|RuPaul's Drag Race|
|No. of contestants||13|
|Miss Congeniality||LaLa Ri|
|Companion show||RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Original release||January 1 –|
April 23, 2021
The thirteenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on January 1 and concluded on April 23, 2021. The cast was announced via Twitter on December 9, 2020. The competition is broadcast on VH1 in the United States and showcases 13 new queens competing for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar". VH1 renewed both RuPaul's Drag Race and its spin-off RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars for a thirteenth and sixth season respectively on August 20, 2020. Casting calls for season 13 were opened in December 2019. In addition to airing on VH1, the premiere episode was also simulcast across 5 other channels: Logo, MTV, MTV2, Pop, and The CW, becoming the most-watched episode in the franchise's history.
After the season's first teaser trailer was accidentally leaked a day prior, the cast was officially revealed by season 12 winner Jaida Essence Hall on December 9, 2020. The teaser also revealed that the season's premiere would consist of six "Lip-Sync for Your Life" battles in a Lip-Sync Extravaganza, along with a new socially distanced stage and werkroom design. The season also welcomed Gottmik, the show's first ever openly transgender male and assigned female at birth contestant since the series began in 2009.
The season was filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic, relying on strict protocols, including isolation and testing of contestants, judges, and crew. On February 26, 2021, the series aired Corona Can't Keep a Good Queen Down detailing the season's production amid the pandemic, including unseen footage and reflections from the cast.
Ages, names, and cities stated are at time of filming.
|Symone||25||Los Angeles, California||Winner|
|Kandy Muse||25||New York City, New York||Runner-up|
|Gottmik||23||Los Angeles, California||3rd/4th Place|
|Rosé||31||New York City, New York|
|Olivia Lux||26||New York City, New York||5th Place|
|Utica Queen||25||Utica, Minnesota||6th Place|
|Tina Burner||39||New York City, New York||7th Place|
|Denali[a]||28||Chicago, Illinois||8th Place|
|Elliott with 2 Ts[b]||26||Las Vegas, Nevada||9th Place|
|LaLa Ri||30||Atlanta, Georgia||10th Place[c]|
|Tamisha Iman||49||Atlanta, Georgia||11th Place|
|Joey Jay||30||Phoenix, Arizona||12th Place|
|Kahmora Hall||28||Chicago, Illinois||13th Place|
|Elliott with 2 Ts||LOSS||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||HIGH||BTM2||SAFE||ELIM||Guest||Guest|
|LaLa Ri||WIN||SAFE||LOW||BTM2||SAFE||ELIM||Guest||Miss C|
|1||Joey Jay||vs.||Kandy Muse||"Call Me Maybe"
(Carly Rae Jepsen)
|Denali||vs.||LaLa Ri||"When I Grow Up"
(The Pussycat Dolls)
|Symone||vs.||Tamisha Iman||"The Pleasure Principle"
|Olivia Lux||vs.||Rosé||"Ex's & Oh's"
|Elliott with 2 Ts vs. Kahmora Hall vs. Tina Burner||"Lady Marmalade"
(Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, P!nk)
|2||Olivia Lux||vs.||Symone||"Break My Heart"
|3||Denali||vs.||Rosé||"If U Seek Amy"
|4||Denali||vs.||Kahmora Hall||"100% Pure Love"
|5||Joey Jay||vs.||LaLa Ri||"Fancy"
(Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX)
|6||Kandy Muse||vs.||Tamisha Iman||"Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)"
|7||Elliott with 2 Ts||vs.||LaLa Ri||"Whole Lotta Woman"
|9||Elliott with 2 Ts||vs.||Utica Queen||"Fascinated"
|Elliott with 2 Ts|
|10||Denali||vs.||Olivia Lux||"Shackles (Praise You)"
|11||Tina Burner||vs.||Utica Queen||"My Humps"
(Black Eyed Peas)
|12||Symone||vs.||Utica Queen||"No Tears Left To Cry"
|13||Kandy Muse||vs.||Olivia Lux||"Strong Enough"
|14||Gottmik vs. Kandy Muse vs. Rosé vs. Symone||"I Learned from the Best" (HQ2 Radio Mix)
|16||Kandy Muse||vs.||Rosé||"Work Bitch"
|Kandy Muse||vs.||Symone||"Till the World Ends"
|15||Kahmora Hall||"Giving Him Something He Can Feel"
|Joey Jay||"I Want You Back"|
|LaLa Ri||"Bad Bitch Tip"|
(LaLa Ri feat. Ocean Kelly)
|Elliott with 2 Ts||"Hideaway"|
|Denali||"How You Like That"|
|Tina Burner||"Turn It & Burn It"|
|Utica Queen||"You Should Be Sad"|
|Olivia Lux||"I'm Goin' Down"|
(Mary J. Blige)
|"Be My Lover"
Episode 2 & 8
Episode 3 & 5
Episode 4, 6, 10 & 12
Episode 7 & 9
Guests who appeared in episodes, but did not judge on the main stage.
