TV: RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars – Season 5

Premiered: August 19, 2019

On: VH1

Starring: RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews, Shea Couleé, Jujubee, Miz Cracker, Blair St. Clair, Alexis Mateo, India Ferrah, Mayhem Miller, Mariah Paris Balenciaga, Ongina & Derrick Barry

Guest Judges: Ricky Martin, Madison Beer, Tessa Thompson, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Nicole Byer, Sarah Hyland, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Tommy Dorfman, Bebe Rexha, Jane Krakowski, Sam Richardson & Todrick Hall

Lip Sync Assassins: Yvie Oddly, Alyssa Edwards, Monét X Change, Morgan McMichaels, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Roxxxy Andrews & Kennedy Davenport

In the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, it may seem like the star-level is lower, but those who shine are top tier.

Shenanigans are afoot from the beginning of the season. Derrick Barry and India Ferrah bring in drama from their Las Vegas careers. Alexis Mateo is accused of campaigning against Shea Couleé. And, multiple queens seem to check out before they’re voted out.

This season the stakes are upped as well. With just one winner each week, the group also votes for who should go home. Their vote is announced if a secret lip sync assassin beats the weekly winner.

Challenges could be better, but all of the top three shine throughout the entire competition. At least we can continue to count on Jujubee for fantastic commentary.

Final say: Some stars. ★★★☆☆

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