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The twelfth season of RuPaul's Drag Race was announced January 22, 2019. Casting opened that same day with a submission deadline of March 1st and later it was announced that thirteen queens will compete for the crown this season. Filming began in late July 2019 and the cast was officially revealed on January 23, 2020 on Twitter with a pre-recorded event showcasing the queens with current reigning Yvie Oddly as the host. The promo theme was Red, White, and Blue since 2020 is an American presidential election year. At the end of each episode, queens are seen holding signs that read "Register to Vote".

The season 12 queen crowned "America's Next Drag Superstar" was Jaida Essence Hall, while Heidi N Closet was awarded the title of Miss Congeniality by her fellow castmates.

About The Show

The fiercest series on primetime returns to the runway on Friday, February 28th at 8:00 PM ET/PT. The highly anticipated new season brings together thirteen fabulous queens as they vie for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a cash prize of $100,000. The Emmy nominated after-show "RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked" will premiere immediately following at 9:30 PM ET/PT. "Untucked" will provide viewers with an all-access pass to the backstage drama as the queens anxiously await their fate and who will need to lip-sync for their life to avoid the week's elimination.

Contestants

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(Ages and names stated are during time of contest)

Rank Contestant Photo Real Name Age Current City Ep. 1 Ep. 2 Ep. 3 Ep. 4 Ep. 5 Ep. 6 Ep. 7 Ep. 8 Ep. 9 Ep.10 Ep.11 Ep.12 Ep. 13 Ep.14
Premiere Ball Snatch
Game
Rusical Make Over Rusical Reunion Grand
Finale
1st
(Winner)
Jaida
Essence Hall

(Group 2)
JaidaS12Promo Jared
Johnson
32 Milwaukee,
WI
WIN SAFE
Team
Captain
HIGH SAFE SAFE SAFE HIGH WIN WIN BTM2 HIGH RUNNING WINNER
2nd/3rd
(Runners-Up)
Crystal
Methyd

(Group 1)
CrystalMethydS12Promo Cody
Harness
28 Springfield,
MO
SAFE LOW SAFE SAFE LOW HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH WIN BTM2 RUNNING RUNNER
UP
Gigi
Goode

(Group 1)
GigiS12Promo Samuel
Steven
Geggie
21 Los Angeles,
CA
TOP2 SAFE WIN
Mini
Chall.
Winner
HIGH
Mini
Chall.
Winner
WIN WIN LOW
Mini
Chall.
Winner
LOW SAFE SAFE WIN
Mini
Chall.
Winner
RUNNING RUNNER
UP
4th

(Disqualified)

Sherry
Pie

(Group 2)
SherryS12Promo Joey
Gugliemelli
27 New York, NY TOP2 WIN SAFE WIN HIGH SAFE LOW SAFE HIGH LOW DISQ
5th Jackie
Cox

(Group 1)
JackieS12Promo Darius
Rose
34 New York, NY HIGH HIGH SAFE HIGH HIGH LOW HIGH
Mini
Chall.
Winner
BTM2
Mini
Chall.
Winner
BTM2 HIGH
Mini
Chall.
Winner
ELIM RTRN RTRN
6th
(Miss Congeniality)
Heidi
N
Closet

(Group 1)
HeidiS12Promo Trevien
Anthonie
Cheek
24 Ramseur,
NC
LOW HIGH
Team
Captain
SAFE BTM2 SAFE BTM2 WIN HIGH BTM2 ELIM RTRN MISS
CON
7th Widow
Von'Du

(Group 1)
WidowS12Promo Ray
Fry
30 Kansas City,
MO
WIN SAFE
Team
Captain
SAFE HIGH SAFE SAFE BTM2 ELIM RTRN RTRN
8th Jan
(Group 2)
JanS12Promo Charlie
Mantione
26 New York, NY HIGH SAFE SAFE HIGH SAFE HIGH ELIM RTRN RTRN
9th Brita
(Group 1)
BritaS12Promo Jesse
Havea
34 New York, NY HIGH SAFE BTM2 LOW BTM2 ELIM RTRN RTRN
10th Aiden
Zhane

