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 Matthews 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.



(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
Rusical Snatch Game Make Over Ball Grand Finale
Bob The Drag Queen BobS8Promo.jpg Christopher Caldwell 29 New York, NY SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE WIN LOW
Kim Chi KimChiS8Promo.jpg Sang-Young Shin 27 Chicago, IL WIN LOW SAFE HIGH
Naomi Smalls NaomiS8Promo.jpg Davis Heppenstall 21 Redlands, CA LOW SAFE SAFE
4th Chi Chi DeVayne ChiChiS8Promo.jpg Zavion Davenport 29 Shreveport, LA SAFE WIN
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
6th Thorgy Thor ThorgyS8Promo.jpg Shane Galligan 31 Brooklyn, NY SAFE HIGH HIGH SAFE HIGH SAFE ELIM RTRN
7th Robbie Turner RobbieS8Promo.jpg Jeremy Baird 33 Seattle, WA LOW SAFE BTM2 WIN LOW ELIM       RTRN
8th Acid Betty AcidS8PROMO.jpg Jamin Ruhren 38 Brooklyn, NY HIGH HIGH HIGH SAFE ELIM RTRN
(orig. 12th)
Naysha Lopez NayshaS8Promo.jpg Fabian Rodriguez 31 Chicago, IL ELIM SAFE
(Miss Congeniality)
Cynthia Lee Fontaine CynthiaS8Promo.jpg Carlos Hernandez 34 Austin, TX SAFE SAFE
Dax ExclamationPoint DaxS8Promo.jpg Dax Martin 31 Savannah, GA SAFE ELIM RTRN
Laila McQueen LailaS8Promo.jpg Tyler Devlin 22 Gloucester, MA BTM2 ELIM RTRN
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 placed as a top three finalist.
The contestant competed in a four-person final lip-sync against all remaining contestants and was eliminated.
The contestant was previously eliminated, returned in Episode 3, & was safe.
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 placed in the bottom two & both were eliminated.
After being eliminated, the contestant was voted Ms. Congeniality by viewers.
After being eliminated, the contestant returned and appeared on the "Reunion" episode, but was out of the running.
The contestant was eliminated for the second time.


Series # 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

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  • 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
  • Main Challenge: Create an outfit based on design challenges from seasons past
  • Main Challenge Winner: Kim Chi
  • Main Challenge Prize: $3,000 from
  • 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)

Episode 2: "Bitch Perfect"

Airdate: March 14, 2016

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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" 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

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

Episode 5: "Supermodel Snatch Game"

Airdate: April 4, 2016

  • 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
Acid Betty Nancy Grace
Bob the Drag Queen Uzo Aduba/Carol Channing
Chi Chi DeVayne Eartha Kitt
Derrick Barry Britney Spears
Kim Chi Kimmy Jong-Un
Naomi Smalls Tiffany Pollard
Robbie Turner Diana Vreeland
Thorgy Thor Michael Jackson

Episode 6: "Wizards of Drag"

Airdate: April 11, 2016


  • 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

  • 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 Winner: 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

  • 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"

Airdate: May 2, 2016

  • 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" (Final Challenge)
  • Lip Sync Song: "The Realness" by RuPaul
  • Eliminated: Chi Chi DeVayne

Top Three of Season 8

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

Episode 10: "Grand Finale"

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
  • Runner-Ups: Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls.


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


The Pit Stop Recap Show


  • 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.
    • ... where none of the contestants landed in the bottom 2 three times.
    • ... 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.
  • Season 8 is the first season...
    • ... to have someone do two celebrities in the same Snatch GameBob 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.
  • 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 lipsync for their life in two consecutive episodes, after Season 1.
      • Not a single regular season has had two contestants lipsync for their life in two consecutive episodes. In Seasons 1 and 8, only one contestant landed in the bottom 2 in two consecutive episodes, whereas every other season has had at least three.
  • Season 8 is one of the four regular seasons that don't have 14 episodes, with Season 1, 2 and 3.
  • Season 8 has the lowest placing Miss Congeniality. Cynthia Lee Fontaine placed 10th.
  • With only 10 episodes, Season 8 is the second shortest regular season after Season 1 (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).


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