We’re currently in the midst of the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, and the show is without a doubt at its peak. There are hilarious moments every week, as well as shocking twists and turns, and all of the ingredients to make sure the series sticks in the mind of everybody watching. Whether you’re a drag aficionado or somebody new to this world of art and performance, RuPaul’s Drag Race has found an audience with everybody.
But of course, within the world of reality TV are always a bunch of exciting secrets. Here are 5 Shocking Secrets We Reckon You Didn’t Already Know About RuPaul’s Drag Race.
5) The Queens Walk The Runway Twice
During the Drag Stars at Sea: Caribbean Adventure: Revenge of the Wench in 2012, veteran competitor Shangela revealed that each of the Queens in each season actually have to walk the runway twice per episode. One of the times they walk the runway, the Queens will walk to the music we hear in the background during the showing off of their looks. The other time, the music isn’t present and instead, the judges make their remarks on the outfits they see. That probably explains why the judging panel always seem to have an incredible plethora of jokes to share, leaving the audience in stitches! Shangela even said that the queens can often hear the remarks being made by the judges, which must leave it hard to keep a straight face during their walk!
4) Producers Asked Detox To Help Jinkx Monsoon With Her Makeup
Jinkx Monsoon was the eventual winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 5, but it turns out the champion had some help behind-the-scenes from her fellow competitor in the show, Detox! During her elimination lunch, Detox revealed the shocking news, saying she did “give her [Jinkx] some pointers here and there”, which led some people to believe that producers had pegged Jinkx as their winner from the earliest of days. Scandalous! Good job we’re all big Jinkx fans!
3) The Finale Is Filmed Multiple Times
To stop a winner from leaking, in each regular season of the show ever since the finale went to a live audience, each finalist has filmed a winning moment. It means that there are three different endings filmed and that the final three queens themselves don’t even find out who RuPaul has chosen to win the show until the episode has broadcast to the world. It’s a shocking thing to do when there’s so much at stake, but the only way the final result can be kept under wraps. Loose lips sink ships!
2) Contestants Are Kept Prisoner!
OK, the title here is a little dramatic, but after the scandal that saw Willam communicating with the outside world during her season of Drag Race, producers now put tape on the hotel room doors of each contestant, so that they know if they’ve left their rooms or not during the competitive process. Again, it’s a shocking measure for a reality show of this type, but producers aren’t messing around when they say they want to keep things secret! Contestants aren’t even allowed to open the blinds in their hotel rooms in case they see another queen arriving to the hotel before the season begins filming!
1) Jonathan Ross Owns The Rights To A British RuPaul’s Drag Race
For many years now, chat show host Jonathan Ross has held the rights to a British version of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but no concrete plans have been put in place to bring the show to television screens in the near future. A shame, because there is so much great British talent in the drag industry. We imagine that, following the win of Courtney Act in Celebrity Big Brother and the continued rise in viewership for RuPaul’s Drag Race in the UK that conversations are starting to get more serious about bringing a British version of the show to fruition.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 3 continues Saturdays on Comedy Central in the UK.