All the Tea and Shade from the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 ‘Meet the Queen’s' Event

It’s hard to believe that only a week has gone by since the All Stars 3 finale and we are already getting hyped for another season of Drag Race, but the reality is… it’s tucking season.  Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres on VH1 tonight at 8:00 PM EST, with pop superstar Christina Aguilera taking the reigns as the first judge on quite frankly the best reality show on television.

All the queens headed to New York City last night, where a ton of rain and snow wasn’t going to stop them from putting on their fiercest looks for the annual Meet the Queens event, which was held inside Viacom in the heart of Times Square.

This was the same location for the All Stars 3 gathering, where you can definitely tell the difference between both groups.  For one, the All Stars 3 group has done this before, sometimes twice (Shangela), so they know what to do, where to be, when to go, etc.  The Season 10 girls, however, are incredibly green and you can tell that this truly is the calm before the storm.  There’s a tenacity to them that is far different from the more seasoned queens on the show, which is admirable in a way because even at this point right now, they don’t know what’s going to hit them.

None of them know who the villain will be, who will be the hero, and who will be Miss Congeniality by the end of the season.  It’s something that New York queen Monet X Change is a bit concerned about prior to the show airing. "I’m concerned about seeing all the shady shit I said about these bitches in confessionals.  God knows what I said, because after Untucked I’m all liquored up, so god knows what shady shit I said about these hoes on national television.”

New York represents five of the 16 queens this season participating.  Not only that, but three of the past four queens who have won a regular season of Drag Race have been from The Big Apple (Bianca Del Rio, Bob the Drag Queen, Sasha Velour).  It’s something that has NYC native Dusty Ray Bottoms a bit on edge. “I think New York City is the best city in the world for drag, period. So just being selected and representing New York is enough to make me have a mental breakdown.  Just want to represent my city and make them so proud.” 

At the same time, fellow NYC’er Aquaria doesn’t think being from this city has anything to do with doing well in the competition. “I don’t think RuPaul’s Drag Race is based on statistics or probability, and each season is its own.  I took a math class and there was a word for it and I completely forgot it, maybe it’s the drinks in me but every season is its own trial and if a New York City is queen is meant to win this season, well god damnit let’s make it happen!”

Other queens are representing cities & states that haven’t had a lot of love in seasons past on the show.  Kameron Michaels, who hails from Nashville, is only the second queen to compete from her city outside of season 7 contestant Jaidynn Dior Fierce.  Don’t underestimate where both are from though, according to her.  “There’s amazing drag in Nashville, we have some amazing entertainers in the industry from there, so I’m very happy to represent my city.”

The same goes for Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams, who is the first queen to represent the state of New Mexico.   It’s something she wears with pride… and a bit of ego.  “It feels pretty fantastic, just because of the fact that I get to say it’s me.  I know that’s really vain, but it’s great that I get to be the one to put us on the map.  People really do underestimate New Mexico because it’s such a rural area, so I’m really excited to get our state on this show.”

Even though the show is in its tenth season, this is some of the queen’s first time trying out.  Aquaria happens to be one of them, but for a good reason.  “This was my first time auditioning because I’m 21.”  Same goes for Kalorie, but she threw some shade at another well known queen in the process. “Yes, its my first time, but don’t tell the other girls.  Sometimes they get mad, especially if you are Mayhem, and you’ve auditioned eight times…”  Yikes.

Eureka O’Hara, who was tragically eliminated early on season 9 due to an injury sustained during the cheerleading challenge, is more than ready to be back in the game this time around. When asked which season of girls she preferred, 9 or 10, she said “I would just say 10, because my path is designed, and this group of people is for a reason.  I’ve been tested and pushed in different ways this season than I even was season 9, but in season 9 I was pushed in ways that prepared me for this season.”

The girls also spilled the tea about Christina being on the premiere, where many of them explained just how excited they were to see one of their biggest pop divas.  “When I saw Christina, I was really excited!”, said Aquaria.  “One of my first memories of VH1 was behind the scenes video that they filmed for ‘Ain’t No Other Man’ and I just vividly remember watching that at my aunt’s beach house a while ago, so to have her there was a full circle moment.  It was very real.”

