Look out world! Here’s where to watch ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 13
RuPaul’s Drag Race is throwing an epic New Year’s party at the top of 2021.
Who said thirteen was an unlucky number? Drag Race tapped a baker’s dozen of queens for a thirteenth legendary season. “Competing safely and fiercely, our 13 queens proved that it takes more than a global pandemic to keep a good queen down,” says Mama Ru.
Season 13 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Emmy-winning competition series, premiers across six TV networks for the first time in its twelve-year “herstory”, with VH1, the CW, MTV, MTV2, PopTV, and Logo airing the first episode simultaneously. With its showing on the CW, the move marks the broadcast TV debut of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which launched all past seasons on either Logo or VH1 – both cable networks.
Season 13 premieres on New Year’s Day and the cast includes the series’s first trans male contestant, as well as a number of queens with connection to Ru Girls past: Kandy Muse is Aja’s drag daughter, Kahmora Hall is Soju’s drag mother, and Rosé & Jan are in a girl group together, among others.
The first episode is set to reveal a shocking, big lip-sync twist. (You didn’t think there’d be a twist? New year, same Ru.) Upon entering the Werk Room, all thirteen new queens will be going wig-to-wig over six lip-sync duels on the main stage.
Top of the tower
RuPaul’s Drag Race‘s season 13 premiere comes on the heels of one of the most successful years for the franchise in history, following season 12, All-Stars 5, and the premiere of both Canada’s Drag Race & Drag Race Holland.
In September, RuPaul won his fifth Emmy for hosting the show, while the program became the most-decorated reality competition series in history at the Television Academy’s 2020 ceremony.
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 premieres January 1, 2021 at 8 p.m. local time on VH1, MTV, MTV2, the CW, PopTV, & Logo, followed by aftershow Untucked at 9:30 p.m. local time.
Season 13 cast
Denali: From Chicago, Denali has worked as a professional figure skater, and incorporates those skills into her drag.
Elliott with 2 Ts: As a Las Vegas queen, Elliott is a dancing showgirl with an ‘80s aesthetic.
Gottmik: This Los Angeles-based makeup artist is the first out trans man to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race; in July, Gottmik appeared on the cover of Out magazine with fellow trans pioneer Gigi Gorgeous.
Joey Jay: Another dancer, Joey hails from Phoenix, Arizona, and boasts “unmatched rhinestoning skills”.
Kahmora Hall: As a drag sister to Season 12 winner Jaida Essence Hall and drag mother to Season 11 contestant Soju, Chicago-based Kahmora already has a lot of Drag Race in her blood.
Kandy Muse: Kandy already arrives in the Drag Race werk room with a crown, as the Brooklyn Drag Queen of the Year.
LaLa Ri: One of two Atlanta queens this season, LaLa Ri will “bring her mixture of sexy, classy & sassy to the competition”.
Olivia Lux: Hopefully, this New York queen will have a chance to show off her piano playing skills this season, but she’ll definitely get to show off her musical theater abilities.
Rosé: Another New York queen, Rosé is part of the girl group Stephanie’s Child with Season 12 contestant Jan.
Symone: Although currently based in Los Angeles, Symone is the first Drag Race contestant to originally hail from Arkansas.
Tamisha Iman: A seasoned queen who has competed in drag pageants since the late 1990s, Tamisha has her own drag dynasty, and makes all her garments from scratch.
Tina Burner: This New York queen won National Miss Comedy Queen in 2019.
Utica Queen: From Minneapolis, Utica Queen identifies as a “wacky, wavy inflatable arm-tube queen” – which, let’s face it, slays.