A Rusical, or Lip Sync Extravaganza, is a challenge combining lip syncing or singing live and dancing. 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.
All Rusical Challenges
Episode 4: Shade: The Rusical
In this episode, the queens were tasked to take part in "Shade: The Rusical". Courtney Act, Adore Delano and BenDeLaCreme received positive critiques for their portrayals of Good Penny, Bad Penny and Shady Lady respectively, with Courtney Act winning the challenge. Milk, Laganja Estranja, Gia Gunn, Joslyn Fox and Bianca Del Rio were declared safe. Trinity K. Bonet, April Carrión and Darienne Lake received negative critiques for their portrayals of Pageant Queen 1, Bertha and Comedy Queen 1 respectively. Trinity K. Bonet and April Carrión had to lip sync to 'I’m Every Woman' by Chaka Khan. Trinity won the lip sync, and April was sent home.
|Courtney Act||Good Penny||WINNER|
|Adore Delano||Bad Penny||HIGH|
|Bianca Del Rio||Pageant Queen||SAFE|
|Gia Gunn||Comedy Queen||SAFE|
|Darienne Lake||Comedy Queen||LOW|
|Trinity K. Bonet||Pageant Queen||BOTTOM 2|
Episode 2: Glamazonian Airways
In this episode, the queens were tasked to take part in 'Glamazonian Airways'. Ginger Minj, Violet Chachki and Mrs. Kasha Davis received positive critiques with Ginger being declared the winner of the challenge. Pearl, Kennedy Davenport, Jaidynn Diore Fierce, Max, Kandy Ho, Trixie Mattel and Jasmine Masters were all declared safe. Katya, Sasha Belle and Miss Fame received negative critiques with Katya and Sasha being placed in the bottom. Katya won the lip sync, and Sasha Belle was sent home.
|Mrs. Kasha Davis||HIGH|
|Jaidynn Diore Fierce||SAFE|
The transformistas are challenged to star in a musical dedicated to Olivia Newton-John.
|Luz Violeta||"Physical"||"We Go Together"||26||FINALIST|
|Laura Bell||"Hopelessly Devoted To You"||18||ELIMINATED|
The transformistas are challenged to star in a musical dedicated to Madonna.
|Botota Fox||"Like A Virgin"||"Hung Up"||25||FINALIST|
|Luna Di Mauri||"Material Girl"||19||SAFE|
The transformistas are challenged to star in a musical dedicated to Gloria Estefan.
|Yoyi||"Oye Mi Canto"||19||SAFE|
|Luna di Mauri||"Mi Tierra"||19||SAFE|
Episode 2: Bitch Perfect
In this episode, the queens were tasked to take part in 'Bitch Perfect', which is a parody of 'Pitch Perfect'. Chi Chi DeVayne, Acid Betty and Thorgy Thor were declared the top three of the week, with Chi Chi being declared the winner of the challenge. Naomi Smalls, Bob The Drag Queen, Derrick Barry, Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Robbie Turner were declared safe. Kim Chi, Dax Exclamationpoint and Laila McQueen received negative critiques, with Dax and Laila being placed in the bottom two of the week. For the second time in Drag Race herstory, both Dax and Laila were eliminated in a double elimination.
|Chi Chi DeVayne||WINNER|
|Bob The Drag Queen||SAFE|
|Cynthia Lee Fontaine||SAFE|
Episode 3: HERstory of the World
In this episode, the queens were tasked to take part in 'HERstory of the World'. Detox and Alyssa were declared the top 2 for their portrayals of Marie Antoinette and Annie Oakley. Alaska, Phi Phi O'Hara and Roxxxy Andrews were declared safe. Ginger Minj and Katya received negative critiques and placed in the bottom for their portrayals of Catherine the Great and Princess Diana. Alyssa wins the lip-sync to 'Tell It To My Heart' by Taylor Dayne and chooses to eliminate Ginger.
|Alyssa Edwards||Annie Oakley||WINNER|
|Detox||Marie Antoinette||TOP 2|
|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 'Reality Stars: The Musical'. Shea Couleé, Peppermint and Alexis Michelle all received positive critiques for their portrayals of Blac Chyna, Britney Spears and Kris Jenner respectively, with Shea being declared the winner of the challenge. Aja, Trinity Taylor, Sasha Velour, Eureka and Valentina are declared safe. This leaves Nina Bonina Brown, Farrah Moan and Cynthia Lee Fontaine in the bottom for their portrayals of Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian. Farrah and Cynthia had to lip-sync to 'Woman Up' by Meghan Trainor. However, Eureka was forced to leave the competition under medical grounds, so both Farrah and Cynthia stayed.
|Shea Couleé||Blac Chyna||WINNER|
|Alexis Michelle||Kris Jenner||HIGH|
|Sasha Velour||Lindsay Lohan||SAFE|
|Trinity Taylor||Paris Hilton||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||DEPARTED|
Episode 2: Divas Lip Sync Live
The queens are tasked to take part in VH1 Divas Live: Tribute To RuPaul. BenDeLaCreme, Shangela and Bebe Zahara Benet all received positive critiques for their portrayals of Julie Andrews, Mariah Carey and Diana Ross respectively. Aja, Trixie Mattel and Milk are all declared safe. Chi Chi DeVayne, Kennedy Davenport and Thorgy Thor all received negative critiques for their portrayals of Patti Labelle, Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks respectively. Ben and Shangela are announced the top two of the week and lipsync to Jump (For My Love) by the Pointer Sisters. Shangela wins the lip-sync and eliminates Thorgy Thor.