|Title||Original air date|
|160||1||"The Pork Chop"||January 1, 2021|
After the thirteen new queens enter the workroom in groups of two, and one group of three, they face off in Lip Sync For Your Life battles. The winners get to stay, and the losers get "the Pork Chop". The seven losing queens all get together in the "Porkchop Loading Dock", when RuPaul tells them that they get an opportunity to get back in the competition. To do so, they have to give one fellow queen "The Chop".
|161||2||"Condragulations"||January 8, 2021|
The seven queens in the Porkchop Loading Dock have to pick a contestant to vote off. After all seven votes were in, there was a tie between Elliott with 2 Ts and Utica Queen. After the contestants voted in a second round, Elliott with 2 Ts was voted off.
The contestants winning the lip syncs in the first episode get to meet Elliott with 2 Ts, who returned to the competition in a twist. For the mini challenge, the contestants had to show off two runway ready looks in the categories Day Time Drama Mama and Night Time is the Right Time. For the main challenge the contestants had to write original lyrics to and perform them to RuPaul's "Condragulations". Olivia Lux and Symone were the top two contestants of the week and had to lip sync for the win. Symone took the win after a lip sync to "Break My Heart" by Dua Lipa. The other contestants were all safe.
|162||3||"Phenomenon"||January 15, 2021|
The contestants losing the lip syncs in the first episode enter the work room. For the mini challenge, the contestants had to show off two runway ready looks in the categories Lady and Vamp. For the main challenge the contestants had to write original lyrics to and perform them to RuPaul's "Phenomenon". Denali and Rosé were the top two contestants of the week and had to lip sync for the win. Denali took the win after a lip sync to "If U Seek Amy" by Britney Spears. The other contestants were all safe.
|163||4||"RuPaulmark Channel"||January 22, 2021|
Episode 1's losing queens enter the workroom, where they all meet the other contestants. For this week's main challenge, the queens have to act in cheezy holiday movies. Denali, Elliott with 2 Ts, Kahmora Hall and Olivia Lux play in a movie called Misery Loves Company. LaLa Ri, Rosé, Symone and Utica Queen act in God Loves Flags. The last team, consisting of Gottmik, Joey Jay, Kandy Muse, Tamisha Iman and Tina Burner, act in a movie called April Fool's Rush In. After learning their scripts, the contestants filmed their movies, with Ross Matthews as director.
On the runway, Elliott with 2 Ts, Gottmik, Joey Jay, Olivia Lux, Tamisha Iman, Tina Burner and Utica Queen were declared safe. Kandy Muse, Rosé and Symone were praised this week, with Symone winning the challenge. The two bottom queens were Denali and Kahmora Hall, with LaLa Ri ultimately declared safe after some negative critiques. Denali and Kahmora Hall lip-synced to "100% Pure Love" by Crystal Waters, with Kahmora Hall sashaying away from the competition.
|164||5||"The Bag Ball"||January 29, 2021|
For the mini challenge, the queens get into quick drag dressed up as babies. LaLa Ri is declared the winner and RuPaul announces that this week's main challenge is the Bag Ball, where the queens need to participate in three categories: Mixed Bag, Money Bags and make a look out of bags for Bag Ball Eleganza.
On the main stage, the girls present all of their outfits and Denali, Elliott with 2 Ts, Symone, Olivia Lux, Tina Burner and Kandy Muse are declared safe. Gottmik, Rosé and Utica Queen receive positive feedback from the judges on all their outfits. Meanwhile, Lala Ri, Tamisha Iman, and Joey Jay are negatively critiqued by the judges. After the judges deliberate, Gottmik is announced as the winner of the challenge, while Lala Ri and Joey Jay face off in a lip sync to "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX. Lala Ri is the winner of the lip sync and Joey Jay is eliminated from the competition.
|165||6||"Disco-mentary"||February 5, 2021|
In this episode's mini challenge, the queens pair up in teams to create a dress made out of wallpaper. RuPaul declares Elliott with 2 Ts and Tamisha Iman as the winners of the mini challenge. The teams remain the same for this week's main challenge. The teams have to perform in a choreographed disco-themed dance documentary in five different chapters. The teams consist of Gottmik, Kandy Muse and Tina Burner (The Birth of Disco), Elliott with 2 Ts and Tamisha Iman (Disco and Sex), Olivia Lux and Utica Queen (Studio 54), Denali and Rosé (Disco Fashion) and LaLa Ri and Symone (Disco Sucks).
