|RuPaul's Drag Race|
The fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on January 28, 2013 with a 90-minute premiere episode. It had the most contestants since the creation of the show with fourteen.
As this season's winner, Jinkx Monsoon walked away with the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar," along with a lifetime supply of Colorevolution Cosmetics, a one of a kind trip courtesy of AlandChuck.travel, a headlining spot on Logo's Drag Race Tour featuring Absolut Vodka, and a cash prize of $100,000. Alaska and Roxxxy Andrews placed as co-runners-up with Ivy Winters being crowned Miss Congeniality.
Santino Rice and Michelle Visage were back as judges at the panel. The theme song playing during the runway every episode is "I Bring the Beat", while the song playing during the credits is "The Beginning", both songs are from RuPaul's album Glamazon.
In August 2016, Alaska, Alyssa Edwards, Coco Montrese, Detox, and Roxxxy Andrews returned to compete on All Stars 2. Coco placed 10th, Alyssa 5th, Roxxxy 4th, Detox as co-runner-up and Alaska won the competition.
(Biographical information stated from during time of contest)
|Rank||Contestant||Photo||Name||Age||Hometown||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|
|Roast||Advert||Acting||Make Over||Ball||Recap||Grand Finale|
|Jinkx Monsoon||Jerick Hoffer||25||Seattle, WA||SAFE||SAFE||HIGH||HIGH
|Alaska||Justin Andrew Honard||27||Pittsburgh, PA||HIGH||SAFE||LOW
|Roxxxy Andrews||Michael Feliciano||28||Orlando, FL||WIN||SAFE||HIGH||LOW||HIGH
|4th||Detox||Matthew Sanderson||27||Los Angeles, CA||SAFE
|5th||Coco Montrese||Martin Cooper||37||Las Vegas, NV||SAFE||SAFE||BTM2||SAFE
|6th||Alyssa Edwards||Justin Dewayne Lee Johnson||32||Mesquite, TX||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||WIN||SAFE
|Ivy Winters||Dustin Winters||26||New York, NY||HIGH||HIGH
|8th||Jade Jolie||Joshua Green||25||Gainesville, FL||LOW||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||ELIM||GUEST|
|9th||Lineysha Sparx||Andy Trinidad||24||San Juan, PR||HIGH||WIN||SAFE
|Honey Mahogany||Alpha Mulugeta||29||San Francisco, CA||SAFE||HIGH
|Vivienne Pinay||Michael Donehoo||26||New York, NY||SAFE||HIGH
|12th||Monica Beverly Hillz||Monica Michelle DeJesus-Anaya||27||Owensboro, KY||SAFE||BTM2||ELIM||GUEST|
|13th||Serena ChaCha||Myron Morgan||21||Tallahassee, FL||BTM2||ELIM
|14th||Penny Tration||Anthony Cody||39||Cincinnati, OH||ELIM||GUEST|
- █ The contestant won RuPaul's Drag Race.
- █ The contestant was a runner-up.
- █ The contestant moved on to the Grand Finale.
- █ The contestant won the main challenge.
- █ The contestant had immunity in this episode.
- █ The contestant was one of the best but did not win the main challenge.
- █ The contestant was a member of a winning team but did not win the main challenge.
- █ The contestant was one of the worst but did not place in the bottom two.
- █ The contestant placed in the bottom two but neither was eliminated.
- █ The contestant placed in the bottom two but was not eliminated.
- █ The contestant placed in the bottom two & was eliminated.
- █ The contestant placed in the bottom two & both were eliminated.
- █ The contestant was voted Ms. Congeniality by the viewers.
- █ The contestant appeared as a guest, but was out of the running.
|Series #||Episode #||Episode Title||Airdate|
|58||1||RuPaullywood or Bust||January 28, 2013|
|59||2||Lip Synch Eleganza Extravaganza||February 4, 2013|
|60||3||Draggle Rock||February 11, 2013|
|61||4||Black Swan: Why It Gotta Be Black?||February 18, 2013|
|62||5||Snatch Game||February 25, 2013|
|63||6||Can I Get An Amen?||March 4, 2013|
|64||7||RuPaul Roast||March 11, 2013|
|65||8||Scent of a Drag Queen||March 18, 2013|
|66||9||Drama Queens||April 1, 2013|
|67||10||Super Troopers||April 8, 2013|
|68||11||Sugar Ball||April 15, 2013|
|69||12||The Final Three, Hunty||April 22, 2013|
|70||13||Countdown to the Crown||April 29, 2013|
|71||14||Reunited!||May 6, 2013|
Episode 1: "RuPaullywood or Bust"
Airdate: January 28, 2013
For the first time ever, fourteen new queens begin their quests for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." During the underwater photoshoot, some rose to the occasion while others fell flat. Alaska gave up as she found it difficult to keep her composure while underwater. RuPaul announces that Detox is the winner of the mini-challenge and then reveals that the queens will be challenged to construct a 'Hollywood Glamour' outfit for the main stage presentation, made from materials salvaged from a dumpster in Beverly Hills. After revealing their looks on the runway; Detox, Coco Montrese, Alyssa Edwards, Honey Mahogony, Monica Beverly Hillz, Vivienne Pinay, and Jinkx Monsoon were all called out as safe. RuPaul does stop them momentarily to request they impress her next week before they leave the stage, as being safe is not something to be proud of. Roxxxy Andrews, Ivy Winters, Alaska and Lineysha Sparx are praised for their looks, while Jade Jolie, Serena ChaCha and Penny Tration get critiqued on their outfits. Ivy Winters is praised for her outfit, but is critiqued for her makeup and hair, leaving her safe. Alaska is praised for her look, however is critiqued for quitting the photoshoot, leaving her safe. Although Lineysha Sparx is praised, Roxxxy Andrews wins the challenge. Jade Jolie's look failed to show true Hollywood glamour as her aesthetic was over the top, but her personality shined through and she is safe. Penny Traition and Serena ChaCha end up as the bottom two and lip-sync for their lives to 'Party in the U.S.A.'. Penny is scrutinized by the other queens for not knowing the words to the song, while Serena turns out a party atmosphere, even dropping into the splits during her performance. RuPaul decides to give Serena a second chance, and Penny Tration sashays away.
