RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 3 (2011)


Season 3
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Air date: Jan 24, 2011

Behind the scenes of the casting process for the 2011 edition of "RuPaul's Drag Race."

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Air date: Jan 24, 2011

Season 3 begins with the introductions of 12 new queens---and the return of Season 2's Shangela, making a grand total of 13 vying to be "the next drag superstar." Their first challenge: a Christmas-card photo shoot on a trampoline (with Mike Ruiz taking the pictures). Then it's off to a thrift store to stock up for their holiday-themed runway outfits. Ruiz, Vanessa Williams and Bruce Vilanch are the guest judges, joining regular judges Santino Rice and Michelle Visage (making her debut).

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Air date: Jan 31, 2011

The challenge facing the 12 remaining contestants: two sci-fi movie shoots. Guest judges include Lily Tomlin and "Caprica" alum Alessandra Torresani.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2011

The challenge: produce a fitness video with workout expert Susan Powter. Guest judge: La Toya Jackson.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2011

The challenge: produce morning news shows. Chloe Sevigny and Debbie Matenopoulos are the guest judges.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2011

The challenge: perform celebrity impersonations on a TV game show. Aisha Tyler and model Amber Rose are the guest judges.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2011

The challenge: find fashion inspiration from cakes. Eliza Dushku and Sara Rue are the guest judges.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2011

The challenge: perform a stand-up routine in front of a live studio audience. Rita Rudner and "MADtv" alum Arden Myrin are the guest judges.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2011

The challenge is to make patriotic videos for U.S. troops. Guest judges include model Cheryl Tiegs and figure skater Johnny Weir.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2011

The challenge is to record a single and perform it before a live audience. Jody Watley and Carmen Electra are the guest judges.

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RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 3 Photos

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Drag queens compete in weekly challenges in an elimination contest hosted by the noted drag performer and featuring celebrity judges. The winner is crowned "The Next Superstar Drag Queen of the World".

Critic Reviews for RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

And as fun as the hour was... the "bringing a queen back" thing really felt like just a gimmick to extend the season by an episode and pimp out Carmen Carrera more.

Mar 31, 2020 | Full Review…

It's the little moments that make this show great to me, like when Venus revealed that she's had plastic surgery to look more like Madonna.

Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It's not every day you see a drag lady toss her long auburn wig to the floor and perform a series of showstopping somersaults down the center of the runway. Git it, mama!

Mar 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 3

  • May 11, 2020
    Season 3 of Drag Race is perhaps the competition at its most challenging. While there's lots of drama and conflict, the narrative arc of the season stalls hard in the back half, making the crowning feel less like "yes, we have a winner!" and more like "finally, we have a winner." While there's no bad season of Drag Race, this one isn't the best.
  • Aug 18, 2019
    This, to me, is the show at its peak. Great balance between comedy, acting and sewing challenges, great cast with diverse personalities and drag aesthetics, entertaining drama that kinda makes you lost on whose side are you on, as it's nearly impossible to hate either Raja and Manila or Shangela and Yarlexis. Had this season been more recent, in HD and with a bigget budget, it would've been a bigger hit than season 6 or AllStars 2.

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