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This article contains information and factual statistics on past winners and top three finalists, and is intended as a source on how to predict the next winner of RuPaul's Drag Race to be crowned "America's Next Drag Superstar".

How To Win

Based on statistical facts, contestants wishing to win "RuPaul's Drag Race" should attempt to accomplish the following in order to increase their chances of winning:

  • Win the very first Main Challenge of the season OR win a Main Challenge within the first 3 weeks of competition;
  • Win two or more Main Challenges AND be the first contestant of the season to do so;
  • Do well in the Snatch Game (but not necessarily win the challenge);
  • Never place into the Bottom 2 (or if you do, not until at least the 5th week of competition AND not more than once);
  • Win one mini-challenge, BUT never win the role of Team Captain.

Winners Stats

Winners Stats
Contestant Season Won Main Challenges Won Weeks Won Bottom 2 Placings Week in Bottom 2 Mini Challenges Won Times as Team Captain Snatch Game Placement
Bebe Zahara Benet Season 1 2 Weeks 3 & 6 1 Week 5 0 0 N/A (this season had no snatch game)
Tyra Sanchez Season 2 3 Weeks 3, 5, & 9 0 N/A 1 0 Safe
Raja Season 3 3 Weeks 1, 6, & 9 1 Week 11 2 0 Top
Sharon Needles Season 4 4 Weeks 1, 3, 9, & 11 1 Week 8 1 0 Top
Chad Michaels All Stars 1 3 Weeks 3,4,5 1 Week 1 0 0 N/A (this season had no snatch game)
Jinkx Monsoon Season 5 2 Weeks 5 & 9 1 Week 11 1 1 Winner
Bianca Del Rio Season 6 3 Week 2, 8, & 10 0 N/A 1 0 Top
Violet Chachki Season 7 3 Week 1, 10, & 11 0 N/A 1 0 Safe
Bob The Drag Queen Season 8 3 Week 3, 5, & 7 1 Week 8 1 0 Winner
Alaska All Stars 2 4 Week 2,4,5,6 1 Week 7 2 0 Winner
Sasha Velour Season 9 2 Week 4 & 9 0 N/A 1 0 Top
Trixie Mattel All Star 3 2 Week 5 and 7 2 Week 4 and 6 0 0 Bottom 3
Aquaria Season 10 3 Week 4,7,11 0 N/A 2 0 Winner
  • Every Season winner has won at least 2 main challenges.
  • Every Season winner, except two, were the 1st of their season to win 2 or more main challenges.
  • With the exception of Jinkx Monsoon, Sasha Velour and Aquaria, every season winner won their 1st main challenge within the 1st 3 weeks of competition.
  • With the exception of Trixie Mattel, no winner has placed in the bottom 2 more then once.
  • No season winner who has placed in the bottom 2 did so until at least the 5th week of competition.
  • With the exception of Bebe Zahara Benet, every season winner has won at least one mini challenge.
  • With the exception of Jinkx Monsoon, no season winner has won the role of Team Captain.

