The time has come, gurl, for the eight season of the smash Logo television series, RuPaul’s Drag Race! The 8th season, which is scheduled to premiere in on March 7 at 9pm ET/PT, features 12 gorgeous drag queens from across America. Meet the full cast in the promo video and read their full bios blow.
The Cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8
Acid Betty, 37
No need to adjust your TV sets – this acid trip is all real. The self-proclaimed “bitch” of the competition, Acid Betty mixes a retina-searing psychedelic style with an outspoken, confrontational attitude. As Betty herself puts it, “even Bianca [Del Rio] won’t f— with her. That’s the T!”
Bob The Drag Queen, 29
New York, NY
This funny girl describes herself as “hilarious, beautiful, talented… and humble.” And well she might toot her own horn, having perfected her comedic chops hosting drag shows six nights a week in Manhattan. Bob’s unabashed confidence will either win the judges over… or cost her the crown.
Chi Chi DeVayne, 29
A sassy southern dancing queen with a formidable lip-synch, this queen puts the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent in “country.” Hailing from humble roots, Chi Chi is determined to win the $100,000 prize. And if she can rise to the challenge and embrace who she is in the competition… she might just be laughing all the way to the bank.
Cynthia Lee Fontaine, 34
Originally from Puerto Rico, this latina pageant queen is “sexy as a goddesses and funny as a clown.” Cynthia plans to dominate the competition with her giant personality… and with her giant “kuku” too. But will her wonderful wackiness translate on the runway?
Dax ExclamationPoint, 31
The self-described “queen of all nerds,” Dax is a cosplaying queen who draws her inspiration from comic book superheroes. Combine her unique take on drag with a gritty determination to succeed, and Dax looks like the perfect Storm to take the crown.
Derrick Barry, 32
Las Vegas, NV
Professional celebrity impersonator Derrick transforms himself into Britney Spears six nights a week on the Las Vegas strip, with a look so convincing, even Brit-Brit herself was left speechless when she met him. But whether the judges will go crazy for Derrick’s Britney, or ask him to gimme more, remains to be seen.
Kim Chi, 27
This Korean drag queen is not only a cultural first for RuPaul’s Drag Race; she’s also the first Korean drag queen ever to be on television. With her formidable makeup skills and over-the-top anime drag, it doesn’t look like she will disappoint in her ambassadorial duties for Korea. Not bad for a queen named after pickled cabbage.
Laila McQueen, 22
A quasi-rocker-goth-queen, Laila brings a dark and delicious flavor to the race. Her punky aesthetic and Beetlejuice fashions make her stand out from the crowd… but only time will tell if they can make her rise to the top of the competition.
Naomi Smalls, 21
This ridiculously leggy, tall glass of water is obsessed with ’90s supermodels, like her namesake Naomi Campbell. But with a last name inspired by Biggie Smalls, it’s no wonder she also has a notorious reputation… so you’d better check your lipstick before you come for her.
Naysha Lopez, 31
One of the most beautiful queens ever to grace the Drag Race runway, Naysha already made waves in the pageant world when she snatched the prestigious Miss Continental crown. But rub this flawless queen the wrong way, and her reaction will be anything but pretty.
Robbie Turner, 33
Hailing from the same city as her best friends (and Drag Race alumni) Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme, Robbie Turner has some big shoes to fill as the third installment of the Seattle Drag Race trilogy. Luckily, Robbie is a multi-talented comedic performer… skills that will stand her in good stead if her predecessors are any indication.
Thorgy Thor, 31
Fans are going to fall in love with this colorful “fashion clown,” for both her high-octane energy and eclectic style. A perfectionist by nature and determined to be recognized for her talents, will Thorgy’s competitive streak ultimately help or hinder her in the race?
And of course… RuPaul!
