“The world needs these queens now more than ever.”

In a press release announcing the stars of the second season of “RuPaul’s All Star Drag Race,” RuPaul declared, “we take great pride in providing a platform for our all stars to shine bright. Because fierce is fierce is fierce is fierce is fierce is fierce.”

“All Stars” is a spin-off of RuPaul’s Drag Race, a reality television series broadcast for eight seasons by Logo. The show features drag queens who compete for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar through a variety of challenges and lip syncs.

The season two cast will feature queens from the original show who did not earn the title on their season, and who were not cast on the first season of “All Stars” back in 2012 after the fourth season of RPDR. These queens will compete for the honor to be one of the 10 drag superstars of RPDR past.

RuPaul will lead the panel of judges set to include Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Todrick Hall.

There will also be an All Stars Snatch Game this season, according to New Now Next. Snatch Game being the fan favorite challenge featured on season two through eight of RPDR, where the queens impersonate celebrities in a Match Game style game show. Yaaaasss!

Here is the official cast of “Rupaul’s All Star Drag Race Season 2.”

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Adore Delano

Adore Delano was a runner-up on season six of RPDR. She was critiqued for being unpolished, but was self-declared “polish-remover, bitch.” She brought an infectious and warm energy to the show, but Bianca del Rio was the obvious winner of season six. Meanwhile, Adore made it through to the final three because of her infectious charm, singing pipes (she was an American Idol contestant after all), confidence and truth to herself. But how far will that get her on “All Stars?”

 

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Alaska

Alaska (Thunderfuck 5000) was a runner-up on season five of drag race and, to me, should have been the winner. But maybe it was too much for producers and RuPaul to crown Alaska after her then boyfriend, Sharon Needles, won season four. Alaska never placed in the bottom two for the duration of season five, meaning she was one of few queens in herstory who never had to lip sync for her life. She won two challenges and entertained audiences with her obscurity, humor and trash to treasure aesthetic. I’m ready to be entertained by her in “All Stars 2,” she’s one of my picks to take the crown.

 

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Alyssa Edwards

Back rolls???? At this point I’m already overwhelmed. We’re only on queen three, but these three queens are some of my favorites to enter the workroom. Alyssa placed sixth on season five and was a little out of her element on the show. An acclaimed female impersonation pageant competitor and title holder before the show, Alyssa had the composure and general talent, but lacked some of the other skills RPDR requires of its competitors. (Like acting, sewing, singing, comedy, etc.) As her time on the show came to an end, we saw her become more and more disconnected with the challenges in comparison to her competitors. But that was 2013, and since then Alyssa has not gotten bitter, she’s gotten better.

 

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Coco Montrese

Is it a coincidence that Coco Montrese has been cast against her “rival” Alyssa Edwards again for “All Stars 2?” I doubt it. Coco finished fifth on season five, one week after she sent Alyssa home in one of the fiercest lip syncs of all RPDR herstory. The beef between Alyssa and Coco began before season five of drag race. Alyssa and Coco competed in Miss Gay America in 2010, when Alyssa won the crown. However, Alyssa’s title was revoked later that year and the crown was given to the first runner-up, Coco Montrese. Their time on RPDR was hyped up to be considered the “tie-breaker” in their competitive careers. Coco may have won that time, but who will win on “All Stars 2?”

 

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Detox

Detox (Icunt) is a huge fan favorite, and for good reason. Yet another season five queen, Detox was eliminated right before the final three in a nail-biting lip sync against soon to be winner, Jinkx Monsoon. She’s brash, bold and fiercely talented. She definitely poses a threat to the other queens, and it will be exciting to watch.

 

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Ginger Minj

Ginger Minj was my choice from season seven’s top three to take the crown. She obviously didn’t win, but deserved it. Could this be her chance for redemption? Ginger is the full package with killer pipes, a stellar sense of humor and top-notch acting talents. She’s also got the full-figure that no drag superstar before her has had. Will Ginger be the first big girl to take the crown?

 

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Katya

Speaking of queens who should have won season seven, it was unanimous that Katya (Yekaterina Petrovna Zamolodchikova) was the fan favorite to earn the crown. RuPaul even jokingly called Katya’s name before awarding the crown to actual winner Violet Chachki in the season finale. Perhaps this was because Katya’s RPDR run couldn’t have been more well crafted. On episode two of season seven, Katya flubbed a group lip sync challenge, forgetting her words. That’s drag suicide, btw. She landed in the bottom two and was forced to lip sync against Sasha Belle to avoid being the second eliminated queen of the season. Katya slayed the lip sync, sending Sasha home and exposing her talents to audiences while earning a humble beginning to her drag race run. She would go on to win two challenges and we’d also learn of her struggles with drug addiction and a lack of self-confidence. This exact absence of confidence caused Katya to land in the bottom two again in episode 11 in a, for lack of a better word, brutal lip sync against Kennedy Davenport. Katya would be eliminated and place fifth, but would earn the title of Miss Congeniality (fan favorite). It was a no-brainer that Katya would be cast in “All Stars 2,” and she’s definitely one of my picks to win the crown this time around.

 

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Phi Phi O’Hara

Phi Phi O’Hara is one of the most hated RPDR queens, with only Magnolia Crawford giving her a run for her money. Phi Phi was a runner-up on season four, and is known for her rivalry throughout the show with winner Sharon Needles. Even post-drag race, Phi Phi received a lot of backlash for the way she interacted with fans and talked about her drag race co-stars. But season four was four years ago, and Phi Phi has grown since then. Maybe “All Stars” is exactly what she needs to be dethroned as Most Hated RPDR Queen. She also, as a season four finalist, will be the only member of that top three without a crown if she doesn’t win this one, considering fellow runner-up Chad Michaels is the “All Stars 1” winner.

 

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Roxxxy Andrews

And just like that, Rolaskatox is back. Rolaskatox is the season five clique created by and consisting of Roxxxy Andrews, Alaska and Detox. Roxxxy Andrews was a fellow runner-up on season five, known for her stunning paint and gorgeous style of drag. She’s also known for her jaw-dropping lip sync against fellow “All Stars 2” cast member Alyssa Edwards. Roxxxy’s wig reveal (WIG REVEAL!!!) and Alyssa’s knockout dance moves resulted in a no elimination and one of the most passionate lip syncs and emotional moments of RPDR herstory. And a side note, Pulse, the gay night club in Orlando, Florida that was the location of the devastating shooting last week, is Roxxxy Andrew’s home club. Roxxxy began performing in drag at Pulse, and has called the night club home for 10 years.

 

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Tatianna

Tatianna placed fourth all the way back on season two of RPDR. She’s known for her bombshell beauty and outrageous portrayal of Brittney Spears in the season two Snatch Game. It’s been six years since Tatianna’s drag race run, so it’ll be exciting to see how her return to the work room will go on “All Stars 2.”

 

“RuPaul’s All Star Drag Race Season 2” will debut on Aug. 25, 2016 at 8 p.m. on Logo.

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Published by Samantha Grace Fisher