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Pinwiz11
Jan 26, 2009

I'm becom-, I'm becom-,
I'm becoming
Tana in, Tana in my mind.






Previously on RuPaul's Drag Race...

"So... I just feel, Mr. Cat, that you came for me." "Gurl." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDlbg01xXiY









And in the end, the winner was...





Bianca Del Rio. :woop: Long may she reign.

Remember when this show would start in January? We kept waiting and waiting and then Michelle went on Celebrity Big Brother and we kept waiting... The show is finally back. Time for some new girls to help us make it out of what has been a horrible winter. Save us, Mama Ru!

RuPaul's Drag Race is a competitive reality show where Drag Queens compete in a series of challenges to prove that they have the Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent to be crowned the Next Drag Superstar and win a lot of money. Episodes are pretty typical for the format: The girls complete in a mini-challenge that usually gives the winner(s) some kind of advantage, a main challenge which can be anything from building costumes to acting to putting straight men in drag, and finally a runway show. After speaking with the judges a winner is chosen who may or may not gain immunity for the following week. The queens deemed to be in the Bottom Two battle it out in the Lip Sync... For Your Life! :nyd:. The loser of the LSFYL goes home, leaving a trail of sequins and tears in her wake.

I know that it sounds fairly normal, but this show is a joy to watch. The important thing to keep in mind is that these girls are professional Drag Queens. They know how to speak, put on a show, throw shade, and give us the cutting one-liners in the confessionals that we expect. This Season Seven, they should know what to expect. (And yet, some of them STILL don't know how to sew.) It would be nice to win $100K (or more?) but the real benefit to being on the show is the exposure.

Simply making the cast of RPDR is a huge career opportunity. Just showing up in Episode One leads to tons of appearance opportunities. If you are prepared and savvy enough (Willam, Courtney, Jinkx, Shangela, Bianca, Adore, etc.) the sky is the limit. These girls aren't 18-year-olds from a small town who think that Tyra is going to make them a supermodel or twinks with average vocal talent who are going to get chewed up and spit out by the industry, it takes real balls to be a Drag Queen so don't cry for them Argentina and just enjoy.

We're likely to see the following:
- At least one singing challenge
- Group choreography
- Dress construction
- The Snatch Game, a take off of the classic TV show Match Game
- The Library is Open, whereupon the queens read each other to filth
- Acting challenges
- Makeup challenges
- Makeovers for non-drag queens
- Hot guys in underwear
- Etc.

If that doesn't convince you, NewNowNext (an arm of Logo) put together a Beginner's Guide to the show. It will cover everything you need to know.

RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked shows conversations between the Queens as they await the results of the judging. It used to air after the main episode, but they are moving it online this year. Episodes should be up the following morning. Personally, I don't care for it but I get the appeal.

The Judges



RuPaul Charles


The leader of the merry bunch, we thank Ru year after year for coming up with the tasty weekly confection that is RuPaul's Drag Race. What else is there to say?

Okay, let's be real. The winner of the show is picked by Ru. The person who is kicked off each week is picked by Ru. This is Ru's baby. It exists to give glory to Ru and help sell her albums (now on iTunes). You thought it was bad to ignore Tim Gunn? DON'T IGNORE RU.

Michelle Visage


(That picture still is everything forever.)

Every once in a while I remember that Michelle wasn't an original judge on the show and I have to pause and collect my wits.

If Ru is the Mother, then Michelle is the stern Aunt. Michelle wants all of the queens to reach their potential, so she's willing to be harsh but it always comes from a place of live. She's been friends with RuPaul forever, co-hosted with Ru on her VH1 talkshow, has been a more than welcome addition to the judging panel since the third season, and is the one who really goes on the road with the queens to help push the brand. She's fabulous.

In January she competed in Celebrity Big Brother over in the UK and made it to the end as the last American standing. I'd have thought she would have done better but loving Perez Hilton ruins everything.