Eureka and Kalorie represent the big girls this season, and the latter is determined to have one of them win to represent for the plus-size queens finally.  ““I’m very mad about it,” when she talked about a big girl not winning the show as of yet.  “We need some thickums up on that podium. We need someone who shops at Lane Bryant and not Forever 21.  Someone who eats Domino’s for the fun of it, not because it’s a cheat day!”

Overall, from talking to this group of girls, it looks like it will be one hell of a season.  How good will it be? “Untouchable.  Y’all can’t take it,” exclaimed Aquaria.  Nice.

For more information on RuPaul’s Drag Race, check out their official site.

These are the 3 Queens to Look Out For on Season 10 of 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

In two more days, season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race will premiere on VH1.  After enjoying its most watch season ever with the recent completion of All Stars 3 (which saw fan favorite Trixie Mattel take the coveted crown), fans of the show are left with little to no interruption as we are catapulted into another season of messiness, shade, competition, fierceness and the occasional "dad joke" from host RuPaul

The first fifteen minutes of the season premiere was released earlier this week (Christina Aguilera is the guest judge), and it shows bits of pieces of the girl's personalities.  I will say this though: There are three queens this season out of the bunch that are ones to be on the lookout for, and for various reasons.  This whole group looks incredibly talented, with several contestants being part of legendary families, some of which have competed on previous seasons, however these three come with a major reputation that should get them very, very far in the competition if they play their cards right.

That being said, here are the three that this writer thinks will go the distance and have a major shot at winning season 10 of RPDR.

Eureka O'Hara

As far as I'm concerned... it's Eureka's game to lose.  I don't have any spoilers or nothing for season 10, but I do have a feeling that the story they will craft for her is going to be how she was dramatically cut in season 9 due to an injury she sustained and how she will persevere like no other to win this year's crown.

Eureka is one of the most put together queens aesthetically, regardless of her size.  Yes, I am biased to a certain degree and would love for a big girl to finally win this thing as there has been several chances in the past to make that happen (Ginger Minj and Latrice Royale for one), however there is a tenacity that you already see in fhe first couple of minutes this season for Eureka that shows she's in it to win it.  If she plays this game smart, and maybe keeps her mouth closed a bit but not to the point where it's shut, and keeps her fashion and funniness on point, she will be a serious contender for the title.  Speaking of funniness...

Monet X Change

Once again, bias is coming into play... but New York City has birthed some pretty f***ing amazing queens.  Three of the previous four winners have been from The Big Apple (Bianca Del Rio, Bob the Drag Queen, Sasha Velour) and this season once again has several talented competitors who could easily make this a four for five situation.

Aquaria, Miz Cracker, Yuhua Hamasaki and Dusty Ray Bottoms are all fabulous queens who are doing big things in NYC, however Monet has that extra something special that i think will separate her from the pack.  I've seen her do her comedy, and it's similar to Bob and Bianca only that much louder.  Louder can sometimes translate to annoying or "doing the most", but Monet's personality is well balanced and her looks are extremely on point.  If this season is very "acting" based, then she can definitely hold her own while rocking some fierce looks on and off the runway.

Mayhem Miller

Mayhem has been one of the biggest drag names in the industry outside of the girls who have competed on RPDR.  Not only that, but she boosts a social media following that is on par (if not greater) than some of the girls that have competed in the past, which shows what potential this queen really has.

She's been rumored to be part of each season of RPDR for years now, and  now she's finally on.  There has to be pressure there to perform well, but based on videos I've seen of her and the support she has 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles (Detox for one) definitely supports the cause that she is one to look out for.  Also I would totally kai kai with her out of drag (hit me up, boo).

Who are YOU rooting for this season?  Let us know!

This list was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 



Early Arrival: Watch the First 14 Minutes of 'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10' Here!

