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|RuPaul's Drag Race|
|Broadcast from||February 28, 2020 –|
In August 2019, both RuPaul's Drag Race and the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars were renewed and announced by VH1. This was expected as the series, along with the behind-the-scenes RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked, were nominated for fourteen Emmy Awards, a record for the network. The casting call was in January 2019. The cast was officially revealed on January 23, 2020 by season 11 winner Yvie Oddly.
The season premiered on February 28, 2020. After confirming revelations of sexual misconduct made against her by several people, contestant Sherry Pie was disqualified from the show and largely edited out of the American broadcast, although overseas versions retained the original edit.
Ages, names, and cities stated are at time of filming.
|Crystal Methyd||28||Springfield, Missouri||TBA|
|Gigi Goode||21||Los Angeles, California||TBA|
|Jaida Essence Hall||32||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||TBA|
|Sherry Pie||27||New York City, New York||TBA[a]|
|Jackie Cox||34||New York City, New York||5th Place|
|Heidi N Closet||24||Ramseur, North Carolina||6th Place|
|Widow Von'Du||30||Kansas City, Missouri||7th Place|
|Jan[b]||26||New York City, New York||8th Place|
|Brita[c]||34||New York City, New York||9th Place|
|Aiden Zhane||29||Acworth, Georgia||10th Place|
|Nicky Doll||28||New York City, New York||11th Place|
|Rock M. Sakura||28||San Francisco, California||12th Place|
|Dahlia Sin||28||Los Angeles, California||13th Place|
|Jaida Essence Hall||WIN||SAFE||HIGH||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||HIGH||WIN||WIN||BTM2||SAFE|
|Heidi N Closet||LOW||HIGH||SAFE||BTM2||SAFE||BTM2||WIN||HIGH||BTM2||ELIM|
|Rock M. Sakura||LOW||SAFE||ELIM|
|1||Gigi Goode||vs.||Widow Von'Du||"Starships"
|2||Jaida Essence Hall||vs.||Sherry Pie||"Call Your Girlfriend"
|Jaida Essence Hall|
|3||Dahlia Sin||vs.||Nicky Doll||"Problem"
(Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea)
|4||Brita||vs.||Rock M. Sakura||"S&M"
|Rock M. Sakura|
|5||Heidi N Closet||vs.||Nicky Doll||"Heart to Break"
|6||Aiden Zhane||vs.||Brita||"Let It Go"
|7||Brita||vs.||Heidi N Closet||"Burning Up"
|8||Jan||vs.||Widow Von'Du||"This Is My Night"
|9||Widow Von'Du||vs.||Jackie Cox||"Firework"
|10||Heidi N Closet||vs.||Jackie Cox||"Kill the Lights"
(Alex Newell and DJ Cassidy ft. Nile Rodgers)
|11||Heidi N Closet||vs.||Jaida Essence Hall||"1999"
|Heidi N Closet|
|12||Crystal Methyd||vs.||Jackie Cox||"On the Floor"
(Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull)
Listed in chronological order:
Guests who appeared in episodes, but did not judge on the main stage.
|Title||Original air date|
|146||1||"I'm That Bitch"||February 28, 2020|
Seven queens enter the work room, composing of Brita, Nicky Doll, Widow Von'Du, Jackie Cox, Heidi N Closet, Gigi Goode, and Crystal Methyd. RuPaul announces the first mini-challenge is to present two sets of runway looks: one for spring and one for fall, akin to Season 7's first mini-challenge.
For the main challenge, the seven queens are tasked to write lyrics and provide choreography to the track, "I'm That Bitch". Tensions erupt between Brita, Heidi, Jackie, and Widow regarding choreography, resulting in Heidi taking charge of choreography. The queens are able to perform the routine in front of guest judge, Nicki Minaj. The runway category for the episode is "Sparkles".
