RuPaul's Drag Race (season 9)

The ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race began airing on March 24, 2017, on VH1. The returning judges included RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews and Carson Kressley. Fourteen drag queens (including one returnee) competed for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar". The prizes for the winner are a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics, a cash prize of $100,000, and a crown and scepter provided by Shandar. The full list of contestants was revealed on February 2, 2017.[1] This season saw the return of season eight contestant Cynthia Lee Fontaine, who finished the competition in 10th place.

RuPaul's Drag Race
Season 9
RuPauls-Drag-Race-S9.jpg
Promotional poster for season nine
Hosted byRuPaul
Judges
No. of contestants14
WinnerSasha Velour
Runner-upPeppermint
Miss CongenialityValentina
Companion showRuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes14
Release
Original networkVH1
Original releaseMarch 24 (2017-03-24) –
June 23, 2017 (2017-06-23)
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 8
Next →
Season 10
List of episodes

The winner of the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race was Sasha Velour, with Peppermint being the runner-up and Valentina winning Miss Congeniality.

Winner of the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, Sasha Velour.

ContestantsEdit

Ages, names, and cities stated are at time of filming.

Contestant Age Hometown Outcome
Sasha Velour 29 Brooklyn, New York Winner
Peppermint[a] 37 New York City, New York Runner-up
Shea Couleé 27 Chicago, Illinois 3rd/4th Place
Trinity Taylor[b] 31 Orlando, Florida
Alexis Michelle 32 New York City, New York 5th Place
Nina Bo'nina Brown 34 Riverdale, Georgia 6th Place
Valentina 25 Echo Park, California 7th Place[c]
Farrah Moan 23 Las Vegas, Nevada 8th Place
Aja 22 Brooklyn, New York 9th Place
Cynthia Lee Fontaine[d] 35 Austin, Texas 10th Place
Eureka[e] 25 Johnson City, Tennessee 11th Place[f]
Charlie Hides[3] 52 Boston, Massachusetts[g] 12th Place
Kimora Blac 27 Las Vegas, Nevada 13th Place
Jaymes Mansfield 26 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 14th Place
  1. ^ Miss Peppermint is simply referred to as Peppermint
  2. ^ Trinity 'The Tuck' Taylor is simply referred to as Trinity Taylor on this season.
  3. ^ Valentina was voted Miss Congeniality.
  4. ^ Cynthia originally competed on the eighth season before returning to compete this season.
  5. ^ Eureka O'Hara is simply known as Eureka on the show[1][2]
  6. ^ Eureka was removed from the competition due to the knee injury she sustained in the second episode.
  7. ^ Charlie Hides is listed as being from both Boston, Massachusetts and London, United Kingdom on the show

Contestant progressEdit

Legend:

  Sasha Velour won RuPaul's Drag Race.
  Peppermint was the runner-up.
  Valentina was voted Miss Congeniality (Miss C) by viewers.
  WIN indicates the contestant won the challenge in that episode.
  SAFE indicates that the contestant was declared safe by the judges in that episode.
  BTM (Bottom) indicates that the contestant had to lip sync in that episode.
  ELIM (Eliminated) indicates that the contestant was eliminated in that episode.
  OUT indicates that the contestant was removed from the competition in that episode.
  Guest indicates that the contestant returned as a guest in that episode.
Progress of contestants including rank/position in each episode
Contestant Episode
1 2[a] 3 4 5[b] 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Sasha Velour SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE Guest Winner
Peppermint SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE BTM SAFE Guest Runner-up
Shea Couleé SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN BTM WIN SAFE Guest Eliminated
Trinity Taylor SAFE SAFE WIN BTM SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE Guest Eliminated
Alexis Michelle SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE BTM SAFE SAFE ELIM Guest Guest
Nina Bo'nina Brown WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM SAFE BTM ELIM Guest Guest
Valentina SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM Miss C Guest
Farrah Moan SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM SAFE SAFE ELIM Guest Guest
Aja SAFE SAFE BTM SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM Guest Guest
Cynthia Lee Fontaine SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM ELIM Guest Guest
Eureka SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT Guest Guest
Charlie Hides SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM Guest Guest
Kimora Blac SAFE BTM ELIM Guest Guest
Jaymes Mansfield SAFE ELIM Guest Guest
  1. ^ Cynthia Lee Fontaine entered the competition at the beginning of Episode 2.
  2. ^ After an injury, Eureka was removed from the competition.

