Here they are!
1. Alaska (Season Five)
2. Adore Delano (Season Six)
3. Alyssa Edwards (Season Five)
4. Coco Montrese (Season Five)
5. Detox (Season Five)
6. Ginger Minj (Season Seven)
7. Katya (Season Seven)
8. Phi Phi O’Hara (Season Four)
9. Roxxxy Andrews (Season Five)
10. Tatianna (Season Two)
Entertainment Weekly caught up with Alaska, Adore, Alyssa and Katya (aka our favorites of the bunch) to discuss the upcoming season.
Here’s some of what they had to say:
On what it’s like to have been kicked off only to return again:
Alaska: You would think that you would feel a little bit more prepared going into it a second time, but no, it’s still completely terrifying. From the start to the end of the day, every moment you’re just afraid of going home and being read for filth by Michelle Visage, and there’s really nothing that makes that constant anxiety go away. Yeah, it’s terrifying, but at the same time what an amazing gift to be able to go back into that giant pink room again, which I never thought I would get that chance again.
Katya: “I didn’t even go home, I didn’t even actually go home. They just kept me in one of the green rooms with no AC, no ventilation, and I just festered until they were like, “Time for round two, Katya. Do it!” [Laughs.] But yeah, no time passed so it was a benefit in a sense because it was very familiar, but the downside is that other girls have had like years to be out in the professional world honing their craft and I had just made progress getting over my PTSD and then it was back into the fire.
Adore: It was super super weird, just, like, really weird. You go through it once and then you come back and think it’s going to be the same vibes and it’s just different, it’s way different. It’s more pressure definitely because they’re on you, they expect you to do it all, and it’s just a lot.
Alyssa: Well, I was super excited, and I had kind of anticipated this. Ever since Drag Race season 5 I had hit the ground running, and it’s such a huge blessing to live day to day as a gal on the go. You know that old saying, “You’re always better the second time around?” I needed this window of opportunity to redeem myself. Look, in season 5 I went into Drag Race thinking I had co-wrote the book on drag — I had taken every class and every crash course and I had followed all the rules and I had won all the pageants and lost a couple, and I was ready. But I got there and I thought, “Oh wow, I must’ve missed this class.” And I think my drag, my art, my character was kind of reborn after that season, and I just started exploring creativity more. I said the first time, I’m here to show people I still got it, and so this second time I came back to say, I always had it, I never lost it, I’m just here to prove it.
On who they’d wished to see in the cast but wasn’t there:
Alaska: Well, I could’ve sworn Shangela was gonna show up; I’m still waiting for a pink box with Shangela in it. There are so many queens. I wanted to see Porkchop Parker, I wanted to see Trixie Mattel, Kennedy Davenport, Nicole Paige Brooks. I would’ve loved to see anybody from the family get in there, but there are only so many spots, so I feel really lucky that I get to be in one of those spots.
Katya: I was really hoping for Laganja and Gia, because I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know them after their seasons. Laganja in particular, the transformation that she’s had, it’s not even like a chrysalis into a butterfly; it’s like a beaver into a hippo. She is one of the most electrifying entertainers and one of the nicest people ever. And especially because she had such a meltdown on her season, which I really identify with. I think that she could’ve come into that competition and just really succeeded, winning or not. But that’s life! And now it’s just like a season 5 reunion. What’s up with that!? F— those bitches.
Adore: As a fan, you want to see someone like Trixie, or there’s a lot of people. There’s just so many good girls now that it’s just hard to cast an All Stars season because everybody is doing so wonderfully now. So, you know, the Trixies, and maybe Alisa Summers and stuff like that because you kind of want to see a good comeback.
Alyssa: Shangela! I was like, where is my daughter Shangela, or for that matter Laganja? You know, Laganja has grown so much. I really hate that she was not there. She’s one of the queens who’s had the most growth from her season to now, and I would’ve loved to see her in that room, especially with me — that would’ve been interesting. And for that matter, the whole House of Edwards, that would’ve been quite a spectacle! Well, hopefully that will be its own TV show, so stay tuned!
Read more of what the girls had to say over at EW.