RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 4 power ranking: Monét X Change rises, Latrice Royale slips
Who will be crowned the RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 4 winner?
Which RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 4 queen has the biggest charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to secure their place in the Drag Race Hall of Fame? In EW's weekly power ranking, we'll weigh the ladies' performances from the previous challenge with their potential to slay the competition in subsequent episodes (based on available preview information).
NEXT EPISODE AIRING FRIDAY, FEB. 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET on VH1: Which queen will sashay one step closer to the crown? The five remaining shady ladies will put their acting skills to the test during the Sex and the Kitty Girl acting challenge — which requires a particular quick-on-their-heels, improvisational skillset some of the queens have struggled to hone in the past. Find out who we predict will get the chop (and who will come out on top) in the gallery ahead.
1/5: Monét X Change
Monét X Change has the perfect Snatch, but she forgot to whip it out once again during the All-Stars 4 Snatch Game. Monét knows she's a star on the stage, however, having won high praise for her work in the season 10 Snatch Game as Maya Angelou, but her portrayal of Whitney Houston on Snatch Game of Love was a few sweat droplets too damp for our taste. Tethered to a real-life celebrity impression might have been an understandable challenge, but the self-admitted Judge Judy fanatic also failed to blossom while attempting to create a character with broader parameters on her own terms in the Jersey Justice courtroom, indicating that her domination of the acting challenges in season 10 (particularly Breastworld) might have been a fluke. Monét is clever and feeds on live energy, however (hello, lip-synch gag after lip-synch gag!) so her stellar performance in the Lady Bunny roast gave her a jolt of energy she needs to let her true comedy flag fly. With a free pass to advance to the next round during the lip-sync LaLaPaRuZa, Monét didn't do much to help or hurt her chances heading into next week's episode, but she delivered two weeks in a row in the Queens of Clubs and Best Judy challenges. In fact, Monét has three overall wins under her belt; the same amount as Trinity The Tuck. Normally that would place them neck-and-neck, but Monét has a far more consistent track record during scene-based acting challenges than Trinity does, which gives her a slight advantage as we head into the realm of Sex and the Kitty Girl.
2/5: Trinity The Tuck
Koont? Yes. Reliable comedy? Not on season 9. But on All-Stars 4, Trinity The Tuck has emerged as a major frontrunner, having won three challenges thus far. On her original season, Trinity mostly struggled to pair her competitive spirit with an equally ferocious grasp on the acting challenges — particularly the Michelle Visage roast, which (correctly) signaled disaster for her return to the roasting stage to lay Lady Bunny to rest. That said, she snatched the top spot during the All-Stars talent show with an adorable tucking lesson that was part prepared comedy sketch, part musical number — and it was the stuff of a true all-star, as was her turn as Caitlyn Jenner on Snatch Game. She's also arguably one of the breakout, super GIF-able confessional stars of AS4, and there's an electric wit required to hold fans' attention in that context that contributed to a swift ruling in her favor across the improvised Jersey Justice challenge. But given Trinity's flawless domination of the game so far and the fact that she failed to turn up the heat during the Lady Bunny roast, it appears as if Trinity might soon find herself in the hot seat with nowhere to go but down if she again fails to pull off a stellar scripted performance in the Sex and the Kitty Girl challenge ahead. Trinity has dazzled in scene-based scenarios before, but she's also buckled in similar situations in the past.
3/5: Monique Heart
Monique Heart's mission across All-Stars 4? Reclaim her time (and her crown). The precedent? Overcoming that awful Maxine Waters impression on the season 10 Snatch Game. She didn't exactly make great strides in that department with her so-so take on Tiffany Haddish during the remixed Snatch Game of Love, but she continues to create shareable GIF after shareable GIF as perhaps the most eccentric personality of All-Stars 4. It's a shame that it took four episodes for that charisma to translate to Miss Heart's acting, but as of the Jersey Justice challenge (and her underrecognized brilliance during the Lady Bunny roast), Monique's talents have made her the queen to beat when it comes to acting challenges. Despite her mid-season elimination on season 10, Monique has amassed a following that’s obsessed with her quirky comedy, and she was finally able to marry her natural charm with the standard set forth by the judges. And if there's one thing Monique can do, it's read the hell out of one of her sisters (see: basically any All-Stars 4 confessional). With that kind of momentum and potential propelling her forward, the comedy roast was a piece of cake (not unlike the one smothered all over her face in Michelle Visage's courtroom) for Monique, but she seems to be tiring of the constant critiques (as RuPaul pointed out in last week's episode), and when Monique feels defeated, her output suffers.
