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A Rusical is a type of a maxi challenge that debuted in Season 6 and puts the queens' performing skills to test. It is usually a number that tells a certain story through singing, acting and dancing on the stage.

Since Season 9's Kardashians: The Rusical, it is usually about stories of famous people such as Cher and Madonna or about popular societal topics such as Donald Trump's presidency or social media. Some of these challenges were called Rusical by name, but it can also refer to any challenge where the contestants have to lip sync, sing live, and/or dance as part of the main challenge.

Although the contestants may be asked to record or sing their sections of the Rusical live, this challenge is not to be confused with the Singing Challenge where the contestants are typically asked to write their section as well as record or sing live.

Challenge's Timeline

Show Season
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
US
AS
DRT
UK
CDR
DRH
DRDU
DRES
DRIT
RPDRvsTW
The challenge never appeared in the season.
The challenge appeared in the season once.
The challenge appeared in the season twice.

Rusical Winners

Rusical Eliminated

All Rusical Challenges

Episode 4: "Shade: The Rusical"

In this episode, the queens were tasked to take part in "Shade: The Rusical".

Queen Team Role Placement
Courtney Act Team DeLa Good Penny WINNER
Adore Delano Team Adore Bad Penny HIGH
BenDeLaCreme Team DeLa Shady Lady HIGH
Bianca Del Rio Pageant Queen SAFE
Gia Gunn Comedy Queen SAFE
Joslyn Fox Team Adore Amanda SAFE
Laganja Estranja Showgirl SAFE
Milk Les Mizabella SAFE
Darienne Lake Team DeLa Comedy Queen LOW
Trinity K. Bonet Pageant Queen BOTTOM 2
April Carrión Team Adore Bertha ELIMINATED

Episode 2: "Glamazonian Airways"

In this episode, the queens were tasked to take part in 'Glamazonian Airways'.

Queen Team Placement
Ginger Minj Team Ginger WINNER
Mrs. Kasha Davis HIGH
Violet Chachki Team Trixie HIGH
Jaidynn Diore Fierce Team Ginger SAFE
Jasmine Masters SAFE
Kandy Ho SAFE
Kennedy Davenport SAFE
Max Team Trixie SAFE
Pearl SAFE
Trixie Mattel SAFE
Miss Fame LOW
Katya BOTTOM 2
Sasha Belle Team Ginger ELIMINATED

Episode 21

The transformistas are challenged to star in a musical dedicated to Olivia Newton-John.

Contestant Song(s) Scores Total Placement
Luz Violeta "Physical" "We Go Together" 26 FINALIST
Sofía Camará "Xanadu" 23 SAFE
Yoyi "The Rumor" 14 SAFE
Laura Bell "Hopelessly Devoted To You" 18 ELIMINATED

Episode 22

The transformistas are challenged to star in a musical dedicated to Madonna.

Contestant Song(s) Scores Total Placement
Botota Fox "Like A Virgin" "Hung Up" 25 FINALIST
Luna Di Mauri "Material Girl" 19 SAFE
Rubí "Music" ? SAFE
Arianda Sodi "Vogue" ? ELIMINATED

Episode 23

The transformistas are challenged to star in a musical dedicated to Gloria Estefan.

Contestant Song(s) Scores Total Placement
Sofía Camará "Oye" 26 FINALIST
Yoyi "Oye Mi Canto" 19 SAFE
Luna di Mauri "Mi Tierra" 19 SAFE
Rubí "Corazón Prohibido" 18 ELIMINATED

Episode 2: "Bitch Perfect"

In this episode, the queens were tasked to take part in 'Bitch Perfect', which is a parody of 'Pitch Perfect'.

Queen Team Placement
Chi Chi DeVayne Team Shady Bitches WINNER
Acid Betty HIGH
Thorgy Thor HIGH
Bob The Drag Queen Team Lady Bitches SAFE
Cynthia Lee Fontaine SAFE
Derrick Barry SAFE
Naomi Smalls Team Shady Bitches SAFE
Robbie Turner Team Lady Bitches SAFE
Kim Chi LOW
Dax Exclamationpoint Team Shady Bitches ELIMINATED
Laila McQueen Team Lady Bitches ELIMINATED

Episode 3: "HERstory of the World"

In this episode, the queens were tasked to take part in 'HERstory of the World'.

