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RuPaul's Drag Race

RuPaul's Drag Race

Photo Credit:  VH1
  • Premiered: 
    February 2, 2009
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  • Network: Logo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: drag, LGBT

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Plot Synopsis

Who will be ''America's Next Superstar Drag Queen'' and the recipient of a prize package that includes a supply of Colorevolution Cosmetics and a cash prize of $100,000? A group of the top drag queens from the United States, including Ongina and Rebecca Glasscock in Season 1, compete in this reality series which is part AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL and part PROJECT RUNWAY. Each week, the bottom two contestants compete in a lip-sync competition -- the winner will 'shante and stay' and the loser 'sashays away.'

For Season 2, there are a number of celebrity guest judges, including: Kathy Griffin, Cloris Leachman, Debbie Reynolds, Jackie Collins, Tatum O'Neal, Kathy Najimy, Tanya Tucker and Lisa Rinna.

Celebrity judges for Season 3 included: Billy B.; Wayne Brady; Margaret Cho; Eliza Dushku; Carmen Electra; Fantasia Barrino; Gigi Levangie Grazer; LaToya Jackson; Debbie Matenopoulos; Mike Ruiz; Jeffrey Moran; Arden Myrin; Sharon Osbourne; Susan Powter; Amber Rose; Rita Rudner; Sara Rue; Chloe Sevigny; Cheryl Tiegs; Lily Tomlin; Alessandra Torresani; Aisha Tyler; Bruce Vilanch; Jody Watley; Johnny Weir; and Vanessa Williams.

Season 4 celebrity judges included: Amber Riley; Billy B.; Elvira; Dan Savage; Jeffrey Moran; Jennifer Love Hewitt; Jennifer Tilly; Jesse Tyler Ferguson; John Salley; Kelly Osbourne; Loretta Devine; Max Mutchnick; Mike Ruiz; Natalie Cole; Nicole Sullivan; Pauley Perrette; Pam Anderson; Regina King; Rick Fox; Rose McGowan; Ross Mathews; and Wynonna Judd.

Season 5, which premiered on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 9pm ET, featured these celebrity guest judges: Maria Conchita Alonso; Joan Van Ark; Chaz Bono; Downtown Julie Brown; Coco; Camille Grammer; Marg Helgenberger; La Toya Jackson; Kristen Johnston; Leslie Jordan; Clinton Kelly; George Kotsiopoulos; Juliette Lewis; Bob Mackie; Aubrey O'Day; Jamie-Lynn Sigler; the Pointer Sisters; Paulina Porizkova; Mike Ruiz; Jamie-Lynn Sigler; and Travis Wall.

RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE returned for its sixth season on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on Logo with a 90-minute season premiere during which the 14 new queens faced a death-defying photo shoot. Season 6 guest judges included: Neil Patrick Harris, Adam Lambert, Khloe Kardashian, Lena Headey, Linda Blair, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Heather McDonald, Eve, Trina, Leah Remini, Jaime Pressly, Paula Abdul, Mike Ruiz, David Burtka and Bob Mackie, and more. The drag queens competing in the sixth season were: Adore Delano, April Carrion, BenDeLaCreme, Bianca del Rio, Courtney Act, Darienne Lake, Gia Gunn, Joslyn Fox, Kelly Mantle, Laganja Estranja, Magnolia Crawford, Milk, Trinity K. Bonet and Vivacious.

On Monday, March 2, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT, Logo premiered the seventh season of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE with a 2-1/2 hour season opener. Season 7 features two new judges -- Ross Mathews and Carson Kressley -- who join RuPaul and returning judge Michelle Visage in crowing America's Next Drag Superstar. Season 7 celebrity guest judges include Kathy Griffin (in the season premiere), Jessica Alba, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Olivia Newton-John, Alyssa Milano, Jordin Sparks, Kat Dennings, Mel B and John Waters.

