Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Drag Pageant Scene With Alaska

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Alaska Thunderf*ck and Lola LeCroix
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On Tuesday, OUTtv, the leading LGBTQ+ streaming platform, aired the season 2 premiere of Behind the Drag Queen of the Year Pageant Competition Award Contest Competition. The six-episode docu-series, directed by Adrienne Gruben, goes behind the scenes of legendary drag queens Alaska Thunderf*ck and Lola LeCroix’s Drag Queen of The Year contest.

Behind the Drag Queen of the Year Pageant Competition Award Contest Competition (watch the trailer below) follows Alaska and her creative drag partner, Lola LeCroix, as they put together their annual drag pageant to crown the Drag Queen of The Year. The series provides a detailed look into the planning and creativity that occurs backstage at drag competitions and closely follows the duo as they come up against challenges and setbacks. This season, Alaska and Lola are back to put on another unforgettable drag pageant for their 2023 Drag Queen of the Year Pageant Competition Award Contest Competition. Political controversy and last year’s dramatic events pose obstacles for the two queens to grapple with in order to crown their next winner. Even though this year’s tech crew is more equipped, and the contestants all support one another, it still doesn't stop the drama and chaos in putting together the drag pageant of the year.”

Contestants on season 2 include Tony Soto, Charles Galin, Snaxx, a z. Abigail Beverly Hillz, Skynsuit, Nicki Jizz, Abhijeet, and Beatrix Bella Rouge. Guest stars this year are Meatball, Season 1 contestant DVVSK, Sabbyiana, Tito Soto, and Pseuda. Naturally, last year’s winner, Militia Scunt, is on hand to crown her successor and to give the children a taste of what got her the title. A panel of celebrity judges, all of them either drag artists or drag enthusiasts, are on hand to render the verdict that will make one contestant this year’s Drag Queen of the Year.

Alaska and Lola added: “We’re so glad there were cameras rolling behind the scenes of the latest Drag Queen of the Year Pageant. The drama, the stress, the nonsense— with this series everyone gets to be a part of it all. Ultimately, we’re telling the stories of 8 intrepid and inspiring Drag artists; amplifying their voices and sharing their unique magic with world.”

Endless culture wars have only upped the stakes from last year’s pageant. The very essence of drag is under intense –- and often hostile — scrutiny. On the pageant’s commitment to putting the “T” in transgression, co-creator Lola LeCroix says, “We’ve never been more committed to using our platform for pushing the limits of what drag is, who performs it, and who it’s for.”

Filmed live in front of an audience at the historic Montalbán in Hollywood, season 2 continues its signature mix of glittering spectacle, and intense emotion with cash ‘n’ prizes. Its goal, as always, is to put a spotlight on all forms of drag. Alaska and Lola’s vision transcends mere inclusivity: the pageant and the show are uniquely focused on the cutting edge of drag.

Check out new episodes of Behind the Drag Queen of the Year Pageant Competition Award Contest Competition on the OUTtv Apple TV Channel, the OUTtv Roku Channel and OUTtv.com on Comcast and Cox.


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