RuPaul’s Drag Race is known for its wacky twists. See: When RuPaul brought back season 2′s legendary mess-of-a-contestant Shangela at the opening of season 3 in an attempt to shake things up. And, hark: It worked. So we should have seen last night’s big twist coming from a mile away. But you know what? I actually didn’t.
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Start your engines, Drag Racers! Tonight at 9 p.m. marks the blessed return of RuPaul’s Drag Race to Logo, with the show coming back with an All Stars edition. (And, actually, you can preview the episode in full on the show’s Facebook page.)
Competitors for this special outing include Drag Race faves like Chad Michaels, Pandora Boxx, Latrice Royale, and more.
Also returning is delightful and busty judge Michelle Visage (pictured below), who EW has employed to preview tonight’s premiere by sharing the pros and cons of each queen, in her opinion. From Pandora Boxx’s strengths in personality to Nina Flowers’ need to expand her repertoire, Visage tells us — in her opinion — the things that will help and hurt each of the queens in the quest for the All Stars crown.
Two days ago, the full cast for the much-anticipated RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race was announced to include fan favorites like Chad Michaels, Latrice Royale, and Manila Luzon. And today, EW exclusively has for you more Drag Race news: the show’s premiere date and the full list of guest judges that will grace the main stage this fall.
RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race will premiere Monday, Oct. 22, at 9 p.m., followed by the season premiere of behind-the-show series Untucked: All Stars.
The complete list of judges includes both new and returning faces: Kelly Osbourne, Rosie Perez, Ross Matthews, Rachel Hunter, Vickie Lawrence, Busy Phillips, Rachel Dratch, Janice Dickinson, Wendy McClendon-Covey, Elvira, Beth Ditto, and Cheri Oteri.
Details about what the winner will take home have also been revealed: A generous supply of Mac Cosmetics, a trip courtesy of AlandChuck.travel, and a cash prize of $100,000.
Isn’t this season sounding better and better, Drag Racers?
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‘RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race’ cast announced: Latrice Royale, Chad Michaels, and more!
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ winner America’s Next Drag Superstar speaks out: ‘We figured that RuPaul would keep the crown for herself’
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: America’s Next Drag Superstar is…
RuPaul’s Drag Race fan favorite Pandora Boxx jumped the gun and already announced that she’d be joining the cast of this October’s RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race — and sadly Drag Race season 4 winner Sharon Needles told us why she pulled herself out of the show. And now, finally — gloriously, blessedly — Logo has revealed the rest of the 12-person cast.
The full cast for RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race is as follows: Pandora Boxx, Chad Michaels, Yara Sofia, Jujubee, Nina Flowers, Mimi Imfurst, Manila Luzon, Shannel, Alexis Matteo, Tammie Brown, Raven, and Latrice Royale. READ FULL STORY
Controversial 'RuPaul's Drag Race' queen Willam explains disqualification: 'My husband was coming to bang me out' -- UPDATED
UPDATE: Lots of fans have posed another question for Willam: Why did she barf on the runway just before being disqualified? At the reunion taping, an audience member posed the question to Willam, but the answer she gave didn’t make the cut in the episode that aired last night — probably because it wasn’t as juicy as we had all hoped. Since EW was at the Reunited taping, we can tell you her answer. It’s rather basic, really: Willam explained that she knew she was getting eliminated from the show, so during her lunch break that day, she gorged herself. If you remember, she was wearing a corset-style top that day. So it was simply biology at work: She ate too much and was squeezed into something too small to hold it — so something had to go. Willam did explain, however, that she cleaned up the mess herself.
EARLIER: What did Willam do? It was the question we all asked after the controversial contestant was eliminated from RuPaul’s Drag Race — a first for the series — back in mid March. Rumors about what rules Willam broke spread like wildfire, but at the time, the queen wouldn’t reveal her transgressions, even during an interview with us here at EW.
All the details came to light, however, on tonight’s the season 4 finale-reunion of RuPaul’s Drag Race, where Willam — dressed in a skin-tight, flesh-toned dress — revealed what she did to get booted from the runway prematurely, during a one-on-one interview with the show’s host and head judge RuPaul.
Of course, Willam started out answering the question — “What did Willam do?” — by making a joke. “What didn’t I do?” she said. But then she continued with the answer that she’s peddling as the truth — that she was having sex with her husband in the hotel where the Drag Race queens were quarantined during taping. (It’s common knowledge that reality show contestants are cut off from the outside world during the competition.)
