Gentlemen, it’s time to start your mother-tucking engines, because Mama Ru is back for another round. This time, she’s pulling out all the stops…
Can you believe we’re on the tenth sick’ning season of RuPaul’s Drag Race?
Over the course of a decade, we’ve been positively cooped, gooped and mother-tucking gagged at a ridonkulous amount of iconique moments honey: Shannel’s Miss Mandarin; “Tyra is a complete bitch”; MacArthur Park; “Go back to party city where you belong!”; Alyssa and Coco’s lip-sync showdown; Lajanja’s meltdown; Violet’s waist; Sasha “So Emotional” lip-sync petal extravaganza, and more recently, BenDeLaCreme’s self-elimination.
Season nine of the show proved that RPDR hasn’t lost its spark, with all 14 queens displaying copious amounts of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and taaaaalent. Oh, and the last season of All Stars? More twists and turns than a Kill V Maim performance from Aja henny. So, you must be thinking, ‘will season 10 be as kunty?’
Here’s everything you need to know about RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10…
When does it air?
Season 10 airs Thursdays on VH1, and premieres one day after on UK Netflix.
To celebrate ten years since Drag Race’s debut, the season features 90 minute episode and the return of Untucked on television.
“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 RuPaul in a statement.
“And I’m thrilled that Untucked is back on VH1. ‘Cause, henny, if you ain’t watching Untucked, you’re only getting half the story. Okurrr?”
Is it the same Werk Room?
The Werk Room has had a drastic changeover for season X.
Its pink walls have been replaced with cherry red and the room is brimming with iconic portraits of RuPaul. It’s going to take a while to get used to – and we’ll miss the pink – but it was undeniably due an upgrade.
Who are the queens?
This season has 14 queens, including Eureka O’Hara, who was removed last season on medical grounds.
Ru said: “While preparing for season 10, I realized that one of our contestants was 11 years-old when we first launched Drag Race.
“The fact that we’re still here and still going strong is because of our talented queens. They are the heart and soul of the series. And as they continue to evolve and push the boundaries of drag, so does Drag Race.”
Get your jush below with individual profiles of each contestant, and get ready to gag on their eleganza!
Aquaria (Giovanni Palandrani) – 21, Brooklyn, New York
Aquaria has the biggest social reach of any season 10 queen, with over 386k Instagram followers. At 21, she’s already been photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Italia, and she’s also Sharon Needles’ drag daughter, so you know she came to compete heeeeeeenny. The Brooklyn queen has already become a viral sensation with her MTQ quote, “I don’t define drag, drag is defined by me.” Deep. Interesting. It also makes no sense, but werk!
Asia O’Hara (Antwan Lee) – 35, Dallas, Texas
This Texas queen has been a formidable competitor on the pageant circuit for over a decade. She’s won the following prestigious titles: Miss Gay USofA 2007 (succeeding Alyssa Edwards); All American Goddess 2012; and Miss Gay America 2016. Asia is the drag mother of season 4 and All Stars 2 villain, Phi Phi O’Hara, and is also related to Trinity “The Tuck” Taylor.
Eureka O’Hara (David Huggard) – 27, Johnson City, Tennessee
The elephant queen is back! Eureka O’Hara has returned for a second shot at the crown after her knee popped in the cheer battle last season. She never landed in the bottom two, and came close to winning a couple challenges – can Eureka go all the way this time, and become the first plus-sized beauty to win the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar?
Kameron Michaels (Dane Young) – 31, Nashville, Tennessee
Known for being a “muscle queen”, Kameron Michaels is your average, 31-year-old Barbie doll bodybuilder from Nashville. In her MTQ, Kameron revealed that her drag name stems from her androgyny, and said she didn’t choose a “hyper-feminine” name because she wants to cross the boundaries between masculinity and femininity.
Miz Cracker (Maxwell Heller) – 33, New York
Aquaria isn’t the only season 10 queen with a past winner as her drag mawma. Miz Cracker is the drag protege of Bob the Drag Queen, and has been doing drag ever since Bob’s Marches for Equality in Times Square. She may look like a pageant queen, but don’t let the beauty fool you. The 33-year-old queen is somehow funnier than she is gorgeous, so she’s definitely one to watch. Okay Katelyn, it’s time for RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10!
Monét X Change (Kevin Bertin) – 27, The Bronx, New York
If there’s any queen to look out for when it comes to performance, it’s Monet X Change. The NYC queen has a degree in Opera Performance, so if there’s any live singing challenges, she’ll be walking away with the win. Oh, and if she finds herself in the bottom two, she’s guaranteed to put on a show. If you’ve been to Manhattan recently, you would’ve witnessed Monet flip, kick, death drop, pussy-pop, split… all that.
Who’s been eliminated so far?
