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'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

Logo to air 'Dragtastic' comedy special tonight: Host Pandora Boxx gives EW a preview!

Pandora-BoxxImage Credit: LogoTonight at 10 p.m., Logo will air a comedy special called One Night Stand Up: Dragtastic, marking the extremely rare occasion in the history of the fledgling gay cable network where it features a bunch of really funny drag queens. Oh, wait. Who the hell are we kidding? Really funny drag queens—hello RuPaul’s Drag Race, which launches its third season a week from today!—are the bread and butter of Logo! And thus, why we here at EW are always glued to the network. One of the best parts about tonight’s stand-up special Dragtastic—even though we haven’t seen the TV cut yet—is the host: none other than EW fave and RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag U alum Pandora Boxx is the emcee. Remember Pandora’s killer Carol Channing impression from last season of Drag Race? To celebrate her shining moment back in the Logo spotlight, EW spent a few minutes catching up with Pandora when she was in NYC shooting the special last August. Enjoy:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What exactly is One Night Stand Up: Dragtastic?
Dragtastic is a stand-up comedy special for drag queens, and they did one last year that was shot in LA and [RuPaul’s Drag Race season 1 contestant] Ongina hosted it, and the queens were Varla Jean Merman, Miss Coco Peru, and Jackie Beat, and they’re doing another one this year and it’s going to be hosted by me and it has four drag queens in it: Bianca Del Rio, Harmonica Sunbeam, Mimi Imfurst, Hedda Lettuce, and Kelly Mantle. [See photo.] Each queen is going to have their time out on the stage—it’s like a stand up comedy special, only with men dressed like ladies.


'RuPaul's Drag U': A pre-season finale update with EW fave Pandora Boxx

Pandora-BoxxImage Credit: Beatrice Neumann/LogoWe here at EW have made no secret of our love for Drag Race season 2 contestant Pandora Boxx (at left). Just take a look back at my TV recap of the episode this past March when she was voted off the show, when I called her offing the most “controversial elimination of the season.” Or, in the print magazine, when we wrote on Bullseye: “Pandora Boxx, in our hearts you are America’s Next Drag Superstar… even if RuPaul doesn’t think so.” We love! And, of course, we’ve loved seeing her return to Logo and the RuPaul world with this premiere season of RuPaul’s Drag U, which makes over biological women in drag style. With the finale — which stars Ms. Pandora Boxx — airing this coming Monday at 9 p.m., what better time to check in with her? Here, she talks the finale, how her life has changed since Drag Race, and the possibility of scoring her own show.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So let’s talk about Drag U. You’ve been a mentor this season. How have you liked that?
The best thing about Drag U to me — and what made me want to sign up right away — is that I knew I couldn’t get eliminated. Even though there was someone who has said in the past that my elimination from Drag Race was the most controversial of the season.

That was us, wasn’t it? That was me!
It was!

We are big fans of you over here, Pandora, just so you know.
Entertainment Weekly
is part of my act.


'RuPaul's Drag U' series premiere recap: To judge or not to judge such tragic figures?

draguImage Credit: LogoTo open the series premiere of RuPaul’s Drag U, RuPaul described the little drag university she’d lovingly created. “Deep in the Titty-Caca Valley,” said the diva, “a school was formed to help biological women unleash their inner diva, and let the world have it!” The ladies, she continued, were “ready to change their lives through the miracle of drag.” Yes, girls and other girls, RuPaul has taken her glamorous lady-eye and turned it toward frumpy gals who need a little help from the other side. The other side, of course, being their lady-boy friends and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants, including Jujubee, Ongina, Raven, Nina Flowers, Tammie Brown, and so on. (Yes! So happy to see them all again on TV!) READ FULL STORY

'RuPaul's Drag U' series premiere: Thankfully, gay television -- and RuPaul -- return tonight!

drag-uImage Credit: LogoFace it: Summer television is A) not gay enough (True Blood can’t do it all!), and B) sadly devoid of the presence of RuPaul. But thank your lucky stars, because tonight TV gets gayer and draggier — and RuPaul reemerges! That’s right: It’s the much-anticipated premiere of RuPaul’s Drag U, the Drag Race spin-off that features some of the original show’s fave queens making over straight ladies — RuPaul calls them “biological women” — who are in dire need of some TLC and a new look. Tonight, specifically, centers on “lady-boys” Jujubee, Ongina, and Raven — loves these three so much! — showing three “boy-ladies” how it’s done. (Personally, I can’t wait for creepy Drag Race season 1 contestant Tammie Brown to become a “professor” later in the season. Messsss!)

For a super-fun teaser of the show, check out this video:


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