I’ll admit to being late to the party on RuPaul’s Drag Race. (There’s a lot of TV I have to watch, okay?) But this ten-minute preview of the upcoming all-star season has me kicking myself for not discovering its considerable delights sooner.
I’m used to the first episode of reality shows being kind of boring, with everyone meeting and pretending to be nice to each other, but these queens came out swinging. For instance, I thought the Paris Hilton-esque Raven was one of the prettier drag queens, but when she walks in wearing a slinky gold dress, Pandora Boxx is all like, “Raven walked in from a cocktail party, it looks like. Thanks for trying, girl.” Note: drag is not just about looking convincingly like a woman.
From the looks of it, Cher impersonator Chad Michaels is still incredibly bitter about losing the first season, miming a phone call in which winner Sharon Needles offers to give her “my $100,000 back.” Time to move on, bitch. But despite this, Pandora is winning the initial shade contest; in addition to the crack about Raven, upon seeing Mimi ImFirst, she’s like, “someone’s gotta go home first.”
All of these personas are great in their own way, but I think Jujubee is my favorite so far for the line “I like long walks on the beach, big dicks, and fried chicken.” Don’t we all? I also appreciate Yara Sofia‘s full-body bling.
Towards the end of the clip, RuPaul appears in his male form to throw a twist the contestants’ way: he’s making them compete in teams of two! Will any of these queen bees be able to work together for the crown, or will it be a blood-curdling clusterfuck of cattiness? Tune into Logo at 9pm, October 22 to see.