14TH PLACE – Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (Jose Cancel) – 25, Tampa, Florida
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo came into the competition with a pretty impressive repertoire, having already won Miss Polk Gay Pride Newcomer and Miss Southern Nights Newcomer. Despite boasting Drag Race legend Alexis Mateo as her drag mother, she became the first contestant to leave the competition, which wasn’t well received by fans. Her exit from the competition led to the queen becoming a viral sensation, and the most legendary contestant to leave the show in last place (besides Shangela). Hopefully we’ll hear “Miss Vanjie… Miss Vanjie… Miss Vanjie…” before she pops out of a box in season 11.
13TH PLACE – Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams (Daniel Hernandez) – 27, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Self-described as the “wicked stepsister” of the Kardashian family, Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams sashayed into the competition with a whole lot of sass and a whole lot of asssss. She ended up in the bottom two for the first episode, but made a memorable impression on the judges as she twerked for her LIFE to Christina Aguilera’s iconique 2006 single, Ain’t No Other Man. Her performance in the second episode also wasn’t enough to warrant a ‘safe’, and ultimately, Kalorie was sent packin’ by bff, Eureka O’Hara.
12TH PLACE – Yuhua Hamasaki (Yuhua Ou) – 27, New York
This NYC queen told fans she was in a coma to hide away the fact she was filming RPDR (our favourite excuse ever). Yuhua’s first two weeks showed promise, but the seamstress floundered during the Tap That App challenge, losing out to Mayhem Miller in a killer lip-sync to Hole’s Celebrity Skin.
11th PLACE – Dusty Ray Bottoms (Dustin Rayburn) – 29, New York
Self-described as “dark, glamourous and trashy”, Dusty Ray Bottoms came from a highly religious background. In week three, Dusty memorably opened up about her horrific experience with gay conversion therapy. As testament to the LGBTQ mantra ‘It Gets Better,’ Dusty weathered the turbulent period in her life to move on to bigger and better things. Unfortunately, Dusty landed in the bottom two for The Last Ball on Earth, and was sent home by Monét X Change.
10TH PLACE – Mayhem Miller (Dequan Johnson) – 35, Riverside, California
A prominent figure in the West Hollywood drag scene, Californian queen Mayhem Miller came into the competition with a fierce and revered reputation. Despite winning the first challenge, Mayhem fell into the bottom during the third week, and showcased her extraordinary lip-sync skills to Hole’s Celebrity Skin. Her performance in the competition continued to dwindle, and unfortunately, Mayhem was sent home by Monét X Change in the fifth week.
9TH PLACE – Blair St. Clair (Andrew Bryson) – 22, Indianapolis, Indiana
Blair St. Clair made headlines before she even entered Drag Race for violating her – wait for it – parole. Can you believe? The 22-year-old queen received a DUI back in 2017, and was supposed to stay in Indiana. We were so convinced at one point that the FBI would enter the main stage and arrest Blair in a Willam/Eureka shock style eviction. What a missed opportunity, eh? During the sixth week, Blair received universal praise from fans for opening up a discussion about sexual assault. In the same week, she fell into the bottom two and was sent home by close friend, The Vixen.
8TH PLACE – Monique Heart (Kevin Richardson) – 31, Kansas City, Missouri
Monique Heart was this season’s supreme confessional queen. Self described as the “heart of season 10”, Monique came into the competition and gave us all the “ooh ah ah sensation” we never thought we needed honey. Despite being deemed a frontrunner by fans, Monique was sent packin’ after a terrible Snatch Game performance as Maxine Waters and an unforgivable lip-sync to Carly Rae Jepsen.
7th PLACE – The Vixen (Anthony Taylor) – 26, Chicago, Illinois
Chicago queen The Vixen came into the competition and proclaimed to her fellow queens, “I’m ready to fight”. Did she live up to her promise? You can say that… Throughout the series, The Vixen often clashed with Aquaria and Eureka O’Hara, and provided us with some of the most entertainting episodes of Untucked. In week eight, The Vixen was sent home by her sister Asia O’Hara, after floundering in Cher: The Rusical.
Who are the judges?
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews are back for another round.
Including All Stars, this is Ru’s 13th season, Michelle’s 11th, and the sixth for Carson and Ross.
Hopefully Ru will bring back Merle Ginsberg and Santino Rice to celebrate a decade of Drag Race. How sick’ening would it be to see all six main judges on the main stage?
Christina Aguilera made her Drag Race debut in the premiere, while Halsey and Padma Lakshmi appeared in episode two.
In the subsequent episodes, Nico Tortorella, Courtney Love, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Logan Browning, Carrie Preston, Shania Twain, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Audra McDonald, Kate Upton, Billy Eichner and Andrew Rannells guest-starred.
They will be followed by Lena Dunham, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Ashanti, Miles Heizer, Todrick Hall and Lizzo.
“Sick’ning, no?” – Alexis Matteo, 2011.