Lip Sync For Your Life

A Lip Sync For Your Life is the most common style of lip sync used on the show. It has so far made an appearance on every season of the show.

At the end of each episode, the two queens who performed worst in that week's challenge will be placed up for elimination, indicating that they must lip sync for their life. Before the lip sync begins, Ru will state the following to the queens:

"Two queens stand before me. Ladies, this is your last chance to impress me, and save yourself from elimination. The time has come... for you to lip sync... FOR. YOUR. LIFE. Good luck, and don't fuck it up."

Following the lip sync, the queen who (in Ru's opinion) performed best will be told "Shantay, you stay," while the eliminated queen will be asked to "Sashay away." In the case of particularly good lip syncs, both queens may be saved by Ru, and in the case of particularly poor lip syncs, both queens may be eliminated.

In Season 12, the Lip Sync For The Win format was introduced, although it was only called Lip Sync For The Win in Season 13. In the two split premieres, instead of having one winner and a bottom two, all the queens were saved and the two best queens lip synced for a $5,000 prize. It was brought back for the episodes following first episode in Season 13. It is indicated with Ru stating:

"Two queens stand before me. Ladies, this is your last chance to impress me, and win a cash tip, of 5,000 doolars. The time has come, for you to lip sync, FOR, THE, WIN. Good luck, and don't fuck it up.

Final Lip Sync

While still referred to as a "Lip Sync For Your Life", the final lip sync of each season follows a slightly different format, depending on the season:

  • In Seasons 1, 2 & 3, the weakest queen of the Top 3 would be eliminated by RuPaul without being given the chance to Lip Sync. The Top 2 queens would then Lip Sync For Their Lives, with Ru choosing the season's winner based on this lip sync as well as each queen's performance throughout the season.
  • In Seasons 4 & 5, all three members of the Top 3 would participate in the final lip sync, with Ru choosing the winner from the Top 3 later at the live reunion after considering this lip sync, each queen's performance throughout the season, and the opinion of the fans.
  • In Seasons 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10, all members of the Top 4 would participate in the final lip sync, with Ru choosing which of the four queens to eliminate based on this lip sync and each queen's performance throughout the season. The winner would later be chosen from the Top 3 at the live reunion.
    • As part of a twist in Season 9, no queen was eliminated at Top 4 after the final lip sync. Rather, all four queens remained in the competition until the live reunion, when the winner was decided by the Lip Sync For The Crown (see below). This concept returned in Season 10.
  • In Seasons 11 and 12, the final 5 were critiqued, and three of them would be announced as definite finalists. The other two would lip sync for their lives, and the winner would move on to the finale, where they would lip sync for the crown, a finale tradition beginning in Season 9.
    • In Season 12, however, only 3 queens moved on to the finale, due to Sherry Pie's disqualification. In the final episode, the top 3 would lip sync for the crown in a close-up lip sync, then each member of the top 3 would make a individual performance of a song of their choice and Ru would choose which queens would be moving on to the final lip sync for the crown. All the top 3 queens moved on to the final lip sync.

Lip Sync For The Crown

The Lip Sync For The Crown was a unique twist on the lip sync format used for the Season 9 finale. Rather than Ru simply stating the winner during the live finale, it was revealed that the remaining four queens would have to compete in a bracket-style lip sync tournament in order to win the season.

At the beginning of the finale, a large wheel displaying the faces of all four queens was brought out. The queen selected by this wheel was given the chance to choose who she would compete against in the first round of the bracket, with the two queens not chosen lip syncing against each other in the second match-up of the first round. Each of the two performances began with Ru standing at the front of the stage, the two queens behind him, and announcing to the audience:

"Two queens stand behind me. Ladies, this is your last chance to impress me and save yourself from elimination. The time has come... for you to lip sync... FOR. THE. CROWN. Good luck, and don't fuck it up."

At the end of the two matches, Ru announced in front of the live audience which of the two queens performed better with the familiar "Shantay, you stay." The eliminated queen would be asked to "Sashay away," this time with the applause of the audience behind them.

The second round of the tournament consisted of the winners of the first two match-ups (at this point the Top 2 queens of the season) lip syncing against each other in the final lip sync of the season. The performance began again with Ru at the front of the stage with the two queens behind him, this time announcing:

"Two queens stand behind me. Ladies, this is your last chance to impress me, and prove to the world that you are America's Next Drag Superstar. The time has come... for you to lip sync... FOR. THE. CROWN. Good luck, and don't fuck it up."

Following this performance, Ru chose the winner of the season based on this final lip sync as well as each queen's performance throughout the season.

RuPaul's Drag Race Lip Sync Songs

Premiere Lip Syncs

The premiere episode of the season included the queens face-off in Lip Sync For Your Life battles, with no queens being eliminated.

Episode Song Photo Queens Lip Syncing
Lip Sync Winner Lip Sync Loser(s)
1 "Call Me Maybe"
by Carly Rae Jepsen
S13LS1.png Kandy Muse Joey Jay
"When I Grow Up"
by The Pussycat Dolls
S13LS2.png LaLa Ri Denali
"The Pleasure Principle"
by Janet Jackson
S13LS3.png Symone Tamisha Iman
"Rumors"
by Lindsay Lohan
S13LS4.png Gottmik Utica Queen
"Ex's & Oh's"
by Elle King
S13LS5.png Olivia Lux Rosé
"Lady Marmalade"
by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa & Pink
S13LS6.png Tina Burner Elliott with 2 Ts &
Kahmora Hall

Top Two Lip Syncs

The next two episodes of the season included the Top Two queens from each premiere ("Winners" and "Losers") lip syncing for the win, respectively, with no queens being eliminated.