We are still reeling from the All Stars 3 finale this past Thursday, and now we don't have time to catch our breath at all as season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race premieres in only three days.

This is the first time (in my recollection) where this show has gone back to back in its almost ten years of being on the air, but given how big this program has become over the years, it doesn't come as much of a shock that VH1 and World of Wonder is giving its millions of fans what they want in terms of months and months of our favorite drag queens on television.

Now, we have several new girls to call our favorites in due time, as VH1 has released the first fourteen minutes of the season 10 premiere a couple of days in advance. 

For those not in the know, the season 10 girls are all brand new to the show except for one which is Eureka from season 9.  She tragically had to leave the competition due to an injury she sustained during the cheerleading challenge in episode 2.  

The other competitors reads as follows: Yuhua Hamasaki (New York, NY), Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (Tampa, FL), The Vixen (Chicago, IL), Monique Heart (Kansas City, MO), Monét X Change (Bronx, NY), Miz Cracker (New York, NY), Mayhem Miller (Riverside, CA), Kameron Michaels (Nashville, TN), Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams (Albuquerque, NM), Dusty Ray Bottoms (New York, NY), Blair St. Clair (Indianapolis, IN), Aquaria (Brooklyn, NY) and Asia O'Hara (Dallas, TX) . 

Eureka is the first to enter the work room, with her entrance line being "Like a phoenix from the ashes, Eureka is back."  It's a smart move by the producers as to eliminate a surprise element that the other queens already know is coming.  Then Asia comes in after her, who Eureka says is stiff competition due to her illustrious history in the pageant circuit along with the other O'Hara's. 

We would rather let you be the judge for yourself and check out the entire fourteen minutes, which you can find here.  

Are there any clear favorites as of now, even with only the first 14 minutes of episode one revealed? Let us know your thoughts!


Trixie Mattel Brings Up a VERY GOOD POINT About the 'All Stars 3' Finale

I'll make this short and sweet but to the point: 

Gays, ladies, straight guys who have no problem watching Drag Race: I know some of us are still going through it with how All Stars 3 turned out, but at some point we have to get past a simple television show and move on with our lives.

Trixie Mattel took home the crown on Thursday night's finale, where she joined fellow All Stars winners Chad Michaels and Alaska in their own coveted Hall of Fame.  This was riddled with a ton of controversy (some of which this writer fed into) regarding how the eliminated queens should have included Shangela in the top two as opposed to Kennedy Davenport (they got to determine who made it there out of the four remaining queens who were left).

Trixie has dealt with a lot of the backlash for this, but with one simple tweet, we are reminded that none of this is her fault:



Exactly.  She didn't do anything.  They did.  Not saying that we need to now go after the six eliminated queens, as they did what they had to, but Trixie doesn't deserve anything she's getting.  She won, she took home the crown, life goes on.

Now, we can get angry for a bunch of new reasons as season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race starts this Thursday.  Jeez, we didn't even have enough time to tuck this time around.

Congrats, Trixie.  Seriously. 

Halleloo! Season 10 of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Will Stream on Netflix Each Friday

Looks like the biggest reality television show in the world has made its way to streaming, hunties.

RuPaul's Drag Race, which just wrapped up its third season of All Stars on Thursday, has officially announced that its 10th season will be streaming each and every Friday starting a week from today.

Keep in mind, this is for our friend's across the pond, as it will air first here in the states each Thursday (beginning with the premiere on March 22nd ) and then hop onto the popular streaming service the day after.

Even better news, our friends in England can also stream seasons 2 through 9 (as season one continues to truly be "the lost season").  This doesn't include any of the All Stars seasons however, womp womp.

This must come as major relief for the millions of fans across the way, as you can now avoid dodgy websites and poorly uploaded links and actually watch the real thing in true HD shade.  Yas!

Will Netflix ever make this stream in the states? Would this be something you would like to happen here?  Let us know your thoughts.


