For those of you who think the cable summer schedule is just another reason to detach yourself from the couch for a few months (except for Mad Men of course, every fiber of my being is anxiously awaiting the return of Jon Hamm (sigh) and the gang), along comes the summer’s other must-watch series (and what’s sure to be the season’s favorite guilty pleasure), RuPaul’s Drag U!
Yes, America’s favorite drag superstar, RuPaul, still sporting that awful mustache as part of his “boy drag”, has assembled your favorite queens from seasons one and two of the wildly successful Logo series RuPaul’s Drag Race to use their Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent to transform real women from frumpy to fierce – under the guidance of “Dean of Drag” Lady Bunny. Each week, three women will allow the most gorgeous queens in all the land to work their magic – and find the inner drag queen that resides in all of us. From their arrival on campus to “Draguation Day”, I’ll be bringing you the highlights all season! So let’s bid a hearty “Hello, hello, hello!” to our drag professors (and check out a video sneak peek after the jump!):
From Season One of RuPaul’s Drag Race
Nina Flowers: Twitter/Facebook This tattooed, sassy and sexy Puerto Rican was pretty much robbed of the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” on season one (don’t get me wrong, I loved Bebe CAMAROOOOON!, but Nina was unforgettable.) This loca was a fan favorite, winning the title of Miss Congeniality at the reunion show.
Ongina: Website/Twitter/Facebook Ongina provided the most heart-wrenching moment of season one when he tearfully admitted that he was living with HIV during the MAC Viva Glam commercial challenge. Sweet, petite, and never far from an adorable hat, this gender-bending queen not only won our hearts, she also won the award for Most Addictive Reality Star at Logo’s 2009 New Now Next Awards.
Tammie, with her retro Tallulah/Bette/Joan vibe, was a definite standout. Sadly, she wasn’t into “lip syncing for her life” to contemporary music (in this case, guest judge Michelle Williams‘ song “We Break the Dawn”) and was eliminated far too early, leaving after the second episode.
Everyone’s favorite Las Vegas showgirl brought the glamour of Sin City to the drag stage. Nothing could stop her – including losing her elaborate headdress while memorably lip-syncing “The Greatest Love of All”. Shannel shares the secrets of her perfection not only with the “Drag U” students, but with you at-home wannabe queens as well with a new makeup tutorial DVD – pick up your own at facetheillusion.com.
From Season Two of RuPaul’s Drag Race
Pandora Boxx:Website/Twitter/FacebookWhether she’s doing a spot-on Carol Channing, promoting her work for Broadway Actors Against Scurvy on the “Snatch Game” or getting (unfairly) criticized by judge Santino Rice, everyone was sad to see Pandora go – but she did win the audience-bestowed title of Miss Congeniality during the reunion episode.
Jujubee:Website/Twitter/Facebook Giving shade like no other, this Boston-based gay-sha did a mean Kimora Lee impersonation and made it to the final three. Juju is nominated for this year’s Most Addictive Reality Star award in Logo’s New Now Next Awards, and is up against almost-but-not-quite drag queen Johnny Weir, one of the not-Kim Kardashians and Snooki (if she wins, I may have to re-evaluate my relationship with Logo!)
Arguably the sexiest man to ever tuck and don a dress, Raven came off a little cold at the beginning but soon won us over and ended up as the season two runner-up (but should have won over “The Other Tyra” Sanchez). From her adorable “child bride” look in the wedding challenge to her Barbara Streisand in A Star is Born drag, Raven proved to be one multi-facteted jewel. Any queen who can convert Berlin lead singer Terri Nunn to reveal her lesbian tendencies is alright in my book!
Every good drag queen knows it’s all about the attitude, and Morgan has got ‘tude to spare. Doing perhaps the best lip-sync of the season to Stacey Q’s 80s classic “Two of Hearts” and looking pink-ier than P!nk on the “Snatch Game” episode, Morgan may be best known for getting into a screaming match with Miss “Two Piece and a Biscuit” herself, Mystique, during the first episode of Untucked.
Now that you know the players, let’s check out the game in this sneak peek of Drag U which premieres Monday, July 19th on Logo!