Episode Song Photo Top Two
Lip Sync Winner Safe Queen
2 "Break My Heart"
by Dua Lipa
S13LS7.png Symone Olivia Lux
3 "If U Seek Amy"
by Britney Spears
S13LS8.png Denali Rosé

Regular Lip Syncs

Regular Lip Syncs where bottom two queens lip sync and one gets eliminated continued as of episode 4.
The Corona Can't Keep A Good Queen Down special did not featured lip sync performances or eliminations.

Episode Song Photo Bottom Two
Lip Sync Winner(s) Eliminated Queen
4 "100% Pure Love"
by Crystal Waters
S13LS9.png Denali Kahmora Hall
5 "Fancy"
by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
S13LS10.png LaLa Ri Joey Jay
6 "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)"
by Blu Cantrell
S13LS11.png Kandy Muse Tamisha Iman
7 "Whole Lotta Woman"
by Kelly Clarkson
S13LS12.png Elliott with 2 Ts LaLa Ri
8
(Double Shantay)
"BO$$"
by Fifth Harmony
S13LS13.png Kandy Muse &
Symone
9 "Fascinated"
by Company B
S13LS14.png Utica Queen Elliott with 2 Ts
10 "Shackles (Praise You)"
by Mary Mary
S13LS15.png Olivia Lux Denali
11 "My Humps"
by Black Eyed Peas
S13LS16.png Utica Queen Tina Burner
12 "No Tears Left To Cry"
by Ariana Grande
S13LS17.png Symone Utica Queen
13 "Strong Enough"
by Cher
S13LS18.png Kandy Muse Olivia Lux

Top Four Lip Sync

Episode Song Photo Top Four
Lip Sync Winners Eliminated Queen
14
(Top 4)
"I Learned from the Best (HQ2 Radio Mix)"
by Whitney Houston
S13LS19.png Gottmik,
Kandy Muse,
Rosé &
Symone

Reunion Performances

Denali and LaLa Ri were chosen as the Top Two Lip Syncers of the season and had to lip sync for the charity of their choice.

Episode Song Photo Queen(s) Lip Syncing
15 "Giving Him Something He Can Feel"
by En Vogue
KahmoraHallIndividualPerformance.png Kahmora Hall
"I Want You Back"
by NSYNC
JoeyJayIndividualPerformance.png Joey Jay
"Arrogant"
by Tamisha Iman
TamishaImanIndividualPerformance.png Tamisha Iman
"Bad Bitch Tip"
by LaLa Ri feat. Ocean Kelly
LaLaRiIndividualPerformance.png LaLa Ri
"Hideaway"
by Kiesza
Elliottwith2TsIndividualPerformance.png Elliott with 2 Ts
"How You Like That"
by BLACKPINK
DenaliIndividualPerformance.png Denali
"Turn It & Burn It"
by Tina Burner
TinaBurnerIndividualPerformance.png Tina Burner
"You Should Be Sad"
by Halsey
UticaQueenIndividualPerformance.png Utica Queen
"I'm Goin' Down"
by Mary J. Blige
OliviaLuxIndividualPerformance.png Olivia Lux
"Be My Lover"
by La Bouche
ReunionSpecialPerformanceS13.png Top Two Lip Syncers
Lip Sync Winner Lip Sync Loser
Denali LaLa Ri

Finale Lip Syncs

Episode Song Photo Lip Sync Winner
(Top Two)
Eliminated Queen
16 "TBA"
by TBA
150px TBA TBA
"TBA"
by TBA
150px TBA TBA
"TBA"
by TBA
150px Top Two
Winner Runner-Up
TBA TBA
None of the contestants were eliminated in the lip sync battle.

Top Two Lip Syncs

Both premiere episodes of Season 12 included the Top Two queens lip syncing for the win, with no queens being eliminated.

Episode Song Photo Top Two
Lip Sync Winner Safe Queen
1 "Starships"
by Nicki Minaj
S12EP1LS.png Widow Von'Du Gigi Goode
2 "Call Your Girlfriend"
by Robyn
S12EP2LS.png Jaida Essence Hall Sherry Pie

Regular Lip Syncs

Regular Lip Syncs where bottom two queens lip sync and one gets eliminated continued as of episode 3.

Episode Song Photo Bottom Two
Lip Sync Winner(s) Eliminated Queen(s)
3 "Problem"
by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
S12EP3LS.png Nicky Doll Dahlia Sin
4 "S&M"
by Rihanna
S12EP4LS.png Brita Rock M. Sakura
5 "Heart to Break"
by Kim Petras
S12EP5LS.png Heidi N Closet Nicky Doll
6 "Let It Go"
by Caissie Levy
S12EP6LS.png Brita Aiden Zhane
7 "Burning Up"
by Madonna
S12EP7LS.png Heidi N Closet Brita
8 "This Is My Night"
by Chaka Khan
S12EP8LS.png Widow Von'Du Jan
9 "Firework"
by Katy Perry
S12EP9LS.png Jackie Cox Widow Von'Du
10
(Double Shantay)
"Kill The Lights"
by Alex Newell
S12EP10LS.png Heidi N Closet &
Jackie Cox
11 "1999"
by Prince
S12EP11LS.png Jaida Essence Hall Heidi N Closet
12 "On The Floor"
by Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull
S12EP12LS.png Crystal Methyd Jackie Cox & Sherry Pie
(Disqualified)

Finale Lip Syncs and Individual Performances

Episode 13 did not featured lip sync performances or eliminations.

