Here we go, ladies and gays. We’re about to hit 40 straight weeks of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and it's coming earlier than we thought this year. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 is set to premiere on December 14 on VH1, just one week after RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular and less than a year since All Stars 3 came out. Who can blame Ru, though? The show is getting bigger and bigger after each season, snatching multiple trophies including Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program and Best Reality-Competition Program at this year’s Emmys. Following the same format as the last two seasons of All Stars, ten queens will return to the Werk Room to compete for $100,000 and a coveted spot on the Drag Race Hall of Fame. It’ll be hard to pick the Heathers from the Boogers this season, but we’ve ranked the returning queens from least likely to most likely to snatch the crown:
10. TRINITY TAYLOR
Here’s the thing about Trinity Taylor: she is a sickeningly fierce performer. I know she’s going to be cutthroat and fierce in All Stars 4. But that’s how I felt about Coco Montrese and Morgan McMichaels in All Stars 2 and All Stars 3, so that worries me about how she’s going to do this season.
9. MONET X CHANGE
Monet X Change made it pretty far in Season 10 of Drag Race, but All Stars is a completely different territory. While she’s entertaining and congenial, I’m not sure what Monet has to bring. She herself admits that she hasn’t done as much as some queens have after her Drag Race run and that her outfits were a little lacking towards the end of that season.
8. FARRAH MOAN
I am a firm believer that Farrah Moan has a lot more to offer than fishiness and whining. Her drag got her farther than we expected in Season 9 of Drag Race, and she’s learned a lot since then, especially now that she’s even Christina Aguilera-approved.
7. JASMINE MASTERS
Since her Drag Race debut, Jasmine Masters has become a “meme queen” online, even after she claimed that RuPaul’s Drag Race “done f*cked up drag.” She is a prominent entertainer in the SoCal drag scene and she deserves a better run, especially with that post-Drag Race coin.
6. GIA GUNN
After competing in Season 6 of Drag Race and Season 2 of its Chilean counterpart, The Switch Drag Race, Gia has a lot more to offer than a few iconic catchphrases. It’s refreshing to see RuPaul bring an openly trans Drag Race alum back, given the controversy of her transphobic comments about drag just a few months back.
5. MONIQUE HEART
Money held Monique Heart from her true potential in Season 10, but now that she has that post-Drag Race coin, the sky is the limit. Monique is the wild card of the season, much like Aja in All Stars 3. She’s fresh from the finish line and she’s coming back for more. Whether you like her or not, she brought a different level of entertainment to the show back in her season. Facts are facts, America.
4. LATRICE ROYALE
Latrice Royale and Manila Luzon follow Shangela as the second and third queens to be in three different Drag Race seasons (Shangela will move on to her fourth at this year’s RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular ). It seems that like Bebe last season, RuPaul is throwing another curveball to returning queens by bringing back two powerhouse competitors many didn’t think could never come back. Latrice Royale is truly a force to reckon with. We saw her kill it in Season 4, and, though she may have had a lackluster run in All Stars 1, All Stars 4 is a different field with different rules.
3. NAOMI SMALLS
Naomi Smalls did great in Season 8. Much like Aquaria, she came to the show as a younger queen whose adolescence was molded by Drag Race’s nascent legacy. Naomi, Kim Chi, and Bob the Drag Queen were almost equally matched as the top three of Season 8, but Bob ended up outshining Naomi. She’s back to strut her signature legs for a longer, more powerful run in All Stars 4.
2. MANILA LUZON
A fierce competitor from Season 3, Manila failed to snatch the crown when she had the chance to return of All Stars 1, and many fans thought that she went home prematurely. Years later, she would come back for another chance at the crown. Manila has all the makings of a successful queen: she has the right amount of glamour and camp in balance. Drag Race’s audience is almost very different now compared to who was watching Season 3 or All Stars 1, so it will be interesting to see how much she’s evolved throughout the years.
Valentina easily charmed millions when she debuted on Season 9. Many thought she would make it all the way to the top, but the hype-train derailed once she was forced to lipsync for her life. When she returned to the reunion weeks later, there was a certain trait that was almost bitter about Valentina that many people couldn’t shake off. Add in the controversy behind the scenes that was published just months after her Drag Race run, and we were blessed/cursed with a new persona: Villaintina. It seems like the more ambitious side of Valentina is clawing itself out, which will make for an interesting dynamic. She’s perfect, she’s beautiful, and she’s thirsty for the crown that she would like to keep on, please.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 will premiere on December 14 at 8PM ET on VH1.