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A Lip Sync Performance, most commonly referred to as a Lip Sync For Your Life, is a crucial aspect of RuPaul's Drag Race. Lip sync performances have made an appearance at the end of almost every episode, and are used as a way for Ru to determine which queen to eliminate from the race.

A lip sync performance consists of two queens (with some exceptions) lip syncing to a pop or R&B song by a female vocalist, with the expectation that they will dance and pull other tricks while this is going on. This performance is then edited down into a 2-minute clip for use during the episode.

Throughout the series several lip syncs have resulted in memorable and controversial moments; lip syncs are often the source of the most publicity for the show.

Lip Sync For Your Life

A Lip Sync For Your Life is the most common style of lip sync used on the show. It has so far made an appearance on every non-All Stars season of the show.

At the end of each episode, the two queens who performed worst in that week's challenge will be placed up for elimination, indicating that they must lip sync for their life. Before the lip sync begins, Ru will state the following to the queens:

"Two queens stand before me. Ladies, this is your last chance to impress me, and save yourself from elimination. The time has come... for you to lip sync... FOR. YOUR. LIFE. Good luck, and don't fuck it up."
Following the lip sync, the queen who (in Ru's opinion) performed best will be told "Shanté, you stay," while the eliminated queen will be asked to "Sashay away." In the case of particularly good lip syncs, both queens may be saved by Ru, and in the case of particularly poor lip syncs, both queens may be eliminated.

Final Lip Sync

While still referred to as a "Lip Sync For Your Life", the final lip sync of each season follows a slightly different format, depending on the season:

  • In Seasons 1, 2, & 3, the weakest queen of the Top 3 would be eliminated by RuPaul without being given the chance to Lip Sync. The Top 2 queens would then Lip Sync For Their Lives, with Ru choosing the season's winner based on this lip sync as well as each queen's performance throughout the season.
  • In Seasons 4 & 5, all three members of the Top 3 would participate in the final lip sync, with Ru choosing the winner from the Top 3 later at the live reunion after considering this lip sync, each queen's performance throughout the season, and the opinion of the fans.
  • In Seasons 6, 7, 8, & 9, all members of the Top 4 would participate in the final lip sync, with Ru choosing which of the four queens to eliminate based on this lip sync and each queen's performance throughout the season. The winner would later be chosen from the Top 3 at the live reunion.
    • As part of a twist in Season 9, no queen was eliminated at Top 4 after the final lip sync. Rather, all four queens remained in the competition until the live reunion, when the winner was decided by the Lip Sync For The Crown (see below).

Lip Sync For Your Lives

The Lip Sync For Your Lives was a special variation of the Lip Sync For Your Life used during RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race 1. It was created to deal with the season's unique "teams" twist, and also introduced the panic button, which was only used during this season.

At the end of each episode, the two teams that performed worst in that week's challenge would have to select one of their members to represent the team in the lip sync. Before the lip sync began, the two teammates not lip syncing would step off to the side of the stage, and Ru would say the following:

"Two All Stars stand before me. Ladies, this is your last chance to impress me, and save your team from elimination. The time has come... for you to lip sync... FOR. YOUR. LIVES. Good luck, and don't fuck it up."
During the first minute of the lip sync, if the teammate not lip syncing felt that her partner was under-performing in the lip sync ("having a she-mergency," as it was referred to on the show), she would have the option to hit a "panic button" and take her partner's place in the lip sync. However, each team was allowed to use the panic button only once during the season.

Regardless of whether or not the panic button was used, following the lip sync Ru would announce the safety of the team he felt performed better in the lip sync with "Shanté, you stay," and would ask the team that was eliminated to "Sashay away."

Final Lip Syncs

The final two lip syncs of this season followed a different format than the one laid out by the rest of the season. In both cases, the two queens performing were lip syncing for themselves rather than on behalf of their team. As a result, these two lip syncs were referred to as a "Lip Sync For Your Life"

  • At the end of "Dynamic Drag Duos," as only two teams were left, the team that performed worst (consisting of Raven and Jujubee) had to lip sync against each other to earn a spot in the Top 3 alongside the two members of the winning team. However, due to the emotion of the performance, Ru declared that neither of the two would be eliminated, and all four queens would participate in the final challenge.
  • At the end of "The Grand Finale," the two weakest queens of the Top 4 were eliminated by Ru without being given the chance to lip sync. The Top 2 queens then lip synced against each other, with Ru selecting the winner of the season based on this performance as well as the two queens' performance throughout the season.