Offstage, a new clique emerges. Roxxxy Andrews, Alaska and Detox bonded together and formed "Rolaskatox". "Rolaskatox" is known to enter the workroom at the beginning of an episode shouting "Ro-Laska-Tox". A rivalry between two contestants also emerged between Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese. The two queens competed in in the Miss Gay America competition back in 2010. The rivalry between both queens came from the fact that Alyssa was disqualified from the competition after being crowned, with Coco, the runner-up, taking her crown.
- Guest Judges: Camille Grammer and Mike Ruiz
- Mini-Challenge: Underwater photoshoot
- Mini-Challenge Winner: Detox
- Main Challenge: Make a dress that brings out Hollywood realness and glamour, out of materials found out of dumpster dive.
- Main Challenge Winner: Roxxxy Andrews
- Main Challenge Prize: A custom gown by Marco Marco and immunity for next week's elimination
- Bottom Two: Penny Tration & Serena ChaCha
- Lip Sync Song: "Party in the U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus
- Eliminated: Penny Tration
- Farewell Message: "You ARE ALL STARS smooches PT"
|12||Monica Beverly Hillz|
NOTE: Alaska quit the challenge halfway through.
Episode 2: "Lip Sync Extravaganza Eleganza"
Airdate: February 4, 2013
The contestants must lip-sync to the spoken word, as they recreate classic moments from Drag Race history in scene-stealing viral videos. The mini-challenge consisted of lip-syncing one of three of RuPaul's songs; Tranny Chaser, LadyBoy or Peanut Butter, with only their mouth visible. The winners were Serena ChaCha, Detox, and Ivy Winters. The three winners became team captains for the main challenge. The main challenge was to impersonate memorable scenes from RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked season 2, 3, and 4.
|Season 2||Interior Illusions Lounge||Honey Mahogany||Mystique Summers Madison|
|Ivy Winters||Morgan McMichaels|
|Gold Bar||Lineysha Sparx||Tyra Sanchez|
|Season 3||Interior Illusions Lounge||Alyssa Edwards||Shangela Laquifa Wadley|
|Jinkx Monsoon||Mimi Imfurst|
|Gold Bar||Serena ChaCha||Raja|
|Jade Jolie||Delta Work|
|Season 4||Interior Illusions Lounge||Alaska||Phi Phi O'Hara|
|Gold Bar||Monica Beverly Hillz||Jiggly Caliente|
|Coco Montrese||Lashauwn Beyond|
Guest judges Natural Born Killers' Juliette Lewis and 3rd Rock from the Sun's Kristen Johnston joined the judging panel. Following the runway presentations for the week, as well as viewing each team's clip, Ru announces team Ivy Winters is the winning team, with Lineysha Sparx declared the winner of the challenge. The two teams are critiqued, with Alyssa, Coco, Jade, and Jinkx receiving the most positive critiques for both their individual performances in the challenge, as well as their runway presentations. Roxxxy is praised for her performance, although Santino Rice critiqued her look. Alaska is positively noted for her performance, but are critiqued on her runway look, which the judges actually questioned as her "best drag". Detox was praised for her hilarious portrayal of Sharon Needles, but was criticized for appearing to have "been there, done that". During her critiques, a tearful Monica revealed that she is in fact a transgender woman in the process of transitioning. Serena ChaCha landed in the bottom two for a second straight week alongside Monica Beverly Hillz, both for lackluster performances in the challenge. After a fierce lip-sync, RuPaul decided to give Monica Beverly Hillz another chance, while Serena ChaCha sashayed away.
- Guest Judges: Kristen Johnston and Juliette Lewis
- Mini-Challenge: Lip sync to one of RuPaul's songs (Tranny Chaser, Ladyboy, Peanut Butter) with only your mouth visible.
