RuPaul's Drag Race (season 3)
The third season of RuPaul's Drag Race began airing on January 24, 2011. Thirteen drag queens competed for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar", a headlining spot on the Absolut Tour, a lifetime supply of Kryolan makeup, and a cash prize of $75,000.
|RuPaul's Drag Race|
Promotional poster for season three
|No. of contestants||13|
|Miss Congeniality||Yara Sofia|
|Companion show||RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Original network||Logo TV|
|Original release||January 24 –|
May 2, 2011
This season had Michelle Visage replacing Merle Ginsberg at the judge's table and Billy Brasfield (better known as Billy B), Mike Ruiz, and Jeffrey Moran filling in for Santino Rice's absence during several episodes. Billy B, celebrity makeup artist and star of the HGTV mini-series Hometown Renovation, appeared as a judge in five episodes. Whereas Mike Ruiz only judged for two episodes, and Jeffrey Moran for one, Moran only appeared for promotional reasons. Due to Billy B's continued appearances, he and Rice are now considered to have been alternate judges for the same seat at the judges table, both appearing side-by-side in the reunion special to announce Yara Sofia as the season's Miss Congeniality.
Other changes made included the introduction of a wildcard contestant from the past season, Shangela; an episode with no elimination; and a contestant, Carmen Carrera, being brought back into the competition after having been eliminated a few episodes prior. A new pit crew was also introduced consisting of Jason Carter and Shawn Morales.
The theme song playing during the runway every episode was changed to "Champion" while the song playing during the credits is "Main Event", both from RuPaul's album Champion. As with the previous season, each week's episode was followed by a behind-the-scenes show, RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked. On December 6, 2011 Amazon.com released this season on DVD via their CreateSpace program. This season holds the record for youngest average age with 26.3.
(Ages and names stated are at time of contest.)
|Raja||36||Los Angeles, California||Winner|
|Manila Luzon||25||New York City, New York||Runner-up|
|Alexis Mateo||30||St. Petersburg, Florida||3rd Place|
|Yara Sofia||26||Manati, Puerto Rico||4th Place|
|Carmen Carrera||25||Elmwood Park, New Jersey||5th Place[a]|
|Shangela[b] [c]||28||Los Angeles, California||6th Place|
|Delta Work||34||Norwalk, California||7th Place|
|Stacy Layne Matthews||25||Back Swamp, North Carolina||8th Place|
|Mariah[d]||29||Atlanta, Georgia||9th Place|
|India Ferrah||23||Dayton, Ohio||10th Place|
|Mimi Imfurst||26||New York City, New York||11th Place|
|Phoenix||29||Atlanta, Georgia||12th Place|
|Venus D-Lite||26||Los Angeles, California||13th Place|
- Carmen Carrera originally placed 6th before being asked back to the competition.
- Shangela Laquifa Wadley is simply referred to as Shangela during the season.
- This was Shangela’s second time competing on Drag Race after her first time on Season 2 and being sent home first.
- Mariah Paris Balenciaga is simply referred to as Mariah during the season.
|Yara Sofia||SAFE||HIGH||HIGH||SAFE||LOW||HIGH||HIGH||BTM2||HIGH||WIN||HIGH||ELIM||Miss C|
|Stacy Layne Matthews||SAFE||HIGH||HIGH||BTM2||WIN||ELIM||Guest|
- The contestant won RuPaul's Drag Race.
- The contestant was a runner-up.
- The contestant was eliminated without qualifying to lip-sync in the finale.
- The contestant was voted Miss Congeniality by viewers.
- The contestant won the challenge.
- The contestant received positive critiques and was ultimately declared safe.
- The contestant received critiques but was ultimately declared safe.
- The contestant received immunity because they won the previous challenge.
- The contestant received negative critiques but was ultimately declared safe.
- The contestant was in the bottom two.
- The contestant was eliminated.