Queen Role Placement
Alyssa Edwards Annie Oakley WINNER
Detox Marie Antoinette WINNER
Alaska Eve SAFE
Phi Phi O'Hara Helen of Troy SAFE
Roxxxy Andrews Eva Perón SAFE
Katya Princess Diana BOTTOM 2
Ginger Minj Catherine the Great ELIMINATED

Episode 5: "Reality Stars: The Musical"

This episode the queens were tasked to take part in "Kardashians: The Musical".

Queen Role Placement
Shea Couleé Blac Chyna WINNER
Peppermint Britney Spears HIGH
Alexis Michelle Kris Jenner HIGH
Sasha Velour Lindsay Lohan SAFE
Trinity Taylor Paris Hilton SAFE
Aja Kourtney Kardashian SAFE
Valentina Kendall Jenner SAFE
Nina Bo'nina Brown Khloe Kardashian LOW
Farrah Moan Kylie Jenner BOTTOM 2
Cynthia Lee Fontaine Kim Kardashian BOTTOM 2
Eureka O'Hara North West SAFE + DEPARTED

Episode 2: "Divas Lip Sync Live"

The queens are tasked to take part in VH1 Divas Live: Tribute To RuPaul.

Order Queen Role Song Placement
6th Shangela
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Mariah Carey
The Realness WINNER
8th BenDeLaCreme
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Julie Andrews
Call Me Mother WINNER
9th Bebe Zahara Benet
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Diana Ross
The Main Event HIGH
3rd Aja
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Amy Winehouse
U Wear It Well SAFE
1st Milk
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Celine Dion
Peanut Butter SAFE
5th Trixie Mattel
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Dolly Parton
Adrenaline SAFE
4th Chi Chi DeVayne
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Patti LaBelle
Jealous of
My Boogie
LOW
2nd Kennedy Davenport
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Janet Jackson
Charisma,
Uniqueness,
Nerve and
Talent
BOTTOM 2
7th Thorgy Thor
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Stevie Nicks
Born Naked ELIMINATED

Episode 2: "PharmaRusical"

Queen Team Placement
The Vixen Team Vixen WINNER
Blair St. Clair HIGH TEAM
Kameron Michaels HIGH TEAM
Mayhem Miller HIGH TEAM
Miz Cracker HIGH TEAM
Monét X Change HIGH TEAM
Asia O'Hara Team Asia SAFE
Dusty Ray Bottoms SAFE
Aquaria SAFE
Yuhua Hamasaki SAFE
Monique Heart LOW
Eureka BOTTOM 2
Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams ELIMINATED

Episode 8: "Cher: The Unauthorized Rusical"

The seven remaining queens were tasked to take part in Cher: The Unauthorised Rusical and play different versions of Cher.

Queen Role Placement
Kameron Michaels 60s Cher WINNER
Monét X Change 70s Variety Show Cher HIGH
Eureka Rockstar Cher SAFE
Miz Cracker Comeback Cher SAFE
Aquaria Disco Cher LOW
Asia O'Hara Movie Star Cher BOTTOM 2
The Vixen 70s Variety Show Cher ELIMINATED

Episode 11: "Thai Musical"

The results reflect only the challenge outcome, not the overall placements of the episode.

Queen Role Placement Overall Placement
Kandy Zyanide Sunaree WINNER WINNER
Bandit unsaid SAFE HIGH
Vanda Miss Joaquim Kratae SAFE HIGH
Srimala Chonlada SAFE LOW
Angele Anang Jintara SAFE BOTTOM 2
Kana Warrior maid SAFE BOTTOM 2

Episode 4: "Trump: The Rusical"

The remaining queens are tasked to take part in Trump: The Rusical, and play the women in his 'inner circle'.