- Mini-Challenge Winners: Serena ChaCha, Detox, Ivy Winters
- Mini-Challenge Winners Advantage: Become team captains and select team members
- Main Challenge: Lip sync and re-enact a famous scene from a past season of RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked
- Runway Theme: Best Drag
- Challenge Winner: Lineysha Sparx
- Main Challenge Prize: A custom latex garment from Syren Latex and immunity for next week's elimination
- Bottom Two: Monica Beverly Hillz & Serena ChaCha
- Lip Sync Song: "Only Girl (In the World)" by Rihanna
- Eliminated: Serena ChaCha
- Farewell Message: "God bless America, Viva Panama, Keep bearing light QUEENS xoxo Serena ChaCha"
Episode 3: "Draggle Rock"
Airdate: February 11, 2013
The queens connect with their inner child as they star in a fun-filled kids TV show. During the mini-challenge, each contestant paired-up with another contestant and had to take a blank mannequin doll and create a mini-pageant for "America's Junior Drag Superstar". Alaska and Lineysha Sparx paired up together and were the winner of the mini-challenge. For the main challenge, the queens had to create a kid TV-show. As winners of the mini-challenge, Alaska and Lineysha were team captains. Team Alaska was: Alaska, Detox, Vivienne Pinay, Roxxxy Andrews, Monica Beverly Hillz and Alyssa Edwards. Team Lineysha was: Lineysha Sparx, Jinkx Monsoon, Jade Jolie, Ivy Winters, Honey Mahogany and Coco Montrese.
|Segment/Responsibility||Team Alaska||Team Lineysha|
|Word of the Day||Detox||Jade Jolie|
|"How to" Segment||Roxxxy Andrews||Ivy Winters|
|Vivienne Pinay||Lineysha Sparx|
|Social Lesson of the Day||Alyssa Edwards||Coco Montrese|
|Monica Beverly Hillz||Honey Mahogany|
For their main runway look, the contestants had to dress in pink. On the runway, Honey, Ivy, Alyssa and Jade are all called safe. Lineysha is also called safe but is warned by RuPaul that she would be in the bottom if it wasn't for her immunity. The judges liked Roxxxy, Jinkx and Detox's performances in the challenges, with RuPaul naming Detox the winner. Alaska is criticized for dressing in male drag for the challenge, but her runway look is a hit, so she is safe. Vivienne is also criticized for resting on pretty, but she is also safe, leaving Coco and Monica in the bottom two for their poor performances. Coco outshines Monica in the lip-sync, and Monica sashays away.
- Guest Judges: Coco Austin and Paulina Porizkova
- Mini-Challenge: Create a mannequin doll in pairs for "America's Junior Drag Superstar" pageant
- Mini-Challenge Winners: Alaska and Lineysha Sparx
- Mini-Challenge Winners Advantage: Become team captains and select team members
- Main Challenge: In teams, star in children's TV Shows
- Runway Theme: Think Pink
- Challenge Winner: Detox
- Main Challenge Prize: Wig wardrobe from New Attitude Wigs and immunity from next week's elimination
- Bottom Two: Monica Beverly Hillz & Coco Montrese
- Lip Sync Song: "When I Grow Up" by The Pussycat Dolls
- Eliminated: Monica Beverly Hillz
- Farewell Message: "Love all of u guys, And never be a victim -♡- Monica Beverly Hillz"
Episode 4: "Black Swan: Why It Gotta Be Black?"
Airdate: February 18, 2013
For this episode's mini-challenge, the queens had to participate in a dance-off dancing to "Jealous of My Boogie" in a quick drag look wearing big afro hair. RuPaul chose Jinkx Monsoon and Coco Montrese as the winners of the mini-challenge and became team captains for the main challenge. This week, the queens are challenged to prove their elegance and dancing skills by starring in a ballet based on the life of RuPaul, and on the runway, are asked to present 'extravaganza' looks. Coco shocked everyone when she picked Alyssa as her first choice on her team. In her interview, she stated that she did this because of Alyssa's dancing abilities.
Team Jinkx Monsoon
|A Star is Born||Alaska||RuPaul's Mother|
|Supreme Inspiration||Jade Jolie||Young RuPaul|
|Lineysha Sparx||The Supremes' Diana Ross|
|Party Monster||Ivy Winters||Lady Bunny|
|Jinkx Monsoon||21-Year Old RuPaul|
Team Coco Montrese
|Ru vs Ru||Alyssa Edwards||Bad RuPaul|
|Coco Montrese||Good RuPaul|
|Supermodel of the World||Detox||90s RuPaul|
|Honey Mahogany||90s Diana Ross|
|All My Legendary Children||Roxxxy Andrews||Modern RuPaul|
|Vivienne Pinay||America's Next Drag Superstar|
On the runway, Detox, Coco, Lineysha, Jade and Alaska are all declared safe. In their critiques, although Jinkx and Ivy are praised, both Alyssa's dancing and her characterization of 'Bad RuPaul' secure her the win. Roxxxy is criticized for lacking energy, but RuPaul names Vivienne and Honey as the bottom two. After a fairly low-key lip sync, RuPaul surprises everyone by eliminating both queens, stating that neither brought the fire that proved they wanted to stay in the competition. RuPaul also added that he will not tolerate "half-stepping" and that he wants the queens to bring their best. This was the first in the history of RuPaul's Drag Race that two queens were eliminated on the same episode.