Episode Song Photo Queen(s) Lip Syncing
14
(Triple Shantay)
"Bring Back My Girls"
by RuPaul
CloseUpPerformance.png Crystal Methyd,
Gigi Goode &
Jaida Essence Hall
"I'm Like a Bird"
by Nelly Furtado
CrystalMethydIndividualPerformance.png Crystal Methyd
"Take On Me"
by a-ha
GigiGoodeIndividualPerformance.png Gigi Goode
"Get Up"
by Ciara
JaidaEssenceHallIndividualPerformance.png Jaida Essence Hall
14 "Survivor"
by Destiny's Child
FinalePerformance.png Top Three
Winner Runners-Up
Jaida Essence Hall Crystal Methyd &
Gigi Goode
None of the contestants were eliminated in the lip sync battle.

Regular Lip Syncs

Episode Song Photo Bottom Two/Six
Lip Sync Winner(s) Eliminated Queen
1 "Best of Both Worlds"
by Hannah Montana
S11EP1LS.png Kahanna Montrese Soju
2 "Work Bitch"
by Britney Spears
S11EP2LS.png Mercedes Iman Diamond Kahanna Montrese
3
(Bottom Six)
"Waiting For Tonight (Hex Hector Remix)"
by Jennifer Lopez
S11EP3LS.png A'keria Chanel Davenport,
Plastique Tiara,
Ra'Jah O'Hara,
Scarlet Envy &
Shuga Cain
Honey Davenport
4 "Living in America"
by James Brown
S11EP4LS.png Ra'Jah O'Hara Mercedes Iman Diamond
5 "I'm Your Baby Tonight"
by Whitney Houston
S11EP5LS.png Shuga Cain Ariel Versace
6 "Last Dance"
by Donna Summer
S11EP6LS.png Ra'Jah O'Hara Scarlet Envy
7 "Strut"
by Sheena Easton
S11EP7LS.png A'keria Chanel Davenport Ra'Jah O'Hara
8
(Double Shantay)
"Sorry Not Sorry"
by Demi Lovato
S11EP8LS.png Brooke Lynn Hytes &
Yvie Oddly
9 "Hood Boy"
by Fantasia
S11EP9LS.png Vanessa Vanjie Mateo Plastique Tiara
10 "No More Drama"
by Mary J. Blige
S11EP10LS.png Vanessa Vanjie Mateo Shuga Cain
11 "No Scrubs"
by TLC
S11EP11LS.png Silky Nutmeg Ganache Nina West
12 "Pride: A Deeper Love"
by Aretha Franklin
S11EP12LS.png Brooke Lynn Hytes Vanessa Vanjie Mateo

Finale Lip Syncs

Episode 13 did not featured lip sync performances or eliminations.

Episode Song Photo Lip Sync Winner
(Top Two)
Eliminated Queen
14 "Bootylicious"
by Destiny's Child
S11EP14LS1.png Brooke Lynn Hytes Silky Nutmeg Ganache
"SOS"
by Rihanna
S11EP14LS2.png Yvie Oddly A'keria Chanel Davenport
"The Edge of Glory"
by Lady Gaga
S11EP14LS3.png Top Two
Winner Runner-Up
Yvie Oddly Brooke Lynn Hytes
None of the contestants were eliminated in the lip sync battle.

Regular Lip Syncs

Episode Song Photo Bottom Two
Lip Sync Winner(s) Eliminated Queen
1 "Ain't No Other Man"
by Christina Aguilera
S10LS1.png Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams Vanessa Vanjie Mateo
2 "Best Of My Love"
by The Emotions
S10LS2.png Eureka O'Hara Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams
3 "Celebrity Skin"
by Hole
S10LS3.png Mayhem Miller Yuhua Hamasaki
4 "Pound The Alarm"
by Nicki Minaj
S10LS4.png Monét X Change Dusty Ray Bottoms
5 "Man! I Feel Like A Woman"
by Shania Twain
S10LS5.png Monét X Change Mayhem Miller
6 "I'm Coming Out"
by Diana Ross
S10LS6.png The Vixen Blair St. Clair
7 "Cut To The Feeling" by
Carly Rae Jepsen
S10LS7.png The Vixen Monique Heart
8 "Groove Is In The Heart"
by Deee-Lite
S10LS8.png Asia O'Hara The Vixen
9
(Double Shantay)
"New Attitude"
by Patti LaBelle
S10LS9.png Eureka O'Hara &
Kameron Michaels
10 "Good As Hell"
by Lizzo
S10LS10.png Kameron Michaels Monét X Change
11 "Nasty Girl"
by Vanity 6
S10LS11.png Kameron Michaels Miz Cracker

Top Four Lip Sync

Episode Song Photo Top Four
Lip Sync Winners Eliminated Queen
12
(Top 4)
"Call Me Mother"
by RuPaul
S10LS12.png Aquaria,
Asia O'Hara,
Eureka O'Hara &
Kameron Michaels

Finale Lip Syncs

Episode 13 did not featured lip sync performances or eliminations.

