Lena Dunham, Stephen Colbert and More to Guest Judge on Season 10 of 'RPDR'

Some of what has made RuPaul's Drag Race such a fantastic show over the past decade is, of course, the fantastic drag queens that we have all come to know and love, but also the incredible guest judges who have added that extra something special to make it the best reality show on television.

Season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race premieres on March 22nd, and the list of AMAZING guest judges were revealed yesterday afternoon. They have had some pretty big ones come through before, but this group is hands down the most eclectic and interesting by far.  

Christina Aguilera is kicking off the first episode as the premiere guest judge in two weeks, which rings similar to last season when Lady Gaga made her shocking entrance into the werk room.  

That's just the tip of the gay iceberg here, folks.  Also joining the judges table (outside mainstays Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews) include Shania Twain, Lena Dunham, Halsey, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Kate Upton, Billy Eichner, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Padma Lakshmi, Courtney Love, Nico Tortorella, Audra McDonald, Ashanti, Logan Browning, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Carrie Preston, Andrew Rannells, Miles Heizer, Todrick Hall and Lizzo.

Additionally, Stephen Colbert, Andy Cohen and Cheyenne Jackson will treat the queens to special guest appearances. OMFG!

There's a lot going on here, so I'm just going to voice my thoughts on what I pray happens when some of the guest judges appear.  First off... Abbi and Ilana (hopefully together) on RPDR.  That is a combination so deliciously sweet, that if the queens have to do something Broad City related, I may faint.

Something the queens really haven't done yet (at least to my memory) is a cooking challenge, so if that's why Padma is there... have at it Top Chef style.  Or in this case... Versatile Chef or Bottom Chef hehe.

Lena has always been polarizing, so I hope they utilize her for more than just a seat warmer during the main stage part of the episode.  Same goes with Shania Twain, who I'm a major fan of.  Country challenge 2018?  Maybe Mystique's "country realness" look can return almost ten years later?  Who knows!

Who are you most excited to see as a guest judge on season 10?  Let us know your thoughts! 


One Week Left: Who Do YOU Think Will Win 'All Stars 3'?

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3 had their penultimate episode last night, where... SPOILER ALERT... Morgan McMichael's got sent home for the second time.  My reaction that?  Girl, bye. You weren't good at this game in season 2, you definitely weren't good in the first episode of AS3 and last night proved for a third time that this isn't the show for you.

With last week's shocking elimination that sent BenDeLaCreme home, whoops I meant she sent herself home by quitting, and now that Morgan is gone, we have four remaining queens who pretty much pale in comparison to the final four in season 2 of All Stars.  Minus 1.5. 

This season had a couple of opportunities to be as incredible and dramatic as season 2 was, but it didn't.  I think the reason why is because on AS2, most of those girls were close friends so there was a different dynamic there that made it that much more personal and at the same time riveting to watch.  These 10 girls didn't really have any prior relationships with one another, which made the eliminations that much more interesting in terms of the strategy, but overall it just never really got off the ground.

Now, we have a somewhat tepid final four with one particular queen who clearly outshines the rest.  This... is Shangela.  In seven weeks, Shangela only found herself in the bottom twice, where she only deserved to really be in there once and that was the soup can/70's challenge.  She can't really sew, she's owned up to it, but she has clearly made up for it in so many other ways that prove her 3rd time really has been a charm. 

She is second to BenDeLaCreme in terms of wins, however, she won every lip sync battle that she was in.  She brought the funny when needed, but also knew how to play a very strategic game that was on a softer level compared to how hard she went in season 3.  Everything she did, from playing Mariah Carey in Divas! Live to showcasing her comedy chops in The Bitchelor challenge just showed all of us how much she's grown in her drag career, which is eons better compared to when she walked into the werk room almost ten years ago on season 2.  If anyone deserves the crown this season, it's her.

As for the other three, Kennedy Davenport had a moment or two where she did fabulous (The Bitchelor was amazing), but... that's it.  She wasn't the Roxxxy Andrews of this season (if you get my gist), but she didn't do enough to really shine the way that she did in her original season.  I will say this though... she changed my opinion of her.  During season 7, she always came across as very cold and somewhat unlikable, but All Stars 3 changed that for me and many others.  