Season 8 of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE premiered on Monday, March 7, 2016 from 9-10:30pm ET/PT on Logo, which also marks the show's 100th episode and the 100th Queen to sashay into the workroom. Once again, RuPaul was joined by show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews as well as celebrity guest judges, as they decide who will stay, lip-synch for their life or "Sashay Away." This season's celebrity guest judges include Nicole Richie (season premiere), Gigi Hadid, Marc Jacobs, David and Amy Sedaris, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie, Ester Dean, Faith Evans, Jamal Sims, Chanel Iman, Todrick Hall, Thomas Roberts, Tasha Smith and Vivica A. Fox. The 12 Queens for the new season include: Acid Betty (Brooklyn, NY), Bob The Drag Queen (New York, NY), Chi Chi DeVayne (Shreveport, LA), Cynthia Lee Fontaine (Austin, TX), Dax ExclamationPoint (Savannah, GA), Derrick Barry (Las Vegas, NV), Kim Chi (Chicago, IL), Laila McQueen (Gloucester, MA), Naomi Smalls(Redlands, CA), Naysha Lopez (Chicago, IL), Robbie Turner (Seattle, WA) and Thorgy Thor (Brooklyn, NY). Leading up to the 100th episode, Logo aired a full-season marathon, beginning Thursday, March 3 at 7pm and ending Monday, March 7 at 9pm. Throughout the marathon, viewers will be treated to all-new interviews with previous contestants who will spill all of the behind-the-scenes T on their seasons.

For its ninth season, RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE moved to VH1, premiering on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT, with host RuPaul and judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews returning for the new season. Featuring Lady Gaga, the Season 9 premiere, "Oh. My. Gaga!," has a shocking opening that will go down as one of the most jaw-dropping moments in DRAG RACE history. Additionally, the premiere event unveils a court of cut-throat Queens each competing to snatch the crown and strut away with a $100,000 cash prize and the coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." Along the way, they face an unpredictable competition and deliver watercooler moments as these talented ladies of drag join the fabulous 100 Queens who fought for the crown before them. The 13 Queens competing in Season 9 include: Aja Brooklyn (New York, New York; TW: @ajathekween; IG: @ajathekween); Alexis Michelle (New York, New York; TW: @AlexisLives; IG: @AlexisLives); Charlie Hides (London, UK; TW: @charliehidestv; IG: @charliehidestv); Eureka O'Hara (Johnson City, TN; TW: @eurekaohara; IG: @eurekaohara); Farrah Moan (Las Vegas, Nevada; TW: @farrahrized; IG: @farrahrized); Jaymes Mansfield (Madison, Wisconsin; TW: @JaymesMansfield; IG: @jaymesmansfield); Kimora Blac (Las Vegas, Nevada; TW: @kimorablac; IG: @kimorablac); Nina Bo'nina Brown (Atlanta, Georgia; TW: @atlsexyslim; IG: @nina_bonina_brown); Peppermint (New York, New York; TW: @Peppermint247; IG: @peppermint247); Sasha Velour (Brooklyn, New York; TW: @sasha_velour; IG: @sashavelour); Shea Coulee (Chicago, IL; TW: @SheaCoulee; IG: @sheacoulee); Trinity Taylor (Orlando, FL; TW: @TrinityTheTuck; IG: @trinitythetuck); and Valentina (Los Angeles, CA; TW: @AllofValentina; IG: @allaboutvalentina). In addition to Lady Gaga appearance in the season opener, Season 9 also features these guest judges: Lisa Kudrow, Cheyenne Jackson, Meghan Trainor, Kesha, The B-52s, Naya Rivera, Andie MacDowell, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Denis O'Hare, Noah Galvin, Todrick Hall, Tamar Braxton, Lisa Robertson, Joan Smalls, Candis Cayne, Fortune Feimster and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman.

Season 10 of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE premiered on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT on VH1. "To celebrate a decade of DRAG RACE, we've pulled out all the stops. The queens, the challenges and the shenanigans are off the mother-tucking charts," said executive producer and two-time Emmy(R) Award-winning host RuPaul, who helms this milestone season that includes supersized, 90-minute episodes. RuPaul is joined by show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews as they decide who will stay, lip-synch for their life, or "sashay away." In the season opener, "10s Across the Board," Christina Aguilera stunts on the mainstage. Plus, fan favorite queens from the past decade of DRAG RACE return as 14 new queens compete to become America's Next Drag Superstar and win $100,000. The 14 competing queens are: Asia O'Hara (Dallas, TX), Aquaria (Brooklyn, NY), Blair St. Clair (Indianapolis, IN), Dusty Ray Bottoms (New York, NY), Eureka O'Hara (Johnson City, TN), Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams (Albuquerque, NM), Kameron Michaels (Nashville, TN), Mayhem Miller (Riverside, CA), Miz Cracker (New York, NY), Monet X Change (Bronx, NY), Monique Heart (Kansas City, MO), The Vixen (Chicago, IL), Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (Tampa, FL), and Yuhua Hamasaki (New York, NY). Guest judges for the rest of the tenth season include: SShania Twain, Lena Dunham, Halsey, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Kate Upton, Billy Eichner, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Padma Lakshmi, Courtney Love, Nico Tortorella, Audra McDonald, Ashanti, Logan Browning, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Carrie Preston, Andrew Rannells, Miles Heizer, Todrick Hall and Lizzo. Plus, Stephen Colbert, Andy Cohen and Cheyenne Jackson make special guest appearances.

