La Secta AllStar
La Secta AllStar is a rock en Español band from Puerto Rico. The band members are Mark Kilpatrick, Gustavo Laureano, John Lengel, Mike Genao. Mark Kilpatrick and Gustavo Laureano met in Florida where they studied sound engineering. After graduating they moved to Miami Beach and started working, they began rehearsing in a local warehouse along with drummer John Lengel and guitarist Carlos Figueroa. They soon began writing and composing their songs and started playing at local clubs in Miami and Puerto Rico, it is during this time that artists like Ednita Nazario discovered them. In 1995, Martin recorded the song "Bombón de Azúcar" and in 1996, Nazario recorded "Ultima Vez" written by Laureano. José Fernández Camilo introduced them to producer Jorge Alvarez. Alvarez introduced them to Andrés Levin, La Secta Allstar signed a record deal with Fonovisa soon after, their debut album, was released in 1997 producing four Top 40 hit singles: "Se Acabó", "Recompensa", "Nunca Jamás" and "Bombón de Azúcar".
This album was re-released in 1999 under the title Bombón de Azúcar. The main difference is that the new album did not include the songs "Si Tú No Estás" and "Mar y Marea"; these were in turn substituted by the Spanglish version of "Bombón de Azúcar" and a new track titled "Luna de Día". Bombón de Azúcar was again re-released in 2007 with the addition of "Mar y Marea" while "Si Tú No Estás" has not been rereleased. In January 2001, the band presented a sold-out concert at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan. After this and the success of this first album, the band released the follow-up titled La Secta Allstar in April 2001; this album was produced by the band itself. Four days after the release, the album had sold 25,000 copies; the single "Dame Lo Que Quieras" won an ASCAP Award. In 2004, the band released a fourth album titled Túnel; the album won a Premio Lo Nuestro award in the category of Best Rock Album. Shortly after guitarist Carlos Figueroa left the band, Mike Genao replaced him, the band released their fifth album, with Universal Latino.
Consejo is the most successful album from La Secta. The album was certified Platinum under the RIAA in only two months after its release; the mega hit "La Locura Automática", reached #1 in more than 13 countries. The album featured collaborations with many noted artists like Wilkins and reggaeton artists Wisin & Yandel. A remix of "La Locura Automática" can be found on 12 Discípulos, a reggaeton album produced by Eddie Dee, on the Deluxe Edition of Consejo. Consejo was nominated to a Grammy and a Premio Lo Nuestro award, won a Billboard Award in the Best Rock/Alternative Band category. On its first month, the album sold 80,000 copies. After touring for this album, the band decided to take a small break during which singer Gustavo Laureano released a solo project. In 2008, the band returned with their next album titled Fuego, which won the band a Premio Lo Nuestro in the Rock Album of The Year category, among other awards; the album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album that same year.
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Doug Anthony All Stars
The Doug Anthony All Stars are an Australian musical comedy, alternative rock and vocal group who performed together between 1984 and 1994. The group are an acoustic trio comprising Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson on main vocals and Richard Fidler on guitar and backing vocals; the group reformed with Paul Livingston replacing Fidler on guitar. DAAS are known for their provocative style. DAAS began performing as buskers on the streets of Canberra in 1984, while they were attending university. After winning the Pick of the Fringe award at the 1986 Adelaide Fringe Festival, the group relocated from Canberra to Melbourne, but it was not until they travelled to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987 that they first achieved success, they gained popularity in the United Kingdom, where they made numerous television appearances, but remained unknown in Australia until 1989 when they were made regular performers on the Australian comedy show The Big Gig. These appearances gained them recognition, they remained a popular feature of the show until 1991 when they left to create their own ABC comedy series, DAAS Kapital.
The group have released four live recordings and one studio album, DAAS Icon, which achieved some independent success in Australia but was banned in Britain. They released a collection of dark short stories in 1989, entitled Book, which took a markedly different tone from their comedic stage performances, they made two live concert videos and one film, The Edinburgh Years. The group split up following a final farewell tour of Australia. Although they reunited in 2003 to perform together at a benefit concert, were interviewed together in 2008 in support of their DVD, reunited for a one-off show to launch the DAAS Kapital DVD in 2013, the three ruled out the suggestion of a reunion tour at the time. In December 2013, McDermott and Ferguson announced they would be performing "as DAAS" for the group's 30th anniversary, at the Canberra Comedy Festival in March 2014, with Paul Livingston performing the role of Fidler; this current line-up has announced subsequent shows in Hobart, Wollongong, Perth and Bendigo, with more dates to follow.
