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The first season of La Más Draga was officially announced on May 1, 2018 and premiered one week later on May 8. Transmitted by YouTube and produced by La Gran Diabla Producciones, the program showed the competition to find La Más Draga, which means best drag queen, in Mexico (though this season only featured contestants from Mexico City) through runways, some challenges and a final performance.[1]

This season featured the singer, actress, beauty queen and LGBT icon, Lorena Herrera as the main host and head judge of the show. In addition, Johnny Carmona (LGBT activist and social media celebrity), Yari Mejía (makeup artist, stylist and professional designer) and Letal (makeup artist and drag queen) were part of the panel of judges, which critiqued the progress of the contestants during the competition, along with various guest judges.[2]

At the end of the seventh episode, Deborah La Grande was crowned as the winner, with Bárbara Durango, Eva Blunt and Margaret Y Ya placing as runners-up. Debra Men was crowned as Miss Congeniality (La Más Querida).

On July 2020, it was announced that Margaret Y Ya would be a contestant on the first season of Love For The Arts. She placed 4th.

About The Show

LA MÁS DRAGA is a space created to discover, appreciate and applaud the wonderful world of Mexican drag. In this first season we will meet the participants of this reality show that is looking for the most feminosa, the most fabulous, the most glamorous drag queen in CDMX.[3]

Contestants

La Mas Draga Presentación.jpg

(Biographical information stated from during time of contest)

Rank Contestant Photo Real Name Age Ep. 1 Ep. 2 Ep. 3 Ep. 4 Ep. 5 Ep. 6 Ep. 7
Runway Runway Runway Runway Acting Día de
Muertas
Finale
1st
(Winner)
Deborah La Grande DeborahL.jpg Ramsés Molina Sánchez[4] 29 BTM2 SAFE LOW HIGH BTM2 RUN WINNER
2nd/3rd/4th
(Runners-Up)
Bárbara Durango BarbaraD.jpg Ricardo Martínez Hernández[4] 27 LOW SAFE BTM2 BTM2 WIN RUN RUNNER
UP
Eva Blunt EvaB.jpg Pablo Levy Morales León[4][5] 30 SAFE LOW WIN LOW HIGH RUN RUNNER
UP
Margaret Y Ya MargaretyYa.jpg Eduardo Peltier Márquez[6] 23 HIGH WIN HIGH WIN BTM2 RUN RUNNER
UP
5th Lana LanaB.jpg Alan Jesús Cruz Bustos[7] 24 SAFE BTM2 HIGH ELIM GUEST GUEST
6th
(La Más Querida)
Debra Men Debra.jpg Ángel Hernández Moncada[8] 26 BTM2 HIGH ELIM GUEST LMQ
7th Cordelia Durango CordeliaD.jpg Carlos Rodríguez Picón[4] 28 WIN ELIM GUEST GUEST GUEST
The contestant won La Más Draga.
The contestant was a runner-up.
The contestant won the maxi challenge.
The contestant was one of the best but did not win the maxi challenge.
The contestant was one of the worst but did not place in the bottom two.
The contestant placed in the bottom and won the lip-sync for your life.
The contestant placed in the bottom, lost the lip-sync for your life and was eliminated.
The contestant placed in the bottom two but neither one was eliminated.
The contestant was voted "La Más Querida" (a title equivalent to "Miss Congeniality") by the fans.
The contestant appeared as a guest, but was out of the running.
The contestant appeared on the "Reunion" episode and was still in the running.

Lip Syncs

Episode Contestants Song Eliminated
1 Deborah La Grande
(2 votes)
vs. Debra Men
(2 votes)
"Bésame Mucho"
by Susana Zabaleta
Neither
2 Cordelia Durango
(1 vote)
vs. Lana
(3 votes)
"Quinceañera"
by Timbiriche
Cordelia Durango
"Enferma de Amor"
by Jeans
"El Baile Del Sapito"
by Belinda
3 Bárbara Durango
(3 votes)
vs. Debra Men
(2 votes)
"Arrasando"
by Thalía
Debra Men
4 Bárbara Durango
(4 votes)
vs. Lana
(0 votes)
"Cielo Rojo"
by Regina Orozco
Lana
5 Deborah La Grande
(2 votes)
vs. Margaret Y Ya
(2 votes)
"Dos mujeres, un camino"
by Laura León
Neither
The contestant was eliminated after their first time in the bottom.
The contestant was eliminated after their second time in the bottom.

