RuPaul's Drag Race - So Much Fun Wrapped into One Hour!
Apr 4, 2010
One of my favorite shows on television is a show that most people have probably never heard of--RuPaul's Drag Race. RuPaul is one of the most famous drag queens of all time and Drag Race is her reality show to find "the next drag superstar."
Currently, Drag Race is in its second season on Logo. Thankfully, my best friends (who are gay men) clued me in to the existence of this show toward the beginning of the first season, so I've seen every episode of both seasons but perhaps the first one or two of Season 1.
It has the usual reality show elements--a bunch of strangers thrown together and put under intense pressure of competing in various challenges. Like Top Chef, there is a quick challenge at the beginning of each episode and then the elimination challenge that takes up most of the show. The judges are Ru, Santino Rice (of Project Runway fame), Merle Ginsberg and one or more guest judges. In season two, the guest judges have been pretty darned cool--some pretty famous (though perhaps not current) faces from the world of TV/movies and music.
Like Project Runway, at the end of every episode, most contestants are safe but two are put in the bottom two. But, on the Drag Race, those two are forced to "lip sync for your life" -- i.e., lip sync a pre-determined song to convince Ru to let them stay on the show. At the end of the song, Ru tells one queen she can stay and tells the other to "sashay...away."
There is great fun and laughter, costumes (extravaganza! eleganza!), bitchiness and often some really touching moments in every episode, such as a recent episode in which the contestants were discussing coming out as gay men and one admitted that he'd tried to commit suicide because he knew he was different but didn't understand why.
On any reality show, it's sad when a contestant that you've been rooting for gets sent home. This past week, one of my absolute favorite queens was sent home (Pandora Boxx). She may not have been as elegant or stylish as the other contestants, but she had the most endearing personality and could make everyone laugh (like the episode in which she played Carol Channing on Ru's version of the classic game show Match Game, which she called Snatch Game).
If you're open minded, I highly recommend that you check out this fabulously fun show.
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The world's most famous drag queen plays three roles -- host, judge and, as the debonair Mr. RuPaul, a mentor -- in this reality-competition show that aims to crown among nine contestants America's next "Drag Queen Superstar." Helping RuPaul determine the bottom two contestants each week, who compete in a lip-synch performance to see which one sashays away, are fellow judges Merle Ginsberg, a journalist and best-selling author, and former "Project Runway" contestant Santino Rice.