Runners-Up Stats

Runners-Up Stats
Contestant Season Placing Main Challenges Won 1st Main Challenge Won Bottom 2 Placings 1st Time in Bottom 2 Mini Challenges Won Times as Team Captain Snatch Game Placement
Nina Flowers Season 1 2nd Place 1 Week 1 0 N/A 1 0 N/A (this season had no snatch game)
Rebecca Glasscock Season 1 3rd Place 1 Week 3 2 Week 4 1 0 N/A (this season had no snatch game)
Raven Season 2 2nd Place 2 Week 7 2 Week 2 3 0 Safe
Jujubee Season 2 3rd Place 0 N/A 3 Week 6 0 0 Low
Manila Luzon Season 3 2nd Place 3 Week 5 1 Week 7 3 1 Safe
Alexis Mateo Season 3 3rd Place 3 Week 3 3 Week 6 1 0 Top
Chad Michaels Season 4 2nd / 3rd Place 2 Week 2 1 Week 11 1 0 Winner
Phi Phi O'Hara Season 4 2nd / 3rd Place 2 Week 7 1 Week 8 3 1 Low
Raven All Stars 1 2nd Place 0 N/A 2 Week 3 2 0 Low
Alaska Season 5 2nd / 3rd Place 2 Week 8 0 N/A 4 1 Top
Roxxxy Andrews Season 5 2nd / 3rd Place 2 Week 1 1 Week 7 1 0 Top
Adore Delano Season 6 2nd / 3rd Place 3 Week 6 2 Week 8 2 2 Top
Courtney Act Season 6 2nd / 3rd Place 2 Week 3 0 N/A 0 0 Safe
Ginger Minj Season 7 2nd / 3rd Place 3 Week 2 2 Week 8 3 1 Winner (Tied w/Kennedy Davenport)
Pearl Season 7 2nd / 3rd Place 2 Week 5 2 Week 4 0 0 Safe
Kim Chi Season 8 2nd / 3rd Place 2 Week 1 0 N/A 0 0 Safe
Naomi Smalls Season 8 2nd / 3rd Place 1 Week 6 1 Week 5 1 1 Bottom 2
Detox All Stars 2 2nd/3rd Place 3 Week 3 1 Week 2 0 0 Low
Katya All Stars 2 2nd/3rd Place 2 Week 2 2 Week 3 0 0 Top 2
Peppermint Season 9 2nd Place 1 Week 8 2 Week 6 0 0 Bottom 2
Shea Couleé Season 9 3rd / 4th Place 4 Week 4 1 Week 10 0 0 Safe
Trinity Taylor Season 9 3rd / 4th Place 3 Week 3 1 Week 4 0 1 Safe
Kennedy Davenport All Stars 3 2nd Place 1 Week 3 4 Week 2 0 0 Bottom 3
Eureka O'Hara Season 10 2nd / 3rd Place 2 Week 5 2 Week 2 2 0 High
Kameron Michaels Season 10 2nd / 3rd Place 1 Week 8 3 Week 9 0 0 Safe
Asia O'Hara Season 10 4th Place 2 Week 3 1 Week 8 4 1 Low

Statistics Table

Statistics
Accomplishment Chance of Not Placing in Top 3 Chance of Placing in Top 3 Chance of Becoming a Runner-Up Overall Chance of Placing as Runner-up Once in Top 3 Chance of Winning Once in Top 3 Chance of Winning the Entire Season Overall
Never Placing in Bottom 2 0/7 (0%) 7/7 (100%) 4/7 (57%) 4/7 (57%) 3/7 (43%) 3/7 (43%)
Placing Once in Bottom 2 & Not Being Eliminated 0/10 (0%) 10/10 (100%) 5/10 (50%) 5/10 (50%) 5/10 (50%) 5/10 (50%)
Placing Twice in Bottom 2 & Not Being Eliminated 0/5 (0%) 5/5 (100%) 5/5 (100%) 5/5 (100%) 0/5 (0%) 0/5 (0%)
Placing Three Times in Bottom 2 & Not Being Eliminated 0/2 (0%) 2/2 (100%) 2/2 (100%) 2/2 (100%) 0/2 (0%) 0/2 (0%)
Winning the 1st Main Challenge of the Season 2/9 (22%) 7/9 (78%) 3/9 (33%) 3/7 (43%) 4/7 (57%) 4/9 (44%)
Winning no Main Challenges 51/52 (98%) 1/52 (2%) 1/52 (2%) 1/1 (100%) 0/1 (0%) 0/52 (0%)
Winning only 1 Main Challenge 19/22 (86%) 3/22 (11%) 3/22 (11%) 3/3 (100%) 0/3 (0%) 0/22 (0%)
Winning 2 Main Challenges 7/17 (41%) 10/17 (59%) 8/17 (47%) 8/10 (80%) 2/10 (20%) 2/17 (12%)
Winning 3 Main Challenges 0/9 (0%) 9/9 (100%) 4/9 (44%) 4/9 (44%) 5/9 (56%) 5/9 (56%)
Winning 4 Main Challenges 0/2 (0%) 2/2 (100%) 1/2 (50%) 1/2 (50%) 1/2 (50%) 1/2 (50%)
Being The 1st To Win 2 Main Challenges 3/8 (38%) 5/8 (62%) 1/8 (12%) 1/5 (20%) 4/5 (80%) 4/8 (50%)
Winning The Snatch Game 4/8 (50%) 4/8 (50%) 2/8 (25%) 2/4 (50%) 2/4 (50%) 2/8 (25%)
Winning Team Captain 28/36 (78%) 8/36 (22%) 7/36 (19%) 7/8 (88%) 1/8 (12%) 1/36 (3%)