Episodes

Series # Episode # Episode Title Airdate
1 1 La Más Diva May 8, 2018
2 2 La Más Quinceañera May 15, 2018
3 3 La Más Thalía May 22, 2018
4 4 La Más Alebrije May 29, 2018
5 5 La Más Dramática June 5, 2018
6 6 Día de Muertas June 12, 2018
7 7 La Gran Final June 19, 2018

Episode 1: "La Más Diva"

"La Más Diva" Title Card

Airdate: May 8, 2018

  • Guest Judge: Susana Zabaleta
  • Main Challenge: Present a look inspired by divas and icons from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.
  • Runway Theme: La Más Diva (Divas del Cine de Oro)
  • Main Challenge Winner: Cordelia Durango
  • Bottom Two: Debra Men and Deborah La Grande
  • Lip Sync Song: "Bésame Mucho" by Susana Zabaleta
  • Eliminated: None

Runway Inspirations

Contestant Mexican Icon/Diva
Debra Men Pedro Infante
Bárbara Durango Ninón Sevilla
Margaret Y Ya
Deborah La Grande Tongolele
Eva Blunt
Cordelia Durango Sara García
Lana Elsa Aguirre
María Félix

Episode 2: "La Más Quinceañera"

"La Más Quinceañera" Title Card

Airdate: May 15, 2018

  • Special Guest: Pedro Gea
  • Guest Judges: Los Jonas Vloggers
  • Main Challenge: Present a look inspired by the Quinceañera celebration.
  • Runway Theme: La Más Quinceañera
  • Main Challenge Winner: Margaret Y Ya
  • Bottom Two: Cordelia Durango and Lana
  • Lip Sync Songs:
    • "Quinceañera" by Timbiriche
    • "Enferma de Amor" by Jeans
    • "El Baile Del Sapito" by Belinda
  • Eliminated: Cordelia Durango

Episode 3: "La Más Thalía"

"La Más Thalía" Title Card

Airdate: May 22, 2018

  • Guest Judge: Alfonso Waithsman
  • Main Challenge: Present a look inspired by famous mexican singer Thalía.
  • Runway Theme: La Más Thalía
  • Main Challenge Winner: Eva Blunt
  • Bottom Two: Bárbara Durango and Debra Men
  • Lip Sync Song: "Arrasando" by Thalía
  • Eliminated: Debra Men

Runway Inspirations

Contestant Thalía's Look
Deborah La Grande "Love" Alternative Album Cover
Bárbara Durango "Amor a la Mexicana"
"Piel Morena"
Debra Men "Gracias a Dios"
Margaret Y Ya María la del Barrio
Love Album Photoshoot
Lana "Saliva"
Eva Blunt "Gracias a Dios"

Episode 4: "La Más Alebrije"

"La Más Alebrije" Title Card

Airdate: May 29, 2018

  • Special Guests: Chio and Cordelia Durango
  • Guest Judge: Regina Orozco
  • Main Challenge: Present a look inspired by the bright and colorful folkloristic crafts called Alebrijes.
  • Runway Theme: La Más Alebrije
  • Main Challenge Winner: Margaret Y Ya
  • Bottom Two: Lana and Bárbara Durango
  • Lip Sync Song: "Cielo Rojo" by Regina Orozco
  • Eliminated: Lana

Episode 5: "La Más Dramática"

"La Más Dramática" Title Card

"Reto Telenovela" Title Card

Airdate: June 5, 2018

  • Special Guest: Quecho Muñoz
  • Main Challenge: Act in a scene inspired by iconic moments of the Mexican telenovela "Mujeres Engañadas".
  • Runway Theme: La Más Dramática
  • Main Challenge Winner: Bárbara Durango
  • Bottom Two: Deborah La Grande and Margaret Y Ya
  • Lip Sync Song: "Dos mujeres, un camino" by Laura León
  • Eliminated: None

Runway Inspirations

Contestant Character Telenovela
Deborah La Grande Rosa García Rosa Salvaje
Margaret Y Ya Patito Patito Feo
Bárbara Durango Támara de la Colina El Privilegio de Amar
Eva Blunt María Guadalupe Lazos de Amor
María Paula
María Fernanda

Queens Pairs

Role Sketch #1 Sketch #2
Mother: Deborah La Grande Bárbara Durango
Daughter: Margaret Y Ya Eva Blunt

Top Four of Season 1

Queen Challenge Wins Up For Elimination
LMD1BarbaraLaMas.jpg 1 (Ep. 5) 2 (Eps. 3, 4)
LMD1DeborahLaMas.jpg 0 2 (Eps. 1, 5)
LMD1EvaLaMas.jpg 1 (Ep. 3) 0
LMD1MargaretLaMas.jpg 2 (Eps. 2, 4) 1 (Ep. 5)

Episode 6: "Día de Muertas"

"Día de Muertas" Title Card

The Contestants Reunited

Airdate: June 12, 2018

  • Runway Theme: Día de Muertas
  • Discussions:
    • Cordelia's real and drag family.
    • Debra's upbringing and chola character.
    • Lana's insecurity.
    • Deborah explains her drag name and recounts her theatre background.
    • Eva's fashion and dancing skills.
    • How long the queens have been doing drag
    • Bárbara's rocky relationships with many fellow queens, including several contestants.
    • Margaret explains her drag name and character.
    • The Top 4 and their plans for the finale.