Lip syncsEdit

Episode Contestants Song Eliminated
2 Jaymes Mansfield vs. Kimora Blac "Love Shack"
(The B-52's)
Jaymes Mansfield
3 Aja vs. Kimora Blac "Holding Out for a Hero"
(Bonnie Tyler)
Kimora Blac
4 Charlie Hides vs. Trinity Taylor "I Wanna Go"
(Britney Spears)
Charlie Hides
5 Cynthia Lee Fontaine vs. Farrah Moan "Woman Up"
(Meghan Trainor)
None
6 Cynthia Lee Fontaine vs. Peppermint "Music"
(Madonna)
Cynthia Lee Fontaine
7 Aja vs. Nina Bo'nina Brown "Finally"
(CeCe Peniston)
Aja
8 Alexis Michelle vs. Farrah Moan "Baby I'm Burning"
(Dolly Parton)
Farrah Moan
9 Valentina vs. Nina Bo'nina Brown "Greedy"
(Ariana Grande)
Valentina
10 Shea Couleé vs. Nina Bo'nina Brown "Cool for the Summer"
(Demi Lovato)
Nina Bo'nina Brown
11 Alexis Michelle vs. Peppermint "Macho Man"
(Village People)
Alexis Michelle
12 Peppermint vs. Sasha Velour vs. Shea Couleé vs. Trinity Taylor "U Wear It Well"
(RuPaul)
None
14 Peppermint vs. Trinity Taylor "Stronger"
(Britney Spears)
Trinity Taylor
Sasha Velour vs. Shea Couleé "So Emotional"
(Whitney Houston)
Shea Couleé
Peppermint vs. Sasha Velour "It's Not Right But It's Okay" (Thunderpuss Remix)"
(Whitney Houston)
Peppermint
  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 first round of the finale lip-sync tournament.
  The contestant was eliminated after the second round of the finale lip-sync tournament.

Guest judgesEdit

Listed in chronological order:[4][5]

Special guestsEdit

Guests who appeared in episodes, but did not judge on the main stage.

Episode 2:

Episode 12:

  • Todrick Hall, actor and singer

EpisodesEdit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
1041"Oh. My. Gaga!"March 24, 2017 (2017-03-24)

The 13 drag queens enter the work room of RuPaul's Drag Race, where they are met by RuPaul and American singer-songwriter Lady Gaga, the latter who posed as a contestant. For the maxi-challenge, each queen was to prepare two runway looks on the main stage in front of RuPaul, Lady Gaga, and co-judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews: one based on their hometown, and the other being adaptions of Gaga's outfits for the Miss Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent pageant. During the judges critiques, Eureka, Nina Bo'Nina Brown and Sasha Velour were chosen as the top three participants in the pageant, with Nina Bo'Nina Brown winning the title. Before the episode finished, RuPaul abruptly announced a 14th queen entering the competition.

  • Guest Judge: Lady Gaga
  • Alternating Judges: Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews
  • Maxi Challenge: Showcase a hometown styled outfit and a Lady Gaga-inspired outfit in the Miss Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent pageant.
  • Challenge Winner: Nina Bo'nina Brown
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A weeklong getaway to The Grand Resort and Spa at Fort Lauderdale Beach.
  • Eliminated: None
1052"She Done Already Done Brought It On"March 31, 2017 (2017-03-31)

RuPaul announced a 14th queen entering the competition, which is season 8 contestant Cynthia Lee Fontaine, who previously placed 10th and was crowned Miss Congeniality in her season. For the maxi challenge, each queen competed in a cheer-leading battle between two teams, with Fontaine and Nina Bo'Nina Brown serving as team captains; subsequently, the runway theme on the main stage was "White Party Realness". During the judges critiques, Shea Couleé, Trinity Taylor and Valentina were deemed the best for their performances and runway looks, with the latter contestant winning the challenge. Charlie Hides, Kimora Blac and Jaymes Mansfield were criticized for their performances, though Hides was the only contestant out of the three to be commended for her runway look. Hides was declared safe from the bottom two, whist Blac and Mansfield lip-synced against each other to The B-52's "Love Shack"; Blac won the lip-sync, while Mansfield was sashayed away by RuPaul.

