Finale Challenge is the last challenge of the season that the Top 3, Top 4 or Top 5 Queens have to face. 

There are two types of the final challenge: a Music Video Challenge, featured from Season 1 to Season 8, where queens have to star in a music video for one of RuPaul's songs, and a Rumix Challenge, featured in regular Seasons since Season 9, in All Stars seasons since Season 2 and in DRUK Season 1, where Queens have to write and perform their own verses for one of RuPaul's songs. 

Season 12 introduced a mix of Rumix and Rusical challenge, where Queens had to lipsync to a medley of songs from RuPaul's Drag Race: Live, as well as to write their own verses.

There are four exceptions for these final challenges, the first being All Stars 1, where the final queens have to go to different locations and perform different shows, consisting of a group interview, followed by an appearance at Hamburger Mary's to accept an award in their honor, and finish up with a comedy routine in front of a live audience.

The second exception is Thailand Season 1, where the final queens have to Makeover an eliminated contestant, Act in a Thai drama, and present a look on the Runway.

The third exception is Thailand Season 2, where the challenge resembles a Rumix challenge, the difference being, this time it is not a RuPaul song they are performing to. The Runway challenge, this being the Thai version, is once again judged separately together with the Main Challenge.

The fourth exception is Drag Race Holland Season 1, where the final challenge was to lipsync and learn choreography to a RuPaul medley.

Finale Challenge Judging

Since the way the winner gets crowned has changed throughtout the seasons, the way the final challenge was judged has changed as well. It wasn't until Season 11 that queens got the regular HIGH, SAFE, LOW or BOTTOM placements on the final challenge, with the exception of the first season of Drag Race Thailand. In Season 12, the WIN placement in the rumix challenge was introduced. Before that, they would either get crowned or become a runner-up (Seasons 1-3) or make it to the Grand Finale (Seasons 4-10). Here's a brief history of the final challenge judging:

Season Final Challenge Judging
1 Top 3 star in a Music video. The weakest gets eliminated without lipsyncing. The remaining two lipsync for the crown on the main stage and the winner is crowned.
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3
4 Top 3 star in a Music video and lipsync together on the main stage. Nobody gets eliminated and the Top 3 move onto the Grand Finale.
AS1 Top 4 go to different locations and perform different tasks. The weakest from each pair gets eliminated and the remaining two lipsync for the crown on the main stage and the winner is crowned.
5 Top 3 star in a Music video and lipsync together on the main stage. Nobody gets eliminated and the Top 3 move onto the Grand Finale.
6 Top 4 star in a Music video and lipsync together on the main stage. The weakest gets eliminated and cut from the music video, and so the Top 3 move onto the Grand Finale.
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8
AS2 Top 4 perform in a Ru-mix challenge and lipsync together on the main stage. The weakest gets eliminated and the remaining three lipsync for the crown on the main stage and the winner is crowned.
9 Top 4 perform in a Ru-mix challenge and lipsync together on the main stage. Nobody gets eliminated and The Top 4 move onto the Grand Finale.
AS3 Top 4 perform in a Ru-mix challenge and lipsync together on the main stage. The two received the least amount of votes from the jury gets eliminated and the remaining two lipsync for the crown on the main stage and the winner is crowned.
DRT1 Top 4 compete in two maxi challenges, those being makeover and acting and in a runway challenge. The acting challenge is combined into the runway challenge. Challenges have their winner and the bottom two lipsync, after which the weakest is sent home.
10 Top 4 perform in a Ru-mix challenge and lipsync together on the main stage. Nobody gets eliminated and The Top 4 move onto the Grand Finale.
AS4 Top 4 perform in a Ru-mix challenge and lipsync together on the main stage. The two weakest gets eliminated and the remaining two lipsync for the crown on the main stage and the winners are crowned.
DRT2 Top 5 perform a medley for the maxi challenge and shoot a music video that goes along with it. The winners of the maxi and runway challenge each get a pass to the finale, while the bottom three lipsync and the weakest two are sent home.
11 Top 5 perform in a Ru-mix challenge and the challenge is judged regularly: The bottom two lipsync and the weakest is sent home.
UK1 Top 3 perform in a Ru-mix challenge. The weakest gets eliminated without lipsyncing. The remaining two lipsync for the crown on the main stage and the winner is crowned.
12 Top 5 perform in a Ru-mix challenge and the challenge is judged regularly: There is one winner and the bottom two lipsync and the weakest is sent home.
AS5 Top 3 perform in a Ru-mix challenge. Nobody gets eliminated, the remaining three lipsync for the crown on the main stage and the winner is crowned.
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DRH1 Top 4 perform a RuPaul lip sync medley. The two weakest get eliminated and the remaining two lipsync for the crown on the main stage and the winner is crowned.