Santino Rice

SANTINO IS GONE!!!!! :woop::allears::dance::woop: Apparnetly, both he and Merle Ginsberg will be back at some point so that's retro... I guess?

Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews

Oh thank Ru, this is a fantastic choice. Ross has already shown that he takes judging the show very seriously, and Carson is Carson. It's a major upgrade.

The Scruff Pit Crew


Eye candy, props, set movers... you call them and they'll show up in their skivvies.

Guest Judges

There are usually one or two guest judges each episode and the lineup is fantastic this year: Olivia Netwon-John, John Waters, Ariana Grande, Kathy Griffin, Isaac Mizrahi, Rebecca Romijn, and more!

Pinwiz11 fucked around with this message at 02:51 on Mar 24, 2015

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Pinwiz11
Jan 26, 2009

I'm becom-, I'm becom-,
I'm becoming
Tana in, Tana in my mind.




Let's meet... Our Girls!



Sasha Belle (Iowa City, Iowa)



Violet Chachki (Atlanta)



Kennedy Davenport (Dallas)



Mrs. Kasha Davis (Rochester, N.Y.)



Tempest DuJour (Tucson, Ariz.)



Miss Fame (New York City)



Jaidynn Diore Fierce (Nashville, Tenn.)



Kandy Ho’ (Cayey, P.R.)



Katya (Boston)



Jasmine Masters (Los Angeles)



Trixie Mattel (Milwaukee)



Max (Hudson, Wisc.)



Ginger Minj (Orlando, Fla.)



Pearl (Brooklyn, N.Y.)



Shangela



I'll never get sick of this joke.

Pinwiz11 fucked around with this message at 22:05 on Mar 1, 2015

Pinwiz11
Jan 26, 2009

I'm becom-, I'm becom-,
I'm becoming
Tana in, Tana in my mind.




Placeholder for Willam worship and info about other queens.

Pinwiz11
Jan 26, 2009

I'm becom-, I'm becom-,
I'm becoming
Tana in, Tana in my mind.




Placeholder in case anything else happens this year (All-Stars 2, UK version, etc.)

Trig Discipline
Jun 3, 2008

Please leave the room if you think this might offend you.


Grimey Drawer

I predict Shangela will win it. Never count that bitch out.

GrandmaParty
Jan 31, 2003

My LPth are Hot Garbage

Biscuit Hider

Goodbye, sweet Santino. You will not be missed.

Chekans 3 16
Jan 2, 2012

No Resetti.
No Continues.





Grimey Drawer

My friend recently got me addicted to this show and after marathoning through seasons 3-6 and All Stars I cannot wait for this season. It's just so fun to watch. :allears:

DapperDinosaur
May 26, 2012

This is what America's next drag super star does...

She works for a living.


I'm so excited for this to come back.

I got to see Trinity K Bonet last week and she was AMAZING. Jade Jolie also performed and bitch looked exactly like Taylor Swift. It was incredible. She was also really sweet and made sure to come out and take pictures and meet the fans.

iceyman
Jul 11, 2001



Each year I am disappointed that Shangela isn't on the show :(

notaspy
Mar 22, 2009



In on the ground floor so everyone knows I love queens and gently caress the haters.... So excited for this season, come one ginger minge (sorry of that's wrong I'm phone posting) win it for the big fat fatties

AlliedBiscuit
Oct 23, 2012

Do you want to know the terrifying truth, or do you want to see me sock a few dingers?!!


DapperDinosaur posted:

I'm so excited for this to come back.

I got to see Trinity K Bonet last week and she was AMAZING. Jade Jolie also performed and bitch looked exactly like Taylor Swift. It was incredible. She was also really sweet and made sure to come out and take pictures and meet the fans.

Trinity's 80s Whitney Houston I saw at the Mickey's show last year was on point.

Chaotic Flame
May 31, 2009

So...




