As we await word on premiere dates... congratulations to Drag Race on winning a THIRD Emmy for Best Reality Competition Program, as well as a FOURTH Emmy for RuPaul as Best Reality Host! It also won Emmys for Hairstyling and Costuming.
Also, Nina West is getting attention for attending the show and the red carpet as a drag queen.
VH1 on Tuesday announced an expansion of its Emmy-winning reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race — RuPaul's Celebrity Drag Race — which is set to premiere in 2020.
Each episode will feature three stars undergoing complete drag transformations with the help of beloved series queens who have competed on past seasons of Drag Race. So far, alums Alyssa Edwards, Trixie Mattel, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Asia O'Hara, Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi, Monet X Change, Monique Heart, Nina West and Trinity the Tuck have been named as participants.
Though the celebrity cast has yet to be revealed, what is known is that each famous contestant will compete for a title, along with prize money to donate to a charity of their choice.
"Doing drag does not change who you are, it reveals who you are," executive producer and host RuPaul said in a statement. "I can’t wait for the world to see what happens when our celebrity contestants get all up in drags!"
The announcement of RuPaul's Celebrity Drag Race comes months after the show's original iteration, RuPaul's Drag Race, as well as its spinoff RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, were renewed for 12th and fifth seasons, respectively.
VH1 has been home to the reality franchise since RuPaul's Drag Race's ninth season in 2017. The series premiered in 2009 on Logo, also owned by Viacom. The LGBTQ-focused network ran the series for eight years and more than 100 episodes.
Like RuPaul's Drag Race and All Stars, Celebrity Drag Race is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Mandy Salangsang and RuPaul serving as executive producers. Tim Palazzola serves as executive producer for VH1, and Jen Passovoy also serves as a producer.
Aiden Zhane - Acworth, GA Brita - New York City Crystal Methyd - Springfield, MO Dahlia Sin - Los Angeles, CA Gigi Goode - Los Angeles, CA Heidi N Closet - Ramseur, NC Jackie Cox - New York City Jaida Essence Hall - Milwaukee, WI Jan - New York City Nicky Doll - New York City Rock M. Sakura - San Francisco Sherry Pie - New York City Widow Von'Du - Kansas City, MO
The queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 are ready to slay the stage and runway… virtually. The season finale of World of Wonder’s Emmy-winning reality drag queen competition on VH1 will spill all the tea in a virtual reunion slumber party on May 22 at 8pm ET/PT. The following week on May 29 at 8pm ET/PT VH1 will air the virtual grand finale where America’s Next Drag Superstar will be crowned.
The virtual shows are the result of the current lockdown — but that won’t stop the show from death dropping its way into your homes. RuPaul will host the virtual slumber party and the queens will have the opportunity to “kiki” about everything and anything that has happened this season. This includes all the shade thrown in the “werkroom” and some of the most shocking eliminations (there are many). They will also answer questions from fans.
Last year, the finale was held at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles but now the Drag Race Gods will work their magic to bring a finale that is just as fierce and fabulous. RuPaul and the cast shot the finale virtually using innovative technology that highlights the creativity of the queens.
The finale will not miss a beat and will feature the final queens competing in a revolutionary lip-sync battle for the crown. Season 11 winner Yvie Oddly will return to crown the winner while Season 11’s Miss Congeniality, Nina West, will reveal this year’s new Miss Congeniality — and there will be a special surprise for the other 11 queens. In addition, there will be special celebrity guest appearances throughout the night.
Let's hope the show lives up to all the hype in this press release.