On the main stage, four girls (Gigi Goode, Widow Von'Du, Brita, and Jackie Cox) are given high praises, despite critiques on Brita's verse not showing much of her personality and Jackie's makeup not being able to hide her beard. Crystal Methyd is given mixed reviews on her runways but praise for her verse. Heidi N Closet and Nicky Doll receive negative critiques, with the latter coming off as nervous during the performance despite the judges loving her runways and the former selling her performance but faltering on her looks. After the judges deliberate, Brita, Jackie Cox, Crystal Methyd, Nicky Doll, and Heidi N Closet are all declared safe, leaving Gigi Goode and Widow Von'Du to be declared as the top two of the episode. They lipsync to "Starships" by Nicki Minaj; Widow Von'Du wins the lipsync, earning the first win of the season.
|147||2||"You Don't Know Me"||March 6, 2020|
At the beginning of the episode, the remaining six contestants are introduced: Rock M. Sakura, Dahlia Sin, Sherry Pie, Jan, Jaida Essence Hall and Aiden Zhane. For the mini challenge, each queen needs to present two sets of runway looks: one for spring and one for fall.
For the maxi challenge, the queens are asked to perform in an introductory musical number inspired by Fosse. The theme for the runway is tulle.
During critiques, the queens receive mostly glowing critiques, especially Jaida Essence Hall and Sherry Pie, albeit Rock M. Sakura receiving a mild negative critique about using fart humor and mixed reviews regarding her runway. Dahlia Sin receives negative feedback and is called out for letting her nerves get to her and for not fully showing who she truly is. After deliberations, Jan, Aiden Zhane, Rock M. Sakura, and Dahlia Sin are all declared safe, leaving Jaida Essence Hall and Sherry Pie as the top two of the episode. After they lipsync to "Call Your Girlfriend" by Robyn; Jaida Essence Hall is declared the winner of the challenge.
After the episode, the six queens meet the first seven girls of the season.
|148||3||"World's Worst"||March 13, 2020|
The episode begins with the first seven queens meeting the last six queens in the werkroom. They kiki over what transpired during their respective weeks, resulting in the second group revealing that there have been spats between them, particularly between Jaida Essence Hall and Sherry Pie. The first group conceals the earlier argument between Jackie Cox, Brita, Widow Von'Du, and Heidi N Closet as a sort of unity tactic against the second group.
The mini-challenge is for the two past challenge winners, Widow and Jaida, to rank their competition from their opposite weeks between "Tops" (their fiercest competition) to "Bottoms" (their least intimidating competition), resulting in Widow, Jaida, Heidi, and Aiden Zhane as the team captains of the week.
The main challenge of the week is an improv challenge where the queens are grouped into fours for a talent competition called "World's Worst". The queens are grouped as follows: (1) Aiden Zhane, Sherry Pie, and Brita; (2) Heidi N Closet, Gigi Goode, and Jackie Cox; (3) Widow Von'Du, Nicky Doll, and Crystal Methyd; and (4) Jaida Essence Hall, Rock M. Sakura, Dahlia Sin, and Jan. On the runway, the category is Buttons and Bows.
After the runway presentations are complete, Aiden Zhane, Brita, Gigi Goode, Jaida Essence Hall, Jan, Rock M. Sakura, and Widow Von'Du are all declared safe. Heidi N Closet, Jackie Cox, and Sherry Pie are given positive critiques for both their performances and runways, and Heidi is commended for stepping up her game as team captain. Meanwhile, Crystal Methyd, Dahlia Sin, and Nicky Doll receive negative critiques for their performances in the challenge, while Nicky receives high accolades for her runway with both Crystal and Dahlia garnering mixed reviews. Ultimately, Sherry Pie is declared the winner of the challenge, while Nicky Doll and Dahlia Sin are declared the bottom two and duel to a lipsync to Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea's "Problem"; Nicky wins the lip sync, eliminating Dahlia who hastily leaves the stage.