Music Video Challenges

RuPaul_-_Cover_Girl_feat._Bebe,_Nina_&_Rebecca

RuPaul - Cover Girl feat. Bebe, Nina & Rebecca

Episode 8: Grand Finale

Song: Cover Girl
Queen Placement
Tumblr mb8kfjslxD1r1emlm.png Bebe Zahara Benet WINNER
Tumblr mb8kgzfKkA1r1emlm.png Nina Flowers RUNNER UP
Tumblr mb8kk8RETS1r1emlm.png Rebecca Glasscock ELIMINATED

RuPaul's_Jealous_Of_My_Boogie_(featuring_Tyra_Sanchez,_Raven_and_Jujubee

RuPaul's Jealous Of My Boogie (featuring Tyra Sanchez, Raven and Jujubee

Episode 11: Music Video Finale

Song: Jealous Of My Boogie
Queen Placement
Tumblr mb8ljy0thf1r1emlm.png Tyra Sanchez WINNER
Tumblr mb8lfh5oHA1r1emlm.png Raven RUNNER UP
Tumblr mb8lbw2O3Z1r1emlm.png Jujubee ELIMINATED

RuPaul_Champion_music_video_(featuring_Raja,_Manila_Luzon_and_Alexis_Mateo)

RuPaul Champion music video (featuring Raja, Manila Luzon and Alexis Mateo)

Episode 15: Grand Finale

Song: Champion
Queen Placement
Raja-mug.jpeg Raja WINNER
Manila-mug.jpeg Manila Luzon RUNNER UP
Alexis-mug.jpeg Alexis Mateo ELIMINATED

RuPaul_"Glamazon"_music_video_(feat._Sharon_Needles,_Chad_Michaels_and_Phi_Phi_O'Hara)

RuPaul "Glamazon" music video (feat. Sharon Needles, Chad Michaels and Phi Phi O'Hara)

Episode 13: The Final Three

Song: Glamazon
Queen Placement
Chadmug.jpg Chad Michaels TOP 3
Phiphimug.jpg Phi Phi O'Hara TOP 3
Sharonmug.jpg Sharon Needles TOP 3

RuPaul's_"The_Beginning"_featuring_Jinkx_Monsoon,_Alaska,_and_Roxxxy_Andrews_Official

RuPaul's "The Beginning" featuring Jinkx Monsoon, Alaska, and Roxxxy Andrews Official

Episode 12: The Final Three, Hunty

Song: The Beginning
Queen Placement
Alaska.png Alaska TOP 3
Jinx.png Jinkx Monsoon TOP 3
Andrews.png Roxxxy Andrews TOP 3

RuPaul's_Sissy_That_Walk_Official_Music_Video

RuPaul's Sissy That Walk Official Music Video

Episode 12: Sissy That Walk!

Song: Sissy That Walk
Queen Placement
Adore.png Adore Delano TOP 3
Bianca.png Bianca Del Rio TOP 3
Courtney.png Courtney Act TOP 3
Lake.png Darienne Lake ELIMINATED

RuPaul_-_Born_Naked_(Stadium_Remix)_Official_Music_Video

RuPaul - Born Naked (Stadium Remix) Official Music Video

Episode 12: And The Rest Is Drag

Song: Born Naked
Queen Placement
Ginger.png Ginger Minj TOP 3
Pearl.png Pearl TOP 3
Violet.png Violet Chachki TOP 3
Kennedy.png Kennedy Davenport ELIMINATED

RuPaul_-_The_Realness_Official_Music_Video

RuPaul - The Realness Official Music Video

Episode 9: The Realness

Song: The Realness
Queen Placement
BobCastMug.jpg Bob The Drag Queen TOP 3
KimChiCastMug.jpeg Kim Chi TOP 3
NaomiCastMug.jpg Naomi Smalls TOP 3
ChiChiCastMug.jpg Chi Chi DeVayne ELIMINATED


