Gigi Goode won’t be sashaying back into the werkroom anytime soon.
The 22-year-old performer made her Drag Race debut on the 12th season earlier this year, where she made history as the third contestant to win four maxi-challenges on a regular season after Sharon Needles and Shea Couleé.
After 11 gruelling weeks, she won a place in the top three alongside Crystal Methyd and Jaida Essence Hall. The latter ultimately beat her to the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar and hundred-thousands doollahz after three legendary lip-sync smackdowns for the crown.
Naturally, fans have wondered whether both Gigi and Crystal – aka Crygi, the most championed drag couple in HERstory – will follow in the footsteps of past contestants and return to the series for All Stars.
When we spoke to Crystal about her inevitable comeback, she told us: “Oh my goodness, it’s so funny because I was just joking with [Gigi] about that. I was like, ‘Let’s just both go on All Stars and then we’ll do another double crowning.’”
Of course, when we had the chance to chat with Gigi, we asked her about Crystal’s comments, to which she responded: “I was just texting her about that actually! She was like, ‘Okay, so here’s the plan…’ I was like, ‘Alright girl, let me know where I need to be and I’ll be there.’ Honestly, down. Sure.
However, she did add: “I had no interest in doing All Stars, and then I was kind of shocked and surprised at how many people wanted to see me there. The thing is, I want to do All Stars, but only after my drag has evolved and changed.
“I don’t want to do All Stars 6 and I’m probably not going to do All Stars 7. I want to wait until I’m a different drag queen, do you know what I mean?”
Last month, Jaremi Carey – formerly known as Phi Phi O’Hara – said he ‘knows the cast’ for the upcoming sixth season, telling fans over Twitter: “They film shortly, they have to fly out to quarantine them for 2 weeks.”
The team behind RuPaul’s Drag Race recently spilled the T on how they select queens for All Stars.
Mandy Salangsang, co-showrunner and executive producer, said the process for picking the cast is based on their career trajectory after their original season and whether they can provide the entertaintment factor.
“We track the queens and their careers and stay in touch with them as they’re conquering the world,” Salangsang told EW.
“We know who’s interest in coming back, and that’s something we look at: Who really wants to play? Who has experienced a real glow-up? We start throwing names out. It’s people we want to see and watch on TV competing against one another.”
Salangsang, who’s been with Drag Race since season four, said the team are interested in the queens who are “going to come in on this platform and take advantage of it,” and the ones who are “going to give a great show for us.”
“Committing to do an All-Stars season, it’s a commitment. I appreciate when a queen says she’s not ready,” Salangsang explained further. “When people waffle about it or don’t feel they’re ready to perform at their best, I don’t think that makes for the stiffest competition or the most authentic work room experience.
“They know that they’re going to be tested and scrutinized in a different way. The challenges are a little harder and we expect more from them…. They’re going to compete against fiercer competition, all at the height of their careers.”