IT’S HERE! IT’S FINALLY HERE! RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming back for a fifth season on Logo, and this time, it’s going over the mothertucking top! The number of queens competing has been upped to fourteen, and a very recognizable face is finally making her Drag Race debut! Who are the goddesses competing for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar?
“Big, beautiful, and bats**t crazy,” Alaska is following in the footsteps of her very famous boyfriend/girlfriend: Sharon Needles. But will living with America’s Next Drag Superstar give Alaska a leg up on the competition, or just encourage unfavorable comparisons? Either way, she’s got some big pumps to fill.
Alyssa is known as the Vanessa Williams of drag, after a scandal forced her to relinquish a major pageant title. But don’t get it twisted – this trained dancer is here to show America she’s still got what it takes to win.
Outspoken and headstrong, Coco is a polished celebrity impersonator, performing as Janet Jackson to sold-out crowds six nights a week in Las Vegas. But can Coco translate looking the part of a superstar into being one?
Fierce and foulmouthed, Detox resides in Los Angeles, and has the Hollywood resume to show for it. When she’s not starring in Rihanna music videos or recording singles with Ke$ha, she’s showcasing her formidable lip-synch as part of Chad Michaels’ legendary Dreamgirls Revue.
Named after two shades of foundation, Honey Mahogany is the first San Francisco queen on Drag Race. Gregarious and approachable, this leggy beauty originally hails from Ethiopia.
A talented seamstress, Ivy’s hand sewn costumes are in demand in New York, where she dresses queens like Lady Bunny and Manila Luzon. A circus performer for eight years, Ivy can breathe fire, and plans to scorch the competition.
Bubbly and funny, but don’t let her infectious laugh fool you – there’s a bite behind that giggle. Jade’s rainbow aesthetic brings color to the competition and a smile to her competitors face. But will her looks be met with the same enthusiasm on the runway?
Seattle’s premiere Jewish narcoleptic drag queen, Jinkx Monsoon has the “uniqueness” part of America’s Next Drag Superstar covered. Theatrically trained in the Broadway school of singing and acting, can this quirky kook keep her eyes open long enough to take the title?
With a stunning face and a body to die for, Lineysha is a deadly combination of killer beauty. She also makes all of her own costumes and never wears an outfit twice -proving she’s more than just a pretty face.
Monica Beverly Hillz
This big city fish moved from the Chicago hood to the Kentucky backwoods. Everyone loves Monica, but don’t try and cross her – this cookie has her street smarts about her.
After honing her craft in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, Penny first got attention for her drag performance at a spontaneous showing at the NYC Halloween Parade Contest. After going back to her Cincinnati roots, she became a fixture on the party scene, and went on to emcee and DJ hundreds of events, and in 2009 she was crowned Miss Ohio Gay Pride. She has worked extensively to raise money for HIV/AIDS charities and Breast Cancer Awareness.
A pageant girl through and through, Roxxxy has big hair, big makeup, and isn’t afraid to show off her thick and juicy curves. Her polished looks combined with her tough competitive spirit, make for a formidable competitor.
Serena is the baby drag of the group, fresh out of art school and brimming with enthusiasm. With a fierce runway strut, Serena walks the walk, and talks the talk.
Beauty is everything for this fishy pin-up girl. A Big Apple bombshell, she’s not above getting her perfectly manicured claws out if you get on her wrong side.
So, prediction time! Personally, I think Alaska, Detox and Roxxxy are the ones to watch, although I’m also going to throw in Penny too. I think Alyssa and Coco are going to provide a fun rivalry to watch, since Coco was given Alyssa’s title after she was dethroned as Miss Gay America 2010. For the time being, I’m going to worry about Serena, Honey and Jade, although I’m mostly basing that off of the fact that their bios are waving some red flags. So which queens are you rooting for?