After serving looks in a Little Black Dress runway theme, on the main stage, Denali, Gottmik, LaLa Ri, Rosé and Symone are declared safe. After the judges deliberation, Elliott with 2 Ts, Olivia Lux and Tina Burner were praised for their work, with Olivia Lux winning this week's challenge. Kandy Muse, Tamisha Iman and Utica Queen received negative critiques, which landed Kandy Muse and Tamisha Iman in the bottom two. They lip-synced to the song "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" by Blu Cantrell, with Tamisha Iman having to leave the competition.
|166||7||"Bossy Rossy: The RuBoot"||February 12, 2021|
In this week's mini challenge, the queens had to read each other in the Reading challenge, which was won by Gottmik. The main challenge of this week was to improvise in a reboot of the talk show Bossy Rossy. The contestants were divided into teams, and each team had their own segment on the show. The teams consist of Denali, LaLa Ri and Rosé (I'm Pregnant By My Imaginary Boyfriend), Gottmik, Olivia Lux and Utica Queen (Breaking My Silence: Escaping the Cult of Mimeology), Kandy Muse and Symone (Tiffany Gibson & Lil' Deb-Deb: Where Are They Now?) and Elliott with 2 Ts and Tina Burner (My 600-Pound Ass is Killing our Friendship).
After showcasing their looks in a Bead It runway theme, on the main stage, Denali, Gottmik, Rosé and Tina Burner are declared safe. Kandy Muse, Olivia Lux, and Symone receive positive critiques from the judges, and Olivia Lux is declared the winner of this week's challenge. Elliott with 2 Ts, LaLa Ri and Utica Queen receive some negative critiques from the judges. Elliot with 2 Ts and LaLa Ri end up in the bottom two and lip-sync to the song "Whole Lotta Woman" by Kelly Clarkson. Elliott with 2 Ts was declared the winner of the lip-sync, and LaLa Ri had to leave the competition.
|167||8||"Social Media: The Unverified Rusical"||February 19, 2021|
The main challenge of this week was for the queens to perform in Social Media: The Unverified Rusical. All of the contestants chose roles, with Denali and Rosé having to audition, in front of the rest of the cast, for the role of Foxy, which eventually was given to Rosé.
After the queens showcased looks in a Yellow Gorgeous theme, on the main stage, Elliott with 2 Ts, Olivia Lux and Utica Queen were declared safe. Denali, Gottmik, and Rosé received positive critiques from the judges, with Rosé being declared the winner of the week's challenge. Kandy Muse, Symoné, and Tina Burner received negative critiques. Kandy Muse and Symone ended up in the bottom two, and had to lip-sync to "Boss" by Fifth Harmony. Symone was declared the winner of the lip-sync, but RuPaul allowed Kandy Muse to stay in the competition.
|168||9||"Snatch Game"||March 5, 2021|
In this week's mini challenge, the contestants have to audition for a new band called Pantyhoes in quick drag, using panties from Snag Tights. Tina Burner wins the mini challenge, and receives a cash prize of $2,500.
For the main challenge, RuPaul announces that the queens have to show their best celebrity impersonation skills in the Snatch Game. The characters are as follows:
On the runway, the category is Fascinating Fascinators. Kandy Muse, Symone and Tina Burner are declared safe, and RuPaul thanks Symone for bringing a powerful message to the runway. Denali, Gottmik and Rosé are praised for their work this week. Elliott with 2 Ts, Olivia Lux and Utica Queen receive some negative critiques.
Gottmik is declared the winner of the challenge, with Elliott with 2 Ts and Utica Queen ending up in the bottom two. They lip sync to "Fascinated" by Company B. Utica Queen wins the lip sync, and Elliott with 2 Ts is eliminated from the competition.
|169||10||"Freaky Friday Queens"||March 12, 2021|
For this week's main challenge, RuPaul pairs the contestants in duos and announces that they will be making over each other. The pairs are as follows: Denali and Olivia Lux, Gottmik and Kandy Muse, Rosé and Tina Burner, and Symone and Utica Queen.
On the runway, the queens show off each other's looks. After the judges deliberated, Symone and Utica Queen are declared the winners of this week's challenge. Gottmik and Kandy Muse receive positive critiques, and Rosé and Tina Burner receive some negative critiques. Denali and Olivia Lux land in the bottom two and lip sync to "Shackles (Praise You)" by Mary Mary. Olivia Lux wins the lip sync, and Denali leaves the competition.
|170||11||"Pop! Goes The Queens"||March 19, 2021|
In this week's mini challenge, the queens played "Are You Smarter Than the Pit Crew," won by Kandy Muse. The main challenge of the week was to create, market, and film a commercial for their own soda. The sodas that the queens create are:
After showcasing their looks in a Beast Couture runway theme, on the main stage, Rosé, Symone, and Kandy Muse receive positive critiques from the judges. Olivia Lux receives mixed critiques, while Gottmik, Tina Burner, and Utica Queen receive negative critiques.
