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The eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race began airing on March 7, 2016. Returning judges include RuPaul and Michelle Visage, with Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews alternating as they did in Season 7. Twelve queens will be competing for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a cash prize of $100,000 this season, the fewest amount of contestants since Season 2. The cast members were revealed during the NewNowNext Awards on February 1st, 2016.

This season marks one-hundred episodes of Drag Race, with the premiere being the one hundredth episode. It also marks one-hundred contestants to enter the competition, featuring Derrick Barry as the one-hundredth queen to enter the work room.

The winner of this season was Bob The Drag Queen. Miss Congeniality was Cynthia Lee Fontaine.

Contestants

S8cast


(Ages and names stated are during time of contest)

 
Rank Contestant Photo Real Name Age Hometown 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1st
(Winner)
Bob the Drag Queen
Bob The Drag Queen mug
Christopher Caldwell 29 New York, NY SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE WIN

LOW Mini Chall. Winner

WIN BTM2 TOP 3 WINNER
2nd & 3rd
(Runners-Up)
Kim Chi
Kim Chi mug
Sang-young Shin 27 Chicago, IL WIN LOW SAFE HIGH SAFE HIGH LOW WIN TOP 3 RUN
UP
Naomi Smalls
Naomi Smalls mug
Davis Heppenstall 21 Redlands, CA LOW SAFE

SAFE Team Captain

HIGH BTM2 WIN
HIGH SAFE TOP 3 RUN
UP
4th Chi Chi DeVayne Chi Chi DeVayne mug Zavion Davenport 29 Shreveport, LA SAFE WIN
Team Captain
SAFE BTM2 SAFE LOW BTM2 HIGH ELIM RTRN
5th Derrick Barry
Derrick Barry mug
Derrick Barry 32 Las Vegas, NV HIGH SAFE LOW LOW HIGH BTM2 WIN

Mini Chall. Winner

ELIM RTRN
6th Thorgy Thor
Thorgy Thor mug
Shane Galligan 31 Brooklyn, NY SAFE HIGH HIGH SAFE HIGH SAFE ​ELIM RTRN
7th Robbie Turner Robbie Turner mug Jeremy Baird 33 Seattle, WA LOW SAFE BTM2 WIN LOW ELIM       RTRN
8th Acid Betty Acid Betty mug Jamin Ruhren 38 Brooklyn, NY HIGH HIGH HIGH SAFE ELIM RTRN
9th

(Originally 12th)

Naysha Lopez Naysha Lopez mug Fabian Rodriguez 31 Chicago, IL ELIM

SAFE
Team Captain

ELIM RTRN
10th
(Miss Congeniality)
Cynthia Lee Fontaine Cynthia Lee Fontaine mug Carlos Hernandez 34 Austin, TX SAFE SAFE
Team Captain
ELIM MS.
CON
11th & 12th
Dual
Elimination
Dax ExclamationPoint Dax ExlamationPoint mug Dax Martin 31 Savannah, GA SAFE ELIM RTRN
Laila McQueen Laila McQueen mug Tyler Devlin 22 Gloucester, MA BTM2 ELIM RTRN
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The contestant was one of two main challenge winners.
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The contestant placed in the bottom two but neither was eliminated.
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After being eliminated, The contestant was voted Ms. Congeniality by viewers.
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The contestant was eliminated for the second time.

Episodes

Episode 1: Keeping It 100!

Airdate: March 7, 2016

Contestant Design challenge
Acid Betty Make Dat Money (from Season 3, Ep. 13)
Bob The Drag Queen Gone with the Window (from Season 2, Ep. 1)
Chi Chi DeVayne Glitter Ball (from Season 6, Ep. 11)
Cynthia Lee Fontaine Sugar Ball (from Season 5, Ep. 11)
Dax ExclamationPoint Hello, Kitty Girls! (from Season 7, Ep. 11)
Derrick Barry The Queen Who Mopped Xmas (from Season 3, Ep. 2)
Kim Chi RuPaul's Hair Extravaganza (from Season 3, Ep. 11)
Laila McQueen RuPocalypse Now! (from Season 4, Ep. 1)
Naomi Smalls Float Your Boat (from Season 4 Ep. 6)
Naysha Lopez Drag on a Dime (from Season 1, Ep. 1)
Robbie Turner The Fabulous Bitch Ball (from Season 4, Ep. 11)
Thorgy Thor Face, Face, Face of Cakes (from Season 3, Ep. 7)
  • Guest Judge: Nicole Richie
  • Special Guest(s): BeBe Zahara Benet, Tyra Sanchez, Raja, Sharon Needles, Chad Michaels, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, Morgan McMichaels, Latrice Royale, Raven, Shannel
  • Alternating Judge(s): Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews
  • Mini-Challenge: Photoshoot with past winners
  • Main Challenge: Create an outfit based on design challenges from seasons past
  • Main Challenge Winner: Kim Chi
  • Main Challenge Prize: $3,000 from selfieonastick.com
  • Bottom Two: Laila McQueen and Naysha Lopez
  • Lip Synch Song: "Applause" by Lady Gaga
  • Eliminated: Naysha Lopez
  • Farewell Message: "Dear Ladies & Monsters, it was a pleasure meeting you all! Play the cards you are dealt + TURN DA PARTY! The Beauty, Naysha Lopez ♥ P.S. I ♥ U Layla! [sic] xoxo"