Queen Role Placement
Silky Nutmeg Ganache Oprah Winfrey WINNER
Brooke Lynn Hytes Ivana Trump HIGH
Yvie Oddly Kelly Anne Conway HIGH
A'keria Chanel Davenport Stormy Daniels SAFE
Ariel Versace Shandy SAFE
Nina West Sarah Huckabee Sanders SAFE
Plastique Tiara Melania Trump SAFE
Scarlet Envy Betsy DeVos SAFE
Shuga Cain Hillary Clinton SAFE
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo Rosie O'Donnell LOW
Ra'Jah O'Hara Omarosa BOTTOM 2
Mercedes Iman Diamond Ivanka Trump ELIMINATED

Episode 7: "Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical"

The queens get into the groove in a Queen of Pop inspired musical.

Queen Role Placement
Gigi Goode
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Unapologetic Madonna
WINNER
Crystal Methyd
CrystalMethydMadonnaRusicalLook.jpg

Enlightened Madonna
HIGH
Jan
JanMadonnaRusicalLook.jpg

Early Madonna
HIGH
Jaida Essence Hall
JaidaMadonnaRusicalLook.jpg

Sexy Madonna
SAFE
Sherry Pie
SherryMadonnaRusicalLook.jpg

Movie Star Madonna
SAFE
Widow Von'Du
WidowMadonnaRusicalLook.jpg

Femmepire Madonna
SAFE
Jackie Cox
JackieMadonnaRusicalLook.jpg

Boy Toy Madonna
LOW
Heidi N Closet
HeidiMadonnaRusicalLook.jpg

Madonna Forever
BOTTOM 2
Brita
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Cone Bra Madonna
ELIMINATED

Episode 12: "Viva Drag Vegas"

The queens must perform a medley of songs from RuPaul’s Drag Race Live.

Queen Placement
Gigi Goode WINNER
Jaida Essence Hall HIGH
Sherry Pie SAFE + DISQUALIFIED
Crystal Methyd BOTTOM 2
Jackie Cox ELIMINATED

Episode 7: "Máxima - The Rusical"

Queen Role Placement
Janey Jacké
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Máxima, the Temptress
WINNER
Envy Peru
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Máxima, the Fianceé
SAFE
Ma'Ma Queen
Ma'MaQueenRusicalLook.jpg

Máxima, the Queen
BOTTOM 2
Miss Abby OMG
MissAbbyOMGRusicalLook.jpg

Máxima, the Partygirl
BOTTOM 2

Episode 2: "Rats: The Rusical"

Queen Role Placement
Veronica Green Evita von Fleas WINNER
Ellie Diamond Scabies HIGH
Tia Kofi Specimen One HIGH
Asttina Mandella Jane SAFE
A'Whora Miss Dysentery SAFE
Bimini Bon-Boulash Depravity SAFE
Ginny Lemon Dame Doody Stench SAFE
Sister Sister Rat Pack #1 SAFE
Lawrence Chaney Rat Pack #3 LOW
Tayce Scat Rat BOTTOM 2
Cherry Valentine Rat Pack #2 ELIMINATED

Episode 8: "Social Media: The Unverified Rusical"

Queen Role Placement
Rosé
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Foxy
WINNER
Denali
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Nikita, a Russian Bot
HIGH
Gottmik
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Natasha, a Russian Bot
HIGH
Elliott with 2 Ts
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Miss TokTik
SAFE
Olivia Lux
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Markie Tuckenberg
SAFE
Utica Queen
UticaRusicalLook.jpg

Lady Tweets
SAFE
Tina Burner
TinaRusicalLook.jpg

EmShee
LOW
Kandy Muse
KandyMuseRusicalLook.jpg

Reverend Dr. Lady Linked In
BOTTOM 2
Symone
SymoneRusicalLook.jpg

Miss InstaGlam
BOTTOM 2

Episode 4: "Halftime Headliners"

