In honor of the cast announcement of “All Stars 2,” I’ve decided to compose a list of the top 25 “RuPaul’s Drag Race” lip syncs.

For the past eight seasons of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and the first season of “RuPaul’s All Star Drag Race,” contestants who ranked in the bottom two of an episode were required to participate in a lip sync battle against one another in order to avoid elimination.

I’ve put together a list of my top 25 favorites. It was impossible to do, and it’s sure to change, but here it is.

 

25. Jujubee vs. Sahara Davenport – “Black Velvet”

In season two, Jujubee took down Sahara Davenport after Sahara’s third appearance in the bottom two. Sahara was eliminated, finishing sixth.

 

24. Jiggly Caliente vs. Alisa Summers -“Toxic”

The first lip sync of season four resulted in Jiggly Caliente eliminating Alisa Summers from the race. This earns the 24th spot because of Jiggly’s incredible performance and the commentary from fellow contestants.

 

23. Adore Delano vs. Trinity K. Bonet -“Vibeology”

Trinity K. Bonet’s third time finishing in the bottom two put her up against “All Stars 2” cast member Adore Delano. With Trinity being one of the best lip sync artists to compete on the show, everyone knew this was going to be good. Adore sent Trinity home on episode nine of season six, putting Trinity in seventh place overall.

 

22. Detox vs. Lineysha Sparx -“Take Me Home”

This lip sync from season four, featuring “All Stars 2” cast member Detox, put beauty against comedy. Both Lineysha and Detox slayed it, but Detox won the judges hearts and sent Lineysha home on episode five, causing her to finish in 10th place.

 

21. Jaidynn Diore Fierce vs. Kandy Ho -“Break Free”

On episode six of season seven, we saw Kandy Ho finish in the bottom two for the third time. That means half of the first six episodes, Kandy Ho was in the bottom… She slays this performance but so does Jaidynn, who finally sends Kandy home.

 

20. Chi Chi DeVayne vs. Thorgy Thor – “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”

This most recent season of drag race saw Chi Chi DeVayne and Thorgy Thor battle it out on episode seven. Chi Chi’s hand shaking and bead breaking sent Thorgy home and caused her to finish in sixth place.

 

19. Latrice Royale vs. Kenya Michaels – “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”

Performing Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” as a pregnant drag queen is probably pretty awkward. But Latrice turned it into a beautiful tribute to her unborn, fake child and sent Kenya Michaels home. Kenya was previously eliminated and invited to return to the competition on this episode, which put her in fifth place.

 

18. Robbie Turner vs. Cynthia Lee Fontaine – “Mesmerized”

Lip syncing on roller skaters as a drag queen is also probably pretty awkward. But Robbie Turner made the decision to in episode three of season eight against Cynthia Lee Fontaine, who opted for heels. Cynthia danced her ass off, but Robbie skated hers off and sent Cynthia home to finish in 10th place.

 

17. Joslyn Fox vs. Laganja Estranja – “Stupid Girls”

The double split. That’s all I have to say. Joslyn sent Laganja home on this episode of season six, putting Laganja in eighth place overall.

 

16. Sharon Needles vs. Phi Phi O’Hara – “It’s Raining Men (The Sequel)”

I love this lip sync because I love Sharon Needles. And because this lip sync was nuts. Pairing Sharon and “All Stars 2” cast member Phi Phi O’Hara together on a team was setting them up to fail, so nobody was surprised when they ended up in the bottom two on episode eight of season four. Spoiler Alert: Neither queen went home. Had one had to have gone home, it’d be difficult to call. Phi Phi slayed, even if I think taking your heels off is a cop out. But my personal opinion aside, Willam saved RuPaul and producers the difficult decision by being disqualified and eliminated in seventh place on this episode.

 

15. Jinkx Monsoon vs. Detox – “Malambo No. 1”

In a close lip sync, Jinkx Monsoon saved herself from elimination and came one step closer to earning her crown on season five. On episode 11, Detox was eliminated after competing against Jinkx and finished fourth overall.

 

14. Latrice Royale vs. Tammie Brown – “There’s No Business Like Show Business”

On the surface, this lip sync is probably the closest of RPDR herstory. On “All Stars 1,” Latrice Royale managed to save herself and her teammate Manila Luzon from elimination against Tammie Brown on episode two.