  • Returned: Cynthia Lee Fontaine
  • Guest Judges: The B-52's
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Mathews
  • Maxi Challenge: Compete in a cheerleading battle
  • Runway Theme: White Party Realness
  • Challenge Winner: Valentina
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A wig wardrobe by RockStar Wigs.
  • Bottom Two: Jaymes Mansfield and Kimora Blac
  • Lip Sync Song: "Love Shack" by The B-52's
  • Eliminated: Jaymes Mansfield
  • Farewell message: "You live to love me more each day. P.S. JK I love you all. J.M"
1063"Draggily Ever After"April 7, 2017 (2017-04-07)

The remaining 13 queens were asked by RuPaul to create an original fairytale princess look, for the runway, with a sidekick character to portray on the main stage, in front of the panel of judges. During the judges critiques, Peppermint, Trinity Taylor and Valentina were praised for their runway looks and side kick creations, with Trinity Taylor winning the challenge. However, Farrah Moan, Aja and Kimora Blac were criticized for their performances and looks. Out of the three, Moan was declared safe, while Aja and Blac lip-synced against each other to Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out for a Hero"; Aja won the lip-sync, whilst Blac was sashayed away by RuPaul.

  • Guest Judges: Todrick Hall and Cheyenne Jackson
  • Alternating Judge: Carson Kressley
  • Maxi Challenge: Create an original fairytale princess with a sidekick
  • Runway Theme: Fairytale Princess Eleganza
  • Challenge Winner: Trinity Taylor
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5000 gift card for Casper Sleep.
  • Bottom Two: Aja and Kimora Blac
  • Lip Sync Song: "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler
  • Eliminated: Kimora Blac
  • Farewell message: "Hey ladies, I ♡ you all! Sisters 4 ever ♡ Kimmy"
1074"Good Morning Bitches"April 14, 2017 (2017-04-14)

The 12 remaining queens were asked by RuPaul to act in two live morning talk shows, titled Good Morning Bitches and Not On Today; the contestants also had to conduct an interview with American singer and actress Naya Rivera, who served as the weeks co-special judge. Alongside this, the runway theme of the week was Naughty Nighties. During the judges critiques, team Good Morning Bitches—which included Aja, Alexis Michelle, Farrah Moan, Valentina, and subsequent winners Shea Couleé and Sasha Velour—were all deemed safe, while the Not on Today team were up for elimination. Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Eureka and Nina Bo'Nina Brown were all commended for their performances, despite Fontaine being criticized for her runway look. However, Charlie Hides, Peppermint and Trinity Taylor were all criticized for their performances. Peppermint received the worst reviews for her runway out of the three, but was noted by the judges as the better performer. She was ultimately declared safe, while Charlie Hides and Trinity Taylor lip-synced to Britney Spears' "I Wanna Go"; Taylor won the lip-sync, whilst Hides was sashayed away by RuPaul.

  • Guest Judges: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Naya Rivera
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Mathews
  • Maxi Challenge: Produce a live morning talk show
  • Runway Theme: Naughty Nighties
  • Challenge Winners: Sasha Velour and Shea Couleé
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $1000 and a year-supply of hamburgers courtesy of Hamburger Mary's
  • Bottom Two: Charlie Hides and Trinity Taylor
  • Lip Sync Song: "I Wanna Go" by Britney Spears
  • Eliminated: Charlie Hides
  • Farewell message: "Ladies, I've enjoyed getting to know each + every one of you! Slay it. xo Charlie"
1085"Reality Stars: The Musical"April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)

The remaining 11 queens featured in the season's first mini-challenge to pose in a sexy selfie with the pit crew of RuPaul's Drag Race; Alexis Michelle won the challenge, and was given the authority to choose roles for the maxi-challenge of Kardashian: The Musical. Alongside this, the runway theme of the week was Faux Fur Fabulous. During the judges critiques, Aja, Eureka, Sasha Velour, Trinity Taylor and Valentina were declared safe. Alexis Michelle, Peppermint and Shea Couleé received high critiques for their performances, though Michelle received negative commentary about her runway look. Shea Couleé was ultimately declared the winner of the challenge. However, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Farrah Moan and Nina Bo'Nina Brown were all criticized for their performances. Nina Bo'Nina Brown was declared safe from the bottom two, while Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Farrah Moan lip-synced against each other to Meghan Trainor's "Woman Up". Despite their lip-sync, RuPaul removed contestant Eureka from the competition due to an injury that occurred in episode two for the cheer-leading challenge; as a result, Fontaine and Moan were declared safe.

