RuPaul’s Drag Race returns to VH1 tonight (8/7c) with a baker’s dozen of fresh-faced queens. Sadly, before the season is over, 12 of them will hear those infamous last words: “Sashay away.”
Eliminations are tough, but they’re also part of the journey. And in many cases, they end up becoming some of the most iconic moments of a given season. To that end, TVLine is looking back at the 10 most outrageous oustings, including the show’s first-ever double elimination, the only disqualification to date, and a controversial All Stars twist that fans are still debating to this day.
For the record, we’re not saying that we disagree with all of these outcomes; eliminations can be both shocking and deserved. Just ask Valentina, who instantly cemented her place in Drag Race herstory with seven little words: “I’d like to keep it on please.”
We’d also like to give a shout-out to BenDeLaCreme for appearing twice on our list. (Is “Elimination Queen” a category? Can that be DeLa’s thing?)
Browse our gallery of the 10 eliminations we’ll never forget — you can click here for direct access — then drop a comment with your own most memorable exits below. Which one(s) would you add to our list?
And while we have you, click here to meet the 13 queens competing in Drag Race Season 12.