Rumix Challenges

'Read_U_Wrote_U'_Performance_w_Alaska,_Katya,_Detox_&_Roxxxy_RuPaul's_Drag_Race_All_Stars_2

'Read U Wrote U' Performance w Alaska, Katya, Detox & Roxxxy RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 2

Episode 8: All Stars Supergroup

Song: Read U Wrote U
Perf. Order Queen Placement
1 AlaskaMugAS2.jpg Alaska WINNER
2 DetoxMugAS2.jpg Detox RUNNER UP
3 KatyaMugAS2.jpg Katya RUNNER UP
4 RoxxxyMugAS2.jpg Roxxxy Andrews ELIMINATED

'Category_Is...'_Performance_w_Peppermint,_Sasha,_Trinity_&_Shea_👯‍♀️_RuPaul's_Drag_Race_Season_9

'Category Is...' Performance w Peppermint, Sasha, Trinity & Shea 👯‍♀️ RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9

Episode 12: Category Is

Song: Category Is
Perf. Order Queen Placement
1 PeppermintMug.jpeg Peppermint TOP 4
2 SashaVelourMug.jpeg Sasha Velour TOP 4
3 TrinityTaylorMug.jpeg Trinity Taylor TOP 4
4 SheaCouleeMug.jpeg Shea Couleé TOP 4

'Kitty_Girl'_Performance_w_Trixie_Mattel,_Shangela,_Bebe_&_Kennedy_RuPaul's_Drag_Race_All_Stars_3

'Kitty Girl' Performance w Trixie Mattel, Shangela, Bebe & Kennedy RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3

Episode 8: A Jury of Your Queers

Song: Kitty Girl
Perf. Order Queen Placement
1 KennedyAs3Mug.jpg Kennedy Davenport RUNNER UP
2 ShangelaAs3Mug.jpg Shangela ELIMINATED
3 BebeMugAS3.jpeg Bebe Zahara Benet ELIMINATED
4 Trixeas3.jpg Trixie Mattel WINNER

'American'_Performance_w_Aquaria,_Eureka,_Asia_&_Kameron_RuPaul's_Drag_Race_Season_10

'American' Performance w Aquaria, Eureka, Asia & Kameron RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10

Episode 12: American

Song: American
Perf. Order Queen Placement
1 Aquaria S10.jpg Aquaria TOP 4
2 Asia S10.jpg Asia O'Hara TOP 4
3 Eureka S10.jpg Eureka O'Hara TOP 4
4 Kameron S10.jpg Kameron Michaels TOP 4

'Super_Queen’_Performance_w_Monét,_Monique,_Naomi_&_Trinity_RuPaul’s_Drag_Race_All_Stars_4

'Super Queen’ Performance w Monét, Monique, Naomi & Trinity RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4

Episode 10: Super Queen Grand Finale

Song: Super Queen
Perf. Order Queen Placement
1 MonetAS4CastMug.jpg Monét X Change WINNER
2 MoniqueAS4CastMug.jpg Monique Heart ELIMINATED
3 NaomiAS4CastMug.jpg Naomi Smalls ELIMINATED
4 TrinityAS4CastMug.jpg Trinity The Tuck WINNER

Drag_Race_Thailand_Season_2_-_Top_5_Performance

Drag Race Thailand Season 2 - Top 5 Performance

Episode 11: White Elephants

Song: Top 5 Medley
Perf. Order Queen Placement
1 VandaMissJoaquimMug.png Vanda Miss Joaquim ELIMINATED
2 AngeleAnangMug.png Angele Anang BOTTOM 3
3 BanditMug.png Bandit ELIMINATED
4 KandyZyanideMug.png Kandy Zyanide WINNER
5 KanaWarriorMug.png Kana Warrior WINNER
NOTE: Kana didn't win the main challenge, but the runway challenge. The scores from both were combined into the final judging and both Kandy and Kana were safe, while the remaining queens (Angele, Bandit and Vanda) were all in the bottom 3.

