What a treat this interview was: it’s not everyday that you get to meet the most well-known person in his professional field. But that day came last week when RuPaul, the most famous drag queen in all the land, visited the VH1 Digital office to talk about the new season of his show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, his life, his culture and his career. In the clip above, Ru and I discuss camp and the unlikeliness of constructing reality around parody (which Drag Race does in its structural send-up of America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway). In the clip below, Ru talks about his affection for the drag queens that are competing on his show.
RuPaul’s Drag Race is such a visual show that we can think of no better way to cover it than by utilizing our favorite digital image type: the animated gif. Below (and for every episode), you’ll find a wall of moving images capturing the ridiculousness of this show. For your viewing pleasure, nipples are tweaked, wigs are removed, eyelashes flap, splits abound and drag queens throw shade over and over and over again. Click below, allow some time for loading and gorge yourself on the looped visual feast.
The second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres tonight at 9/8c on VH1, but it has, of course, already aired on Logo. We’ll have our on take on the show up every week after its VH1 airings, but in the meantime, check out the video recap of the premiere above, via our friend at Logo’s NewNowNext blog, John Polly, and featuring special guest Chris March (of Project Runway fame). John also interviewed the first eliminated contestant. We won’t spoil it for those checking out the show tonight on VH1, but you can read the interview here. [NewNowNext]
Legendary drag icon RuPaul will once again search for America’s next drag superstar when the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race hits airwaves next week. It’s set to premiere on Logo on Monday, Feb. 1 at 9/8c, and each week will rerun on VH1 the following Tuesday at 9/8c (starting Tuesday, Feb. 2). You can check out a preview of the season above and some more info on the show (courtesy of the press release) below:
Gentlemen, start your engines! May the best woman win!” After much critical acclaim and widespread popularity, Logo’s hit reality competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race has returned for a second season. This second lap of RuPaul’s Drag Race will reflect the same hallmarks of the first season that made it a pop culture hit, including the now classic “lip synch for your life” segment. However, with a larger cast of competitors, mega-watt celebrity guest judges and more extravagant weekly challenges, the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race will be the most tweeted about show of the season. The stakes, wigs and heels are higher than ever as RuPaul searches to crown one lucky up-and-coming drag queen the title (and tiara) of America’s Next Drag Superstar. RuPaul’s Drag Race returns Monday, February 1, 2010 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
RuPaul’s Drag Race returns stronger than ever with a dream team of A-list celebrity and judges. Each week, joining RuPaul on the judges’ panel includes the return of fashion journalist Merle Ginsberg and Project Runway breakout star Santino Rice. In addition, star-studded guest judges will grace the runway and decide which drag queen will need to “lip synch for their life” at the end of each weekly larger-than-life challenge. Guest judges and stars include: Kathy Griffin (comic/actress), Cloris Leachman (Academy Award winning actress), Debbie Reynolds (legendary actress), Jackie Collins (prolific novelist), Tatum O’Neal (Academy Award-winning actress), Kathy Najimy (actress), Henry Rollins (punk rock icon), Terri Nunn (singer of Berlin), Marissa Jaret Winokur (Tony Award-winning actress), Dita Von Teese (international burlesque star), Niecy Nash (Reno 911!), Martha Wash (the voice of dance music), Kim Coles (comic/actress), Tanya Tucker (country music superstar), Lisa Rinna (actress), Mathu Andersen (master image creator), Gigi Levangie Grazer (writer/creator of USA’s The Starter Wife), Alec Mapa (comedian/actor), Marc Malkin (E! Television), Mike Ruiz (photographer) and Phoebe Price.
We’ll be covering the show on this blog, but in the meantime, you can check out Logo’s NewNowNext blog‘s already extensive coverage of it. Peep the Drag Race 2 contestants at the show’s official site. Additionally, if you want to get in on the dragged-out action without leaving your seat, check out the Dragulator, which allows you to give yourself a makeover fit for a queen by just uploading a picture. Photographic evidence below…