|149||4||"The Ball Ball"||March 20, 2020|
For the mini-challenge, the queens get into quick drag dressed up as bees and shake their stingers in a beehive jive dance-off to raise awareness about the decreasing global bee population. Gigi Goode is declared the winner and RuPaul announces that this week's maxi challenge is a ball-themed ball (known as The Ball Ball) where the queens need to participate in three categories: Lady Baller, Basketball Wife Realness, and Balls to the Wall Eleganza. The queens must make the final look from scratch having already brought looks for the other two categories. As the queens are preparing, Nicky Doll expresses her bewilderment with not being able to bring her silly side to the runway and feeling so reserved in front of the judges, despite being freely goofy and comedic in the werkroom, and vows to change that, while Rock M. Sakura tells the others about how her makeup style, resemblant of Kim Chi and Trixie Mattel, originated from racist remarks against her supposed work-ethic as a drag queen. Tensions rise when Aiden Zhane proceeds to take a nap after she finishes her final runway look far ahead of everyone else, irritating the other queens as they feel she isn't working as hard as them to push and elevate their drag in order to win the competition.
On the main stage, the girls present all of their outfits and Crystal Methyd, Heidi N Closet, Jackie Cox, Jan, Sherry Pie, and Widow Von'Du are declared safe. Gigi Goode, Jaida Essence Hall, and Nicky Doll receive positive feedback from the judges on all their outfits, but Nicky is once again critiqued for presenting herself too stiff onstage and is encouraged to continue to let go and do weird things. Meanwhile, Aiden Zhane, Brita, and Rock M. Sakura are negatively critiqued by the judges. Aiden is told her Lady Baller runway is a "home run" but is heavily clocked by Michelle for doing nothing more than gluing balls to a corset for her Eleganza look and her last two looks being far too simple. Rock M. meanwhile is praised for her creativity but is critiqued for doing too much particularly on her Eleganza runway and not editing her aesthetic, and Brita receives overall mediocre feedback, particularly for her Balls to the Wall creation. After the judges deliberate, Gigi Goode is announced as the winner of the challenge, while Brita and Rock M. Sakura face off in a lip sync to "S&M" by Rihanna. Brita is the winner of the lip sync and Rock M. is eliminated from the competition.
|150||5||"Gay's Anatomy"||March 27, 2020|
The episode begins with the queens entering the workroom after Rock M. Sakura's elimination, with Jackie Cox and Brita emotional over Rock M.'s departure. The queens sit on the couch, discussing Gigi Goode's win, and Nicky Doll's constant criticism from the judges for being unable to show a lighthearted, comedic side of her. Aiden Zhane discusses her performance in last week's ball, defending her looks while Jaida Essence Hall admonishes Aiden for making excuses, saying that she should have been in the bottom two. The queens disperse, with Heidi N Closet and Widow Von'Du discussing Aiden's overall performance in the competition.
The next morning, the queens enter the workroom and RuPaul informs the queens that they will be acting in a Grey's Anatomy parody titled "Gay's Anatomy". The queens randomly select pills to decide which two queens will get to assign roles, and Gigi Goode and Nicky Doll choose the winning pills. The queens discuss which parts they want, and most of the queens end up getting the roles they requested. However, Aiden Zhane and Widow Von'Du receive different roles to their dismay. Carson Kressley directs the skit, and critiques Jaida Essence Hall for not being able to deliver her lines, Brita for inconsistent acting, and Nicky for being low energy. He gives praise to Gigi for her acting, Widow for incorporating improv into her performance, and to Aiden for following his direction.
On the main stage, with Normani as a guest judge, the queens walk the runway wearing capes. The queens see the final cut of Gay's Anatomy. Aiden Zhane, Gigi Goode, Jackie Cox, Jan, Sherry Pie, and Widow Von'Du are the best of the week, with Sherry Pie being the winner, while Brita, Crystal Methyd, Heidi N Closet, Jaida Essence Hall, and Nicky Doll were overshadowed. Crystal receives positive critiques for her runway and performance and is the first to be deemed safe. Jaida receives lukewarm reception for her performance, but is praised for her runway and is declared safe. Brita receives mixed reviews for her performance and is the last queen to be deemed safe. This leaves Nicky and Heidi in the bottom, as they both receive negative reviews on their runway looks and for their performance in Gay's Anatomy. The two queens lipsync to "Heart to Break" by Kim Petras, Heidi N Closet is the winner, and Nicky Doll sashays away.
|151||6||"Snatch Game"||April 3, 2020|
The queens enter the werkroom after Nicky Doll's elimination to discuss the events that transpired the past episode. Brita rehashes the drama between her and Aiden, with Aiden exhausted over Brita's attitude.
