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The sixteenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race was officially announced by World of Wonder on October 31, 2022. Casting opened the same day with deadline of January 6, 2023.[1]

On December 6, 2023, the cast of Season 16 was officially announced, alongside a premiere date of January 5, 2024.[2]

The winner of the sixteenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race was Nymphia Wind, with Sapphira Cristál placing as the runner-up. Sapphira Cristál and Xunami Muse both won Miss Congeniality, making herstory as the first double Miss Congeniality winners.

About The Show[]

On this Emmy Award-winning reality competition series, a new set of talented queens face off in design and performance challenges in hopes of being crowned America's Next Drag Superstar.

Emmy® award-winning "RuPaul's Drag Race" is a reality competition show hosted by world famous drag performer and seven-time Emmy® award-winning host, RuPaul. Contestants compete in design, comedy, dancing, and lip sync challenges while vying for the crown and coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." RuPaul's Drag Race is now the most-awarded reality competition show in Emmys history.

Contestants[]

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(Biographical information stated from during time of contest)

Rank Contestant Photo Age[3] Location 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 Ep. 15 Ep. 16
Talent Show Ball Acting Girl
Groups
Design Rusical Snatch
Game
Design Rumix Stand
Up
Design Make
Over
Advert Lip
Sync
Finale
1st
(Winner)
Nymphia Wind
(Group 2)
NymphiaWindS16Promo 27 Brooklyn,
NY
SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
WIN SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE LOW HIGH
Mini
Chall.
Winner
SAFE HIGH LOW HIGH WIN RUN WINNER
2nd
(Runner Up & Miss Congeniality)
Sapphira Cristál
(Group 1)
SapphiraCristálS16Promo 34 Philadelphia,
PA
WIN
Mini
Chall.
Winner
HIGH SAFE SAFE
Team
Captain
SAFE HIGH HIGH HIGH WIN WIN
Mini
Chall.
Winner
WIN BTM2 HIGH
Mini
Chall.
Winner
RUN MISS
CON
+
RUNNER
UP
3rd Plane Jane
(Group 2)
PlaneJaneS16Promo 24 Boston,
MA
WIN SAFE HIGH SAFE HIGH SAFE WIN HIGH LOW SAFE WIN
Mini
Chall.
Winner
WIN BTM2 RUN ELIM
4th Q
(Group 1)
QS16Promo 26 Kansas City,
MO
TOP2 HIGH HIGH BTM2 WIN HIGH SAFE WIN LOW SAFE LOW HIGH ELIM LOST
1ST
ROUND
GUEST
5th
(Queen of
SDADHH)
Morphine Love Dion
(Group 1)
MorphineLoveDionS16Promo 25 Miami,
FL
SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE LOW BTM2 LOW TOP2 BTM2 BTM2 ELIM WINNER GUEST
6th Dawn
(Group 1)
DawnS16Promo 24 Brooklyn,
NY
SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE HIGH SAFE SAFE HIGH HIGH LOW ELIM LOST
1ST
ROUND
GUEST
7th Mhi'ya Iman Le'Paige
(Group 2)
Mhi'yaImanLe'PaigeS16Promo 34 Miami,
FL
SAFE LOW LOW WIN BTM2 BTM2 HIGH BTM2 HIGH ELIM LOST
3RD
ROUND
GUEST
8th Plasma
(Group 2)
PlasmaS16Promo 24 New York,
NY
SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE
Team
Captain
LOW WIN SAFE ELIM LOST
1ST
ROUND
GUEST
9th
(Miss Congeniality)
Xunami Muse
(Group 1)
XunamiMuseS16Promo 33 New York,
NY
SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
SAFE ELIM
Mini
Chall.
Winner
LOST
1ST
ROUND
MISS
CON
10th Megami
(Group 2)
MegamiS16Promo 33 Brooklyn,
NY
SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE ELIM LOST
4TH
ROUND
GUEST
11th Geneva Karr
(Group 2)
GenevaKarrS16Promo 30 Brownsville,
TX
TOP2 BTM2 BTM2 WIN
Team
Captain
ELIM LOST
1ST
ROUND
GUEST
12th Amanda Tori Meating
(Group 1)
AmandaToriMeatingS16Promo 26 Los Angeles,
CA
SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM LOST
2ND
ROUND
GUEST
13th Mirage
(Group 1)
MirageS16Promo 26 Las Vegas,
NV
SAFE SAFE ELIM LOST
2ND
ROUND
GUEST
14th Hershii LiqCour-Jeté
(Group 2)
HershiiLiqCour-JetéS16Promo 31 Los Angeles,
CA
SAFE ELIM LOST
1ST
ROUND
GUEST
The contestant won RuPaul's Drag Race.
The contestant placed as a runner up while also awarded the title of "Miss Congeniality at the finale.
The contestant was eliminated during the finale.
The contestant appeared on the reunion episode and was still in the running.
The contestant had immunity in this episode.
The contestant was one of the maxi challenge winners.
The contestant won the maxi challenge or was in the Top 2 of the week and won the "Lip Sync For The Win".
The contestant was in the Top 2 of the week, but did not win the "Lip Sync For The Win".
The contestant received mostly positive critiques, but did not win the maxi challenge.
The contestant received mostly negative critiques, but was not up for elimination.
The contestant was up for elimination and won the "Lip Sync For Your Life".
The contestant was up for elimination, lost the "Lip Sync For Your Life", and was eliminated.
The contestant won the She Done Already Done Had Herses Lip Sync tournament.
The contestant lost the fourth She Done Already Done Had Herses Lip Sync round.
The contestant lost the third She Done Already Done Had Herses Lip Sync round.
The contestant lost the second She Done Already Done Had Herses Lip Sync round.
The contestant lost the first She Done Already Done Had Herses Lip Sync round.
The contestant was awarded the title of "Miss Congeniality" at the finale.
The contestant appeared as a guest, but was out of the running

