Shantay you slay!
During Drag Race’s groundbreaking ten year run, the show has provided us with over 100 gag-worthy lip syncs, most of which have catapulted our lace-fronts to Planet Glamtron (Alyssa vs Tatianna, Monét vs Dusty, Manila vs Delta, to name a few).
We’ve already ranked all 13 seasons (including All Stars), and compiled a list of our favourite Snatch Game performances, so we decided to make a top 21 countdown of the most sickening lip syncs in Drag Race HERstory. Why not eh? It’s off-season.
Get your jush below. Oh, and make sure to strongly disagree with us in the comments!
21. Peppermint vs Cynthia Lee Fontaine – Music (Season 9)
Who won? Peppermint
Some lip syncs are completely one-sided, and some aren’t. This performance is the former. Peppermint cemented her status as the supreme lip assassin of season nine when she obliterated Cynthia Lee Fontaine to Madonna’s smash single Music. That gun move though?! Poor Cucu didn’t stand a chance.
20. Jujubee vs Sahara Davenport – Black Velvet (Season 2)
Who won? Jujubee
Jujubee and the late Sahara Davenport left us gagging with their lip sync to Alannah Myles’s Grammy Award winning rock track, Black Velvet. Sahara stuck to what she knew best, galavanting across the stage for a ballet-esque number, while a sultry and sweaty Juju delivered a passionate performance on her hands and knees. The intensity in Jujubee’s eyes says it all.
19. Alaska vs Katya – Cherry Bomb (All Stars 2)
Who won? Alaska
After Katya’s defeat at the hands of Alaska in All Stars 2 to Le Freak, the Russian hooker stepped her motherfucking pussy up for The Runaways’ punk anthem, Cherry Bomb. Alaska however, wowed the judges with her manic, over-the-top performance, and walked away with her third consecutive lip sync win. Is it just us, or did the camera not really focus on Katya much after her jump split? This ranks as one of our favourite lip syncs ever, but it just makes us wish we could see the full, unedited performance.
18. Trinity K. Bonet vs Milk – Whatta Man (season 6)
Who won? Trinity K. Bonet
Milk’s wacky and irreverent performance of Whatta Man was fun. It was amusing, it truly was. But Trinity K. Bonet looked like the lost third member of Salt-N-Pepa as she delivered one of the most precise, smoothest lip syncs in Drag Race HERstory. She embodied the song and made it her own, and not many queens can do that.
17. Sharon Needles vs Phi Phi O’Hara – Raining Men (Season 4)
Who won? Not Willam
This was the moment everyone waited for. After several intense confrontations, sworn rivals Sharon Needles and Phi Phi O’Hara landed in the bottom two and delivered polar opposite performances to Martha Walsh and RuPaul’s cover of It’s Raining Men. Sharon served camp and Phi Phi served Ciara on acid. Ultimately, both queens were declared safe and Willam was disqualified for ‘conjugal visits with her husband’.
16. Aja vs BenDeLaCreme – Anaconda (All Stars 3)
Who won? BenDeLaCreme
If you told us last year that BenDeLaCreme would face-off against Aja in a lip sync to Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, then we would’ve bet our entire mortgage (we don’t have a mortgage) on Aja walking away with the win. Surprisingly, BenDeLa – who lost both of her lip syncs on season six – defeated the season nine fan-favourite and won a cash prize tip of 10,000 doollahz. Don’t get us wrong, Aja gave us life with her kicks and splits, but BenDeLa’s comedy shtick was utter perfection.
15. Jujubee vs Raven – Dancing on My Own (All Stars 1)
Who won? Double shantay honey!
Is this the most emotional lip sync in Drag Race HERstory? Absolutely. Like, by a landslide. Best pals Raven and Jujubee undeservedly found themselves in the bottom two for the superhero challenge in All Stars 1, and ‘battled’ it out to Robyn’s emotional dancefloor bop, Dancing on My Own. Both queens – who were devastated to compete against each other – didn’t put on much of a show, and instead cried in each other’s arms. Mama Ru was so touched that she declared it a double shantay, which made All Stars the first season to have a top four.
14. Shangela vs Trixie Mattel – Freaky Money (All Stars 3)
Who won? Shangela
We love Trixie Mattel, but like Cynthia Lee Fontaine, she didn’t have a fucking chance. Shangela stole the show with her (controversial) fat suit and delivered the most hilarious lip sync of all time. If you disagree, then send us your address because we are ready to throw down.
13. Trinity K. Bonet vs April Carrion – I’m Every Woman (Season 6)
Who won? Trinity K. Bonet
We’re about to make another bold statement: Trinity K Bonet is the greatest lip sync assassin in Drag Race HERstory. Her first lip sync – which saw the queen embody Chaka Kahn for her iconic disco jam I’m Every Woman – left us cooped, gooped, gagged, wigless, slain, and so many more drag-related adjectives that we cannot seem to muster up right now because we’ve just watched it for the 95th time and we’re trying to reattach our lace-fronts. Trinity K. Bonet for All Stars 5! Sounds far away, but it’ll probably premiere in three months at this rate.
12. Katya vs Kennedy Davenport – Roar (Season 7)
Who won? Kennedy Davenport
Texas’ reigning dancing diva Kennedy Davenport brought the *insert fire emoji* in this legendary lip sync against Katya. This is possibly one of the closest battles we’ve ever seen on the show. Kennedy does a jumping split off stage (a tribute to her sister Sahara) and Katya performs a back handspring at the exact same time. Life was given! Ultimately, Katya is sent packin’ in one of the most controversial eliminations ever, but like we said, Kennedy brought fire – and a sense of desperation – to this lip sync, which won her a place in the final four.
