The Week in Drag – Meet the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, celebrate the holidays with BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon, tour Scotland with Willam and more
Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to an exciting week of news from the world of drag. In the latest Week in Drag, we were introduced to the queens poised to snatch the crown on season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and also met some incredibly talented singers competing to be Queen of the Universe.
The holidays are upon us and Mama Ru blessed us with a new instant holiday classic movie featuring a galaxy of Drag Race stars. And, if that’s not enough, we also have videos and updates with your favorite queens from around the globe. There’s SO much to get to this week, so let’s bring it to the runway!
On Thursday night, season 13 champion Symone hosted the Ru-veal of the queens competing on season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. 14 queens are vying for the crown, including two trans queens and the franchise’s first heterosexual, cisgender male contestant. The new batch of queen-testants are Alyssa Hunter, Angeria Paris Van Micheals, Biosco, Daya Betty, Deja Skye, Jasmine Kennedie, Jorgeous, June Jambalaya, Kerri Colby, Kornbread “The Snack” Jeté, Lady Camden, Maddy Morphosis, Orion Story and Willow Pill. The new season premieres Friday, January 7 at 8/7c on VH1.
And…here’s your first peek of the season 14 queens out of drag.
If you want to see the season 14 queens in your town – and check out some of your favorites from earlier seasons, the Weerk the World tour is back for 2022! The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour returns with an all-new production for 2022! Join all finalists from the upcoming 14th Season along with fan favorites Gottmik, Jaida Essence Hall, Kameron Michaels, Naomi Smalls, Rosé, Vanessa Vanjie, Violet Chachki and Yvie Oddly on a journey through iconic periods of history in hope of finding their way back to 2022. Voss subscribers will receive an exclusive presale code on Monday! The Voss pre-sale kicks off on Wednesday, December 8 at 10 am local time and the public tickets are available on Friday, December 10. Get your tickets through Voss Events.
If you’re a Drag Race fan, no doubt you were glued to your TV on Thursday for the premiere of Mama Ru’s instant holiday classic The Bitch Who Stole Christmas. Earlier in the week, Peppermint, Ginger Minj, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jaymes Mansfield and Jan joined fellow cast members Anna Maria Horsford, Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Ridings to take a peek behind the scenes of the movie and discuss their favorite things about the holidays.
The teaser trailer for The Bitch Who Stole Christmas didn’t give us much, but it did give us this hilarious video of Jaymes Mansfield reacting to it.
Laganja Estranja takes us to the Bitch set in this behind-the-scenes video.
Did you catch the premiere of Queen of the Universe? If you didn’t (and need a reason to sign up for Paramount+, meet the host, judges and contestants competing to be the top of the musical heap.
Queen of the Universe judges Vanessa Williams, Ross Matthews and Trixie Mattel talked about the series on The Drew Barrymore Show.
Last week, Drag Race UK crowned its third champion (condragulations, Krystal Versace.) Monét X Change and Tia Kofi discuss the finale on “Sibling Watchery.”
Denali and Cheryl Hole toot and boot the finale runway looks of the queens of Drag Race UK season three on “Fashion Photo Ruview.”
The always delightful Crystal from UK season one joins Yuhua Hamasaki to discuss the finale fashions on “Bootleg Opinions”.
Krystal Versace talks about winning Drag Race UK and crowns season three’s Miss Congenially with Yshee Black on “Drag Race Yearbook”.
Alexis Mateo and Nicky Doll toot and boot the “Dungeons and Drag Queens” runway looks on “Fashion Photo Ruview.”
Two of our favorite Christmas queens, BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon are taking their show out on the road to help make your holidays brighter. The pair launch their 26-city tour of The Return of the Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE! on November 13, running until December 30th. For the past three years, Jinkx and DeLa have owned the holiday season with their critically acclaimed sold-out holiday tours (To Jesus, Thanks for Everything in 2018 and All I Want for Christmas Is Attention in 2019). In 2020, BenDeLaCreme produced her first-ever film under BenDeLaCreme Presents with The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special on Hulu, a 60-minute variety special made for the screen. The special debuted to critical acclaim and solidified itself as a global queer holiday must-watch for years to come. The new tour promises their signature whip-smart comedy, brand new songs, and a few perennial favorites.
In exclusive statements to Entertainment Weekly, BenDeLaCreme said, “After a year in captivity Jinkx and I are bustin’ at the seams and rarin’ to go! Waiting for Santa is NOTHING compared to the excitement I feel to be back in theaters, sharing the holidays with the chosen family we’ve collected around the globe!” Jinkx Monsoon added, “I’m thrilled to be back on tour with my sister DeLa, celebrating the holidays the way I was meant to: boozed up, bawdy, and on display.”
If Jinkx and DeLa aren’t stopping by your city, you can catch a Flymachine livestream of their sold out show at Chicago’s Thalia Hall on December 9.
If you need to get into the holiday spirit, this new Christmas song from Lagoona Bloo should do the trick. Give “Bloo Christmas” a listen and add it to your Spotify Christmas playlist NOW.
Nicky Doll invites us into her NYC drag “doll house” and talks about. Her fashions and distinctive style on the latest episode of ”Out of the Closet.”
Thanksgiving may have passed, but we are thankful for a new “Crafternoonting” video from that crafty queen. Willam. Sporting her Tinkerbell meets Amanda Lepore look, she shows you how to make an adorable “squirrel-friendsgiving” picnic table.
Willam has been knocking ‘em dead in the UK in the murder-mystery comedy Death Drop and in this video, she takes us on a tour of Edinburgh and shares her haul from an uber-trendy Scottish boutique.
She’s a drag queen, singer, comedian and makeup maven. Is there anything Trixie Mattel can’t do? Here, she tries her hand as a DJ and her set will definitely make you want to hit the dance floor.
Trixie and Katya talk about all things weddings on the latest “UNHhhh”. They serve up their unique interpretations of the reception favorite chicken dance, talk about toning it down for second weddings and share their thoughts on the institution of marriage.
Come have a kiki with Gottmik and Violet Chachki as they chat about a number of random topics on the latest “No Gorge”.
Rock M Sakura tries TikTok drag hacks. Can she successfully cover her brows with concealer and Elmer’s glue? Can using lube help with foundation application? Is glue and hairspray the secret recipe for a successful hair helmet? Watch and find out.
Jaymes Mansfield is back with another celebrity wig recreation. Here she serves up some Totally Hair Barbie realness.
Drag Race UK season one finalist Divina De Campo is bringing her talents to the UK stage as she takes on the lead in a new production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The show will run at the Leeds Playhouse from April 2 -23 before transferring to Manchester from April 27 – May 11. In an interview with Attitude, Divina said, “I was introduced to Hedwig 20 years ago when the DVD was in Blockbuster. I’ve been watching other people play the role and thinking, ‘You know what, I know that I could do this and I think I can do it as well… or better!’ She added that, “As a non-binary person who is trying to make their way through a cisgender world, you already grapple with a lot of those ideas that happen in the show and are able to bring a deeper understanding to it.”
Phew! That wraps up a very busy week in the world of drag. We’ll leave you with Mam Ru’s new video for “Catwalk”. Until we meet again, stay healthy, stay safe and say LOVE!