 

13. Alexis Mateo vs. Shangela – “Even Angels”

Shangela did do a good job, but Alexis Mateo basically made me cry. She also sent Shangela home on episode 10 of season three, putting Shangela in sixth place.

 

12. Coco Montrese vs. Alyssa Edwards – “Cold Hearted”

The reason they’re both cast on “All Stars 2” is this lip sync. This lip sync is too close, but Coco ended up sending Alyssa home on episode nine of  season five. She finished in sixth place.

 

11. Chi Chi DeVayne vs. Naysha Lopez – “Call Me”

Chi Chi DeVayne just fucking killed it. Naysha fought back, but Chi Chi showed us all what she was about. Naysha Lopez was eliminated (again) this episode, placing ninth on season eight.

 

10. Jujubee vs. Raven – “Dancing On My Own”

It’s flat out torture to make Jujubee and Raven lip sync against each other. On “All Stars 1,” the pair found themselves in the bottom two competing for a spot in the final three. It was an emotional lip sync followed by RuPaul declaring both would move on to the newly decided final four. It was a major moment.

 

9. Trinity K. Bonet vs. April Carrion – “I’m Every Woman”

After this lip sync, I believe Trinity is every woman. I believe Trinity is actually me, and you, and you. Of course April gave it, but Trinity… April was eliminated after this lip sync, and finished 11th on season six.

 

8. Alyssa Edwards vs. Roxxxy Andrews – “Whip My Hair”

How do you prepare someone to watch this lip sync? It starts with a wig reveal, then continues with shock, incredible dance moves, hair whipping and then a lot of tears. In one of the most passionate lip syncs and emotional moments, this lip sync resulted in a no elimination on episode seven of season five. See you both on “All Stars 2,” Roxxxy and Alyssa!

 

7. Morgan McMichaels vs. Sonique – “Two of Hearts”

SO much talent in one lip sync. On one side of the stage, Sonique is giving you gymnastics national championships. On the other side of the stage, Morgan McMichaels is giving you 110 percent choreography. Morgan McMichaels ended up taking home the win and sending Sonique home on episode four of season two.

 

6. Trinity K. Bonet vs. Milk – “Whatta Man”

Milk put up a fight, but Trinity is giving so much realness I can hardly verbalize what I’m trying to say. Watching Trinity is like watching Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue actually performing the song. How do you personify a song SO MUCH?! I can’t handle this. But I love Milk’s performance as well. However, Milk was sent home by Trinity on episode six of season six, finishing ninth.

 

5. Latrice Royale vs. DiDa Ritz – “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination”

Good LAWD, Latrice and DiDa both have me feeling spiritual. In this jaw-dropping lip sync from season five, Latrice took home the W and sent DiDa home. She finished sixth.

 

4. Katya vs. Sasha Belle – “Twist of Fate”

Everyone is very in love with Katya, and this lip sync is part of the reason why. It’s like this song was made for Katya to perform to, because each of her moves feel synced to the music. The slow split is a game changer, I could watch it all day. So obviously Katya won and sent Sasha Belle home on episode two of season seven.

 

3. Manila Luzon vs. Delta Work – “MacArthur Park”

We’re in the top three now, which means we’re into the legendary lip syncs. Manila’s performance of “MacArthur Park” will always be remembered as one of the best in RPDR herstory. Delta did a nice job of keeping up, but Manila sent her home on the seventh episode of season three. Delta finished eight.

 

2. DiDa Ritz vs. The Princess – “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)”

DIDA. A lot of people critique DiDa and question how she lasted so long on season five. But watch this lip sync and tell me DiDa isn’t a fierce entertainer. This lip sync is historical, and caused The Princess to go home on episode three, finishing 11th.

 

1. Kennedy Davenport vs. Katya – “Roar”

If you jump off the stage into the splits, you earn the top spot on this list. Nobody can deny, this lip sync was unbelievable. As much as Katya was a favorite to win, Kennedy put everything on the line for this performance and eliminated Katya. Katya finished fifth on season six, but will be back for “All Stars 2.”

Let me know if you agree or disagree with my list! Did I leave out any amazing lip syncs? I’d love to hear from you.

This article was originally published on The Sami Fisher Blog.

Published by Samantha Grace Fisher