Lip Sync For Your Legacy

A Lip Sync For Your Legacy was a special style of lip sync used during RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race 2. Notably, this format led to the queens eliminating each other rather than Ru eliminating them.

At the end of each episode, Ru would announce the two queens that performed best in that week's challenge as the "Top All Stars of the week." Ru would also select the 2-3 queens who performed worst in that week's challenge to be up for elimination. After this, the bottom queens would be given the chance in the workroom to defend their case for remaining in the competition to the Top 2 of the week. The Top 2 would then select a tube of lip stick bearing the name of one of the bottom queens, representing who they would eliminate if they were to win the lip sync. Next, all the queens would return to the main stage, with the Top 2 queens standing at the front of the runway, and Ru would say the following:

"Two top All Stars stand before me. Ladies, this is your chance to impress me, earn $10,000, and give one of the bottom queens the chop. The time has come... for you to lip sync... FOR. YOUR. LEGACY. Good luck, and don't fuck it up."
Following the lip sync, Ru would select the queen he felt did the best in the lip sync as the winner of the week's challenge, saying "You're a winner, baby." The winning queen would then reveal who she had chosen to eliminate, and that queen would be asked to "Sashay away" by Ru.

Final Lip Sync

While still referred to as a "Lip Sync For Your Legacy", the final lip sync of this season followed a slightly different format: The weakest queen of the Top 4 was eliminated by Ru without getting the chance to lip sync. Following this, the remaining three queens all participated in the final "Lip Sync For Your Legacy," with Ru selecting a winner from the three based on the lip sync as well as each queen's performance throughout the season.

Lip Sync For The Crown

The Lip Sync For The Crown was a unique twist on the lip sync format used for the Season 9 finale. Rather than Ru simply stating the winner during the live finale, it was revealed that the remaining four queens would have to compete in a bracket-style lip sync tournament in order to win the season.

At the beginning of the finale, a large wheel displaying the faces of all four queens was brought out. The queen selected by this wheel was given the chance to choose who she would compete against in the first round of the bracket, with the two queens not chosen lip syncing against each other in the second match-up of the first round. Each of the two performances began with Ru standing at the front of the stage, the two queens behind him, and announcing to the audience:

"Two queens stand behind me. Ladies, this is your last chance to impress me and save yourself from elimination. The time has come... for you to lip sync... FOR. THE. CROWN. Good luck, and don't fuck it up."
At the end of the two matches, Ru announced in front of the live audience which of the two queens performed better with the familiar "Shanté, you stay." The eliminated queen would be asked to "Sashay away," this time with the applause of the audience behind them.

The second round of the tournament consisted of the winners of the first two match-ups (at this point the Top 2 queens of the season) lip syncing against each other in the final lip sync of the season. The performance began again with Ru at the front of the stage with the two queens behind him, this time announcing:

"Two queens stand behind me. Ladies, this is your last chance to impress me, and prove to the world that you are America's Next Drag Superstar. The time has come... for you to lip sync... FOR. THE. CROWN. Good luck, and don't fuck it up."
Following this performance, Ru chose the winner of the season based on this final lip sync as well as each queen's performance throughout the season.