- Guest Judges: Chaz Bono and Travis Wall
- Mini-Challenge: Soul Train dance-off
- Mini-Challenge Winners: Jinkx Monsoon and Coco Montrese
- Mini-Challenge Winners Advantage: Become team captains and select team members
- Main Challenge: Perform in different acts of a ballet about RuPaul's life
- Runway Theme: Divalicious
- Challenge Winner: Alyssa Edwards
- Main Challenge Prize: A custom feather headpiece from Mother Plucker and immunity for next week's elimination
- Bottom Two: Honey Mahogany & Vivienne Pinay
- Lip Sync Song: "Oops!... I Did It Again" by Britney Spears
- Eliminated: Honey Mahogany and Vivienne Pinay
- Farewell Message: — Honey Mahogany: "Keep on loving each other, we will meet again, I can't wait. All my l♡ve, Honey Mahogany"
- Farewell Message: — Vivienne Pinay: "I love all my girls! Here's to the revolution of the FISH! ♡ Always, Vivienne Pinay"
Who Should Go Home Tonight?
|Jinkx Monsoon||Vivienne Pinay|
|Ivy Winters||Honey Mahogany|
|Roxxxy Andrews||Vivienne Pinay|
|Vivienne Pinay||Honey Mahogany|
|Honey Mahogany||Vivienne Pinay|
|Alyssa Edwards||Jade Jolie|
Episode 5: "Snatch Game"
Airdate: February 25, 2013
The queens compete in a star-studded panel where they showcase their celebrity impersonations, with guest judge comedienne Julie Brown.
This week saw the return of the fan-favorite "Snatch Game" challenge, and on the runway, the queens wore their best 'fishy glamazon' looks. In the workroom, Jinkx's choice to do Little Edie is met with bewilderment from the other queens, while Ru is confused by Lineysha's initial choice to portray Michelle Obama. Realizing the choice could land her in the bottom, Lineysha made a last-minute change to Celia Cruz.
|Alyssa Edwards||Katy Perry|
|Coco Montrese||Janet Jackson|
|Ivy Winters||Marilyn Monroe|
|Jade Jolie||Taylor Swift|
|Jinkx Monsoon||Little Edie|
|Lineysha Sparx||Celia Cruz|
|Roxxxy Andrews||Tamar Braxton|
On the main stage, Jade, Coco and Alyssa were all declared safe, although Alyssa was warned that this was only because of her immunity as her Katy Perry impersonation was poor. Also Rupaul demands Alyssa to tweet an apology to Katy Perry for her bad impersonation on her. Within the top three, Alaska was praised for being hilarious despite her voice not being Lady Bunny and Roxxxy was praised for both her impersonation and runway look. However, Jinkx's portrayal of Little Edie was deemed the best and she was declared the winner, although was warned that she still needed to bring the glamour. Detox, Lineysha and Ivy were all criticized for their impersonations, but Ivy's stunning runway look kept her out of the bottom two. During the lip-sync, although both queens put in a strong performance, Detox's unique style kept her in the competition, and Lineysha sashayed away.
- Guest Judges: Julie Brown and Downtown Julie Brown
- Mini-Challenge: Style a cuddler into a red carpet ready look for a Us Weekly fashion face-off
- Mini-Challenge Winners: Alyssa Edwards, Detox, Roxxxy Andrews
- Mini-Challenge Winners Advantage: None
- Main Challenge: Snatch Game/RuPaul's Drag Race
- Runway Theme: Deadliest Snatch
- Main Challenge Winner: Jinkx Monsoon
- Main Challenge Prize: Custom jewel package from Fierce Drag Jewels
- Bottom Two: Detox & Lineysha Sparx
- Lip Sync Song: "Take Me Home" by Cher*
- Eliminated: Lineysha Sparx
- Farewell Message: "Latino shade. It was a pleasure to meet you girls, Thanks for your friendship. XOXO Kiss and hugs! Lineysha þ"
Episode 6: "Can I Get An Amen?"
Airdate: March 4, 2013
The queens test their vocal abilities as they sing in RuPaul's 1980s "We Are The World"-inspired charity single. With guest judges La Toya Jackson and Anita and Ruth from The Pointer Sisters.
For this week's mini-challenge, the queens were given the task to apply make-up in the dark. RuPaul declared Detox the winner. For the main challenge, the queens had recorded a "We Are the World"-inspired charity single. As the winner of the mini-challenge, Detox could pick the teams. Coco Montrese was paired up with Alyssa Edwards, much to Coco's frustration, and were assigned the first verse. Ivy Winters, Jinkx Monsoon and Jade Jolie were grouped together and were assigned the second verse. Detox picked Roxxxy Andrews and Alaska for her team and decided to do the bridge.
|Alyssa Edwards||Verse One|
|Ivy Winters||Verse Two|
For this week's mainstage look, RuPaul wanted the queens to have an outfit that showcased their best body part. On the runway, RuPaul asked Coco how it was to work with Alyssa and she answered that Detox was trying to be malicious by pairing her up with Alyssa. Then, Michelle Visage critiqued Alaska that she was holding back too much and RuPaul said they have a feeling that she is hiding behind a shticky character. Ivy Winters was the winner of this week's main-challenge and was praised for the harmony she added to the song. Roxxxy Andrews and Jinkx Monsoon were also among the queens who received good critiques. Detox was safe, but RuPaul told her she wanted to see more next time. Jade Jolie and Coco Montrese landed in the bottom two; Jade for letting the other queens outshine her, and Coco for being too much in her head during the challenge. Ultimately, Coco could stay and Jade sashayed away.
- Guest Judges: La Toya Jackson and The Pointer Sisters (Anita and Ruth)
- Mini-Challenge: Apply drag makeup in the dark
- Mini-Challenge Winner: Detox
- Mini-Challenge Winner Advantage: Pairing the queens up in teams
- Main Challenge: Record a "We Are the World"-inspired anthem entitled "Can I Get An Amen?"
