Finally we’re here, the day we discover whether Jinkx Monsoon, Alaska, or Roxxxy Andrews will walk off with the RuPaul’s Drag Race season five crown. To prepare for the big event, let’s circle back through the show’s hyper-dramatic history and rank the ten best lip-syncing moments. Some of my entries highlight one performer while others highlight both combatants, but all are ferocious examples of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and tongue-twisting talent.
10. Shannel, “The Greatest Love of All”
Maybe that headpiece snafu was entirely staged, but the theatricality of Shannel’s “recovery” as she belted Whitney’s most bloated ballad was seriously kickass. Akashia, in all her finger-pointing might, didn’t stand a chance once Shannel owned her wardrobe malfunction, removed her breastplate, and stepped forward like a valiant dame.
9. Latrice Royale and Dida Ritz, “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination”
Two of the fiercest face-giving, lip-sync-smashing doyennes vied for the crown here, but ultimately the showstopper was Latrice, who exploded with charm and sincerity — not to mention actual explosives, essentially. Girl is machine-gun fierce!