Opinion: One Queen Got Brutally Robbed on 'All Stars 3' and I'm Fuming

For the second years in a row, RuPaul has somewhat screwed himself when it comes to choosing the right winner (or at least the right people in the end) on All Stars.  Last season, Detox and Alaska kept eliminating the people who should've been in the end with them (err, I mean Alaska), and this season, a group of lukewarm competitors screwed over the one queen who truly deserved to win the title over all the others... by far.

Let's recap here.  The final four enter the werk room, are happy to be there, read Morgan McMichael's goodbye message (could you imagine if she actually made it to the final four? What merits would she ACTUALLY have to even quantify her winning anything) and then Ru walks in.  In true Drag Race form, Ru announces that this will be the most "ambitious" challenge yet, filled with choreography and a bunch of other stuff that we've somewhat seen before.  Then, in a finale twist, she reveals that the eliminated queens are "back, back, back again!"  Oh, god.  So they are probably going to help pick the winner, right?  

Then, the queens rehearse with Todrick Hall, who I must say has really found his footing on this show.  I met Todrick at a red carpet event a bunch of years ago, and he's incredibly intelligent, humble and interesting all at the same time.  He gets his point across really well on the show, and his main target of frustration this go around is Bebe, who isn't exactly good at choreography.

Let's get into this: Bebe is a gorgeous queen.  Bebe has great one liners, a regal-type behavior about her that doesn't come across as pretentious, and a mug that is far superior to many of the other queens in the competition.  However, she's been middle of the road for pretty much everything else this season and it's baffling to me that she made it this far.  IMHO: Ben should've taken her spot (but, you know, she quit) and Aja was prematurely eliminated if it wasn't Ben.

Kennedy and Shangela should be the ones to look out for in this challenge, as dancing is their strong suit.  Trixie not so much, and we've already discussed Bebe.  This is the first musical number that takes place backstage at whatever lot they film Drag Race at, so it should be interesting to see how they pull it off.  The song isn't new, it's Ru's "Hey, Kitty Girl", however the verses outside of Ru's chorus are all new from each of the queens which gives it a fresh element and somewhat rivals the best damn song this show has ever done: "Read U, Wrote U"... minus Roxxxy (sorry boo).

The musical number was really good.  LIke really, really good.  When I was sitting there with my friends, I was reminded of why I love this show so much in the first place.  Each queen played to their strengths during it, and made for a great closing number from a season that quite honestly wasn't so great.  Also, shout out to Trixie and her purple wig: LOVE IT! 

The four queens then change into their finale looks, and they all look stunning.  Bebe's look, as lovely as it is, has been done before though.  Contrary to popular opinion, I loved Kennedy's look regardless if it was a bit recycled from her S7 finale look, as the hair and makeup that complimented it looked great.  Shangela has never looked better IMHO, and Trixie switched it up by giving us some modern day Mae West.  

Then, the twist.  The six eliminated queens were to determine who would become the final two.  Meh.  Seriously meh.  Let's be honest here, out of those six eliminated queens, Ben and Aja were the only two to ever really do a good job this entire season.  Morgan didn't do anything good in either episode, Thorgy whined and then got into a ton of hot water by saying Stevie Nicks wasn't a gay icon, Milk destroyed her reputation with her ego and Chi Chi literally wanted to go home.  This is like being the valedictorian of your high school and having the kids who cheated off your test be the determining factor on if you are going to get into the school of your dreams.  It really doesn't make any sense.

They all have one on one time with each girl, and Bebe shoots herself in the foot immediately by not revealing who she would've sent home and brought back when the eliminated queens had a shot at returning to the competition. NEXT.  Kennedy's plea is heartfelt, and even though she didn't do that great this season, she's a reminder of how amazing her type of drag is still to this day, and she's become a much more likable queen this time than during her stint on season 7.

Shangela, as far as I'm concerned, should be top two no matter what she tells the eliminated queens.  Homegirl worked her ass off this time around, and minus her sewing issues, did an amazing job through and through and should be top 2.  Her chat is very passionate as well, and then we get to Trixie.  The girls grill the f**k out of her, and ask her uncomfortable questions like who shouldn't be in the top two with her, which she says Kennedy based on the finale look.  Hmm.

