VH1 is launching a new Drag Race spin-off later this month called RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race, though its title seems misleading at best.
The “secret celebrity” suggests a show like Masked Singer, where we don’t know who it is in drag, but that’s not the format of this show.
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Instead, it’s basically Drag U. with celebrities—and VH1 says that it’s secret because “the audience must tune-in to find out which film, music, television, and comedy stars will be featured in the competition.”
Oh please. All that does is make me doubt that they were able to get “celebrities” big enough for people to care about in advance. Perhaps I’m wrong, and I hope so! But even Dancing with the Stars and its parade of mostly forgotten D-listers makes an event out of announcing its cast.
Also, while I’m complaining, why is the show called RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race when the logo says Secret Celebrity RuPaul’s Drag Race?
Is this a sign of just how bad VH1 is at marketing and promoting this show? (Or just a sign of how annoyed I am at the world today, maybe!) But even the All-Stars logo gets it right:
In a press release, RuPaul said the show “is a blast. We put these celebrities through it! Because no matter how famous your charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent is, you still put your pantyhose on one leg at a time.”
There will only be four episodes of RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race, and they’ll premiere April 24 and air at 9:30 p.m. ET every Friday, after Drag Race, which means Untucked is being bumped back to 11.
The trailer for the show says it will find “America’s Next Celebrity Drag Race Superstar,” though they’ll be one-off episodes, not a group of celebrities each week. Here’s the format:
“Each week, a trio of celebrities open up their heart and mind to the transformative power of drag, embracing the inner fierce queen inside of them. They all step onto the runway feeling beautiful, powerful and inspired in their own way, realizing that drag doesn’t change who they are, but reveals who they are.
…the celebrities undergo a drag transformation and compete in fan-favorite challenges to win prize money for the charity of their choice. At the end of every episode, RuPaul will crown America’s Next Celebrity Drag Race Superstar.”
The Drag Race queens who will help the celebrities
While VH1 is not revealing the celebrities, either in the trailer (which is full of fake gasps) nor in the press release, they did say which Drag Race alum will be helping the celebrities get into drag.
They are “queen supremes”:
- Alyssa Edwards
- Asia O’Hara
- Bob the Drag Queen
- Kim Chi
- Monet X Change
- Monique Heart
- Nina West
- Trinity the Tuck
- Trixie Mattel
- Vanessa Vanjie Mateo