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The seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race began airing on March 2, 2015. Returning judges included RuPaul and Michelle Visage, while the space previously occupied by Santino Rice was filled by new additions Ross Mathews and Carson Kressley. Matthews and Kressley were only both present for the season premiere and took turns sharing judging responsibilities thereafter. Shawn Morales, a member of the Pit Crew since the third season, and Simon Sherry-Wood, a member in the sixth season, do not appear this season and were replaced by Bryce Eilenberg. Like the previous two seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race, the season featured 14 contestants competing for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar", a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics, and a cash prize of $100,000. The season debuted with a live and same-day viewership of 350,000, a 20% increase from the previous season.

The winner of this season was Violet Chachki.

Contestants

S7cast


(Ages and names stated are during time of contest)

Rank Contestant Photo Real Name Age Hometown Ep.
1
Ep.
2
Ep.
3
Ep.
4
Ep.
5
Ep.
6
Ep. 7 (Snatch Game) Ep.
8
Ep.
9
Ep. 10 Ep. 11 Ep. 12 Ep. 13
(Recap)
Ep. 14
(Reunion)
1st
(Winner)
Violet Chachki Violet Chachki Jason Dardo 22 Atlanta, GA WIN HIGH SAFE SAFE LOW SAFE SAFE HIGH LOW 2X WIN Mini Challenge Winner WIN TOP
3
N/A WINNER
2nd & 3rd
(Runners-Up)
Ginger Minj Ginger Minj Joshua Eads-Brown 29 Orlando, FL SAFE WIN

Team Captain

SAFE
TEAM
SAFE HIGH HIGH
TEAM
2X WIN BTM2 WIN BTM2 SAFE

Mini Challenge Winner

TOP
3
N/A RUN
UP
Pearl Pearl Matt James 23 Brooklyn, NY SAFE SAFELOWBTM2 2X WIN SAFE SAFE WIN BTM2 SAFE SAFE TOP
3
N/A RUN
UP
4th Kennedy Davenport Kennedy Davenport Reuben Asberry Jr. 33 Dallas, TX HIGH SAFEBTM2

Team Captain

WIN HIGH HIGH
TEAM
Mini Challenge Winner
2X WIN SAFE

Mini Challenge Winner

HIGH SAFE BTM2 ELIM
NO
BTM
2
RTRN
5th

(Miss Congeniality)

Katya Katya Brian McCook 32 Boston, MA SAFE BTM2 SAFEHIGH SAFE Mini Challenge Winner WIN HIGH HIGH HIGH 2X WIN ELIM MS.
CON
6th

(Originally 11th)

Trixie Mattel Trixie Mattel Brian Firkus 24 Milwaukee, WI SAFE SAFE

Team Captain

SAFE
TEAM
ELIM WIN HIGH

Mini Challenge Winner

2nd ELIM RTRN
7th Miss Fame MissFame Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen 29 New York, NY HIGH LOWSAFE
TEAM
HIGH SAFE LOW LOW LOW ELIM RTRN
8th Jaidynn Diore Fierce JaidynnDioreFierce Christopher Williams 25 Nashville, TN SAFE SAFESAFE
TEAM
HIGH HIGH BTM2 BTM2 ELIM RTRN
9th Max Max Max Malanaphy 22 Hudson, WI SAFE SAFE WIN

Team Captain

SAFE 2X WIN LOW ELIM OUT RTRN
10th Kandy Ho KandyHo Frank Diaz 28 Cayey, PR BTM2 SAFE SAFE LOW BTM2 ELIM OUT RTRN
11th Mrs. Kasha Davis Mrs. Kasha Davis Ed Popil 43 Rochester, NY SAFE HIGH SAFE
TEAM
SAFE ELIM

