Premiered: January 24, 2011
On: Logo TV
Starring: RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice, Billy B, Jason Carter, Shawn Morales, Raja, Manila Luzon, Alexis Mateo, Yara Sofia, Carmen Carrera, Shangela, Delta Work, Stacy Layne Matthews, Mariah Paris Balenciaga, India Ferrah, Mimi Imfurst, Phoenix & Venus D-Lite
Guest Judges: Bruce Vilanch, Mike Ruiz, Vanessa Williams, Lily Tomlin, Alessandra Torresani, La Toya Jackson, Susan Powter, Chloë Sevigny, Debbie Matenopoulos, Aisha Tyler, Amber Rose, Eliza Dushku, Sara Rue, Rita Rudner, Arden Myrin, Cheryl Tiegs, Johnny Weir, Jeffrey Moran, Jody Watley, Carmen Electra, Wayne Brady, Fantasia Barrino, Margaret Cho, Sharon Osbourne & Gigi Levangie Grazer
Despite some great competition, the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race suffers because of a clique that relies more on bitchiness and belittling than supporting each other.
This season introduces many drag queens that have continued to make their mark in queer culture over the years, including Raja, Manila Luzon and Yara Sofia, and brought back season two reject Shangela. However, many of the queens who ended their run before the top six are barely memorable.
Raja, Manila, Carmen Carrera and Delta Work named themselves “The Heathers” and are often seen talking bad about the other queens. It makes for some entertaining confessionals but is ultimately annoying. There’s more love for queens who consistently show shining personality like Alexis Mateo with her signature “Bam!”
Final say: Off with their heads. ★★★☆☆