DAAS employ an aggressive, confrontational style, which author and journalist Geoff Bartlett describes as " the boundaries of humour and good taste to their absolute limits". They delve into topical and taboo subject matter with songs such as "Commies for Christ" and "I Fuck Dogs". "Long before anyone knew the term, one of our greatest driving forces was to be politically incorrect," said Ferguson. Each band member developed distinctive onstage characters, with McDermott adopting a nasty, mean persona, while Ferguson played a narcissistic character, "gorgeous but stupid". Fidler played the straight man, but as the group became more aggressive he developed into a character, happy and caring but victimised by his fellow band members; the group drew inspiration from short-lived punk bands like the Fat Sluts, The Lone Reagans and Forbidden Mule, whom Ferguson describes as "like all punk bands... fast and furious." Much of the band's provocative style emerged from their origins as street performers, where to get people's attention they resorted to outrageous or theatrical tactics—the group would sometimes walk into the street and stop traffic to get noticed.
"Sometimes we have to do ugly or horrendous things to get people's attention, we're not afraid to do that. We'll hit someone if it gets a bit of discourse going," said McDermott. Neil Pigot, who did some work with the group, describes their style as "a sort of extension of the Python tradition, but much in an Australian context." He says that DAAS were "crucially important" in the development of Australian comedy, directly contributing to the styles of successful comedy shows such as The D-Generation, Fast Forward and Wogs Out of Work. At the time DAAS emerged, Pigot says, comedy in Australia was dominated by joke-tellers and impersonators. By contrast, DAAS were belligerent and confrontational attacking topical issues, invading people's personal space and involving the audience in their act. Mark Trevorrow, who collaborated with the group, described their work as "true genius." "Their great shows were among the greatest evenings I've witnessed in my life and their worst shows were among the worst," he said.
"They'd appeal to people's darker side. It was Dada, what they were doing, and what happens with, you're just as likely to have people who want to kill you as applaud you." In addition, ABC comedy producer Ted Robinson says that the group played an important role in raising the profile of Australian comedy overseas in Britain where DAAS were popular. British comedian Al Murray said of seeing the group at the Edinburgh Festival in 1988, "they came onstage with the attitude of feral invaders and left it with no taboo untouched." Murray described the All Stars as "an insanely hot act from Oz who sang, cursed and insulted each other and their audiences with a level of commitment and polish that seemed exotically charged and transgressive in the late 80s." DAAS were known for continuing to remain in character, during interviews. Much of this was just banter, but they had serious messages. DAAS were criticising the media and part of this was to tell outrageous lies to journalists during interviews and attempt to see them published as fact.
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Parliament-Funkadelic is an American funk music collective of rotating musicians headed by George Clinton consisting of the individual bands Parliament and Funkadelic, both active since the 1960s. Their distinctive funk style drew on psychedelic culture, outlandish fashion, science-fiction, surreal humor; the collective's origins date back to the doo-wop group the Parliaments, formed by Clinton in the late 1950s in Plainfield, New Jersey. Under the influence of late-1960s artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, Frank Zappa, Clinton relocated to Detroit and began the sister groups Parliament and Funkadelic, with the former playing an eclectic and more commercial form of funk, the latter incorporating more influence from psychedelic rock; the groups released albums such as Maggot Brain, Mothership Connection, One Nation Under a Groove to critical praise, scored charting hits with singles such as "Give Up the Funk", "One Nation Under a Groove", "Flash Light", "Atomic Dog". Overall, the collective achieved thirteen top ten hits in the American R&B music charts between 1967 and 1983, including six number one hits.
The name "Parliament-Funkadelic" became the catch-all term for the dozens of related musicians recording and touring different projects in Clinton's orbit. Other prominent collective members have included Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Eddie Hazel, Michael Hampton. By the early 1980s, Clinton and other members had begun solo careers, with Clinton consolidating the collective's multiple projects and touring under names such as "George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars." Some former members of Parliament perform under the name "Original P". Sixteen members of Parliament-Funkadelic were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2019, the group will be given Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards; the P-Funk story began in 1956 in Plainfield, New Jersey, with a doo-wop group formed by fifteen-year-old George Clinton. This was a name inspired by Parliament cigarettes. By the early 1960s, the group had solidified into the five-man lineup of Clinton, Ray "Stingray" Davis, Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins, Calvin Simon and Grady Thomas.