  • Guest Judges: Meghan Trainor and Todrick Hall
  • Alternating Judge: Carson Kressley
  • Mini-Challenge: Shoot a sexy selfie with the pit crew
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Alexis Michelle
  • Mini-Challenge Prize: $1000 gift card from fiercequeen.com
  • Maxi Challenge: Star in Kardashian: The Musical
  • Runway Theme: Faux Fur Fabulous
  • Challenge Winner: Shea Couleé
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A Caribbean Cruise by AllOutVacations
  • Bottom Two: Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Farrah Moan
  • Lip Sync Song: "Woman Up" by Meghan Trainor
  • Removed: Eureka
  • Farewell message: "Well... Biggie is out but this is NOT the last of Me!! I need all of you to ALWAYS (lol) #beyourselftofreeyourself ♡ Eureka H!! :p"
1096"Snatch Game"April 28, 2017 (2017-04-28)

The 10 remaining queens were asked by RuPaul to impersonate any character or celebrity for the series' on-going challenge, the Snatch Game; subsequently, the runway theme was Night of 1000 Madonna's, which was repeated for Season 9 due to the criticism it attracted for its first appearance on season 8. During the judges critiques, Aja, Shea Couleé, Trinity Taylor and Valentina were all declared safe. Alexis Michelle, Nina Bo'Nina Brown and Sasha Velour were praised for their performances and runway looks, though Brown was criticized for having the same theme-based outfit as Trinity Taylor's. Moreover, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Farrah Moan and Peppermint received negative critiques for their performances, while Moan was the only contestant out of the three to have received positive remarks about her runway outfit. Moan was declared safe from the bottom two, while Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Peppermint lip-synced against each other to Madonna's "Music"; Peppermint won the lip-sync, and Cynthia Lee Fontaine was sashayed away by RuPaul. Fontaine finishing in 10th place made her the only contestant to compete in two seasons and be placed in the exact same position after being eliminated.

  • Guest Judges: Candis Cayne and Denis O'Hare
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Mathews
  • Maxi Challenge: Impersonate celebrities in the Snatch Game
  • Runway Theme: A Night of a Thousand Madonnas
  • Challenge Winner: Alexis Michelle
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $2000 package from Sparkles Rhinestones
  • Bottom Two: Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Peppermint
  • Lip Sync Song: "Music" by Madonna
  • Eliminated: Cynthia Lee Fontaine
  • Farewell message: "Don't stop believe in you!!! Love you, Cucu x xo xo"
1107"9021-HO[6]"May 5, 2017 (2017-05-05)

The 9 remaining queens were asked by RuPaul to act in a 90210 parody spin-off, titled 9021-Ho; as a result of contestant Peppermint falling in the bottom two the previous week, RuPaul had given her the authority to choose the roles towards the show. The runway theme of the week was Big Hair Everywhere. During the critiques, Alexis Michelle, Farrah Moan and Peppermint were declared safe. Shea Couleé, Trinity Taylor and Valentina received positive remarks for their performances and runway looks, with Trinity Taylor eventually winning the challenge. However, Aja, Nina Bo'Nina Brown and Sasha Velour were all criticized for their performances yet praised for their runway. Sasha Velour was declared safe from the bottom two, while Aja and Nina Bo'Nina Brown lip-synced against each other to CeCe Peniston's "Finally"; Nina Bo'Nina Brown won the lip-sync, and Aja was sashayed away by RuPaul.

  • Guest Judges: Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling
  • Alternating Judge: Carson Kressley
  • Maxi Challenge: Act in a classic 90's high-school drama
  • Runway Theme: Big Hair Everywhere
  • Challenge Winner: Trinity Taylor
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $2000 gift card from Fabric Planet
  • Bottom Two: Aja and Nina Bo'nina Brown
  • Lip Sync Song: "Finally" by Cece Peniston
  • Eliminated: Aja
  • Farewell message: "Love u guys, please dont be too messy without me! XOXO AJA <3 P.S. Ur all gay!"
1118"RuPaul Roast[7]"May 12, 2017 (2017-05-12)

The 8 remaining queens were asked by RuPaul to insult each other for the season's second mini-challenge, often referred as "Reading is Fundamental"; Valentina won the challenge, and was given the authority to assign the line-up for the comedy roast of judge Michelle Visage. During the judges critiques, Nina Bo'Nina Brown and Valentina were declared safe. Peppermint, Sasha Velour and Shea Couleé were praised for their performances, with Peppermint winning the challenge. However, Alexis Michelle, Farrah Moan, and Trinity Taylor were all deemed the worst during the comedy roast, although Taylor received positive remarks for her runway look. Trinity Taylor was declared safe, while Alexis and Farrah lip-synced against each other to Dolly Parton's "Baby I'm Burning"; Alexis Michelle won the lip-sync, and Farrah Moan was sashayed away by RuPaul.