Mini Challenge Winner

OUT RTRN
12th Jasmine Masters JasmineMasters Martell Robinson 37 Los Angeles, CA LOW SAFEELIM OUT RTRN
13th Sasha Belle Sasha Belle Jared Breakenridge 28 Iowa City, IA LOW ELIM OUT RTRN
14th Tempest DuJour TempestDuJour Patrick Holt 47 Tucson, AZ ELIM OUT RTRN
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The contestant competed in a four person final lip-sync against all remaining contestants and placed as a top three finalist.
The contestant competed in a four-person final lip-sync against all remaining contestants and was eliminated.
The contestant was previously eliminated, returned in Episode 8, & won re-entry into the competition.
The contestant was one of two main challenge winners.
The contestant was eliminated for the second time.
The contestant won the main challenge.
The contestant was one of the best but did not win the main challenge.
The contestant was a member of a winning team but did not win the main challenge.
The contestant was one of the worst but did not place in the bottom two.
The contestant placed in the bottom two but neither was eliminated.
The contestant placed in the bottom two but was not eliminated.
The contestant placed in the bottom two & was eliminated.
The contestant placed in the bottom two & both were eliminated.
The contestant returned to the competition after being previously eliminated, and was eliminated again after lipsyncing.
The contestant returned to the competition for one episode after being previously eliminated and was eliminated again without lipsyncing.
After being eliminated, the contestant was voted Ms. Congeniality by viewers.
After being eliminated, the contestant returned and appeared on the "Reunion" episode, but was out of the running.
The contestant did not participate in this episode.

Episodes

Series # Episode # Title # Airdate
80 1 Born Naked March 2, 2015
81 2 Glamazonian Airways March 9, 2015
82 3 ShakesQueer March 16, 2015
83 4 Spoof! (There It Is) March 23, 2015
84 5 The DESPY Awards March 30, 2015
85 6 Ru Hollywood Stories April 6, 2015
86 7 Snatch Game April 13, 2015
87 8 Conjoined Queens April 20, 2015
88 9 Divine Inspiration April 27, 2015
89 10 Prancing Queens May 4, 2015
90 11 Hello, Kitty Girls! May 11, 2015
91 12 And The Rest Is Drag May 18, 2015
92 13 Countdown to the Crown May 25, 2015
93 14 The Grand Finale June 1, 2015

Episode One: "Born Naked"

Airdate: March 2, 2015

  • Guest Judge(s): Kathy Griffin
  • Main Challenge: Create a resort-wear tearaway to reveal a nude illusion. (Mini Challenge was part of the Main Challenge)
  • Challenge Winner: Violet Chachki
  • Main Challenge Prize: Dekoy Hair Care Products
  • Bottom Two: Kandy Ho' and Tempest DuJour
  • Lip Synch Song: 'Geronimo' by RuPaul Charles
  • Eliminated: Tempest DuJour
  • Farewell Message: "Love yourself. Live your truth. You're never too old to dream."


Episode Two: "Glamazonian Airways"

Airdate: March 9, 2015

  • Guest Judges: Jordin Sparks and Olivia Newton-John
  • Mini-Challenge: Keep fish face as the Pit Crew blow jets of air into the queens faces
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Ginger Minj and Trixie Mattel
  • Main Challenge: Produce a pre-flight safety video for the first airline run by drag queens
  • Runway Theme: Airplane Passenger Realness
  • Challenge Winner: Ginger Minj
  • Main Challenge Prize: Five night luxury hotel accomodations courtesy by 'My Gay Getaway'
  • Bottom Two: Katya and Sasha Belle
  • Lip Synch Song: 'Twist of Fate' by Olivia Newton-John
  • Eliminated: Sasha Belle
  • Farewell Message: "Love you, Mean it! Ginj for the win!"

*Ross Mathews did not appear on this episode

Episode Three: "Shakesqueer"

Airdate: March 16th, 2015

  • Guest Judges: Kat Dennings and Mel B
  • Mini-Challenge: Soul Train dance-off in granny drag
  • Mini-Challenge Winners: Max and Kennedy Davenport
  • Main Challenge: "Hamlet it up" in two twisted Shakespeare classics – Romy and Juliet and MacBitch
  • Runway Theme: Bearded and Beautiful
  • Challenge Winner: Max
  • Main Challenge Prize: Two couture latex creations, courtesy of Syren Latex
  • Bottom Two: Jasmine Masters and Kennedy Davenport
  • Lip Synch Song: 'I Was Gonna Cancel' by Kylie Minogue
  • Eliminated: Jasmine Masters
  • Farewell Message: "Best of luck ladies. Luv J. Masters."

