“Drag Race” revvs up for a fourth season

By Yetunde Keme |Staff Writer|

Famous drag queen and model RuPaul Andre Charles, or simply RuPaul, has returned with the hotly anticipated fourth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

The reality television show is at it again with new contestants who will fight to win the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” But exactly how much of the show’s trademark drama will be generated this season?

“You’re going to see a lot of cat-fighting and drama,” one of this season’s contestants, The Princess, said. “Everybody’s stressed out and at their wits’ end. By the fourth or fifth day, we were already pulling hair out.”

The contestants this season represent a diverse collage of tastes and backgrounds. Some notables include professional Cher impersonator Chad Michaels, goth queen Sharon Needles, Los Angeles mainstay Willam, larger queens Latrice Royale and Jiggly Caliente, and Puerto Rican superstars Kenya Michaels and Madame LaQueer.

The winner of the competition will headline LOGO’s Drag Race Tour, which is sponsored by Absolut Vodka. She will also win a lifetime supply of NYX cosmetics, an all-expenses paid trip courtesy of AlandChuck.travel, $100,000 cash and the coveted title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.”

The show debuted in 2009 to little fanfare, but has steadily become more popular over the years thanks to internet buzz and syndicated episodes on VH1.

Reuters stated that RuPaul “has pushed the boundaries of popular culture on an international level and continues to make history this season with “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the first reality television show featuring drag queens.”

The first episode, which aired on Jan. 30, had two interesting challenges.

In keeping with the theme of 2012 being the end of the world, the first challenge was to capture a snapshot with “toxic waste” (neon-colored paint) being sprayed on them. Some contestants stood their ground in this challenge, while others such as the plus-sized Latrice Royale, fell flat on their faces.

The second challenge was to make a post-apocalyptic outfit. They went to a haunted motel to collect materials for their outfit from zombies, who were actually contestants from previous seasons.

After the contestants made their outfits, they had to showcase their outfit by doing a runway walk.

Sharon Needles won the second challenge, while Alisa Summers and Jiggly Caliente were forced to “Lip sync for their life,” meaning they had to lip-sync a pop song to stave off elimination.

Jiggly Caliente brought her A-game with a marvelous lip-syncing performance of “Toxic” by Britney Spears, while Alisa Summers failed miserably, and was eliminated as a result.

Credit should be given to “RuPaul’s Drag Race” for having some interesting challenges. However, the show may not be for everyone.

Catch “RuPaul’s Drag Race” every Monday at 8 p.m. on LOGO.

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