Plus, the RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Queens tease the new season

By Dave Quinn
August 25, 2016 05:45 PM

For the second time in herstory, RuPaul’s Drag Race is running an all-star season, bringing back 10 of the most popular non-winners from previous seasons for another chance at the crown.

While the show will have big changes – including the dissolution of the widely-criticized team competition that plagued the first All Stars season – none are as welcome as new permanent judge Todrick Hall.

The 31-year-old YouTube sensation is joining the panel alongside Carson Kressley, Michelle Visage and RuPaul herself.

In addition to an exclusive sneak peek at Hall’s introduction along guest judge Raven-Symoné, PEOPLE has the exclusive sneak peek at Hall on Thursday’s premiere!

Todrick Hall

Though Hall will certainly have plenty to say come panel time, it’s possible he won’t have too much to do since a new twist has the Queens voting one another off of the runway.

“It was like a neutron bomb being dropped into the pint workroom,” season 5 contestant Alaska told PEOPLE. “There was crying, there was screaming, there was fits and fights and table flipping. We’re all fine now, but it was certainly dramatic.”

Not all hated the twist though. “It’s going to be phenomenal,” said fellow season 5 contestant Roxxxy Andrews. “The best of the best, literally.”

Andrews, like season 4’s Phi Phi O’Hara and season 7’s Ginger Minj, returned to Drag Race not only to lip-synch for their legacy but also to also redeem her reputation.

“It’s been hard for me because I had to rebuild my character after the show and prove to people that I wasn’t how I was perceived in certain ways,” she explained. “I let the competition get to me in season 5, and I wanted to show them I could do better than that. ”


One person also looking to a different outcome in the competition is Katya Zamolodchikova, who suffered crippling anxiety during her season 7 run.

“I wanted to commit suicide almost every night,” she confessed. “I’m not joking. Have you ever had a fear of going to summer camp? And you can’t leave? That’s what it was like this whole time.”

This season was easier, as Zamolodchikova knew most of the Queens coming in. “I liked all of them besides Roxxxy, and then ended up hating them all besides Roxxxy,” she joked.

While the pressure will be off Hall to vote some of the queens off, he can no doubt learn a thing or two before stepping into drag himself eight shows a week in Broadway’s Kinky Boots this winter.

“I think the runway will be burned to the ground a lot of times,” Zamolodchikova teased of the fashion fans can expect. “There’s a few people who pummel the s— out of that runway.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars premieres Thursdays 8 p.m. ET on Logo and VH1.