Lip Sync Songs

Season 1

Episode 1

Song: "Supermodel" by RuPaul

Bottom Two: Victoria Parker and Akashia

Eliminated: Victoria "Porkchop" Parker

Episode 2

Song: "We Break the Dawn" by Michelle Williams

Bottom Two: Akashia and Tammie Brown

Eliminated: Tammie Brown

Episode 3

Song: "The Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston

Bottom Two: Shannel and Akashia

Eliminated: Akashia

Episode 4

Song: "Would I Lie to You?" by The Eurythmics

Bottom Two: Jade and Rebecca Glasscock

Eliminated: Jade

Episode 5

Song: "Stronger" by Britney Spears

Bottom Two: Ongina and Bebe Zahara Benet

Eliminated: Ongina

Episode 6

Song: "Shackles" by Mary Mary

Bottom Two: Shannel and Rebecca Glasscock

Eliminated: Shannel

Episode 8

Song: "Covergirl (Put the Bass in Your Walk)" by RuPaul

Top Two: Nina Flowers and Bebe Zahara Benet

Winner: Bebe Zahara Benet

Season 2

Episode 1

Song: "Covergirl (Put the Bass in Your Walk)" by RuPaul

Bottom Two: Sahara Davenport and Shangela

Eliminated: Shangela

Episode 2

Song: "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" by En Vogue

Bottom Two: Raven and Nicole Paige Brooks

Eliminated: Nicole Paige Brooks

Episode 3

Song: "I Hear You Knockin'" by Wynonna Judd

Bottom Two: Mystique Summers and Raven

Eliminated: Mystique Summers Madison

Episode 4

Song: "Two of Hearts" by Stacey Q

Bottom Two: Sonique and Morgan McMichaels

Eliminated: Sonique

Episode 5

Song: "Carry On" by Martha Wash

Bottom Two: Sahara Davenport and Morgan McMichaels

Eliminated: Morgan McMichaels

Episode 6

Song: "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles

Bottom Two: Sahara Davenport and Jujubee

Eliminated: Sahara Davenport

Episode 7

Song: "He's the Greatest Dancer" by Sister Sledge

Bottom Two: Jessica Wild and Tatianna

Eliminated: Jessica Wild

Episode 8

Song: "Shake Your Love" by Debbie Gibson

Bottom Two: Pandora Boxx and Jujubee

Eliminated: Pandora Boxx

Episode 9

Song: "Something He Can Feel" by Aretha Franklin

Bottom Two: Tatianna and Jujubee

Eliminated: Tatianna

Episode 11

Song: "Jealous of My Boogie" by RuPaul

Top Two: Tyra Sanchez and Raven

Winner: Tyra Sanchez

Season 3

Episode 1

Song:"The Right Stuff" by Vanessa Williams

Bottom Two: Venus D-Lite and Shangela

Eliminated: Venus D-Lite

Episode 2

Song:"Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga

Bottom Two: Delta Work and Phoenix

Eliminated: Phoenix

Episode 3

Song:"Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston

Bottom Two: India Ferrah and Mimi Imfurst

Eliminated: Mimi Imfurst

Episode 4

Song:"Meeting in the Ladies Room" by Klymaxx

Bottom Two: India Ferrah and Stacy Layne Matthews

Eliminated: India Ferrah

Episode 5

Song:"Looking for a New Love" by Jodi Watley

Bottom Two: Delta Work and Mariah

Eliminated: Mariah

Episode 6

Song:"Knock on Wood" by Amil Stewart

Bottom Two: Stacy Layne Matthews and Alexis Mateo

Eliminated: Stacy Layne Matthews

Episode 7

Song: "Macarthur Park" by Donna Summer

Bottom Two: Manila Luzon and Delta Work

Eliminated: Delta Work

Episode 8

Song:"Hey Mickey (Spanish Version)" by Toni Basil

Bottom Two: Yara Sofia and Carmen Carrera

Eliminated: N/A.