RuPaul's Drag Race (season 8)
Eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race
Season of television series
The eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race began airing on March 7, 2016. Returning judges include RuPaul and Michelle Visage, along with Ross Mathews and Carson Kressley, who shared judging responsibilities on an alternating basis. Twelve drag queens competed for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar". The prizes for the winner are a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics and a cash prize of $100,000. The full list of contestants was revealed during the NewNowNext Awards on February 1, 2016. The song "U Wear It Well" from RuPaul's album Butch Queen was featured in promotion for the show. On March 31, 2016, it was announced LogoTV renewed the show for a ninth season. It was the last season to solely be played on Logo, as the show moved to VH1 for its ninth season.
The theme song played during the runway segment every episode was "The Realness", and the song played during the closing credits was "Die Tomorrow", both songs from the album Realness.
The winner of the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race was Bob the Drag Queen, with Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls being the runners-up, and Cynthia Lee Fontaine being crowned season 8's Miss Congeniality.
On August 20, 2020, Chi Chi DeVayne, who placed fourth in the competition, died after battling scleroderma and pneumonia.
See also: List of RuPaul's Drag Race contestants
Ages, names, and cities stated are at time of filming.
|Bob the Drag Queen||29||New York City, New York||Winner|
|Kim Chi||27||Chicago, Illinois||Runners-up|
|Naomi Smalls||21||Redlands, California|
|Chi Chi DeVayne[a]||29||Shreveport, Louisiana||4th Place|
|Derrick Barry||32||Las Vegas, Nevada||5th Place|
|Thorgy Thor||31||Brooklyn, New York||6th Place|
|Robbie Turner||33||Seattle, Washington||7th Place|
|Acid Betty||37||Brooklyn, New York||8th Place|
|Naysha Lopez||31||Chicago, Illinois||9th Place[b]|
|Cynthia Lee Fontaine||34||Austin, Texas||10th Place[c]|
|Dax ExclamationPoint||31||Savannah, Georgia||11th/12th Place[d]|
|Laila McQueen||22||Gloucester, Massachusetts|
- ^Chi Chi Kat DeVayne is simply known as Chi Chi DeVayne on the show.
- ^Naysha Lopez originally placed 12th before returning to the competition.
- ^Cynthia Lee Fontaine was voted Miss Congeniality.
- ^In episode 2 both queens were eliminated from the competition.
Bob the Drag Queen won RuPaul's Drag Race.
Kim Chi and Noami Smalls were the runners-up.
Cynthia Lee Fontaine was voted Miss Congeniality (Miss C) by viewers.
WIN indicates the contestant won the challenge in that episode.
SAFE indicates that the contestant was declared safe by the judges in that episode.
BTM (Bottom) indicates that the contestant had to lip sync in that episode.
ELIM (Eliminated) indicates that the contestant was eliminated in that episode.
Guest indicates that the contestant returned as a guest in that episode.
|Bob the Drag Queen||SAFE||SAFE||WIN||SAFE||WIN||SAFE||WIN||BTM||SAFE||Winner|
|Chi Chi DeVayne||SAFE||WIN||SAFE||BTM||SAFE||SAFE||BTM||SAFE||ELIM||Guest|
|Cynthia Lee Fontaine||SAFE||SAFE||ELIM||Miss C|
- The contestant was eliminated after their first time in the bottom two.
- The contestant was eliminated after their second time in the bottom two.
- The contestant was eliminated after the lip-sync to qualify into the finale.
Listed in chronological order:
- Nicole Richie, television personality
- Ester Dean, singer/songwriter
- Jamal Sims, choreographer
- Lucian Piane, music producer
- Faith Evans, singer
- Tasha Smith, actress and comedian
- Chris Stein, musician
- Debbie Harry, singer
- Chanel Iman, model
- Gigi Hadid, model
- Marc Jacobs, fashion designer
- Todrick Hall, singer and internet personality
- Thomas Roberts, journalist
- Vivica A. Fox, actress
- Amy Sedaris, comedian and actress
- David Sedaris, writer
Guests who appeared in episodes, but did not judge on the main stage.
