The brand new season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will premiere on Feb. 28 on VH1, the community introduced Thursday. In conjunction with the extremely expected debut date, VH1 additionally printed the 13 queens who can be sashaying down the catwalk at the 12th season of the preferred fact contest display.
“With every new technology of queens, the RuPaul’s Drag Race revolution continues to force tradition,” RuPaul advised NBC Information in an emailed remark. “And as increasingly new audience uncover the display, the phenomenon continues to open hearts and minds with love, laughter and an entire lotta sass.”
The 13 contestants — who hail from throughout the USA — will vie for the name of “The usa’s Subsequent Drag Famous person” and a money prize of $100,000.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” has been nominated for 29 Emmy Awards — and has gained 13 — because it premiered in 2009. The display made historical past in 2018 when it turned into the primary collection to ever win Emmys for each Exceptional Fact-Festival Collection and Exceptional Host for a Fact or Fact-Festival Program award in the similar yr. In 2019, the display gained each classes once more.
“There’s a fascinating steadiness of leisure and deep tales that in point of fact contact our target audience,” RuPaul stated of the display’s enchantment in a press convention following the double wins in 2018. “We began out this display to rejoice the artwork of drag, and in doing so we introduced alongside a number of youngsters who had numerous backgrounds. Now we have demanding situations which are a laugh, however those children carry their braveness and their tales, and that’s what the center is.”
RuPaul additionally stated on the time that the collection “provides slightly aid” right through this time, through which “we’re dwelling in a rustic this is very divided.”
“We rejoice individuals who dance outdoor the field, and the ones are my favourite more or less other folks,” he added. “The ones tales wish to be informed, and I feel there may be price in the ones tales for everybody, now not simply drag queens.”
Following VH1’s announcement on Thursday, the community launched a brief blurb about every of the brand new contestants, and the 13 queens all shared an Instagram publish saying their upcoming look at the hit collection.
Aiden Zhane (Acworth, GA)
“Hailing from rural Georgia, it’s obvious Aiden Zhane is interested in the darker aspect of lifestyles. Horror motion pictures, Marilyn Manson, and weirdness all tell her outlandish — and authentic — spooky personality.”
Brita (New York, NY)
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“Everybody who is aware of drag in New York Town is aware of Brita. That’s as a result of this hard-working Polynesian queen captivates audiences along with her well-known lip-syncs … a minimum of seven nights per week.”
Crystal Methyd (Springfield, MO)
“The one factor Crystal Methyd is hooked on is consideration. And along with her quirky models, incomparable make-up abilities and screwball humorousness, she’ll for sure be catching the judges’ eyes.”
Dahlia Sin (Los Angeles, CA)
“Firstly hailing from Brooklyn, Dahlia Sin emerged from the Haus of Aja (of Season nine and All Stars popularity). Now this glance queen lives in LA, the place she wows the west coast along with her city emblem of sexiness.”
Gigi Goode (Los Angeles, CA)
“This leggy model queen is simplest 21, however enters the contest with a large social media following. Stunning model illustrations come to lifestyles and make her Instagram fanatics stan.”
Heidi N Closet (Ramseur, NC)
“Heidi comes from Ramseur, a small nation the city in North Carolina. She playfully says there’s little to do there aside from rely chickens and cows. However her infectious personality is certain to make her an international title very quickly.”
Jackie Cox (New York, NY)
“The Persian princess of drag has arrived. Born in Canada and with Iranian heritage, Jackie Cox now considers the New York cabaret degree her house. She loves to write down her personal presentations and convey them to lifestyles.”
Jaida Essence Corridor (Milwaukee, WI)
“Jaida Essence Corridor at all times strives to be the essence of glamour. She initially sought after to be a way fashion designer, and now will get to each reside that fable and type her personal stunning creations.”
Jan (New York, NY)
“Jan is a musical theater queen and professional singer, who can belt within the authentic key of a feminine pop superstar’s track. Formidable and pushed, she’s having a look to slay the Drag Race efficiency demanding situations.”
Nicky Doll (New York, NY)
“The primary French contestant to compete in RuPaul’s Drag Race, Nicky Doll relocated from Paris to New York Town, the place she enchants audiences along with her Ecu catwalk, excessive models and seductive attraction.”
Rock M. Sakura (San Francisco, CA)
“Rock M. Sakura’s aesthetic is an amalgamation of anime, manga, and anything else purple. Along with her high-energy, death-dropping efficiency taste and grimy humorousness, it is a queen who defies categorization.”
Sherry Pie (New York, NY)
“A campy, polished queen who is aware of her references, Sherry Pie will go away an target audience in stitches. And with Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett as her icons, she’s for sure discovered from the most efficient.”
Widow Von’Du (Kansas Town, MO)
“The Widow is up within the construction. A Missouri lady who lives lifestyles out loud, this queen can carry out the home down … and dance circles round her pageant.”
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