Placing in the Bottom Two

Oddly, to place as a top 3 finalist, a contestant has a better chance if they have 0 to 1 bottom two placings, yet to win the competition, a contestant has a better chance if they have only one bottom 2 placing. No contestant has ever won the entire season with more than one bottom 2 placing.

Never Placing in the Bottom 2

Historically, every contestant to have never once placed in the bottom 2 on any episode has gone on to place as a top 3 finalist. Nina Flowers of Season 1, Tyra Sanchez of Season 2, Alaska of Season 5, Courtney Act & Bianca Del Rio of Season 6, Violet Chachki of Season 7, Kim Chi of Season 8, Sasha Velour of Season 9 and Aquaria of Season 10 have all accomplished this feat, with Tyra Sanchez, Bianca Del Rio, Violet Chachki, Sasha Velour and Aquaria to be the only Season Winners to have done so. Never placing in the bottom 2 guarantees a contestant a spot in the top 3. Based on this statistic alone, a contestant with zero Bottom 2 placings has a 5/9 chance of winning the crown, and a 4/9 chance of placing into the Top 3 without winning the title.

Placing Once in the Bottom 2

Aside from Tyra Sanchez, Bianca Del Rio, Violet Chachki, Sasha Velour and Aquaria who won their seasons without ever once placing in the Bottom 2 during any episode, every other Season Winner has placed in the Bottom 2 at least once. Although it is possible to win the competition with one Bottom 2 placing, or even place as a Top 3 finalist with two Bottom 2 placings, no contestant has ever won the competition with 2 or more bottom 2 placings. Any contestant to have placed in the Bottom 2 two or more times has an a 0% chance of winning the season.

Placing Twice in the Bottom 2

Rebecca Glasscock of Season 1, Raven of Season 2, Adore Delano of Season 6, Ginger Minj & Pearl of Season 7, Peppermint of Season 9 and Eureka O'Hara of Season 10 are the only contestants to place in the top 3 with two Bottom 2 placings each. Although it is possible to place as a top 3 finalist with two Bottom 2 placings, the chances of winning the competition are zero.

Placing 3 Times in the Bottom 2

Jujubee of Season 2, Alexis Mateo of Season 3 & Kameron Michaels of Season 10 are the only three contestants ever to place in the top 3 with a total of three bottom 2 placings each. Both contestants ranked 3rd in the competition. Having three bottom 2 placings puts the chances of winning the season at 0%.

Winning Main Challenges

Statistically, in order to win the entire season, a contestant must win at least 2 main challenges. However winning the most main challenges over every other contestant does not guarantee that a contestant will win the entire season.

Winning the 1st Main Challenge

With the exception of Morgan McMichaels of Season 2, BenDeLaCreme of Season 6, Nina Bo'Nina Brown of Season 9, and Mayhem Miller of Season 10, every contestant who's won the very first main challenge of their season has gone on to place in the top 3. Season winners Raja, Sharon Needles, Bianca Del Rio, and Violet Chachki all won the first main challenges of their season (Bianca being the first winner on the first episode she appeared on). Based on this statistic alone, a contestant who has won the first main challenge of their season has a strong chance of winning the season with a 4/9 chance of winning the competition and a 6/9 chance of at least placing in the top 3.