(Group 2)
AidenS12Promo Devin
Lewis
29 Acworth,
GA
HIGH SAFE
Team
Captain
LOW HIGH ELIM RTRN RTRN
11th Nicky
Doll

(Group 1)
NickyS12Promo Karl
Sanchez
28 New York, NY LOW BTM2 HIGH ELIM
Mini
Chall.
Winner
RTRN RTRN
12th Rock
M.
Sakura

(Group 2)
RockS12Promo Bryan
Steven
Bradford
28 San
Francisco,
CA
LOW SAFE ELIM RTRN RTRN
13th Dahlia
Sin

(Group 2)
DahliaS12Promo Erick
Anthony
28 Los Angeles,
CA
LOW ELIM RTRN RTRN
The contestant won RuPaul's Drag Race.
The contestant was a runner-up.
The contestant won the maxi challenge or was in the Top 2 in their premiere and won the lip-sync.
The contestant was in the Top 2 in their premiere but did not win the lip-sync.
The contestant was one of the two maxi challenge winners.
The contestant was one of the best but did not win the maxi challenge or place in the Top 2.
The contestant was one of the worst but was not up for elimination.
The contestant placed in the bottom two, but neither one was eliminated.
The contestant placed in the bottom two and won the lip-sync for your life.
The contestant placed in the bottom two, lost the lip-sync for your life, and was eliminated.
The contestant was voted Miss Congeniality by the contestants.
The contestant returned and appeared on the reunion episode, but was out of the running.
The contestant placed safe in the episode and was disqualified prior to their premiere, thus not invited to the season's reunion and finale.

Queen's Winning Earnings

Name Money
Aiden $2,000
Brita $2,000
Crystal $7,000
Dahlia $2,000
Gigi $25,500
Heidi $17,000
Jackie $5,500
Jaida $117,000
Jan $2,000
Nicky $2,000
Rock $2,000
Sherry $10,000
Widow $7,000
Since being disqualified, VH1 and World of Wonder have matched Sherry's prize money earned with donations to The Trevor Project.
  • Each queen present in the Grand Finale episode was awarded a $2,000 tip during the last episode, courtesy of Pantene.

Episodes

Series # Episode # Episode Title Air Date
183 1 I'm That Bitch February 28, 2020
184 2 You Don't Know Me March 6, 2020
185 3 World's Worst March 13, 2020
186 4 The Ball Ball March 20, 2020
187 5 Gay's Anatomy March 27, 2020
188 6 Snatch Game April 3, 2020
189 7 Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical April 10, 2020
190 8 Droop April 17, 2020
191 9 Choices 2020 April 24, 2020
192 10 Superfan Makeover May 1, 2020
193 11 One-Queen Show May 8, 2020
194 12 Viva Drag Vegas May 15, 2020
195 13 Alone Together May 22, 2020
196 14 Grand Finale May 29, 2020

Episode 1: "I'm That Bitch"

Airdate: February 28, 2020

Synopsis: Nicki Minaj guest judges the new cast of queens competing for $100,000 and the title of America's Next Drag Superstar. The first step toward the crown is having to write and perform an original rap number.

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Episode 1 Judges

  • Special Guests: Raven, Mayhem Miller (as NOT Kanye West) and Kimora Blac (as NOT Kim Kardashian)
  • Guest Judge: Nicki Minaj
  • Mini Challenge: Model two looks on the runway; one for Spring and one for Fall.
  • Maxi Challenge: Write and perform an original rap number to "I'm That Bitch".
  • Runway Theme: Sparkle
  • Top Two: Gigi Goode and Widow Von'Du
  • Lip Sync Song: "Starships" by Nicki Minaj
  • Lip Sync Winner: Widow Von'Du
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A cash tip of $5,000

Entrance Order

1 Brita
2 Nicky Doll
3 Widow Von'Du
4 Jackie Cox
5 Heidi N Closet
6 Gigi Goode
7 Crystal Methyd

Episode 2: "You Don't Know Me"

Airdate: March 6, 2020

Synopsis: Thandie Newton (Westworld) and Swedish singer Robyn guest judge. And as the race for the crown continues, the queens must write and perform a Fosse-inspired jazz number. 