Episode Song Photo Lip Sync Winner(s)
(Top Three)
Eliminated Queen
14 "Nasty"
by Janet Jackson
S10LS14.png Kameron Michaels Asia O'Hara
14
(Double Shantay)
"If"
by Janet Jackson
S10LS142.png Aquaria &
Eureka O'Hara
14 "Bang Bang"
by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
S10LS143.png Top Three
Winner Runners-Up
Aquaria Eureka O'Hara &
Kameron Michaels
None of the contestants were eliminated in the lip sync battle.

Regular Lip Syncs

Episode 1 did not featured lip sync performances or eliminations.

Episode Song Photo Bottom Two
Lip Sync Winner(s) Eliminated Queen
2 "Love Shack"
by The B-52's
S9LS1.png Kimora Blac Jaymes Mansfield
3 "Holding Out For A Hero"
by Bonnie Tyler
S9LS2.png Aja Kimora Blac
4 "I Wanna Go"
by Britney Spears
S9LS3.png Trinity Taylor Charlie Hides
5
(Double Shantay)
"Woman Up"
by Meghan Trainor
S9LS4.png Cynthia Lee Fontaine &
Farrah Moan
Eureka O'Hara
(Departed)
6 "Music"
by Madonna
S9LS5.png Peppermint Cynthia Lee Fontaine
7 "Finally"
by Cece Peniston
S9LS6.png Nina Bo'nina Brown Aja
8 "Baby I'm Burnin'"
by Dolly Parton
S9LS7.png Alexis Michelle Farrah Moan
9 "Greedy"
by Ariana Grande
S9LS8.png Nina Bo'nina Brown Valentina
10 "Cool For The Summer"
by Demi Lovato
S9LS9.png Shea Couleé Nina Bo'nina Brown
11 "Macho Man"
by Village People
S9LS10.png Peppermint Alexis Michelle

Top Four Lip Sync

Episode Song Photo Top Four
Lip Sync Winners Eliminated Queen
12
(Top 4)
"U Wear It Well"
by RuPaul
S9LS11.png Peppermint,
Sasha Velour,
Shea Couleé &
Trinity Taylor

Finale Lip Syncs

Episode 13 did not featured lip sync performances or eliminations.

Episode Song Photo Lip Sync Winner
(Top Two)
Eliminated Queen
14 "Stronger"
by Britney Spears
S9LS12.png Peppermint Trinity Taylor
"So Emotional"
by Whitney Houston
S9LS13.png Sasha Velour Shea Couleé
"It's Not Right But It's Okay"
by Whitney Houston
S9LS14.png Top Two
Winner Runner-Up
Sasha Velour Peppermint
None of the contestants were eliminated in the lip sync battle.

Regular Lip Syncs

Episode Song Photo Bottom Two
Lip Sync Winner Eliminated Queen(s)
1 "Applause"
by Lady Gaga
S8LS1.png Laila McQueen Naysha Lopez
2
(Double Sashay)
"I Will Survive"
by Gloria Gaynor
S8LS2.png Dax ExclamationPoint &
Laila McQueen
3 "Mesmerized"
by Faith Evans
S8LS3.png Robbie Turner Cynthia Lee Fontaine
4 "Call Me"
by Blondie
S8LS4.png Chi Chi DeVayne Naysha Lopez
5 "Causing A Commotion"
by Madonna
S8LS5.png Naomi Smalls Acid Betty
6 "I Don't Care"
by Icona Pop
S8LS6.png Derrick Barry Robbie Turner
7 "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going'"
by Jennifer Holliday
S8LS7.png Chi Chi DeVayne Thorgy Thor
8 "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)"
by Sylvester
S8LS8.png Bob The Drag Queen Derrick Barry

Top Four Lip Sync

Episode Song Photo Top Four
Lip Sync Winners Eliminated Queen
9
(Top 4)
"The Realness"
by RuPaul
S8LS9.png Bob The Drag Queen,
Kim Chi &
Naomi Smalls
Chi Chi DeVayne

Individual Performances

Episode Song Photo Queen Lip Syncing
10 "I Don't Like To Show Off"
by Lucian Piane
BTDQIndividualPerformance.png Bob The Drag Queen
"Fat, Fem & Asian"
by Lucian Piane
KimChiIndividualPerformance.png Kim Chi
"Legs"
by Lucian Piane
NaomiSmallsIndividualPerformance.png Naomi Smalls
Top Three
Winner Runners-Up
Bob The Drag Queen Kim Chi &
Naomi Smalls
Both of the contestants were eliminated in the lip sync batte.

Regular Lip Syncs

Episode Song Photo Bottom Two
Lip Sync Winner Eliminated Queen
1 "Geronimo"
by RuPaul ft Lucian Piane
S7LS1.png Kandy Ho Tempest DuJour
2 "Twist of Fate"
by Olivia Newton-John
S7LS2.png Katya Sasha Belle
3 "I Was Gonna Cancel"
by Kylie Minogue
S7LS3.png Kennedy Davenport Jasmine Masters
4 "Dreaming"
by Blondie
S7LS4.png Pearl Trixie Mattel
5 "Lovergirl"
by Teena Marie
S7LS5.png Kandy Ho Mrs. Kasha Davis
6 "Break Free"
by Ariana Grande
S7LS6.png Jaidynn Diore Fierce Kandy Ho
7 "No More Lies"
by Michel'le
S7LS7.png Jaidynn Diore Fierce Max
8 "I Think We're Alone Now"
by Tiffany
S7LS8.png Ginger Minj (with Sasha Belle) Jaidynn Diore Fierce (with Tempest DuJour)
9 "Really Don't Care"
by Demi Lovato ft Cher Lloyd
S7LS9.png Pearl Miss Fame
10 "Show Me Love"
by Robin S.
S7LS10.png Ginger Minj Trixie Mattel
11 "Roar"
by Katy Perry
S7LS11.png Kennedy Davenport Katya

Top Four Lip Sync

Episode Song Photo Top Four
Lip Sync Winners Eliminated Queen
12
(Top 4)
"Born Naked"
by RuPaul ft Clairy Browne
S7LS12.png Ginger Minj,
Pearl &
Violet Chachki
Kennedy Davenport

Individual Performances

Episode 13 did not featured lip sync performances or eliminations.