- Runway Theme: Favorite Body Part
- Challenge Winner: Ivy Winters
- Main Challenge Prize: A Flight 001 luggage package
- Bottom Two: Coco Montrese & Jade Jolie
- Lip Synch Song: "I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters
- Eliminated: Jade Jolie
- Farewell Message: "Cheers to my fish, fabulous and fierce sisters. I ♡ you all, Jade J."
Episode 7: "RuPaul Roast"
Airdate: March 11, 2013
The queens' comedy skills are put on the spot as they must roast RuPaul and the celebrity judges in front of a live audience. With guest judges, The Help's Leslie Jordan, and Absolut Image Czar Jeffrey Moran. After last week's critiques during the elimination, Alaska decided to set herself apart from "Rolaskatox" so she could stand out for what she is. To mark that, she entered the werk room shouting "Alaska", to differ from the better known "Ro-Laska-Tox". For this week's mini-challenge, the queens were asked to "read" the other contestants. RuPaul declared Alaska the winner of the mini-challenge. For the main challenge, the contestants had to roast RuPaul, as well as the judges and the other queens, in front of a live audience. As the winner of the mini-challenge, Alaska decided the order in which the queens would perform:
Nadya Ginsburg, Deven Green, and Bruce Vilanch coached the queens and guided them for their live performance. During the judges critiques, Alaska was praised for her comedy and her look. Michelle Visage admitted to Jinkx Monsoon that she loved her look on the runway, and Leslie Jordan said she can have a career in comedy in or out of drag. Coco Montrese was praised by the judges for her whole performance and her look. Detox was criticized for using the "f-word" too often but was praised for having a sparkle in her eyes during her performance. Alyssa Edwards was criticized for grabbing the microphone too much and for her prom-looking dress. Ivy Winters was criticized for relying on her cue cards too much, and Roxxxy Andrews for not delivering her jokes fast enough and not being funny enough. After deliberating, the judges declared Coco Montrese the winner of the main challenge. Roxxxy Andrews and Alyssa Edwards landed in the bottom two. After a stellar performance by both queens, Roxxxy Andrews broke into tears before RuPaul could reveal her decision, saying that being in the bottom two made some bad childhood memories resurface, and that she always felt not good enough. After an emotional moment, RuPaul decided to give both queens another chance, and they were both safe. This is the second out of eleven times that no elimination has occurred in the series history; the other eight occurrences were during season 3 (Carmen Carrera and Yara Sofia), season 6 (BenDeLaCreme and Darienne Lake), the first All-Stars season (Raven and Jujubee), season 10 (Eureka and Kameron Michaels), the season 10 finale (Eureka and Aquaria), season 11 (Brooke Lynn Hytes and Yvie Oddly), season 12 (Heidi N Closet and Jackie Cox), season 13 (Kandy Muse and Symone), and season 14 (Jasmine Kennedie and Jorgeous, Angeria Paris VanMichaels and Willow Pill).
- Guest Judges: Leslie Jordan and Jeffrey Moran
- Mini-Challenge: "Reading is Fundamental"
- Mini-Challenge Winner: Alaska
- Mini-Challenge Winner Advantage: Decide in which order the queens will appear on stage
- Main Challenge: Roast RuPaul, as well as the judges and fellow queens, in front of a live audience
- Challenge Winner: Coco Montrese
- Main Challenge Prize: A custom gown from Sequin Queen
- Bottom Two: Alyssa Edwards & Roxxxy Andrews
- Lip Sync Song: "Whip My Hair" by Willow Smith
- Eliminated: None
- Farewell Message: N/A
Episode 8: "Scent of a Drag Queen"
Airdate: March 18, 2013
The queens create, market and film a commercial for their own signature fragrance. With guest judges Aubrey O'Day, and Knots Landing's Joan Van Ark.
This week's mini-challenge had the queens play Drag Race's version of the memory game, Whatcha Packin', where the queens had to pair two models among a group of 22 with the same underwear in the shortest amount of time. As a curiosity, the brand oriented to gay customers, After all the queens completed the challenge, Ivy Winters was declared winner and won a phone call home. Then, RuPaul announced that the main-challenge of this week would be to create, market and film a commercial for a signature fragrance. During the main-stage presentation, the queens presented their commercial and wore the looks for their perfume launch party.
During the critiques, Jinkx Monsoon was once again praised by Michelle Visage for her look on the runway and guest judge Joan Van Ark thought her commercial was the best. Detox was criticized for her look as it looked undone but was praised for her good commercial. Coco Montrese was criticized for her commercial due to the abundance of animal print in it but her runway look was praised, although she over-accessorized. Out of all the queens, Alaska received praise both for her funny commercial and her runway look matching her brand, which led to Ru declaring her the winner of this challenge. On the other hand, Ivy Winters was criticized for not selling her brand well enough in the commercial and her ice-skater look on the runway. Roxxxy Andrews was also criticized by Santino Rice for her look on the runway but her commercial was deemed better. Alyssa Edwards was also criticized for her commercial and confusing branding. In the end, Ivy Winters and Alyssa Edwards landed in the bottom two. After their lip-synch performance, RuPaul told Alyssa to stay and asked Ivy to sashay away.