- The contestant returned as a guest for that episode.
|2||Shangela||vs.||Venus D-Lite||"The Right Stuff"
|3||Delta Work||vs.||Phoenix||"Bad Romance"
|4||India Ferrah||vs.||Mimi Imfurst||"Don't Leave Me This Way"
|5||India Ferrah||vs.||Stacy Layne Matthews||"Meeting in the Ladies Room"
|6||Delta Work||vs.||Mariah||"Looking for a New Love"
|7||Alexis Mateo||vs.||Stacy Layne Matthews||"Knock on Wood"
|Stacy Layne Matthews|
|8||Delta Work||vs.||Manila Luzon||"MacArthur Park"
|9||Carmen Carrera||vs.||Yara Sofia||"Mickey" (Spanish version)
|11||Alexis Mateo||vs.||Shangela||"Even Angels"
|12||Carmen Carrera||vs.||Raja||"Straight Up"
|13||Alexis Mateo||vs.||Yara Sofia||"I Think About You"
|15||Manila Luzon||vs.||Raja||"Champion" (DJ BunJoe's Olympic Mix)
- The contestant was eliminated after their first time in the bottom two.
- The contestant was eliminated after their second time in the bottom two.
- The contestant was eliminated after their third time in the bottom two.
- The contestant was eliminated after the final lip sync of the season.
Listed in chronological order:
- Bruce Vilanch, comedy writer, songwriter, and actor
- Mike Ruiz, photographer, director, and reality television personality
- Vanessa Williams, actress, singer, and former Miss America
- Lily Tomlin, actress and comedian
- Alessandra Torresani, actress
- La Toya Jackson, singer
- Susan Powter, motivational speaker and fitness guru
- Chloë Sevigny, actress and model
- Debbie Matenopoulos, television host
- Aisha Tyler, comedian and actress
- Amber Rose, model
- Eliza Dushku, actress
- Sara Rue, actress
- Rita Rudner, comedian
- Arden Myrin, comedian
- Cheryl Tiegs, model
- Johnny Weir, professional figure skater
- Jeffrey Moran, Absolut Vodka marketing/branding executive
- Jody Watley, R&B/pop singer
- Carmen Electra, actress
- Wayne Brady, actor, comedian, and singer
- Fantasia Barrino, singer, actress, and author
- Margaret Cho, actress and comedian
- Sharon Osbourne, television host and reality television personality
- Gigi Levangie Grazer, novelist and host of Logo's The Arrangement
|Title||Original air date|
|22||1||"Casting Extravaganza"||January 24, 2011|
|The first episode shows behind the scenes of the casting process for the 2011 edition of "RuPaul's Drag Race." Featured are entrants that were not cast in the series. All the contestants are profiled. Manila's audition tape includes an endorsement from her boyfriend, season 2's Sahara Davenport. Raja reveals she has done make up for some pretty big names in Hollywood and her audition tape includes an endorsement from Adam Lambert. India Ferrah shows us through video and old photos his early drag career which started at 14. Mimi and Stacy were premiered as the Big Girls of the Season. Phoenix talks about her start in drag. Venus D-lite and Delta Work are profiled, and it is revealed that they were chosen as a result of auditioning in front of RuPaul and Santino Rice at an open casting call in Hollywood, California. This special also features several queens who appear on future seasons: Madame LaQueer and Chad Michaels, who would go on to appear on Season 4, Alaska, Detox, and Penny Tration who would go on to appear on Season 5, Joslyn Fox who would appear on Season 6, Katya Zamolodchikova, Sasha Belle, Mrs. Kasha Davis and Jasmine Masters who appeared on Season 7, Thorgy Thor and Dax Exclamationpoint from Season 8, and Season 11's Nina West. Audition tapes for new "Pit Crew" members with Shawn Morales and Jason Carter being selected to join the team.|
|23||2||"The Queen Who Mopped Xmas"||January 24, 2011|
Twelve new queens vying to be "America's Next Drag Superstar" with a surprise twist that the first eliminated second-season competitor Shangela has returned to be the thirteenth competitor. The first challenge was a Christmas-card photo shoot on a trampoline (with Mike Ruiz taking the pictures). The girls are then sent to a thrift store to gather items for their holiday-themed runway outfits. India, Alexis, Phoenix, Mariah, Yara, Delta, and Stacy are declared safe. Mimi is criticized for her outfit's execution, but praised for the concept and is declared safe. Manila and Carmen are also safe, and Raja is declared the winner of the week. Venus and Shangela land in the bottom for their forgetful outfits and poor execution. During the lipsync, Venus is unnecessarily rough, throwing her wig in the back and pushing Shangela as well. RuPaul scolds the girls for the awkward performance before announcing that Shangela is safe and sending Venus D-lite home.