*Carson Kressley did not appear on this episode

Team Max

in "Romy and Juliet"

Team Kennedy

in "MacBitch"

Contestant Role Contestant Role
Max Juliet Capulet Violet Chachki Lady MacBitch
Mrs. Kasha Davis Lady Capulet Jasmine Masters LaQuisha Kiana MacBitch
Miss Fame Paris Kennedy Davenport Hecate
Jaidynn Diore Fierce Mercutia Montague Kandy Ho Witch
Ginger Minj Romy Montague Katya Mary MacBitch
Trixie Mattel Narrator Pearl Cheer Coach

Episode Four: "Spoof! (There It Is)"

Airdate: March 23rd, 2015

  • Guest Judges: Jessica Alba and Lucian Piane
  • Main Challenge: Create a music video parody by writing lyrics, and doing vocals to a RuPaul song.
  • Runway Theme: Green
  • Challenge Winner: Kennedy Davenport
  • Main Challenge Prize: 3 year supply of essential family products from The Honest Company
  • Bottom Two: Pearl and Trixie Mattel
  • Lip Synch Song: 'Dreaming' by Blondie
  • Eliminated: Trixie Mattel
  • Farewell Message: "Wear clown noses! Make fun of each other! Stay Plastic <3 Trixie Mattel. P.S. Fame – I used your lipstick, sorry :)"

*Carson Kressley did not appear on this episode

Song Contestant
Get Ready to Clock

(Spoof of Sissy That Walk)

Jaidynn Diore Fierce
Max
Violet Chachki
I Got Paid

(Spoof of Let The Music Play)

Ginger Minj
Kandy Ho
Kennedy Davenport
Mrs. Kasha Davis
Tan With U

(Spoof of Dance With U)

Katya
Miss Fame
Pearl
Trixie Mattel

Episode Five: "The DESPY Awards"

Airdate: March 30th, 2015

  • Guest Judge: Isaac Mizrahi
  • Mini-Challenge: Make their own paper versions of classic celebrity red carpet outfits, working in pairs assigned by Ru.
  • Mini-Challenge Winner(s): Katya and Mrs. Kasha Davis
  • Main Challenge: Come up with funny banter and take jabs at the other queens while presenting awards for different categories at the first ever DESPY Awards.
  • Main Challenge WInner(s): Max and Pearl
  • Main Challenge Prize: Stunning Jewel Packages
  • Bottom Two: Kandy Ho' and Mrs. Kasha Davis
  • Lip Synch Song: 'Lovergirl' by Teena Marie
  • Eliminated: Mrs. Kasha Davis
  • Farewell Message: "Be good to yourself. Be good to one another. Love to the moon & back! xo MKD."

*Carson Kressley did not appear on this episode

Celebrity look Contestants
Lil' Kim Ginger Minj

Kandy Ho'

Lady Gaga Jaidynn Diore Fierce

Kennedy Davenport

Cher Max

Pearl

Björk Katya

Mrs. Kasha Davis

Jennifer Lopez Miss Fame

Violet Chachki


Award Presenters Nominees Winner
Sexy, Sexy Drag Queen Jaidynn Diore Fierce & Kennedy Davenport Kandy Ho Miss Fame
Miss Fame
Max
Most Busted Queen Max & Pearl Ginger Minj Jaidynn Diore Fierce
Jaidynn Diore Fierce
Katya
Mrs. Kasha Davis
Shadiest Queen Ginger Minj and Kandy Ho Ginger Minj Violet Chachki
Kennedy Davenport
Violet Chachki
Meatiest Tuck Miss Fame and Violet Chachki Katya Katya
Jaidynn Diore Fierce
Pearl

Episode Six:" Ru-Hollywood Stories"

