TV: RuPaul’s Drag Race – Season 4

Premiered: January 30, 2012

On: Logo TV

Starring: RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice, Billy B, Jason Carter, Shawn Morales, Sharon Needles, Chad Michaels, Phi Phi O’Hara, Latrice Royale, Kenya Michaels, DiDa Ritz, Willam Belli, Jiggly Caliente, Milan, Madame LaQueer, The Princess, Lashauwn Beyond & Alisa Summers

Guest Judges: Elvira, Mike Ruiz, Rick Fox, John Salley, Amber Riley, Natalie Cole, Nicole Sullivan, Max Mutchnick, Loretta Devine, Ross Mathews, Kelly Osbourne, Pauley Perrette, Regina King, Pam Tillis, Lucian Piane, Pamela Anderson, Jennifer Tilly, Dan Savage, Jeffrey Moran, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rose McGowan & Wynonna Judd

Except for a few feuds, there’s less cattiness in the work room on the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. But that doesn’t mean there’s any less drama.

Season four introduces us to the scary – and now controversial – Sharon Needles, the perfect Cher impersonator Chad Michaels, everyone’s favorite Latrice Royale and the then-controversial Willam. These personalities are larger than life and drive the season.

The challenges this season are less than thrilling. With it being election year, there was a debate added that luckily had Michaels jazz it up. The “Dragazines” and “Queens Behind Bars” also showed nothing memorable.

Interestingly, this season also had two straight male guest judges – Rick Fox and John Salley – during the wrestling challenge. Neither of these former athletes were wrestlers and their commentary didn’t add anything.

Final say: This season was scarier than Sharon Needles. ★★★☆☆

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