In this first episode, we are introduced to the nine queens that will be competing for "the fierce title of America's Next Breakthrough Drag Superstar." These nine contestants (chosen from thousands of entries) come from all over the United States plus one contestant from Puerto Rico and another from Cameroon. The winner will receive a feature photo spread in Paper magazine, a portrait taken by renown photographer Greg Gorman to be used in an LA Eyeworks legendary designer eye wear campaign, headline the Absolut Vodka Pride Tour across the U.S., and $20,000 cash ...
For the mini challenge, the contestants must take pictures of themselves reacting to situations RuPual dictates. The two winners become team captains for the main challenge. They must form two rival girl groups where each team member is in charge of a different aspect of the challenge (makeup, hair, costumes, and choreography). The two teams perform and are critiqued by the judges. The winning group is safe and contains the winner of the challenge. One of the queens from the losing team is sent home.
The queens must create an Oprah inspired look for the main challenge and retrace her career (report the news via teleprompter, pitch products, and interview celebrity guests). They hit the runway in their very own best drag.
With three queens down, RuPaul pairs the racers off to do one another's makeup in the mini challenge. For the main challenge, they must campaign their own screen test entitled "I am a MAC Viva Glam Woman Because..."
RuPaul brings in a group of girl fighters to work out the contestants for the mini challenge. The winner gets to pair each queen with the fighter of his choosing to transform into a version of their drag persona.
The final four "vogue off" in the mini challenge. The winner gets to choose which Absolut vodka flavors the queens will be representing for the main challenge (creating three different looks: swimwear, executive realness, and evening gown).
This clip show includes a short history of drag, audition tapes of queens who did and didn't make it, the top ten most unforgettable fashion moments, never before scenes, a look at the catch phrases, and a recap of the season thus far.
RuPaul hosts as all 9 contestants are reunited. They discuss the highlights, lowlights, and dramatic moments from the show, answer viewer questions, and get a chance to give the judges a piece of their minds. Miss Congeniality is announced.