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La Más Draga (English Lit. Translation: The Draggest) is a drag reality competiton show transmitted on YouTube, produced by La Gran Diabla Producciones, and which is based on the format of the show RuPaul's Drag Race, adapted to Mexican pop culture.

The show focuses on showcasing Mexican culture through drag, with each episode centering around a different aspect of Mexico's folklore. It was officially announced on May 1, 2018 and premiered one week later on May 8. There have been four seasons to date, with a fifth one in production and a variety of companion programs being implemented as the seasons went on.

Initially only featuring contestants from Mexico City, the show has expanded to include contestants from all over Mexico and, as of Season 4, the world (as long as they are able to speak Spanish). To date, there have been 43 contestants in the show.

Series Overview

Season No.
Contestants
No.
Episodes
Originally aired
Premiere Finale
1 7 7 May 8, 2018 June 19, 2018
2 9 9 April 30, 2019 June 25, 2019
3 13 11 September 22, 2020 December 1, 2020
4 14 12 September 21, 2021 December 8, 2021
5 TBA TBA TBA TBA

Prizes

Season Prizes
1
  • MXN $50,000
  • A NYX Cosmetics makeup kit worth MXN $25,000
  • A crown
  • A dermatological treatment provided by Dermédica worth MXN $40,000
2
  • MXN $100,000
  • A NYX Cosmetics makeup kit worth MXN $50,000
  • A crown
3
  • MXN $150,000
  • A NYX Cosmetics makeup kit worth MXN $50,000
  • FOREO facial care products worth MXN $50,000
  • Become one of the faces of FOREO for a year
  • A crown
4
  • MXN $250,000
  • A NYX Cosmetics makeup kit worth MXN $60,000
  • Become ambassador for Levi's for a year
  • A crown by Mexican jeweler Gustavo Helguera
5 TBA

Format

Mini Challenge

Mini Challenges were introduced during the second season of the show, usually focused on testing the contestants' creativity and ability to improvise and taking place before the maxi challenge. The winners of these mini challenges are usually rewarded with a small advantage for the main challenge, like assigning the work stations in the Werk Room or extra points in the episode's final ranking.

Maxi Challenge & Runway

Most of the main challenges of the show consist of Runway Presentation Challenges, although recent seasons have implemented Design Challenges, Makeovers, Impersonation Challenges and more. After (or sometimes before) the maxi challenge, a runway section takes place usually with a theme revolving around the same topic of the challenge. Starting from the second season, the judges give out scores to each contestant based on their performance both in the maxi challenge and their look on the runway. The contestant(s) with the highest score is then declared the winner of the challenge, while the contestants (usually two) with the lowest scores are up for elimination and have to face a lip sync battle to save themselves.

Lip Sync

See: List of Lip Sync Performances/La Más Draga

A Reto de Doblaje, also called a Chou de Doblaje or Show de Doblaje, is the most common style of lip sync used on the show.

At the end of each episode, the two (or sometimes three or four) contestants who performed the worst in that week's challenge are placed up for elimination, indicating that they must lip sync to stay in the competition.

Following the lip sync, the judges hold a sign with the face of the contestant they want to save, ultimately having the contestant with the most votes staying in the competition. From Season 3 onwards, this decision is solely entrusted in the guest judge of the week. In the case of particularly good lip syncs, both contestants may be saved by the judges, and in the case of particularly poor lip syncs, both contestants may be eliminated. It has now become tradition for the show to have a double save on the premiere of every season.

Elimination

After the lip sync, the eliminated contestant places a portrait of themselves in the Drag Altar (inspired by the typical Altar de muertos used in the Day of the Dead holiday), meaning that they "died" in the competition. This is why the Reunion episode is called Día de Muertas, as the "dead" contestants come back to visit one more time.

Judges

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See: Judges/La Más Draga

In addition to a host, each season of La Más Draga has featured three other regular judges and various coaches. Additionally, each episode has guest judges who only appear in that episode.

Related Programs

Tú Las Traes

See: Tú Las Traes

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Tú Las Traes is an exit interview companion web series for the contestants of La Más Draga, hosted by Johnny Carmona during its first season, Deborah La Grande during the second and Ricky Lips during its most recent season. This series highlights the contestants' run on the show, as well as what each contestant had planned for the runways they didn't get to participate in. The series began with Season 2 and it is similar to what Whatcha Packin' is for RuPaul's Drag Race.

El Salseo

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See: El Salseo

El Salseo is a behind the scenes web series for La Más Draga that focuses on showing the contestants' conversations while backstage during the judges' post-critique deliberations. The contestants get to hang out in front of a food truck-like set sponsored by diners chain Papa Guapa during its first season and Otro Trago on the second, along with the coaches and models of the show. The series began with Season 3 and it is similar to what RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked is for RuPaul's Drag Race.

El Velatorio

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See: El Velatorio

El Velatorio is an exit interview companion web series for the contestants of La Más Draga, mainly hosted by Season 2 winner, Alexis 3XL. This series highlights the contestants' run on the show, as well as their overall experience on the contest and their future plans after their participation. The series began with Season 4.

Detrás de La Más

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See: Detrás de La Más

Detrás de La Más is a companion web series for La Más Draga that showcases behind the scene footage for the episodes of the main show. The show is mainly filmed by Bruno Olvez, one of the producers of the show. He is shown doing short interviews to the contestants while backstage, interacting with the panel of judges and recording the filming process of the challenges, the runway and the lipsync. The series began with Season 4.

Seasons Artwork

Runway Themes

Stands

Place Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5
1st Deborah La Grande Alexis 3XL Aviesc Who? Rebel Mörk Deseos Fab

Fifi Estah
Liza Zan Zuzzi

TBA

2nd Bárbara Durango

Eva Blunt

Margaret Y Ya
Gvajardo

Sophia Jiménez
Madison

Raga Diamante

Rudy Reyes
C-Pher

Elektra Vandergeld

Iris XC
3rd
4th Job Star
5th Lana Soro Nasty Memo Reyri

Mista Boo
La Morra Lisa

Leexa Fox
6th Debra Men Amelia
7th Cordelia Durango Red Rabbit Duo Regina Bronx Lupita Kush
8th Leandra Rose Iviza Lioza Georgiana

Vera Cruz
9th Nina De La Fuente Luna Lansman
10th Wynter Tiresias
11th Huntyy B Paper Cut
12th StupiDrag Sirena
13th Yayoi Bowery La Carrera
14th Aurora Wonders
The contestant won La Más Draga.
The contestant was eliminated earlier in the competition, returned and won La Más Draga.
The contestant won the title of La Más Querida, an award equivalent to Miss Congeniality.
The contestant won the title of La Más Volada, a prize sponsored by Viva Aerobus.
The contestant won the title of La Más Querida and La Más Volada.

Trivia

  • The first season of La Más Draga is the first season across all televised drag competitons where the winner has zero challenge wins.
  • The third season of La Más Draga is the first season across all televised drag competitons where the winner returned after being previously eliminated.
  • Interestingly, La Más Draga has changed hosts every season.
    • Each of the hosts recorded an original song for the show:
    • Every host has performed their original song on the finale of their respective season.
    • The show marked the singing debut for both Vanessa Claudio and Roberto Carlo.

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