Did Chad Michaels Win ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’?

As this drag queen would say, Happy Hunger Games. Chad Michael competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 4 and RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars 1, earning the love and admiration of fans along the way. 

Most notably, Chad Michaels made a name for herself as one of the best Cher impersonators in the business. Here’s what we know about this drag queen.

Chad Michaels performs a CHER Tribute Concert at Kennedy Center
Chad Michaels of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars’ performs a CHER Tribute Concert at Kennedy Center | Walter McBride/Getty Images

Chad Michaels was a contestant on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 4 and ‘All-Stars 1’ 

Do you believe in life after love? As a renowned Cher impersonator, the drag queen Chad Michaels competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 4, winning a few maxi challenge and mini challenges along the way.

After weeks of competition, Chad Michaels made it to the Top 3, along with Sharon Needles and Phi Phi O’Hara. However, Sharon Needles became the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 4. As a result, Michaels went on to compete on the spinoff series, RuPaul’s Drag Race; All-Stars

Competing alongside her teammate, this drag queen made it to the finals. Then, the “Top 2,” along with Raven. Then, Chad Michaels won All-Stars, becoming the first contestant to do so. (Other winners of this spinoff included Trixie Mattel, Shea Couleé, and Monét X Change.)

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Chad Michaels appeared as Cher for several television shows and live performances

Her portrayal of Cher even won her the famous maxi-challenge on season 4 — Snatch Game. Outside of RuPaul’s Drag Race, this performer appeared as Cher in several projects, even catching the attention of the popstar.

When RuPaul created the Netflix original series, AJ and the Queen, Chad Michael portrayed a Cher impersonator, while many other drag performers made an appearance, including Jade Jolie, Katya Zamolodchikova, and Kennedy Davenport. 

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Chad Michaels is one of the oldest winners of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars 1’

As a winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars, Chad Michaels made herstory as one of the oldest winners of the series.She returned to the competition for future episodes, earning her place in the “Drag Race Hall of Fame.”

“There is a multitude of people who seek to degrade and defame the contestants on [RuPaul’s Drag Race] for attributes such as their weight, looks, age, etc. I do not get discouraged by my age,” Michaels said during an interview with Equality 365.

“I love the fact that I have survived this gay life thus far,” she continued. “That’s the point, isn’t it? I am 48 years old this week and have a stellar career that spans two decades. Many can only hope for such longevity. I consider the source when it comes to ageism.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 4 is available for streaming on both Hulu and Paramount+. The original series featuring Chad Michaels, AJ and the Queen, is available on Netflix.