BeBe Zahara Benet coasted for the first couple of episode's before ramping things up for herself a bit late in the game and has done a good job.  I think Ru has a love for BeBe that is far greater than many of the other queens who have stayed on the show, and that's why she has partially stuck around for this long.  I understand them giving her the Tatianna treatment, except BeBe is already a "winner baby" and I don't think she really deserves another crown as she hasn't done THAT much to really deserve it all over again.  

That leaves Trixie Mattel, who is really the only one who could take the crown from Shangela.  It's interesting with Trixie, because she has developed such an incredible career outside of RPDR, yet can't really get it together while on the show.  She, just like BeBe, sort of coasted the first couple of episode's before landing in the bottom 3 and almost getting sent home due to Shangela's wording of her elimination that scared the bejesus out of all of us. It lit a fire under her ass, and she wound up winning two of the next three challenges, but never winning the lip sync in order to send someone home.  Kennedy, BeBe and Shangela have all had that opportunity, whereas Trixie has not.  I think Trixie is a great drag queen, very funny, has unique fashions, but it doesn't translate to being a winner for something like this.  Did she get redemption?  Sort of.  But it doesn't compare at all to the levels and depths that Shangela has gone to in order for her to really win the title.

That being said, who do YOU think should win All Stars 3?  Let us know your thoughts! 



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! 

First Look: Nancy Pelosi Guest Stars on Tomorrow Night's 'All Stars 3'!

It's about to get severe and political up in here tomorrow night, as politician Nancy Pelosi enters the werk room on an all new RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.

The variety of celebrities and famous people that have come through the most sickening reality show on the planet definitely vary and are diverse in who they are, but rarely if ever does someone from a political climate join Ru and the other queens.

The show released the first images of the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives and LGBT rights activist entering the werk room, which shows Nancy rocking a fierce white pant suit and lavender pumps. Ru, on the other hand, looks downright gorgeous in dark blue, making for a wonderful contrast between the two. 

She also shared a sneak peak of tomorrow night's episode, where the five remaining queens have to portray award-winning female characters of sorts. 

Are you as excited as we are for Nancy's entrance?  Who are you hoping makes the top four?  Let us know in the comments section!

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!


Is it too late to RuPaulogize?!

Seems like Mama Ru is in hot water after an interview that was published by The Guardian in which RuPaul gives great insight into his life as an icon and the purpose behind the global phenomenon of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

During the interview, Ru delineates how Drag is a way to denounce masculinity with the purpose of appearing hyperfeminine, although we’ve seen many versions of drag that are gender-bending:

Drag loses its sense of danger and its sense of irony once it’s not men doing it, because at its core it’s a social statement and a big f-you to male-dominated culture. So for men to do it, it’s really punk rock, because it’s a real rejection of masculinity.

He also touches on the over-arching reasoning for why drag is a necessary construct:

For people to do drag and make it their profession in a male-dominated culture, they have to go through so much emotional tug-of-war, because society says, ‘You’re not supposed to do that.’ So, the strength and humanity it takes to maintain yourself and your dreams create many different layers of consciousness. That’s where the humanity comes from.

But when it comes to the subject of transgender competitors on RPDR, a topic that has been highly discussed among drag race face, RuPaul goes in on his philosophy for how trans and drag should essentially remain separate. He first mentions Peppermint, a contestant from Season 9 of RPDR:

Mmmm. It’s an interesting area. Peppermint didn’t get breast implants until after she left our show; she was identifying as a woman, but she hadn’t really transitioned. 

Then he was asked if he would he accept a contestant who had.

Probably not. You can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body. It takes on a different thing; it changes the whole concept of what we’re doing. We’ve had some girls who’ve had some injections in the face and maybe a little bit in the butt here and there, but they haven’t transitioned.

Peppermint is not the only trans contestant on RPDR, but she was the first openly trans to make it onto the show. Other contestants have either came out as trans on the show like Sonique and Monica Beverly Hillz, while others have come out after Carmen Carrera, Gia Gunn, Kenya Michaels, Jiggly Caliente, and Stacy Layne Matthews. Jinx Monsoon has come out as gender non-binary.

