“Gentlemen start your engines…and may the best fake lady win” – so says drag queen RuPaul, host of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” the most entertaining, bubblegum, heartfelt and witty reality show that you did not watch last year.
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Season Two of “Drag Race” features twelve contestants from across the country, who were “not smart enough to leak a sex tape to get on TV,” according to RuPaul. They compete for the coveted title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.”
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You will not be able to resist watching the “drag-ma” that ensues weekly with the “fake ladies” as the group receives “she-mail” video messages from RuPaul detailing the original challenges (“The Snatch Game,” “Golden Gals”) contestants must win to avoid “lip-synching for their lives” and getting voted off the show by judges Santino Rice (Project Runway) and fashion editor Merle Ginsberg, prior to “untucking in the ladies’ lounge.”
The season premier’s costume design challenge, “Curtain Call,” inspired by “Gone with the Wind” forced rubenesque contestant Mystique to purr, “Where are the plus-size curtains?”
I called Mystique, who has done drag for four years in Texas, to get the scoop.
TBP: What was it like walking into the Los Angeles studio for the first time?
Mystique: The show started taping at 8 am, so getting into high-whore drag breakfast-time was a first for me.
Behind the scenes, I was there to make friends with the other ladies but as you will see, some of them were back stabbing wig wearers using personal stuff about a lady to bring them down and get them voted off. Lots of drag-ma.
TBP: Mystique fans are a rabidly tight group online. How can someone break the code and become a Mystic-aholic?
Mystique: I want to see a video of you eating a two-piece and a biscuit and taking a shot of Goldschlager.
TBP: Okaaay. You say your alter-ego is a wise and patient talk show host, Ho-prah. Does Ho-prah have any advice today?
Mystique: Anything above three inches are hooker heels.
TBP: Rumor is RuPaul literally slaps you on the show while mentoring you. What advice did you take away from her?
Mystique: All I will say is that I think everyone needs a slap sometimes. If I could, I would slap a lot of people. Ru told me to, “Be me – forget everyone else and be me” and that “everyone should use whatever they have to be a good person.”
TBP: If you had to do it all over again would you do a reality show?
Mystique: Yes…absolutely. No matter what, it was so fun. I made great friends and learned a lot.
TBP: Final question – is it me or do the girls from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” look like drag queens and have deeper voices?
Mystique: (laughs) Yes…oh my God.
TBP: Welcome to reality.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Mondays at 9 pm, on Logo, beginning Feb 1.
For a sneak peek of the premier episode, click here.
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