For the main challenge, RuPaul announces that the queens will be participating in the Snatch Game. He brings in Vanessa Vanjie Mateo to give tips on what to do and what not to do during Snatch Game. The Snatch Game characters are:
For the runway, the category is Frozen Eleganza, inspired by the Broadway musical of the same name. On the main stage, Heidi N Closet, Jan, Jaida Essence Hall, and Widow Von'Du are declared safe. Gigi Goode, Jackie Cox, and Sherry Pie are given glowing critiques over their runways, with Gigi receiving commendations from RuPaul herself for exceeding expectations. Aiden Zhane, Brita, and Crystal Methyd receive negative critiques over their performances, with the latter two receiving positive feedback over their runways.
Gigi Goode is declared the winner of the challenge, with Aiden Zhane and Brita in the bottom two. They lip sync to the Broadway version of "Let It Go" (performed by Caissie Levy as Elsa). Brita wins the lip sync, and Aiden is eliminated from the competition.
|152||7||"Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical"||April 10, 2020|
The episode begins with the nine remaining queens entering the workroom after Aiden Zhane's elimination. Some of the queens, notably Brita, say how proud they are of how Aiden did in the competition, with Widow Von'Du claiming they were being fake after the criticism Aiden had previously received at various times. The queens rehash some of the critical comments made during the previous week's Untucked episode, with notable conflict between Gigi Goode and Heidi N Closet and well as between Jackie Cox and Widow.
At the start of the next day, the tension remains. RuPaul enters the workroom and tells the queens that the week’s maxi-challenge is called "Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical". For the challenge, the queens will have to sing lyrics and learn choreography for a musical chronicling Madonna's life and career. RuPaul leaves the queens to assign themselves roles for the musical, and after some discussion, the queens decide on the following roles: Jan as Early Madonna, Jackie as Boy Toy Madonna, Gigi as Unapologetic Madonna, Brita as Cone Bra Madonna, Jaida Essence Hall as Sex Madonna, Sherry Pie as Movie Star Madonna, Crystal Methyd as Enlightened Madonna, Widow as Fempire Madonna, and Heidi as Forever Madonna. Michelle Visage helps the queens work with music producers Erik Paparozzi and David Benjamin Steinberg to record their lyrics. Later, the queens work with Jamal Sims on their group and individual choreography for the performance.
On the main stage, the queens perform the Rusical and show their looks for the runway theme: Night of a Thousand Michelle Visages. Jaida Essence Hall, Sherry Pie, and Widow Von'Du are declared safe. Crystal Methyd, Gigi Goode, and Jan all receive positive critiques for their performances and runway looks. Brita and Jackie Cox receive positive critiques for their runway looks, but negative critiques for their performances. Heidi N Closet received mixed critiques for both her performance and runway look.
After deliberating with the other judges, RuPaul declares Gigi to be the winner of the week's challenge with Heidi and Brita being placed the bottom two, the latter for the third time. The pair lip sync to the Madonna song "Burning Up", RuPaul then declares that Heidi won the lip sync, eliminating Brita from the competition.
|153||8||"Droop"||April 17, 2020|
After Brita's elimination, the eight remaining queens return to the workroom. Jan, who is close friends with Brita, is visibly upset and in tears since Brita is no longer in the competition. Some of the queens, such as Jaida Essence Hall, suspect that Jan is perhaps more upset that she didn't win that week's challenge like many of the other queens expected she would.
The next day in the workroom, RuPaul pairs the queens up to compete in the week’s mini-challenge: Gigi Goode and Jackie Cox, Crystal Methyd and Jaida, Jan and Heidi N Closet, and Widow Von'Du and Sherry Pie. The queens have to curate a box of products from the company FabFitFun to exchange with another pair of queens, using a lot of shade and backhanded compliments. Gigi and Jackie win the mini-challenge, each winning a $1,000 cash tip and a one year subscription to FabFitFun.