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Episode 2 Judges

  • Special Guests: Zaldy, Raven, Kim Chi (as NOT Anna Sui), Sonique (as NOT Karl Lagerfeld), and Mayhem Miller (as NOT Andre Leon Talley)
  • Guest Judges: Robyn and Thandie Newton
  • Mini Challenge: Model two looks on the runway; one for Spring and one for Fall.
  • Maxi Challenge: Write and perform an original Fosse-inspired jazz number called "You Don't Know Me".
  • Runway Theme: Tulle
  • Top Two: Jaida Essence Hall and Sherry Pie
  • Lip Sync Song: "Call Your Girlfriend" by Robyn
  • Lip Sync Winner: Jaida Essence Hall
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A cash tip of $5,000

Entrance Order

1 Rock M. Sakura
2 Dahlia Sin
3 Sherry Pie
4 Jan
5 Jaida Essence Hall
6 Aiden Zhane

Episode 3: "World's Worst"

Airdate: March 13, 2020

Synopsis: The queens must flex their comedy improv skills when they audition for the new TV show World's Worst - a talent show for people with little talent. Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) guest judges. 

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Episode 3 Judges

  • Special Guests: Charo and Vivacious as Ornacia
  • Guest Judge: Olivia Munn
  • Mini Challenge: Queer-Peer Assessment
  • Maxi Challenge: Improv in a talent competition, called "World's Worst".
  • Runway Theme: Buttons and Bows
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Sherry Pie
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize which was donated to The Trevor Project
  • Bottom Two: Dahlia Sin and Nicky Doll
  • Lip Sync Song: "Problem" by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
  • Eliminated: Dahlia Sin
  • Farewell Message: Keep Ur Heads UP I♡U ALL! -Dahlia ♡

World's Worst Groups

Team Jaida Team Aiden Team Widow Team Heidi
Dahlia Sin Aiden Zhane Crystal Methyd Gigi Goode
Jaida Essence Hall Brita Nicky Doll Heidi N Closet
Jan Sherry Pie Widow Von'Du Jackie Cox
Rock M. Sakura

Episode 4: "The Ball Ball"

Airdate: March 20, 2020

Synopsis: The queens' creativity comes to life when they compete in a pageant of sports-inspired couture, and strutting the runway in three "ball-themed" looks. Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live) guest judges. 

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Episode 4 Judges

  • Guest Judge: Leslie Jones
  • Mini Challenge: "The Beehive Jive" dance competition
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Gigi Goode
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $2,500 cash prize
  • Maxi Challenge: Showcase three looks in The Ball Ball
  • Runway Themes: Lady Baller, Basketball Wife Realness, and Balls to the Wall Eleganza
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Gigi Goode
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize
  • Bottom Two: Brita and Rock M. Sakura
  • Lip Sync Song: "S&M" by Rihanna
  • Eliminated: Rock M. Sakura
  • Farewell Message: To all of my special queens, make sure you do what I couldn’t do. Love yourself, respect yourself, and remember to show the world that you care about what you believe in. I‘m devastated I couldn‘t stay longer. But choose forward to looks of for memories with you. Rock M. Sakura ♥ Love you all truly

Episode 5: "Gay's Anatomy"

Airdate: March 27, 2020

Synopsis: The queens are challenged to take part in TV's longest running drag queen scripted show, "Gay's Anatomy." Pop superstar, Normani guest judges.

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Episode 5 Judges

  • Cameo Appearance: Dahlia Sin
  • Guest Judge: Normani
  • Mini Challenge: Pink Pill or Silver Pill: The two queens who choose the bottle with a pink pill win (This was technically not a mini challenge.)
  • Mini Challenge Winners: Gigi Goode and Nicky Doll
  • Mini Challenge Prize: Assigning the roles for Gay's Anatomy
  • Maxi Challenge: Overact in Gay's Anatomy, a parody of the popular TV show Grey's Anatomy. (Acting Challenge)
  • Runway Theme: Planet of the Capes
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Sherry Pie
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize that was donated to The Trevor Project
  • Bottom Two: Heidi N Closet and Nicky Doll
  • Lip Sync Song: "Heart to Break" by Kim Petras
  • Eliminated: Nicky Doll
  • Farewell Message: I may not have gotten a crown. But I have gotten a sisterhood. I♥U. Your French sister! (I'm still the prettier) 💋