Episode 7: "La Gran Final"

"Lo Que Más Amo de México" Title Card

Airdate: June 19, 2018

Finale Runway Inspirations and Performances

Contestant Runway Inspiration Song
Bárbara Durango Virgen de la Candelaria "Bemba Colorá" by Celia Cruz
Eva Blunt Tehuana "La Bruja" by Salma Hayek
"Tu Sicaria" by Ms Nina ft. Beauty Brain
"Impossible (Jax Jones Remix)" by Lion Babe
Margaret Y Ya Mexico's Coat of Arms "Cómo Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo?" by Alex Anwandter
"Ella" by Bebe
Deborah La Grande Frida Kahlo "The Girl From Ipanema" by Ray Conniff
"Soy La Más" by Lorena Herrera
"Todos Me Miran" by Gloria Trevi
"Loba" by Shakira
"Urge" by Lila Downs
"Dos Mujeres un Camino" by Laura León
Other Performances
Judge/Guest Song
Lorena Herrera and the Season 1 Cast "Soy La Más" by Lorena Herrera
Rhoma Queen "Las Simples Cosas" by Chavela Vargas
Manelyk with Cordelia, Debra and Lana "Se Acabó" by Manelyk

Trivia

  • This is the first season of any drag competition...
    • with only 7 contestants.
    • with a double save on its premiere.
    • to crown a queen with no challenge wins.
    • where the first out (Cordelia Durango) has a maxi challenge win.
    • where the winner (Deborah La Grande, 0) has less wins than the first eliminated queen (Cordelia Durango, 1).
    • to have more finalists than eliminated queens.
  • Due to all contestants being already friends before the competition, they all knew who would be competing.[9]
  • This is currently the only season of La Más Draga where the promos were filmed before the first episode.[10]
  • The entire set for this season was built by only five people, including the two producers.[11] Due to this, the set wasn't actually finished until the filming of the third episode.[12]
  • As mentioned by the contestants on the first episode, before filming had started, they had to spend approximately two hours sitting blindfolded.
  • Several of the original songs planned for the lipsyncs before filming began had to be changed for unknown reasons. The original songs that ended up being changed were:[13]
    • Episode 2 - "La Pachanga" by Laura León
    • Episode 4 - "Tu Sí Sabes Quererme" by Natalia Lafourcade
    • Episode 5 - "De Mí Enamórate" by Daniela Romo
  • Contestants could see the lip syncs from behind the curtains.[14]
  • According to Margaret, a queen fell during the Alebrije runway. This queen was revealed to be Eva on a behind the scenes video.[15]
  • After the season aired, all contestants along with judges Johnny Carmona and Yari Mejía went on a tour all over Mexico called "El Chou Para Llevar".

Gallery

Crew Promos

Guest Judges Promos

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Check out the lookbook gallery to see the queens' looks from each episode.

Videos

Episodes

Music Videos

Extras

References

  1. (ESPost by La Más Draga | Facebook — May 1, 2018
  2. (ESPost by La Más Draga | Facebook — May 7, 2018
  3. (ESLA MÁS DRAGA Capítulo 01 "La Más Diva" | YouTube — May 9, 2018
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 (ESLas entrañas de Dragatitlán | elegebeteando — August 7, 2018
  5. (ESPost by mir.i.am.mexa | Facebook — May 7, 2019
  6. (ESMi Mejor Amigo Gay | Blogger — May 7, 2014
  7. (ESAccount of allaanboswell | PayPal
  8. (ESAccount of debraquieremoney | PayPal
  9. (ESPIJAMADA DDD:SECRETOS DE LAS AUDICIONES DE LA MÁS DRAGA 3 | YouTube — October 21, 2019
  10. (ESFile:LMD1PromosSC.jpeg | RuPaul's Drag Race Wiki — May 12, 2022
  11. (ESFile:LMD1SetSC1.jpeg | RuPaul's Drag Race Wiki — May 12, 2022
  12. (ESFile:LMD1SetSC2.jpeg | RuPaul's Drag Race Wiki — May 12, 2022
  13. (ESFile:LMD1OriginalSongsSC.jpeg | RuPaul's Drag Race Wiki — May 12, 2022
  14. (ESLA MÁS DRAGA Capítulo 03 "La Más Thalia” | YouTube — May 22, 2018
  15. (ESLA MÁS DRAGA - LO QUE NO SE VIO en la 1er Temporada | YouTube — September 14, 2020
  16. (ESFile:LMDOriginalLogoSC.jpeg | RuPaul's Drag Race Wiki — May 13, 2022

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