Episode 9

Song: "Believe" by Cher

Bottom Two: Shangela and Carmen Carrera

Eliminated: Carmen Carrera

Episode 10

Song: "Even Angels" by Fantasia

Bottom Two: Shangela and Alexis Mateo

Eliminated: Shangela

Episode 11

Song: "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul

Bottom Two: Raja and Carmen Carrera

Eliminated: Carmen Carrera

Episode 12

Song: "I Think About You" by Patti LaBelle

Bottom Two: Yara Sofia and Alexis Mateo

Eliminated: Yara Sofia

Episode 13

Song:"Champion (DJ BunJoe's Olympic Mix)" by RuPaul

Top Two: Raja and Manila Luzon

Winner: Raja

Season 4

Episode 1

Song:"Toxic" by Britney Spears

Bottom Two: Jiggly Caliente and Alisa Summers

Eliminated: Alisa Summers

Episode 2

Song: "Bad Girls" by Donna Summer

Bottom Two: The Princess and Lashauwn Beyond

Eliminated: Lashauwn Beyond

Episode 3

Song: "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" by Natalie Cole

Bottom Two: The Princess and Dida Ritz

Eliminated: The Princess

Episode 4

Song:"Trouble" by P!nk

Bottom Two: Madame LaQueer and Milan

Eliminated: Madame LaQueer

Episode 5

Song: "Vogue" by Madonna

Bottom Two: Kenya Michaels and Milan

Eliminated: Kenya Michaels

Episode 6

Song: "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga

Bottom Two: Milan and Jiggly Caliente

Eliminated: Milan

Episode 7

Song: "Mi Vida Loca" by Pam Tillis

Bottom Two: Willam and Jiggly Caliente

Eliminated: Jiggly Caliente

Episode 8

Song:"It's Raining Men (The Sequel)" by RuPaul and Martha Wash

Bottom Two: Sharon Needles and Phi Phi O'Hara

Disqualified: Willam

Episode 9

Song: "I've Got To Use My Imagination" by Gladys Knight

Bottom Two: Latrice Royale and Dida Ritz

Eliminated: Dida Ritz

Episode 10

Song: "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin

Bottom Two: Latrice Royale and Kenya Michaels

Eliminated: Kenya Michaels

Episode 11

Song: "No One Else On Earth" by Wynonna Judd

Bottom Two: Latrice Royale and Chad Michaels

Eliminated: Latrice Royale

Episode 13

Song:"Glamazon" by RuPaul

Top Three: Sharon Needles, Chad Michaels and Phi Phi O'Hara

Winner: Sharon Needles

All Stars

Episode 1

Song: "Opposites Attract" by Paula Abdul

Bottom Two: Team Shad (Chad Michaels) and Team Mandorra (Mimi Imfurst)

Eliminated: Team Mandorra

Episode 2

Song: "There's No Business Like Show Business" by Ethel Merman

Bottom Two: Team Brown Flowers (Tammie Brown) and Team Latrila (Latrice Royale)

Eliminated: Team Brown Flowers

Episode 3

Song: "Nasty" by Janet Jackson

Bottom Two: Team Latrila (Manila Luzon) and Team Rujubee (Jujubee)

Eliminated: Team Latrila

Episode 4

Song: "Don't Cha" by Pussycat Dolls

Bottom Two: Team Rujubee (Raven) and Team Yarlexis (Alexis Mateo and Yara Sofia)

