RuPaul's Drag Race
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The thirteenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race was officially announced on August 20, 2020. Filming began in mid July 2020 with production officially ending on August 31, when the contestants resumed social media activity.

On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, the first promo for Season 13 was accidentally leaked on the official YouTube channel revealing the season would premiere on Friday, January 1, 2021 and revealing several queens.

On December 9, 2020 the cast was officially announced on Twitter and promos were released. The promo theme for the season was Pasteloquence, featuring the queens in a pin-up silhouette modified for their drag style in pastel colors.

About The Show

The 13th season of the global phenomenon “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” will premier Friday, January 1, at 8PM ET/PT. After winning six Emmy® Awards this year and solidifying itself as the most awarded reality competition show in history, the highly anticipated new season is bringing together thirteen fabulous queens as they vie for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” and a cash prize of $100,000. Additionally, the Emmy®-nominated after-show “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” will premiere immediately following at 9:30PM ET/PT. “Untucked” brings viewers behind the scenes to the backstage drama as the queens anxiously await their fate and see who will need to lip-sync for their life to avoid the week’s elimination.

Contestants

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(Ages and names stated are during time of contest)

Rank Contestant Photo Real
Name
Age Current
City
Ep. 1 Ep. 2 Ep. 3
TBA Symone SymoneS13Promo.jpg Reggie
Gavin
25 Los Angeles,
CA
WIN WIN
TBA Olivia
Lux
OliviaLuxS13Promo.jpg Fred
Carlton
26 Brooklyn,
NY
WIN TOP2
TBA Elliott
with 2 Ts
ElliottS13Promo.jpg Elliott Puckett 26 Las Vegas,
NV
LOSS HIGH
TBA LaLa Ri LaLaRiS13Promo.jpg LaRico
Potts
30 Atlanta,
GA
WIN HIGH
TBA Tina
Burner
TinaBurnerS13Promo.jpg Kristian
Seeber
39 New York
City, NY
WIN HIGH
TBA Gottmik GottmikS13Promo.jpg Kade
Gottlieb
23 Los Angeles,
CA
WIN LOW
TBA Kandy
Muse
KandyMuseS13Promo.jpg Kevin
Candelario
25 New York
City, NY
WIN LOW
TBA Denali DenaliS13Promo.jpg Cordero
Zuckerman
28 Chicago,
IL
LOSS TBA
TBA Joey
Jay
JoeyJayS13Promo.jpg Joey
Jadryev
30 Phoenix,
AZ
LOSS TBA
TBA Kahmora
Hall
KahmoraHallS13Promo.jpg TBA 28 Chicago,
IL
LOSS TBA
TBA Rosé RoséS13Promo.jpg Ross
McCorkell
31 New York
City, NY
LOSS TBA
TBA Tamisha
Iman
TamishaImanS13Promo.jpg Will
Crawford
42 Atlanta,
GA
LOSS TBA
TBA Utica
Queen
UticaQueenS13Promo.jpg Ethan
Mundt
25 Minneapolis,
MN
LOSS TBA
The contestant won RuPaul's Drag Race.
The contestant was a runner-up.
The contestant won the maxi challenge or was in the Top 2 in their premiere and won the lip-sync.
The contestant was in the Top 2 in their premiere but did not win the lip-sync.
The contestant won the Season Premiere's Lip Sync For Your Life.
The contestant lost the Season Premiere's Lip Sync For Your Life.
The contestant lost the Season Premiere's Lip Sync For Your Life and was voted into the winning queens' group.
The contestant received positive critiques, but did not win the maxi challenge.
The contestant received negative critiques, but was not up for elimination.
The contestant placed in the bottom two, but neither one was eliminated.
The contestant placed in the bottom two and won the lip-sync for your life.
The contestant placed in the bottom two, lost the lip-sync for your life, and was eliminated.
The contestant was voted Miss Congeniality by the contestants.
The contestant returned and appeared on the reunion episode, but was out of the running.

Queen's Winning Earnings

Name Money
Denali $0
Elliott $0
Gottmik $0
Joey $0
Kahmora $0
Kandy $0
LaLa $0
Olivia $0
Rosé $0
Symone $5,000
Tamisha $0
Tina $0
Utica $0

Episodes

Series # Episode # Episode Title Air Date
203 1 The Pork Chop January 1, 2021
204 2 Condragulations January 8, 2021
205 3 Phenomenon January 15, 2021

Episode 1: "The Pork Chop"

Airdate: January 1, 2021

Synopsis: In an epic twist, RuPaul makes all 13 contestants lip sync for their lives as soon as they enter the competition. Some will stay, some will sashay away.

