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Don’t be surprised if these 10 queens make it to ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ season 5


After last week’s finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11, it’s off-season for the franchise. It’s nice to have a break after six (!!!) months of Drag Race, but it’s never too early to begin speculating who will appear on the show’s next iteration of All Stars.

While fierce finalists like Shea Couleé and Asia O’Hara are obvious choices, it’s exhilarating to watch less-expected returnees – like All-Stars 4 finalist Monique Heart, who had a mediocre eighth-place finish on season 10 – come back with a vengeance.

Read on for our dream cast for All Stars 5.

1. Shea Couleé


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It’s been rumored that Shea turned down offers to be on All Stars 3 and 4, but when the queen decides to return to the Hunger Games of drag, she’ll be entering as the frontrunner: She is one of two queens in the show’s history with four challenge wins on a traditional season. Sharon Needles got her crown – now it’s time for Miss Couleé to join the winners’ ranks.

2. Miz Cracker


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Superfan sleuths are already convinced that Miz Cracker is cast on All Stars 5 thanks to some tour dates cancellations. Given her rabid fanbase, it would be a no-brainer to bring back the NYC queen.

3. Vanessa Mateo Vanjie


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The whinier side of the fandom would complain that she’s being overexposed after appearing on both seasons 10 and 11, but let’s be clear: there’s no such thing as too much Vanjie. The Cardi B of Drag is magnetic, makes great television and continues to grow as a fierce performer.

4. Sonique


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After her appearance Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular, fan attention has been reignited for the season 2 starlet. The WeHo queen has shared stages with Christina Aguilera and Miley Cyrus – and most recently popped up in Lizzo’s video for “Juice.”

5. Asia O’Hara


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The Dallas-based queen is sure to stomp her competition as if they’re helpless insects dodging a pair of high heels. Jokes aside, Asia proved to be a fierce competitor on season 10 – she’ll most certainly be back sooner or later.

6. Willam


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Given her sour relationship with the show, the odds of this happening are about as likely as All Stars 5 not having some infuriating twist – but one can dream. With a resume that includes a number one comedy album and a role in A Star Is Born, Willam is one of the smartest, hardest working queens in the show’s history. Not only that, but her zero-fucks-given attitude would be a welcome contrast to the franchise’s newer stars who’ve entered the arena with carefully curated camera-ready personalities.

7. Jiggly Caliente


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Despite an unremarkable eighth place exit on season 4, this Filipina queen has remained in the spotlight. Not only did she nab a recurring role on Pose, but she and Peppermint starred in a Saturday Night Live sketch alongside Steve Carell and Cecily Strong. It’s past time for Miss Caliente to have another shot at the crown.

8. Nina West


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The newly minted season 11 Miss Congeniality won over fans including Rihanna and congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with her camp-tastic approach to drag. Her radiating brand of positivity would bring a welcome ray of sunshine to an otherwise cut-throat competition.

9. Yara Sofia


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It was smart of Drag Race to bring back Manila and Latrice for All Stars 4; new fans of the show were reintroduced to OG favs. While all of the first round of All Stars deserve another shot at the crown, it would be most exciting to see redemption for this Puerto Rican spitfire.

10. Ginger Minj


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Another All Star worth bringing back? Ginger Minj. The self-described Glamour Toad got lost in the All Stars 2 mix, but has gone onto appear in two Netflix originals, Dumplin’, and Super Drags. Not only that, but fans have campaigned for the drag star to portray Ursula in the upcoming live-action Little Mermaid. She’d surely turn her competitors into poor, unfortunate souls.

Which queens would be in your dream All Stars 5 cast?

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