The group rehearsed in a barbershop owned by Clinton and entertained the customers. The Parliaments achieved a hit single in 1967 with " Testify" while Clinton began commuting to Detroit as a songwriter and producer for Motown Records; the West End of Plainfield, New Jersey was once home to the Silk Palace, a barbershop at 216 Plainfield Avenue owned in part by Clinton, staffed by various members of Parliament-Funkadelic and known as the "hangout for all the local singers and musicians" in Plainfield's 1950s and 1960s doo-wop, soul and proto-funk music scene. By the late 1960s Clinton had assembled a touring band to back up the Parliaments, the first stable lineup of which included Billy Bass Nelson, Eddie Hazel, Tawl Ross, Tiki Fulwood, Mickey Atkins. After a contractual dispute in which Clinton temporarily lost the rights to the name "The Parliaments," Clinton brought the backing musicians forward; when the band relocated to Detroit, their guitar-based, raw funk sound, with its heavy psychedelic rock influences, inspired "Billy Bass" Nelson, who coined the name "Funkadelic".
Clinton signed Funkadelic to Westbound Records, the five Parliaments singers were credited as "guests" while the five musicians were listed as the main group members. The debut album Funkadelic was released in 1970. Meanwhile, Clinton regained the rights to the name "The Parliaments" and initiated another new entity, now known as Parliament, with the same five singers and five musicians but this time as a smoother R&B-based funk ensemble that Clinton positioned as a counterpoint to the more rock-oriented Funkadelic. Parliament recorded Osmium for Invictus Records in 1970, after a hiatus in which Clinton focused on Funkadelic, Parliament was signed to Casablanca Records and released its debut for that label Up for the Down Stroke in 1974; the two bands began to tour together under the collective name "Parliament-Funkadelic." By this time the original ten-member lineup of Parliament-Funkadelic had begun to splinter, but many others joined for various album releases by either band, leading to a collective with a fluid and expanding membership.
Notable members to join during this period include keyboardist Bernie Worrell, bassist Bootsy Collins, guitarist Garry Shider, The Horny Horns. In the 1975-1979 period, both Parliament and Funkadelic achieved several high-charting albums and singles on both the R&B and Pop charts. Many members of the collective began to branch out into side bands and solo projects under George Clinton's tutelage, including Bootsy's Rubber Band and The Brides of Funkenstein, while longtime members like Eddie Hazel recorded solo albums with songwriting and studio help from the collective; the Parliament albums of this period had become concept albums with themes from science fiction and afro-futurism, elaborate political and sociological themes, an evolving storyline with recurring fictional characters. Parliament-Funkadelic stage shows were expanded to include imagery from science fiction and a stage prop known as the Mothership; these concepts came to be known as the P-Funk mythology. By the late 1970s the Parliament-Funkadelic collective became over-extended and several key members departed acrimoniously over disagreements with Clinton and his management style.
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band is a live rock supergroup with shifting personnel, led by former Beatles drummer and vocalist Ringo Starr. Since 1989, Starr has toured with fourteen variations of the band, where "everybody on stage is a star in their own right." Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band is a concept, created by producer David Fishof. The band has toured for over three decades, rotates its line-up depending on availability of musicians and at Starr's discretion. All-Starr Band shows feature 10–12 songs sung by Starr, including those he performed with The Beatles and in his solo career. Mixed with Starr's songs are those performed by the All-Starrs the biggest hits from their respective groups or solo careers; the All-Starr Band does not compose original music, but a number of live albums featuring the group have been released. The sole exception is the track "Island in the Sun", off Starr's 2015 album Postcards from Paradise, co-written and performed by Starr and every member of that year's All-Starr Band.