Gay's Anatomy

Queen Role Who Should Go Home Tonight?
Aiden Zhane Henny
Brita Dr. Sandra Okurr Nicky Doll
Crystal Methyd Fork Queen #2
Gigi Goode Dr. Tizzy Stevens
Heidi N Closet Fork Queen #1 Nicky Doll
Jackie Cox Dr. Meredith Gay #1
Jaida Essence Hall Rhonda Shimes Heidi N Closet
Jan Dr. Meredith Gay #2
Nicky Doll Baby Dearest Herself/Heidi N Closet
Sherry Pie Dr. Mother Gay
Widow Von'Du Mimi Dearest

Episode 6: "Snatch Game"

Airdate: April 3, 2020

Synopsis: The queens compete in the legendary Snatch Game. Mean Girls co-stars Jonathan Bennett and Daniel Franzese guest judge. Drag queen Vanessa Vanjie Mateo makes a guest appearance.

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Episode 6 Judges

  • Special Guest: Vanessa Vanjie Mateo
  • Cameo Appearance: Dahlia Sin
  • Guest Judges: Daniel Franzese and Jonathan Bennett
  • Maxi Challenge: Snatch Game
  • Runway Theme: Frozen Eleganza (Inspired by the Broadway Musical, Frozen)
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Gigi Goode
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize
  • Bottom Two: Aiden Zhane and Brita
  • Lip Sync Song: "Let it Go" by Cassie Levy
  • Eliminated: Aiden Zhane
  • Farewell Message: I hope my screams were loud enough for you bitches. You may not know me now but you sure will later ♥ Aiden Zhane

Snatch Game

Queen Celebrity
Aiden Zhane Patricia Quinn
Brita Jennifer Holliday
Crystal Methyd Poppy
Gigi Goode Maria the Robot
Heidi N Closet Leslie Jones
Jackie Cox Lisa Rinna
Jaida Essence Hall Cardi B
Jan Bernardette Peters
Sherry Pie Katherine Hepburn
Widow Von'Du Tina & Ike Turner

Episode 7: "Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical"

Airdate: April 10, 2020

Synopsis: The queens get into the groove in a Queen of Pop inspired musical. U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and supermodel Winnie Harlow guest judge.

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Episode 7 Judges

  • Special Guest: Jamal Sims
  • Guest Judges: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Winnie Harlow
  • Maxi Challenge: Record vocals and perform to them in Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical.
  • Runway Theme: Night of a 1000 Michelle Visages
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Gigi Goode
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize
  • Bottom Two: Brita and Heidi N Closet
  • Lip Sync Song: "Burning Up" by Madonna
  • Eliminated: Brita
  • Farewell Message: SIS. SHARE THE JOY! YOU AIN'T SHIT. JK. LOVE YOU ALL. xo BRITA BITCH

Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical

Queen Madonna Era
Brita Cone Bra Madonna
Crystal Methyd Enlightened Madonna
Gigi Goode Unapologetic Madonna
Heidi N Closet Madonna Forever
Jaida Essence Hall Sexy Madonna
Jackie Cox Boy Toy Madonna
Jan Early Madonna
Sherry Pie Movie Star Madonna
Widow Von'Du Femmepire Madonna

Episode 8: "Droop"

Airdate: April 17, 2020

Synopsis: The queens must create and market ridiculously extravagant products, for the new drag queen lifestyle brand "Droop." Chaka Khan guest judges. Personal trainer Bob Harper makes a guest appearance.

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Episode 8 Judges

  • Cameo Appareance: Dahlia Sin
  • Special Guest: Bob Harper
  • Guest Judge: Chaka Khan
  • Mini Challenge: In pairs, curate a box of FabFitFun products for another duo, then gift it to them with shade.
  • Mini Challenge Winners: Jackie Cox and Gigi Goode
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $1,000 and a 1 year subscription to FabFitFun
  • Maxi Challenge: Create and market a product for a new drag queen lifestyle brand.
  • Runway Theme: Black Wedding / The Bride Wore Black [1]
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Heidi N Closet
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize
  • Bottom Two: Jan and Widow Von'Du
  • Lip Sync Song: "This Is My Night" by Chaka Khan
  • Eliminated: Jan
  • Farewell Message: Sisters, I'm so happy I got to share this experience with you. Stay humble, grateful, & remember, you're on RuPaul's Drag Race!! I love you, Jan 💋

