RuPaul's Drag Race
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The eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race began airing on March 7, 2016, with returning judges RuPaul and Michelle Visage, and Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews alternating as they did in Season 7. Twelve queens will be competing for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a cash prize of $100,000 this season, which was the fewest amount of contestants since Season 2. The cast members were revealed during the NewNowNext Awards on February 1st, 2016.

This season marks one-hundred episodes of Drag Race, with the premiere being the one-hundredth episode. It also marks one-hundred contestants to enter the competition, featuring Derrick Barry as the one-hundredth queen to enter the work room.

The winner of this season was Bob The Drag Queen. Miss Congeniality was Cynthia Lee Fontaine.

In 2017 during the second episode of Season 9 Cynthia Lee Fontaine returned to the competition, where she placed 10th.

In January 2018 Chi Chi DeVayne and Thorgy Thor competed on All Stars 3. Thorgy placed 10th and Chi Chi placed 8th overall.

In December 2018 Naomi Smalls competed on All Stars 4, where she placed 3rd/4th, alongside Season 10 contestant Monique Heart.

In May 2020 Derrick Barry competed on All Stars 5, where she placed 10th.

On August 20, 2020, Chi Chi DeVayne tragically passed away after being hospitalized with pneumonia.

Contestants

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(Biographical information stated from 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
Rusical Snatch Game Make Over Ball Grand Finale
1st
(Winner)
Bob The Drag Queen BobS8Promo.jpg Caldwell Tidicue 29 New York, NY SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE WIN SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
WIN BTM2 TOP 3 WINNER
2nd/3rd
(Runners-Up)
Kim Chi KimChiS8Promo.jpg Sang-Young Shin 27 Chicago, IL WIN LOW SAFE HIGH
TEAM
SAFE HIGH LOW WIN TOP 3 RUNNER
UP
Naomi Smalls NaomiS8Promo.jpg Davis Heppenstall 21 Redlands, CA LOW SAFE SAFE
Team
Captain
HIGH
TEAM
BTM2 WIN HIGH HIGH TOP 3 RUNNER
UP
4th Chi Chi DeVayne ChiChiS8Promo.jpg Zavion Davenport 29 Shreveport, LA SAFE WIN
Team
Captain
SAFE BTM2 SAFE LOW BTM2 HIGH
Mini
Chall.
Winner
ELIM GUEST
5th Derrick Barry 2016-03-27-1459080945-3238345-12670554 1019308524758247 5503556095161548015 n.jpg Derrick Barry 32 Las Vegas, NV HIGH SAFE LOW LOW HIGH BTM2 WIN
Mini
Chall.
Winner
ELIM GUEST
6th Thorgy Thor ThorgyS8Promo.jpg Shane Galligan 31 Brooklyn, NY SAFE HIGH HIGH SAFE HIGH SAFE ELIM GUEST
7th Robbie Turner RobbieS8Promo.jpg Jeremy Baird 33 Seattle, WA LOW
Mini
Chall.
Winner
SAFE BTM2 WIN LOW ELIM GUEST
8th Acid Betty AcidS8PROMO.jpg Jamin Ruhren 38 Brooklyn, NY HIGH HIGH HIGH SAFE ELIM GUEST
9th
(orig. 12th)
Naysha Lopez NayshaS8Promo.jpg Fabian Rodriguez 31 Chicago, IL ELIM RTRN
+
SAFE
Team
Captain
ELIM GUEST
10th
(Miss Congeniality)
Cynthia Lee Fontaine CynthiaS8Promo.jpg Carlos Hernandez 34 Austin, TX SAFE SAFE
Team
Captain
ELIM MISS
CON
11th/12th
(Double
Elim.)
Dax ExclamationPoint DaxS8Promo.jpg Dax Martin 31 Savannah, GA SAFE ELIM GUEST
Laila McQueen LailaS8Promo.jpg Tyler Devlin 22 Gloucester, MA BTM2 ELIM GUEST
The contestant won RuPaul's Drag Race.
The contestant was a runner-up.
The contestant competed in a four-person final lip-sync against all remaining contestants and moved on to the Grand Finale.
The contestant was one of two maxi challenge winners.
The contestant won the maxi challenge.
The contestant was one of the best but did not win the maxi challenge.
The contestant was a member of a winning team but did not win the maxi 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 the one who was eliminated.
The contestant was eliminated for the second time.
The contestant placed in the bottom two & both were eliminated.
The contestant was previously eliminated, returned, and was safe.
The contestant was voted Miss Congeniality by viewers.
The contestant appeared as a guest, but was out of the running.