The Anthology... So Far
Autry DeWalt Mixon Jr. known professionally as Junior Walker, was an American saxophonist and vocalist who recorded for Motown during the 1960s. Walker was born Autry DeWalt Mixon Jr. on June 14, 1931 in Blytheville and grew up in South Bend, Indiana. He began playing saxophone while in high school, his saxophone style was the anchor for the sound of the bands he played in, his career started. His longtime friend and drummer Billy Nicks formed the Rhythm Rockers. Periodically, Nicks would sit in on Jumping Jack's shows, Walker would sit in on the Rhythm Rockers shows. Nicks obtained a permanent gig at a local TV station in South Bend and asked Walker to join him and keyboard player Fred Patton permanently. Nicks asked a local singer, to perform with the group; when Nicks was drafted into the United States Army, Walker convinced the band to move from South Bend to Battle Creek, Michigan. While performing in Benton Harbor, Walker found Tony Washington, to replace Nicks. Fred Patton left the group, Victor Thomas stepped in.
The original name, The Rhythm Rockers, was changed to The All Stars"l. Walker's style was inspired by jump blues and early R&B players like Louis Jordan, Earl Bostic, Illinois Jacquet; the group was spotted by Johnny Bristol, he recommended them to Harvey Fuqua, in 1961, who had his own record labels. Once the group started recording on the Harvey label, their name was changed to Jr. Walker All Stars; the name was modified again when Fuqua's labels were taken over by Motown's Berry Gordy, Jr. Walker & the All Stars became members of the Motown family, recording for their Soul imprint in 1964; the members of the band changed after the acquisition of the Harvey label. Tony Washington, the drummer, quit the group, James Graves joined, their first and signature hit was "Shotgun", written and composed by Walker and produced by Berry Gordy, which featured the Funk Brothers' James Jamerson on bass and Benny Benjamin on drums. "Shotgun" reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the R&B chart in 1965, was followed by many other hits, such as " Road Runner", "Shake and Fingerpop" and remakes of two Motown songs "Come See About Me" and "How Sweet It Is", hits for the Supremes and Marvin Gaye respectively.
In 1966, Graves left and was replaced by old cohort Billy "Stix" Nicks, Walker's hits continued apace with tunes such as "I'm a Road Runner" and "Pucker Up Buttercup". In 1969, the group had another hit enter the top 5, "What Does It Take". A Motown quality control meeting rejected this song for single release, but radio station DJs made the track popular, resulting in Motown releasing it as a single, whereupon it reached No. 4 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on the R&B chart. From that time on Walker sang more on the records than earlier in their career, he landed several more R&B Top Ten hits over the next few years, with the last coming in 1972. In 1979, Walker went solo, disbanding the All Stars, was signed to Norman Whitfield's Whitfield Records label, but he was not as successful on his own as he had been with the All Stars in his Motown period. Walker re-formed the All Stars in the 1980s. On April 11, 1981, Walker was the musical guest on the season finale of Saturday Night Live. Foreigner's 1981 album 4 featured Walker's sax solo on "Urgent".
He recorded his own version of the song for the 1983 All Stars's album Blow the House Down. Walker's version was featured in the 1985 Madonna film Desperately Seeking Susan. In 1983, Walker was re-signed with Motown. In the same year, he appeared as a part of the Motown 25 television special which aired on May 16, 1983. In 1988 Walker played opposite Sam Moore as one-half of the fictional soul duo "The Swanky Modes" in the comedy Tapeheads. Several songs were recorded for the soundtrack, including "Bet Your Bottom Dollar" and "Ordinary Man", produced by ex-Blondie member Nigel Harrison. Walker died of cancer at the age of 64, in Battle Creek, Michigan, on November 23, 1995, he had been inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation that year. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, in Battle Creek, under a marker inscribed with both his birth name of Autry DeWalt Mixon Jr. and his stage name. Walker's "Shotgun" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. Jr. Walker & The All Stars were voted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2007.
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Chuck Taylor All-Stars
Chuck Taylor All-Stars or Converse All Stars is a model of casual shoe manufactured by Converse, developed as a basketball shoe in the early 20th century. The design of the Chuck Taylor All Star has remained unchanged since its introduction in the 1920s; the shoe consists of a stitched upper portion, a toe cap, made of white rubber, a sole, made of brown rubber. Although Chuck Taylors are made of various materials such as leather, the original and most known version of the shoe is made from cotton canvas; the innovative detail of the original shoe was the "loose lining" of soft canvas, intended to provide flexibility and prevent blisters. The Chuck Taylor II, an improved model, was announced by company management in July 2015. Incorporating Nike technology, it retains the outward appearance of the original shoe while employing a full-length Lunarlon insole. Converse started making an early basketball shoe in 1917 and redesigned it in 1922, when Chuck Taylor asked the company to create a better shoe with more support and flexibility.
