This week, drag superstars Alaska and Detox reunite for a special AS2 recap in which they spill scalding tea on highlights from the fan-favorite season — including when Detox nearly changed her mind about her decision to eliminate Alyssa Edwards from the competition.
“I wanted to change it when I picked Alyssa. I just didn’t do it… I knew it was Roxxxy’s time to go, but I still picked Alyssa. The whole time I was like, ‘God, I should’ve just done it,'” Detox recalls of the episode 7 moment in which she chose to eliminate Edwards over her friend, who’d appeared in the bottom across four consecutive weeks leading up to that point. “I had already put [Alyssa’s lipstick] under my sleeve, and I was going to ask one of the PAs to be like, ‘I can’t do this, I’ve gotta change my lipstick,’ but I didn’t know how to do that. I didn’t know how to navigate that. I was like, f— it, it’s already done.”
Edwards’ elimination was one of many juicy scenes in what fans often cite as the best season in RuPaul’s Drag Race herstory. It marked the first time the queens, rather than the panel of judges, were tasked with eliminating each other from the competition. Alaska, who went on to win AS2, also tells EW how she dealt with the intense back-and-forth between viewers — including over the headline-making moment where Alaska also saved Roxxxy, seemingly because of a borrow rhinestoned top.
“You can’t go around and be like, ‘Yeah, I regret it, and I’m so sorry,’ you have to be like, ‘No, I stand behind my decision, I’d do it again,’ and deal with it. In general, the fans had been really nice to me for a long time — inordinately nice to me — and all of a sudden they were really mean to me. It made me realize first of all, [the internet is] not real, it’s a fiction,” Alaska says. “It also gave me a lot of compassion for the majority of queens who go on Drag Race who don’t have a very nice relationship with the fandom, who get treated like s— by the fandom. It gave me compassion. I understand that now.”
She also fondly recalls the moment Andrews lent her the infamous white top, as was in-line with the queen’s character throughout the season: “I had a white shirt that I was going to wear and she had the identical white shirt, except hers was rhinestoned, so I was like, oh, work…. she’s lovely and she was giving s— to everybody and helping everybody the whole ass time!”
Other topics discussed in our All Stars 2 recap podcast include:
- Detox sharing trade with a long line of RuGirls
- The curious circumstances surrounding RoLaskaTox
- Alaska on her Mae West Snatch Game impression (and Aiden Zhane’s season 12 tribute)
- How Detox got her entire body painted silver
- The dolls’ initial reactions to “Read U Wrote U” (and what they really thought of Roxxxy Andrews’ iconic verse)
Listen to EW’s full RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2 recap with Alaska and Detox above, and tune in next week for more tea-filled dives into All Stars 3 herstory with special guests Kennedy Davenport and BenDeLaCreme.
Subscribe to EW’s BINGE podcast for full recaps of RuPaul’s Drag Race, including our new season diving into all five All Stars seasons, featuring exclusive interviews with Jujubee, Alexis Mateo, Shea Couleé, Alaska, Detox, BenDeLaCreme, Kennedy Davenport, and more. And be sure to catch up on our BINGE recaps of RuPaul’s Drag Race seasons 1-13 with Symone, Jaida Essence Hall, Trixie Mattel, Katya, Peppermint, Bianca Del Rio, Bob the Drag Queen, Sasha Velour, and more!
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