Entertainment RuPaul's Drag Race Season 12 Virtual Reunion: Meet the 'Shady Bunch' in Exclusive Sneak Peek
The Big Business of Drag: Is There Enough Success to Go Around?
Given the massive success of "RuPaul's Drag Race" over the last decade, it's no surprise that the show has almost unilaterally defined the mainstream understanding of drag artistry. But now that the show has done the hard work of getting people to pay attention, what becomes of drag as an art form? And can "Drag Race" continue to thrive now that everyone wants a piece of that success? Since its debut in 2009, "Drag Race" has gone from a realitySince its debut in 2009, "Drag Race" has gone from a reality show pseudo-parody on a niche cable network to regularly coming in as the most-watched cable show among young adults on Friday nights.
You've heard of The Brady Bunch, now meet The Shady Bunch!
PEOPLE has the exclusive sneak peek at Friday's season 12 reunion of, which kicks off with a dozen of the competing queens coming back together to sing a catchy opening number parodying the beloved TV sitcom.
Crystal Methyd, Gigi Goode, Jackie Cox, Jaida Essence Hall, Heidi N Closet, Widow Von'Du, Jan, Brita, Aiden Zhane, Nicky Doll, Rock M. Sakura and Dahlia Sin all participated in the bit.
RuPaul's DragCon Goes Digital, Will Steam This Weekend
For the first time in herstory, RuPaul's DragCon is going digital. The two-day event will stream on World of Wonder's YouTube channel — WoWPresents — this weekend beginning 12 p.m. PT/ 3 p.m. ET. Queens from the currently airing twelfth season, along with previous fan favorites, will be participating in "wig-snatching entertainment, exclusive Q&As, glittering performances, shoutouts, and safe-space celebration," according to the press release. The event replaces the physical RuPaul's DragCon, which was supposed to be held in Los Angeles this weekend but canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Victoria "Porkchop" Parker, a season 1 fave, even makes a cameo as "Alice."
The gag was filmed virtually amid the, with the queens hilariously noting in the song, "Like Macaulay at Christmas, now we're home alone, too!"
They also made it clear viewers can expect plenty of shade in the slumber party-themed reunion, in which they will discuss the season's most shocking moments and eliminations.
"I don't get cute, I get drop dead shady," Widow quips.
"If you stay shady, you ain't got to get shady, okay?" Brita sasses.
RuPaul Sashays Into ‘The Price Is Right At Night’ Primetime Special
RuPaul is sashaying from the mainstage at Drag Race to the showcase showdown at The Price is Right. The Emmy Award-winning host will “come on down” to The Price Is Right At Night primetime special on May 11 at 8 pm ET/PT on CBS. RuPaul will sit on contestants row and will compete on the primetime iteration of the iconic game show hosted by Drew Carey to raise money for the charity Planned Parenthood while his fellow contestants will have the opportunity win prizes. The special was shot before the coronavirus shutdown. CBS aired two The Price Is Right at Night specials in December which proved to be ratings winners.
RuPaul's Drag Race typically reunites its cast in person at the end of the season, first for a taped reunion and then a taped finale in which the winner is revealed in front of a live studio audience. But the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak brought that plan to a halt.
Taping the reunion remotely solved the problem. All will be back virtually for the finale, too, which airs May 29.
There, the remaining three finalists will compete "in a revolutionary lip-sync battle" for the title of America's Next Drag Superstar, a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics and the $100,000 prize.
Special celebrity guests will make appearances throughout the night, per VH1, including season 11 winner Yvie Oddly (who will crown the new champ). Season 11's Miss Congeniality, Nina West, will also be on hand to help name this year's new Miss Congeniality and give the $10,000 gift that comes with the title, courtesy of Pantene.
RuPaul, Come On Down! Watch ‘Drag Race’ Host Guest Star on ‘The Price Is Right at Night’
We’re used to seeing RuPaul serving as a judge on reality television, but on Monday night (May 11), he got to spend some time as a contestant on CBS’ The Price Is Right At Night primetime special. For the special episode, the Drag Race host appeared as a guest celebrity contestant, playing along with the other contestants and assisting them throughout the show. Of course, Ru wasn’t playing for the usual prizes — instead, the star was playing for money that he would donate to Planned Parenthood.
Fans can also expect to see segments highlighting the creativity of the queens "using innovative technology," according to VH1.
One thing fans won't see? RuPaul's Drag Race season 12 contestant Sherry Pie, who was disqualified from the competition earlier this year afteramid allegations she had catfished multiple men.
She had made it into the top four, but won't appear at the reunion or the finale.
Sherry is referenced, however, in the reunion opening number —Jada noting that while they started as 13 queens competing for the win, they were now "technically only 12."
RuPaul's Drag Race season 12 reunion airs Friday (8 p.m. ET) on VH1.
‘We’re Here’ Stars to Participate in Variety Streaming Room Exclusive Q&A .
“We’re Here” stars Bob The Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley will join Variety’s Marc Malkin for an exclusive Q&A interview and look at clips from the first season on June 8 in the Variety Streaming Room presented by HBO. The new six-episode, unscripted series recruits local residents across small-town America to participate in a one-night-only drag show. In each episode, the renowned drag queens visit a different small town to inspire and teach their own “drag daughters” to step outside their comfort zone for a night of no-holds-barred, full-on drag.