Yay new thread! I went to the premiere party in NYC and this season's queens were all fun performers (especially Kennedy)! Gotta root for my hometown (Violet), but Miss Fame had those runway looks on lock in episode one!

Stroop There It Is
Mar 11, 2012

:gengar::gengar::gengar::gengar::gengar:
:stroop: :gaysper: :stroop:
:gengar::gengar::gengar::gengar::gengar:



Is anyone not happy with Santino leaving? 'Cause he's the worst.

Combed Thunderclap
Jan 4, 2011





Loving MAX, Katya, Ginger, on every level and everything they do. Kennedy is also a drat professional who's not taking guff. They're setting up Violet and Fame to be some battle royale but the only real battle here is which of them has less substance, and Fame is winning that by a mile. Jasmine is super fun but sloppy on the runway so she'll get booted soon.

EDIT: Oh yeah, Pearl and Trixie are both pretty awesome and I dig their clear aesthetic visions. But there's a lot of good stuff happening this season so they're going to need to bring it if they're going to stand out. Luckily Pearl has an in on the NYC Bitchfight plot line.

Also gently caress you Kelly Mantle Syndrome for sending another professional older girl packing so I can watch Kandy Ho and Sasha Belle poo poo up the stage for another week

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Nihonniboku
Aug 11, 2004

YOU CAN FLY!!!

Stroop There It Is posted:

Is anyone not happy with Santino leaving? 'Cause he's the worst.

I'm fine with the change on the judge's panel, but I never really got the hate for him.

Anyway, I'm super pumped for the show's return, it's such a delight. But I'm also a little nervous. As someone said in the previous thread, most of these queens look like dollar store versions of seasons past queens. Based on the previews, there is definitely some aping of Raja and Sharon Needles going on.

Trig Discipline
Jun 3, 2008

Please leave the room if you think this might offend you.


Grimey Drawer

Nihonniboku posted:

I'm fine with the change on the judge's panel, but I never really got the hate for him.

Yeah mostly I just didn't give a poo poo about Santino.

Fresh Like Zafo
May 31, 2012





Pinwiz11 posted:

Kandy Ho’ (Cayey, P.R.)


I know Aubrey O'Day paints her face like a drag queen, but I didn't think she'd take it this far.

Stroop There It Is
Mar 11, 2012

:gengar::gengar::gengar::gengar::gengar:
:stroop: :gaysper: :stroop:
:gengar::gengar::gengar::gengar::gengar:



Most of the time I ignored Santino or just rolled my eyes at his douchiness, but he would always end up picking on particular queens over and over (cough, Pandora) because their style didn't fit his narrow definition of successful drag. That was bullshit.

Bina
Dec 28, 2011

Love Deluxe


If you don't love Katya, something is seriously wrong with you.

The Russian bedtime stories :allears:

:nws: http://momsgoldteeth.tumblr.com/



Can someone make me a #TRUTH gif of Katya from this vid?

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Carlton Banks Teller
Nov 17, 2004




I think Santino at least deserves credit for this in his his non-section. Pretty sure this was prominent on his casting reel, so I think he might've originally been cast to be the fun-lovin' light judge -- doesn't hurt that RuPaul also blogged that he was hot:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzUH6wjU46A

I ruined some eliminations for myself a bit last season (and got disheartened by a lot of mean backbiting in online comments) so I've been avoiding most fan-content in the lead up to 2015. Props to you all here for keepin' it cute and spoiler-tagging. Haven't even watched the leaked portion of ep 1 yet, but from meet the queens I'm repping Tempest (local queen!), Ginger, Max, and Katya. May the best woman win.

CHiRAL
Mar 28, 2010

Anus.


Great OP as always, although you forgot something extremely important.

Unfortunately for me I live in not-usa and as such will not be able to see the new season before Tuesday :sigh:

notaspy
Mar 22, 2009



How do I watch this legit online in the UK?