  • Guest Judges: Fortune Feimster and Tamar Braxton
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Mathews
  • Mini-Challenge: Reading Is Fundamental
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Valentina
  • Mini-Challenge Prize: 4-night stay at Saguaro in Palm Springs
  • Maxi Challenge: Perform a comedy roast of Michelle Visage in front of a live audience
  • Challenge Winner: Peppermint
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: 5-year membership with SquareSpace
  • Bottom Two: Alexis Michelle and Farrah Moan
  • Lip Sync Song: "Baby I'm Burning" by Dolly Parton
  • Eliminated: Farrah Moan
  • Farewell message: "Hey ladies! I love you all sooo much. You are all superstars and it's so special to finally have a real family. Good luck & DON'T F**K IT UP! <3 Farrah Moan"
1129"Your Pilot's On Fire[8]"May 19, 2017 (2017-05-19)

The 7 remaining queens were asked by RuPaul to form two groups of two, and a group of three, to write, produce and star in their own TV show pilot; the teams were: Sasha Velour and Shea Couleé as team one, Nina Bo'Nina Brown and Valentina as team two, and Alexis Michelle, Peppermint and Trinity Taylor as team three. Subsequently, the runway theme for the main stage was Club Kid Couture. During the judges critiques, Sasha Velour and Shea Couleé won the challenge for their runway looks and performances, becoming the first duo to win more than one challenge in the same season. Elsewhere, Peppermint and Trinity Taylor received positive reviews for their runway looks and performances, whilst team member Alexis Michelle attracted contrasting results. Nina Bo'Nina Brown and Valentina received mixed reviews for their pilots and runway look.

Alexis Michelle was declared safe from the bottom two, while Nina Bo'Nina Brown and Valentina lip-synced against each other to Ariana Grande's "Greedy".However, the lip-sync was stopped by RuPaul because Valentina had a veil (which was part of her runway look) covering her mouth, effectively hindering the lip-sync performance; she subsequently removed it per request by RuPaul. Later, it became clear that Valentina did not know the words to the lip-sync, which (in addition to their performances) made Nina Bo'Nina Brown the winner of the lip-sync, while Valentina was sashayed away by RuPaul.

  • Guest Judges: Lisa Robertson and Noah Galvin
  • Alternating Judge: Carson Kressley
  • Maxi Challenge: Create, write, and star in their own TV pilots
  • Runway Theme: Club Kid Couture
  • Challenge Winners: Sasha Velour and Shea Couleé
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $1000 gift certificate from The Spa On Rodeo and a supply of Aquage Professional Haircare products
  • Bottom Two: Nina Bo'nina Brown and Valentina
  • Lip Sync Song: "Greedy" by Ariana Grande
  • Eliminated: Valentina
  • Farewell message: "Ladies, I love you with all my heart. If ever you need me, I'm yours. Con Amor. Valentina"
11310"Makeovers: Crew Better Work[9]"May 26, 2017 (2017-05-26)

The 6 remaining queens were asked by RuPaul to give make-overs of themselves, and six crew members of RuPaul's Drag Race. During the judges critiques, Trinity Taylor won the challenge alongside her partner, with Sasha Velour receiving high critiques. Peppermint was declared safe, while Alexis Michelle, Nina Bo'Nina Brown and Shea Couleé were criticized for their make-over looks. Alexis Michelle was declared safe from the bottom two, while Nina Bo'Nina Brown and Shea Couleé lip-synced against each other to Demi Lovato's "Cool for the Summer"; Shea Couleé won the lip-sync, and Nina Bo'Nina Brown was sashayed away by RuPaul.