|BenDeLaCreme||Julie Andrews||TOP 2|
|Bebe Zahara Benet||Diana Ross||HIGH|
|Trixie Mattel||Dolly Parton||SAFE|
|Chi Chi DeVayne||Patti LaBelle||LOW|
|Kennedy Davenport||Janet Jackson||BOTTOM 2|
|Thorgy Thor||Stevie Nicks||ELIMINATED|
Episode 2: PharmaRusical
|Blair St. Clair||HIGH TEAM|
|Kameron Michaels||HIGH TEAM|
|Mayhem Miller||HIGH TEAM|
|Miz Cracker||HIGH TEAM|
|Monét X Change||HIGH TEAM|
|Dusty Ray Bottoms||HIGH|
The seven remaining queens were tasked to take part in Cher: The Unauthorised Rusical and play different versions of Cher. Kameron Michaels and Monét X Change received positive critiques for their portrayal of 60s Cher and 70s Variety Show Cher with Kameron winning the challenge. Eureka and Miz Cracker were declared safe, whilst Aquaria, Asia O'Hara and The Vixen all received negative critiques for their portrayals of Disco Cher, Movie Cher and the 2nd Variety Show Cher respectively. Asia O'Hara and The Vixen lip-sync and The Vixen is sent home.
|Kameron Michaels||60s Cher||WINNER|
|Monét X Change||70s Variety Show Cher||HIGH|
|Miz Cracker||Comeback Cher||SAFE|
|Asia O'Hara||Movie Star Cher||BOTTOM 2|
|The Vixen||70s Variety Show Cher||ELIMINATED|
Episode 11: White Elephants
The results reflect only the challenge outcome, not the overall placements of the episode.
|Vanda Miss Joaquim||Kratae||SAFE||HIGH|
|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'. Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Brooke Lynn Hytes and Yvie Oddly all received positive critiques for their portrayals of Oprah, Ivana Trump and Kellyanne Conway respectively with Silky being declared the winner. A'keria Chanel Davenport, Ariel Versace, Nina West, Shuga Cain, Plastique Tiara and Scarlet Envy are declared safe. Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Ra'Jah O'Hara and Mercedes Iman Diamond all received negative critiques with their portrayals of Rosie O'Donnell, Omarosa and Ivanka Trump respectively. Mercedes Iman Diamond and Ra'Jah O'Hara lip-sync to James Brown's Living in America and Mercedes gets eliminated.
|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|
|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|
The queens get into the groove in a Queen of Pop inspired musical.
|Gigi Goode||Unapologetic Madonna||WINNER|
|Crystal Methyd||Enlightened Madonna||HIGH|
|Jaida Essence Hall||Sexy Madonna||SAFE|
|Sherry Pie||Movie Star Madonna||SAFE|
|Widow Von'Du||Femmepire Madonna||SAFE|
|Jackie Cox||Boy Toy Madonna||LOW|
|Heidi N Closet||Madonna Forever||BOTTOM 2|
|Brita||Cone Bra Madonna||ELIMINATED|
Episode 12: Viva Drag Vegas
The queens must perform a medley of songs from RuPaul’s Drag Race Live.
|Jaida Essence Hall||HIGH|
|Crystal Methyd||BOTTOM 2|
Episode 7: Maxima - The Rusical
|Janey Jacké||Maxima Two, The Temptress||WINNER|
|Envy Peru||Maxima Three, The Fianceé||SAFE|
|Ma'Ma Queen||Maxima Four, The Queen||BOTTOM 2|
|Miss Abby OMG||Maxima One, The Partygirl||BOTTOM 2|
Episode 2: "Rats: The Rusical
|Veronica Green||Evita von Fleas||Love rat, burlesque showgirl||WINNER|
|Ellie Diamond||Scabies||The hood rat||HIGH|
|Tia Kofi||Specimen One||The oldest lab rat||HIGH|
|Asttina Mandella||Jane||Pet rat, basic and prissy, new to the sewers||SAFE|
|A'Whora||Miss Dysentery||Dirty evil rats who will do anything to be in Rat Race, even poisioning people||SAFE|
|Ginny Lemon||Dame Doody Stench||SAFE|
|Sister Sister||Rat Pack #1||The extras||SAFE|
|Lawrence Chaney||Rat Pack #3||LOW|
|Tayce||Scat Rat||The hood rat||BOTTOM 2|
|Cherry Valentine||Rat Pack #2||The extra||ELIMINATED|
Episode 8: Social Media: The Unverified Rusical
|Denali||Russian Bot, Nikita||HIGH|
|Gottmik||Russian Bot, Natasha||HIGH|
|Elliott with 2 Ts||Miss TokTik||SAFE|
|Olivia Lux||Markie Tuckenberg||SAFE|
|Utica Queen||Lady Tweets||SAFE|
|Kandy Muse||Reverend Dr. Lady Linked In||BOTTOM 2|
|Symone||Miss InstaGlam||BOTTOM 2|
- The challenge's name is a blend of the words RuPaul and musical.
- No regular or an All Stars season winner has ever won a Rusical challenge.
- Additionally, no winner has ever placed in the Bottom Two in a Rusical challenge.
- 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.
- Gigi Goode is the only queen to win two Rusical challenges.
- Ginger Minj and The Vixen have the biggest placement discrepancy beween 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).