After the judges deliberate, Rosé and Symone are both declared winners of the challenge, and Gottmik and Olivia Lux are declared safe, while Tina Burner and Utica Queen are up for elimination and lipsync to "My Humps" by Black Eyed Peas. RuPaul declares Utica Queen the winner of the lipsync, with Tina Burner having to leave the competition.
|171||12||"Nice Queens Roast"||March 26, 2021|
In this week's mini challenge, the queens have to star in a live makeup tutorial on how to make a glamorous selfie, in pairs. The mini challenge is won by Kandy Muse and Rosé.
In the main challenge, the contestants have to roast the previous Miss Congenialty winners Heidi N Closet, Nina West and Valentina. After the roasting performance, the judges deliberated. Gottmik, Kandy Muse and Rosé received positive critiques, and Olivia Lux, Symone and Utica Queen received negative critiques. Kandy Muse won the challenge, with Symone and Utica Queen ending up in the bottom two lip syncing to "No Tears Left to Cry" by Ariana Grande. Symone won the lip sync and Utica Queen had to leave the competition.
|172||13||"Henny, I Shrunk The Drag Queens!"||April 2, 2021|
For this week's main challenge, the queens star in the new sci-fi adventure Henny, I Shrunk The Drag Queens! The roles are as follows:
After the contestants show their looks for the Haute Pockets themed runway on the main stage, the judges deliberate. Gottmik, Rosé and Symone receive positive critiques from the judges, while Kandy Muse and Olivia Lux receive negative critiques. Rosé wins this week's challenge, with Kandy Muse and Olivia Lux ending up in the bottom two. They lip sync to "Strong Enough" by Cher. Kandy Muse wins the lip sync, and Olivia Lux has to leave the competition.
|173||14||"Gettin' Lucky!"||April 9, 2021|
|174||15||"Reunited"||April 16, 2021|
RuPaul and the contestants reunite virtually and look back at the season. The eliminated queens all lip sync in a self-directed music video and the four finalists are interviewed in a Vogue-inspired "69 Questions with..."
LaLa Ri receives a Golden Boot Award for her episode five Bag Ball Eleganza look.Denali and LaLa Ri are both awarded the season title of "Lip Sync Assassin" by RuPaul and battle in a lip sync for a charity of their own choosing. Denali wins the lip sync and the donation prize of $10,000 for her charity, the National Center for Transgender Equality.
|175||16||"Grand Finale"||April 23, 2021|
The final four queens compete against each other in a sudden death lip-sync showdown for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar". The lip-sync wheel lands on Kandy Muse and Rosé, who competed for the first round, lip-syncing to "Work Bitch" by Britney Spears. Kandy Muse wins the lip-sync and advances to the final round while Rosé becomes the first finalist to sashay away. In the second round, Gottmik and Symone lip-sync against each other to "Gimme More" by Britney Spears; Symone wins the lip-sync and joins Kandy Muse in the final round as Gottmik becomes the second finalist to sashay away. "Miss Congeniality" is then announced; and previous Miss Congeniality, season 12 contestant Heidi N Closet announcing that LaLa Ri had won the title. In the third and final round, Kandy Muse and Symone lip-synched against each other to "Till the World Ends" by Britney Spears. Symone wins the lip-sync and is crowned America's Next Drag Superstar; with Kandy Muse placing as the runner-up.
|1||"The Pork Chop"||January 1, 2021||0.74||1.315|
|2||"Condragulations"||January 8, 2021||0.26||0.634|
|3||"Phenomenon"||January 15, 2021||0.25||0.611|
|4||"RuPaulmark Channel"||January 22, 2021||0.23||0.594|
|5||"The Bag Ball"||January 29, 2021||0.22||0.609|
|6||"Disco-mentary"||February 5, 2021||0.21||0.585|
|7||"Bossy Rossy: The RuBoot"||February 12, 2021||0.21||0.500|
|8||"Social Media: The Unverified Rusical"||February 19, 2021||0.25||0.605|
|9||"Snatch Game"||March 5, 2021||0.24||0.582|
|10||"Freaky Friday Queens"||March 12, 2021||0.26||0.638|
|11||"Pop! Goes The Queens"||March 19, 2021||0.24||0.582|
|12||"Nice Girls Roast"||March 26, 2021||0.26||0.610|
|13||"Henny, I Shrunk The Drag Queens!"||April 2, 2021||0.22||0.558|
|14||"Gettin' Lucky!"||April 9, 2021||0.24||0.623|
|15||"Reunited"||April 16, 2021||0.20||0.479|
|16||"Grand Finale"||April 23, 2021||0.32||0.772|
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