RuPaul’s Drag Race, the iconic drag queen competition show, will return for Season 12 in 2020, featuring a new cast of queens from all over the country. While VH1 has yet to release much new information on the upcoming season, fans know they can expect the show to return next winter.
Since 2009, the Emmy-winning show has won over America, teaching viewers about the world of drag, while also breaking barriers for the acceptance of the LGBTQ community. On RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag queens compete in a series of different challenges based off of performance, makeup, and style. The winner takes home $100,000, a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics, and the endless love and approval of RuPaul herself. During Season 11, Yvie Oddly took home the crown. She won out against some incredible queens, like fan favorites Brooke Lynn Hytes and Nina West. Now that Season 11 is over, however, super fans are experiencing withdrawal and have already begun to piece together what they can expect from next season.
Fans definitely know the next season is happening because there’s already been a casting call. According to the call, put out by RuPaul’s Drag Race’s production company, World of Wonder, Ru is looking for a “showgirl,” “drag queen,” or “girl with a cha-cha heel and a pussycat wig” to appear on Season 12 of the show. Unfortunately, if you’re a drag queen looking to compete, casting is already closed, which is a good sign for fans as it means the network must be close to narrowing down who the next cast of queens will be. While VH1 hasn’t officially announced the next season or its air date, viewers are pretty confident it’s happening, especially based on the success of this last season.
Generally, RuPaul’s Drag Race airs early on in the year, usually by January or February, which means fans will have to possibly wait half a year for their drag race fix. The usual judges will likely return, including Ru, Michelle Visage, Ross Matthews, and Carson Kressley. None of the upcoming celebrity judges have been announced yet, but based on this past season, they most likely won’t disappoint. On Season 11, fans saw guest judges like Lena Waithe, Miley Cyrus, and Adam Rippon.
The good news is that fans may not have to wait until the next season of RuPaul’s Drag Race to see their favorite queens. There’s a strong possibility Season 5 of All Stars, a spinoff of RuPaul’s Drag Race featuring iconic cast members from former seasons, will air a month or two before Season 12 premieres. In the meantime, viewers can stream the previous seasons of both shows on VH1 online and start getting their heels and wigs ready for 2020.
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Source: World of Wonder