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'RuPaul's Drag Race' week 3 query: Can Sharon Needles' domination be stopped? Vote in our poll!

Just let the above screengrab wash over you for a second: It’s simply sickening Sharon Needles realness from last night’s new episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, titled “Glamazons vs. Champions.”

Be honest: Have you ever laid your eyes on such magnificence in your life? Yes, you definitely are seeing quadruple images of the self-described “spooky, beautiful, and stupid” queen serving demented versions of Cruella de Vil and Marilyn Manson. And it’s amazing.

Sharon is pictured here because the biggest outcome from last night’s episode was, indeed, that Needles has solidified her place as a force to be reckoned with on the show — despite drawing the ire of other contestants (we’re looking at you, Phi Phi). SPOILER ALERT: The dark-and-twisty queen took home the crown in the infomercial-themed challenge, a mere two weeks after she pulled off the same feat in the show’s season 4 premiere.


'RuPaul's Drag Race' week 2 query: Was 'WTF' one of the most outrageous challenges ever?


Over three seasons, we’ve seen boatloads of lunacy on RuPaul’s Drag Race: Everything from dresses made from dollar bills and egregious shoulder flair to huge, raging queens that throw other contestants around and futuristic get-ups that look like they were ripped from the 2050 version of Cats. Last night’s episode, “WTF!: Wrestling’s Trashiest Fighters,” was centered around a ridiculous WWF-inspired challenge, which was pretty nuts and begs the question: Was this one of the series’ most outrageous challenges ever?

For sure. I think last night’s new episode will majestically go down in Drag Race history with those memorable hours mentioned above, as the 12 remaining queens found themselves putting together drag wrestling looks and then putting on an outlandish, drama-filled show for the judges — something they’ve never done before. “Tonight,” RuPaul told the gals before the main challenge, “you’ll be transforming yourself into wrestling’s trashiest fighters.” Yes: WTF. (Ru, your cleverness is always appreciated.)

All the evidence you need of last night’s challenge brilliance is in this post: Just look at the capture of Latrice Royale and Kenya Michaels — excuse me, Latrice the Beast and Killer Kenya. It…is…beyond! These ladies really killed it the crazy department, putting on a show that kept me cackling all night. “Yesterday,” Ru dramatically told all the ladies after the challenge, “you changed the face of professional wrestling forever. I smell a spin-off!” WTF, indeed! It just seems devastating that such a spectacular pair — Latrice Royale and Kenya Michaels — didn’t win the challenge.


'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 4 premiere query: Is Sharon Needles the most 'sickening' contestant ever?

Logo’s reality indulgence RuPaul’s Drag Race has enjoyed its fair share of intriguing contestants in previous seasons: Glittery gals from BeBe Zahara Benet to Pandora Boxx to Shangela — who reappeared on screen last night, albeit briefly, as a semi-annoying gag — are memorable queens who’ve been of high interest in the past. But apparently the best queen was to come, and she appeared last night in the show’s season 4 premiere: Sharon Needles.

Yes, you read that right: Sharon Needles. Read that name again. And again. Linger over it. And now say it out loud… a little bit faster. Let it wash over you. It’s genius, right?

And just look at Needles here: Have you ever seen a drag queen like her before? She was — in a word — simply divine. For the way she described herself: “Beautiful, spooky, and stupid,” she said in her first interview. For how she whirled onto the show: “I look spooky, but I’m really nice… at least for now,” she promised the other queens while arriving in the workroom wearing a hat fit for the Wicked Witch of the West. For how she reacted when the guest judge was announced: Sharon Needles went into near-hysterics when told that fellow spook-master Elvira would appear on the judging panel alongside RuPaul, Santino Rice, and Michelle Visage.

Now, I wish that the photo here — this is just her standard gallery shot, unfortunately — reflected the gal’s ghastly runway look last night, but never before have I seen a drag queen look so dead. Deliciously dead? Dumpily dead? Disgustingly dead? Honestly, all of the above — pleaseandthankyou. I’m clearly not the only one who felt this way, considering that — SPOILER ALERT — the macabre-focused queen took home the glory last night by winning the RuPocalypse-themed challenge on the main stage.


'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 4 premiere party pink carpet: EW hosts the livestream at 7 p.m. PT!

Drag Racers, start your engines: Tonight’s the night! I warned you yesterday that I’d be the EW representative hosting Logo’s livestream from the pink — yes, pink! — carpet of tonight’s premiere party for season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race at Eleven Nightclub in West Hollywood. All the pink carpet madness begins at 7 p.m. PT — or the late-late hour of 10 p.m. ET for those of you on the east coast. You can catch it all here, below, in this blog post once the livestream goes, well, live.

In the meantime, if you have questions you’d like me to ask RuPaul, permanent judges Santino Rice and Michelle Visage, or other confirmed talent walking the carpet — including all the season 4 queens, various guest judges, and other sundry folks like possibly Jenna Jameson and Jai Rodriguez — feel free to leave questions in the comments section below or Tweet them liberally to #DragRaceEWParty. We’ll pick them up and be sure to ask them. (Check out the season 4 trailer and the contestant bios for question fodder.) May the best question…win!

Check back here at 7 p.m. PT for the livestream below:


'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 4 premiere party: EW is hosting the pink carpet livestream!

Like any and all good RuPaul’s Drag Race fans know, season 4 of the reality indulgence launches in just one week — next Monday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m. on Logo. Praise the sequin gods that it’s back!

