Here's All the Intel (So Far!) on the New Season of ‘RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 8’
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RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season 8 premieres tonight, and it's already shaping up to be a gag-worthy season. Last year, All Stars season 7 charted new waters for the Drag Race All Stars franchise: It was the first time previous winners came back to compete and it was the first time in Drag Race her-story that no one was eliminated all season long. In a just-released sneak peek of the first 15 minutes of All Stars 8, RuPaul makes it abundantly clear that those rules are suspended.
"Classic All-Star rules are in full effect," Mama Ru says after the contestants enter the werk room. "Each week, I'll choose one top All Star. She will face off against a secret lip sync assassin. If the top All Star wins, she will send one of her fellow queens home. If the lip sync assassin wins, a secret group vote will determine which queen will get the chop."
One thing that *is* staying the same from All Stars 7? The money, honey! The winning queen of All Stars 8 will take home a $200,000 prize (oh, and earn a coveted spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame).
Another thing that will continue in All Stars 8 is the inclusion of international contestants. All Stars 7 featured The Vivienne, the first winner of Drag Race U.K., and 8 will feature fan-favorite Canadian queen Jimbo, who competed on of Drag Race Canada season 1 and on RuPaul's Drag Race: U.K. vs the World (an international All Stars season of sorts).
Rounding out the season 8 lineup are: Jessica Wild (from Drag Race season 2), Monica Beverly Hillz (from Drag Race season 5), Darienne Lake (from Drag Race season 6), Mrs. Kasha Davis (from Drag Race season 7), Naysha Lopez (from Drag Race season 8), Alexis Michelle (from Drag Race season 9), Jaymes Mansfield (from Drag Race season 9), Kahanna Montrese (from Drag Race season 11), Heidi N Closet (from Drag Race season 12), LaLa Ri (from Drag Race season 13), Kandy Muse (from Drag Race season 13).
How can I watch RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 8 online?
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 8 is a Paramount+ original, so the streaming service will be the only place you can watch the new season (just like the last two seasons of All Stars). If you're new to Paramount+, you can watch the All Stars 8 premiere for free by claiming a Paramount+ seven-day free trial.
When it comes time to subscribe, there are a few different tiers of Paramount+ subscriptions (which have changed now that the service merged with Showtime). The Essential tier with ads is $4.99 per month, or $11.99 per month with Showtime, and the Premium tier without ads is $9.99/month, or $11.99/month with Showtime (yep—the Essential and Premium tiers with Showtime are the same price, so that's kind of a no-brainer).
When will new episodes of All Stars 8 be released?
All Stars 8 premieres Friday, May 12 with a special two-episode release. After that, new episodes will be released one at a time on Fridays (at 12 a.m. PT/3 a.m. ET, to be exact) every week until the new winner is crowned. All episodes will remain available on Paramount+ throughout the season, so even if you miss a release date, you'll be able to watch it later.
What should I expect from Drag Race All Stars 8?
First of all, the season is stacked with a star-studded lineup of guest judges, including JoJo Siwa, Zooey Deschanel, Idina Menzel, Maude Apatow, and Bowen Yang.
As for the guest lip sync assassins who will compete against the challenge winner each week to determine who gets eliminated—those names are tightly under wraps. The last time Drag Race followed the lip sync assassin format was All Stars 6, which brought in lip sync legends like Laganja Estranja, Manila Luzon, and Jessica Wild and Heidi N Closet, both of whom are competing this season. Needless to say, we're expecting to see some heavy hitters.
One brand new (and major!) twist for All Stars 8 was revealed in the season trailer, when RuPaul said there will be "two ways to win."
Called the "Fame Games," the eliminated queens will show off their unused runway looks online and in episodes of Untucked (the Drag Race bonus episodes that let viewers in on the time between the judging and elimination for each challenge). The second winner will be determined by a viewer vote, and they will receive a $50,000 prize and the title of Queen of the Fame Games.
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