Episodes

Series # Episode # Episode Title Airdate
100 1 Keeping it 100! March 7, 2016
101 2 Bitch Perfect March 14, 2016
102 3 RuCo's Empire March 21, 2016
103 4 New Wave Queens March 28, 2016
104 5 Supermodel Snatch Game April 4, 2016
105 6 Wizards of Drag April 11, 2016
106 7 Shady Politics April 18, 2016
107 8 RuPaul Book Ball April 25, 2016
108 9 The Realness May 2, 2016
109 10 Grand Finale May 16, 2016

Episode 1: "Keeping It 100!"

Airdate: March 7, 2016

Synopsis: For the 100th episode, Ru challenges a new crop of hens to craft outfits based on design challenges from seasons past. Nicole Richie guest judges.

  • Guest Judge: Nicole Richie
  • Special Guest(s): BeBe Zahara Benet, Tyra Sanchez, Raja, Sharon Needles, Chad Michaels, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, Morgan McMichaels, Latrice Royale, Raven, Shannel
  • Alternating Judge(s): Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews
  • Mini-Challenge: Photoshoot with past winners
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Robbie Turner
  • Main Challenge: Create an outfit based on design challenges from seasons past
  • Main Challenge Winner: Kim Chi
  • Main Challenge Prize: $3,000 from selfieonastick.com
  • Bottom Two: Laila McQueen and Naysha Lopez
  • Lip Sync Song: "Applause" by Lady Gaga
  • Eliminated: Naysha Lopez
  • Farewell Message: "Dear Ladies & Monsters, it was a pleasure meeting you all! Play the cards you are dealt + TURN DA PARTY! The Beauty, Naysha Lopez ♥ P.S. I ♥ U Layla! [sic] xoxo"

Entrance Order

1. Naomi Smalls
2. Cynthia Lee Fontaine
3. Dax ExclamationPoint
4. Naysha Lopez
5. Acid Betty
6. Robbie Turner
7. Kim Chi
8. Thorgy Thor
9. Bob the Drag Queen
10. Laila McQueen
11. Chi Chi DeVayne
12. Derrick Barry

Design Challenge Assignments

Contestant Design challenge
Acid Betty Make Dat Money (from Season 3, Ep. 13)
Bob The Drag Queen Gone with the Window (from Season 2, Ep. 1)
Chi Chi DeVayne Glitter Ball (from Season 6, Ep. 11)
Cynthia Lee Fontaine Sugar Ball (from Season 5, Ep. 11)
Dax ExclamationPoint Hello, Kitty Girls! (from Season 7, Ep. 11)
Derrick Barry The Queen Who Mopped Xmas (from Season 3, Ep. 2)
Kim Chi RuPaul's Hair Extravaganza (from Season 3, Ep. 11)
Laila McQueen RuPocalypse Now! (from Season 4, Ep. 1)
Naomi Smalls Float Your Boat (from Season 4 Ep. 6)
Naysha Lopez Drag on a Dime (from Season 1, Ep. 1)
Robbie Turner The Fabulous Bitch Ball (from Season 4, Ep. 11)
Thorgy Thor Face, Face, Face of Cakes (from Season 3, Ep. 7)

Past Winners Photoshoot

Episode 2: "Bitch Perfect"

Airdate: March 14, 2016

Synopsis: Ru divides the remaining queens into two competing teams to perform in a dace-driven, drag-appella sing-off dubbed "Bitch Perfect."

  • Guest Judges: Ester Dean, Jamal Sims, and Lucian Piane
  • Special Guest: AB Soto
  • Mini-Challenge: Compete in a latin dance-off to RuPaul's song "Cha Cha Bitch"
  • Mini-Challenge Winner(s): Chi Chi DeVayne and Cynthia Lee Fontaine
  • Main Challenge: Perform in a collegiate acapella sing-off
  • Main Challenge Winner: Chi Chi DeVayne
  • Main Challenge Prize: A 4 night getaway to an all gay bed and breakfast in New England courtesy of mygaygetaway.com
  • Runway Theme: Movie Premiere Realness
  • Bottom Two: Dax ExclamationPoint and Laila McQueen
  • Lip Sync Song: "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor
  • Eliminated: Dax ExclamationPoint and Laila McQueen
  • Farewell Message — Dax ExclamationPoint: "Ladies, You're all Fantastic! I wish I could be here with you! Set the world on fire + Make Everyone EAT IT -DAX! ☠"
  • Farewell Message — Laila McQueen: "You're All the Biggest Pack of freaks and I am so "Happy" to call you "family". But Actually I ♥ you All & can't wait for the future with you! xoxo Laila!"