- Guest Judges: Aubrey O'Day and Joan Van Ark
- Mini-Challenge: Whatcha Packin' - Match male models wearing the same pairs of Andrew Christian underwear
- Mini-Challenge Winner: Ivy Winters
- Mini-Challenge Prize: A phone call home
- Main Challenge: Create, market, and film a commercial for a signature fragrance
- Runway Theme: Company spokeswoman
- Challenge Winner: Alaska
- Main Challenge Prize: A selection of handmade corsets from Corset Connection
- Bottom Two: Alyssa Edwards & Ivy Winters
- Lip Sync Song: "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent" by Gwen Guthrie
- Eliminated: Ivy Winters
- Farewell Message: "Love you girls so much!! You always have a friend in me! XOXO Ivy"
|Alaska||Red for Filth|
|Alyssa Edwards||Alyssa's Secret|
|Coco Montrese||Ru Animale by Coco|
|Ivy Winters||Dress Code|
|Roxxxy Andrews||Thick and Juicy|
Episode 9: "Drama Queens"
Airdate: April 1, 2013
The competition gets spicy as the queens star with Wilmer Valderrama in a sexy Latin telenovela acting challenge, with guest judges Maria Conchita Alonso and The Sopranos' Jamie-Lynn Sigler. During the mini-challenge of this week, the queens had to cry on cue as RuPaul asked the contestants to create a fake sob story and cry. The majority of the queens approached this challenge with humor, but Detox confessed that she did not felt like doing this challenge humorously and it brought back memories of his boyfriend's passing two years prior. After the mini-challenge was over, RuPaul declared Detox and Alyssa Edwards winners. For this week's main challenge, the queens had to star in a Latin telenovela with co-star Wilmer Valderrama. As winners of the mini-challenge, Alyssa Edwards and Detox picked the teams. "Rolaskatox" was reunited while Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese were once again teamed together, which created some frustration among both queens, knowing their past.
Ella No Es Dama
|Team Alyssa Edwards
Casa de Locas
|The Mother||Alaska||Alyssa Edwards|
|The Daughter||Roxxxy Andrews||Jinkx Monsoon|
|The Maid||Detox||Coco Montrese|
For the runway presentation, RuPaul asked the queens to be dressed in their best Latin glamor. During the critiques, Roxxxy Andrews's makeup and acting was well received among the judges and felt like she redeemed herself for her past two bad weeks. Detox was criticized for her campy hat that was not fitting with the rest of her look, and that she was not bringing enough villain into her character during the telenovela. Alaska was praised for her walk and acting, but was criticized for her cheap-looking dress. Then, Michelle Visage commented to Alyssa Edwards that she could not understand what she was saying during the telenovela. Santino claimed Alyssa's dress to be the worst dress that he has seen in the past five seasons of Drag Race. Alyssa replied that if she was asked to lip-sync for her life every week, she would do it and she would stay in the competition. Coco argued with Alyssa claiming that what Alyssa was saying is discrediting the other queen's talent. Then, Michelle Visage complimented Jinkx's spooky look. Jamie-Lynn Sigler praised her for her great acting and RuPaul said that she was shocked about her look but it was great. Coco Montrese was criticized for her acting, claiming that she looked like she was intimidated by the co-star but her look was praised. Also, during Untucked, it was revealed that RuPaul asked the queens to say who was their biggest rival and who should go home next. All but Detox said that Jinkx Monsoon was one of their biggest rivals. Alyssa Edwards was unanimously voted as the girl who should go home next. In the end, Jinkx Monsoon was declared the winner, and Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese were asked to lip-synch for their lives. After a great performance by both queens, Coco Montrese could stay in the competition and Alyssa was asked to sashay away.
- Guest Judges: Maria Conchita Alonso and Jamie-Lynn Sigler
- Mini-Challenge: Creating fake 'sob stories' and producing real tears in front of RuPaul
- Mini-Challenge Winners: Detox and Alyssa Edwards
- Mini-Challenge Winners Advantage: Become team captains and select team members
- Main Challenge: Star in a faux Latin telenovela alongside Wilmer Valderrama
- Runway Theme: Spanish Telenovela Realness
- Challenge Winner: Jinkx Monsoon
- Main Challenge Prize: A pair of fur coats from Fabulous-Furs
- Bottom Two: Alyssa Edwards & Coco Montrese
- Lip Sync Song: "Cold Hearted" by Paula Abdul
- Eliminated: Alyssa Edwards
- Farewell Message: "The sky is the limit when your ♡ 's in it. Don't dream it, be it. Always and forever, Alyssa"
Episode 10: "Super Troopers"
Airdate: April 8, 2013
For the mini challenge, the remaining queens were exposed to drag boot camp by Storm (fitness trainer). Alaska won the challenge for outlasting the other queens, with her prize being to match the queens to a gay veteran for a drag makeover. Roxxxy was annoyed that Alaska picked Iszy, a short veteran for her, while Alaska gave Jinkx to the oldest veteran in order for her to perform badly due to her being Alaska's competition. With the other queens, Detox's partner Aaron is enthusiastic and flirty, while Coco was worried that she may not be able to paint her partner Steve well. Jinkx's partner Dave also revealed that he will have a hard time walking in heels, due to his medication because he has AIDS.
|Coco Montrese||Horchata Montrese|
|Jinkx Monsoon||Fortuna Monsoon|
|Roxxxy Andrews||Isabella Andrews|
On the main stage, the queens and veterans were challenged to perform a patriotic flag salute before walking the runway displaying their transformation. During the critiques, Roxxxy was praised for her veteran's look and their sister-like image, while Jinkx and her veteran's homage to Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli also received positive feedback. On the other hand, Detox and Beth Adone were criticized for their sloppy flag salute, Alaska was castigated for making Nebraska more good looking than her as well as padding her incorrectly, and Coco's veteran's makeup received very negative feedback. In the end, Roxxxy won the challenge while Coco and Detox lip synched for their lives. Detox was allowed to stay and Coco sashayed away.