Episode 1 Judges

  • Maxi Challenge: The queens face off in Lip Sync For Your Life battles

Entrance Order

1 Kandy Muse
2 Joey Jay
3 Denali
4 LaLa Ri
5 Symone
6 Tamisha Iman
7 Gottmik
8 Utica Queen
9 Rosé
10 Olivia Lux
11 Tina Burner
12 Kahmora Hall
13 Elliott with 2 Ts

Lip Sync For Your Life

Lip Sync Pair Lip Sync Song Result
Kandy Muse "Call Me Maybe"
by Carly Rae Jepsen
WIN
Joey Jay LOSS
Denali "When I Grow Up"
by The Pussycat Dolls
LOSS
LaLa Ri WIN
Symone "The Pleasure Principle"
by Janet Jackson
WIN
Tamisha Iman LOSS
Gottmik "Rumors"
by Lindsay Lohan
WIN
Utica Queen LOSS
Rosé "Ex's and Oh's"
by Elle King
LOSS
Olivia Lux WIN
Tina Burner "Lady Marmalade"
by Christina Aguilera,
Pink, Mya and Lil Kim
WIN
Kahmora Hall LOSS
Elliott with 2 Ts LOSS

Episode 2: "Condragulations"

Airdate: January 8, 2021

Synopsis: Queens form a pop group to write lyrics and perform choreography to a new version of RuPaul’s song Condragulations. Choreographer Jamal Sims (Disney’s Aladdin) guest judges.

Episode 2 Judges

  • Guest Judge: Jamal Sims
  • Mini Challenge: Show off two runway ready looks in the categories Day Time Drama Mama and Night Time is the Right Time
  • Maxi Challenge: Write original lyrics and perform them for RuPaul's song "Condragulations"
  • Runway Theme: Lamé you Stay
  • Top 2 of the Week: Olivia Lux and Symone
  • Lip Sync Song: "Break My Heart" by Dua Lipa
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Symone
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 tip

Losing Queens' Votes

Queen 1st Vote 2nd Vote
Denali Joey Jay Elliott with 2 Ts
Elliott with 2 Ts Utica Queen
Joey Jay Elliott with 2 Ts Elliott with 2 Ts
Kahmora Hall Utica Queen Elliott with 2 Ts
Rosé Elliott with 2 Ts Elliott with 2 Ts
Tamisha Iman Utica Queen Elliott with 2 Ts
Utica Queen Elliott with 2 Ts

Episode 3: "Phenomenon"

Airdate: January 15, 2021

Synopsis: As the race for the crown continues, queens must write lyrics and perform choreography in a performance of RuPaul’s song Phenomenon. Comedian and host Nicole Byer (Nailed It!) guest judges.

  • Guest Judge: Nicole Byer
  • Mini Challenge: Show off two runway ready looks in the categories Day Time Drama Mama and Night Time is the Right Time
  • Maxi Challenge: Write original lyrics and perform them for RuPaul's song "Phenomenon"
  • Runway Theme: TBA
  • Top 2 of the Week: TBA
  • Lip Sync Song: "TBA" by TBA
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: TBA
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 tip

Gallery

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

Videos

Meet The Queens

Press Week Interviews

Challenge Performances

Lip Sync Performances

The Pit Stop

Trivia

  • Season 13 is the first season...
    • Where the trailer was leaked by the Drag Race YouTube channel.
    • To begin the season with a lip-sync showdown, a challenge usually done at the live finale.
    • To have the same amount of queens as there are number of regular seasons (13th season, 13 queens).
    • To feature a transgender man, Gottmik.
    • To feature a queen from Alaska, Denali, who is originally from Fairbanks, Alaska.
    • To feature a queen from Arkansas, Symone, who is originally from Conway, Arkansas.
      • Because of this and Denali's being from Alaska, all four states beginning with the letter A have now featured at least one queen on Drag Race.
    • To feature a drag mother and daughter competing against one another on the same season, Tamisha Iman and LaLa Ri.
    • To have each queen get an individual commercial to count down to the premiere.
    • To feature the queens in only a single look during the premiere.
    • To feature RuPaul in drag throughout an entire episode during the premiere.
  • Season 13 is the second season...
  • On Episode 1, it was revealed that Tamisha Iman was originally cast on Season 12 but had to forego the season due to her cancer diagnosis.
  • Many queens have drag family from the show:

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