'Queens_Everywhere’_Performance_w_A'Keria,_Brooke,_Silky,_Yvie_&_Vanjie_RuPaul's_Drag_Race_S11

'Queens Everywhere’ Performance w A'Keria, Brooke, Silky, Yvie & Vanjie RuPaul's Drag Race S11

Episode 12: Queens Everywhere

Song: Queens Everywhere
Perf. Order Queen Placement
1 AkeriaCastMug.jpg A'keria Chanel Davenport HIGH
2 BrookeCastMug.jpg Brooke Lynn Hytes BOTTOM 2
3 SilkyCastMug.jpg Silky Nutmeg Ganache LOW
4 VanessaCastMugS11.jpg Vanessa Vanjie Mateo ELIMINATED
5 YvieCastMug.jpg Yvie Oddly HIGH

To_the_Moon_(Cast_Version)

To the Moon (Cast Version)

Episode 8: Grand Finale

Song: Rock It (To The Moon)
Perf. Order Queen Placement
1 BagaCastMug.jpg Baga Chipz ELIMINATED
2 DivinaCastMug.jpg Divina De Campo RUNNER UP
3 TheVivienneCastMug.jpg The Vivienne WINNER

I_Made_It_Mirror_Song_Losing_is_the_New_Winning_(Las_Vegas_Live_Medley)

I Made It Mirror Song Losing is the New Winning (Las Vegas Live Medley)

Episode 12: Viva Drag Vegas

Songs: I Made It, Mirror Song,
Losing Is The New Winning
Queen Placement
GigiCastMug.jpg Gigi Goode WINNER
JaidaCastMug.jpg Jaida Essence Hall HIGH
SherryCastMug.jpg Sherry Pie SAFE
+
DISQUALIFIED
CrystalMethydCastMug.jpg Crystal Methyd BOTTOM 2
JackieCastMug.jpg Jackie Cox ELIMINATED

‘Clap_Back’_Performance_w_Jujubee,_Miz_Cracker_&_Shea_RuPaul’s_Drag_Race_All_Stars_5

‘Clap Back’ Performance w Jujubee, Miz Cracker & Shea RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 5

Episode 8: Clap Back!

Song: Clap Back
Perf. Order Queen Placement
1 JujubeeAS5Mug.png Jujubee RUNNER UP
2 MizAS5Mug.png Miz Cracker RUNNER UP
3 SheaAS5Mug.png Shea Couleé WINNER

U_WEAR_IT_WELL_feat._Rita_Baga,_Scarlett_BoBo,_and_Priyanka

U WEAR IT WELL feat. Rita Baga, Scarlett BoBo, and Priyanka

Episode 10: U Wear It Well

Song: U Wear It Well
Perf. Order Queen Placement
1 PriyankaCastMug.jpeg Priyanka WINNER
2 ScarletBoboCastMug.jpeg Scarlett BoBo RUNNER UP
3 RitaCastMug.jpeg Rita Baga RUNNER UP

Other Finale Challenges

Episode 6: The Grand Finale

Queen Placement
All stars Chad.png Chad Michaels WINNER
All stars Raven.png Raven RUNNER UP
All stars Jujubee.png Jujubee ELIMINATED
All stars Shannel.png Shannel ELIMINATED

Episode 7: Twins

Queen Placement
Annee queenmug.png Année Maywong WINNER
Natalia queenmug.png Natalia Pliacam HIGH
Dearis queenmug.png Dearis Doll BOTTOM 2
Ella queenmug.png B Ella ELIMINATED
NOTE: Année won both the Maxi and the Runway Challenge. The Acting Challenge was combined into the Runway Challenge.

Episode 8: The Grand Finale

Queen Placement
EnvyS1Promo.jpg Envy Peru WINNER
JaneyS1Promo.jpg Janey Jacké RUNNER UP
MaMaS1Promo.jpg Ma'Ma Queen ELIMINATED
MissAbbyS1Promo.jpg Miss Abby OMG ELIMINATED

Trivia

  • Season 6 was the first season to have a Top 4 in the final challenge, where as Season 11 was the first season to have a Top 5.
  • All Stars 1 is the first season to not have a typical music video/Remix challenge; rather, each queen in the Top 4 had to perform a show at a club in the LA area in front of a live audience and the Judges.
  • Thailand 1 didn't have a typical music video/Remix challenge either. Rather, the Top 4 competed in a Makeover, an Acting, and a Runway presentation Challenges.
  • All Stars 5 is the first All Stars season to have a Top 3 in the final challenge, where All Stars 1, 2, 3, and 4 all had a Top 4.
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