The RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 Queens!

A new season of Drag Race. A group of new queens battling it out for the title of America’s Next Drag Super Star. It’s safe to say I’m excited. Although I am very hesitant when it comes to new drag queens. This is because when I first started to watch Drag Race there had already been 6 seasons and I liked all the queens in those seasons, but then when it came to the season 7 queens…I was not the biggest fan.
So I was a little hesitant to meet the queens of season 8. What if they were similar to the ones from season 7? It’s not that I didn’t like those queens it was just that I didn’t find a real connection to them like I had with queens from past seasons. So I was worried it would be the same with the season 8 queens.
But after watching the season 8 premiere I can say that I am willing to give these queens a chance. I think this is going to be a really great season of Drag Race and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead. The queens this season definitely seem a lot livelier than the ones from last season. At least no one will be telling any of these queens that they need to wake up. *cough* Pearl *cough*
Before I get into my thoughts on the individual queens I want to talk about the premiere episode as a whole. I. Loved. It.
Not only was this the first episode of the season, it was also the 100th episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race and so you know it was going to be special. I had already seen the promo photo for this episode with RuPaul and all the past winners of Drag Race and so I was dying to know what that was about.
I love all of the winners of Drag Race. They are all so glamorous and wonderful and perfect. And so to see them all in the one photo it’s almost too much to handle. And I enjoyed seeing them all in this episode. Apart from Bianca del Rio which I was sad about although they did have a pretty convincing stand-in.
But not only were the past winners back, they also brought back some other drag queens from past seasons too. As well as some of my favourite design challenges. Which I was living for. I love all the design challenges on Drag Race, some of them look like so much fun. So it was cool to see the new queens take on these old challenges.
The only thing I would say though is that because everyone was working on different things we didn’t see as much in the work room as we normally do which I was upset about. But the final products everyone produced were amazing.
Also no Santino again this season? I’m sad about that. I missed Santino last season.
We also have a new runway song this season which again I don’t love. I thought Sissy That Walk was a great runway song. I suppose it just caught me off guard more than anything. I’ll see if I warm up to it as the season goes on.
But overall it was a fabulous episode and I loved that it was the 100th episode too. It makes me super excited to see what the rest of the season will be like.
Now moving on to our season 8 queens…

Acid Betty
I love her. I got good vibes from her right away. I love her style and her attitude and she seems really fun. I’m excited to see how far she makes it in the competition. I also loved her money ball dress. That was one of my favourite challenges on Drag Race. So I was excited to see it again.

Bob the Drag Queen
Again a really fun queen. I know Bianca del Rio has a soft spot for her so I have been keeping an open mind about her. She’s pretty great. Very clearly a comedy queen but there’s nothing wrong with a good comedy queen. Also girl knows how to make a pair of curtains look stylish. Even if they come with a horrible accessory.

Chi Chi Davayne
Not very memorable to me. She came in wearing a trash bag which has been done before. Don’t really have much else to say since I don’t remember her. Although I will say I was disappointed in her glitter ball look. Not very glittery. And she’s a drag queen.

Cynthia Lee Fontaine
As soon as she walked into the workroom I knew I was going to dislike her. She is a loud queen. And I think she is trying way too hard to come up with a catchphrase. I feel like she’s trying to be Yara Sofia but is failing miserably. So please stop girl. Because I get a headache every time you come on screen. Her sugar ball dress was nothing special. All I can think of in that challenge was Detox’s neon candy dress haha that was fierce.

Dax ExclamationPoint
Girl is tall. I don’t really remember a lot about her either haha. She had the Hello Kitty runway look and I don’t think I was a fan of it. But I like her drag name so I am hoping she has more to offer us.

Derrick Barry
I love her. I mean girl knows how to do Brittany. As soon as she walked into the workroom I was LIVING. Although my fear is she doesn’t know how to do anything but Britney but I think we all have that fear. Her Christmas outfit kind of reminded me of Carmen Carrera’s as it showed a lot of body.

Kim Chi
Another queen that I instantly fell in love with. She’s so cute in or out of drag. And I loved her runway look, her makeup and outfit were on point. Although her runway walk is going to be her downfall. Everything else about her is really fierce. Another fear I have is that she’s going to be a quiet queen and I don’t want that. She needs her fierceness to shine through.

Laila McQueen
She reminds me of someone in real life and I don’t mean that in a bad way. I like her. She doesn’t seem to have as much energy as the other queens which bothers me. She seems to be one that lacks a big personality which is the downfall of many queens on the show. I hope she can come out of her shell. I was also living for her RuPocalypse look.

Naomi Smalls
All I could think when she walked into the room was Glamazon. She is gorgeous. I don’t remember much else about her though. I do think her boat and runway look were lacking though. I mean she went very minimal with it and I wish she had done something like Willam had. Especially because she decided to step out of the boat. Her outfit could have been better for it even if she didn’t have time to properly decorate the boat.

Nayasha Lopez
She kind or reminded me of Vivienne Pinay. As in she was very quiet and didn’t stand out to me. I don’t remember her at all. I just know she sashayed away. And from previous experience, the first queen to sashay away isn’t really worth knowing at all…So sorry girl. We’ll see you at the reunion though.

Robbie Turner
Did someone ask for Jinkx Monsoon 2.0? I think so. It was so awkward when she turned up at the photoshoot with the same hair as Jinkx. I mean right off the bat you can see what kind of vibe she was going for. I hope she has more to offer rather than just being another Jinkx. Especially because she’s not going to win if she’s a copy of one of the previous winners.

Thorgy Thor
Again, she reminds me of someone I know. Not in a bad way. She’s very full of energy, quirky and fun. I like her. I’m excited to see where she goes in the competition. I don’t really remember her runway look though so I can’t make a comment on that. Still, she’s fun although I wonder if she has a mean streak…most queens do.

And so that brings me to the end of my critique on the season 8 Queens! I have to say we have a good mix of queens this season.
Whereas with season 7 I kind of felt like a lot of the queens were similar. So I am excited to see what comes of this competition.
I don’t have a particular favourite for winner yet. Although I do like a fair few of the queens. I imagine I’ll be making predictions for the season after a few more episodes. I’ll keep you posted.
In the mean time I think I’m going to go back and rewatch previous seasons of Drag Race and celebrate the past queens because seeing them all in the season 8 premiere made me miss them. I would love for there to be a show with all the past winners on it. I mean having them all in one place at one time is just fabulousness overload. So RuPaul, can you make it happen?

Let me know what you guys think of this season of queens and who is your favourite. And follow me on Twitter for when I live tweet Drag Race on Tuesdays.
~ Courtney x