Episode Song Photo Queen Lip Syncing
14 "Pray & Slay"
by Lucian Piane
GingerMinjIndividualPerformance.png Ginger Minj
"Sleepwalker"
by Lucian Piane
PearlIndividualPerformance.png Pearl
"Too Many Daddies"
by Lucian Piane
VioletChachkiIndividualPerformance.png Violet Chachki
Top Three
Winner Runners-Up
Violet Chachki Ginger Minj &
Pearl

Regular Lip Syncs

Episode Song Photo Bottom Two
Lip Sync Winner(s) Eliminated Queen
1 "Express Yourself"
by Madonna
S6LS1.png Vivacious Kelly Mantle
2 "Turn The Beat Around"
by Vicky Sue Robinson
S6LS2.png Darienne Lake Magnolia Crawford
3 "Shake it Up"
by Selena Gomez
S6LS3.png April Carrión Vivacious
4 "I'm Every Woman"
by Chaka Khan
S6LS4.png Trinity K. Bonet April Carrión
5 "Head to Toe"
by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
S6LS5.png Laganja Estranja Gia Gunn
6 "Whatta Man"
by Salt-n-Pepa feat. En Vogue
S6LS6.png Trinity K. Bonet Milk
7
(Double Shantay)
"Point of No Return"
by Exposé
S6LS7.png BenDeLaCreme &
Darienne Lake
8 "Stupid Girls"
by P!nk
S6LS8.png Joslyn Fox Laganja Estranja
9 "Vibeology"
by Paula Abdul
S6LS9.png Adore Delano Trinity K. Bonet
10 "Think"
by Aretha Franklin
S6LS10.png Adore Delano Joslyn Fox
11 "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
by Kelly Clarkson
S6LS11.png Darienne Lake BenDeLaCreme

Top Four Lip Sync

Episode 13 and Episode 14 did not featured lip sync performances or eliminations.

Episode Song Photo Top Four
Lip Sync Winners Eliminated Queen
12
(Top 4)
"Sissy That Walk"
by RuPaul
S6LS12.png Adore Delano,
Bianca Del Rio &
Courtney Act
Darienne Lake
Top Three
Winner Runners-Up
Bianca Del Rio Adore Delano &
Courtney Act
None of the contestants were eliminated in the lip sync battle.

Regular Lip Syncs

Episode Song Photo Bottom Two
Lip Sync Winner(s) Eliminated Queen(s)
1 "Party in the U.S.A"
by Miley Cyrus
S5LS1.png Serena ChaCha Penny Tration
2 "Only Girl (In The World)"
by Rihanna
S5LS2.png Monica Beverly Hillz Serena ChaCha
3 "When I Grow Up"
by Pussycat Dolls
S5LS3.png Coco Montrese Monica Beverly Hillz
4
(Double Sashay)
"Oops!...I Did It Again"
by Britney Spears
S5LS4.png Honey Mahogany &
Vivienne Pinay
5 "Take Me Home"
by Cher
S5LS5.png Detox Lineysha Sparx
6 "I'm So Excited"
by The Pointer Sisters
S5LS6.png Coco Montrese Jade Jolie
7
(Double Shantay)
"Whip My Hair"
by Willow Smith
S5LS7.png Alyssa Edwards &
Roxxxy Andrews
8 "Ain't Nothin' Going on but the Rent"
by Gwen Guthrie
S5LS8.png Alyssa Edwards Ivy Winters
9 "Cold Hearted"
by Paula Abdul
S5LS9.png Coco Montrese Alyssa Edwards
10 "(It Takes) Two To Make It Right"
by Seduction
S5LS10.png Detox Coco Montrese
11 "Malambo No. 1"
by Yma Sumac
S5LS11.png Jinkx Monsoon Detox

Top Three Lip Sync

Episode 13 and Episode 14 did not featured lip sync performances or eliminations.

Episode Song Photo Top Three
Lip Sync Winners Eliminated Queen
12
(Top 3)
"The Beginning"
by RuPaul
S5LS12.png Alaska,
Jinkx Monsoon &
Roxxxy Andrews
Top Three
Winner Runners-Up
Jinkx Monsoon Alaska &
Roxxxy Andrews
Both of the contestants were eliminated in the lip sync batte.
None of the contestants were eliminated in the lip sync battle.