11. Peppermint vs Trinity Taylor – Stronger (Season 9)
Who won? Peppermint
The first lip sync of season nine’s showdown for the crown saw lip sync assassin Peppermint battle against Trinity Taylor, who came to slay (bitch) with choreography, hairography and an outfit reveal. Peppermint’s performance started off quite subdued, but then left the crowd cooped and gooped when she performed a wig and dress reveal at the same time. After the thunderous applause from the crowd, there was no doubt in Ru’s mind that Peppermint would advance to the top two.
10. Monét X Change vs Dusty Ray Bottoms – Pound the Alarm (Season 10)
Who won? Monét X Change
Monét’s fake jump split will go down in history as one of the most gag-worthy things to have ever happened, ever. If we had the resurrection stone from Harry Potter in our hands right now, we’d resurrect Leonardo Da Vinci and demand him to paint a portrait of Monét mid-jump so it could be hung in the Louvre for all eternity. Do you get the gist already? Do you understand? It’s iconic.
9. Alyssa Edwards vs Roxxxy Andrews – Whip My Hair (Season 5)
Who won? Double shantay!
RuPaul has gone on record to say that this is his favourite lip sync ever. Season five contestants Alyssa Edwards and Roxxxy Andrews brought choreography, energy and copious amounts of hairography for a rendition of Willow Smith’s dance anthem, Whip My Hair. With this lip sync, Roxxxy changed the motherfucking game, unveiling a wig underneath her wig. It spawned an iconic gif of Michelle Visage (that we use about three times a week), and served as inspiration for future challenges.
8. Adore Delano vs Trinity K. Bonet – Vibeology (Season 6)
Who won? Adore Delano
The best lip sync of season six saw fan-favourite contestant Adore Delano face-off against lip sync killer, Trinity K. Bonet. After witnessing Trinity murder Milk and April Carrion in her two previous lip syncs, Adore was understandably brickin’ it. But was the Azusa queen really gonna fuck up a Paula Abdul song, in front of Paula Abdul, who was also her judge on American Idol? “NO!” – Michelle Visage, 2012.
7. Raja vs Carmen Carrera – Straight Up (Season 3)
Who won? Raja
Runway fashionista Raja found herself in the bottom two against her fellow Heather, Carmen Carrera, and delivered the most sensual, jaw-dropping performance we’ve ever seen on the main stage. To the beat of Paula Abdul’s mid-tempo dance anthem Straight Up, the two queens got half-naked and gyrated on each other. It was soft porn, basically.
6. Alyssa Edwards vs Coco Montrese – Cold Hearted (Season 5)
Who won? Coco Montrese
Coco Montrese and Alyssa Edwards’ feud from the outside world memorably played out during season five, and this lip sync served as the conclusion to their years-long rivalry. Alyssa gave one of her most sickening performances to date, performing jump split after jump split, but Coco emerged as the winner after mouthing the fast-paced lyrics and twirling the house down. Again, this one could have gone either way.
5. Manila Luzon vs Delta Work – MacArthur Park (Season 3)
Who won? Manila Luzon
Manila Luzon is batshit fucking crazy in this lip sync, and she’s dressed as Big Bird, so yeah, it’s iconic. We don’t understand why Delta chose to perform to her bracelet – and we never will – but we love that she did, and we’re still obsessed tbh.
4. Jinkx Monsoon vs Detox – Malambo No. 1 (Season 5)
Who won? Jinkx Monsoon
After spending nine consecutive weeks in the top, Jinkx Monsoon found herself in the bottom two with Detox, of House Rolaskatox. The comedy queen gave it everything she had, grinding and booby-popping, and surprised just about everyone when she knocked Detox out of the competition. It’s just legendary.
3. Dida Ritz vs The Princess – This Will Be (Season 4)
Who won? Dida Ritz
The Princess was fine in this performance. Honestly, she was fine. However, Dida Ritz gave the most energetic performance of her motherfucking life when she performed This Will Be in front of the late Natalie Cole. We honestly get chills every time we watch this. Like Latrice Royale said, “That is what a lip sync for your life is baby! That is high drag at it’s finest.”
2. Sasha Velour vs Shea Coulee – So Emotional (Season 9)
Who won? Sasha Velour
When it was announced that the top four of season nine would compete in a sudden death lip sync showdown for the crown, most assumed Shea Coulee would still walk away with the win. She’s a fantastic performer – as witnessed during Category Is – and won four main challenges, a feat only accomplished before by Sharon Needles and Alaska (at the time). But honey, she was not prepared for Sasha Velour, who came equipped with the most gag-worthy wig reveal of all time. Those rose petals – and this is a fact – raised the bar, and without them, we might not have been introduced to Asia O Hara’s butterflies.
1. Alyssa Edwards vs Tatianna – Shut Up and Drive (All Stars 2)
Who won? Double shantay!
Ooh honey. Ooh honey honey honey. When we saw Alyssa Edwards and Tatianna walk down that runway in matching corsets, with that look of fiyah in their eyes, we knew some Buffy-style slayage was about to go down. It’s the lip sync we show our friends when we try and convert them to Drag Race, and pretty much every time, it works. It’s just perfect.