How to watch 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 8' anywhere in the world

Which famous queens are returning for 'Drag Race All Stars 8'? Here's everything you need to know about the new season

Key art for RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 8, streaming on Paramount+
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*Cue Ru voice* Start your engines: RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 8 is officially here!

The eighth season of the reality competition spin-off, which was officially announced by Logo back in August 2022, may not be an all-winners edition like last year's RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 7, but that doesn't mean that it won't feature some heavy-hitters from franchise past. And as usual, the series will feature RuPaul as host and judge, with Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews, and Ts Madison back on the judging panel. 

But Drag Race All Stars 8 will differ from previous iterations with a fresh new twist. "On this season of All Stars, there are two ways to win," Ru announces in the premiere episode. ("I don't even know how to win one way, now you're telling me there's two ways?" one queen quips.) Along with vying for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame and a cool $200,000 cash prize, competitors will also contend for the title of "Queen of the Fame Games." Viewers at home will vote on unused runway looks from eliminated contestants, and which queen has the most popular outfit will win $50,000. 

So when and where can you catch Drag Race All Stars 8 and which queens will be back for the crown? Here's what you need to know. 

How to watch 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 8':

How to watch 'Drag Race All Stars 8' in the US

Like the previous two seasons, Drag Race All Stars 8 will be streaming stateside exclusively on Paramount+. 

That means you will need a Paramount+ subscription if you want to witness all of the wig-snatching hijinks each week. Current plans include the ad-supported Essential option, which is $4.99 per month or $11.99 per month when bundled with Showtime, and the commercial-free Premium tier, which costs $9.99 per month or $11.99 per month with the Showtime add-on.

How to watch 'Drag Race All Stars 8' from anywhere

Not located in the US? No problem! You can still tune in to Drag Race All Stars 8 each week even if your country blocks Paramount+, thanks to the help of a handy VPN. 

A VPN changes your IP address on your computer, or smart device, allowing you to pretend to be located in another location and continue to keep up with your favorite shows no matter where you are. 

Our go-to VPN service is ExpressVPN, rated as the best in the world by our colleagues at TechRadar. It's simple to use, it's super secure, there's a no-quibble 30-day money-back guarantee and, if you sign up for an annual plan, you'll get an extra three months absolutely free...

Here's how to get started with a VPN:

  1. First off, you need to make sure you have a Paramount+ account so you can log in once your VPN is set up.
  2. Then, download ExpressVPN, using the easy-to-follow instructions (you can get 49% off, three months free and there's a 100% risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee).
  3. Once you've installed your VPN, open the app and select your server location as anywhere in the United States
  4. With your ExpressVPN installed and your location set to the United States, head to Paramount+, log in and follow the instructions to stream Drag Race All Stars 8.

When is the Drag Race All-Stars 8 air date?

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 8 will premiere its first two episodes on Paramount+ starting Friday, May 12, with new episodes released one-at-a-time every Friday thereafter.

When is the Drag Race All-Stars 8 air time?

New episodes of Drag Race All Stars 8 will hit the streamer every Friday at midnight Pacific time and 3am Eastern. 

Who is judging 'Drag Race All Stars 8'?

This season features a star-studded crew of guest judges, from Broadway superstars to comedy favorites. They are:

  • Maude Apatow
  • Brandon Boyd
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Thom Filicia
  • Javicia Leslie
  • Idina Menzel
  • Ego Nwodim
  • Matt Rogers
  • Adam Shankman
  • JoJo Siwa
  • Robin Thede
  • Bowen Yang

Who is in the 'Drag Race All-Stars 8 cast'?

This year's returning queens were pulled from American seasons of the franchise as well as the Canuck spin-off, Canada's Drag Race.

  • Jimbo (Canada's Drag Race season 1 and RuPaul's Drag Race: U.K. vs the World)
  • Jessica Wild (Drag Race season 2)
  • Monica Beverly Hillz (Drag Race season 5)
  • Darienne Lake (Drag Race season 6)
  • Mrs. Kasha Davis (Drag Race season 7)
  • Naysha Lopez (Drag Race season 8)
  • Alexis Michelle (Drag Race season 9)
  • Jaymes Mansfield (Drag Race season 9)
  • Kahanna Montrese (Drag Race season 11)
  • Heidi N Closet (Drag Race season 12)
  • LaLa Ri (Drag Race season 13)
  • Kandy Muse (Drag Race season 13)

Watch the 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 8'

Catch a sneak peek at the new season with the official trailer below:

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