Contestant's Winning Earnings[]

Contestant Money
Nymphia Wind $216,950
Sapphira Cristál $60,400
Plane Jane $43,100
Q $10,700
Morphine Love Dion $50,700
Dawn $700
Mhi'ya Iman LePaige $2,050
Plasma $10,000
Xunami Muse $12,500
Megami $1,250
Geneva Karr $1,250
Amanda Tori Meating $0
Mirage $0
Hershii LiqCour-Jeté $0
The contestant won $200,000 from winning RuPaul's Drag Race.
The contestant won $10,000 from winning Miss Congeniality and $25,000 for placing as the runner up, sponsored by CashApp.
The contestant won $25,000 after being eliminated in the finale, sponsored by CashApp.
The contestant won $10,000 for winning Miss Congeniality.
The contestant won $50,000 from the She Done Already Done Had Herses Lip Sync tournament.
  • Each contestant present at the finale was awarded a $2,000 cash prize courtesy of Olay Body.

Rate-A-Queen Rankings[]

Episode 1 Episode 2
Contestant Rank Contestant Rank
Sapphira Cristál 1st Plane Jane 1st
Q 2nd Geneva Karr 2nd
Dawn 3rd Nymphia Wind 3rd
Mirage 4th Plasma 4th
Morphine Love Dion 5th Mhi'ya Iman LePaige 5th
Xunami Muse 6th Hershii LiqCour-Jeté 6th
Amanda Tori Meating 7th Megami 7th

Episodes[]

Series # Episode # Title Airdate
208 1 Rate-A-Queen January 5, 2024
209 2 Queen Choice Awards January 12, 2024
210 3 The Mother of All Balls January 19, 2024
211 4 RDR Live! January 26, 2024
212 5 Girl Groups February 2, 2024
213 6 Welcome To The DollHouse February 9, 2024
214 7 The Sound Of Rusic February 16, 2024
215 8 Snatch Game February 23, 2024
216 9 See You Next Wednesday March 1, 2024
217 10 Werq The World March 8, 2024
218 11 Corporate Queens March 15, 2024
219 12 Bathroom Hunties March 22, 2024
220 13 Drag Race Vegas LIVE! Makeovers March 29, 2024
221 14 Booked & Blessed April 5, 2024
222 15 LipSync Lalaparuza Smackdown - Reunited April 12, 2024
223 16 Grand Finale April 19, 2024