Regular Lip Syncs

Episode Song Photo Bottom Two
Lip Sync Winner(s) Eliminated Queen
1 "Toxic"
by Britney Spears
S4LS1.png Jiggly Caliente Alisa Summers
2 "Bad Girls"
by Donna Summer
S4LS2.png The Princess Lashauwn Beyond
3 "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)"
by Natalie Cole
S4LS3.png Dida Ritz The Princess
4 "Trouble"
by P!nk
S4LS4.png Milan Madame LaQueer
5 "Vogue"
by Madonna
S4LS5.png Milan Kenya Michaels
6 "Born This Way"
by Lady Gaga
S4LS6.png Jiggly Caliente Milan
7 "Mi Vida Loca"
by Pam Tillis
S4LS7.png Willam Jiggly Caliente
8
(Double Shantay)
"It's Raining Men (The Sequel)"
by Martha Wash and RuPaul
S4LS8.png Phi Phi O'Hara &
Sharon Needles
Willam
(Disqualified)
9 "I've Got To Use My Imagination"
by Gladys Knight
S4LS9.png Latrice Royale Dida Ritz
10 "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
by Aretha Franklin
S4LS10.png Latrice Royale Kenya Michaels
11 "No One Else On Earth"
by Wynonna Judd
S4LS11.png Chad Michaels Latrice Royale

Top Three Lip Sync

Episode 12 and Episode 14 did not featured lip sync performances or eliminations.

Episode Song Photo Top Three
Lip Sync Winners Eliminated Queen
13
(Top 3)
"Glamazon"
by RuPaul
S4LS12.png Chad Michaels,
Phi Phi O'Hara &
Sharon Needles
Top Three
Winner Runners-Up
Sharon Needles Chad Michaels &
Phi Phi O'Hara
None of the contestants were eliminated in the lip sync battle.

Regular Lip Syncs

Episode 1 did not featured lip sync performances or eliminations.

Episode Song Photo Bottom Two
Lip Sync Winner(s) Eliminated Queen
2 "The Right Stuff"
by Vanessa Williams
S3LS1.png Shangela Laquifa Wadley Venus D-Lite
3 "Bad Romance"
by Lady Gaga
S3LS2.png Delta Work Phoenix
4 "Don't Leave Me This Way"
by Thelma Houston
S3LS3.png India Ferrah Mimi Imfurst
5 "Meeting in the Ladies Room"
by Klymaxx
S3LS4.png Stacy Layne Matthews India Ferrah
6 "Lookin For A New Love"
by Jody Watley
S3LS5.png Delta Work Mariah
7 "Knock On Wood"
by Amii Stewart
S3LS6.png Alexis Mateo Stacy Layne Matthews
8 "MacArthur Park"
by Donna Summer
S3LS7.png Manila Luzon Delta Work
9
(Double Shantay)
"Hey Mickey (Spanish Version)"
by Toni Basil
S3LS8.png Carmen Carrera &
Yara Sofia
10 "Believe"
by Cher
S3LS9.png Shangela Laquifa Wadley Carmen Carrera
11 "Even Angels"
by Fantasia
S3LS10.png Alexis Mateo Shangela Laquifa Wadley
12 "Straight Up"
by Paula Abdul
S3LS11.png Raja Carmen Carrera
13 "I Think About You"
by Patti LaBelle
S3LS12.png Alexis Mateo Yara Sofia

Finale Lip Sync

Episode 14 and Episode 16 did not featured lip sync performances or eliminations.

Episode Song Photo Top Two
Winner Runner-Up
15 "Champion"
by RuPaul
S3LS13.png Raja Manila Luzon
None of the contestants were eliminated in the lip sync battle.

Regular Lip Syncs

Episode Song Photo Bottom Two
Lip Sync Winner Eliminated Queen
1 "Covergirl (Put The Bass In Your Walk)"
by RuPaul
S2LS1.png Sahara Davenport Shangela Laquifa Wadley
2 "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
by En Vogue
S2LS2.png Raven Nicole Paige Brooks
3 "I Hear You Knocking"
by Wynonna Judd
S2LS3.png Raven Mystique Summers Madison
4 "Two of Hearts"
by Stacey Q
S2LS4.png Morgan McMichaels Sonique
5 "Carry On"
by Martha Wash
S2LS5.png Sahara Davenport Morgan McMichaels
6 "Black Velvet"
by Alannah Myles
S2LS6.png Jujubee Sahara Davenport
7 "He's the Greatest Dancer'"
by Sister Sledge
S2LS7.png Tatianna Jessica Wild
8 "Shake Your Love"
by Debbie Gibson
S2LS8.png Jujubee Pandora Boxx
9 "Something He Can Feel"
by Aretha Franklin
S2LS9.png Jujubee Tatianna

Finale Lip Sync

Episode 10 and Episode 12 did not featured lip sync performances or eliminations.

Episode Song Photo Top Two
Winner Runner-Up
11 "Jealous of My Boogie"
by RuPaul
S2LS10.png Tyra Sanchez Raven

Regular Lip Syncs

Episode Song Photo Bottom Two
Lip Sync Winner Eliminated Queen
1 "Supermodel"
by RuPaul
S1LS1.png Akashia Victoria "Porkchop" Parker
2 "We Break The Dawn"
by Michelle Williams
S1LS2.png Akashia Tammie Brown
3 "The Greatest Love of All"
by Whitney Houston
S1LS3.png Shannel Akashia
4 "Would I Lie to You?"
by Eurythmics
S1LS4.png Rebecca Glasscock Jade
5 "Stronger"
by Britney Spears
S1LS5.png BeBe Zahara Benet Ongina
6 "Shackles (Praise You)"
by Mary Mary
S1LS6.png Rebecca Glasscock Shannel

Finale Lip Sync

Episode 7 and Episode 9 did not featured lip sync performances or eliminations.