- Guest Judges: Clinton Kelly and George Kotsiopoulos
- Mini-Challenge: Last as long as possible in drag booty camp with a fitness trainer
- Mini-Challenge Winner: Alaska
- Mini-Challenge Winner Advantage: Select and pair veterans with each queen
- Main Challenge: Military-to-drag makeover with color guard performance
- Challenge Winner: Roxxxy Andrews
- Main Challenge Prize: A shopping spree at American Apparel
- Bottom Two: Detox & Coco Montrese
- Lip Sync Song: "(It Takes) Two to Make It Right" by Seduction
- Eliminated: Coco Montrese
- Farewell Message: "I love you all, Give them hell girls. Love, Coco M"
Episode 11: "Sugar Ball"
Airdate: April 15, 2013
The race gets sticky and sweet, when the queens compete in a pageant of candy inspired couture. With guest judges CSI's Marg Helgenberger, and legendary designer Bob Mackie. For this week's mini-challenge, the queens had to make a puppet of their own peers and made a "bitch fest", of which Alaska was declared the winner. For the main challenge, the queens had to participate in the Sugar Ball and design three outfits in three different categories:
- Super Duper Sweet 16, to display teen looks,
- Sugar Mama - Executive Realness, to represent real-life strong business women,
- Candy Couture, which was to be made out of real candy.
As the winner of the mini-challenge, Alaska was given a 15 seconds head-start in picking the candies for her outfit as well as being tasked with choreographing a dance routine for all four queens as an opening number to a song from Sugar Babies. During the critiques, Alaska was praised for her three looks, especially her Candy Couture which Bob Mackie loved, although she was criticized for her simple opening choreography. Jinkx Monsoon was criticized for her Sweet 16 look because it looked too old, or as Michelle Visage said, it looked like Sweet 47. Her other two looks also did not receive good reviews, although she was praised by Marg Helgenberger for her performance in the opening number. Roxxxy Andrews' three looks were well received, and the judges liked that she was the only one to have candy in all three looks. However, Michelle felt that her Sweet 16 was too promiscuous. Detox was criticized for her Candy Couture look as it demonstrated a questionable taste level, but her executive realness look was very well received. In the end, Roxxxy Andrews was safe and Alaska won the challenge. Thus, Alaska became the third contestant in Drag Race history to reach the finale without being in the bottom two; the other two being Nina Flowers of Season 1 and Tyra Sanchez of Season 2. Jinkx Monsoon and Detox ended up in the bottom two. After a well-performed lip-sync by both queens, RuPaul allowed Jinkx to stay and Detox sashayed away.
- Guest Judges: Marg Helgenberger and Bob Mackie
- Mini-Challenge: Everybody Loves Puppets
- Mini-Challenge Winner: Alaska
- Mini-Challenge Winner Advantage: 15 second head start at candy selection, and becoming choreographer for opening musical number.
- Main Challenge: Design three outfits for the Sugar Ball
- Runway Themes: Super Duper Sweet 16, Sugar Mama - Executive Realness, and Candy Couture
- Challenge Winner: Alaska
- Main Challenge Prize: A private portrait session with Austin Young
- Bottom Two: Detox & Jinkx Monsoon
- Lip Sync Song: "Malambo No. 1" by Yma Sumac
- Eliminated: Detox
- Farewell Message: "Condragulations grillz! Go F****** Kill Them! Rolaskatox 4EVAAAHH! ♡ Detox"
|Queen||"Who Doesn't Deserve|
to be in the Top 3?"
|Roxxxy Andrews||Jinkx Monsoon|
Episode 12: "The Final Three, Hunty"
Airdate: April 22, 2013
The top 3 queens go to court, as Judge Ru presents their final challenge - starring in the music video for RuPaul's hit "The Beginning". With special guest mega-attorney Gloria Allred. This week, Michelle Visage came to announce the week's main challenge to the queens. The main challenge consisted of two parts: star in RuPaul's music video "The Beginning" and shooting a dramatic courtroom scene. For the music video, the queens had to learn a choreography with a chiffon as well as to work their hair in the wind, with the help of guest star Candis Cayne. Then, for the courtroom scene, each queens had to portray three different roles: the defense attorney, the defendant and the prosecutor. Mathu Anderson was directing the queens during the scenes. As in each Drag Race series finale, RuPaul also sat down with each queens for a kiki about the competition. For the final runway presentation, the queens had to plead their case and defend their lives, while showing why they should be "America's Next Drag Superstar". Guest star Gloria Allred was there to help out the queens with their cases. During the final runway presentation, no guest judges were present; only Michelle Visage, Santino and RuPaul. For the critiques, each queens were praised for a part in this week's main challenge: Roxxxy Andrews for the music video, Jinkx Monsoon for the court-room scene and Alaska for defending her life. Then, each queens participated in the final lip-sync to "The Beginning". Like the fourth season, RuPaul announced that she had not yet made up her mind, and that she would need the help of the public to decide who "America's Next Drag Superstar" will be and is going to be announced during the reunion episode. This is the first time since Season 2 that a queen has not come back in the competition for a second chance at the crown. Also by this episode, Roxxxy Andrews had become the third contestant in drag race history (following season one's Nina Flowers and Rebecca Glasscock), to be critiqued on the runway every week leading up to the finale. She finished the season with a total of 12 weeks being critiqued.