Episode 1: "Rate-A-Queen"[]

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"MTV Spring Break Talent Show" Title Card

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Episode 1 Judges

Airdate: January 5, 2024

Synopsis: A new cast of queens, competing to be crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar, must show off their performance skills in a talent show. Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron guest judges.

Entrance Order

1 Q
2 Xunami Muse
3 Amanda Tori Meating
4 Morphine Love Dion
5 Sapphira Cristál
6 Mirage
7 Dawn

Talent Show Performances

Contestant Performance Photo Rate-A-Queen
Rankings
Morphine Love Dion Lip Sync MorphineLoveDionTalentShow 5th
Amanda Tori Meating Original Song AmandaToriMeatingTalentShow 7th
Dawn Original Song DawnTalentShow 3rd
Q Dance Puppetry QTalentShow 2nd
Mirage Original Song MirageTalentShow 4th
Xunami Muse Original Song XunamiMuseTalentShow 6th
Sapphira Cristál Opera Singing SapphiraCristálTalentShow 1st

RuPaul's Front Porch Photoshoot

Episode 2: "Queen Choice Awards"[]

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"Queen Choice Awards Talent Show" Title Card

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Episode 2 Judges

Airdate: January 12, 2024

Synopsis: A new cast of queens, competing to be crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar, must show off their performance skills in a talent show. Superstar singer Becky G guest judges.

Entrance Order

1 Hershii LiqCour-Jeté
2 Plasma
3 Geneva Karr
4 Plane Jane
5 Megami
6 Mhi'ya Iman LePaige
7 Nymphia Wind

Talent Show Performances

Contestant Performance Photo Rate-A-Queen
Rankings
Geneva Karr Original Song GenevaKarrTalentShow 2nd
Hershii LiqCour-Jeté Original Song HershiiLiqCour-JetéTalentShow 6th
Plasma Original Song PlasmaTalentShow 4th
Nymphia Wind Cultural Dance NymphiaWindTalentShow 3rd
Megami Lipsync MegamiTalentShow 7th
Mhi'ya Iman LePaige Stunts / Lipsync Mhi'yaImanLePaigeTalentShow 5th
Plane Jane Original Song PlaneJaneTalentShow 1st

Episode 3: "The Mother of All Balls"[]

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Episode 3 Judges

Airdate: January 19, 2024

Synopsis: The two groups of queens meet for the first time. Tensions rise as queens put their design skills to the test in a pageant of mother-inspired couture and showcase three mom-themed looks. Iconic fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi guest judges.

  • Guest Judge: Isaac Mizrahi
  • Maxi Challenge: Ball Challenge
  • Runway Themes: Mother Goose, Significant Mother and Call Me Mother/Father Eleganza
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Nymphia Wind
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize
  • Bottom Two: Geneva Karr and Hershii LiqCour-Jeté
  • Lip Sync Song: "Maybe You're the Problem" by Ava Max
  • Eliminated: Hershii LiqCour-Jeté
  • Farewell Message: "Whiplash!!! Love Hershii"

Runway Inspiration

Contestant Nursery Rhyme Significant Mother
Amanda Tori Meating Little Pussy Michelle Visage
Dawn Cushy Cow Audrey Hepburn
Geneva Karr Miss Muffet Salma Hayek
Hershii LiqCour-Jeté Burnie Bee Mother Nature
Megami Little Bo-Peep Lady Gaga
Mhi'ya Iman LePaige Mary's Canary Lil' Kim
Mirage Baa Baa Black Sheep La Llorona
Morphine Love Dion A Man and A Maid Kris Jenner
Nymphia Wind Little Boy Blue Angelina Jolie
Plane Jane Pussycat by the Fire Octomom
Plasma Tweedle-Dum & Tweedle-Dee Anne Boleyn
Q The Man in the Moon Judy Garland
Sapphira Cristál Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater Eve
Xunami Muse Humpty Dumpty Kandy Muse

Episode 4: "RDR Live!"[]

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Episode 4 Judges

Airdate: January 26, 2024

Synopsis: Live from Tuckahoe, it’s RDR Live! The queens are challenged to serve up laughs in a hilarious send-up of the iconic sketch comedy show. Actress and three-time SNL host Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) guest judges.

