed in her podcast with Willam Race Chasers that she almost was cast in the first season. She explains the show actually sought her out and invited her to a final audition to be part of the premier cast, but that the moment the cameras were turned on she froze and completely failed the interview.
    • As he revealed later in his blog, retired vet Dave/"Fortuna Monsoon" from the Season 5 episode 'Super Troopers' was not originally supposed to be in the show at all, he had auditioned but was told he was too old for what they were looking for. At literally the last minute, however, the veteran who was supposed to participate had to quit, leading the producers to call Dave in a panic and ask him if he could fill in the last spot.
    • It's even brought up in the reunion that Venus D-Lite could have killed the Snatch Game with her Madonna impersonation, had she made it that far.
      • On the same note, Season 7's Mrs. Kasha Davis's Liza Minnelli impersonation is pretty infamously hysterical according to her fans, although she sadly got eliminated before her season's Snatch Game to show it off.
      • Max is actually very good at mimicking the voice and mannerisms of Miranda Sings. While she wanted to do her for Snatch Game the producers would not let her (for copyright reasons), which is why she ended up with an unfunny Sharon Needles.
      • One particularly unfortunate case in season 9 with Charlie Hides, who regularly performs multiple spot-on celebrity impersonations including Cher, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. She ends up being eliminated in the fourth episode, just a couple challenges before Snatch Game, where she reveals had she made it that far she would have played Joan Rivers (a celeb fans have been dying to see done for the Snatch Game). On a related note, Jaymes Mansfield, who does a great Rebel Wilson impersonation on YouTube, also is eliminated before making it to Snatch Game.
    • Averted with April Carrion. How she would have done in the challenges past her elimination is anyone's guess, but she had the surprisingly novel idea to post to her Twitter page photos of the dresses she would have worn.
    • Adore has admitted that she didn't think she would make it that far in the competition and was thus ill-prepared. Kind of makes you wonder how she would have done had she really taken it seriously.
    • Sharon Needles has revealed in interview that Michelle Visage was not her first nor her second choice for the Snatch Game. Her first choice was Cher, which she said she threw into the box with Shangela once she saw Chad Michaels was going to be on her season. Her second choice was Lady Gaga, which was snatched up (and played poorly) by her rival, Phi Phi O'Hara, instead.
    • Kimonogate was bad enough, with four queens all wearing kimonos for a Madonna-themed runway, but it gets raised to insane levels you learn that four more queens that season had brought kimonos to wear for that runway. Three of them (Leila, Dax!, and Naysha) were eliminated before that point in the competition, and the other (Chi Chi) threw together a rendition of Madonna's famous "cone bra" outfit in six hours when she realized there were already four queens doing kimonos. The reaction on social media when half of the queens came out in kimonos was bad enough, but if things had played out differently and all eight queens ended up wearing kimonos entirely by coincidence? Thing would have been apocalyptic.
      • Turns out things were a little forced, as Thorgy had said later that she did, in fact, bring a back-up Madonna look and wanted to change into it, but the producers refused to let her. Whether it was due to time constraints or them wanting to build drama, though, is unclear.
    • Whatcha' Packin' with Michelle Visage is actually meant to address this. She will interview the eliminated queen and have them show her some of the looks they would have worn had they not been eliminated.
    • All Stars 1 was originally intended to be a full season (12 episodes or so) with each queen competing as an individual. However, Logo was only willing to buy 6 episodes, which led to the producers creating the "teams" twist to keep the 12 All Stars they wanted.
    • The main challenge for All Stars 2 episode 3, "The Baddest Bitches in HERstory", actually has a full track that reveals that there were three more historical woman in the original song for the three then eliminated contestants. There was Cleopatra VII presumably going to be played by Coco Montrese, Joan of Arc possibly to be played by Tatianna, and Frida Kahlo de Rivera who might have been played by Adore Delano.
      • In addition, afterwards Katya revealed that the production team had told her before the show she would be need to bring a costume to play Marie Antoinette, as opposed to Princess Diana. This means based on which queens made it to the challenge, the entire cast could have been cast differently.
    • After All Stars 2, Logo released "Queen to Queen" videos featuring duos from the season who, had the season featured teams like All Stars 1, would likely have been paired together. The teams were Katianna (Katya & Tatianna), Rotox (Roxxxy & Detox), The A-Team (Alaska & Alyssa, the latter of whom rejects "Alyska" as sounding too close to Rolaskatox) and Coalminger's Daughter (Coco & Ginger, who couldn't find an organic combination of their names). Phi Phi & Adore, presumably the fifth hypothetical pair, did not make a video because Phi Phi had cut ties with the show by the time they were filmed.