Droop Product

Queen Product Who Should Go Home Tonight?
Crystal Methyd "Magic Mullet" Widow Von'Du
Gigi Goode "Goode Night Bitch" Fragrance Sleeping Aid
Heidi N Closet "Heidi's Hydrates" Multipurpose Lotion
Jaida Essence Hall "Luxuratuck" Tucking Panty
Jackie Cox "Jackie's Magic Carpet Merkin"
Jan "Sure, Jan" Spray
Sherry Pie "Sherry Pie's Aura Pie"
Widow Von'Du ""Throaté" Throat Coat Spray Jan

Episode 9: "Choices 2020"

Airdate: April 24, 2020

Synopsis: It's time for America's first drag queen president! The queens argue in a fabulous presidential debate. Actors Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park) and Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) guest judge.

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Episode 9 Judges

  • Cameo Appereance: Dahlia Sin
  • Special Guest: Raven
  • Guest Judges: Jeff Goldblum and Rachel Bloom
  • Mini Challenge: Audition for the title of "Kitty Girl 2020"
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Jackie Cox
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $2,500 gift card to Fierce Drag Jewels
  • Maxi Challenge: Compete on the political stage to become America's first drag queen president
  • Runway Theme: Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Jaida Essence Hall
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize
  • Bottom Two: Jackie Cox and Widow Von'Du
  • Lip Sync Song: "Firework" by Katy Perry
  • Eliminated: Widow Von'Du
  • Farewell Message: I hope I made you PROUD KANSAS city. Remember, yes bitch you might be! PS Heidi unlike the other girls Im not leaving you a damn thing. ♥ W X

Episode 10: "Superfan Makeover"

Airdate: May 1, 2020

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Episode 10 Judges

Synopsis: The queens must makeover Drag Race superfans. But there's one thing…the superfans have no idea what's about to happen to them. Actress Daisy Ridley (Star Wars) guest judges.

  • Guest Judge: Daisy Ridley
  • Maxi Challenge: Makeover Drag Race super fans and teach them to lip sync to "U Wear It Well" against eachother on the mainstage.
  • Runway Theme: Drag Family Resemblence
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Jaida Essence Hall
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize & a $5,000 gift card for Jazz Essence Hall
  • Bottom Two: Heidi N Closet and Jackie Cox
  • Lip Sync Song: "Kill the Lights" by Alex Newell and DJ Cassidy ft. Nile Rodgers
  • Eliminated: None

Makeover Pairs

Queen Super Fan
Name Drag Name
Crystal Methyd Grace Boll Opal Methyd
Gigi Goode Shea Smesler Bebe Bad
Heidi N Closet Nicole Blake Honey Almighty
Jaida Essence Hall Bethany Akeroy Jazz Essence Hall
Jackie Cox Tiffany De La Cruz Lil' Snacky Cox
Sherry Pie Janet the Planet Tara Misu

Episode 11: "One-Queen Show"

Airdate: May 8, 2020

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Episode 11 Judges

Synopsis: The queens must create and perform their own solo show. Whoopi Goldberg (The View; Ghost) coaches the queens and guest judges.

  • Cameo Appereance: Dahlia Sin
  • Guest Judge: Whoopi Goldberg
  • Mini Challenge: Everybody Loves Puppets
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Jackie Cox
  • Mini Challenge Prize: Decide the One-Queen Show's order
  • Maxi Challenge: The queens perform in their own one woman show
  • Runway Theme: The Color Purple
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Crystal Methyd
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize
  • Bottom Two: Heidi N Closet and Jaida Essence Hall
  • Lip Sync Song: "1999" by Prince
  • Eliminated: Heidi N Closet
  • Farewell Message: Remember to stay Soft & Supple and always (Insert stolen catchphrase here). Love. Heidi...Something 💋

One-Queen Show

Queen Show
Jackie Cox Between Two Parents
Crystal Methyd Phenomenal Phil: Exotic Dance Instructor
Heidi N Closet Cookout With Your Cheeks Out
Gigi Goode Welcome Aboard Brimstone Airways
Sherry Pie Bubbles and Sherry
Jaida Essence Hall Putting The "P" in Pageant

Episode 12: "Viva Drag Vegas"

Airdate: May 15, 2020

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Episode 12 Judges

Synopsis: The queens must perform a medley of songs from RuPaul's Drag Race Live!, a hit show on the Las Vegas strip. Choreographer Jamal Sims (Disney’s Aladdin) guest judges.