RDR Live! Roles:

Contestant Skit Role Cher Look
Amanda Tori Meating Queen Network News News Anchor #1 The Cher Doll, 2001
Dawn Queen Network News News Anchor #2 Mod Cher, 1976
Geneva Karr End of the World Countdown - Total Annihilation Lindsey Graham Ringling Brothers
Ringmaster, 1974
Megami Thick and Long Deck Service Connie Thick Turn Back Time, 2009
Mhi'ya Iman LePaige End of the World Countdown - Total Annihilation Donna Lemon Cher Promoting
Burlesque, 2010
Mirage Host Cher in Concert, 1979
Morphine Love Dion End of the World Countdown - Total Annihilation Brandy Cohen Academy Awards, 1988
Nymphia Wind Holidays with the Barbra Shop Quartet Undisclosed Cher, The Egyptian
Goddess, 1979
Plane Jane Thick and Long Deck Service Candy Long Cher, 1974 MET Gala
Plasma Holidays with the Barbra Shop Quartet Barbra Cher, 1985 MET Gala
Q Queen Network News The First Brick of Stonewall Sonny and Cher
Comedy Hour, 1973
Sapphira Cristál Holidays with the Barbra Shop Quartet Laurence Steam Cher Vegas Residency, 2017
Xunami Muse End of the World Countdown - Total Annihilation Randerson Cooper Cher, The Prisoner, 1979

Episode 5: "Girl Groups"[]

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Episode 5 Judges

Airdate: February 2, 2024

Synopsis: The queens are tasked with writing and performing their own verses, for RuPaul songs from his new album Black Butta. Swedish synth-pop duo Icona Pop guest judge.

  • Guest Judge: Icona Pop
  • Mini Challenge: Take a cover photo for an original memoir, inspired by RuPaul's The House of Hidden Meanings
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Sapphira Cristál
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $2,000 cash prize and a signed copy of RuPaul's The House of Hidden Meanings
  • Maxi Challenge: Create girl groups and original verses for songs from RuPaul's Black Butta
  • Runway Theme: Faster Pussycat! Wig, Wig!
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Geneva Karr, Megami, Mhi'ya Iman LePaige and Nymphia Wind
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize (split among them, $1,250 each)
  • Bottom Two: Amanda Tori Meating and Q
  • Lip Sync Song: "Emergency" by Icona Pop
  • Eliminated: Amanda Tori Meating
  • Farewell Message: "You are all Fugly SKANKS and I hate every last one of you bitches. Most of all Q. LMAO but actually ily♡ Have fun cleaning this mirror you bitch. You better fucking win so I can at least say the winner sent me to the house."

Girl Groups

Q.D.S.M Lovah Girlz Thicc & Stick
"Star Baby" "Courage to Love" "A.S.M.R. Lover"
Contestant Who Should Go Home? Contestant Who Should Go Home? Contestant
Dawn Q Amanda Tori Meating Q Geneva Karr
Morphine Love Dion Amanda Tori Meating Plane Jane Amanda Tori Meating Megami
Q Amanda Tori Meating Plasma Q Mhi'ya Iman LePaige
Xunami Muse
Sapphira Cristál Amanda Tori Meating Xunami Muse Q Nymphia Wind

Episode 6: "Welcome To The DollHouse"[]

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Episode 6 Judges

Airdate: February 9, 2024

Synopsis: After a flamenco dance with Spanish sensation Charo, the queens must design their own dolls, based on their drag personas. Superstar stylist Law Roach (Legendary) guest judges.