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 9-10:30pm ET/PT, VH1 premiered the eleventh season of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE, with host RuPaul and judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews all returning for a new season. They'll be joined by this season's guest judges, including Miley Cyrus, Troye Sivan, Lena Waithe, Joel McHale, Cara Delevingne, Bobby Moynihan, Kandi Burruss, Tiffany Pollard, Gina Rodriguez, Sydelle Noel, Wanda Sykes, Elvira, Guillermo Diaz, Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu, Travis Wall, Amber Valetta, Tony Hale, Clea Duvall, Fortune Feimster, Cheyenne Jackson, Katherine Langford and Natasha Lyonne. Additionally, Rachel Maddow will treat the queens to a special guest appearance. The 15 competing queens give their all to impress the judges as they vie for the ultimate title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a grand prize of $100,000. The competitors include: A'keria C. Davenport (Dallas, TX), Ariel Versace (Cherry Hill, NJ), Brooke Lynn Hytes (Nashville, TN), Honey Davenport (New York, NY), Kahanna Montrese (Las Vegas, NV), Mercedes Iman Diamond (Minneapolis, MN), Nina West (Columbus, OH), Plastique Tiara (Dallas, TX), Ra'jah D. O'Hara (Dallas, TX), Scarlet Envy (New York, NY), Shuga Cain (New York, NY), Silky Nutmeg Ganache (Chicago, IL), Soju (Los Angeles, CA), Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (Los Angeles, CA) and Yvie Oddly (Denver, CO).

Season 12 of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE premiered on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 8pm ET/PT on VH1. In the season opener, "I'm That Bitch," Nicki Minaj joins host RuPaul and judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews to kick off the new season. The hip hop icon makes a surprise debut on the runway as the 13 new drag queens enter the competition for a chance to win $100,000 and the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." The first step toward the crown is having to write and perform an original rap number. Other guest judges for the thirteenth season include: Whoopi Goldberg, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Chaka Khan, Robyn, Leslie Jones, Normani, Jeff Goldblum, Daisy Ridley, Thandie Newton, Olivia Munn, Rachel Bloom, Daniel Franzese, Jonathan Bennett and Winnie Harlow. The thirteen queens competing this season are: Aiden Zhane (Acworth, GA; Instagram: @aiden_zhane, Twitter: @AidenZhane); Brita (New York, NY; Instagram/Twitter: @thebritafilter); Crystal Methyd (Springfield, MO;Instagram/Twitter: @crystalmethyd); Dahlia Sin (Los Angeles, CA; Instagram/Twitter: @dahlia_sin); Gigi Goode (Los Angeles, CA;Instagram/Twitter: @thegigigoode); Heidi N Closet (Ramseur, NC; Instagram/Twitter: @heidincloset); Jackie Cox (New York, NY; Instagram/Twitter: @jackiecoxnyc); Jaida Essence Hall (Milwaukee, WI; Instagram/Twitter: @jaidaehall); Jan (New York, NY; Instagram: @janjanjan, Twitter: @jansportnyc); Nicky Doll (New York, NY; Instagram: @thenickydoll); Rock M. Sakura (San Francisco, CA;Instagram/Twitter: @rockmsakura); Sherry Pie (New York, NY; Instagram/Twitter: @sherrypienyc); and Widow Von'Du (Kansas City, MO; Instagram: @thewidowvondu, Twitter: @WidowVonDu).
RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE returned for its thirteenth season on New Year's Day 2021 (Friday, January 1) from 8-9:30pm ET/PT on VH1, with a simulcast on The CW, MTV, Logo, Pop, and MTV2. Host RuPaul and judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews all return for Season 13. For the first time in DRAG RACE "herstory" queens will enter the werk room to discover an explosive surprise: that they must immediately go head-to-head on the mainstage to defend their place in the competition with six lip syncs for their lives. The 13 queens set to hit the runway in Season 13 and compete for the ultimate title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a grand prize of $100,000 include:

Denali (Chicago, IL; Instagram: @denalifoxx, Twitter: @denalifox): All hail Chicago's ice queen. With a career as a professional figure skater, much of Denali's unique drag incorporates ice skating and acrobatic elements. Denali is used to competing, but now at the Olympics of Drag, she is ready to break the ice.

Elliott with 2 Ts (Las Vegas, NV; Instagram: @therealelliottqueen, Twitter: @theelliottqueen): A dancing queen known for her kicks and splits, this Las Vegas show girl is here to stand out from the crowd. With her 80s aesthetic and background as a professional dancer, Elliott is hoping to dance circles around her competition.

Gottmik (Los Angeles, CA; Instagram/Twitter: @gottmik): Hiiiiee gorg! This celebrity makeup artist is ready to win the competition one face at a time. As a trans man who is changing the shape of drag, Gottmik is ready to show an edgy persona d'arte.

Joey Jay (Phoenix, AZ; Instagram/Twitter: @joeyjayisgay): Don't underestimate this dancing powerhouse. This celebrated Jewish princess with unmatched rhinestoning skills is ready to cluck and buck all the way to the top.

Kahmora Hall (Chicago, IL; Instagram/Twitter: @Kahmorahall): Chicago's premiere Mackie Barbie doll is here to define what it means to be dripping in luxury. As the essence of glitz and glamour, Kahmora knows how to turn looks on the runway and serve in style.

Kandy Muse (New York, NY; Instagram/Twitter: @TheKandyMuse): This 'bad and bougie' Dominican doll from NYC is ready to take her competition by storm. After going viral on social media and winning Brooklyn Drag Queen of the Year, Kandy is a pro at being in the limelight and brings the whole package to the table.

LaLa Ri (Atlanta, GA; Instagram/Twitter: @MissLaLaRi): LaLa Ri is here to slay. This Atlanta-born powerhouse entertainer is ready to bring her mixture of sexy, classy and sassy to the competition, along with her charming and fun personality.

Olivia Lux (New York, NY; Instagram/Twitter: @TheOliviaLux): Lux be a lady tonight. As the diva with a heart of gold, Olivia can melt a room with her dazzling smile. With her old Hollywood style and background in musical theater, this piano player is here to shine all the way to the top.

Rose (New York, NY; Instagram/Twitter: @omgheyrose): At the intersection of Wit Avenue and Fashion Blvd., you'll find New York royalty Rose. As a member of the girl group Stephanie's Child alongside Season 12's Jan, Rose is ready to sing and dance her way to the finish line.

Symone (Los Angeles, CA; Instagram: @the_symone, Twitter: @the_symonee): The ebony enchantress has arrived! As the first queen hailing from Arkansas, this confident small-town country girl comes to RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ready to give fashion, face, personality and heart.

Tamisha Iman (Atlanta, GA; Instagram: @tamisha_iman, Twitter: @tamishaiman1): Tamisha Iman is one of the most experienced in the art form of drag. As a mother figure who formed her own dynasty, Tamisha comes to the competition with impressive sewing skills, making all her own one-of-a-kind garments from scratch.

Tina Burner (New York, NY; Instagram/Twitter: @TheTinaBurner): From being part of a boy band to the RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE stage, Tina Burner is always ready to put on a show. This costume comedy queen and reigning National Miss Comedy Queen 2019 is a NY legend and is here to burn the house down.

Utica Queen (Minneapolis, MN; Instagram/Twitter: @QueenUtica): Utica Queen is ready to wiggle her way straight to the crown. Identifying as the wacky, wavy inflatable arm tube queen, Utica is hoping to take the world by storm with her own form of goofy, pop-art drag.

In the 90-minute season opener, "The Pork Chop," in an epic twist, RuPaul makes all 13 contestants lip sync for their lives as soon as they enter the competition. Some will stay, some will sashay away.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by World of Wonder