Order Queen Role Song Placement
7th Jan JanLadyGagaAS6.jpg
Lady Gaga
A Little Bit Of Love WINNER
2nd Eureka! EurekaMadonnaAS6.jpg
Madonna
Dance With U HIGH
10th Trinity K. Bonet TrinityKBeyoncéAS6.jpg
Beyoncé
Bring Back My Girls HIGH
6th Kylie Sonique Love KylieSoniqueStevenTylerAS6.jpg
Steven Tyler
If I Dream SAFE
9th Pandora Boxx PandoraCarolChanningAS6.jpg
Carol Channing
Click Clack
(Make Dat Money)
SAFE
3rd Ra'Jah O'Hara Ra'JahDianaRossAS6.jpg
Diana Ross
The Beginning SAFE
5th Scarlet Envy ScarletKatyPerryAS6.jpg
Katy Perry
Sissy That Walk SAFE
1st Ginger Minj GingerFergieAS6.jpg
Fergie
Geronimo LOW
8th A'keria C. Davenport A'keriaPrinceAS6.jpg
Prince
I Bring The Beat BOTTOM 2
4th Yara Sofia YaraShakiraAS6.jpg
Shakira
Cover Girl
(Put The Bass In Your Walk)
ELIMINATED

Episode 2: "Under the Big Top, LIVE"

Queen Role Placement
Pythia
PythiaRusicalLook.jpg

Hennywise
WINNER
Gia Metric
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Himbo
HIGH
Kendall Gender
KendallGenderRusicalLook.jpg

Ring Mistress
HIGH
Adriana
AdrianaRusicalLook.jpg

Bang
SAFE
Kimora Amour
KimoraAmourRusicalLook.jpg

Bianca
SAFE
Stephanie Prince
StephaniePrinceRusicalLook.jpg

Leather
SAFE
Synthia Kiss
SynthiaKissRusicalLook.jpg

Corsette
SAFE
Eve 6000
Eve6000RusicalLook.jpg

Reveliana
LOW
Suki Doll
SukiDollRusicalLook.jpg

Bing
LOW
Icesis Couture
IcesisCoutureRusicalLook.jpg

Lace
BOTTOM 2
Océane Aqua-Black
OcéaneAqua-BlackRusicalLook.jpg

Bong
ELIMINATED

Episode 7: "La Más Rosa Mexicano"

In this episode, the queens were tasked to take part in "La Novela: El Musical".

Musical Roles and Scores

Contestant Musical Role Runway
Score
Musical
Score
Overall
Scores
Placement
Diva Telenovela
Elektra Vandergeld Teresa Teresa 10 10 20 WINNER
Vera Cruz Ana María Dos mujeres, un camino 9 9 18 HIGH
Iris XC Mia Colucci RBD 7 10 17 HIGH
Lupita Kush Tania Dos mujeres, un camino 7 9 16 SAFE
Rebel Mörk Diana Salazar El extraño retorno de Diana Salazar 7 8 15 SAFE
Georgiana Luz Clarita Luz Clarita 8 6 14 SAFE
C-Pher Marimar Marimar 8 5 13 BOTTOM 2
LOW
La Morra Lisa Lety La fea más bella 6 5 11 BOTTOM 2
Leexa Fox Mariana Cómplices Al Rescate 7 4 11 LOW
BOTTOM 2
Silvana

Episode 3: "Night of a Thousand Raffaella Carràs"

Queen Raffaella Carrà Era Placement
Divinity
DivinityRusicalLook.jpg

TBA
WIN
Luquisha Lubamba
LuquishaLubambaRusicalLook.jpg

Tanti auguri
HIGH
Elecktra Bionic
ElecktraBionicRusicalLook.jpg

Tanti auguri
SAFE
Enorma Jean
EnormaJeanRusicalLook.jpg

TBA
SAFE
Farida Kant
FaridaKantRusicalLook.jpg

TBA
SAFE
Ava Hangar
AvaHangarRusicalLook.jpg

TBA
BTM2
Le Riche
LeRicheRusicalLook.jpg

TBA
BTM2

Episode 12: "Moulin Ru: The Rusical"

Queen Role Parodied Character Placement
Lady Camden LadyCamdenRusicalLook.jpg
Mama Z
Harold Zidler WINNER
Willow Pill WillowRusicalLook.jpg
Green Fairy
The Green Fairy HIGH
Daya Betty DayaRusicalLook.jpg
Uniqueness
Pink HIGH
Angeria Paris VanMicheals AngeriaRusicalLook.jpg
Charisma
Mýa SAFE
DeJa Skye DeJaRusicalLook.jpg
Nerve
Lil' Kim LOW
Jorgeous JorgeousRusicalLook.jpg
Talent
Christina Aguilera BOTTOM 2
Bosco BoscoRusicalLook.jpg
Saltine
Satine CHOC