Bitch Perfect Teams

Team Lady Bitches Team Shady Bitches
Cynthia Lee Fontaine Chi Chi DeVayne
Bob the Drag Queen Acid Betty
Derrick Barry Thorgy Thor
Laila McQueen Dax ExclamationPoint
Robbie Turner Naomi Smalls
Kim Chi

Episode 3: "RuCo's Empire"

Airdate: March 21, 2016

Synopsis: After a stunning runway showdown, a dissed queen gets a second chance in a team-based challenge: acting in a pilot inspired by the TV drama "Empire."

  • Guest Judges: Faith Evans and Tasha Smith
  • Alternating Judge(s): Carson Kressley
  • Mini-Challenge: Drag up supreme court robes
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Naomi Smalls
  • Main Challenge: Perform in two Empire-inspired acting scenes (Acting Challenge)
  • Main Challenge Winner: Bob the Drag Queen
  • Main Challenge Prize: $3,500 of eyewear from Bradley Kenneth
  • Runway Theme: Rollergirl Realness
  • Bottom Two: Robbie Turner and Cynthia Lee Fontaine
  • Lip Sync Song: "Mesmerized (FreeMasons Remix)" by Faith Evans
  • Eliminated: Cynthia Lee Fontaine
  • Farewell Message: "Don't give up!!! Fight for youre [sic] dreams!!! Love you mis amores #Cucu ♥"

RuCo Empire Roles

Character Team Naomi Smalls Team Naysha Lopez
Vanilla Wafer Naomi Smalls Kim Chi
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bob the Drag Queen Thorgy Thor
Shortbread Chi Chi DeVayne Naysha Lopez
Ginger Snap Cynthia Lee Fontaine Derrick Barry
Macaroon Robbie Turner Acid Betty

Episode 4: "New Wave Queens"

Airdate: March 28, 2016

Synopsis: The remaining queens take the stage to sing live in a 1980s-style salute to New Wave girl bands. Guest judges include Blondie's Debbie Harry.

  • Special Guests: The Vivienne[1][2]
  • Guest Judges: Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, and Lucian Piane
  • Main Challenge: Sing live in ‘80s style New Wave girl bands
  • Main Challenge Winner: Robbie Turner
  • Main Challenge Prize: A wig wardrobe from Weaven Steven
  • Runway Theme: Neon Realness
  • Bottom Two: Chi Chi DeVayne and Naysha Lopez
  • Lip Sync Song: "Call Me" by Blondie
  • Eliminated: Naysha Lopez
  • Farewell Message: "Dear Ladies, Have a good time and push yourself. I got a 2nd chance, don't blow your first and only! xoxo Da Beauty! Naysha Lopez"

New Wave Queen Groups

Street Meatz Dragometry Les Chicken Wings
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Bob the Drag Queen Naysha Lopez Kim Chi
Thorgy Thor Chi Chi DeVayne Robbie Turner
Acid Betty Derrick Barry Naomi Smalls

Episode 5: "Supermodel Snatch Game"

Airdate: April 4, 2016

Synopsis: Competitive queens take on shades of well-known celebrities in another round of "Snatch Game." Later, they all strike a pose in homage to Madonna.

  • Guest Judges: Gigi Hadid and Chanel Iman
  • Alternating Judge(s): Carson Kressley
  • Main Challenge: Impersonate celebrities in Snatch Game
  • Main Challenge Winner: Bob The Drag Queen
  • Main Challenge Prize: A collection of handbags and wallets from Lux De Ville valued at $7,000
  • Runway Theme: Iconic Madonna Looks
  • Bottom Two: Acid Betty and Naomi Smalls
  • Lip Sync Song: "Causing a Commotion" by Madonna
  • Eliminated: Acid Betty
  • Farewell Message: "Ladies, You have been touched by fierceness! Now werq it out! - Bob, ♥ you! See jew in new york. - Thorgy you are amazeballz! - AcidBetty 💋"