  • Guest Judges: Kesha and Zaldy
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Mathews
  • Maxi Challenge: Makeover members of the "Drag Race" crew and prepare a lip sync performance to RuPaul's Song Click Clack.
  • Challenge Winner: Trinity Taylor
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: Two custom gowns made by David Meister, and a $2,000 gift certificate to Klein Epstein Parker for her drag sister
  • Bottom Two: Nina Bo'nina Brown and Shea Couleé
  • Lip Sync Song: "Cool for the Summer" by Demi Lovato
  • Eliminated: Nina Bo'nina Brown
  • Farewell message:"Debbie Downer is gone. SUE ME! Shae Coulee hope you struggle cleaning this LOL. Love you all ♡"
11411"Gayest Ball Ever[10]"June 2, 2017 (2017-06-02)

The 5 remaining queens were asked by RuPaul to create puppets of each drag queen, and impersonate them in the season's third mini-challenge; Sasha Velour won the challenge, and was given the authority to choreograph a special dance routine, resembling the elements of the LGBT community. Additionally, the contestants were asked by RuPaul to create three runway looks; the first influenced by the traditional LGBT rainbow flag, the second incorporating unicorn aesthetics, and the final being a homage to American male group The Village People. During the critiques, Shea Couleé and Sasha Velour received positive critiques, with the former contestant winning the challenge. Alexis Michelle was criticized for all three looks, while Peppermint and Trinity Taylor received mixed reviews. Trinity Taylor was declared safe from the bottom two, while Alexis and Peppermint lip-synced against each other to The Village People's "Macho Man"; Peppermint won the lip-sync, and Alexis Michelle was sashayed away by RuPaul.

  • Guest Judges: Andie MacDowell and Joan Smalls
  • Alternating Judge: Carson Kressley
  • Mini-Challenge: Everybody Loves Puppets.
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Sasha Velour
  • Mini-Challenge Prize: A $500 gift card for Today Tix
  • Maxi Challenge: Compete in a queer culture pageant, design outfits for three different categories - Rainbow-She-Better-Do, Sexy Unicorn, and Village People Eleganza Extravaganza, and create their own gymnastics routine
  • Challenge Winner: Shea Couleé
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: 2 VIP tickets to Cirque du Soleil Zumanity in Las Vegas, including flights and accommodation
  • Bottom Two: Alexis Michelle and Peppermint
  • Lip Sync Song: "Macho Man" by Village People
  • Eliminated: Alexis Michelle
  • Farewell message: "Wishes come true, not free. you're my sisters... always."
11512"Category Is[11]"June 9, 2017 (2017-06-09)

The 4 remaining queens were asked by RuPaul to write, produce and choreograph an original verse for the remix of his song "Category Is"; additionally, each queen were ask to guest star on RuPaul's podcast What's the Tee?, featuring panel judge Michelle Visage. During the critiques, each contestant received positive critiques about their runway looks—which was their best drag style—and for their longevity in the competition. All remaining drag queens were asked to lip-sync to RuPaul's single "U Wear It Well"; for the first time on the show, no contestants were eliminated on the final challenge, and all four advanced into the grand finale.

  • Alternating Judge(s): Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews
  • Main Challenge: Write and record a verse for the remix of "Category Is" and guest star on RuPaul's podcast "What's the Tee?"
  • Lip Sync Song: "U Wear It Well" by RuPaul
  • Eliminated: None
11613"Reunited"June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)[12]

The contestants reminisce over the season. Miss Congeniality was announced; previous Miss Congeniality and season 8 and 9 drag queen Cynthia Lee Fontaine announced that fellow contestant Valentina won the title, which sparked criticism amongst all other queens. During the end of the episode, RuPaul announced that the final four contestants would have to lip-sync in groups of two to see who advances to winning America's Next Drag Superstar.

  • Miss Congeniality: Valentina
11714"Grand Finale"June 23, 2017 (2017-06-23)[13]

The final four queens compete in a sudden death lipsync showdown in the race to crown America's Next Drag Superstar. In the first round, Peppermint and Trinity Taylor lip-sync against each other to "Stronger" by Britney Spears; Peppermint wins the lip-sync, and Trinity Taylor becomes the first finalist to sashay away while Peppermint advances to the final round. In the second round, Sasha Velour and Shea Couleé lip-sync against each other to "So Emotional" by Whitney Houston; Sasha Velour wins the lip-sync, and Shea Couleé becomes the second finalist to sashay away while Sasha Velour advances to the final round. In the third and final round, Peppermint and Sasha Velour lip-sync against each other to "It's Not Right, But It's Okay" by Whitney Houston; Sasha Velour wins the lip-sync and is crowned America's Next Drag Superstar; while Peppermint places as the runner-up.