Episode 4: "The Drag Calling"

Queen Role Placement
Estrella Xtravaganza EstrellaXtravaganzaRusicalLook.jpg
Milagritos
WINNER
Marina MarinaRusicalLook.jpg
Mary Corn
HIGH
Sharonne SharonneRusicalLook.jpg
Sor Bernarda
HIGH
Diamante Merybrown DiamanteRusicalLook.jpg
Susanal
SAFE
Drag Sethlas DragSethlasRusicalLook.jpg
Autenticidad
SAFE
Venedita Von Däsh VeneditaRusicalLook.jpg
Carácter
SAFE
Onyx OnyxRusicalLook.jpg
Madre Fundadora
LOW
Juriji Der Klee JurijiRusicalLook.jpg
Talento
BOTTOM 2
Jota Carajota JotaRusicalLook.jpg
Carisma
ELIMINATED

Trivia

  • The challenge's name is a portmanteau of the words RuPaul and musical.
  • The Rusical Challenge is so far the only main challenge that was never won by any of the crowned winners of regular seasons.
    • The only season winner that won a Rusical in their Drag Race journey is Shea Couleé.
      • However, she won season that didn't feature a Rusical Challenge (All Stars 5).
  • Rusical challenge winners usually do very well in their season. The only Rusical winners to not make it to the finale are Chi Chi DeVayne, Alyssa Edwards and Janey Jacké (who all got eliminated an episode before the finale), Pangina Heals (who placed 6th) and The Vixen (who placed 7th).
    • This does not count BenDeLaCreme who quit the competition voluntarily and Veronica Green who had to leave the competition due to health related issues.
  • Seasons 10 and 12 are the only seasons to include two Rusicals.
    • However, Season 12's second Rusical was a mix of Rusical and a Rumix challenge since queens had to write their own verses for the final act.
  • Eureka! and Ginger Minj are the only queens to appear in four Rusicals.
    • However, Ginger only competed on three of them.
    • Eureka! competed on Kardashians: The Musical, PharmaRusical, Cher: The Unauthorized Rusical, and Hall of Fame Halftime Show.
    • Ginger Minj competed on Glamazonian Airways, HERstory of The World, and Hall of Fame Halftime Show while her remaining fourth appearance was as a guest, starring on Trump: The Rusical on Season 11 as Trump himself.
  • Gigi Goode and Janey Jacké are the only queens to win two Rusical challenges.
    • Janey won Maxima: The Rusical in Drag Race Holland Season 1 and West End Wendys in UK Vs The World Season 1, whereas Gigi won both Rusicals in the same season.
    • Jan's reaction to not winning Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical has became one of the fan favorite moments of Season 12 and it was later included in MsMojo's Top 10 RuPaul's Drag Race Moments That Became Memes. [1]
      • It has also become an essential part of Jan's branding after her season.
  • Angele Anang, Symone and Icesis Couture are the only regular season winners to land in the Bottom Two in a Rusical challenge.
  • Katya is the only queen to land in the Bottom Two in a Rusical twice.
  • Ginger Minj and The Vixen have the biggest placement discrepancy between the two Rusicals they participated in. They both won the first one (Glamazonian Airways and PharmaRusical respectively) and were eliminated on the second (HERstory of the World and Cher: The Unauthorized Rusical respectively).
    • However The Vixen did this on one season.
  • Alaska, Alyssa Edwards, Detox, Phi Phi O'Hara, Roxxxy Andrews, Bebe Zahara Benet, Shangela, Kylie Sonique Love, Pandora Boxx, Yara Sofia and Jujubee all competed in their first Rusical on their All Stars Seasons, because the Challenge wasn't invented yet during their first competitive season.
  • Every queen who has been eliminated on a Rusical on All Stars has placed in the top for the Variety Show.

References

  1. Top 10 RuPaul's Drag Race Moments That Became Memes | MsMojo, YouTube, March 5, 2021
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