4/5: Naomi Smalls
She can serve lewks, legs, and sickening backbends for days. But on last week's episode, Naomi Smalls served a show-stopping strategy that will likely change the way All-Stars 4 — and, probably, her own trajectory on the show — unfolds. Though the All-Stars rules essentially ask the week's winning queens to eliminate any other queen they'd like (given that that queen appears in the bottom), most of the girls play the game fair and eliminate the weaker competitor. You can count on one hand the number of times a queen has made a decision counter to that notion, and Naomi is now one of them after sending statistical frontrunner Manila Luzon packing over perennial All-Stars 4 bottom-finisher (and eliminee-turned-returning-competitor) Latrice Royale. She seemingly made the move to pave a clearer path to the crown for herself, but judging by next week's preview (Trinity calls her a "shady bitch" for taking Manila out), Naomi's buzzed-about power move might've just put the nail in her own coffin, because the next time the fashion-forward stunner lands in the bottom, she (and her now-revealed gameplan) will likely get the chop. If it weren't for the fact that the upcoming challenge is an acting challenge, Naomi might've placed higher on this list. But she's struggled to string together cohesive performances outside of her ace Wendy Williams-inspired Snatch Game work, and with her All-Stars 4 sisters scrutinizing her every move from here on out, Naomi might buckle under the pressure.
5/5: Latrice Royale
The gag of the season has brought Queen Mother back into the fold! The “unprofessionalism” of a few messy RuPaul’s Drag Race queens might've rubbed legendary multi-season competitor Latrice Royale the wrong way more than once across All-Stars 4 — In fact, the “messy children” rubbed Mama right out of the competition altogether, as the fan-favorite icon of the Emmy-winning reality series’ extended family was shockingly sent home by challenge winner Monique Heart after a lackluster performance during the Judge Judy-inspired Jersey Justice acting challenge. Latrice never lived up to her iconic legacy across her original four-episode All-Stars 4 run, but apparently all it took was a week on the bench for Latrice to get her head (and her heels) properly back in the game to deliver a show-stopping lip-sync-for-her-life against the queen who sent her packing. The sting of elimination finally sparked a fire in Latrice's padding; But despite her victory during the Queens of Clubs challenge — one she clearly didnt' deserve, mind you — Latrice found herself in the bottom two once again after failing to impress the judges with her Best Judy makeover. She survived by the skin of Naomi Smalls' wicked long fingers, however, which selected Manila Luzon's lipstick over hers despite the latter's statistical domiantion of the competition so far. Latrice needs to step up her game during the Sex and the Kitty Girl acting challenge (which rings simliar to the acting challenges she's consistently failed at across All-Stars 4 to date) if she wants lucky lightning to strike three times in her favor her this season.
ELIMINATED IN 6TH PLACE: Manila Luzon
"Naomi Smalls' Lady Bunny," as it were, met a grim end at the hands of her idolizer, who remains one of the few queens in the spinoff's history to play the deliberately scandalous game as it was intended to be played: strategically. And there are no hard feelings on Manila's end, despite the season 3 competitor's statistical domination of the race at hand.
"Naomi’s a sickening bitch. She’s an amazing performer, and she had every right to send whoever she wanted home. I’d prefer it wasn’t me, but it’s ok. I can slay the game outside of the game," Manila told EW after her elimination. "I love reality TV shows like Big Brother where it’s smart game to vote off the strong competitors, especially early on to give the other people a fighting chance. From a game stance, it’s totally acceptable. The All-Stars [queens] haven’t established how you play the game. Everyone is worried about playing it fair and playing it safe, but the rules are different. I was trying to see if I could form an alliance with Valentina back on episode 3 when she was in the bottom, but the girls were just not ready for that. And the way the game is evolving, it can be played any way."