Snatch Game

Contestant Celebrity Photo
Acid Betty Nancy Grace Acid-nancy-rupauls-drag-race-season-8-episode-5.png
Bob the Drag Queen Uzo Aduba Bob-uzo-rupauls-drag-race-season-8-episode-5.png
Carol Channing Bob-carol-rupauls-drag-race-season-8-episode-5.png
Chi Chi DeVayne Eartha Kitt Chichi-eartha-rupauls-drag-race-season-8-episode-5.png
Derrick Barry Britney Spears Derrick-britney-rupauls-drag-race-season-8-episode-5.jpg
Kim Chi Kimmy Jong-Un Kim-kimmie-rupauls-drag-race-season-8-episode-5.png
Naomi Smalls Tiffany Pollard Naomi-newyork-rupauls-drag-race-season-8-episode-5.png
Robbie Turner Diana Vreeland Robbie-diana-rupauls-drag-race-season-8-episode-5.png
Thorgy Thor Michael Jackson Thorgy-michael-rupauls-drag-race-season-8-episode-5.png

Episode 6: "Wizards of Drag"

Airdate: April 11, 2016

Synopsis: The queens dish out mini drag makeovers in the style of "The Wizard of Oz." Fashion designer Marc Jacobs and entertainer Todrick Hall guest judge.

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  • Guest Judges: Todrick Hall and Marc Jacobs
  • Special Guest: Marc Snetiker
  • Alternating Judge(s): Ross Matthews
  • Mini-Challenge: "Reading is Fundamental"
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Bob The Drag Queen
  • Main Challenge: The queens give "Wizard of Oz" themed makeovers to cast members of Little Women: L.A.
  • Main Challenge Winner: Naomi Smalls
  • Main Challenge Prize: $1000 worth of spa services from The Spa On Rodeo (for both Naomi and Jasmine)
  • Runway Theme: Wizard of Oz Couture
  • Bottom Two: Derrick Barry and Robbie Turner
  • Lip Sync Song: "I Love It" by Icona Pop
  • Eliminated: Robbie Turner
  • Farewell Message: "My dearest trashbags, I'm sorry to leave you all so soon, but know this, the love I have for you is REAL + quite strong, also whoever wins owes me a tea or a steak dinner! Love you all, Robbie"

Make Over Assignments

Contestant Little Woman Drag Name Character
Bob The Drag Queen Elena Gant Rob the Faux Queen Glinda the Good Witch
Chi Chi DeVayne Tonya Banks Ti Ti DeVayne Dorothy Gale
Derrick Barry Terra Jole Terra Barr Tin Man
Kim Chi Briana Mason Miso Chi The Wicked Witch of the West
Naomi Smalls Jasmine Arteaga Sorge Jazzy Jems Scarecrow
Robbie Turner Christy McGinity Gabel Hedda Turner The Cowardly Lion
Thorgy Thor Brittney Guzman Thorgeous Emerald Citizen

Episode 7: "Shady Politics"

Airdate: April 18, 2016

Synopsis: The top six queens campaign hard for the title of First Drag President of the United States. Guest judges include Vivica A. Fox ("Independence Day").

  • Guest Judges: Thomas Roberts and Vivica A. Fox
  • Special Guest: Andrew Christian
  • Alternating Judge(s): Carson Kressley
  • Mini-Challenge: Playing a true or false guessing game with the Pit Crew
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Derrick Barry
  • Main Challenge: Work in pairs to shoot presidential campaign ads to smear their partner and stake their claim to be the first drag President of the U.S.A.
  • Main Challenge Winners: Bob The Drag Queen & Derrick Barry
  • Main Challenge Prize: A custom-made gown from Mountbatten Concepts
  • Runway Theme: Black & White Realness(inspired by Detox)
  • Bottom Two: Chi Chi Devayne and Thorgy Thor
  • Lip Sync Song: "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls
  • Eliminated: Thorgy Thor
  • Farewell Message: "Clowns! All of you!! Come to NY - but please take down Bob! She's terrible! - anyway - ♥ you guys! top 3?....... Naomi, Bob, Deryk [sic]... Let's see.... (that was shady!) ♥ Thorgy"

Episode 8: "RuPaul Book Ball"

Airdate: April 25, 2016

Synopsis: The queens prep paper-thin looks for a "Book Ball" and pay homage to "Strangers with Candy" icon Jerii Blank. Sibs Amy and David Sedaris guest judge.