RuPaul has been scrutinized in the past for his opinion about trans drag queens and their place in a competition like Drag Race—and mother sticks to her guns!

Just today, RuPaul tweeted some great shade with respect to the topic:





And Ru’s comments are not sitting well with RPDR alums:







But with the backlash, it seems that RuPaul has responded to make sure that everyone knows that there’s nothing but love for the trans community. And while that may be, fans and Ru followers can’t imagine what RPDR would be like today without the inclusion of some fan favorites who are trans and gender non-binary (see above). And what does this mean for the future of the show and the masses who idolize the drag community?

Still, it’s RuPaul Charles, Supermodel of the World—surely it’s not too late for her to Rupologize.

And then there’s this:



See? It’s obvious that he understands that the same mouth that inspires so many can also hurt others. After all, when approached by producers to create a drag reality show, RuPaul said “I don’t want to do anything mean-spirited.”





What do you think about this controversy in the RuPaul’s Drag Race universe? Do you agree with RuPaul or do you feel like there is room for more inclusion?

Promises Not Kept When AlandChuckTravel Closed Doors. Customers Not Happy!


It's always sad to write about the closing of a long standing business, but in October of last year, we wrote ALandChuck.travel - Major LGBT Travel Agency Closing Its Doors For Good? I was going to their monthly mixers, chatting with Mimi Imfurst about possible trips, and my roommates were getting excited to go on their trip to Cuba on a trip planned by the travel company.

Last October we wrote:

 If you’ve ever looked for a gay cruise or travel, the name ALandCHUCK has to have come up in a search.  With its more recent hosting of the Ru Paul’s Drag Race cruises Drag Stars at Sea, ALandCHUCK.travel seemed to be on top of their game.

On October 24th, last week, we were all shocked to hear that the show, the trips, the cruises, the travel was all over. Al Ferguson (the Al of ALandCHUCK) released on his Facebook page a lengthy statement as to what was going on with his business. He opened the post with:



The Facebook post promised his customers that all expenses/charges would be covered and no one would lose a dime because he had the “hard assets to cover their losses" and all would be resolved by December of 2017.


This has not come true and now as the calendar rolls into March the company is being investigated by the state attorney general’s office for consumer fraud. 

Lawyers for Al and Chuck’s travel agency, Legendary Journeys, have now filed a legal petition titled an ‘Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors.’ It lists over $3 million in potential claims, which they hope can be satisfied by selling off their assets, including real estate they claim is worth at least two million dollars. When they shut their doors, they had less than $3,000 in their accounts.

The Attorney General’s office already had an open investigation ongoing under the Florida Deceptive and Practices Act when it filed a legal action against the travel agency in December in the Sarasota circuit court.

The attorney general’s office stated that ... it had received “at least 140 complaints from consumers regarding Al and Chuck’s business practices during the time period of January 1, 2017, through December 15, 2017,” the date they filed the petition. - southfloridagaynews.com

Over $150,000 of losses have been reported before January 25th, but now, since the consumer alert by the Attorney General's office, the complaints and number of losses have grown.

Unfortunately, for all the creditors and consumers who had been promised refunds by Jan. 1, 2018, Al and Chuck’s instead filed a 50 page petition in Sarasota Circuit Court on January 12 titled an ‘Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors.’ 

This is essentially a state bankruptcy petition, assigning all the company’s assets to a third party trustee, who garners and gathers up the company’s holdings, and then pays off as many creditors as he can with the monies collected, and to the extent that funds are available to do so. - southfloridagaynews.com

If you have concerns about past bookings and a desire to receive your funds back from ALandChuckTravel, head over to South Florida Gay News.com.  Consumers victimized by travel related business can call the OAG fraud hotline at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM or file a complaint at www.MyFloridaLegal.com

Are you one of the travelers out of money?   Or are you one of the lucky ones that were able to get the funds back?

My roommates were able to get their funds back through American Express and not through Al and Chuck.  I remember when looking to go on a cruise, I was enticed to pay by check for a $100.00 discount.  I am grateful I did not book for I would have done it by check and I think I would have been out my funds, too.

Is Quitting 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Ever Really a Good Thing?