Episode 2: Bitch Perfect

Airdate: March 14, 2016

Team Lady Bitches

Team Shady Bitches
Cynthia Lee Fontaine Chi Chi DeVayne
Bob the Drag Queen Acid Betty
Derrick Barry Thorgy Thor
Laila McQueen Dax ExclamationPoint
Robbie Turner Naomi Smalls
Kim Chi
  • Guest Judges: Ester Dean, Jamal Sims, and Lucian Piane
  • Special Guest: AB Soto
  • Mini-Challenge: Compete in a latin dance-off to RuPaul's song "Cha Cha Bitch"
  • Mini-Challenge Winner(s): Chi Chi DeVayne and Cynthia Lee Fontaine
  • Main Challenge: Perform in a collegiate acappella sing-off
  • Main Challenge Winner: Chi Chi DeVayne
  • Main Challenge Prize: A 4 night getaway to an all gay bed and breakfast in New England courtesy of mygaygetaway.com
  • Runway Theme: Movie Premiere Realness
  • Bottom Two: Dax ExclamationPoint and Laila McQueen
  • Lip Synch Song: "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor
  • Eliminated: Dax ExclamationPoint and Laila McQueen
  • Farewell Message — Dax ExclamationPoint: "Ladies, You're all Fantastic! I wish I could be here with you! Set the world on fire + Make Everyone EAT IT -DAX! ☠"
  • Farewell Message — Laila McQueen: "You're All the Biggest Pack of freaks and I am so "Happy" to call you "family". But Actually I ♥ you All & can't wait for the future with you! xoxo Laila!"

Episode 3: RuCo's Empire

Airdate: March 21, 2016

Team Naomi Smalls

Team Naysha Lopez
Naomi Smalls Naysha Lopez
Bob the Drag Queen Derrick Barry
Chi Chi DeVayne Kim Chi
Cynthia Lee Fontaine Thorgy Thor
Robbie Turner Acid Betty
  • Guest Judges: Faith Evans and Tasha Smith
  • Alternating Judge(s): Carson Kressley
  • Mini-Challenge: Drag up supreme court robes
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Naomi Smalls
  • Main Challenge: Perform in two Empire-inspired acting scenes
  • Main Challenge Winner: Bob the Drag Queen
  • Main Challenge Prize: $3,500 of eyewear from Bradley Kenneth
  • Runway Theme: Rollergirl Realness
  • Bottom Two: Robbie Turner and Cynthia Lee Fontaine
  • Lip Synch Song: "Mesmerized" by Faith Evans
  • Eliminated: Cynthia Lee Fontaine
  • Farewell Message: "Don't give up!!! Fight for youre [sic] dreams!!! Love you mis amores #Cucu ♥"

Episode 4: New Wave Queens

Airdate: March 28, 2016

Street Meatz Les Chicken Wings Dragometry
Bob the Drag Queen Kim Chi Naysha Lopez
Thorgy Thor Robbie Turner Chi Chi DeVayne
Acid Betty Naomi Smalls Derrick Barry
  • Guest Judges: Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, and Lucian Piane
  • Main Challenge: Sing live in ‘80s style New Wave girl bands
  • Main Challenge Winner: Robbie Turner
  • Main Challenge Prize: A wig wardrobe from Weaven Steven
  • Runway Theme: Neon Realness
  • Bottom Two: Chi Chi DeVayne and Naysha Lopez
  • Lip Sync Song: "Call Me" by Blondie
  • Eliminated: Naysha Lopez
  • Farewell Message: "Dear Ladies, Have a good time and push yourself. I got a 2nd chance, don't blow your first and only! xoxo Da Beauty! Naysha Lopez"

Episode 5: Supermodel Snatch Game

Contestant

Celebrity
Acid Betty Nancy Grace
Bob the Drag Queen Uzo Aduba/Carol Channing
Chi Chi DeVayne Eartha Kitt
Derrick Barry Britney Spears
Kim Chi Kimmy Jong-Un
Naomi Smalls Tiffany Pollard
Robbie Turner Diana Vreeland
Thorgy Thor Michael Jackson

