Near the end of last night’s season finale of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race, host and show namesake RuPaul was really trying to sell the idea that any of the four remaining queens — Chad Michaels, Shannel, Raven, and Jujubee — could take home the crown. “I feel like my four favorite actresses,” Ru said, just before silencing her fellow judges and bringing the contestants back for some decisions, “are up for the same award.”
It was a lovely sentiment from the ever-fair and all-queen-loving RuPaul, but the fact of the matter that this final leg of the competition was only really between three queens — and, as the judges’ thoughts on the final three-pronged challenge were metered out, it became clear that it was only really between two.
I’m not even gonna really put a spoiler alert on this one: Shannel was never really in this competition at the end. She bombed her comedy show, her drag was a mess, and she was deluded — it was clear from the outset of last night’s hour that she wasn’t going to be named as the much-coveted first inductee into the Drag Race Hall of Fame. You might be able to guess who was the other weak link. (Her name rhymes with: smujubee.)
“You are all my legendary children, but there’s room for just one inductee to the Drag Race Hall of Fame,” Ru told the ladies, yes again assuring them they were all great, which isn’t technically wrong but only applied to two weeks. And then, after the lip-sync-for-your-life portion of the evening — featuring the right two queens, but what could be slugged a controversial winner — Ru uttered the words we were all dying to hear: “The first inductee into the Drag Race Hall of Fame is…”