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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12: Premiere Date, Cast, Recap, Update

Updated August 20, 2019
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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, which previously aired on Logo TV up to the ninth season and currently runs on VH1, is a reality show that follows TV personality RuPaul as he searches for America’s next drag superstar. It is so popular that it has given rise to spin-offs such as ‘RuPaul’s Drag U’ and ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars‘. Apart from the US, the show also runs in Australia, Canada, UK, The Netherlands, and Israel. Spanning multiple seasons, this Emmy Award-winning series premiered with its 11th season on February 28, 2019. The show is directed by Nick Murray and produced by Michelle Visage and John Polly.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Cast: Who is in it?

‘Rupaul’s Drag Race’ stars celebrated drag queen, actor, model, singer, songwriter, and TV persona, RuPaul Andre Charles, as lead judge, mentor, and host. He is a recipient of three Primetime Emmy Awards and is branded as the most successful drag queen in America. In the show, he plays multiple roles. He gives the final word in terms of judging and eliminations, while also guiding the contestants through their challenges. Apart from RuPaul, the show features a panel of judges, comprising Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews, Carson Kressley, and other guest judges who make occasional special appearances.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Plot: What is it about?

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ derives its title from both the concepts of drag queens and drag racing. Each episode, since its debut in 2009, begins with an online announcement of casting calls. Interested applicants, who can be anyone aged above 21 years, submit audition tapes in high hopes of making an appearance on the famed platform. Initially, there are 15 (the number may vary from season to season) contestants at the start of the season. The format employs the process of progressive elimination to evict participants, thereby, cutting down the number to the final three or four finalists.

A typical run of challenges comprises a mini-challenge, a main challenge, a runway walk, the judging panel, a lip sync battle, and the elimination of a contestant. Of course, the creators, in order to avoid monotony, introduce exceptions and twists from time to time, such as double-eliminations, zero eliminations, disqualification, or eviction of a candidate because of an injury.

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 11 premiered on February 28, 2019, on VH1. It featured 15 drag queens — 14 new competitors and one returning participant from season 10, namely Vanessa Vanjie Mateo. The final cast announcements were made on January 24, 2019. Hosted by Aquaria and Adam Rippon, its winner was Yvie Oddly while Brooke Lynn Hytes was the runner-up. Oddly not only received the coveted title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” but she also got to take home one year’s supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics and a grand cash prize of $100,000.

As far as its reception is concerned, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ has received generally favorable reviews from viewers and critics alike. Since it kind of entwines the fashion design elements of ‘Project Runway‘ with the modeling prowess of ‘America’s Next Top Model‘, it brings us the best of both worlds. Giving an inside glimpse into the performance art world of drag queens, it attempts to highlight the hard work, determination, and talent that goes into the making of the perfect drag queen. Hence, by bringing together nerve, charisma, and flair, this Thursday show manages to attract so many viewers every weekday.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 11 premiered on February 28, 2019. Now that season 11 has concluded, fans are definitely asking the inevitable question: when will ‘RuPaul’s Drag Queen’ season 12 come out? Well, we have good news for you. On August 19, 2019, VH1 renewed the show for a twelfth season.

“Hey squirrel friends, are you hungry for more RuPaul’s Drag Race? Good, ’cause your country breakfast is ready!” RuPaul said in a video clip he posted. The drag superstar added “And I’m serving up a new season of All Stars 5 and a new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race 12. And they’re coming soon to VH1!”

Going by the past release schedule for previous seasons of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, it is not really difficult to predict a probable release timeline for the 12th installment. The series, to date, has been premiering every year during the months of January, February, and March. Hence, we are almost sure that ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 12 shall return to VH1 at the beginning of next year, i.e. between January to March of 2020. We shall update this section with the exact dates as and when we learn more.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Trailer:

While we wait for ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 12, check out the season 11 trailer to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet, head over to VH1 to catch all the episodes of the previous seasons.

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