ELIMINATED IN 7TH PLACE: Valentina
Like slowly peeling a piece of double-sided tape off a smooth nipple, watching former season 9 frontrunner Valentina crash and burn during the latter half of her All-Stars 4 tenure was a painful experience. But the non-binary beauty turned her tragedy into hope — in dramatic, telenovela style — when she went on to headline Fox's live adaptation of Rent two days after her ousting.
“Being in drag for so many hours of my day and for so long in my career now, I’ve been wondering: How much do I identify with the femininity of being a woman and how much is put on?” Valentina told EW shortly after her elimination. “My coming out as non-binary has been, in context, connected to Angel because I want people to know and understand that Angel is such a beautiful human being…. I hope that through this, people can see what it means to fully be free and to identify freely as yourself — especially when you have the level of community around you to support your truth.”
Her Drag Race ride might be over, but the fantasy continues!
ELIMINATED IN 8TH PLACE: Gia Gunn
Gia Gunn was locked and loaded for a stellar performance on All-Stars 4, but she ultimately misfired on the fan-favorite Snatch Game challenge. Still, Gia hit her mark as she stirred the pot, creating some of the most entertaining drama Drag Race has seen in recent years.
"I don’t blame the edit at all; I don’t blame anybody. I think everything in life you need to take 110 percent credit for. I step up and take full responsibility for my actions and everything I did and said. I want to remind people that it’s just drag and it’s not personal," Gia told EW of her time on All-Stars 4. "I was just creating good TV, because that’s why I was cast. I played into whatever it is that came into my mind, because I feel that’s what reality TV is. Drag Race is a competition and a beauty pageant. It’s also very much still a reality show, and I feel that drama and over-the-top personality is always what stands out and what keeps people talking. In my eyes, I did my job and I feel good about it."
ELIMINATED IN 9TH PLACE: Farrah Moan
Farrah Moan’s tenure on RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 4 dwindled to an untimely whimper on the series' second episode, as the Christina Aguilera doppelgänger succumbed to the pressures of a groovy musical challenge while grappling with backstage drama with Gia Gunn.
"I don’t think Gia loves me. If she loved me she wouldn’t have picked me to use as her story line," Farrah told EW of her fellow AS4 competitor, who chose a strikingly particular moment — just before the pair hit the stage for the maxi challenge — to rehash a personal point of contention between them. "What I learned from being on television is that there is so much footage that is recorded and there is only so much you can fit into one episode. I hate when queens blame editing instead of just saying that is what happened and that is what I did.... Gia was very nice to me on and off camera. My interactions were all very pleasant so it took me by surprise that she was talking about me behind my back, and when she confronted me I had no idea that was going to happen. It ruffled my feathers for sure. But I don’t want to give her any credit for me going home. I am proud of my performance, I just wasn’t as good as all of the other girls."
ELIMINATED IN 10TH PLACE: Jasmine Masters
Jasmine Masters usually has something to say, and re-entered the Werk Room as one of the fan-favorite ladies vying for a spot in the Hall of Fame. But the comedy queen's words failed her on the perennial Drag Race All-Stars talent show challenge, and her stand-up routine fell flat with the judges, the audience, and her AS4 sisters, resulting in her early departure.
"I’m at peace with it because it’s all a blessing for me. It’s a big opportunity. For me being a queen who never wanted to do drag or even saw drag as being my profession…. getting the call for All-Stars is me getting another pay raise," Masters told EW after her elimination, promising "lots of tricks" and "twists" ahead. "I’m more excited about all of that than [I am sad about] getting eliminated on a good TV show. I don’t take that for granted; I still work with girls who want to be on the show, I’ve been one of the girls who wanted to be on the show, so I’ve done all the struggle that I needed to do for it, and now that I’m here I can’t be mad because I didn’t make it to the end or even the second week."