Drag Race season 16’s eliminated queens ‘to return for lipsync reunion challenge’

Carson Kressley in the trailer for RuPaul's Drag Race season 16

All the eliminated queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race season 16 look set to return for a special lipsync smackdown reunion in episode 15 – with a cash prize up for grabs.

With just four queens left in the competition following Morphine Love Dion‘s departure from season 16’s makeover challenge, viewer would be forgiven for thinking that it’s now a straight shot to the finale of the latest instalment of the Drag Race universe.

However, despite a tease for next week’s challenge indicating that season 16 might have a top three for the first time since season eight, it seems like there might be another very special episode before and either Sapphira, Nymphia, Plane or Q receiving a crown.

According to various episode descriptions reported by outlets such as TV and film monolith Rotten Tomatoes, episode 15 of the season will include a LipSync Lalaparuza Smackdown featuring season 16’s eliminated contestant.

Morphine Love Dion in episode 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race episode 10 (RuPaul’s Drag Race/ YouTube)

What will happen at the Drag Race season 16 LipSync Lalaparuza reunion?

The episode synopsis published on Rotten Tomatoes reads as follows: “All of the eliminated queens return to battle it out in a LipSync Lalaparuza Smackdown, with nine lipsyncs, and a cash prize of $50,000 on the line.”

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The Lalaparuza concept – a knockout round of lipsyncs ending in one losing queen – was introduced in season 14 following a notorious Snatch Game, and carried over into season 15 as a standalone challenge.

However, while both of those seasons used the mechanic to eliminate a queen, it seems that season 16 will be using it to crown a ‘winner’.

Which eliminated queens will be reappearing?

The whole cast bar four have been sent to the house, so in order of elimination, here goes: Hershii LiqCour-Jeté, Mirage, Amanda Tori Meating, Geneva Karr, Megami, Xunami Muse, Plasma, Mhi’ya Iman Le’Paige, Dawn and Morphine Love Dion will be back for a shot at lipsyncing their way to 50k.

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 16 continues on Friday on MTV in the US and on Saturday on WOW Presents Plus internationally. You can read last week’s recap here.