  • Guest Judge: Jamal Sims
  • Mini Challenge: Design an over-the-top, one-of-a-kind showgirl headdress, that screams 'Viva Drag Vegas'.
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Gigi Goode
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A trip for two to Las Vegas, including airfare, accommodation, and tickets to see RuPaul's Drag Race Live
  • Maxi Challenge: Record and perform a medley of songs from RuPaul's Drag Race Live in Las Vegas
  • Runway Theme: Eleganza Extravaganza
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Gigi Goode
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize
  • Bottom Two: Crystal Methyd and Jackie Cox
  • Lip Sync Song: "On The Floor" by Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
  • Eliminated: Jackie Cox
  • Disqualified: Sherry Pie

Top Three of Season 12

Queen Challenge Wins Up for Elimination
TeamCrystalS12 1
(Ep. 11)
1
(Ep. 12)
TeamGigiS12 4
(Eps. 4, 6, 7, 12)
0
TeamJaidaS12 3
(Eps. 2, 9, 10)
1
(Ep. 11)

Episode 13: "Alone Together"

Airdate: May 22, 2020

Synopsis: The 12 queens come together in a virtual slumber party to kiki about all things season 12. Ru checks in with all the girls during quarantine and chats about the shadiest moments, most shocking eliminations and takes fan questions.

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The queens reunited from their homes

  • Discussions: Aiden Zhane and Brita's beef, Rock M Sakura's heartbreaking elimination, Nicky Doll being a fan favorite, Dahlia Sin storming off after her elimination, Gigi Goode and Heidi N. Closet's beef, the queens' relationships with their families, Jan crying when Brita was sent home/being upset after she was declared safe, if Gigi Goode and Crystal Methyd are dating, the queens vote for whose team they are on for the crown.

Episode 14: "Grand Finale"

Airdate: May 29, 2020

Synopsis: The top 3 queens compete in a revolutionary lip sync battle for the crown. The finale boasts special celeb appearances, the announcement of Miss Congeniality and show-stopping performances.

Finale Performances

Performer Song Photo
1 The Top 3 "Bring Back My Girls" by RuPaul S12CloseupLipsync
2 Crystal Methyd "Like a Bird" by Nelly Furtado S12CrystalFinaleLipsync
3 Gigi Goode "Take On Me" by A-ha S12GigiFinaleLipsync
4 Jaida Essence Hall "Get Up" by Ciara S12JaidaFinaleLipsync
5 The Top 3 "Survivor" by Destiny's Child S12LipsyncForTheCrown

Gallery

Gallery pic
Check out the lookbook gallery to see the queens' looks from each episode.