Airdate: April 4, 2016

  • Guest Judges: Gigi Hadid and Chanel Iman
  • Alternating Judge(s): Carson Kressley
  • Main Challenge: Impersonate celebrities in Snatch Game
  • Main Challenge Winner: Bob The Drag Queen
  • Main Challenge Prize: A collection of handbags and wallets from Lux De Ville valued at $7,000
  • Runway Theme: Iconic Madonna Looks
  • Bottom Two: Acid Betty and Naomi Smalls
  • Lip Sync Song: "Causing a Commotion" by Madonna
  • Eliminated: Acid Betty
  • Farewell Message: "Ladies, You have been touched by fierceness! Now werq it out! - Bob, ♥ you! See jew in new york. - Thorgy you are amazeballz! - AcidBetty 💋"

Episode 6: Wizards of Drag

Airdate: April 11, 2016

Contestant Little Woman Character
Bob The Drag Queen Elena Gant Glinda the Good Witch
Chi Chi DeVayne Tonya Banks Dorothy Gale
Derrick Barry Terra Jole Tin Woodsman
Kim Chi Briana Mason The Wicked Witch of the West
Naomi Smalls Jasmine Arteaga Sorge Scarecrow (Oz)
Robbie Turner Christy McGinity Gibel The Cowardly Lion
Thorgy Thor Brittney Guzman Ozian
  • Guest Judges: Todrick Hall and Marc Jacobs
  • Special Guest: Marc Snetiker
  • Alternating Judge(s): Ross Matthews
  • Mini-Challenge: "Reading is Fundamental"
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Bob The Drag Queen
  • Main Challenge: The queens give "Wizard of Oz" themed makeovers to cast members of Little Women: L.A.
  • Main Challenge Winner: Naomi Smalls
  • Main Challenge Prize: $1000 worth of spa services from The Spa On Rodeo (for both Naomi and Jasmine)
  • Runway Theme: Wizard of Oz Couture
  • Bottom Two: Derrick Barry and Robbie Turner
  • Lip Synch Song: "I Love It" by Icona Pop
  • Eliminated: Robbie Turner
  • Farewell Message: "My dearest trashbags, I'm sorry to leave you all so soon, but know this, the love I have for you is REAL + quite strong, also whoever wins owes me a tea or a steak dinner! Love you all, Robbie"

Episode 7: Shady Politics

Airdate: April 18, 2016

  • Guest Judges: Thomas Roberts and Vivica A. Fox
  • Special Guest: Andrew Christian
  • Alternating Judge(s): Carson Kressley
  • Mini-Challenge: Playing a true or false guessing game with the Pit Crew
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Derrick Barry
  • Main Challenge: Work in pairs to shoot presidential campaign ads to smear their partner and stake their claim to be the first drag President of the U.S.A.
  • Main Challenge Winner: Bob The Drag Queen & Derrick Barry
  • Main Challenge Prize: A custom made gown
  • Runway Theme: Black & White Realness
  • Bottom Two: Chi Chi Devayne and Thorgy Thor
  • Lip Synch Song: "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls
  • Eliminated: Thorgy Thor
  • Farewell Message: "Clowns! All of you!! Come to NY - but please take down Bob! She's terrible! - anyway - ♥ you guys! top 3?....... Naomi, Bob, Deryk [sic]... Let's see.... (that was shady!) ♥ Thorgy"

Episode 8: RuPaul Book Ball

Airdate: April 25, 2016

Category

Description
Baby Drag Realness Make an outfit inspired by each queen's childhood
That's My Mama Realness Make an outfit that pays tribute to each queen's mother
Autobiographical Eleganza Extravaganza Make a dress completely out of books
  • Guest Judges: Amy and David Sedaris
  • Alternating Judge(s): Ross Matthews
  • Mini-Challenge: Everybody Loves Puppets
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Chi Chi DeVayne
  • Main Challenge: Compete in a pageant of book inspired couture and perform a musical tribute to Jerri Blank from Strangers with Candy
  • Main Challenge Winner: Kim Chi
  • Main Challenge Prize: $2500 gift card from Fabric Planet
  • Bottom Two: Bob The Drag Queen & Derrick Barry
  • Lip Synch Song: "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Silvester
  • Eliminated: Derrick Barry
  • Farewell Message: "To my top 4, Ru said I won the challenge! What happened? I love you all! ♥ Derrick Bitch"

Episode 9: The Realness

Airdate: May 2, 2016

  • Special Guests: Bianca Del Rio & Jayson Whitmore
  • Alternating Judge(s): Carson Kressley & Ross Matthews
  • Main Challenge: Star in the music video for RuPaul's song "The Realness"
  • Lip Synch Song: "The Realness" by RuPaul
  • Eliminated: Chi Chi DeVayne
  • Farewell Message:

Gallery

Gallery pic
Check out the lookbook gallery to see the queens' looks from each episode.

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