Nihonniboku
Aug 11, 2004

YOU CAN FLY!!!

I don't see Tempest (too dated), Jasmine (too sloppy), Trixie (Michelle is going to go to town on her makeup), or Max (too one note) lasting very long. We'll see though. For the first time in a few seasons I haven't followed all the internet sleuthing showing off what these queens can really do, it's just my own speculation from the promo videos and the first 10 minutes of the first episode.

Combed Thunderclap
Jan 4, 2011





Nihonniboku posted:

I don't see Tempest (too dated), Jasmine (too sloppy), Trixie (Michelle is going to go to town on her makeup), or Max (too one note) lasting very long. We'll see though. For the first time in a few seasons I haven't followed all the internet sleuthing showing off what these queens can really do, it's just my own speculation from the promo videos and the first 10 minutes of the first episode.

I would have written off Max or Trixie too, but quirky and/or one-note queens who can demonstrate flexibility and the ability to go off note from time to time while staying professional and on point just keep taking the crown (arguably going back to Season 3, Season 4 at worst).

Elucidarius
Oct 14, 2006



Nihonniboku posted:

I don't see Tempest (too dated), Jasmine (too sloppy), Trixie (Michelle is going to go to town on her makeup), or Max (too one note) lasting very long. We'll see though. For the first time in a few seasons I haven't followed all the internet sleuthing showing off what these queens can really do, it's just my own speculation from the promo videos and the first 10 minutes of the first episode.

I dunno man, after watching the first two episodes Trixie is actually pretty strong. She also can paint like a regular queen so I'm interested in seeing whether or not she does it for a challenge to appease Michelle.

Edit: Plus, she has most of the best lines of the talking heads.

Elucidarius fucked around with this message at 15:38 on Mar 2, 2015

Not Today Satan
Apr 18, 2007



I didn't hate Santino, but his contrarian behavior was getting old. Some new blood on the panel should be interesting. I haven't indulged in any of the preview videos other than The Meet the Queens vids and I'm so sold on Ginger Minj. Here's to the beginning of another great season!

caligulamprey
Jan 23, 2007

It never stops.



Bina posted:

If you don't love Katya, something is seriously wrong with you.
Katya's Twitter feed is basically made up entirely of Eraserhead screenshots and Larry King retweets and it's my favorite thing ever.

I'm off the bat weary of Max because I backed Milk for season 6 for far, far too long. If she makes it past episode 3, someone better pin her down and force her to wear a non-grey wig. Ginger Minj busted out more varied looks in the premiere episode than Darrienne Lake in her entire run. I'm exited for Trixie specifically because of how off putting the makeup is and I can't wait to see Miss Fame stumble into the dirt the moment any challenge requires a personality outside of bitchy.

DominoDancing
Apr 26, 2008

Each morning after Sunblest
Feel the benefit
Mental arithmetic


http://tomandlorenzo.com/2015/03/rupaus-drag-race-season-7-meet-the-queens/

It's official, T&L won't be recapping Drag Race anymore.

QuickbreathFinisher
Sep 28, 2008

by reading this post you have agreed to form a gay socialist micronation.


This is completely anecdotal but at the preview party in Philly, Trixie was ( pretty deservedly imo, although shes 100% on point with someone you'd see in the Philly drag scene anyway, which might haven skewed things) literally dancing on a stack of ones people had thrown her way. She was also really charming and sweet to talk to (not that any of the queens weren't) and yeah, her talking heads are so great. She and Katya are my faves.

So psyched :dance:

E: I forgot, Trixie is a makeup artist so she can totally do regular drag makeup, she just rocks her crazy barbie look by choice.

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Vertigo Ambrosia
May 25, 2004
Heretic, please.

Awww, I was beginning to like Tempest :( I was kind of hoping Jasmine would end up in the bottom becacuse she'a already annoying the poo poo out of me.