Videos

Pre-Season Cast Interviews

Meet the Season 12 Queens

Music Recordings

Lip Sync Performances

The Pit Stop Recap Show

Whatcha Packin' Exit Interviews

Countdown To The Crown

Trivia

  •  This season has/is...
    • Jackie Cox, the first queen of Iranian descent to ever compete on RuPaul's Drag Race.
    • Nicky Doll, the first French queen to ever compete on RuPaul's Drag Race.
    • Rock M. Sakura, the first queen from San Francisco to compete on the show since Honey Mahogany and the first Filipino queen to compete on the show since Vivienne Pinay. Honey and Vivienne were also eliminated on the 4th episode of their season.
    • The first season since Season 4 to have a cast of 13 contestants and the first regular season since Season 8 to feature less than 14 competing queens.
    • The first season since Season 6 to not have a queen who has competed to return in any way and to not feature a returning queen from a previous season, since Season 9.
    • The first season since Season 8 to not have a contestant with the last name "O'Hara" or "Davenport".
    • The second season to have a split premiere, the first being Season 6.
    • An average queen age of 28.4 years old.
    • The youngest cast, with the two oldest queens being 34 years old at the time of competing.
    • The first season where none of the top-five contestants had lip-synced for their life in the first 7 episodes competing. The previous top-five holding the longest run without lip-synching was Season 3's. Alexis Mateo lip-synched for her life after 6 episodes competing.
    • The first congressional representative as a guest judge, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in episode seven.
    • The first season to feature a Top 2 lip-sync on a regular season.
    • The most queens taking part in a Ball, with 12, and, currently, the most looks shown on the runway in one episode with 36.
    • The first regular season since Season 9 to feature 10 queens taking part in the Snatch Game.
    • The first season since Season 2 to include an episode where Michelle Visage does not judge (Episode 9), However she did make an appearance in the episode as a roaming commentator.
    • The first regular season of Drag Race to not have a single Design Challenge besides the Ball.
    • The second regular season to have two separate queens win consecutive challenges, after Alexis Mateo and Manila Luzon in Season 3, and the first to achieve this with no double wins (Gigi Goode and Jaida Essence Hall).
    • The first regular season of Drag Race to not have a group challenge where the judging is based on the groups; the queens were instead judged individually.
    • The second season to feature two Rusicals in a single season; the first being Season 10.
    • The first season since Season 8 to have a top 3 for the finale.
    • The third regular season to have a contestant with 4 maxi challenge wins - Gigi Goode. The two previous contestants to achieve this were Sharon Needles and Shea Couleé.
    • The second regular season to have a queen with 4 challenge wins to not win - Gigi Goode, and Season 9's Shea Couleé.
    • The first season to have the reunion and finale filmed from the queens' homes. This was because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • The first season to have five musical performances available for download/ streaming with "I'm That Bitch", "You Don't Know Me", "Madonna: The Unauthorised Rusical", "I Made It/ Mirror Song/ Losing is the New Winning (Las Vegas Live Medley)", and "The Shady Bunch".
    • the first season where 2 queens who have never landed in the bottom 2 lost (Gigi Goode and Sherry Pie).
    • The first season of Drag Race to have both a black winner and a black Miss Congeniality (Jaida Essence Hall and Heidi N Closet).
    • The first season of Drag Race where both the winner and Miss Congeniality lip-synched against each other before the finale.
  • Despite being named Maria the Robot, Gigi Goode's Snatch Game character was based on Sophia the Robot. The character's name was changed presumably to avoid copyright restrictions.
  • According to Jackie Cox, the runway theme for the pre-season runway walk video is "Urban Streetwear with a Political/Protest vibe." [2]
  • Jackie Cox, Nicky Doll, and Dahlia Sin are the only contestants whose individual promo photo is different from the group promo photo.
  • There are two queens that are related to previous Drag Race queens; Dahlia Sin is Aja's drag daughter and Jan is Alexis Michelle's drag daughter. Coincidentally, Aja and Alexis competed on Season 9 together.
  • Sherry Pie was publicly announced as disqualified from Season 12 on March 6, 2020 via social media citing the "recent developments and [her] statement" from Facebook about the claim she sexually exploited several men.[3][4] However, the season had already begun airing a week prior to her disqualification, and the second part of the season premiere (which was the episode that introduced her into the Werkroom for the first time) aired as normal that evening, making her the first queen to be disqualified after already filming a season. She was banned from attending both the reunion and the finale.
    • She is the third contestant to be disqualified from the Drag Race franchise (after Willam and Miss Gimhuay); however, she is the first contestant to be disqualified after the season has been filmed.
  • The lip-sync assassin of the season is Jaida Essence Hall.
    • She defeated Sherry Pie in their Top 2 lip-sync, sent Heidi N Closet home, and defeated Crystal Methyd and Gigi Goode in the final lip-sync for the crown.
  • Gigi Goode was almost disqualified at the Finale for filming her Solo Lip-Sync in a Studio with the help of Voss Events.

References

  1. https://www.instagram.com/p/B_GvB0bjSgF/
  2. https://www.instagram.com/p/B71JfRrp2_s/
  3. https://twitter.com/RuPaulsDragRace/status/1236031785374494720?s=20
  4. https://www.facebook.com/sherry.pie.353/posts/2838055509612025

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