For a niche-interest show which first aired to a tiny audience in 2009, RuPaul’s Drag Race has really taken off. And after watching just a couple of episodes, it’s not hard to see why. It’s one of the weirdest and most wonderful television experiences out there – and watching it feels like being in an (undeniably delightful) fever dream.
Each series, a selection of talented and stunning drag queens compete against one another in order to be crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar. Challenges are varied, and designed to test every aspect of these queen’s talents, including comedy, dance, singing, acting, dressmaking, and, of course, lipsyncing for their lives.
In recent years, Drag Race has really taken off. There have been a whopping twelve series of the original show, plus four of the All Stars spin-off. And last month the show first crossed over the Atlantic Ocean, with Drag Race UK airing on the BBC for the very first time.
Basking in its current popularity, Drag Race doesn’t seem set to slow down. It’s been announced there is a brand new Drag Race and All Stars in the works – but that isn’t even the most exciting update.
The celebri-TEA has been spilled! 🍵 Alyssa, Asia, Bob, Kim, Monét, Monique, Nina, Trinity, Trixie, and Vanjie are about to give some celebs the #DragRace treatment in #CelebDragRace coming to @vh1 in 2020! 👑🌟💋 pic.twitter.com/bKphnaMmKl— RuPaul’s Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) October 22, 2019
Because the official Twitter account announced this morning there’s also a celebrity edition of the reality show in the works. Speaking at Vanity Fair’s 6th Annual New Establishment Summit, host RuPaul claimed, “Doing drag does not change who you are, it reveals who you are. I can’t wait for the world to see what happens when our celebrity contestants get all up in drags!”
It’s been confirmed there are a whole host of Drag Race favorites coming back for the series. Asia O’Hara, Alyssa Edwards, Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi, Monet X Change, Monique Heart, Nina West, Trinity the Tuck, Trixie Mattle and Vanessa Vanjie Mate are all set to be one-half of the celebrity pairings.
As for the celebrities in question? Well nothing has been confirmed yet – but many superfans have guested as judges before, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see a few of them return to compete.
Celebrity Drag Race is set to air in 2020 on VH1, and one thing is for sure – RuPaul will be there in full force. We can’t wait!