Winning No Main Challenges

So far, Jujubee of Season 2 is the only contestant in Drag Race history to place as a top 3 finalist without winning a single main challenge. This is a very rare achievement which so far has never been duplicated. No season winner whatsoever has ever won without winning at least 2 main challenges. Although not impossible, the chances of placing in the top 3 without winning a main challenge are very low, while the chances of winning the season are zero.

Winning 1 Main Challenge

With the exception of finalists Nina Flowers, & Rebecca Glasscock from Season 1, Jujubee from Season 2, Naomi Smalls from Season 8, Peppermint of Season 9 and Kameron Michaels of Season 10, every top 3 finalist has won at least 2 main challenges. Winning only one Main Challenge means a contestant has a 2/24 chance of placing as a finalist and a 0% chance of winning the crown.

Winning 2 Main Challenges

Every single Season winner in Drag Race history so far has won at least 2 Main Challenges, (Raja, Bianca Del Rio, Violet Chachki, Bob The Drag Queen and Aquaria have each won 3, while Sharon Needles and Alaska has won 4) meaning that in order to win the entire season, a contestant statistically needs to have won at least 2 main challenges.

With the exception of Shangela of Season 3, Latrice Royale of Season 4, BenDeLaCreme of Season 6, Max, Kennedy Davenport, and Katya of Season 7, most contestants who've won 2 main challenges have gone to place in the top 3. With the exception of Nina Flowers, Rebecca Glasscock, Naomi Smalls, Peppermint and Kameron Michaels who won only one Main Challenge, and Jujubee - who won no main challenges, every top 3 finalist afterwards has won at least 2 main challenges. Out of eight Season Winners, three have won with only two Main Challenge wins, making it a 3/8 chance that the winner will have had only 2 Main Challenge wins.

Winning 3 Main Challenges

So far, every single contestant who has won 3 main challenges has gone on to place as a top 3 finalist. Out of all ten Season Winners so far, six of them where crowned after winning three Main Challenges (Tyra Sanchez, Raja, Bianca Del Rio, Violet Chachki, Bob The Drag Queen and Aquaria). Sharon Needles is the only contestant and Season winner to have won more than three with four main challenge wins. Due to these statistics, any contestant who's won 3 main challenges is guaranteed a spot in the top 3, and has a 1/2 chance of being crowned "America's Next Drag Superstar".

Winning the "Snatch Game" Challenge

So far, only three season winners won the Snatch Game Challenge: Jinkx Monsoon of Season 5, Bob The Drag Queen from Season 8 and Aquaria of Season 10, while Chad Michaels of Season 4 and Ginger Minj of Season 7 are the only Snatch Game winners to place in the top 3 without winning the crown. Other Snatch Game winners such as Tatianna, Stacy Layne Matthews, BenDeLaCreme, Kennedy Davenport, and Alexis Michelle did not even crack the top 3, making a 2/9 chance that a Snatch Game winner will take the crown. Oddly, with the exception of Pandora Boxx of Season 2, Willam of Season 4, Katya of Season 7, Derrick Barry and Thorgy Thor of Season 8, Nina Bo'Nina Brown of Season 9 and Monét X Change of Season 10, most contestants who did very well during the Snatch Game without actually winning the challenge have made it into the top 3. Winning the Snatch Game gives a queen a 1/2 chance of making the top 3. Based on these statistics, although winning the Snatch Game is not a good indication for winning the entire season, doing well in the Snatch Game without winning the challenge is a very good indication that a contestant will go far in the competition and may even place in the top 3.

Winning Mini-Challenges

Most Season winners have won at least one mini-challenge but no season winner has won more than two mini-challenges. Although winning a mini-challenge is meant to give a contestant an advantage during the main challenge, historically, it usually instead has an adverse effect, with many mini-challenge winners and team captains placing in the bottom 2 on the same episode where they won the mini-challenge.

Winning The Role of Team Captain

So far, Jinkx Monsoon is the only season winner to have been a Team Captain. In general, winning the role of Team Captain is not favorable for winning the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar".