RuPaul's Drag Race (season 4)

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RuPaul's Drag Race
Season 4
RuPauls-Drag-Race-S4.jpg
Promotional poster for season four
Hosted byRuPaul
Judges
No. of contestants13
WinnerSharon Needles
Runner-up
Miss CongenialityLatrice Royale
Companion showRuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes14
Release
Original networkLogo TV
Original releaseJanuary 30 (2012-01-30) –
April 30, 2012 (2012-04-30)
Season chronology
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Season 5
List of episodes

The fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race began airing on January 30, 2012,[2] with cast members announced November 13, 2011.[3] The winner of season four headlined Logo's Drag Race Tour featuring Absolut Vodka, won a one-of-a-kind trip, a lifetime supply of NYX Cosmetics, and a cash prize of $100,000.[4]

Like the last season, Santino Rice and Billy B (Billy Brasfield), celebrity makeup artist and star of the HGTV mini-series Hometown Renovation, shared the same seat at the judges table alternatively, Brasfield filling in for Rice when needed.[1] Both judges appeared side-by-side in the audience during the "Reunited" episode.

The theme song playing during the runway every episode was "Glamazon" and the song played during the credits was "The Beginning", both from RuPaul's album Glamazon.

This is the first season in which a contestant, Willam Belli, was disqualified from the competition for breaking the rules and the second season in a row in which a contestant, Kenya Michaels, was brought back into the competition after having been eliminated in a prior episode.

The winner of the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race was Sharon Needles, with Chad Michaels and Phi Phi O'Hara as runners-up, making it the first time in the show's history to have two runners-up. The final also featured the first three-way lip-sync battle, instead of the usual two competitors. It was the first season in which the winner was not crowned in the studio but during the "Reunited" episode, which was filmed in front of an audience. This was also the first time three versions of the finale were filmed with each Top 3 contestant being crowned to prevent spoilers, this came after Raja winning Season 3 was leaked by Perez Hilton in 2011. [5]

Winner of the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, Sharon Needles.

Contestants[edit]

Ages, names, and cities stated are at time of filming.

Contestant Age Hometown Outcome
Sharon Needles 29 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Winner
Chad Michaels 40 San Diego, California Runners-up
Phi Phi O'Hara[a] 25 Chicago, Illinois
Latrice Royale 39 South Beach, Florida 4th Place[b]
Kenya Michaels 21 Dorado, Puerto Rico 5th Place[c]
DiDa Ritz 25 Chicago, Illinois 6th Place
Willam[d] 29 Los Angeles, California 7th Place[e]
Jiggly Caliente 30 Queens, New York 8th Place
Milan 36 New York City, New York 9th Place
Madame LaQueer 29 Carolina, Puerto Rico 10th Place
The Princess 31 Chicago, Illinois 11th Place
Lashauwn Beyond 21 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 12th Place
Alisa Summers 23 Tampa, Florida 13th Place
  1. ^ Phi Phi O'Hara was originally known as Phoenix O'Hara but changed it upon being cast.[6]
  2. ^ Latrice Royale was voted Miss Congeniality.
  3. ^ Kenya Michaels originally placed 9th before being asked back to the competition.
  4. ^ Willam Belli is simply referred to as Willam during the season.
  5. ^ It was revealed during episode 8 that Willam was disqualified from the competition for breaching the contract agreement.

Contestant progress[edit]

Legend:

  Sharon Needles won RuPaul's Drag Race.
  Chad Michaels and Phi-Phi O'Hara were the runners-up.
  Latrice Royale was voted Miss Congeniality (Miss C) by viewers.
  WIN indicates the contestant won the challenge in that episode.
  SAFE indicates that the contestant was declared safe by the judges in that episode.
  BTM (Bottom) indicates that the contestant had to lip sync in that episode.
  ELIM (Eliminated) indicates that the contestant was eliminated in that episode.
  DISQ (Disqualified) indicates that the contestant was disqualified for breaking rules.
  Guest indicates that the contestant returned as a guest in that episode.
Progress of contestants including rank/position in each episode
Contestant Episode
1[7] 2[8] 3[9] 4[10] 5[11] 6[12] 7[13] 8[14][a] 9[15] 10[16] 11[17] 13[18] 14[19]
Sharon Needles WIN SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM WIN SAFE WIN SAFE Winner
Chad Michaels SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM SAFE Runner-up
Phi Phi O'Hara SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN BTM SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE Runner-up
Latrice Royale SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN BTM BTM ELIM Miss C
Kenya Michaels SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM ELIM Guest
DiDa Ritz SAFE SAFE BTM SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM Guest
Willam SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN BTM DISQ Guest
Jiggly Caliente BTM SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM ELIM Guest
Milan SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM BTM ELIM Guest
Madame LaQueer SAFE WIN SAFE ELIM Guest
The Princess SAFE BTM ELIM Guest
Lashauwn Beyond SAFE ELIM Guest
Alisa Summers ELIM Guest
  1. ^ Willam won the challenge alongside Latrice, but was disqualified from the competition from breaking rules.

Lip syncs[edit]

Episode Contestants Song Eliminated
1 Jiggly Caliente vs. Alisa Summers "Toxic"
(Britney Spears)
Alisa Summers
2 Lashauwn Beyond vs. The Princess "Bad Girls"
(Donna Summer)
Lashauwn Beyond
3 DiDa Ritz vs. The Princess "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)"
(Natalie Cole)
The Princess
4 Madame LaQueer vs. Milan "Trouble"
(Pink)
Madame LaQueer
5 Kenya Michaels vs. Milan "Vogue"
(Madonna)
Kenya Michaels
6 Jiggly Caliente vs. Milan "Born This Way"
(Lady Gaga)
Milan
7 Jiggly Caliente vs. Willam "Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)"
(Pam Tillis)
Jiggly Caliente
8 Phi Phi O'Hara vs. Sharon Needles "It's Raining Men... The Sequel"
(Martha Wash and RuPaul)
None
9 DiDa Ritz vs. Latrice Royale "I've Got to Use My Imagination"
(Gladys Knight & The Pips)
DiDa Ritz
10 Kenya Michaels vs. Latrice Royale "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
(Aretha Franklin)
Kenya Michaels
11 Chad Michaels vs. Latrice Royale "No One Else on Earth"
(Wynonna Judd)
Latrice Royale
13 Chad Michaels vs. Phi Phi O'Hara vs. Sharon Needles "Glamazon"
(RuPaul)
None
  The contestant was eliminated after their first time in the bottom two.
  The contestant was eliminated after their second time in the bottom two.
  The contestant was eliminated after their third time in the bottom two.

Guest judges[edit]

Listed in chronological order:[4]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
381"RuPocalypse Now!"January 30, 2012 (2012-01-30)

13 new queens enter the workroom and are thrown right into their first photoshoot mini-challenge. They must pose on a spinning platform while being sprayed with "hazardous waste." Jiggly Caliente wins this mini-challenge. For the main challenge, the queens must make a post-apocalyptic outfit made from items looted from drag queen zombies.

On the runway, Lashauwn Beyond, Sharon Needles and The Princess receive positive critiques, with Sharon Needles winning the challenge. Alisa Summers, Jiggly Caliente and Kenya Michaels receive negative critiques, with Kenya Michaels being saved. Alisa Summers and Jiggly Caliente then lip-sync to "Toxic" by Britney Spears. Jiggly Caliente wins and Alisa Summers is the first queen to sashay away.

  • Guest Judges: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Mike Ruiz
  • Mini-Challenge: Photographer Mike Ruiz shoots the contestants for a "totally toxic" photo spread where they pose on a spinning platform while being sprayed with "hazardous waste."
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Jiggly Caliente
  • Main Challenge: The queens design a post-apocalyptic couture outfit from items looted from drag queen zombies
  • Challenge Winner: Sharon Needles
  • Bottom Two: Alisa Summers and Jiggly Caliente
  • Lip Sync Song: "Toxic" by Britney Spears
  • Eliminated: Alisa Summers
  • Farewell Message: "Keep it cute ladies! Shady sisters 4-ever! ♥ Alisa"
392"WTF!: Wrestling's Trashiest Fighters"February 6, 2012 (2012-02-06)

For this week's mini-challenge, the queens must create a "badonkadonk" with padding. . Chad Michaels, Phi Phi O'Hara and Willam win the mini-challenge and become team captains for the main challenge. For the main challenge, the queens must create a wrestling storyline, with a backstage clip and an entertaining match in the ring. Chad chooses Madame LaQueer, Milan and Sharon Needles for her team. Phi Phi O'Hara chooses Kenya Michaels, Lashauwn Beyond and Latrice Royale for her team. Willam chooses DiDa Ritz, Jiggly Caliente and The Princess for her team.

On the runway, category is Girly Drag. Team Chad is declared the winning team, with Chad Michaels and Madame LaQueer both winning the challenge. During critiques, Kenya Michaels, Latrice Royale and Phi Phi O'Hara all receive positive critiques. DiDa Ritz, Lashauwn Beyond and The Princess receive negative critiques, with DiDa Ritz being saved. Lashauwn Beyond and The Princess then lip-sync to "Bad Girls" by Donna Summer. The Princess wins the lip-sync and Lashauwn Beyond sashays away.

  • Guest Judges: Rick Fox and John Salley
  • Wrestling Trainers: "Hollywood's Own" Joey Ryan, Hector "El Chido" Canales and "King of Submissions" Ryan Taylor
  • Mini-Challenge: Split into teams of four and created a "badonkadonk" with padding in 30 minutes.
  • Mini-Challenge Winners: Chad Michaels, Phi Phi O'Hara and Willam
  • Main Challenge: Create a wrestling storyline, with "backstage" clip and entertaining match in the ring
  • Runway Theme: Girly Drag
  • Challenge Winners: Chad Michaels and Madame LaQueer
  • Bottom Two: Lashauwn Beyond and The Princess
  • Lip Sync Song: "Bad Girls" by Donna Summer
  • Eliminated: Lashauwn Beyond
  • Farewell Message: "Stay true 2 U + xoxo good luck! –Beyond!"
403"Glamazons vs. Champions"February 13, 2012 (2012-02-13)

For the mini-challenge, the queens must pair up and create a hat with butterfly-shaped accessories for guest Piyah Martell, Internet diva and transgender teen born with Caudal Regression Syndrome. Due to an uneven number of queens, Jiggly Caliente, who was not chosen, got to pick her own team. She chose to pair up with Kenya and Phi Phi. Jiggly Caliente, Kenya Michaels and Phi Phi O'Hara win the mini-challenge. For the main challenge, the queens must produce and act in TV infomercials for RuPaul's Glamazon and Champion albums. Kenya Michaels and Phi Phi O'Hara, who won a random coin toss, became team captains for this challenge. Kenya chose Chad Michaels, Madame LaQueer, Milan, The Princess and Willam for her team. They had the Glamazon album. Phi Phi chose DiDa Ritz, Jiggly Caliente, Latrice Royale and Sharon Needles for her team. They had the Champion album.

On the runway, category is Platinum and Gold. Chad Michaels, Kenya Michaels and Sharon Needles receive positive critiques, with Sharon Needles winning the challenge. DiDa Ritz, Madame LaQueer and The Princess all receive negative critiques, with Madame LaQueer being saved. DiDa Ritz and The Princess then lip-sync to "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" by Natalie Cole. DiDa Ritz wins the lip-sync and The Princess sashays away.

  • Guest Judges: Amber Riley and Natalie Cole
  • Mini-Challenge: Create hats with butterfly-shaped accessories for guest Piyah Martell, Internet diva and transgender teen born with Caudal Regression Syndrome.
  • Mini-Challenge Winners: Jiggly Caliente, Kenya Michaels and Phi Phi O'Hara
  • Main Challenge: Produce and act in TV infomercials for RuPaul's Glamazon and Champion.
  • Runway Theme: Platinum and Gold
  • Challenge Winner: Sharon Needles
  • Bottom Two: DiDa Ritz and The Princess
  • Lip Sync Song: "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" by Natalie Cole
  • Eliminated: The Princess
  • Farewell Message: "This is (only) the begining [sic] ! Much Love - The Princess / I ♥ U DIDA RITZ!"
414"Queens Behind Bars"February 20, 2012 (2012-02-20)

For this week's mini-challenge, the queens must pair up and paint each others faces while handcuffed to one another and pose for a mug shot photoshoot. Madame LaQueer and Willam win the mini-challenge and become team captains for the main challenge. For the main challenge, in two teams, the queens will star in two different episodes of a sitcom. Madame LaQueer picked DiDa Ritz, Kenya Michaels, Milan and Sharon Needles for her team. Willam picked Chad Michaels, Jiggly Caliente, Latrice Royale and Phi Phi O'Hara for her team. Before the runway, Phi Phi and Sharon get into a screaming match about last week's challenge.

On the runway, category is Television Premiere. Team Willam is the winning team, with Latrice Royale winning the overall challenge. Team Madame LaQueer are the losing team, with Madame LaQueer and Milan landing in the bottom two. They lip-sync to "Trouble" by Pink. Milan wins the lip-sync and Madame LaQueer sashays away.

  • Guest Judges: Billy B, Nicole Sullivan and Max Mutchnick
  • Mini-Challenge: In pairs, paint each others faces while handcuffed to one another and pose for a mug shot photo shoot.
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Madame LaQueer and Willam
  • Main Challenge: In two teams, star in two different episodes of a sitcom.
  • Runway Theme: Television premiere.
  • Challenge Winner: Latrice Royale
  • Bottom Two: Madame LaQueer and Milan
  • Lip Sync Song: "Trouble" by Pink
  • Eliminated: Madame LaQueer
  • Farewell Message: "Girls: Stay humble... People go up... You'll be on the way down! Kisses MLQ / Chad, Sharon, Milan, Dita [sic] = True Friends / Kenya : Botate Mami !"
425"Snatch Game"February 27, 2012 (2012-02-27)

The queens play a game called "Beat the Cock" for this week's mini-challenge. Phi Phi O'Hara wins the mini-challenge, and won a phone call home. She gives her phone call home to Chad, whose anniversary with her husband was coming up. For the main challenge, the queens play the Snatch Game. Loretta Devine and Ross Mathews star as the celebrity contestants. The cast consisted of:

After a messy and unprofessional performance from multiple queens, Latrice scolds the other queens for how unprofessional they were during the Snatch Game.

On the runway, the queens present their best drag. Chad Michaels, Sharon Needles and Willam receive positive critiques, with Chad Michaels winning the challenge. Kenya Michaels, Milan and Phi Phi O'Hara receive negative critiques, with Phi Phi O'Hara being saved. Kenya Michaels and Milan lip-sync to "Vogue" by Madonna. Milan wins the lip-sync and Kenya Michaels sashays away.

  • Guest Judges: Loretta Devine and Ross Mathews
  • Mini-Challenge: Compete in a game called "Beat the Cock"
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Phi Phi O'Hara
  • Main Challenge: Celebrity impersonations in a Match Game-style setting (Snatch Game)
  • Runway Theme: Best Drag
  • Challenge Winner: Chad Michaels
  • Bottom Two: Kenya Michaels and Milan
  • Lip Sync Song: "Vogue" by Madonna
  • Eliminated: Kenya Michaels
  • Farewell Message: "[...] / I'll be waiting for you in my kindom [sic] / Phi-Phi - I love you - sisters 4 ever"
436"Float Your Boat"March 5, 2012 (2012-03-05)

For this week's mini-challenge, the queens must gain the biggest crowd reaction in a wet T-shirt contest, which Willam wins. For the main challenge, the queens must create and wear a pride float based on a color of the pride flag.

  • Chad Michaels - Pink
  • DiDa Ritz - Red
  • Jiggly Caliente - Orange
  • Latrice Royale - Turquoise
  • Milan - Yellow
  • Phi Phi O'Hara - Violet
  • Sharon Needles - Green
  • Willam - Indigo

On the runway, Latrice Royale, Phi Phi O'Hara and Willam receive positive critiques, with Willam winning the challenge. DiDa Ritz, Jiggly Caliente and Milan receive negative critiques, with DiDa Ritz being saved. Jiggly Caliente and Milan then lip-sync to "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga". Jiggly Caliente wins the lip-sync and Milan sashays away.

  • Guest Judges: Billy B, Kelly Osbourne and Pauley Perrette
  • Mini-Challenge: Gain the biggest crowd reaction in a wet T-shirt contest.
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Willam
  • Main Challenge: Create and wear a parade float based on a color of the pride flag.
  • Challenge Winner: Willam
  • Bottom Two: Jiggly Caliente and Milan
  • Lip Sync Song: "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
  • Eliminated: Milan
  • Farewell Message: "Say love n show love / Colored girl, why yo base look like chalk ? / Jiggly REPRESENT / Dwayne Milan"
447"Dragazines"March 12, 2012 (2012-03-12)

The queens must read each other for the mini-challenge. Latrice Royale wins the mini-challenge. For this week's main challenge, the queens must create a magazine cover on a certain topic.

  • Chad Michaels - Fashion
  • DiDa Ritz - Food
  • Jiggly Caliente - Health & Fitness
  • Latrice Royale - Celebrity Gossip
  • Phi Phi O'Hara - Travel
  • Sharon Needles - Cat Lovers
  • Willam - Home Decor

On the runway, Phi Phi O'Hara and Sharon Needles receive positive critiques, with Phi Phi O'Hara winning the challenge. Chad Michaels, Jiggly Caliente, Latrice Royale and Willam all receive negative critiques, with Jiggly Caliente and Willam landing in the bottom two. They then lip-sync to "Mi Vida Loca" by Pam Tillis. Willam wins the lip-sync and Jiggly Caliente sashays away.

  • Guest Judges: Regina King and Pam Tillis
  • Mini-Challenge: Reading is Fundamental
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Latrice Royale
  • Main Challenge: Create a magazine cover
  • Challenge Winner: Phi Phi O'Hara
  • Bottom Two: Jiggly Caliente and Willam
  • Lip Sync Song: "Mi Vida Loca" by Pam Tillis
  • Eliminated: Jiggly Caliente
  • Farewell Message: "To my Bitchez / <3 y'all 2 Death! / C U @ da Reunion / Keep it Real" [Second Column:] "Luv the Dusty 'RPDR' Girls! <3 / Shady / I can get [censored] now! / <3 Dida / Jiggly Caliente"
458"Frenemies"March 19, 2012 (2012-03-19)

For the mini-challenge, the queens must take a polygraph test. Based on these results, the queens are then paired up for the main challenge, which they must sing live in a duet. Chad Michaels and DiDa Ritz are paired up. Latrice Royale and Willam are paired up. Phi Phi O'Hara and Sharon Needles are paired up.

On the runway. Latrice Royale and Willam win the challenge. Phi Phi O'Hara and Sharon Needles are the bottom two and lip-sync to "It's Raining Men (The Sequel)" Performed by Martha Wash and RuPaul. After the lip-sync, RuPaul calls Willam to the front of the stage, saying that she has broken the rules, and will be disqualified immediately. Because of this disqualification, Phi Phi and Sharon both survive the lip-sync and remain in the competition.

  • Guest Judges: Lucian Piane, Pamela Anderson, and Jennifer Tilly
  • Mini-Challenge: Polygraph test administered by RuPaul
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: N/A
  • Main Challenge: Live singing duet; the six remaining contestants were paired into three teams (duets) and sing "So Much Better Than You"
  • Challenge Winner: Latrice Royale and Willam
  • Bottom Two: Phi Phi O'Hara and Sharon Needles
  • Lip Sync Song: "It's Raining Men (The Sequel)" Performed by Martha Wash and RuPaul
  • Disqualified: Willam
  • Farewell Message: "Hi, I showed my ass (a lot) so here's one for the road. Willam." (with a butt print on the mirror.)
469"Frock the Vote!"March 26, 2012 (2012-03-26)

For this week's mini-challenge, the queens must design a shoe inspired by different flavors of Absolut Vodka. Phi Phi O'Hara wins this mini-challenge. For the main challenge, the queens participate in a presidential debate as the 2012 Wig Party candidate.

On the runway, category is Inaugural Drag. Chad Michaels and Sharon Needles receive positive critiques, with Sharon Needles winning the challenge. DiDa Ritz, Latrice Royale and Phi Phi O'Hara receive negative critiques, with Phi Phi O'Hara being saved. DiDa Ritz and Latrice Royale lip-sync to "I've Got to Use My Imagination" by Gladys Knight & The Pips. Latrice Royale wins the lip-sync and DiDa Ritz sashays away. At the end of the episode, Ru announces that an eliminated queen will be returning to the competition.

  • Guest Judges: Dan Savage and Jeffrey Moran
  • Mini-Challenge: Design an Absolut Vodka Inspired Shoe
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Phi Phi O'Hara
  • Main Challenge: Participate in a Presidential debate as the 2012 Wig Party candidate
  • Runway Theme: Inaugural Drag
  • Challenge Winner: Sharon Needles
  • Bottom Two: DiDa Ritz and Latrice Royale
  • Lip Sync Song: "I've Got to Use My Imagination" by Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • Eliminated: DiDa Ritz
  • Farewell Message: "Ms. Cheese loves you! Stay true 2 U girl Chad, needles, latrice XXX P.S. Phi Phi: Thank love u"
4710"DILFs: Dads I'd Like to Frock"April 2, 2012 (2012-04-02)

It is announced that Kenya Michaels will be returning to the competition after the judges voted her back in. For the mini-challenge, the queens must give a teddy bear a makeover. Kenya Michaels wins the mini-challenge. For the main challenge, the queens must turn a DILF into a pregnant drag diva.

On the runway, Chad Michaels and Phi Phi O'Hara receive positive critiques, with Phi Phi O'Hara winning the challenge. Kenya Michaels, Latrice Royale and Sharon Needles receive negative critiques, with Sharon Needles being safe. Kenya Michaels and Latrice Royale lip-sync to "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin. Latrice Royale wins the lip-sync and Kenya Michael sashays away for the second time.

  • Guest Judges: Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jennifer Love Hewitt
  • Returned: Kenya Michaels
  • Mini-Challenge: Give a teddy bear a makeover.
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Kenya Michaels
  • Main Challenge: Turn a DILF into a pregnant drag diva.
  • Challenge Winner: Phi Phi O'Hara
  • Bottom Two: Kenya Michaels and Latrice Royale
  • Lip Sync Song: "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin
  • Eliminated: Kenya Michaels
  • Farewell Message: "Girl I say goodbye again! Thank your love. When I left this competition, I felt loved. I love you, and the winner is... I don't know. Kiss K.M."
4811"The Fabulous Bitch Ball"April 9, 2012 (2012-04-09)

For the mini-challenge, the queens will have a bitch fest with puppets. Chad Michaels wins the mini-challenge. For the main challenge, the queens will made three looks for the Bitch Ball, with categories being Daytime Dog Park, Pooch in a Purse and Canine Couture, an outfit inspired by an actual dog.

  • Chad Michaels - Chinese Crested Dog
  • Latrice Royale - Pomeranian Dog
  • Phi Phi O'Hara - Bloodhound Dog
  • Sharon Needles - Poodle Dog

On the runway, Phi Phi O'Hara and Sharon Needles receive positive critiques, with Sharon Needles winning the challenge. Chad Michaels and Latrice Royale are announced as the bottom two and lip-sync to "No One Else on Earth" by Wynonna Judd. Chad Michaels wins the lip-sync and Latrice Royale sashays away.

  • Guest Judges: Rose McGowan and Wynonna Judd
  • Mini-Challenge: A bitch fest with puppets
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Chad Michaels
  • Main Challenge: Design three outfits for the runway in the categories: Daytime Dog Park, Pooch in a Purse and Canine Couture, an outfit inspired by an actual dog.
  • Challenge Winner: Sharon Needles
  • Bottom Two: Chad Michaels and Latrice Royale
  • Lip Sync Song: "No One Else on Earth" by Wynonna Judd
  • Eliminated: Latrice Royale
  • Farewell Message: "My divas Remember who you are, and what you stand for I love you and miss you all. Stay fierce!! Latrice Royale"
4912"RuPaul Rewind"April 16, 2012 (2012-04-16)
A look back on the highlights, low-lights, and previously unseen footage from the season as we race toward the climactic grand finale! RuPaul is joined by Shannel (season 1), Pandora Boxx (season 2) and Mariah (season 3) as they look back over the top 10 fits of fashion from the season so far. This episode also included a few clips of queens who didn't make it on the season, among them, Alaska, who later became a contestant on season 5. Magnolia Crawford, Joslyn Fox and April Carrión, who later became contestants on season 6 and Mrs. Kasha Davis, who later became a contestant on season 7.
5013"The Final Three"April 23, 2012 (2012-04-23)

For the final challenge of the season, the queens will shoot the music video for RuPaul's "Glamazon" with a dramatic scene. The queens walk the runway one last time. It is announced that all three finalists will ip-sync to "Glamazon" by RuPaul. In a twist, Ru does not crown a queen, and says that the winner will be announced next episode in front of a live audience.

  • Special Guests: Candis Cayne and Mathu Andersen
  • Main Challenge: Shoot the music video for RuPaul's "Glamazon" with a dramatic scene
  • Lip Sync Song: "Glamazon" by RuPaul
5114"Reunited"April 30, 2012 (2012-04-30)

For the first time in Drag Race history, the queens sit in front of RuPaul in front of a live audience. Ru catches up with all the eliminated queens. She then invites out Willam and she reveals that she invited over her husband to her hotel, which is a clear breach of the contract. It is then announced that Latrice Royale has won Miss Congeniality. Ru then crowns Sharon Needles as the winner, leaving Chad Michaels and Phi Phi O'Hara as the runners-up.

  • Miss Congeniality: Latrice Royale
  • Runners-up: Chad Michaels and Phi Phi O'Hara
  • Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Season Four: Sharon Needles

Marketing[edit]

In January 2012, Logo released the second running of Fantasy Drag Race, an online fan contest inspired by fantasy football where viewers assemble a team of three season four Drag Race contestants. Players receive and lose points based on their team's performance on the show, and can earn additional points by redeeming codes and performing tasks given out when episodes of the show first air. The highest scoring players receive Drag Race and NYX Cosmetics products, and one player wins a trip for two to the first stop on Logo's Drag Race Tour.[20]

Already having a generous social media presence, Logo expanded its efforts across Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, GetGlue, and Foursquare in preparation for the premiere of season four. Both RuPaul and contestants tweet live while the show airs, and LogoTalk! chat parties (featuring judges, contestants from previous seasons, and contestants from season four) occur on the official Logo website while participants watch new episodes.[21] Season four specifically marks an increased interest from Logo in Tumblr, where the network publishes animated GIFs, contestant trading cards, and images that incorporate internet memes.[22] Dan Sacher, VP of digital for VH1 and Logo, has stated that their online marketing efforts are part of helping the small network expand their fan base across as many outlets as possible.[21]

Reception[edit]

The premiere episode of season four averaged a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic, totaling 481,000 viewers, and ranked as the highest-rated premiere in Logo's network history. Untucked totalled 254,000 viewers, marking the companion show's most watched debut. During the evening of the premiere, the show registered eight US trending topics on Twitter (including Jiggly Caliente, Sharon Needles, Phi Phi O'Hara, and Latrice Royale) and reached a 7th place ranking on Trendrr. Leading up to the first episode, the show's Facebook page saw an 89% increase (earning over half a million fans).[23]

The season finale scored a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic and drew 601,000 viewers total, while the reunion episode became the highest rated episode of the season. Season four's "RuPaul's Drag Race: Reunited" was also the highest-rated reunion in the franchise's history, seeing a 33% increase in the 18-49 demographic compared to season three. The reunion registered five trending topics on Twitter (including Sharon Needles, Phi Phi, Willam, and a new portmanteau Willam introduced to the show: "RuPaulogize"), and ranked 4th among non-sports cable programs for the night on Trendrr.[24]

During season 4, the show's Twitter following increased by 77%, and the Facebook page accrued a 36% increase in likes.[24] TV.com also declared it was the best reality show on television.[25]

Future appearances[edit]

Chad Michaels and Latrice Royale competed on the first season of All Stars. Latrice placed 7th/8th overall with season 3 contestant Manila Luzon. Chad won the competition.[26]

Phi Phi O'Hara competed on the second season of All Stars. She placed 7th overall.[27]

Latrice Royale later returned to compete on the fourth season of All Stars, making her one of the first contestants to return, alongside Manila Luzon, after already competing in a previous All Stars season.[28] Latrice initially placed 7th, but she returned to the competition after winning her lip sync in the LaLaPaRuza and placed 5th overall.[29]

Jiggly Caliente competed on the sixth season of All Stars, where she placed 12th.

RuPaul's Drag Race[edit]

Contestant Year Season Role Outcome Notes
Chad Michaels 2012 Drag U Mentor N/A 2 episodes
2012 All Stars 1 Contestant Winner 6 episodes
2016 Season 8 Guest N/A 2 episodes
2016 All Stars 2 Guest N/A 1 episode
2018 All Stars 3 Guest N/A 2 episodes
2018 Season 10 Guest N/A 1 episode
2019 All Stars 4 Guest N/A 1 episode
Jiggly Caliente 2016 All Stars 2 Guest N/A 1 episode
2018 Season 10 Guest N/A 1 episode
2021 All Stars 6 Contestant 12th place 2 episodes
Latrice Royale 2012 Drag U Mentor N/A 3 episodes
2012 All Stars 1 Contestant 7th/8th place 3 episodes
2015 Season 7 Guest N/A 1 episode
2015 Green Screen Christmas Self N/A 1 episode
2018 Holi-slay Spectacular Contestant Winner 1 episode
2018-19 All Stars 4 Contestant 5th place 8 episodes
Madame LaQueer 2016 All Stars 2 Guest N/A 1 episode
Phi Phi O'Hara 2016 All Stars 2 Contestant 7th place 5 episodes
Sharon Needles 2012 Drag U Mentor N/A 1 episode
2016 Season 8 Guest N/A 1 episode
Willam 2012 Drag U Mentor N/A 1 episode

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