- Special Guests: Gloria Allred, Candis Cayne and Mathu Anderson
- Main Challenge: Star in RuPaul's music video "The Beginning" and shoot a courtroom scene.
- Lip Sync Song: "The Beginning" by RuPaul
Top Three of Season 5
|Queens||Challenge Wins||Up for Elimination|
(Eps. 8, 11)
(Eps. 5, 9)
(Eps. 1, 10)
Episode 13: "Countdown to the Crown"
Airdate: April 29, 2013
A look back on the highlights, low-lights, and previously unseen footage from the season as we race toward the climactic crowning of America's Next Drag Superstar. With guest appearances by Latrice Royale, Willam, and Sharon Needles. Ending with the world's premiere of this season's music video: "The Beginning"
Episode 14: "Reunited!"
Airdate: May 6, 2013
Wigs fly as the queens discuss the drama of the season. Plus, both "America's Next Drag Superstar" and "Miss Congeniality" are crowned.
The episode was filmed on May 1, 2013 in Los Angeles.
- Miss Congeniality: Ivy Winters
- Miss Congeniality Prize: A six night trip for 2 at any Hilton Hotel or Resort with airfare
- Runners-Up: Alaska and Roxxxy Andrews
- Winner: Jinkx Monsoon
- Winner Prize:
- A collection of ColorEvolution cosmetics
- Top billing in Logo TV's Drag Race Tour, sponsored by Absolut Vodka
- A holiday courtesy of ALandCHUCK.travel
- A crown from Fierce Drag Jewels
- Episode 4 included the first double elimination in series history.
- In Episode 7, Alyssa Edwards and Roxxxy Andrews ended up in the bottom two, but both got a second chance to stay as there was no elimination that week.
- No elimination occurred in Episode 12 as the winner was crowned during Episode 14, the reunion episode.
- Episode 13 is a recap episode with never-before seen footage.
- The lip-sync assassin of Season 5 is Coco Montrese, appearing in 4 lip syncs. Coco Montrese sent home Monica Beverly Hillz, Jade Jolie and Alyssa Edwards. She was sent home by Detox in her 4th lip-sync.
- This is the first Drag Race cast to feature 14 contestants.
- Many milestones were broken during this season:
- Episode 8 marks the first time in Drag Race herstory to have more than four consecutive different main-challenge winners, with eight consecutive different winners.
- Jinkx Monsoon is the first contestant in Drag Race herstory to be in the top for more than five consecutive weeks, with eight weeks.
- Jinkx Monsoon was the first season winner to not win a main challenge within the first three weeks of competition, winning her first challenge during week 5.
- Coco Montrese is the first contestant in Drag Race herstory to lip sync for their life four times in the same season.
- In Episode 9, Detox set a record for most mini-challenge wins in a season with five.
- Jinkx Monsoon is the first season winner to have also won the Snatch Game challenge.
- In 7th place, Ivy Winters was the lowest ranked contestant of any season to have been voted Miss Congeniality (until Cynthia Lee Fontaine in Season 8).
- Season 5 is the second season to have two queens lip-syncing to a non-English song, first seen between Carmen Carrera and Yara Sofía of Season 3.
- Season 5 is the second season in which none of the Top 3 queens had at least three challenge wins, the first being Season 1.
- Season 5 is the last season to give a queen immunity due to Alyssa Edwards' Katy Perry in Snatch Game being so terrible.
- Season 5 is so far the only season with a double shantay and a double sashay (excluding the two seasons of Drag Race Thailand)
- However, both seasons of Drag Race Thailand happened after Season 5.
- Season 5 is the only season in which the whole Top 6 participated on All Stars.
- Season 5 was the only season in which every queen to appear on All Stars did so in the same season, All Stars 2, until Serena ChaCha competed on All Stars 6.
- It also has the longest period of absence from qualifiable All Stars seasons with a Season 5 queen not competing three seasons in a row.
- Season 5 holds the record for the most queens on the same All Stars season, with 5 of the queens being on All Stars 2.
|Runners-Up||2nd & 3rd: Alaska & Roxxxy Andrews|
|Other Queens||4th: Detox • 5th: Coco Montrese • 6th: Alyssa Edwards • 7th: Ivy Winters (Miss Congeniality) • 8th: Jade Jolie • 9th: Lineysha Sparx • 10th & 11th: Honey Mahogany & Vivienne Pinay • 12th: Monica Beverly Hillz • 13th: Serena ChaCha • 14th: Penny Tration|
|Judges||RuPaul • Santino Rice • Michelle Visage|
|Pit Crew||Jason Carter • Shawn Morales|
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- 'RuPaul’s Drag Race' star Alaska confronts gender and anti-gay hecklers in memoir | NBC News — November 9, 2021
- One-On-One with Roxxxy Andrews | Dos Lives — May 3, 2013
- The Real Reason Jinkx Monsoon Won 'Drag Race' | HuffPost — December 6, 2017
- Miami Native Coco Montrese Crowned Miss Gay America | South Florida Gay News — March 14, 2010
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