Look, we all know damn well that the final two should be Shangela and Trixie.  They've done the best this season, and it's very frustrating how these six get to choose as opposed to Ru, who would've done the right thing in the end.  The queens choose Trixie... and Kennedy.  I was gobsmacked.  Like, truly truly gobsmacked.  I felt so bad for Shangela, you could see the pain on her face and on Ru's.  Her third time was her charm and she truly should've been the winner of this season.  But, sure, let's have the girl who was told to quack to make herself look crazy judge who should win.  

The final lip sync performance has Trixie and Kennedy doing "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus, which is a great finisher.  If this was an upbeat song, Kennedy would've mopped the floor all over Trixie and won.  But it was slow paced, and she didn't really follow through with the passion and the lyricism that Miley helped make so famous for her to win.  Trixie didn't do that great however, and the reveal was pointless, but she must have done something right, because she won.

Look, I love Trixie.  I get it.  She's awesome.  But this was a bit of a foregone conclusion from the get, and it's hilarious how she has NEVER WON A CHALLENGE in her two seasons on the show and winds up winning the whole thing in the end.  I still think she belonged in the top two, but she didn't deserve to win.  And based on social media's response last night,  I definitely wasn't alone.

Who did you think deserve to win All Stars 3?  Let us know your thoughts. 

Vicky Vox Calls Out Shangela For Wearing a Fat Suit on 'All Stars 3'

Shangela, who is one of the finalists on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3, and a major contender to win the coveted crown, has felt some interesting backlash from a well-known drag queen due to the ensemble she wore during her most recent lip sync performance.


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Vicky Vox, who is one of the more known drag queens who haven't been on RPDR (yet), lashed out at Shangela for her decision to wear a fat suit during her lip sync performance of "Freaky Money" by RuPaul featuring Big Freeda. That performance secured her another win, where she ultimately sent home Morgan McMichaels after she was brought back to the competition to week before.

"I’m actually bummed out by Shangela wearing a fat suit for laughs," she captioned. "I’m tired of fat shaming being celebrated. I love you Diva but I’m in my feelings. I can’t take my fat off and i work hard like you skinny bitches to be taken seriously. I’m still the butt of the joke."

Vicky, who at one point was part of the trio DWV (with RPDR's Detox and Willam) spent the better part of the weekend, received minimal support for her decision to call Shangela out, but was primarily met with a ton of negative backlash for her thoughts.

She quickly backtracked a bit by pronouncing her love for Shangela:

Vicky then spoke about how she simply wanted to speak out about this matter without hurting others in the process.

Is Vicky in the right here regarding Shangela's outfit, or was this blown completely out of proportion? 

Opinion: Should 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Really Be A Men's Only Competition?

I love RuPaul dearly, but honey... we gotta talk.  During an interview with The Guardian, he mentioned that he would “probably not” let a trans woman on the program, adding: “You can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body.”

He backtracked on his original comments, but the damage was done as it ignited a major firestorm and debate on and off social media regarding what is drag and what isn't.  With all due respect to Mama Ru, and he has definitely paid his dues and then some, saying something like that just "drags" us all back into the closet a bit.

Over the almost ten year history of RuPaul's Drag Race, several queens on the show started transitioning after their stint was over.  This includes Gia Gunn, Sonique and Carmen Carrera. Monica Beverly Hillz was the first contestant to talk about being trans on the show, and Peppermint was the most recent queen to speak about transitioning on season 9.

What is so frustrating to me is that drag, at least in my opinion, has become more of a state of mind similar to what a "daddy" can be in our community.  It is so much more than a look, its a persona.  RuPaul's show has successfully done what many other shows have failed at: uniting the LGBTQ community and our supporters, with a big focus on the T here and I don't mean "spilling the tea."