  • Special Guest: Charo
  • Guest Judge: Law Roach
  • Mini Challenge: Flamenco dance with the Pit Crew
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Xunami Muse
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A trip to Spain courtesy of the Tourism Board of Spain
  • Maxi Challenge: Create a look and a matching look for an original doll
  • Runway Theme: Welcome to the Dollhouse
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Q
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize
  • Bottom Two: Geneva Karr and Mhi'ya Iman LePaige
  • Lip Sync Song: "Control" by Janet Jackson
  • Eliminated: Geneva Karr
  • Farewell Message: "Malditas las odio. Love, GK. Vroom vroom!"

Doll Edition:

Contestant Doll Edition
Dawn Galactic Empress Edition
Geneva Karr Daintiest Doll Texas Edition
Megami Native New Yorker Edition
Mhi'ya Iman LePaige Queen of Flips Edition
Morphine Love Dion Miami Bimbo Edition
Nymphia Wind Spring Banana
Yellow Carpet Edition
Plane Jane Aquatic Edition
Plasma Passenger on
the Pacific Edition
Q Fantasy Edition
Sapphira Cristál Grade Dame Diva
Metropolitan Opera Edition
Xunami Muse Fashion Week Edition

Episode 7: "The Sound Of Rusic"[]

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Episode 7 Judges

Airdate: February 16, 2024

Synopsis: This season’s Rusical is set high in the Swish Alps, as a young queen called Mariah goes in search of a musical outlet for her inner freak. Legendary director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) guest judges.

  • Special Guest: Melissa McCarthy
  • Guest Judge: Adam Shankman
  • Maxi Challenge: Perform in the Rusical "The Sound of Rusic"
  • Runway Theme: I Could Buy Myself Flowers
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Plasma
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize
  • Bottom Two: Megami and Mhi'ya Iman LePaige
  • Lip Sync Song: "Flowers" by Miley Cyrus
  • Eliminated: Megami
  • Farewell Message: "Choose Chaos Be Badass Bitches NYC Girls, Take It Home! Heart Eyes ♡ -M"

The Sound of Rusic Roles:

Contestant Role
Dawn Strudel Von Snapp
Megami Schnitzel Von Snapp
Mhi'ya Iman LePaige Sister Sister
Morphine Love Dion Sister Fister
Nymphia Wind Diesel Von Snapp
Plane Jane Baronette Eva
Plasma Mariah Grande
Q Baroness Braun
Sapphira Cristál Mother Superior
Xunami Muse Baronette Magda

Episode 8: "Snatch Game"[]

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Episode 8 Judges

Airdate: February 23, 2024

Synopsis: After the iconic Reading challenge, the queens impersonate celebrities in the classic quick-fire comedy game show. All Stars winner Chad Michaels drops by the werkroom; actress Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) guest judges.

  • Special Guest: Chad Michaels
  • Guest Judge: Kyra Sedgwick
  • Mini Challenge: Reading Challenge
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Xunami Muse
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $2,500 cash prize
  • Maxi Challenge: Snatch Game
  • Runway Theme: Dancing Queens
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Plane Jane
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize
  • Bottom Two: Morphine Love Dion and Xunami Muse
  • Lip Sync Song: "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston
  • Eliminated: Xunami Muse
  • Farewell Message: "You know what... NOT me leaving this early!!! LMAO Ladies, just serve mad C*** LOVE u all ♡ -Xunami MUSE"

Snatch Game Characters:

Contestant Celebrity Photo Dancing Queen Inspiration
Dawn Meghan McCain DawnSnatchGameLook Polka
Mhi'ya Iman LePaige Trina's Cousin Shaquita Mhi'yaImanLe'PaigeSnatchGameLook 1990s Hip-Hop
Morphine Love Dion Anna Sorokin MorphineLoveDionSnatchGameLook Flamenco
Nymphia Wind Jane Goodall NymphiaWindSnatchGameLook Japanese Butoh
Plane Jane Jelena Karleuša PlaneJaneSnatchGameLook Latin Ballroom
Plasma Patti LuPone PlasmaSnatchGameLook Tap Dance
Q Amelia Earhart QSnatchGameLook Robot
Sapphira Cristál James Brown SapphiraCristálSnatchGameLook Drag U Majorette
Xunami Muse The Gold Tooth Fairy XunamiMuseSnatchGameLook Salsa

