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.

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". 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.

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

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.

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

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'. 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.

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

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.

Queen Role Placement
Alyssa Edwards Annie Oakley WINNER
Detox Marie Antoinette TOP 2
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 '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.

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 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.

Queen Role Placement
Shangela Mariah Carey WINNER
BenDeLaCreme Julie Andrews TOP 2
Bebe Zahara Benet Diana Ross HIGH
Aja Amy Winehouse SAFE
Milk Celine Dion SAFE
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

Queen Placement
The 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 HIGH
Dusty Ray Bottoms HIGH
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. 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.

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: White Elephants

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'. 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.

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 Unapologetic Madonna WINNER
Crystal Methyd Enlightened Madonna HIGH
Jan Early 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.

Queen Placement
Gigi Goode WINNER
Jaida Essence Hall HIGH
Sherry Pie SAFE
Crystal Methyd BOTTOM 2

Episode 7: Maxima - The Rusical

Queen Role Placement
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

Queen Role Description Placement
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
Bimini Bon-Boulash Depravity 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

Queen Role Placement
Rosé Foxy WINNER
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
Tina Burner EmShee LOW
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.
    • Jan's reaction to not winning Madonna: The Unathorized 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]
  • 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).


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