Airdate: April 6th, 2015

  • Guest Judges: Ariana Grande and Merle Ginsberg
  • Mini-Challenge: Ask members of the Pit Crew to pull cards out of their underwear to earn points
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Ginger Minj
  • Main Challenge: Reenact "Whatever Happened to Merle Ginsberg" from the point of view of Merle, RuPual and Michelle Visage in groups of three asigned by Ginger Minj.
  • Main Challenge Winner: Katya
  • Main Challenge Prize:  $2000 giftcard to FABRICplanet
  • Bottom Two: Jaidynn Diore Fierce & Kandy Ho'
  • Lipsynch Song: "Break Free" By: Ariana Grande
  • Eliminated: Kandy Ho'
  • Farewell Message: "Everything happens 4 a reason, pero la vida continua! Big things will come! Kandy Ho xoxo"
Episode Contestant Role
Merle's Story Ginger Minj Michelle
Katya Merle
Kennedy Davenport RuPaul
Michelle's Story Kandy Ho RuPaul
Max Merle
Violet Chachki Michelle
Ru's Story Jaidynn Diore Fierce RuPaul
Miss Fame Merle
Pearl Michelle

Episode Seven: "Snatch Game"

Airdate: April 13th, 2015

  • Guest Judge: Tamar Braxton and Michael Urie[4]
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Matthews
  • Main Challenge: Snatch Game
  • Runway Theme: Leather & Lace
  • Challenge Winner: Kennedy Davenport & Ginger Minj (tie)
  • Main Challenge Prize: Feather accessories from Mother Plucker
  • Bottom Two: Jaidynn Diore Fierce and Max
  • Lip-sync Song: "No More Lies" by Michel'le
  • Eliminated: Max
  • Farewell message"Stay kind. Stay gracious. Stay humble. I love you, darlings. Xx Max"


Episode Eight: "Conjoined Queens"

Airdate: April 20th, 2015

  • Guest Judge: LeAnn Rimes and Nelsan Ellis
  • Alternating Judge: Ross Matthews
  • Mini-Challenge: Creating a look using prison uniforms
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Kennedy Davenport
  • Main Challenge: Create a conjoined twin makeover with a previously eliminated queen
  • Challenge Winner: Pearl and Trixie Mattel
  • Main Challenge Prize: A custom website by Square Space
  • Returned: Trixie Mattel
  • Bottom Two: Jaidynn Diore Fierce/Tempest DuJour and Ginger Minj/Sasha Belle
  • Lip-sync Song: "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany
  • Eliminated: Jaidynn Diore Fierce
  • Farewell message"Stay Fierce! Werq that puss! I love you all xoxo Jaidynn Diore Fierce <3"
Queen Partner
Ginger Minj Sasha Belle
Jaidynn Diore Fierce Tempest DuJour
Katya Mrs. Kasha Davis
Kennedy Davenport Jasmine Masters
Miss Fame Kandy Ho
Pearl Trixie Mattel
Violet Chachki Max

Episode Nine: "Divine Inspiration"

Airdate: April 27th, 2015

  • Guest Judge: John Waters and Demi Lovato
  • Alternating Judge: Carson Kressley
  • Mini-Challenge: "Reading is Fundamental"
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Trixie Mattel
  • Main Challenge: Musical versions of John Waters' most iconic films
  • Runway Theme: Ugliest dress ever
  • Challenge Winner: Ginger Minj
  • Main Challenge Prize: A hair collection by Weavin' Steven
  • Bottom Two: Pearl and Miss Fame
  • Lip-sync Song:  "Really Don't Care" by Demi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd
  • Eliminated: Miss Fame
  • Farewell message"Continue to inspire. You are incredible! I love you. FAME"
Song Contestant
Eggs

(Parody of ‘’Pink Flamingos’’)

Ginger Minj
Trixie Mattel
Cha Cha Heels

(Parody of ‘’Female Trouble’’)

Katya
Kennedy Davenport
Poo

(Parody of ‘’Pink Flamingos’’)

Miss Fame
Pearl
Violet Chachki

Episode Ten: "Prancing Queens"