Eliminated: Team Yarlexis

Episode 5

Song: "Dancing On My Own" by Robyn

Bottom Two: Raven and Jujubee

Eliminated: N/A

Episode 6

Song:"Responsitrannity" by RuPaul

Top Two: Raven and Chad Michaels

Winner: Chad Michaels

Season 5

Episode 1

Song: "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus

Bottom Two: Serena Cha Cha and Penny Tration

Eliminated: Penny Tration

Episode 2

Song: "Only Girl (In The World)" by Rihanna

Bottom Two: Serena Cha Cha and Monica Beverly Hillz

Eliminated: Serena Cha Cha

Episode 3

Song:"When I Grow Up" by Pussycat Dolls

Bottom Two: Monica Beverly Hillz and Coco Montrese

Eliminated: Monica Beverly Hillz

Episode 4

Song:"Oops... I Did It Again" by Britney Spears

Bottom Two: Honey Mahogany and Vivienne Pinay

Eliminated: Honey Mahogany and Vivienne Pinay

Episode 5

"Take Me Home" by Cher

Bottom Two: Detox and Lineysha Sparx

Eliminated: Lineysha Sparx

Episode 6

Song: "I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters

Bottom Two: Jade Jolie and Coco Montrese

Eliminated: Jade Jolie

Episode 7

Song: "Whip My Hair" by Willow Smith

Bottom Two: Roxxxy Andrews and Alyssa Edwards

Eliminated: N/A

Episode 8

Song: "Ain't Nothin' Going on but the Rent" by Gwen Guthrie

Bottom Two: Alyssa Edwards and Ivy Winters

Eliminated: Ivy Winters

Episode 9

Song: "Cold Hearted" by Paula Abdul

Bottom Two: Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese

Eliminated: Alyssa Edwards

Episode 10

Song: "(It Takes) Two To Make It Right" by Seduction

Bottom Two: Detox and Coco Montrese

Eliminated: Coco Montrese

Episode 11

Song: "Malambo No 1" by Yma Sumac

Bottom Two: Jinkx Monsoon and Detox

Eliminated: Detox

Episode 13

Song: "The Beginning" by RuPaul

Top Three: Alaska, Jinkx Monsoon, and Roxxxy Andrews

Winner: Jinkx Monsoon

Season 6

Episode 1

Song: "Express Yourself" by Madonna

Bottom Two: Vivacious and Kelly Mantle

Eliminated: Kelly Mantle

Episode 2

Song: "Turn The Beat Around" by Vicki Sue Robinson

Bottom Two: Darienne Lake and Magnolia Crawford

Eliminated: Magnolia Crawford

Episode 3

Song: "Shake It Up" by Selena Gomez

Bottom Two: April Carrión and Vivacious

Eliminated: Vivacious

Episode 4

Song: "I'm Every Woman" by Chaka Khan

Bottom Two: Trinity K. Bonet and April Carrión

Eliminated: April Carrión

Episode 5

Song: "Head To Toe" by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

Bottom Two: Gia Gunn and Laganja Estranja

Eliminated: Gia Gunn

Episode 6

Song: "Whatta Man" by Salt-n'-Pepa feat. En Vogue

Bottom Two: Milk and Trinity K. Bonet

Eliminated: Milk

Episode 7

Song:"Point of No Return" by Exposé

Bottom Two: BenDeLaCreme and Darienne Lake

Eliminated: N/A

Episode 8

Song: "Stupid Girls" by P!nk

Bottom Two: Laganja Estranja and Joslyn Fox

Eliminated: Laganja Estranja

Episode 9

Song: "Vibeology" by Paula Abdul

Bottom Two: Adore Delano and Trinity K. Bonet

Eliminated: Trinity K. Bonet

Episode 10

Song: "Think" by Aretha Franklin

Bottom Two: Adore Delano and Joslyn Fox

Eliminated: Joslyn Fox

Episode 11

Song: "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson

Bottom Two: BenDeLaCreme and Darienne Lake

Eliminated: BenDeLaCreme

Episode 12

Song: "Sissy That Walk" by RuPaul

Top Four: Adore Delano, Bianca Del Rio, Courtney Act, and Darienne Lake

Eliminated: Darienne Lake

Winner: Bianca Del Rio

Season 7

Episode 1

Song: "Geromino" by RuPaul

Bottom Two: Tempest DuJour and Kandy Ho

Eliminated: Tempest DuJour

Episode 2

Song: "Twist of Fate" by Olivia Newton-John

Bottom Two: Sasha Belle and Katya

Eliminated: Sasha Belle

Episode 3

Song: "I Was Gonna Cancel" by Kylie Minogue

Bottom Two: Jasmine Masters and Kennedy Davenport

Eliminated: Jasmine Masters

Episode 4

Song: "Dreaming" by Blondie

Bottom Two: Trixie Mattel and Pearl

Eliminated: Trixie Mattel

Episode 5

Song: "Lovergirl" by Teena Marie

Bottom Two: Mrs. Kasha Davis and Kandy Ho

Eliminated: Mrs. Kasha Davis

Episode 6

Song: "Break Free" by Ariana Grande ft. Zedd

Bottom Two: Jaidynn Diore Fierce and Kandy Ho

Eliminated: Kandy Ho

Episode 7

Song: "No More Lies" by Michel'le

Bottom Two: Max and Jaidynn Diore Fierce

Eliminated: Max

Episode 8

Song: "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany

Bottom two: Ginger Minj (with Sasha Belle) and Jaidynn Diore Fierce (with Tempest DuJour)

Eliminated: Jaidynn Diore Fierce

Episode 9

Song: "Really Don't Care" by Demi Lovato ft. Cher Lloyd

Bottom Two: Pearl and Miss Fame

Eliminated: Miss Fame

Episode 10

Song: "Show Me Love" by Robin S.