|24||3||"Queens in Space"||January 31, 2011|
The twelve remaining queens work in two teams to star in the original and remake of "Queens in Space".
|25||4||"Totally Leotarded"||February 7, 2011|
Eleven queens participate in filming a parody of motivational exercise videos by creating their own exercise.
|26||5||"QNN News"||February 14, 2011|
For the mini-challenges, the girls were given the task of creating a scandalous red carpet photo. Being a news-related episode, the winning photos were shown on WOW Report (Carmen's revealing crotch shot) and NewNowNext (Stacy's wardrobe malfunction). The winners became the team leaders as news anchors for "The Morning After News" on fictionalized QNN. To mentor the girls, anchor Debbie Matenopoulos provided tips on personality and delivery. Kristin Cavallari was on hand to be interviewed by the queens.
|27||6||"The Snatch Game"||February 21, 2011|
For this week's mini challenge, the girls were asked to play "S**t RuPaul Says" to win the opportunity to call a family member. Delta won the challenge but gave the prize to Shangela who wanted to speak to her grandmother. The group was then asked to impersonate celebrities on "Snatch Game".
|28||7||"Face, Face, Face of Cakes"||February 28, 2011|
At the beginning of the episode, the contestants are asked to do a tasteful nude photo shoot with photographer Deborah Anderson. Carmen won the challenge with her cheesecake photo and was given the task to assign each contestant a prepared cake from a bakery. Alexis received the cheesecake. Shangela received the pineapple upside down cake. Stacy received the red velvet cake. Yara received the strawberry short cake. Delta received an angel food cake. Manila received the carrot cake. Raja received the chocolate lava cake and Carmen saved the Princess cake for herself. The main challenge called for a couture dress inspired by their assigned cake. Furthermore, each girl received a doll cake which had to be decorated to reflect the contestant's personality.
|29||8||"Ru Ha Ha"||March 7, 2011|
In this week's mini-challenge, the cast were asked to "read" each other (popularized by the film Paris is Burning). Shangela wins the challenge, with her prize being to choose the order of the contestants for the main challenge. RuPaul announces that for the main challenge, the queens have to develop a stand-up comedy routine to perform in front of a live audience. In order to help them put an act together, they each get a one-on-one workshop with legendary comedian Rita Rudner.
|30||9||"Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Style"||March 14, 2011|
In the mini-challenge the contestants are asked to bedazzle black bras into something spectacular, and Manila wins. The contestants are then told they will be making 30-second promos themed around their love of America that will be shown to U.S. military members serving overseas. Each contestant will get ten minutes to film, with Manila getting an extra five minutes for winning the mini-challenge.
|31||10||"RuPaul-a-Palooza"||March 21, 2011|
This week's mini-challenge is a game of "Ru-sical chairs" with Manila being the last queen standing.