After Converse added Taylor's signature to the ankle patch they became known as Chuck Taylor All Stars. By the 1960s the company had captured about 70 to 80 percent of the basketball shoe market, but the shoe declined in popularity during the 1970s, when more and more basketball players wore other brands of shoes. Chuck Taylor All Stars enjoyed a comeback in popularity in the 1980s as retro-style casual footwear. Marquis Mills Converse founded the Converse Rubber Shoe Company in 1908 in Massachusetts. In 1917 the company designed the forerunner of the modern All Star shoe that it marketed under the name of "Non-Skids." The shoe was designed for basketball players. In 1921 Charles "Chuck" Taylor, an American semi-professional basketball player, joined Converse as a salesman. Within a year of Taylor's arrival, the company had adopted his ideas for improvements to the shoe's design to enhance its flexibility and ankle support; the restyled shoe incorporated distinctive All-Star logo on the circular patch that protected the ankle.
After Taylor's signature was added to the ankle patch as his endorsement, they became known as Chuck Taylor All Stars, the first celebrity-endorsed athletic shoe. To promote sales of Converse All Star shoes to basketball players, Taylor held basketball clinics in high school and college gyms and YMCAs all across the United States and taught the fundamentals of the game. During the 1926–27 season Taylor served as a player-manager of the company-sponsored basketball team called the Converse All Stars; the Chicago-based touring team was established to promote sales of the company's All Star basketball shoes. Numerous professional basketball players were soon wearing All Stars; the shoes became popular among younger basketball players, including athletes in the Olympic Games and American soldiers in the 1940s. Converse All Stars were the official shoe of the Olympics from 1936 to 1968. During World War II All Stars were the official athletic training shoes of the U. S. armed forces. By the 1950s, Chuck Taylor All Stars had become a standard among high school and professional basketball players.
In the 1960s Converse had captured about 70 to 80 percent of the basketball shoe market, with Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars being worn by ninety percent of professional and college basketball players. Due in large part to the sale of its All Stars, the company began to open more factories; as the years went on, the shoe gained more popularity and became a favorite for numerous groups and subcultures. Converse began to struggle financially during the 1970s, due to competition and "poor business decisions" as the shoe lost its popularity among basketball players. Many athletes switched to shoes with leather uppers and harder rubber soles made by Converse as well as its competitors. Tree Rollins was thought to be the last player to wear canvas Converse All Stars in the NBA, during the 1979–1980 season. Micheal Ray Richardson wore leather Converse All Stars with the New Jersey Nets after 1982, making him the next to last to wear the shoe in the NBA. Richardson's teammate, Mickey Johnson, was the last to wear All Stars in the NBA, when he played for the Nets in the 1985–86 season.
An elite basketball shoe, Chuck Taylor All Stars regained popularity in the 1980s and 1990s, making a shift to casual, retro-style footwear. The athletic shoe evolved into the shoe of choice and a favorite for subcultures artists and musicians. By 2000 Converse had sold more than 600 million pairs of All Stars during its eighty years of manufacturing them. While Converse dominated the U. S. basketball shoe market from the 1920s until the 1970s, it began to struggle in the late 1970s due to competition, poor business decision-making, lack of sufficient funds. In subsequent years Converse fell into further debt. Nike acquired Converse in 2003 for an estimated $305 million and continues to market Chuck Taylor All Stars. Converse's manufacturing operations for Chuck Taylor All Stars, as well as the company's other shoes, was moved from the United States to other countries such as China, India and Indonesia. In October 2014, after years of sending unsuccessful cease and desist letters, Converse filed a lawsuit against 31 companies for infringing on its sneaker style’s bumper toe, striped midsole, toe cap.
