Gentlemen, start your engines -- and may the best woman win!
RuPaul’s Drag Race’s ninth season is just a couple days away, and ET sat down with Mama Ru ahead of the premiere to get all the scoop on the new queens.
“You know, the kids who are on our show grew up on our show,” RuPaul shares. “Some of them got into drag because of our show, so they come in thinking, 'Oh, I got this. I got this.' It's like, think again, doll!”
RuPaul wouldn’t play favorites with the new batch of contestants, but did note some of the queens’ strengths. Sasha Velour is an “intellectual queen” who keeps things avant garde, Kimora Blac is all about the body-ody-ody, Peppermint is a showgirl who understands what it takes to have a lasting drag career and Eureka O’Hara is representing southern drag. You can watch the video above to get his full take on each of this year’s 13 contestants.
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“Our show is put together as an ensemble,” RuPaul notes. “So, each girl represents a certain genre, like a comedy queen or a head-shaking girl. All of that.”
“We're looking for different queens who represent the different genres of drag,” he adds. “We're looking for authenticity. A lot of the queens will send in an audition reel [where] they do the exact same audition as the girl before.”
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“Nine out of 10 of the queens will say, 'I will cut a b**ch! If I get on your show, RuPaul!’” he admits. “‘I will cut a b**ch!' They don't realize, everyone has actually said that!”
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“We're looking for their authenticity,” RuPaul repeats. “When I go and audition, I'm just myself. I'm going to let the person on the other side of the desk decide if my energy is what they're looking for. If it's not, that's fine. I’m what I am.”
“It's important for, not just our drag queens, but for everybody listening, find your authentic self,” he says. “Know thyself and deliver that at all times … that is when the party begins.”
Well, the party also begins Friday, March 24, at 8 p.m. ET on VH1 when the all-new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres. Encore presentations of season nine will air on the show’s original network, Logo. For more on the new season, check out the video below.