With Drag Race set to crown its Season 13 winner in the April 23 episode, viewers are already eagerly anticipating Drag Race Season 14. The Emmy-winning VHI reality competition series has continued to slay the ratings — Season 13’s Jan. 1 premiere was the most-watched episode in franchise history, per Deadline — and amid the pandemic, it’s become an even brighter source of light.
“I didn’t realize how hungry people were for Season 13. Because there’s so many seasons, like, pumping out left and right, we thought people would get Drag Race fatigue,” Season 13 contestant Kahmora Hall told Entertainment Tonight in December. “But no, we’re getting such great response to it. It’s validating too. Like, “Wow, we filmed this during the pandemic just to entertain you all, but we're also happy to be the highlight of your week.”
Here’s what we know about Season 14 so far.
The RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 Premiere Date
Though the coronavirus pandemic forced Drag Race to film the Season 12 finale and reunion virtually in May 2020, the show was very much back on track for Season 13. “Competing safely and fiercely, our 13 queens proved that it takes more than a global pandemic to keep a good queen down,” RuPaul said in a December statement, noting that they were taking various health and safety precautions including quarantining the queens while shooting and regular testing for contestants and judges alike.
All 13 previous seasons of Drag Race have premiered yearly sometime between January and March, so expect to see a new installment in early 2022.
The RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 Cast
RuPaul announced Season 14 casting had begun in November, listing an application deadline of Jan. 15. “Do you have what it takes to win the crown?” the host asked in a World of Wonder casting call video. “This could be the beginning of the rest of your life.” Though the selection process has likely been completed by now, VH1 has yet to reveal the new Season 14 cast. Last season’s cast announcement arrived less than a month prior to the premiere date, so there may be a bit of a wait to find out who will next compete to become America's next drag superstar.
Currently, there’s no reason to believe Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews, and Carson Kressley won’t return to the judging panel. In addition to the queens and regular judges, Drag Race is also sure to enlist a new roster of celebrity guests. Those names are forthcoming, but past guest stars have included Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Christina Aguilera, and Cynthia Erivo.
The RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 Twists
Every new Drag Race season includes some sort of ruveal, and Season 13 really upped the ante: all of the queens had to go head-to-head in a lip-sync-for-your-life battles immediately after arriving. “You always think you know what to expect when you come into this show, but every year, they say you have no idea what's going on and you don't,” contestant Elliott with 2 Ts told Entertainment Tonight ahead of the January premiere.
Surely the yet-to-be-revealed Season 14 twists will leave viewers and contestants just as gooped and gagged.