Bottom two: Ginger Minj and Trixie Mattel

Eliminated: Trixie Mattel

Episode 11

Song: "Roar" by Katy Perry

Bottom Two: Kennedy Davenport and Katya

Eliminated: Katya

Episode 12

Song: "Born Naked" by RuPaul

Top Four: Ginger Minj, Pearl, Violet Chachki and Kennedy Davenport

Eliminated: Kennedy Davenport

Episode 14

Ginger Minj's Song: "Pray & Slay" by Lucian Piane

Pearl's Song: "Sleepwalker" by Lucian Piane

Violet Chachki's Song: "Too Many Daddies" by Lucian Piane

Winner: Violet Chachki

Season 8

Episode 1

Song: "Applause" by Lady Gaga

Bottom Two: Laila McQueen and Naysha Lopez

Eliminated: Naysha Lopez

Episode 2

Song: "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

Bottom Two: Dax ExclamationPoint and Laila McQueen

Eliminated: Dax ExclamationPoint and Laila McQueen

Episode 3

Song: "Mesmerized (FreeMasons Remix 2005)" by Faith Evans

Bottom Two: Robbie Turner and Cynthia Lee Fontaine

Eliminated: Cynthia Lee Fontaine

Episode 4

Song: "Call Me" by Blondie

Bottom Two: Chi Chi DeVayne and Naysha Lopez

Eliminated: Naysha Lopez

Episode 5

Song: "Causing a Commotion" by Madonna

Bottom Two: Acid Betty and Naomi Smalls

Eliminated: Acid Betty

Episode 6

Song: "I Love It" by Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX

Bottom Two: Derrick Barry and Robbie Turner

Eliminated: Robbie Turner

Episode 7

Song: "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls

Bottom Two: Chi Chi DeVayne and Thorgy Thor

Eliminated: Thorgy Thor

Episode 8

Song: "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Silvester

Bottom Two: Bob The Drag Queen and Derrick Barry

Eliminated: Derrick Barry

Episode 9

Song: "The Realness" by RuPaul

Top Four: Bob The Drag Queen, Chi Chi DeVayne, Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls

Eliminated: Chi Chi DeVayne

Episode 10

Bob The Drag Queen's Song: "I Don't Like To Show Off" by Lucian Piane

Kim Chi's Song: "Fat, Fem & Asian" by Lucian Piane

Naomi Smalls's Song: "Legs" by Lucian Piane

Winner: Bob The Drag Queen

All Stars 2

Episode 1

Song: "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift

Top Two: Roxxxy Andrews and Tatianna
Winner: Roxxxy Andrews

Eliminated: Coco Montrese

Episode 2

Song: "Le Freak (Freak out)" by Chic

Top Two: Katya and Alaska
Winner: Alaska

Eliminated: Tatianna

Episode 3

Song: "Tell It To My Heart" by Taylor Dayne

Top Two: Detox and Alyssa Edwards
Winner: Alyssa Edwards

Eliminated: Ginger Minj

Episode 4

Song: "Got To Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn

Top Two: Phi Phi O'Hara and Alaska
Winner: Alaska

Eliminated: Alyssa Edwards

Episode 5

Song: "Shut Up & Drive" by Rihanna

Top Two: Tatianna and Alyssa Edwards
Winner: Tatianna and Alyssa Edwards

Eliminated: Phi Phi O'Hara

Episode 6

Song: "Cherry Bomb" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Top Two: Katya and Alaska
Winner: Alaska