  • Finals venue: Alex Theatre, Glendale, California
  • Final Four: Peppermint, Sasha Velour, Shea Couleé and Trinity Taylor
  • Lip Sync Smackdown #1: Peppermint vs. Trinity Taylor
  • Lip Sync Song: "Stronger" by Britney Spears
  • Eliminated: Trinity Taylor
  • Lip Sync Smackdown #2: Sasha Velour vs. Shea Couleé
  • Lip Sync Song: "So Emotional" by Whitney Houston
  • Eliminated: Shea Couleé
  • Lip Sync Smackdown #3: Peppermint vs. Sasha Velour
  • Lip Sync Song: "It's Not Right But It's Okay" (Thunderpuss Remix) by Whitney Houston
  • Runner-up: Peppermint
  • Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Season Nine: Sasha Velour

RatingsEdit

Viewership and ratings per episode of RuPaul's Drag Race
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Oh. My. Gaga!" March 24, 2017 0.5[14] 0.987[14]
2 "She Done Already Done Brought It On" March 31, 2017 0.4[15] 0.754[15]
3 "Draggily Ever After" April 7, 2017 0.3[16] 0.673[16]
4 "Good Morning Bitches" April 14, 2017 0.3[17] 0.588[17]
5 "Reality Stars: The Musical" April 21, 2017 0.3[18] 0.693[18]
6 "Snatch Game" April 28, 2017 0.4[19] 0.702[19]
7 "9021-HO" May 5, 2017 0.3[20] 0.694[20]
8 "RuPaul Roast" May 12, 2017 0.4[21] 0.738[21]
9 "Your Pilot's On Fire" May 19, 2017 0.3[22] 0.636[22]
10 "Makeovers: Crew Better Work" May 26, 2017 0.4[23] 0.720[23]
11 "Gayest Ball Ever" June 2, 2017 0.3[24] 0.619[24]
12 "Category Is" June 9, 2017 0.3[25] 0.637[25]
13 "Reunited" June 16, 2017 0.3[26] 0.685[26]
14 "Grand Finale" June 23, 2017 0.4[27] 0.859[27]

Future appearancesEdit

Aja competed on the third season of All Stars and placed 7th overall.[28]

Eureka O'Hara returned on the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and ultimately placed as a runner-up.[29]

Trinity Taylor, Valentina, and Farrah Moan competed on the fourth season of All Stars. Farrah placed 9th and Valentina placed 7th overall. Trinity won the competition with season 10 contestant Monét X Change.[30]

Shea Couleé competed on the fifth season of All Stars and won the competition.[31]

Eureka O'Hara competed on the sixth season of All Stars and finished as a runner-up alongside season 7 contestant Ginger Minj and season 11 contestant Ra'jah O'Hara.

RuPaul's Drag RaceEdit

Contestant Year Season Role Outcome Notes
Aja 2018 All Stars 3 Contestant 7th place 7 episodes
Eureka O'Hara 2018 Season 10 Contestant Runner-up 14 episodes; referred to simply as Eureka
2018 Holi-slay Spectacular Contestant Winner 1 episode; referred to simply as Eureka
2019 Season 11 Guest N/A 1 episode
2021 All Stars 6 Contestant Runner-up 12 episodes; referred to as Eureka!
Farrah Moan 2018-19 All Stars 4 Contestant 9th place 3 episodes
2019 Season 11 Guest N/A 1 episode
Jaymes Mansfield 2018 Season 10 Guest N/A 1 episode
Kimora Blac 2019 Season 11 Guest N/A 1 episode
2020 Season 12 Guest N/A 1 episode
Peppermint 2020 Season 12 Guest N/A 1 episode
Sasha Velour 2018 Season 10 Guest N/A 1 episode
2020 Season 12 Guest N/A 1 episode
Shea Couleé 2020 All Stars 5 Contestant Winner 8 episodes
2021 All Stars 6 Guest N/A 1 episode
Trinity Taylor 2018-19 All Stars 4 Contestant Winner 10 episodes; referred to as Trinity The Tuck
2020 Celebrity Drag Race Mentor N/A 1 episode; referred to as Trinity The Tuck
2020 All Stars 5 Guest N/A 1 episode
Valentina 2018-19 All Stars 4 Contestant 7th place 7 episodes
2021 Season 13 Guest N/A 1 episode
2021 España Guest N/A 1 episode

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