- BeBe Zahara Benet, winner of season 1
- Tyra Sanchez, winner of season 2
- Raja, winner of season 3
- Sharon Needles, winner of season 4
- Chad Michaels, runner-up of season 4 and winner of All Starsseason 1
- Jinkx Monsoon, winner of Season 5
- Violet Chachki, winner of Season 7
- Shannel, contestant on season 1 and All Starsseason 1
- Latrice Royale, contestant and Miss Congeniality of season 4 and contestant on All Starsseason 1
- Raven, runner-up of season 2 and All Starsseason 1
- Morgan McMichaels, contestant on season 2 and All Stars season 3
- Charo, musician and comedian
See also: List of RuPaul's Drag Race episodes
Cynthia Lee Fontaine returned on the ninth season as a surprise contestant to compete with the other 13 contestants. She placed 10th overall.
Chi Chi DeVayne and Thorgy Thor competed on the third season of All Stars. Thorgy placed 10th and Chi Chi placed 8th overall.
Kim Chi competed on RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular on December 7, 2018. She was crowned the Christmas Queen along with the other competing contestants.
Naomi Smalls competed on the fourth season of All Stars. She placed 3rd/4th overall with season 10 contestant Monique Heart.
Derrick Barry competed on the fifth season of All Stars, placing 10th.
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- ^"RuPaul's Drag Race Renewed for Season 9 and CastWorld of Wonder]]".
- ^"Fridays Just Got Fiercer: "RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9" Premieres On VH1 March 24th". World of Wonder (production company). March 1, 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
- ^"'Drag Race's Chi Chi DeVayne Has Reportedly Died". OUT.com. Out Magazine. August 20, 2020. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
- ^ abc"Keeping it 100!". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 8. Episode 1. March 7, 2016.Cite error: The named reference "episode1" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
- ^ abc"Bitch Perfect". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 8. Episode 2. March 14, 2016.Cite error: The named reference "episode2" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
- ^ ab"RuCo's Empire". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 8. Episode 3. March 21, 2016.Cite error: The named reference "episode3" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
- ^"New Wave Queens". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 8. Episode 4. March 28, 2016.
- ^"Supermodel Snatch Game". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 8. Episode 5. April 4, 2016.
- ^"Wizards of Drag". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 8. Episode 6. April 11, 2016.
- ^"Shady Politics". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 8. Episode 7. April 18, 2016.
- ^"RuPaul Book Ball". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 8. Episode 8. April 25, 2016.
- ^"The Realness". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 8. Episode 9. May 2, 2016.
- ^"Grand Finale". RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 8. Episode 10. May 16, 2016.
- ^"Amy Sedaris, Marc Jacobs, Debbie Harry Tapped As Judges For "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 8".
- ^"RuPaul's Drag Race Cast Members". Logo TV. February 2, 2017.
- ^"'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' season 3 queens announced: See an exclusive cast photo". Entertainment Weekly. 2017-10-21. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
- ^Framke, Caroline (7 December 2018). "TV Review: 'RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular'". Variety. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
- ^"Exclusive: Meet the 'RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 4' cast". EW.com. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
- ^Nolfi, Joey (May 8, 2020). "RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 5 cast announced, series moves back to VH1". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
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The DVD is such a train wreck, i thought someone mailed me the Kim Kardashian/ Taylor Swift feud in my mail. I am insulted by Amazon AND Logo for the POOR, UNCARED FOR, THROWN TOGETHER, MESS quality of this AMAZING season on digital video disc. Here are my biggest qualms with this release (if you wanna call it that, i feel trapped by the tragedy of what could of been).
