Tuesday, July 25, 2023

'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Crowns Newest Queen During Season Eight Finale



Winner Receives Coveted Spot in the ‘Drag Race Hall of Fame’ and a Cash Prize of $200,000

With More Than 5 Million Votes Cast, First-Ever ‘Queen of the Fame Games’ Also Crowned

'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Crowns Newest Queen During Season Eight Finale

July 21, 2023 – Paramount+ today announced that Jimbo was crowned the winner of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS season eight, receiving a coveted spot in the “Drag Race Hall of Fame'' and a cash prize of $200,000. In the sickening finale episode, the top two All Stars brought to life new, original numbers – “I Remember Being Born,” performed by Jimbo, and “Pay Me In Money,” performed by Kandy Muse – before battling it out in a final lip sync for the crown to “Do Ya Wanna Funk?” by Sylvester and Patrick Cowley.

For the first time in DRAG RACE herstory, the eliminated ALL STARS season eight contestants had a second way to win with the Fame Games. Each week on RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS: UNTUCKED on Paramount+ and online, the eliminated queens showcased their runway looks and appealed for fan votes. The queens racked up more than 5 million votes in just 72 hours. LaLa Ri snatched the title of “Queen of the Fame Games,” and earned $60,000.

'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Crowns Newest Queen During Season Eight Finale

“This season I fell in love with each of our All Stars all over again,” said seven-time Emmy® Award-winning host and executive producer, RuPaul. “But in the end, Jimbo's ginormous talents were impossible to ignore. Long may they jiggle. And I want to thank all the fans for voting and making LaLa Ri the Queen of the Fame Games. Condragulations!”

Fans can watch the top two All Stars react to the show-stopping finale and find out who will be inducted into the legendary “Drag Race Hall of Fame” on the “RuPaul's Drag Race” YouTube channel.

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS season eight featured 12 fan-favorite queens returning to the stage to compete for a spot in the “Drag Race Hall of Fame” and a cash prize of $200,000. This season also introduced a second way to win in the first-ever Fame Games, where eliminated queens vied for a prize of $60,000. The 12 iconic queens, Alexis Michelle (season nine), Darienne Lake (season six), Heidi N Closet (season twelve), Jaymes Mansfield (season nine), Jessica Wild (season two), Jimbo (“Canada’s Drag Race” season one, “UK vs. the World” season one), Kahanna Montrese (season eleven), Kandy Muse (season thirteen), LaLa Ri (season thirteen), Monica Beverly Hillz (season five), Mrs. Kasha Davis (season seven) and Naysha Lopez (season eight) left it all on the runway with show-stopping looks and killer performances. Celebrity guest judges this season included Maude Apatow, Brandon Boyd, Zooey Deschanel, Thom Filicia, Javicia Leslie, Idina Menzel, Ego Nwodim, Matt Rogers, Adam Shankman, JoJo Siwa, Robin Thede and Bowen Yang, with mainstay judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews and Ts Madison.

Fans can catch up on the full action-packed seasons of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS and RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS: UNTUCKED, both streaming exclusively on Paramount+. Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com.

For more information on RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS and up-to-date news, go here. Join the conversation by using #DragRace and #AllStars8 and follow the official accounts on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and TikTok. RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS UNTUCKED is produced by MTV and World of Wonder.

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About World of Wonder

World of Wonder (WOW) has reshaped international pop culture, earning 30 Emmys, inspiring two Oscars, creating global network WOW Presents Plus across 190 territories, and bringing drag culture to the world stage via RuPaul’s Drag Race and DragCon. WOW’s pioneering television portfolio includes other smash-hit franchises like Million Dollar Listing. Their film division WOW Docs produces groundbreaking documentaries including Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, Party Monster, and The Eyes of Tammy Faye. WOW also operates YouTube channel WOWPresents, music label World of Wonder Records, the WOW Podcast Network, and year-round international live events. Co-founders Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have been profiled in Variety’s Reality TV Impact Report and Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful Producers in Unscripted. Honors for their trailblazing work include the IDA Pioneer Award, Realscreen’s Global 100 list, Banff’s Impact Award, and the OUT 100. In 2022, World of Wonder was ranked #2 among film and TV powerhouses in Fast Company’s World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.

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Originally published: July 25, 2023.

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