Ru Paul’s Drag Race 5 Preview!

Speaking Lipsyncing….

MJ has kindly given me permission to recap the best show ever — RuPaul’s Drag Race. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be giving you the T on a show that combines the best of Project Runway, America’s Top Model, and The Real Housewives of the Dreamgirls Revue all rolled into one!

What is RuPaul’s Drag Race? No, it’s not a NASCAR event. (That would awesome though.)

It’s a competition to find America’s Next Drag Superstar, shown on Logo TV. It’s broadcast on TV Monday nights at 9pm (8pm CST). It also plays on their online website, beginning on Tuesday mornings.

The show is in it’s fifth regular season. This year, we’ll watch fourteen men compete to become the best female impersonator.

RuPaul, world famous drag performer, talk-show host, fashion icon, and movie star, assembles a group of drag performers who must run an obstacle course of challenges. These include doing fashion photo-shoots, conducting media interviews, creating short videos, performing for live audiences, and making their own outfits from unconventional materials. As with most reality competitions, the contestants are judged on their efforts by a panel of regular and celebrity judges.

The highlight of the show comes when the contestants are ranked by the judges. The two “girls” with the lowest scores are pitted against each other in a Lipsync for Your Life challenge. Side-by-side, they must interpret a pre-chosen song for RuPaul and the judges. The winner is allowed to stay in the competition, while the loser must “sashay away.”

In addition, Logo TV air a bonus half-hour side show called Untucked. This goes behind the scenes, showing the queens as they await their judges’ scores during the runway portion of the show. Since the competition is sponsored by Absolut Vodka, Untucked mainly consists of watching drunk men in female clothing bicker and fight. It’s even better than it sounds.

So join me Monday nights starting January 28 for the fun. In the meantime, if you’ve seen the show before, share your moments below in the comments!

Sashay away!

  • Robert D’Angio

    I am so excited you’re covering this… I LOVE this show!

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  • iani

    Looking forward to your recaps, I like your succinct style, light, easy  for a dummies like me and you’ve advertized it very well. I’ve always been fascinated by this guy since I was  pretty young, so nothing changed; the show sounds like fun. Congratulations and good luck with the new segment here.

  • Reflects On Life

    I love your loving tribute to one of the most entertaining and, might I add, self-aware, shows on television. I usually catch the occasional rerun on late-night tv, but since you are covering it, I might just watch the season.

  • sumidol

    OHH MJ, really? No disrespect but this guy is a joke and you are covering this? I have stopped for a minute or two to see this, it is so stupid

  • sumidol

    OHH MJ, really? No disrespect but this guy is a joke and you are covering this? I have stopped for a minute or two to see this, it is so stupid

  • H.A.

    This is awesome. This show rocks. Montavilla your funny as hell and I hope you bring some of that awesomeness here.

  • milwlovesadam

    I used to watch this show once in a while, and thought it was a hoot, however, I will admit to setting my DVR for it when Adam Lambert’s dear friend and makeup artist extraordinaire, Sutan, was a contestant, and went on to WIN! Go Raja! Werk !!

    This should be fun here. Glad to see it being covered.

  • omgraja

    Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve & Talent! Let them HAVE it!!!! :)

  • Enough already!

    YES!   You got my attention Mj, I love this show.   This is really good news as I watch each year.   Born and raised in San Francisco, so have seen some of the best in person.