Episode Song Photo Top Two
Winner Runner-Up
8 "Cover Girl (Put The Bass In Your Walk)"
by RuPaul
S1LS7.png BeBe Zahara Benet Nina Flowers

Lip Sync Performances

Reunion Performances

Trivia

  • Some particularly memorable moments from lip syncs include:
    • During Season 1, Shannel's wig fell off in the middle of her lip sync against Akashia. This was the first time a queens wig came off, accidentally or intentionally, during a lip sync. 
    • During Season 2, Sahara Davenport jumped off the stage into the splits in the middle of her lip sync against Morgan McMichaels. This moment was later recreated in Season 7 by Sahara's drag sister Kennedy Davenport during her lip sync against Katya
    • During a Season 3 lip sync between Mimi Imfurst and India Ferrah, Mimi picked India up carried her over her shoulders onto the stage. Mimi was reprimanded for this by RuPaul, and was eliminated as a result. 
    • After Yara Sofia and Carmen Carrera s lip sync during Season 3, Ru announced that neither queen would be going home. This was the show's first non-elimination. 
    • Near the end of Season 3, Yara broke down crying in the middle of her lip sync against Alexis Mateo, due to the stress of the competition. Several of the judges started tearing up as a result of this moment. 
    • During Season 5, Vivienne Pinay and Honey Mahogany became the first two queens to be eliminated in a double elimination, as Ru felt neither brought the passion he was looking for. 
    • Also during Season 5, Roxxxy Andrews tore off her wig during her lip sync against Alyssa Edwards, revealing another wig underneath. This was cited as one of the most memorable moments from Season 5, and Roxxxy later referenced the moment during the first challenge of All Stars 2. 
    • During Nina Bo'Nina Brown and Valentina's lip sync on Season 9, Ru stopped the music due to Valentina not removing a mask she was wearing which was hiding her lips and the judges ability to see her lip sync. After some opposition, Valentina removed the mask and the lip sync was started over, only for it to be revealed Valentina didn't know the words to the song. She was eliminated as a result of this. This was the first and only time RuPaul has stopped a lip sync partway through. 
    • Also during Season 9, in Sasha Velour and Shea Couleé's Lip Sync for the Crown, Sasha removed her wig only to have a flurry of rose petals fall out from underneath it. This resulted in a standing ovation from the audience in the middle of the lip sync, and led to Sasha eliminating Shea (a queen who many thought was going to win the season.) 
    • During Monét X Change and Dusty Ray Bottoms' lip sync on Season 10, Monét faked a jump split on a false beat drop of the song. This resulted on the judges laughing out loud. 
    • In Season 11, one team performed so terribly in the challenge that RuPaul asked them all to lip sync in the show's first ever six-way lip sync for your life, resulting in A'keria Chanel Davenport, Honey Davenport, Plastique Tiara, Ra'Jah O'Hara, Scarlet Envy and Shuga Cain all performing on one stage.
    • In Season 13, instead of having a premiere or split-premiere, the opening episode featured six lip syncs that resulted in the queens being split into two groups- the "Winner's Circle" and the "Pork Chop Queens." Elliott With 2 Ts, who was originally put in the Pork Chop group, was moved to the Winner's Circle after being voted to be "eliminated" by her fellow Pork Chop queens.
  • Alexis Michelle and Farrah Moan's lip sync on Season 9 was the 100th lip sync for your life.
  • During Season 10, Kameron Michaels participated in 6 lip syncs, the record for most times lip syncing in a single (regular) season.
  • Season 5 is the first season of the franchise to feature both a Double Shantay and a Double Elimination.
  • BenDeLaCreme & Darienne LakeAlaska & Katya, BenDeLaCreme & Shangela, Eureka O'Hara & Kameron Michaels, Eureka O'Hara & Aquaria, Monique Heart & Trinity The Tuck, Ra'Jah O'Hara & Scarlet Envy, Ra'Jah O'Hara & A'keria Chanel Davenport, Brooke Lynn Hytes & Yvie Oddly, and Ma'Ma Queen & Miss Abby OMG are the only pairs of queens to lip sync against each other twice.
  • Apart from RuPaul, the only male vocal songs have been by Sylvester, The B-52s, Village People, James Brown, Wham!, Alex Newell, Prince, Ricky Martin, and Black Eyed Peas.
  • Fourteen lip-sync songs have been used multiple times:
    1. The first was RuPaul's "Cover Girl", used for BeBe Zahara Benet's and Nina Flowers' lip sync in Season 1 and Sahara Davenport and Shangela's lip-sync in Season 2.
    2. The second was Britney Spears's "Stronger", used for Bebe and Ongina's lip sync in Season 1 and Peppermint and Trinity Taylor's lip sync tournament battle in Season 9.
    3. The third was Lady Gaga's "Born This Way", used for Milan and Jiggly Caliente's lip-sync in Season 4 and Meannie Minaj and Morrigan's lip-sync in Drag Race Thailand (Season 1). It was used once more in Drag Race Holland (Season 1).
    4. The fourth was Britney Spears's "Toxic", used for Alisa Summers and Jiggly Caliente's lip-sync in Season 4 and JAJA, Année Maywong and Petchra in Drag Race Thailand (Season 1).
    5. The fifth was Janet Jackson’s “Nasty”, used for Jujubee and Manila Luzon's lip-sync in All Stars 1 and Asia O'Hara and Kameron Michaels' lip sync tournament battle in Season 10.
    6. The sixth was RuPaul's "Born Naked", used for Ginger Minj, Kennedy Davenport, Pearl, and Violet Chachki's final lip-sync in Season 7 and Silver Sonic and M Stranger Fox's lip-sync in Drag Race Thailand (Season 2).
