Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars premieres tonight, which means that some of your favorite queens are returning and the competition is “fierce” once again. The show airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the VH1 network and the cast of judges includes RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews. Guest judges involved in the season as well are Todrick Hall, Marc Jacobs, Vanessa Williams, Adam Lambert, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Vanessa Hudgens, Tituss Burgess, Kristin Chenoweth, Shay Mitchell, Chris Colfer, Constance Zimmer, Emma Bunton, Garcelle Beauvais, Nicole Byer and Nancy Pelosi. Chad Michaels and Alaska, from previous seasons of the show, will also appear, though they will not take on judging roles. As for this season’s contestants, here’s the rundown on each of them below.
Aja’s real name is Jay Rivera and Aja is 23 years old, hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Aja came in 9th place for season 9 of the show. And, according to Aja’s Facebook account, some of the awards the queen has taken home include Miss Bushwig 2015, Brooklyn Nightlife Award Drag Queen of the Year 2016 and Mrs Williamsburg 2014. Aja is currently in a relationship with a man named Ty Turkin.
Benjamin Putnam’s drag name is BenDeLaCreme and he is from Seattle, Washington. He is 36 years old and placed 5th for season 6. BenDeLaCreme is also known for burlesque shows and BenDeLaCreme is inspired by the French term crème de la crème. In an interview with Billboard, BenDeLaCreme said that she would love to give a drag makeover to Mike Pence, explaining that, “I would love to give a drag makeover to [vice president] Mike Pence. He seems really, really pent up, and I know that that is the fantasy he’s secretly gunning for, and I think we could turn the country in a new direction.”
Chi Chi DeVayne
Zavion Davenport is known by his drag name Chi Chi DeVayne after coming in 4th place for season 8 of the show. He is 32 years old and hails from Shreveport, Louisiana. According to DeVayne’s official website, she is described as this: A sassy southern dancing queen with a formidable lip-synch, this queen puts the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent in “country.”
Kennedy Davenport’s real name is Reuben Asberry Jr. and he hails from Dallas, Texas. He is 35 years old and came in 4th place for season 7. According to Davenport’s Facebook page, this queen has a ton of awards and honors under her royal belt. On her Facebook profile, she writes, “I am a high energy entertainer that loves the art of female impersonation. I believe in good entertainment!”
Milk is Dan Donigan’s drag name and he is from Syracuse, New York. Milk came in 9th place for season 6 on the show. New Now Next reports that Donigan is actually a former figure skater and he is also into modeling and fashion as well.
Morgan McMichaels’ real name is Thomas White and he hails from Mira Loma, California. He is 36 years old and was a part of season 2, where he came in 8th place. Some may have seen McMichaels featured in Rihanna’s music video “S&M”. McMichaels gets eliminated on the premiere episode of the season, but in an interview with TV Line, she dished on what she loves about the show. She stated, “Drag Race is about pushing you beyond your limits, making you do something uncomfortable. It’s about opening up that egg a little more and letting your inner star shine. That’s what I love about Drag Race the most.”
D.J. Pierce is known by his drag name, Shangela Laquifa Wadle, and he was on two seasons of the show. For season 2, he came in 12th place and for season 3, he came in 6th place. He is 35 years old and hails from Los Angeles, California. Season 5 contestant Alyssa Edwards is Shangela’s drag mother. For Housewives fans out there, Shangela actually appeared in the “Gone With the Wind Fabulous” music video by Kenya Moore.
Thorgy Thor’s real name is Shane Galligan and he is 33 years old. He hails from Brooklyn, New York and came in 6th place for season 8. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Thorgy Thor opened up about her dreams for the future, explaining that, “I want my legacy to be this – drag is fun! It’s a lot of work, support your queens and it should be fun or you shouldn’t be doing it. You know, I have a lot of ideas that I want to do … And, of course, I want to run my “Thorchestra” which is an 80-piece orchestra at Lincoln Center with me conducting. Bigger projects like that.”
Trixie Mattel’s actual name is Brian Firkus and he hails from Los Angeles, California. He is 28 years old and came in 6th place for season 7. According to Billboard, Trixie Mattel recently released a song titled “Moving Parts.” This is the first single off of her album “One Stone”.