Specifically — in a bit that got cut from the episode that just aired — Willam explained: “My husband was coming to bang me out.” (EW was on the scene at the taping, which is how we have the further, more graphic quotes from Willam.)
'RuPaul's Drag Race' winner America's Next Drag Superstar speaks out: 'We figured possibly that RuPaul would keep the crown for herself'
RuPaul just announced one of the fine drag queens pictured here as America’s Next Drag Superstar, the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 4. “The race for the crown,” RuPaul said at the top of the hour, “has never been this tight.” And, indeed it was! The run-up to the crowning has been long and drawn out, to say the least. Luckily for you all out there, EW has an exclusive interview with the crowned queen — which we’re keeping super spoiler-friendly here, in case you haven’t seen the episode — and you can read that below.
SPOILER ALERT: After nearly an hour of reunion interviews and delightfully draggy festivities — Willam revealed what she did that got her eliminated from the show earlier this season, Latrice Royale was awarded the Miss Congeniality award, and RuPaul interviewed the three finalists Phi Phi O’Hara, Sharon Needles, and Chad Michaels — Drag Race host RuPaul finally crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar. The “finally,” of course, comes because Ru was supposed to do it last week but didn’t and then even shot three separate endings to tonight’s reunion-finale to keep the secret under wraps.
The winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, America’s Next Drag Superstar is…
'RuPaul's Drag Race' reunion: RuPaul previews tonight's spectacular crowning of America's Next Drag Superstar
Last week, EW was on the scene for the reunion taping of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Reunited, which will air this evening at 9 p.m. on Logo. (Of course, you’ll also be able to stream coverage of the show’s big coronation party in NYC — there will be interviews with all this season’s queens — on LogoTV.com, from 8 to 10:15 p.m. ET tonight, too.)
Based on what happened at last week’s taping, the episode that airs tonight should be a doozy of an hour that will delve into the drama around Willam’s surprising early exit from the season; award one queen the Miss Congeniality award (you might be able to guess who, but I’m not telling you…); and, of course, finally crown Chad Michaels, Sharon Needles, or Phi Phi O’Hara as America’s Next Drag Superstar.
No one knows who will take home the glory except for one person: host and show namesake RuPaul. Which is why we here at EW enlisted the drag legend for a quick chat last Friday afternoon to discuss all things about tonight’s Reunited special and season 4.
Read on for Ru’s thoughts on the controversial decision to tape three endings to tonight’s episode; why season 4 was stands out from the previous three; the appeal of fallen queen Latrice Royale; what’s going on with All Stars: RuPaul’s Drag Race; and much, much more.
On the scene at 'RuPaul's Drag Race: Reunited': RuPaul crowns three America's Next Drag Superstar winners (for now)
Last night at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif., the 13 contestants from season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race gathered for the show’s annual reunion and — because host RuPaul refused to pick a winner in Monday’s season finale episode — a very special crowning of this year’s winner. Only, you know that’s not how that was going to go down.
Were they really going to reveal the winner to a live audience armed with big mouths and Twitter accounts? Think again and allow me to explain exactly what went down, since I was on the scene for the three-plus hours of taping, which happened in front of a live studio audience for the first time ever.
As you might expect, RuPaul went through the whole evening, interviewing all the gals about the hot-button issues from the season and talking about their futures and whatnot — I’ll go into that in more detail later — but there were two specific things that everyone was dying to see play out on stage: the delayed crowning of America’s Next Drag Superstar and Ru’s interview with ousted contestant and egomaniac Willam, who was infamously disqualified earlier this season.
Let’s start with the weirdness around the crowning of America’s Next Drag Superstar. READ FULL STORY
You read that headline right, Drag Race fans: RuPaul pulled a fast one on the queens — and the show’s rabid viewership — by shockingly announcing on tonight’s season 4 finale of the reality competition that she would not be crowning America’s Next Drag Superstar. Chad Michaels, Phi Phi O’Hara, and Sharon Needles all remain in the competition…for now.
“Ladies, I’ve made my decisions,” RuPaul said, with all the drama in the world, just as she was about to reveal her choice on the runway. “Chad Michaels, Phi Phi O’Hara, Sharon Needles, the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, America’s Next Drag Superstar is…going to be announced next week on RuPaul’s Drag Race Reunited.” (Note: EW will be on the scene for the reunion, which is taping Wednesday evening in Los Angeles, and will share all the details will you in time.)
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