Over the course of 11 seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race and 4 seasons of its All Stars spin-off, we have seen quite a few queens absolutely conquer the Lip Sync For Your Life and Lip Sync For Your Legacy segments of the franchise. Despite the fact that this is typically a low moment for the queens who land in the Bottom Two, it certainly is a moment for contestants to display their nerve and tenacity.
Within the Drag Race franchise, the queens who consistently deliver great lip sync performances have been classified as Lip Sync Assassins. This title has been granted to a select few after so many seasons (some of which did not make this list), but it comes without saying that certain queens have been more memorable than others. Read below to learn about the very best Lip Sync Assassins in RuPaul’s Drag Race history!
10 BROOKE LYNN HYTES
The Queen of the North and Miss Continental 2014, Brooke Lynn Hytes, is a legendary figure in the LGBTQ community. When it came time for Brooke to show her skills, she did not disappoint.
Brooke Lynn Hytes’ first time in the Bottom Two was none other than the “Snatch Game At Sea” episode. Along with Yvie Oddly and to the tune of Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry,” Brooke delivered what is regarded as the all-time best lip sync of RuPaul’s Drag Race. As a result, both Yvie and Brooke remained in the competition in a Double Shantay.
9 KAMERON MICHAELS
Kameron lip synced 5 times on season 10, besting the competition with relative ease. As the underdog of the Drag Race season 10 finale, Kameron made it to the very end through lip syncing. The only lip sync Kameron ever lost was season 10’s Lip Sync For The Crown, which Aquaria came out victorious.
8 ROXXXY ANDREWS
There is no doubt that Roxxxy Andrews changed RuPaul’s Drag Race forever during the “RuPaul Roast” episode of season 5. During her Lip Sync For Your Life against Alyssa Edwards, the queen revealed a wig under another wig, gagging the entire judging panel and introducing the importance of lip sync reveals to the franchise.
In All Stars 2, Roxxxy faced Tatianna on the very first Lip Sync For Your Legacy of the Drag Race franchise, which was to the tune of “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift. Despite Tatianna’s great lip sync skills, Roxxxy was deemed the winner.
7 ALYSSA EDWARDS
It says a lot that Alyssa Edwards’ very first time lip syncing was during the famous “RuPaul Roast” of season 5. After making it through, Alyssa sent Ivy Winters home only to be eliminated by her nemesis Coco Montrese on the next episode.
On Drag Race All Stars 2, Alyssa Edwards lip synced twice. Most notable was her performance during “Revenge Of The Queens," where Alyssa and Tatianna were responsible for the lip sync performance that, until Yvie and Brooke’s “Whip My Hair” performance, was regarded as the best lip sync of all time on Drag Race.
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 2 and All Stars 1 contestant Jujubee is regarded as the original Lip Sync Assassin of the franchise. All in all, the queen lip synced 6 times during her two appearances on the show.
In season 2, Jujubee made it to the Top 3 through lip syncing while she also beat her many rivals during the All Stars run. Then, Jujubee had to lip sync against her teammate Raven, but both were chosen to stay in the competition. Jujubee is the ultimate queen of never losing a lip sync!
Peppermint came into season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race as a legendary queen from New York City. She proved her royalty when it came to her lip sync performances on the main stage.
During her two times in the Bottom Two, Peppermint delivered some truly stunning performances. As the underdog of the season 9 finale, Peppermint won the lip sync to land a spot in the franchise’s first-ever Lip Sync For The Crown against Sasha Velour. That lip sync remains to be Peppermint’s one and only lip sync loss in the series.
4 YVIE ODDLY
There’s definitely something to be said about queens who absolutely killed it during the few times they lip synced.
Yvie Oddly lip synced three times during season 11: the iconic lip sync to Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair” against Brooke Lynn Hytes (regarded as the best Drag Race lip sync of all time), the “SOS” by Rihanna performance (against A’keria Chanel Davenport) that landed Yvie a spot in the finale’s Top 2, and then the unforgettable “The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga lip sync against Brooke Lynn Hytes that gave Yvie Oddly the crown.
Later in All Stars 3, BenDeLaCreme lip synced on basically every single episode, giving hilarious yet stunning performances every time. All in all, Ben won lip syncs against Aja, Shangela (tie), and BeBe Zahara Benet but eliminated herself from the competition in the latter competition.
2 MANILA LUZON
Manila Luzon is one of the most indisputable Lip Sync Assassins ever. On season 3, the queen sent Delta Work packing after a stunning lip sync performance to “McArthur Park” by Donna Summer. Manila held her own during the lip sync for “Champion” by RuPaul, even if she did lose the crown to Raja.
Manila set the tone during an unforgettable Lip Sync For Your Legacy to “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston against Trinity The Tuck. She would later lose to Monique Heart before tying with Monet X Change to make it to the Top 2.
We saw none of Alaska’s lip sync skills on season 5, as the queen did not land in the Bottom Two even once. However, when it came time for All Stars 2, Alaska slayed hard.
Alaska won every single Lip Sync For Your Legacy she joined, defeating the likes of Katya and Phi Phi O’Hara. She even won the three-way lip sync against Detox and Katya for the “All Stars Supergroup” finale. During every All Stars 2 lip sync, Alaska mesmerized the judges with stunts, reveals, and humor, earning her place as one of the best Lip Sync Assassins.