Pinwiz11
Jan 26, 2009

I'm becom-, I'm becom-,
I'm becoming
Tana in, Tana in my mind.




WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? How was Jasmine not in the bottom two?

My friend texted me "I can't stand MIlan's sister."

QuickbreathFinisher
Sep 28, 2008

by reading this post you have agreed to form a gay socialist micronation.


I like Jasmine, but yeah, she's pretty unpolished. I think I just want to hang out with her, she seems super sweet and fun. I think the bottom two should have been her and Sasha.

Lipumira
May 6, 2007

FIRE!


I wanted more Alaska being Alaska!
And Tempest was a non-bitch Magnolia Crawford so I don't think she was long for the competition. Still, I would have liked to see more from her.

So glad this is back!

spite house
Apr 28, 2009



Dream top 3: Ginger, Katya and Alaska as Anna Wintour

Elucidarius
Oct 14, 2006



Man, that episode was awesome.

My favorite lines were Violet saying "No one says that, but yeah" in reply to Jasmine saying Hotlanta and Pearl saying "Bitch, I'm from New York. You can wear fur in the spring... OK?"

My dream top 3 is Pearl, Katya and a tie between Violet and Trixie.

Bina
Dec 28, 2011

Love Deluxe


Where did the ep link go? Did Logo remove it? I want to watch it again.

LOCA

Bina fucked around with this message at 08:20 on Mar 3, 2015

CHiRAL
Mar 28, 2010

Anus.


Logo is putting up all kinds of extras I can't watch like Katya and Ru in the workroom.

Finally got to watch the first episode and I am LIVING for Trixie. Violet is also visually perfect in everything so far. I like Max and don't think she is anything like Milk - I'm getting the same creative vibe I got from Sharon Needles back in the day and I love it. My opinion on Milk is pretty shady so I don't like the comparison at all
Loving Katya, Max, Trixie, and Violet. Waiting for Pearl to impress me (being gorgeous out of drag doesn't count!) and already fed up with Miss Fame, Kandy and Jasmine.
The rest I'm very happy with but don't have anything to say about them!

P.S. Sasha Bell is great and getting a bad edit :(

EDIT: Untucked is up on Youtube
And my proxy issues are now solved thanks to reddit, hurrah!

EDIT 2: The new Untucked format is pretty great, I recommend checking it out even if you didn't enjoy the old one

CHiRAL fucked around with this message at 15:50 on Mar 3, 2015

Elucidarius
Oct 14, 2006



CHiRAL posted:

P.S. Sasha Bell is great and getting a bad edit :(

EDIT: Untucked is up on Youtube
And my proxy issues are now solved thanks to reddit, hurrah!

EDIT 2: The new Untucked format is pretty great, I recommend checking it out even if you didn't enjoy the old one

Honestly, I'm super underwhelmed by Sasha. Maybe it's her voice but she kind of annoys me.

Untucked was super cute but the ending was also really depressing. I really like Pearl after watching untucked. She just feels so... genuine, like she doesn't really know how to react to people being shady towards her type of innocence thing going on.

Stroop There It Is
Mar 11, 2012

:gengar::gengar::gengar::gengar::gengar:
:stroop: :gaysper: :stroop:
:gengar::gengar::gengar::gengar::gengar:



Lipumira posted:

I wanted more Alaska being Alaska!
And Tempest was a non-bitch Magnolia Crawford so I don't think she was long for the competition.
These were also my main takeaways from the episode.

I also thought Trixie's "nude doll body" idea was cute, and I'm interested to see how far she pushes the doll/Barbie in the future, or whether it ends up hampering her as a gimmick.

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Not Today Satan
Apr 18, 2007



Throwing my hat into the Fans of Katya ring, too. Still loving Ginger, but I didn't think I'd love Trixie as much as I do. This season is going to be a fun one.

The Untucked Episode is up but it looks like it's only available for those of us in the states. :-(

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNL2cpieWJs

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