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‘All Stars’ a victory lap for ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Like any good drag queen, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” snatches up a little bit of everything in service of a more fabulous ensemble. There’s a dash of “Project Runway,” a spritz of “America’s Next Top Model,” a little “The Price Is Right” and a whole lot of “Paris Is Burning.” And like any good drag queen, the show stomps the razor-thin runway between gaudy recycling and sublime transformation.

Monday, the reality competition — which pits a catty gaggle of drag queens against each other in a series of challenges geared toward gauging star power and generating drama — graduates to the elites, as it debuts its first “All Stars” season. Old favorites and loathed ghosts return — including Latrice Royale, Boston’s own Jujubee, Shannel, and Mimi Imfurst (you sort them out) — to scratch it out for a $100,000 prize. This season’s campy camp of judges includes the Gossip’s Beth Ditto, comedian Cheri Oteri, and Mama herself, Vicki Lawrence.

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