RuPaul’s Drag Race announces the latest batch of all-stars to bask in the shade of it all

Sure, the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars saw Trixie Mattel snatch away a crown meant for Shangela, but it’s time to tuck it up and move on. (Shangie is, after all, starring in movies with Lady Gaga now.) Today, Entertainment Weekly revealed the latest batch of queens to return for a second shot at drag…

RuPaul to crown America's first Drag Race Xmas Queen on new holiday special

Every episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race is a gift, but the esteemed drag icon will brighten up the holidays that much more next month with an hour-long holiday special. Called RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular, it will find a gaggle of veteran stars competing to be America’s first Drag Race Xmas Queen against a pit…

RuPaul’s Drag Race picks up speed with a patriotic final challenge

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The momentum of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 has dipped with the loss of Monét and Cracker, two of the more charismatic queens who were especially valuable to the series when they were out of drag. The 90-minute running time isn’t doing the show any favors now that there’s a small group of queens left, and the first…

Drag Race recruits social media influencers for a middling makeover challenge

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The Drag Race makeover challenge is typically for people who aren’t used to the spotlight, but that changes this season as social media influencers are brought into the workroom. The producers get to take advantage of the extended reach of these online celebrities, but they don’t have especially interesting personal…

RuPaul puts herself at the center of Drag Race’s Cher tribute

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RuPaul often speaks about fighting the ego, but that doesn’t mean she’s not self-centered. RuPaul Charles is at the top of a sprawling drag empire, and the mononymous RuPaul is the supermodel of the world. She’s had to control her ego to get to where she is now, but now that she’s the queen, she’s letting her ego come…

RuPaul's Drag Race builds an exceptional challenge from DragCon promotion

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RuPaul has changed the drag economy over the past decade, and RuPaul’s DragCon is a major part of that landscape. It’s an event that connects drag professionals and fans from around the world, and for Drag Race alumni, it can be a major money maker if queens are able to create a marketable brand for themselves. “Drag…

RuPaul’s Drag Race reveals the dangers of being generous in a competition

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Being helpful to other contestants on a reality TV competition is a smart way to build alliances and ingratiate viewers to your character, but you have to put yourself first. Asia O’Hara learns this the hard way on tonight’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, which has the queens serving three looks on the runway for “The Last Ball…

RuPaul’s Drag Race delivers drama, sisterhood, and a killer lip sync

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Competitive drama and sisterly support are in a constant conflict on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and even though these queens are part of the show’s drag sisterhood, they’re still fighting for $100,000 and the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar. “Tap That App” is an episode that highlights this shifting emotional dynamic,…

Trixie Mattel on Kacey Musgraves and why she’s “still scared of RuPaul”

A country music-loving drag queen who’s been a perennial favorite of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Trixie Mattel finally got her just deserts earlier this spring when she (spoiler alert!) won All Stars season three. Though the win has been controversial among Shangela stans, it was well-deserved, as Mattel has not only risen…

An odd Drag Race challenge is redeemed by the queens’ outstanding chemistry

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It’s hard to come up with new challenges for a reality show that has been around for 10 seasons (plus 3 All Stars seasons), which explains why this week’s RuPaul’s Drag Race has a parody lip-sync extravaganza revolving around pharmaceutical commercials. I give the writers credit for thinking outside of the box with…

RuPaul’s Drag Race delivers 10s across the board with an exhilarating premiere

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Fear not, squirrelfriends. After a disappointing season of All Stars, RuPaul’s Drag Race is back on its A-game with “10s Across The Board,” a thrilling, hilarious premiere introducing an exciting lineup of new queens while honoring the show’s past for this milestone season. The new girls eliminate the staleness of All…

A mediocre season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars ends with a robbery

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What is an All Star? Is it someone who does well on a season of Drag Race but doesn’t win? Is it someone who struggles in the competition but goes on to greater things? And what’s the point of an All Star season? Does it exist to boost the profile of promising queens who need the exposure? To reward people who have…

A messy, predictable Drag Race All Stars fails to build on the season’s big twist

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BenDeLaCreme dropped the mic on season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars by leaving the competition at the end of the last episode, and while that was a fantastic twist, the show doesn’t do anything with the momentum created by her shocking departure. I applaud BenDeLa’s strategy of bringing back Morgan McMichaels…

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