Episode 9: "See You Next Wednesday"[]

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Episode 9 Judges

Airdate: March 1, 2024

Synopsis: Morticia meets Mugler as the queens create a Neo-Goth look from scratch, using only black, white and gray fabric. Drop dead gorgeous model and actress Kaia Gerber (Bottoms) guest judges.

  • Guest Judge: Kaia Gerber
  • Mini Challenge: Spit Take in response to comments from RuPaul
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Nymphia Wind
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $2,500 cash prize
  • Maxi Challenge: Design a neo-goth look using only black, white and grey fabric
  • Runway Theme: See You Next Wednesday
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Q
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize
  • Bottom Two: Mhi'ya Iman LePaige and Plasma
  • Lip Sync Song: "Bloody Mary (Wednesday Dance TikTok Remix)" by Lady Gaga
  • Eliminated: Plasma
  • Farewell Message: "'Wow!' -Morphine Thank you all for the love UGLY UGLY UGLY! xoxo -Plazzy"

Episode 10: "Werq The World"[]

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Episode 10 Judges

Airdate: March 8, 2024

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Top 7 with Jamal Sims

Synopsis: The queens let their voices be heard in an inspirational political anthem and exercise their right to shake their groove thing. Choreographer Jamal Sims (Aladdin) guest judges.

True Colors Runway:

Contestant Color
Dawn Navy Blue
Mhi'ya Iman LePaige Red
Morphine Love Dion Purple
Nymphia Wind Yellow
Plane Jane Green
Q Lavender
Sapphira Cristál Blue

Episode 11: "Corporate Queens"[]

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Episode 11 Judges

Airdate: March 15, 2024

Synopsis: The queens must devise and present comical Drag Awareness seminars, in front of a live audience of bored corporate employees. Actor and comedian Joel Kim Booster (Fire Island) guest judges.

  • Guest Judge: Joel Kim Booster
  • Mini Challenge: Vote who best fits the characteristic named by RuPaul. Instead of points, the majority voters earn $100.
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Sapphira Cristál
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $3,400 cash prize ($2,500 cash prize + $900 prize points from the mini challenge)
  • Maxi Challenge: Present funny Drag Awareness Employee Seminars in teams.
  • Runway Theme: Flashback: DragCon 1980
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Sapphira Cristál
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize
  • Bottom Two: Mhi'ya Iman Le'Paige and Morphine Love Dion
  • Lip Sync Song: "Dim All The Lights" by Donna Summer
  • Eliminated: Mhi'ya Iman Le'Paige
  • Farewell Message: "It was fun I love you all Season 16! Morphine bring it home #305 *Queen of Flipss* #Mhi'ya"

Drag Seminar Teams:

Do You Know
Your Drag Herstory?
Drag in the Werkplace Are You a Drag Queen?
You Might Be Surprised
Plane Jane Dawn Morphine Love Dion
Q Mhi'ya Iman Le'Paige Nymphia Wind
Sapphira Cristál

Episode 12: "Bathroom Hunties"[]

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Episode 12 Judges

Airdate: March 22, 2024

Synopsis: Nature calls! The queens star in the hot new design show “Bathroom Hunties,” decorating and showcasing over-the-top powder rooms. Actress Mayan Lopez (Lopez vs Lopez) guest judges.

