Find the American Idol alum in this amazing RuPaul’s Drag Race promo

RuPaul’s Drag Race returns in February, and the show has released the amazing teaser trailer below, in addition to the names of the drag queens who will be competing–one of whom previously appeared on American Idol. Also on this season: Australian Idol semi-finalist Courtney Act.

American Idol 7‘s Danny Noriega would have been the Fox show’s first openly gay finalist, but was eliminated at the top-16 stage of the semi-finals. He’s now one of 14 Drag Race contestants, performing as Adore Delano. She introduces herself as being “two years old and I’m from the ocean.” Explaining the translation of her last name, she says, “I guess I’m a swampy anus at night.”

Logo’s bio for Danny says, “Notorious for sassing Simon Cowell on American Idol, Danny Noriega is now setting the Southern California drag scene ablaze as the infectiously charming party girl Adore.” Yahoo TV reports that he has been “performing in drag shows across Southern California” and “auditioned for ‘Drag Race’ last season, narrowly missing the cut.”

Here’s the promo that shows some of the queens in and out of makeup, set to HiFashion’s “Amazing.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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