For the main challenge, the queens are tasked with creating an extravagant and unnecessary product fitting their personal brand, and shooting an infomercial to sell their product, for the fictional drag queen lifestyle brand called Droop. After the queens start their work, RuPaul and personal trainer Bob Harper drop by to share ideas and give feedback on the queens' products. Harper later directs the queens as they record their infomercials. The products the queens create are:
On the main stage, the runway theme is Black Wedding. The judges watch each of the queens' infomercials and critique their runway looks. All eight queens receive positive critiques for their runway looks, with particular praise given to Crystal, Gigi, and Heidi. Jaida and Heidi receive glowing critiques for their commercials with Crystal and Jackie also garnering extremely positive feedback. The rest of the queens receive negative feedback for their commercials, with the harshest critiques going to Jan and Widow. RuPaul then asks all queens which of their competitors should go home and why. Widow says that Jan should go home, while all of the other queens say Widow should.
After deliberating, Heidi is declared the winner of the challenge, while Jan and Widow lip sync to the Chaka Khan song "This is My Night". RuPaul declares that Widow won the lip sync, leaving Jan to sashay away.
|154||9||"Choices 2020"||April 24, 2020|
The episode begins with the seven remaining queens entering the workroom after Jan's elimination. The queens gush about Jan's positive, chipper attitude and Heidi N Closet is applauded for her first win.
For the mini challenge the queens are told to act like cats and the winner is Jackie Cox. RuPaul informs the queens that the main challenge will be to act in a political debate with guest judges Jeff Goldblum and Rachel Bloom. On the main stage, all of the queens receive positive critiques on their runways. For the debate Jaida, Heidi, and Crystal are praised for their performances, Sherry receives positive critiques, as well, with a minor negative critique that she's done the same character before, meanwhile Gigi, Jackie, and Widow receive negative critiques for their performances being too flat, from which, Widow is visibly and emotionally displeased by.
After deliberating, Jaida is declared the winner of the challenge, while Jackie and Widow lip sync to the Katy Perry song "Firework". RuPaul declares that Jackie is the winner of the lip sync, leaving Widow to sashay away.
|155||10||"Superfan Makeover"||May 1, 2020|
The episode begins with the six remaining queens entering the workroom after Widow Von'Du's elimination. Jaida Essence Hall is applauded for her second win, while Jackie Cox points out that her and Crystal Methyd are the only queens left without a challenge win.
At the start of the next day, RuPaul enters the workroom and tell the queens about Drag Race superfans backstage signing up to be a part of the audience in a challenge, but they will actually receive drag makeovers by the remaining queens. As the winner of the last challenge, Jaida Essence Hall gets to pair the superfans and the queens.
On the main stage, the queens and their superfans present their outfits. Jaida Essence Hall, Crystal Methyd and Sherry Pie receive positive critiques from the judges. Heidi is told that her and her partner share no family resemblance, while Jackie Cox receives positive critiques about her outfit, but is criticized for not standing out next to the other queens. Meanwhile Gigi Goode was pointed out for being fashionable but too simplistic.
After the deliberation, Jaida Essence Hall is the winner of the challenge, while Heidi N Closet and Jackie Cox are up for elimination and lipsync to "Kill the Lights" by Alex Newell and DJ Cassidy ft. Nile Rodgers. Both queens are declared safe after their performances.
|156||11||"One-Queen Show"||May 8, 2020|
The episode begins with the six queens entering the workroom after the non-elimination. Jaida Essence Hall is applauded for her third win and while Jackie and Heidi are applauded for their double save, Gigi and Jaida comment that it was a bit of a disappointment to them.
At the start of the next day, RuPaul enters the workroom and tell the queens that for the mini-challenge, the queens will perform a puppet show with Jackie Cox declared the winner. RuPaul then reveals that the challenge for the day will be to create and perform their own solo show in front of Whoopi Goldberg and a live studio audience; for being the winner of the mini-challenge, Jackie gets to decide the order the queens will perform.
