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’ve had nine sick’ning seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race?
We can already see the montage in the season 10 premiere: 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; and so many more.
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?’
Well, here’s everything we know so far…
When is the premiere date?
Ru is wasting no time this year, because season 10 premieres 22 March on VH1, one week after the finale of All Stars 3.
The season will feature 90 minute episodes and the return of Untucked on television, to celebrate ten years since Drag Race premiered.
In a statement, RuPaul said: “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.
“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?”
When/where will it premiere in the UK?
Netflix UK & Ireland have announced that they’ll once again be streaming brand new episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race just one day after they air in the US.
So if you’re already gagging for that season 10 premiere, the date you’ll need in your diary is Friday 23 March.
Is it the same Werk Room?
The werk room has had a drastic changeover for season X. The 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 will have 14 queens, including season nine contestant Eureka O’Hara, who was removed 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.”
But other than Eureka, who else will will sashay, shantay and panther on the runway? Get your jush below, 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 265k 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.
Blair St. Clair (Andrew Bryson) – 22, Indianapolis, Indiana
Blair St. Clair was leaked as a cast member back in 2017 when TMZ revealed that she had received a DUI earlier in the year. As it turns out, the 22-year-old violated her parole by filming RPDR, as she was supposed to stay in Indiana. Season 10 hasn’t premiered yet, and this queen is already breaking the rules! Also, is it just us, or does her promo photo look a spitting image of Melissa Joan Heart?
Dusty Ray Bottoms (Dustin Rayburn) – 29, New York
This 29-year-old queen comes from a religious background. Her grandfather was an evangelist, and her father is also involved in the church, so it comes as no surprise that Dusty Ray Bottoms describes herself as “dark, glamorous and trashy”. Very fitting! Oh, and she’s the drag sister of season nine queen Alexis Michelle. Lots of Drag protégés and relations this year isn’t there?
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?
Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams – 27, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Self-described as the “wicked stepsister” of the Kardashian family, Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams says they embody everything she wants to be. She also doesn’t want you to think she’s stuck up because of her “intimidating appearance”, claiming she’s actually a sweetheart. Well, we’ll see…
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.
Mayhem Miller (Dequan Johnson) – 35, Riverside, California
This Californian queen has been a prominent figure in the West Hollywood drag scene for a number of years, and is drag sisters with Drag Race alumni like Raven and Morgan McMichaels. She got her drag name from Tommy Lee Miller, after spotting his ‘mayhem’ tattoo in his and Pamela Anderson’s sex tape. Mayhem boasts a number of colourful, vibrant looks, and is known for her intense facial expressions during lip-syncs.
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.
Monique Heart (Kevin Richardson) – 31, Kansas City, Missouri
Monique Heart is this season’s “devoted Christian,”and is determined to be the “heart of Season 10.” However, don’t let this queen’s kindness let you rule her out as a competitor. She’s a creative, well-rounded queen, proficient in hair and make-up, and if she lands in the bottom two, she will provide us squirrel friends with all the twirls and kicks we need heeeeenny.
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo – 25, Tampa, Florida
Having already won Miss Polk Gay Pride Newcomer and Miss Southern Nights Newcomer, Vanessa Mateo has come to Drag Race in hopes of adding a more prestigious title to her ever-growing repertoire. Vanessa has a close bond with her drag family – can you guess who her drag ma is? BAM! Alexis Mateo. Her mother won a total of four challenges during her Drag Race experience, so we have incredibly high hopes for Vanessa…
The Vixen (Tony) – 26, Chicago, Illinois
You die-hard RPDR fanatics will remember The Vixen on Shea Coulee’s R&B banger Cocky, where she featured on the song and video. Not only is she a rap diva, but The Vixen is known as a “woke” political queen who combines performance with activism. Her ballroom origins also mean she’s a force-to-be-reckoned with onstage. You want high-energy? The Vixen will give you high energy hunties!
Yuhua Hamasaki (Yuhua Ou) – 27, New York
Originally from China, this NYC queen told fans she was in a coma to hide away the fact she was filming RPDR (our favourite excuse so far). Yuhua is a professional seamstress, and has made gowns for the likes of Bob, Peppermint and Alexis, so expect this bubbly queen to obliterate any sewing challenge…
Who are the judges?
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews will be back for another round.
Including All Stars, this will be Ru’s 13th season, Michelle’s 11th, and it’ll be 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 will be making her Drag Race debut in the premiere, and following her will be Shania Twain (!) Halsey, Lena Dunham, Kate Upton, Billy Eichner, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.
Deep breath for even more star power: completing the list of judges is Ashanti, Padma Lakshmi, Courtney Love, Nico Tortorella, Audra McDonald, Logan Browning, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Carrie Preston, Andrew Rannells, Miles Heizer, Todrick Hall and Lizzo.
Drag Race fan-girls Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (Broad City) will finally judge after years of fan demand (please be Snatch Game!), whilst Cheyenne Jackson and Andy Cohen make special guest appearances.
They’re not judges, but queens such as Jinkx Monsoon, Jujubee, Bob the Drag Queen, Darienne Lake, Raven, Laganja Estranja, Adore Delano and Trixie Mattel have returned to help Mama Ru welcome in the new recruits.
“Sick’ning, no?” – Alexis Matteo, 2011.