  • Special Guest: Norvina
  • Guest Judge: Mayan Lopez
  • Mini Challenge: Paint a custom t-shirt using just a painted face, inspired by Tammy Faye.
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Plane Jane
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $5,000 worth of Anastasia Beverly Hills Cosmetics
  • Maxi Challenge: Design a gender inclusive bathroom for a nightclub on the fictional show 'Bathroom Hunties'
  • Runway Theme: Chain Reaction
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Plane Jane and Sapphira Cristál
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize (split, $2,500 each)
  • Bottom Two: Dawn and Morphine Love Dion
  • Lip Sync Song: "Body" by Megan Thee Stallion
  • Eliminated: Dawn
  • Farewell Message: "BYE ♡ xoxo Dawn ☺"

Design Teams:

Bathroom Contestants
Naughty
Potty
Morphine Love Dion
Q
F.ART
Museum
Dawn
Nymphia Wind
Bootylickers
Speakeasy
Plane Jane
Sapphira Cristál

Episode 13: "Drag Race Vegas LIVE! Makeovers"[]

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Episode 13 Judges

Airdate: March 29, 2024

Synopsis: Hunky male dancers from the RuPaul’s Drag Race LIVE! show in Las Vegas drop by the werkroom, to be made over into devastating drag queens. Country star Kelsea Ballerini guest judges.

  • Guest Judge: Kelsea Ballerini
  • Maxi Challenge: Make over dancers from RuPaul's Drag Race LIVE! and choreograph a duet dance.
  • Runway Theme: Drag Family Resemblance
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Plane Jane
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize
  • Bottom Two: Morphine Love Dion and Sapphira Cristál
  • Lip Sync Song: "Miss Me More" by Kelsea Ballerini
  • Eliminated: Morphine Love Dion
  • Farewell Message: "It's gonna be sooo boring without me. I'm rooting for all of you my top 4 queens here slaying and I can't wait to see you soon ♡ Morphine Love Dion 💋"

Makeover Partners:

Contestant Partner
Name Drag Name
Morphine Love Dion Miguel La Tina Love Dion
Nymphia Wind Jonathan Juanita Wind
Plane Jane Nick Lazi Susan
Q Sebastian Luna
Sapphira Cristál Mark Shakira Cristál

Episode 14: "Booked & Blessed"[]

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Episode 14 Judges

Airdate: April 6, 2024

Synopsis: The queens dig deep and write their memoirs, pose for a book cover photo shoot and are grilled by co-host of Las Culturistas podcast Matt Rogers. Journalist and author Ronan Farrow (Catch and Kill) guest judges.

  • Special Guest: Albert Sanchez and Matt Rogers
  • Guest Judge: Ronan Farrow
  • Mini Challenge: Lip Sync underwater to "Kitty Girl" by RuPaul
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Sapphira Cristál
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A trip for two to The Alamar Resort and Mantamar Beach Club in Puerto Vallarta.
  • Maxi Challenge: Write a memoir, pose for the cover and participate in an interview
  • Runway Theme: Fandango
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Nymphia Wind
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 cash prize
  • Bottom Two: Plane Jane and Q
  • Lip Sync Song: "Better Be Good to Me" by Tina Turner
  • Eliminated: Q
  • Farewell Message: "Not Gonna Lie, This one hurts... But I love you all so much! you're gonna kill it ♡ FROM NOW ON THERE'S ONLY ONE LETTER OF THE ALPHABET -Q"

Memoirs:

Contestant Book Title Cover
Nymphia Wind Breaking Wind
- The Art of Letting Go
NymphiaWindMemoir
Plane Jane Plane Crash!
How I Walked Away from Disaster
PlaneJaneMemoir
Q Alphabet Soup
- Savor Every Bite
QMemoir
Sapphira Cristál Slue Foot
- Embracing All of Me
SapphiraCristálMemoir

Top Three of Season 16

Contestant Challenge Wins Up for Elimination
TeamNymphiaWind 3
(Eps. 3, 5, 14)
0
TeamPlaneJane 4
(Eps. 2, 8, 12, 13)
1
(Ep. 14)
TeamSapphiraCristál 4
(Eps. 1, 10, 11, 12)
1
(Ep. 13)

Episode 15: "LipSync Lalaparuza Smackdown - Reunited"[]

Airdate: April 12, 2024

S16E15Judges

Episode 15 Judges

Synopsis: All of the eliminated queens return to battle it out in a LipSync Lalaparuza Smackdown, with nine lip syncs and a cash prize of $50,000 on the line.

