There are three constants in this world of ours – Death, Taxes, and Drag Queens being a million times more entertaining than any mere mortal could comprehend. And just as lucky there’s at least 10 of the fiercest Drag Queens coming to a new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race in January 2014. Filming started in June this year and ended a few weeks ago, and from clues picked up here and there, such as disappearances on social media and quite a few spoilers (which I’ll be avoiding because they all suck), a pretty solid list has been put together, bar three or four mystery people whose status is somewhat up in the air.
Adore was meant to be in Season 5 as the fan’s choice, but Penny Tration won out instead, albeit dubiously – there’s rumours that the producers thought Penny would be a better fit for the show, which is hilarious in hindsight. However, Adore did admit this was good for her – she had an entire year to work on her craft, learn to sew, and all around just polish up on her gift. I never saw her on American Idol or whatever, but she has a very defined look that I think will take her further than Penny Tration. The only worry is that she might bring the unnecessary bitchiness, much like Phi Phi and Shangela before her, which would become a damper on a very diverse cast.
April is a Pageant Queen and a Puerto-Rican Queen, both no strangers to the word of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She’s incredibly versatile in her looks and performances, as well as being quite polished, but will it be enough to get her the crown? It’s hard to tell this early on, given the cast hasn’t even been officially released yet, but recent seasons have been leaning towards a queen that can be both funny and beautiful. April certainly has the beauty aspect down-pat – come January we’ll see if that’s enough, or even if she has a funny bone.
Another Seattle Queen, much like Jinkx Monsoon – the two have worked together on various occasions, so maybe she’s asked her friend Jinkx for advice on the competition? I mean, when you get down to it there’s no real thing that can propel you further in the competition besides a) raw creative talent, and b) a sob story. The raw talent Ben Delacreme has got down, because as seen by the video below, she is fantastic at lip-synching. Does she have a story that will get her far? We’ll have to see.
Bianca Del Rio
Yikes. Her twitter account describes her as “Professional Clown”. She’s certainly got the clown aspect downpat, because that is some terrifying looking makeup. Then again, drag is meant to be an exaggeration so maybe that was her intention. It’s clear from the videos of her act that comedy is her thing – she’s almost as funny as some of the queens last season. However, will she get by with the look she’s trying to pass off, amongst way more polished queens? Does she have the talent it takes in design and glamour to make it far enough? I don’t think so. She strikes me as an early out.
Courtney Act holds a special place in my heart – she was the first ever Drag Queen that I ever came into contact with in my young life. By contact I mean I found one of her songs on a CD I owned when I was about 11 years old, and I didn’t find out until a few weeks later that she was actually a drag queen. This was my introduction into the world of drag queens, and over the years it couldn’t have become more apparent that she was a big name. Courtney Act is legitimately talented, polished, and amazing. She’s the second biggest name in drag to come out of Australia behind Dame Edna Everage. She was so convincing as a woman she had me fooled for quite a while. I know that Courtney, barring an upset, will do incredibly well in the competition, maybe even make the finals. Will she need to fame as much as some other names have? Probably not. She’s like Willam in that she’s famous even without Drag Race. But I can’t look forward to seeing her represent Australia on the best reality show on television.
Darienne Lake takes the spot of the token “Large Queen” of the season. This spot has mostly been filled by somewhat unseemly queens in the past who never really have the chance to take it far into the competition – Victoria Parker, Mystique Summers Madison, Delta Work, Madame LaQueer, Penny Tration, just to name a few. The flaw they all seem to face is that they either aren’t good as certain aspects of the competition, or seem to use their plus-size as an excuse for not doing well. Who is the sole exemption from this group? One Latrice Royale from Season 4, who flourished because her look was so polished that she was able to use it to her advantage to maker herself look as glamorous as humanly possible. Unfortunately, she is nowhere near as polished or glamourous as Latrice Royale, and is only a few steps above Delta Work in the looks department. It doesn’t look good for her.
I don’t know much about Gia Gunn except a) she’s the token Asian queen of the season, and b) she was rumoured to have died of a drug overdose explaining her disappearance from social media while the season was filming. Fortunately for her, her fellow Chicago queens confirmed that she was not in fact dead but instead that she was competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Can she follow in the footsteps of such greats as Ongina, Jujubee, and Manilla Luzon, or will she be relegated to the sucky spot of Vivienne Pinay?
Kelly has a long list of credits behind her, similar to Season 4 legend Willam. She’s also incredibly beautiful which, naturally, will work to her advantage. She also (unrelated) bares a great resemblance to Lily Tomlin. Kelly is also a talented musician and (my fellow blogger Heather will enjoy this) was raised in Oklahoma. She’s funny, she’s got the gift of the gab, and will probably go far.
The Drag Daughter of Alyssa Edwards, Laganja has big shoes to fill. Her Drag Sister Shangela become one of the biggest names in the show (even if it was only through sheer volume) while her drag mother became one of the stars of Season 5. It shouldn’t be a problem for her because Alyssa Edwards may not have the intentional comedy bone, but she has the look, and it’s very clear she passed it onto her Drag Daughter. She can dance, she can look stunning, and all of it will definitely translate into success on Season 6 of the show.
The problem I face with looking over Trinity is that a) she’s fairly new to the drag scene so she doesn’t have that much of a history to examine, and b) when I do look over her brief acts she doesn’t really bring anything that exciting to the table. She dances, but there’s better dancers. She looks fishy, but there’s fishier. I have a feeling Trinity will be one of the early boots who gets booted because she doesn’t have the personality to stay in the competition. However, I remain to be impressed, so I might be wrong.
So there you have it – 10 queens who have all been confirmed to be on the next season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. How will they actually do on the show? How did they do on the show? Well tune into RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6, airing January 2014.