I would've never thought I would see the day where actual straight men are talking about their love of this kind of show, when even ten years ago a good portion of the gay community found drag queens to be freakish and ones they would never date let alone say that they know.  Now, that's done a complete 180 for all the queens who have been on the show, including the trans ones who have seen major success for themselves both professionally and personally.  So why make such a comment?

It also comes across as backhanded to Peppermint and Monica who spoke so eloquently and openly on the show about their experience, that hearing Ru's comments almost makes it feel as if their storylines were just part of getting larger ratings and not about what's really going on with them.

We have come so far as a community for acceptance that we often forget how much of a unified front we need to be.  Sure, there is shade and all of that, but at the core of it we are all in this as one, and this includes anyone who wants to pursue whatever kind of career that is out there. 

If someone is trans, regardless of what stage they are when it comes to their transitioning, they should be able to do what they please without ridicule.  Having one of our own, especially someone that powerful, make such comments only hurts our progress and pushes us back a little.

In other words, Shante, you stay should be for all of us... not some. 

This list was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect all of Instinct Magazine's taste.

Here They Are: The First Photos from 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10!

2018 might just be the "draggiest" year ever, as we are going from one drag competition to the next without having a chance to readjust our tuck!

All Stars 3 only has two more episodes to go until season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race premieres on March 22nd!  We revealed who is part of the sickening cast two weeks ago, and now Entertainment Weekly has exclusive photos from the first episode that highlights what a different season this truly will be. 

There's a lot to look at here.  First off, the werk room has gotten a major upgrade since last season, as the walls are covered in hot pink and look absolutely fabulous.  Secondly, and this may only be for the first episode, but it looks like there's a lot more pit crew members this time around as opposed to just Jason J. Carter and Bryce Ellenberg

The entrance looks from Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Monét  X Change, and Mayhem Miller. are very on point, with Mayhem edging the other girls out (IMHO) as the deep red she's wearing looks incredible.  Mayhem is coming into this competition with a major reputation, as she was pretty much on the same level as the RPDR girls in terms of being known prior to entering the competition, so it should be interesting to see how she does on S10. 

Of course, one of the exclusive photos shows the judges panel, where everyone is back (Ross Matthews, Carson Kressley, Michelle Visage) and one more special squirrel friend is added to the mix for the premiere... Christina Aguilera! Should be another exciting season of Drag Race that will take us all the way into gay pride month and beyond.

Are you excited for season 10? Anyone in particular you are rooting for?  Let us know! 

Spill the Tea: What's the REAL REASON Bebe Zahara Benet was Brought Back to 'All Stars 3'

Conspiracy theories have swirled and swirled like a delicious ice cream concoction with no end to its madness on the real reason why Bebe Zahara Benet was brought back to RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3 after winning the first season.

As it has been expressed before, All Stars is designed for drag queens who haven't won a regular season of Drag Race.  Bebe is the only winning queen to have been brought back for any of the three seasons so far.

Because of this, hardcore Drag Race fans were quick to figure out a conspiracy theory that would best fit this sort of narrative, as many believed she wasn't really there to compete at all.  

One theory, that went wild all over the internet, was that Bebe was actually a judge and would emerge as one in the last episode of the season.  Another was that she was going to help past All Stars winners Alaska and Chad Michaels determine who would come back into the competition.  The latter did not happen, as it was BenDeLaCreme who got to choose.  The former, however, remains to be seen. 

So what's the tea, the REAL tea? NewNowNext caught up with RuPaul's Drag Race producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and asked them point blank why she came back.  Turns out, they just love her and wanted her to have her shine all over again.  

"A big motivating factor for that was the show has grown so big since the premiere season," Randy said.  "In many ways we felt that first season, when we were trying to find our drag sea legs, it didn’t get the exposure. Bebe is a fierce queen, all of the girls from Season One are fierce queens, and we don’t want them to ever feel left behind. We thought we should bring Bebe back because it would be a great surprise, and it would remind everyone that Drag Race is a family. We are as loyal to Porkchop as we are to every single one of our queens."

Are you happy with this reasoning for bringing Bebe back?  Let us know your thoughts!