Eliminated: Tatianna

Episode 7

Song: "Step It Up" by RuPaul feat. Dave Audé

Top Two: Detox and Katya
Winner: Detox

Eliminated: Alyssa Edwards

Episode 8

Song: "If I Were Your Woman" by Gladys Knight & The Pips

Top Three: Alaska, Detox and Katya

Winner: Alaska

Season 9

Episode 2

Song: "Love Shack" by The B-52's

Bottom Two: Jaymes Mansfield and Kimora Blac

Eliminated: Jaymes Mansfield

Episode 3

Song: "Holding Out For A Hero" by Bonnie Taylor

Bottom Two: Aja and Kimora Blac

Eliminated: Kimora Blac

Episode 4

Song: "I Wanna Go" by Britney Spears

Bottom Two: Trinity Taylor and Charlie Hides

Eliminated: Charlie Hides

Episode 5

Song: "Woman Up" by Meghan Trainor

Bottom Two: Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Farrah Moan

Removed: Eureka

Episode 6

Song: "Music" by Madonna

Bottom Two: Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Peppermint

Eliminated: Cynthia Lee Fontaine

Episode 7

Song: "Finally" by CeCe Peniston

Bottom Two: Aja and Nina Bo'Nina Brown

Eliminated: Aja

Episode 8

Song: "Baby I'm Burnin'" by Dolly Parton

Bottom Two: Alexis Michelle and Farrah Moan

Eliminated: Farrah Moan

Episode 9

Song: "Greedy" by Ariana Grande

Bottom Two: Nina Bo'Nina Brown and Valentina

Eliminated: Valentina

Episode 10

Song: "Cool for the Summer" by Demi Lovato

Bottom Two: Nina Bo'Nina Brown and Shea Coulee

Eliminated: Nina Bo'Nina Brown

Episode 11

Song: "Macho Man" by Village People

Bottom Two: Alexis Michelle and Peppermint

Eliminated: Alexis Michelle

Episode 12

Song: "U Wear It Well" by RuPaul

Top Four: Peppermint, Sasha Velour, Shea Couleé, Trinity Taylor

Eliminated: None

Episode 14

Lip-Sync Tournament Round One

Song: "Stronger" by Britney Spears

Competitors: Peppermint and Trinity Taylor

Eliminated: Trinity Taylor


Lip-Sync Tournament Round Two

Song: "So Emotional" by Whitney Houston

Competitors: Sasha Velour and Shea Coulee

Eliminated: Shea Coulee


Lip-Sync Tournament Round Three

Song: "It's Not Right But It's Okay (Thunderpuss Remix)" by Whitney Houston

Top Two: Peppermint and Sasha Velour

Winner: Sasha Velour

Trivia

  • Akashia and Victoria Parker were the first queens to ever lip sync for their lives.
  • Some particularly memorable moments from lip syncs include:
    • During Season 1, Shannel's wig fell off in the middle of her lip sync against Akashia. This was the first time a queens wig came off, accidentally or intentionally, during a lip sync. 
    • During Season 2, Sahara Davenport jumped off the stage into the splits in the middle of her lip sync against Morgan McMichaels. This moment was later recreated in Season 7 by Sahara's drag sister Kennedy Davenport during her lip sync against Katya
    • During a Season 3 lip sync between Mimi Imfurst and India Ferrah, Mimi picked India up carried her over her shoulders onto the stage. Mimi was reprimanded for this by RuPaul, and was eliminated as a result. 
    • After Yara Sofia and Carmen Carrera's lip sync during Season 3, Ru announced that neither queen would be going home. This was the show's first non-elimination. 
    • Near the end of Season 3, Yara broke down crying in the middle of her lip sync against Alexis Mateo, due to the stress of the competition. Several of the judges started tearing up as a result of this moment. 
    • During Season 5, Vivienne Pinay and Honey Mahogany became the first two queens to be eliminated in a double elimination, as Ru felt neither brought the passion he was looking for. 
    • Also during Season 5, Roxxxy Andrews tore off her wig during her lip sync against Alyssa Edwards. This was cited as one of the most memorable moments from Season 5, and Roxxxy later referenced the moment during the first challenge of All Stars 2. 
    • During Nina Bo'Nina Brown and Valentina's lip sync on Season 9, Ru stopped the music due to Valentina not removing a mask she was wearing. After some opposition, Valentina removed the mask and the lip sync was started over, only for it to be revealed Valentina didn't know the words to the song. She was eliminated as a result of this. This was the first and only time RuPaul has stopped a lip sync halfway through. 
    • During Sasha Velour and Shea Coulee's Lip Sync for the Crown on Season 9, Sasha removed her wig only to have a flurry of rose petals fall out from underneath it. This resulted in a standing ovation from the audience in the middle of the lip sync, and led to Sasha eliminating Shea (a queen who many thought was going to win the season.) 
  • Detox and Katya's lip sync for your legacy on All Stars 2 was the 100th lip sync.
  • Raven, Detox, and Katya are all tied for the record of most times lip syncing on the show, with each lip syncing a total of 6 times across their respective seasons.
  • BenDeLaCreme & Darienne Lake, and Alaska & Katya are the only pairs of queens to lip sync against each other twice.
  • Apart from RuPaul, the only male vocal songs have been by Sylvester, The B-52s and Village People.
  • Two lip-sync songs have been used twice:
  • Three out of the four Madonna songs lip-synced on the show were used in Snatch Game episoes.
  • The majority of artists/bands have only been lip-synced to once, with some notable exceptions:
    • RuPaul with 14 songs (one with Martha Wash).
    • Paula Abdul, Britney Spears and Madonna with 4 songs respectively.
    • Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, and Whitney Houston with 3 songs respectively.
    • Wynonna Judd, Martha Wash (one with RuPaul), Donna Summer, Pussycat Dolls, Cher, En Vogue (one as a feature), P!nk, Blondie, Rihanna, Gladys Knight (One as Gladys Knight & the Pips), Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato with 2 songs respectively.

Apple Music Playlist

Listen to every lip sync for your life song on  MUSIC.

Spotify Playlist

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