    • In All Stars 2 Tatianna reveals the look she ultimately wore for "Pants on the Runway" was not her original pants look, but instead a look she brought for a "90's Runway" theme that never got used (it just so happened her 90's T-Boz look also wore pants). Katya also says based on the list of runway themes they were told to bring, she was unable to bring polished looks for all of them, so some of her looks suffered as a result (ironically, the runways she mentioned this happening for was for the "Future of Drag" and "Two-In-One" looks, the two runways that landed her in the bottom).
    • According to Tammie Brown (and corroborated by Ongina, Jade, and Merle), the show originally was going to feature drag queens along with one assistant to help them. Literally two days before recording the first episode, producers contacted the queens and told them not to bring the assistants anymore.
    • In All Stars 3 had Ben not been allowed to eliminate herself from the competition, she admits she would have most likely sent home Kennedy Davenport, instead.
    • Season 8 queen Laila Mc Queen created all the All Stars 3 runway looks had she been casted on the show and posted them on her instagram. She plans to do the same for the All stars 4 runway looks.
    • The Vixen was eliminated long before Season 10's Evil Twin challenge, even though it would have been...interesting to see her take on it, to say the least. Miz Cracker brings this up during her recap series. When the queens were describing each other's flaws since it always helps to get an outside opinion, Cracker thought they were all being way too nice whereas The Vixen would have minced no words.
    • Behind the scenes details from Raven and Delta on Season 10 revealed that the Last Ball on Earth was supposed to be the final challenge of Season 10, under a time-travel theme with the categories of Past, Present, and Future. A producer pitched the global warming angle, and Ru liked it, and so the challenge was remixed, keeping only the Future look as "Martian Eleganza" and adding two new looks based on the list of runways the girls were given ("Ice Queen" was originally supposed to be a separate runway, and swimsuit is always included as a backup runway).
      • Later, the idea of a Good Twin/Evil Twin challenge was pitched to Ru, and he fell in love with the idea despite Raven/Delta attempting to talk him out of it. This led to Evil Twins becoming the final challenge of Season 10, the Last Ball on Earth getting bumped up to Episode 4, and a stand-up comedy challenge getting cut due to the producers not believing in the comedy strength of the queens.
    • Bianca Del Rio has confirmed in interviews that in Season 6 when they filmed each of the final three queens winning the crown, there was one ending where Bianca and Adore actually tie and win the season together. While it could have been a joke from Ru, the fact that a tie was even filmed means it was a possibility.
    • One of the runway categories for season 10 was planned to have been "Orange Alert". It's unknown why this runway was changed or cancelled, though Miz Cracker did post an image of the look she had been planning to wear. It's been speculated that Asia O'Hara's orange Good Twin look was originally for this runway, though this is not confirmed.
    • Manila Luzon's "Curves & Swerves" runway look in All Stars 4 was originally a menstrual pad-themed gown, but production told her to wear her backup (the pink quilted Rococo dress seen in the episode) as Ru thought it was in poor taste.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: Subverted. The reason later seasons go for the "reveal the winner at the reunion show" format is because previous winners had been leaked, which means that the final three queens have to wait months before knowing who won. Sucks for the queens, but this turned out to be good for the fandom, since it lets Ru consider fans' opinions before picking a winner. The final decision is hers alone, as she's quick to assert, but it seems connecting with viewers is one of the criteria for winning the crown.
    • The one drawback for fans and the fandom is that the live reunion means the winner's real reaction to being crowned can't be seen since all three queens are filmed receiving the crown and none of them actually know who won until the finished episode airs. The show addressed this by releasing videos online of the final 3 queens watching the season finale together, and we see the winning queen's genuine reaction.
    • Season 10's Miss Congeniality vote was attacked by bots that continuously voted for The Vixen, either as a statement for equality for black queens in the drag community, or as a joke as The Vixen was probably the single most polarizing character this season (based on the edit, at least), either way by the time the polls were forcibly shut down, The Vixen was leading by a 12 million voter lead! Come the reunion, Ru calls the bots out, and instead turns voting for Miss Congeniality to the other Season 10 queens, themselves, who elect Monét X Change at the Season 10 Miss Congeniality.
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