Michelle Visage’s 11 Favorite "Drag Race" Moments Of All Time

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Michelle Visage may have only joined the RuPaul’s Drag Race judging panel in Season 3, but it’s almost impossible to remember a time when she wasn’t serving the “T” at Ru’s side and putting subpar queens on blast with her memorable one-liners.

BuzzFeed asked Visage what her favorite Drag Race moments were — and she answered.

1. Safety in Numbers

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“We all hoped for it and Mother made it happen,” Visage told BuzzFeed about RuPaul’s decree that both Raven and Jujubee were safe following their emotional “Dancing on My Own” lip-sync.

2. Lipstick for Your Life

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“I think Carmen got pregnant from that lip sync,” Visage said, laughing about Carmen and Raja’s hyper-sexy performance of “Straight Up.”

3. This Will Be…Everything!

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After getting read by Visage, Dida delivered one of the most energetic lip syncs in Drag Race her-story! “Ashy knees didn’t stop Dida from slaying Natalie Cole,” said Visage.

4. Latrice’s Natural Talents

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There’s no doubt this is an over-the-top competition, but Visage pointed to Latrice’s powerful “Natural Woman” lip sync as evidence that “sometimes less is more and that is all you need.”

5. Who You Calling “Little”?

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More than 60 contestants had passed through Ru’s workroom by this point, but “the fiercest queen to ever grace the RuPaul’s Drag Race TV screen” was actually created by a pair of queens (Alaska and Lineysha). “A star was born in the form of Lil Poundcake,” Visage said of their puppet progeny.

6. Manilla’s Spark of Insanity

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“Passion, emotion, and insanity. Three important qualities for a flawless lip sync,” said Visage about Manilla’s memorable “MacArthur Park” lip sync.

7. Mimi Gets Carried Away

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Mimi made quite an impression during her first — and, ultimately last — time in the bottom two when she hoisted India Ferrah, her lip sync opponent, atop her shoulders and away from the judges. Visage recalled: “It made us all feel uncomfortable and we all talked about it. Still do to this day, for better or for kiki.”

8. A Colorful Workroom

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The fiery tension between former friends Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese came to a boiling point when Alyssa put Coco’s color on blast. “Everyone was talking about how orange she had been looking and Alyssa had the balls to call her on it,” Visage said with a laugh.

9. Party Time

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The judges had been asking Sharon Needles to drop her walls since day one and that moment of humanity came in Episode 4 when she and Phi Phi O’Hara got into the most quoted (“Go back to Party City where you belong!”) workroom verbal smackdown, ever. “This was the moment we saw complete vulnerability on Sharon’s face and that won me over,” Visage said. “She had a soul under all of that spook.”

10. Ru Defends Her Throne

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Taking a slap has become an artform in the world of Drag Race, but no one has come close to matching the magical way eventual winner Tyra Sanchez absorbed Ru’s “snap out of it” demand. “Ru went in on Tyra’s slaps and she took it like Joan Collins on pain meds,” Visage said. “Anytime you can work a Cher-ism and a quote into anything, it’s a slam dunk.”

11. Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun

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Queens have been misguidedly ditching their weaves mid-lip sync forever, but Roxxxy Andrews brilliantly revealed the the only reason one should ever rip off a wig: if there’s another wig underneath it! As Visage recalled, “I think I peed a little bit. Seriously.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. on Logo. RuPaul’s Drag Race: 21 ½ Moments That Made us GAG is now available, only on the Logo TV app.

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