For the performances, Jackie does stand-up, Crystal does an exotic dancer parody, Heidi does a scene of her family, Gigi does a routine on a flight to Hell, Sherry does a psychic reading with a goldfish, and Jaida does a reenactment of an embarrassing story. On the main stage, the queens present their outfits for The Color Purple runway with all six queens receiving praise for their runways. Crystal Methyd and Jackie Cox receive praise for their performances, while Sherry Pie and Gigi Goode also receive positive critiques, but the prior is criticized for going well over the time limit and being called selfish, while the latter is criticized for her delivery. Heidi N Closet and Jaida Essence Hall receive negative critiques for their performances, with the prior being criticized for her storyline being confusing and the latter for not being funny and stumbling.
After the deliberation, Crystal Methyd is the winner of the challenge, while Heidi N Closet and Jaida Essence Hall are up for elimination and lipsync to "1999" by Prince. RuPaul declares that Jaida is the winner of the lip sync, leaving Heidi to sashay away.
|157||12||"Viva Drag Vegas"||May 15, 2020|
Statement from VH1 and World of Wonder.
On March 4, 2020, Ben Shimkus, a 25-year-old actor, posted an update to the social media site Facebook detailing his experiences with Sherry Pie, whose real name is Joey Gugliemelli, and accusing him of catfishing when the two studied together in the musical theater program at SUNY Cortland. Shimkus' post alleged that Gugliemelli deceived him using a fake identity of "Allison Mossey" to make promises of musical career at Broadway. Shimkus also claimed that Gugliemelli coerced him into sending sexually suggestive fetish videos as part of the audition process.
In these videos, Shimkus was asked to play the character of Jeff, a steroid-dependent individual obsessed with growing muscle and gaining physical strength. In the script provided by Gugliemelli, Shimkus explained, the character of Jeff was supposed to appear ostensibly pleased with his body odor that resulted from taking steroids.
In an article with BuzzFeed News published on March 5, 2020, four other men came forward with similar allegations of Gugliemelli posing as Mossey and claimed Gugliemelli had led them to believe that recording sexually daring audition videos would increase their chances of being noticed by casting directors.
Another former classmate at SUNY Cortland alleged that Gugliemelli similarly deceived him to film various provocative scenes with revealed clothing as part of his audition for a musical production of The Nightmare Before Christmas, which he was told was affiliated with the director Tim Burton.  One victim claimed that Gugliemelli had explicitly asked them to masturbate on camera. As of March 6, 2020, a total of seven victims of Gugliemelli's alleged misconduct have come forward.
Gugliemelli posted an apology on his Facebook page, where he states that he is sorry for "[causing] such trauma and pain" and that he has been "seeking help and receiving treatment since coming back to NYC". On March 6, 2020, VH1 released a statement regarding the incident, and made the decision to disqualify Gugliemelli from the contest. According to the statement, the season would air as planned but Gugliemelli would not appear in the live finale. After both episodes 3 and 5, wherein Sherry Pie won the challenge and received $5,000 cash tips, World of Wonder donated $5,000 to The Trevor Project.
|1||"I'm That Bitch"||February 28, 2020||0.19||0.504|
|2||"You Don't Know Me"||March 6, 2020||0.24||0.558|
|3||"World's Worst"||March 13, 2020||0.23||0.542|
|4||"The Ball Ball"||March 20, 2020||0.33||0.678|
|5||"Gay's Anatomy"||March 27, 2020||0.29||0.630|
|6||"Snatch Game"||April 3, 2020||0.36||0.708|
|7||"Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical"||April 10, 2020||0.34||0.731|
|8||"Droop"||April 17, 2020||0.29||0.633|
|9||"Choices 2020"||April 24, 2020||0.35||0.688|
|10||"Superfan Makeover"||May 1, 2020||0.34||0.701|
|11||"One-Queen Show"||May 8, 2020||0.25||0.607|
|12||"Viva Drag Vegas"||May 15, 2020||TBD||TBD|
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