But do you think Ru and Co. were really going to let the season start without a little bit of — okay, a lot of — razzle and dazzle? Oh, hell to the no! Which is why Logo is hosting a season 4 premiere party for Drag Race tomorrow evening, Jan. 24, from 7 to 8 p.m. PT at West Hollywood’s Eleven Nightclub. The best part? In conjunction with Logo, your trusty Drag Race reporter and recapper — that’d be me! — will be on hand on the pink carpet outside the venue, interviewing talent as they arrive for the big night. Everyone from host extraordinaire RuPaul to all the season 4 queens to other talent who may show up, possibly including the likes of Jenna Jameson and Jai Rodriguez, will be walking the pink carpet. Let’s just say: It’ll be a fun night. Interesting, at the very least!

The even better part? You’ll be able to follow along live from 7 to 8 p.m. PT via a livestream from Logo. Just check back here on PopWatch for all the details tomorrow evening.

In the meantime, leave any questions you’ve got for Ru, the season 4 queens, or — yes — Jenna Jameson in the comments, and I’ll be sure to ask them while working the pink carpet. Questions or comments during the live pink carpet? Just Tweet them and include #DragRaceEWParty, and we’ll definitely include them in the broadcast.


'RuPaul's Drag U' season 2 premiere: Lots of small delights!

“Are you ready to be the baddest b—- in school? Class is in session!” That’s right, last night was the season 2 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race spin-off RuPaul’s Drag U, where a bevy of Drag Race queens take dumpy straight women and make them over into glamorous…drag queens! It all takes place at a school somewhere “deep in the Lake Titty-Caca Valley,” as host RuPaul says in the hilarious opening credits. I can’t help but smile every time I hear him intone the words “Lake Titty-Caca Valley.”

To be honest, the season 2 premiere of Drag U wasn’t that much different than the season 1 premiere nearly a year ago. The show is still super inspirational, as you see these sad ladies go from from frump to fab in less than a television hour; it’s still the same pair-a-lady-with-a-queen format; and it’s still got all the same folks attached to it, like RuPaul and permanent judge Lady Bunny. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good time to watch. For me, I’ve found that it’s all about the little things with Drag U. Sure, the main makeover point of the show is wonderful and all, but it’s all about the small delights, if you will. And here are a few of those delights, in my opinion:


'RuPaul's Drag U': Season 2 guest judges include 'Glee' star Dot Jones, Molly Ringwald, Carnie Wilson, and more -- EXCLUSIVE

RuPaul’s Drag Race aired its final episode of season 3 last week, but that doesn’t mean that you have too long for more queens on Logo. No, silly, the reality show’s spin-off, RuPaul’s Drag Uthe series that finds Drag Race alums making over what RuPaul refers to as “biological women” — returns for 10 brand-new episodes on June 20 at 9 p.m., and EW has exclusively learned the list of luminaries serving as guest judges this coming season. As you can see from the photo here, Glee‘s Dot Jones — who plays fan-favorite Coach Beiste and is pictured with RuPaul — is at the top of the list. The rest of the guest judges include actresses Molly Ringwald, Lynda Carter, Shirley Jones, Raven Simone; singer-actress Charo; singer Carnie Wilson; model Beverly Johnson; and two Ugly Betty alums: Ana Ortiz and Alec Mapa.

Last season’s guest judges included Mia Tyler, Taylor Dayne, Kris Jenner, Kelly Osbourne, Jackée Harry, Debi Mazar, Meredith Baxter, and Chaka Khan. READ FULL STORY

'RuPaul's Drag Race: Reunited!': 'The Drag Race may be over, but the real drama is just getting started...'

RuPaul crowned Raja America’s Next Drag Superstar one week ago, and last night found Ru bringing the season’s 13 queens back together for the requisite reunion. “Tonight on RuPaul’s Drag Race: Reunited!” our palatable host thundered at the beginning of the episode, “our 13 drag warriors return to battle it out, set the record straight, and let each other have it.” Or to get more to the point, Ru added: “The Drag Race may be over, but the real drama is just getting started.” It was an often funny, not-too-heated hour that found the queens bringing some realness and — look at those outfits above! — a true eleganza extravaganza. Here’s a quick dossier of what went down, in a quick, highlights-focused format:


'RuPaul's Drag Race': A chat with America's Next Drag Superstar Raja

America’s Next Drag Superstar Raja was crowned in last night’s season finale. And while we didn’t get to hear much from her afterward — “The cash is mine, and I am America’s Next Drag Superstar!” was her post-crowning quip — Raja just spoke with EW in a quick interview in which she addresses everything from how she’s feeling at this moment and her philosophy of drag to what she really thinks of Shangela and where she thinks she’ll be in 10 years. The most poignant moment of the phone call? Probably when Raja copped to being frustrated by all people out there who hate her. “I can’t say that I love having haters,” Raja said. “I would rather not have that because I’m a very sensitive person, and I don’t think I’m as big of a villain as people would like to portray me being.” Read all that and more below. READ FULL STORY

'RuPaul's Drag Race' season finale: America's Next Drag Superstar is...

Two weeks ago, after the last original competition episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race that pared the queens down to a final three — that’d be last night’s competing trio: Raja, Manila Luzon, and Alexis Mateo — two polls were posted here on EW.com: One asked who should win, while the other asked who will win. So let’s talk some real, scientific data. Late yesterday, the poll results were as follows in the should win category: 44 percent said Raja, 29 percent said Manila, and 27 percent said Alexis. The will win category was a bit (although not much) different: 69 percent of voters said Raja would win, while Manila garnered 18 percent of the vote, and Alexis grabbed just 13 percent.

Well now, the official poll results are in, Drag Racers! Minutes before the hour ended last night — after both a music video competition and the usual runway look-off — RuPaul announced: “Ladies, I have made my decision. The winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, America’s Next Drag Superstar, is… READ FULL STORY

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