Mother… has spoken. RuPaul has revealed which iconic Drag Race star should’ve taken home the crown on their season. 

On a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen asked the Emmy-winning host: “Is there someone who didn’t win Drag Race over all the seasons, that in your mind [you think should have won]?” 

Almost immediately, RuPaul answered: “Shangela. Shangela. She’s amazing. We’ve actually put her on the show, like, three times? Something like that. She’s a fabulous queen.” 

Shangela made her franchise debut on the show’s second season. After being eliminated in last place, RuPaul recognised her potential and brought her back the following year, where she won two challenges and landed in sixth place. 

Shangela subsequently became the first queen to compete on three seasons when she sashayed into the werkroom doors for All Stars 3. As the queen with the most challenge wins heading into the final, Shangela was poised to succeed Alaska in the Drag Race Hall of Fame. 

However, a jury twist – which is widely regarded as the worst decision in the show’s history – saw her exit the season in joint third/fourth place, and Trixie Mattel ultimately won the title and $100,000. 

Since her last Drag Race stint, Shangela has gone on to star alongside Bob the Drag Queen and Eureka O’Hara in HBO’s We’re Here, which follows the legendary trio as they travel across the U.S. and recruit small-town residents to participate in drag shows. 

The series, which recently launched its third season, has won two Primetime Emmy Awards.

More recently, Shangela halleloo’d her way to the final of the 31st season of Dancing with the Stars with partner Gleb Savchenko. Although she was the favourite to win the series, she finished in fourth place. (Robbed, again!). 

@bravowwhl YOU’RE A WINNER, BABY! 🏆💕 #DragRace host RuPaul considers Shangela to be a winner of the show. #WWHL ♬ original sound – BravoWWHL

MTV recently announced the guest judges for the forthcoming 15th season of Drag Race.

Ariana Grande, who has been confirmed to judge the double premiere, will be joined by Janelle Monáe, Maren Morris, Julia Garner, Hayley Kiyoko, Ali Wong, Amandla Stenberg, Harvey Guillen, Megan Stalter and Orville Peck.

Ts Madison has also joined Drag Race as a regular and rotating judge on the panel.

Drag Race season 15 will feature the largest cast in the show’s herstory with 16 contestants, including TikTok twin superstars Sugar and Spice and Kerri Colby’s drag mother (and Miss Continental winner) Sasha Colby.

The queens will compete for a franchise-high cash prize (bar All Stars 7) of $200,000.

The new season of Drag Race airs 6 January on MTV, with new episodes of Untucked to follow immediately after.

Check out the queens of season 15 here.

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 15 will be available exclusively in the UK via the streamer of all things drag, WOW Presents Plus, from 2AM GMT on Saturday 7 January 2023. Subscribe now via