I couldn't be the only one who was super gagged over last night's RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars episode right?  And spoiler alert for anyone who hasn't watched it yet, but then again it's been all over social media so I guess, click out of this page?  Or just read on because this is some good tea that will be spilled.

BenDeLaCreme, who was easily the one to beat this season as she won 5 out of the 6 challenges so far, quit last night.  Just... quit.  She took her lipstick out, and wrote her name on Wite-out (did she do a special shopping trip to Michael's prior to this happening?)  I didn't have a big enough reaction.  I was also starving at that point, so my hangry levels were all sorts of fucked up, and her quitting only enraged that as I wanted to scream at her "NOOOOOOO!" while thinking about the kind of tacos I'll be eating shortly.

This was odd, very odd.  RuPaul's reactions pretty much echoed everyone else's: confusion, anger and disappointment.  It was the 2nd time in RPDR history that a queen has quit.  Adore Delano quit in season 2 of All Stars, but for much different reasons.  Everything was still too fresh for her regarding the passing of her father and other personal ordeals in her life.  Ben was LITERALLY at the finish line and decided to stop 2 feet before winning.  

She was so consistent throughout that she was never even close to being in the bottom.  She never had to explain herself, and rightfully so.  She did an amazing job and her reasons for quitting blurred the lines between cowardly and honesty in a way that still read as completely wrong.  There was an element to me that thought her ego was so big that she felt it was the right time to go home (something Darienne Lake brought up multiple times in season six). 

You knew the rules coming into this, you knew you were going to have to eliminate someone and that's the name of the game.  None of these queens should take it personally unless stated otherwise.  Now, we are in a situations where there is only one queen left really deserving of this prize, and its Shangela.  When you have 1 out of 5 girls who really deserve it, you have to wonder if this season is really worth watching anymore.

Shangela has been nothing but consistent, minus a hiccup here and there.  Sewing is not her thing, but she still tried.  She didn't quit.  Kennedy hasn't fared well either, but the pain and emotions that ran through her on last night's episode proves how badly she wants to be there.  '

Same goes for Trixie, who has something to prove after a mediocre showing in season 7.  As much as I CANNOT STAND Morgan McMichaels, she wanted to come back in a major way and got what she wanted.  And finally, Bebe, who is playing an absurdly different game both personally and overall compared to her last time on the show, has major reasons for being there: to be remembered from a season that was incredibly forgettable.

In other words, none of them were going to quit.  Ever.  So as much as I love Ben for how well she did this season and outside of the game, her quitting doesn't look good on her.  And it won't look good on her in the future, in my honest opinion.  Her original season saw her go home against someone who wasn't really deserving of being in the top four.  It was the first time you saw a major social media meltdown about Ru's decision to send her home, and then you come back witha major opportunity to win and decide to just leave.  You should've just brought Darienne up as your replacement and walked off the stage while Expose's "Point of no Return" was playing.

If this sounds harsh, well then sorry.  But quitters, unless having a legitimate reason, never look good in my book.  Not going to bring up something corny like "you have so many people who look up to you," because its not like that, but why take a golden opportunity like All Stars 3 to really elevate your career to a whole new level and throw it away because you felt you did enough?  That makes no sense and Ru's response validates that thought process for me... and many others.

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




Christina Aguilera's Guest Starring on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10!

Eat your heart out Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera’s coming for your guest star glory.

The pop singing sensation shared on Twitter that she’ll be guest staring in the premiere of the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Aguilera has been a constant ally of the LGBTQ community. She even released the song “Change” with the purpose of giving all the proceeds to help the victims of the Pulse shooting in 2016.

Plus, Aguilera already has experience on reality television thanks to spending six seasons as a judge for the singing competition The Voice. Because of that, she’ll feel right at home judging even more performances on Drag Race.

While many were excited by fellow pop singer Lady Gaga’s appearance on the show, we’re sure viewers, and the Queens themselves, will be just as excited to see Xtina drop by.

Of course, Xtina and Gaga have had a hotly rumored rivalry. If that’s true, we’re sure Christina Aguilera is getting an extra kick out of knowing she has the chance to one-up Gaga’s time on the show.

We can’t wait to see what she does. Until then, the tenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race releases on March 22. Look forward to it.