The brand argued that these companies were violating a common-law trademark by importing “knockoff” sneakers with similar elements. The list included shoe brands by major retailers, including Wa
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars is an American reality competition television series all-star and spin-off produced by World of Wonder for Logo TV, where host and mentor RuPaul invites past contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race to compete for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame. In the mini challenge, each contestant is asked to perform a different task with varying requirements and time limitations; the winner of a mini challenge is sometimes rewarded with some kind of advantage in the main challenge. The requirements of the main challenge vary across each episode, can be individual or group challenges; the winner of the main challenge receives a "special" prize for their win. In the past, challenge winners have been rewarded with prizes including custom designer clothing, vacations and quality cosmetic items; the goal of each main challenge involves outcome. Challenges focus on the returning contestants' ability to once again present themselves on camera, perform with music, or perform humorously.
Season 1 saw the focus on the groups ability to perform well together, while season 2 and 3 are based on more individual challenges where the returning contestant relied on themselves and performance solely. Along with the "special" prizes awarded by winning the main challenge, the top two queens must now lip-sync for the legacy, with the victor being awarded a cash prize of $10,000 and the choice of elimination out of the bottom two/three queens. Just like RuPaul's Drag Race, episodes of the first season of All Stars were followed by an Untucked episode each week, giving the viewers a glimpse into the backstage drama and discussions between the returning contestants. For the second and fourth seasons, the contestants deliberated among themselves in the work room on who each of the top 2 would eliminate if they won the Lip Sync for Your Legacy; this served as a mini-Untucked as there were no separately filmed Untucked companion episodes for those seasons. Each season, the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars receives a selection of prizes.
The prizes won for each season were: Season 1: $100,000 cash prize A coveted spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame A supply of MAC Cosmetics A vacation trip courtesy of ALandCHUCK.travelSeason 2–4: $100,000 cash prize A coveted spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame A one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmeticsIn each season there are smaller prizes awarded for challenges within the episodes, ranging from "cash tips" to vacations, gift cards, etc. RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars is the first All-Star season of RuPaul's Drag Race and premiered on the Logo network on October 22, 2012. Cast members were announced on August 6, 2012; the season featured twelve returning contestants from seasons one to four, for a chance to be inducted into the "Drag Race Hall of Fame". It is the only season of All Stars to have the contestants compete in teams of two; this series consists of six episodes, each aired in a 60 minute time-slot. Contestants were judged on their "charisma, uniqueness and talent" and, since they competed in teams of two "synergy".
The winner received a supply of MAC cosmetics, a "one of a kind trip" and $100,000. The theme song playing during the runway every episode is "Sexy Drag Queen" and the song played during the credits is "Responsitrannity", the latter of, from RuPaul's album Glamazon; each episode, the judges provide their critiques on the contestants' performances in the main challenge and on the runway before RuPaul announces which team is the winner and which teams had the weakest performances. The teams deemed as being the bottom two must "lip sync for their lives" and choose a queen to represent their team in the lip sync in a final attempt to impress RuPaul. After the lip sync, RuPaul decides who leaves. RuPaul describes the qualities the contestants must have to be crowned the winner of the show as "Charisma, Uniqueness and Talent... These are people who have taken adversity and turned it into something, beautiful and something powerful." The phrase "charisma, uniqueness and talent" is used on the show, the acronym of, CUNT.
On the All Stars season, "synergy" was added to provide an explanation behind the contestants being sorted into teams. The winner of the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars was Chad Michaels. A second season of All Stars was announced in 2015 and started shooting after season 8; the show was to begin airing on August 25, 2016. Along with the season premiere's announcement, the cast of All Stars 2 were revealed; the cast consisted of 10 returning contestants, Adore Delano, Alyssa Edwards, Coco Montrese, Ginger Minj, Phi Phi O'Hara, Roxxxy Andrews, Tatianna. A new twist was revealed for this season changing the format of the show. In previous seasons, the two lowest performing queens had to "Lip Sync for their Life" to avoid elimination; this season has the two best performing queens of the challenge "Lip Sync for their Legacy", with the winner of the lip sync earning $10,000 and choosing which one of the bottom queens to eliminate. However, on their exit, RuPaul advised the first four eliminated queens that they will have the opportunity to come back for their "revenge", with the winner gaining entry back into the competition.
The winner of the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars was Alaska. On August 21, 2017, VH1 announced it would air a third season of the series in early 2018. On October 13, 2017, VH1 announced that a one-hour special, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Exclusive Queen RuVeal, would air on October 20, 2017, announcing the season’s returning contestants; the ten contestants that competed on the third season of All Stars consisted of Aja