The Season 12 cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race was announced on Thursday, Jan. 23. Fans have been wondering about the next season. After blessing the U.S. for a decade, RuPaul’s Drag Race went across the pond for RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. Now, it’s back on American soil.
VH1 announced the highly anticipated return of Ru Paul’s Drag Race for Season 12. The show will have 13 new drag stars who will fight for the chance to win $100,000 and the titled of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 is back in America
VH1 gave fans a glimpse at the 13 queens who will be joining the cast of Drag Race in a red-white-and-blue photo shoot, as reported by Billboard. Learn about each of the queens in the video below.
Of course, RuPaul made an appearance in the promo video.
“My fellow Americans, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 is here,” Ru says in a blue one-shoulder dress. “Mama Ru needs you to pledge allegiance to the drag.”
Each of the drag queens introduce themselves in their patriotic looks. They also deliver the Pledge of Allegiance. Then, a gospel choir sings “America” as the Drag Race judges playfully fight with one other. It’s nothing like you’ve ever seen before.
RuPaul to host SNL for the first time ever
This is already a big year for RuPaul, whose real name is RuPaul Charles. On Wednesday, Jan. 22, it was announced that he will host an episode of Saturday Night Live with Justin Bieber as a musical guest. SNL made the announcement like they always do by showing a snapshot of their bulletin board on their official Twitter account.
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) January 21, 2020
RuPaul has been applauded for bringing drag into mainstream culture. He’s been finessing this art ever since the early 90s. During his interview with CBS This Morning, he revealed that he never set out to make drag “acceptable” to the masses.
“By who? Who’s accepting them? Drag is naughty. Drag is not politically correct,” RuPaul said. “Honestly, I don’t really want it to be acceptable. Drag is dangerous. It’s political. It’s funny. It breaks all the rules. And that’s what it makes it exciting.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race fans will have to tune in on Feb. 8 to see him host Saturday Night Live for the first time.
RuPaul has “done everything” except Netflix. Until now
He’s had many titles over the years, including drag queen, talk show host, author, and entrepreneur. But, the one title he wants is “hustler.” He’s now the lead star on the new Netflix original AJ and the Queen, which is much more serious than his previous roles. On the show, his character travels with a 10-year-old runaway named AJ, played by actor Izzy G.
It’s no doubt that RuPaul has paved the way for many LGBTQ artists and entertainers. But, he still wonders if drag queens and the LGBTQ community is accepted these days.
“I don’t know how accepted it is,” he said. “At our core, we’re all really still the same. … We’re more polarized in our country than I think I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime.”
RuPaul also revealed that he has no desire to do drag again. His true desire is to create shows for television and that’s what he’ll continue to do.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 premieres on Friday, Feb. 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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