    7. The seventh was RuPaul's "Sissy That Walk", used for Adore Delano, Bianca Del Rio, Courtney Act, and Darienne Lake's final lip-sync in Season 6 and Latrice Royale and Monique Heart's LaLaPaRUza lip-sync in All Stars 4.
    8. The eighth was The Eurythmics' "Would I Lie to You" used for Jade and Rebecca Glasscock's lip-sync in Season 1 and Sum Ting Wong and Vinegar Strokes⁠'s lip-sync in RuPaul's Drag Race UK (Season 1).
    9. The ninth was Madonna's' "Express Yourself" used for Kelly Mantle and Vivacious' lip-sync in Season 6 and Megan Schoonbrood and Roem's lip-sync in Drag Race Holland (Season 1).
    10. The tenth was Katy Perry's "Roar" used for Katya and Kennedy Davenport's lip-sync in Season 7 and Madame Madness and Patty Pam-Pam's lip-sync in Drag Race Holland (Season 1).
    11. The eleventh was Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" used for Darienne Lake and BenDeLaCreme's lip-sync in Season 6 and Ma'Ma Queen and Miss Abby OMG's lip-sync in Drag Race Holland (Season 1).
    12. The twelfth was The Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up" used for Coco Montrese and Monica Beverly Hillz' lip-sync in Season 5 and Denali and LaLa Ri's lip-sync in Season 13.
    13. The thirteenth was Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa and P!nk's "Lady Marmalade" used for both seasons of Drag Race Thailand and Elliott with 2 Ts, Kahmora Hall and Tina Burner's lip-sync in Season 13.
    14. "Shackles (Praise You)" by Mary Mary was the fourteenth song, used for Season 1 with Rebecca Glasscock and Shannel and Season 13, with Olivia Lux and Denali.
      • The first two lip sync repeats were both songs originally used in Season 1, and both in lip syncs won by BeBe Zahara Benet.
      • The third and fourth reused songs were both from season 4 and both lipsyncs won by Jiggly Caliente.
      • The sixth and seventh reused songs were both the top 4 lipsyncs of their season where the queen eliminated had been lipsyncing the week prior. They are also both RuPaul songs.
      • The fourteenth reused song is the only gospel song to ever be used on the show.
  • Three out of the six Madonna songs lip synced on the show were used in Snatch Game episodes.
  • The majority of artists/bands have only been lip synced to once, with some notable exceptions:
    • RuPaul with 25 songs (one with Martha Wash, two with Big Freedia).
      • RuPaul has been performed 28 times as Covergirl, Born Naked, and Sissy That Walk have all been used twice.
    • Ariana Grande with 7 songs, Break Free, Greedy, Bang Bang, Into You, Problem, One Last Time and No Tears Left To Cry.
    • Madonna and Whitney Houston with 6 songs.
    • Britney Spears and Aretha Franklin with 5 songs respectively.
      • Although Spears has been performed 7 times as Stronger and Toxic were used twice.
    • Lady Gaga, Paula Abdul and Nicki Minaj (one as a feature) with 4 songs respectively.
      • Although Gaga has been performed 6 times as Born This Way was used 3 times.
    • Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Miley Cyrus (one as Hannah Montana), Donna Summer, Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera & P!nk with 3 songs respectively.
      • Jackson has also been performed 4 times as Nasty was used twice.
    • Wynonna Judd, Patti LaBelle, Martha Wash (one with RuPaul), Pussycat Dolls, Cher, En Vogue (one as a feature), Blondie, Gladys Knight (One as Gladys Knight & the Pips), The Pointer Sisters, Katy Perry, Diana Ross, Big Freedia (Both Features), Fantasia, Robyn, Chaka Khan, & Michelle Williams (one with Destiny's Child) with 2 songs respectively.
      • Eurythmics have been performed 3 times as Would I Lie to You? has been used twice.
      • The Pussycat Dolls have also been performed 3 times, as When I Grow Up has been used twice.
  • Besides RuPaul, Britney Spears is the first artist to be lip synced two separate times (in Season 1 and Season 4), quickly followed by Donna Summer (in Season 3 and Season 4.)
    • Spears is also the first artist besides RuPaul to have a song used twice, being Stronger in Season 1 and Season 9.
    • Spears is also the first artist besides RuPaul to be lip synced twice in the same season on two separate episodes, with I Wanna Go and Stronger in Season 9.
      • She was followed by Nicki Minaj in Season 10 with Pound the Alarm and Bang Bang.
  • Whitney Houston is the first artist to be lip synced twice in the same episode, with So Emotional and It's Not Right But It's Okay from season 9's Grande Finale.
    • She was followed by Janet Jackson with Nasty and If from the season 10 Grande Finale.
  • Besides RuPaul, Miley Cyrus is the first artist to have one of their songs used for two different premiere episodes, Party in the USA in Season 5 & (as Hannah Montana) Best of Both Worlds in Season 11.
  • Season 11 and All Stars 5 are the only seasons of the franchise where a RuPaul song isn't lip synced to.
  • Excluding Top 4 and finale episodes, Season 12 was the first regular Drag Race season to include a Top 2 lip sync (used in the two premiere episodes). However, unlike the All Stars format of naming both of the Top 2 challenge winners, the winner of each respective lip sync was the overall winner of the episode.
  • The greatest number of lip syncs in a single episode is six, in the first episode of Season 13.
    • Season 13 is the first time the series aired multiple lip syncs in an opening episode.
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