  • Maxi Challenge: The eliminated contestants face off in a lip sync smackdown
  • Top Two: Megami and Morphine Love Dion
  • Queen of She Done Already Done Had Herses: Morphine Love Dion
  • Prize: $50,000 cash prize

Lip Sync LaLaPaRUza Smackdown

Contestants Song Result
Round 1
Amanda Tori Meating "Damaged"
by Danity Kane
WINNER
Dawn LOSER
Megami "What About"
by Janet Jackson
WINNER
Q LOSER
Morphine Love Dion "Million Dollar Baby"
by Ava Max
WINNER
Geneva Karr LOSER
Mirage "Alone 2.0"
by Kim Petras ft. Nicki Minaj
WINNER
Hershii LiqCour-Jeté LOSER
Mhi'ya Iman LePaige "Milkshake"
by Kelis
WINNER
Plasma LOSERS
Xunami Muse
Round 2
Megami "The Shoop Shoop Song"
by Cher
WINNER
Amanda Tori Meating LOSER
Morphine Love Dion "This Time I Know It's Real"
by Donna Summer
WINNER
Mirage LOSER
Round 3 - Semi Finals
Megami "We Got the Beat"
by The Go-Go's
WINNER
Mhi'ya Iman LePaige LOSER
Round 4 - Finals
Morphine Love Dion "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
by C + C Music Factory
WINNER
Megami LOSER

Episode 16: "Grand Finale"[]

Airdate: April 19, 2024

S16E16Judges

Episode 16 Judges

Synopsis: The top queens face off in an epic evening of performances and lip syncs, as they compete for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar and a grand prize of $200,000.

  • Special Guests: Cassandra Peterson, Pit Crew Dancers of RuPaul's Drag Race Live!, Malaysia Babydoll Foxx and Sasha Colby
  • Runway Theme: Grande Finale Eleganza
  • Maxi Challenge: The top 3 perform in individual show-stopping original numbers
  • Top Two: Nymphia Wind and Sapphira Cristál
  • Eliminated: Plane Jane
  • Lip Sync Song: "Padam Padam" by Kylie Minogue
  • Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 16: Nymphia Wind
  • Runner Up: Sapphira Cristál
  • Misses Congeniality: Sapphira Cristál and Xunami Muse

Top Three Performances

Contestant Song Video Placement
Nymphia Wind Queen of Wind[4] File:Nymphia Wind's “Queen of Wind” Performance 1st
(Winner)
Plane Jane Bodysuit[5] File:Plane Jane's “Bodysuit” Performance 3rd
Sapphira Cristál DANCE![6] File:Sapphira Cristál's “DANCE!” Performance 2nd
(Runner Up
& Miss Congeniality)

Trivia[]

Gallery[]

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References[]

  1. Post by worldofwonder | Instagram — October 31, 2022
  2. MEET THE QUEENS OF SEASON 16! 👑 📺RuPaul’s Drag Race 👠✨ | YouTube — December 6, 2023
  3. ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Announces Season 16 Cast — and New ‘Rate-A-Queen’ Twist | Variety — December 6, 2023
  4. Queen of Wind (Nymphia Wind) | YouTube — April 19, 2024
  5. Bodysuit (Plane Jane) | YouTube — April 19, 2024
  6. DANCE! (Sapphira Cristál) | YouTube — April 19, 2024
  7. Post by KyraJete_ | Twitter — October 05, 2020
  8. Post by kennedyddoftx | Instagram — December 7, 2023
  9. Post by thekandymuse and xunamimuse | Instagram — June 25, 2022
  10. Whatcha Packin' S16 E04 RuPaul's Drag Race Season 16 | YouTube — January 26, 2024
  11. post by rupaulsdragcon | Instagram — April 20, 2024

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