Who Should Really Be on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4?
It comes as no surprise that World of Wonder and everyone behind RuPaul’s Drag Race decided to do a fourth version of All Stars already. The heat from RPDR is at its all-time high: snatching a ton of trophies, skyrocketing in ratings and establishing itself as the best damn reality show on television (IMHO).
All Stars 4 has reportedly been filmed already (RuPaul talked about a crazy experience during judging on one of her podcasts where she flipped out on the contestants), so now it’s just a matter of time until we find out if this will air before or after season 11. Just another opinion, but it would make sense for them to follow the format of All Stars first, regular season last that they did this year as it was a seamless transition from one to the other for all the diehard fans out there.
The alleged cast for AS4 has made its rounds over the past couple of months, and the list itself looks incredible. There are, however, queens that did not make this list that really should be part of it and ones that are included that really aren’t at an All Stars level yet.
That being said, here are 10 contestants that I think should compete on RPDR.
Ongina (Season 1). How has this not happened yet? Ongina was such a standout from the “lost season” of RPDR and her name has been thrown into the All Stars list for several years now. She was arguably robbed of the crown during the show’s premiere season and it would be great for an entire new generation of fans to get to know her similarly to what Tatianna and Bebe Zahara Benet has experienced.
Jessica Wild (Season 2). In a season that was hella dramatic and bitchy, Jessica was the one to keep things friendly and nice amid all the backstabbing chaos. She was fun to watch, both on and off the runway, and was hysterical in several challenges including Snatch Game (where she portrayed RuPaul correctly) and the book challenge. Here’s hoping she gets her time to shine again all these years later.
Stacy Layne Matthews (Season 3). Such an underrated queen when it comes to how talented she is from a fashion and comedic standpoint. I think several of us would be ecstatic to see “henny” walk through those werk room doors one more time.
Ivy Winters (Season 5). I’m sort of surprised that Ivy has never been asked back given the plethora of season 5 queens that have been on All Stars already. Her fashion sense was out of this world extraordinary during s5 and she was crowned Miss Congeniality by the end of it. Would be nice to see her give it another go given how far her style and looks have come since then.
Joslyn Fox (Season 6). Criminally underrated and did so great at many of the challenges that were unfortunately overshined by other competitors. Snatch Game, the rapping challenge and so much more proved what a force Joslyn was in her season, and my hopes is that she gets invited back at some point to do it all again.
Mrs. Kasha Davis (Season 7). Her elimination against Kandy Ho was crap and the fact that Ms. Ho lasted longer than her and Trixie Mattel is still one that I scratch my head at. Kasha is hilarious! She was needed in season 7 amid a group of girls that just got so hostile and mean towards one another yet was cut too short over flubbing one word during the DESPY’s challenge. We are ready for that cocktail again, Mrs. Davis.
Naomi Smalls (Season 8). I’m fine with Naomi coming back, however she needs to excel in all types of challenges that aren’t just about fashion. Part of what propelled Naomi to the top three in her season was her style, of course, but also her likable personality that helped bring her there over big competitors like Thorgy Thor and Chi Chi Devayne. If she’s able to do that then she will have a big chance at the crown (if that rumored list is true and she is actually on it).
Shea Coulee (Season 9). She was robbed for the crown, we all know this. Not taking anything away from Sasha Velour’s win but it's pretty obvious that Shea would’ve won had it been the same format the show has done since season 4. I don’t think she is part of AS4, but it would be vindication in the biggest way for her to come back and “slay” it all over again to win something she should’ve taken home the first time around.
Peppermint (Season 9). Peppermint has done what others like Milk and Trixie have in that they've established a major career outside of RPDR. She landed a major role on Broadway in Head Over Heels and has built up quite the resume when it comes to her music as well. I don’t think anyone saw Peppermint making top 2 in s9, but she did and made New York proud with her incredible acting talents and lip sync abilities.
Valentina (Season 9). She’s another one on the rumored list... and rightfully so. I’ll just say this: remember your lip sync words. Other than that, it will be interesting to see how this polarizing contestant will do for a second time given how talked about her first go at it was.
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