Airdate: May 4th, 2015

  • Guest Judge: Alyssa Milano and Rachel Harris
  • Alternating Judge: Carson Kressley
  • Mini-Challenge: Create a "Fake Housewives of Drag Race" look using tape.
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Violet Chachki
  • Main Challenge: Dancing in a live drag dance spectacular
  • Runway Theme: Half man, half woman
  • Challenge Winner: Katya and Violet Chachki
  • Main Challenge Prize: An original gown from Mountbatten Concepts and a gift card from Klein Epstein & Parker
  • Bottom Two: Trixie Mattel and Ginger Minj
  • Lip-sync Song:  "Show Me Love" by Robin S.
  • Eliminated: Trixie Mattel
  • Farewell message"WTF Just Happened?!? #GirlBye, Thx Pearl. Stay Plastic <3 Spoiler Alert Trixie Mattel Doesn't Win LOL'"
Partners Dance
Kennedy Davenport & Pearl Charleston / Twerk
Ginger Minj & Trixie Mattel Hoedown / Robot
Katya & Violet Chachki Tango / Vogue

Episode Eleven: "Hello, Kitty Girls!"

Airdate: May 11, 2015

  • Guest Judge: Santino Rice and Rebecca Romijn
  • Alternating Judge(s): Carson Kressley
  • Mini Challenge: Make a caricature of their own peers with a puppet
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Ginger Minj
  • Main Challenge: Create looks inspired by Hello Kitty
  • Challenge Winner: Violet Chachki
  • Main Challenge Prize: Hello Kitty Extravaganza Package
  • Bottom Two: Kennedy Davenport and Katya
  • Lip-sync Song: "Roar" by Katy Perry
  • Eliminated: Katya
  • Farewell message: "Девочки! Я вас любитЬ! If you need me, you know where to find me. (The dumpster out back) XOXO Katya AKA The Brooke Hogan of drag AKA Diarrhea Perlman ♥♥♥"

Episode Twelve: "And the Rest Is Drag"

Airdate: May 18, 2015

  • Alternating Judge(s): Ross Mathews and Carson Kressley
  • Main Challenge: Star in the music video for RuPaul's single "Born Naked"
  • Lip-sync Song: "Born Naked" by RuPaul
  • Eliminated: Kennedy Davenport

Gallery

Gallery pic
Check out the lookbook gallery to see the queens' looks from each episode.

Guest Judges

(In alphabetical order by stage name and/or last name)

  • Jessica Alba (actress)
  • Mel B (singer)
  • Tamar Braxton (singer and television personality)
  • Kat Dennings (actress)
  • Ariana Grande (singer and actress)
  • Merle Ginsberg (journalist)
  • Kathy Griffin (comedienne)
  • Rachael Harris (actress and comedienne)
  • Demi Lovato (singer and actress)
  • Alyssa Milano (actress)
  • Isaac Mizrahi (fashion designer)
  • Olivia Newton-John (actress and singer)
  • Lucian Piane (music producer)
  • Santino Rice (fashion designer)
  • Rebecca Romijn (actress)
  • Jordin Sparks (singer and actress)
  • Michael Urie (actor)
  • John Waters (director)

Changes

After six Seasons, Santino Rice did not return to Season 7 as a main judge. In his place, two new alternating main judges were introduced: Carson Kresley and Ross Mathews.

Season 7 is the first season in series history to not included an ethnic Asian contestant. Also, a new tradition was started where eliminated contestants take home a RuPaul 'Drag Race' maquette.

Pit Crew members Shawn Morales (who appeared from Season 3 up to Season 6), and Simon Sherry-Wood (who only appeared in Season 6) did not return to the show. In their place, one new Pit Crew member was introduced, a ginger haired man named Bryce Eilenburg, creating the first three membered Pit Crew on the show since Season 1.

Controversially, the follow up companion series "Untucked" was canceled in it's TV show format and was moved exclusively online to YouTube, with a sponsorship from the internet site "Squarespace", including a brand new format, new cinematography, and new staging. The show was given more of a "behind the scenes" feel, and the former "Untucked" lounge set was completely eliminated, opting instead to have the contestants sitting on furniture "backstage" behind the "Main Stage" set.

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