Ru announces that the main challenge this week has the queens performing a song for “RuPaul-a-Palooza”, and brings out Absolut Vodka spokesman Jeffrey Moran. Each queen is going to record their own version of Ru’s new song, "Superstar", in one of six distinct musical styles, and since Manila won the mini-challenge, she gets to pick first and determine the order the rest of the queens choose their style in.
|32||11||"RuPaul's Hair Extravaganza"||March 28, 2011|
For this week's mini challenge, the remaining contestants were asked to create a fashion-forward, beach themed headpiece, with Raja being declared the winner. After this, RuPaul reveals the main challenge: Participate in a hair-themed fashion show with three distinct looks: a classic look from another era, a modern red carpet look, and a fantasy hair outfit, which must be made entirely out of wigs.
|33||12||"Jocks in Frocks"||April 4, 2011|
RuPaul reveals that Carmen Carrera is returning to the competition after being unanimously voted back by the other judges. The queens move on to the mini-challenge in which they play RuPaul's version of the dunk tank, the Badonkadonk Dunking Machine. Alexis Mateo wins the challenge after managing to dunk Yara Sofia fourteen times.
RuPaul next announces the main challenge: The queens must make over five masculine, heterosexual jocks as their drag sisters. Alexis Mateo gets to choose which queen gets which jock for winning the mini-challenge. As a twist, RuPaul reveals the queens must also dress their jocks as cheerleaders and perform cheers about safe sex.
|34||13||"Make Dat Money"||April 11, 2011|
The final four begin this episode with a mini-challenge of creating a marketable drag product from their own wardrobe and then deliver a sales pitch on RuVC. Yara wins the mini-challenge, as Ru announces the main challenge — to create three looks for three distinct categories: Swimsuit Body Beautiful, Cocktail Attire After 5 and Evening Gown Eleganza, which must be made out of 1 million Ru Dollars. The girls must also perform a choreographed lip-sync to "Just Wanna Dance" by guest judge La Toya Jackson.
|35||14||"RuPaul Rewind"||April 18, 2011|
|A look back at the highlights, low-lights and previously unseen footage from the first 13 episodes. Chaz Bono made a cameo appearance during the episode's opening scene as a spot light operator. Season two winner Tyra Sanchez as well as runner-ups Raven and Jujubee returned to the provide their opinions on the season's highlights.|
|36||15||"Grand Finale"||April 25, 2011|
Finale The final three return to the workroom where Michelle Visage greets them and delivers the final challenge — costarring in the music video for Ru's song "Champion." During rehearsals, each of the girls also has a 'lunch' of tic-tacs with RuPaul and reflects on what got them to the finale.
|37||16||"Reunited!"||May 2, 2011|
The queens of RuPaul's Drag Race reunite for the since the shooting of the series. In this reunion special, all thirteen contestants return to give their take on what happened during the show. Plus, the girls confront the judges and each other. RuPaul introduces Santino Rice and Billy B to reveal that Yara Sofia is the winner of the title of Miss Congeniality.
|Episode||Title||Viewers (in millions)||Households1||Ages 18–491||Network|
|2||The Queen who Mopped Xmas||0.449||-||0.4/1||LOGO|
|3||Queens in Space||0.560||0.3/1||0.3/1||VH1|
|6||The Snatch Game||0.503||0.3/1||0.2/1|
|7||Face, Face, Face of Cakes||0.486||0.4/1||0.2/1|
|8||Ru Ha Ha||0.483||0.3/1||0.2/1|
1Based upon point/share system for Nielsen ratings. The first number represents the percentage of households within the population viewing the program (known as points). The second number (known as shares) is how many households were expected to view the program, within the population. For example, Episode 8 has a point/share of "0.3/1". This means .3% of households viewed the program from the expected 1%, showing .7% of the show's audience were watching a different program.
Alexis Mateo, Manila Luzon, Mimi Imfurst and Yara Sofia competed on the first season of All Stars. Mimi placed 11/12th overall with season 2 contestant Pandora Boxx, Manila placed 7th/8th with season 4 contestant Latrice Royale, and Alexis and Yara placed 5th/6th overall together. Manila later returned yet again to compete on the fourth season, where she placed 6th.
Shangela competed on the third season of All Stars. Shangela placed 3rd/4th overall with season 1 winner BeBe Zahara Benet. Shangela also competed on RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular. She was crowned Christmas Queen along with the other contestants.
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