1. who designed this cover? they should SUE the person who cropped it down. obviously, the original design saw Ru's complete promo (INCLUDING THOSE GORGEOUS BOOTS) with 2 teal corners that would have mirrored the top. i'll be referring to the top teal triangles as the burmuda triangles and the lower pink triangles as the devil's triangle. the 2 teal corners, (BERMUDA) are NOT the same size. the left teal burmuda triangle is an equilateral and the right burmuda triangle is more of an isosceles AND DONT MATCH IN PROPORTION (that means one is bigger than the other). now, let's move to devil's triangles. the left pink devil's triangle is smaller and steeper than the right pink devil's triangle. if the left pink devil's triangle was a hill (i live in a snowy area), i would not be able to climb it to get to the bus stop. it is so steep that i would fall down, probably break an ankle and scream in agony and freeze to death. however, even that would hurt less than this eye sore dvd cover. the right devil's triangle is fatter and obviously differently slopped, it bothers me. the diamond surrounding looks VERY suspicious, much like Dax's pads circa ep. 2 (which is wrongly labeled, see below.)
2. why did they photoshop the only one elbow that Ru had out? (sorry Mathu, if it was a simple contour to remove the wenis).
3. on the back cover, which appearance wise slays the front in proportion, butchers the description. "American's Next Drag Superstar?" that doesn't right, did Mathu Anderson's makeup brush fall from his hand, escape, and write this DVD description? it's "America's Next Drag Superstar". secondly, in the cast list, the DVD lists a miss Nayasha Lopez as a competitor. it's Naysha. what an insult to spend your life achieving a dream belitted by Mathu Anderson's rogue makeup brush. disgusting.
4. the teal discs are pretty, UNTIL YOU REALIZE, the company logos are so faded they are almost nonexistent. the "graphic design is my passion" designer should be FIRED for putting a light gray font on a gradient teal background. well, i wouldn't wanna be known as the company's releasing this mess either. maybe that's why it's so faded into obscurity.
5. the disc 1 DVD menu is messed up. the episodes and screen grabs are listed incorrectly, but do play in the correct order. DID NO ONE CHECK THIS?
I can't believe i paid $20 for this cheap release that doesn't even include untucked. CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP release.
I LOVED season 8. This DVD release is 0 stars, but I had to leave one to submit a review. You're better off getting it from iTunes, atleast they spell check and fact check their releases. thanks for another crap release!!
i'll still enjoy watching the winner win on repeat, ATLEAST that part came out correctly!!
'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 8 winner: Is it Kim Chi, Bob The Drag Queen, or Naomi Smalls?
Bewurrrrr: Obviously, this post contains major spoilers about the season 8 finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Okurrrrr?
Bob The Drag Queen didn’t have to sashay away. Not only did she get to stay, but she got a crown as RuPaul named her winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 in Monday night’s finale.
Out of 12 competitors in the Logo competition during a season its eponymous host called “the most competitive ever,” it all came down to Naomi Smalls, Kim Chi, and Bob The Drag Queen, who had one message for the audience after winning: “Take whatever you love about yourself and walk into the world purse first!”
“Winning is a dream come true and a great opportunity,” Bob The Drag Queen said in a news release. “With great drag comes great responsibility, and I’m excited to get responsible.”
“America’s Next Drag Superstar could only be Bob The Drag Queen. Her charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent is gigantic, and the world of entertainment has been blessed with a bright new star!” RuPaul said in the release. “Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls are so much more than runnerups. They are gorgeous, talented queens who have captured the hearts and imaginations of the world and are destined for greatness.”
In addition to a $100,000 prize, Bob The Drag Queen also appears in a first-of-its-kind advertisement, which you can see below, for the new AXE “Find Your Magic” point of view, which challenges the “outdated notions of masculinity and sends a message that guys can be what they want, dress how they want, love who they want, and live fiercely,” according to a press release.
Season 8 ratings were up over the previous one, in which Violet Chachki was named winner. That success is leading to more Drag Race: RuPaul’s Drag Race: Reason 8 RuVealed premieres Sunday, June 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT featuring new footage and gossip; and RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race premieres later this summer on Logo with fan-favorite queens making their return to compete for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame.
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RuPaul — as host, mentor, and creative inspiration — decides who's in and who's out.
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