After airing for years on Logo, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” struts over to VH1 for Season 9, exposing Emmy-winning host RuPaul and a cast of talented drag queens to a broader audience. While the outlet is different, the show itself remains essentially unchanged, with 13 cutthroat queens competing for the coveted title of America’s Next Drag Superstar and a cash prize of $100,000. Regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews join Ru on the judges’ panel to decide who stays, who lip synchs for his or her life, or who “sashays away.” This season’s celebrity guest judges are headed by none other than Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga, and also includes Meghan Trainor, Kesha, Lisa Kudrow, Tori Spelling, Naya Rivera and Andie MacDowell.
First episode date: February 2, 2009
Stars: RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice
Network: vh1, Logo
Join RuPaul, the most famous drag queen in the world, as the host, mentor and inspiration on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the ultimate in drag queen competitions. Playing a dual role, RuPaul reigns supreme in all judging and eliminations, while RuPaul, the man, helps guide the contestants as they prepare for each challenge. Contestants include the nation’s most outrageous, cutting-edge, talented and stunningly gorgeous drag queens all fighting for the title (and tiara) as top drag queen of the land. Working with our contestants are top models, designers and American idols all rolled up into one. Each week, through the trials and tribulations of glam, glitter and show-stopping performances, one drag queen is eliminated until reaching the next superstar drag queen of America.