  • Guest Judges: Amy and David Sedaris
  • Alternating Judge(s): Ross Matthews
  • Mini-Challenge: Everybody Loves Puppets
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Chi Chi DeVayne
  • Main Challenge: Ball Challenge
  • Runway Themes: Baby Drag Realness, That's My Mama Realness, and Autobiographical Eleganza Extravaganza
  • Main Challenge Winner: Kim Chi
  • Main Challenge Prize: $2,500 gift card from Fabric Planet
  • Bottom Two: Bob The Drag Queen & Derrick Barry
  • Lip Sync Song: "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester
  • Eliminated: Derrick Barry
  • Farewell Message: "To my top 4, Ru said I won the challenge! What happened? I love you all! ♥ Derrick Bitch"

Episode 9: "The Realness"

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RuPaul - The Realness Official Music Video

Airdate: May 2, 2016

Synopsis: No one's safe as the remaining four queens square off for their final challenge: starring in the music video for Ru's hit single "The Realness."

  • Special Guests: Bianca Del Rio & Jayson Whitmore
  • Alternating Judge(s): Carson Kressley & Ross Matthews
  • Main Challenge: Star in the music video for RuPaul's song "The Realness"
  • Lip Sync Song: "The Realness" by RuPaul
  • Eliminated: Chi Chi DeVayne

Top Three of Season 8

Queens Challenge Wins Up for Elimination
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3
(Eps. 3, 5, 7)
1
(Ep. 8)
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2
(Eps. 1, 8)
0
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1
(Ep. 6)
1
(Ep. 5)

Episode 10: "Grand Finale"

Airdate: May 16, 2016

Synopsis: Fabulousness flares when this season's queens reconvene for the crowning of "Miss Congeniality" -- and "America's Next Drag Superstar." The three finalists each perform a lip sync to a song written specially for them- Bob performing "I Don't Like to Show Off," Kim performing "Fat Fem and Asian," and Naomi performing "Legs." After the three performances, RuPaul talks to the eliminated queens, and afterward Katya, season seven Miss Congeniality, announces that Cynthia Lee Fontaine won this season's Miss Congeniality title. The top three return and Bob The Drag Queen is crowned the winner of season 8.

  • Miss Congeniality: Cynthia Lee Fontaine
  • Top Three: Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi, and Naomi Smalls
  • Lip sync Songs: "I Don't Like to Show Off" (Bob the Drag Queen); "Fat Fem and Asian" (Kim Chi); “Legs” (Naomi Smalls)
  • Winner of Season 8: Bob The Drag Queen
  • Runners-Up: Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls

Gallery

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

Videos

The Pit Stop Recap Show

Trivia

  • Season 8 is the only season in herstory...
    • ... to include the Shade Tree, a confessional room in which queens could share their innermost secrets and thoughts.
  • Season 8 is the first season...
    • ... to have someone do two celebrities in the same Snatch Game. Bob The Drag Queen impersonated both Uzo Aduba and Carol Channing.
    • ... to not have a recap episode. None of the following seasons have had one since.
    • ... to feature The Pit Stop, a YouTube recap show about each episode, and the only season not to be hosted by a Drag Race alum.
    • ... where the winner of the season never placed high without winning the Maxi Challenge. Every episode Bob the Drag Queen received positive critiques, she ended up winning the Maxi Challenge. She is followed by Envy Peru in Drag Race Holland (Season 1).
    • ... where no contestant was eliminated on the episode they won a Mini Challenge.
  • Season 8 is the second...
    • ... regular season with 12 contestants, after season 2.
    • ... regular season to have a double elimination, the first was in Season 5.
    • ... regular season to have less than three contestants lip sync for their life in two consecutive episodes, after Season 1.
      • This later happened in Season 10 and 12.
      • Not a single regular season has had two contestants lip sync for their life in two consecutive episodes. In Season 1 and 8, only one contestant landed in the bottom 2 in two consecutive episodes. In Season 10 and 12, four contestants landed in the bottom 2 in two consecutive episodes, whereas every other season has had at least three.
    • ... where none of the contestants landed in the bottom 2 three times.
  • Season 8 has one of the two lowest placing Miss Congeniality, Cynthia Lee Fontaine who placed 10th. The other one is LaLa Ri of Season 13.
  • With only 10 episodes, Season 8 is the second shortest regular season after Season 1 with 9 episodes.
  • The lip sync assassin of Season 8 is Chi Chi DeVayne. Chi Chi sent home Naysha Lopez and Thorgy Thor.
  • Part of the fourth episode was filmed on July 27th. This was figured out due to it being Robbie Turner's birthday.
  • Chi Chi DeVayne is the first Season 8 contestant to pass away. She is one of only two contestants across all Drag Race franchises to have died; the other being Season 2 contestant Sahara Davenport (who died on October 1, 2012).
  • Season 8 is also the last season to feature the Reunion during the Finale. The seasons after have had a completely separate episode for the Reunion.

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