Alyssa Edwards, Tatianna, and More Look Back at the Iconic “Shut Up and Drive” Lip Sync from RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2

"It's something that the children and the grandchildren and their great-great-grandchildren will watch and we'll be in drag history books for eternity, honey."

It has gone down in history as one of the most iconic lip sync showdowns in the RuPaul’s Drag Race canon—the perennial favorite, and accidental sound bite machine, Alyssa Edwards versus the underestimated and stunning “early season” queen Tatianna. The two queens performed Rihanna’s “Shut Up and Drive” for a chance back into the All Stars 2 competition. The sole Lip Sync For Your Life, in a season full of fun but low-stakes Lip Sync For Your Legacies, the performance is remembered not only for the queens similar looks and nearly choreographed synchronicity but their double win, sending both back into the competition. No gay bar or queer space would ever be the same again.

To commemorate it’s two-year anniversary, chatted with Alyssa and Tatianna, as well as eventual All Stars 2 winner Alaska and judge Carson Kressley for a full blow-by-blow (or a wow-by-wow) of the memorable lip sync.

Alyssa Edwards: I can tell you “Shut Up and Drive”, for me, it was a battle because both of our hearts were in it to win it. And it wasn’t just to stay in the competition, it wasn’t just for the $10,000, you can tell that these are two entertainers that were born to be on stage. There was no Hokey Pokey going on with that lip sync.

Tatianna: It was [the right] song. On season two, when I was lip-syncing for my life it was always mid-tempo disco songs, [and] this time around, it was like, “Oh, this is actually something that I know!” and I have performed this before. So I was excited to show that side of my performing style, and show that I can dance.

Alaska: It was really special. Anytime Alyssa Edwards does a lip sync, that’s like an event. So, it’s always exciting to watch her do that. Then it was like, is Tatianna going to bring it? And she did. It was really exciting and if you look at the back of the stage, I’m living my life, clapping and screaming. We kind of all were. Girl, it was really fun.

Carson Kressley: I do think it was one of those monumental ones. I am a huge Alyssa fan. I think she can turn some great looks and she also is a bit campy. She has a fantastic sense of humor. She’s one of a kind, so I have to say I was rooting for Alyssa. Tatianna is beautiful and I remember her season quite well. She really blossomed in All Stars but I didn’t think she would be able to keep up with Alyssa. Then the lip sync happened, and I was like, “Wait a minute,” [because] they were both spectacular.

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