RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 Recap: The Queens Turn 100

RuPaul’s Drag Race Celebrates 100 Fabulous Episodes!

The Season 8 premiere of ‘Rupaul’s Drag Race‘ introduced us to 3 New York drag queens, a Britney Spears impersonator, and a queen named after Korean food. Unlike anything on TV, the competition is Thunderdome from Mad Max but for the most esteemed drag queens from around the country. After 99 episodes of the transgressive reality show, the queen in charge RuPaul kept things fresh in this episode by taking us back through the history of Drag Race or in this case HERstory…


When the dust from all the powder settled, one queen has already left the competition while some clear frontrunners for the crown have been set. The stakes are high and the heels are even higher.

Below are the 8 reasons you have to see the fierce season 8 premiere of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race‘!

8. Fierce Fashions

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-From lions to 90’s supermodels, the looks on the runway of Drag Race are always a spectacle. The premiere of the season was no different. The outfits were utter insanity; there was metal face masks, a Beetlejuice-inspired look, and a dress made of trash bags. The queens of Season 8 wore everything but the kitchen sink for the episode. I’m sure they are saving the sink for episode 2.

7. Derrick Berry

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-One of the most prolific queens ever to ever grace Drag Race as well as the 100th queen to enter the workroom, Derrick Berry is a Britney Spears impersonator from Vegas. While impersonators have a rocky history with RPDR, Derrick is proving to be a favorite as the queen received a lot of airtime during the premiere episode. Derrick will have to ‘Gimme More’ (Britney pun) if he wants to prove himself as something more than just diet Britney Spears.

6. Nothing Else Like It On TV

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-RuPaul’s Drag Race is a hybrid of multiple reality shows, such as Project Runway, America’s Next Top Model, and The Apprentice. Using different aspects from other shows, Drag Race is something entirely of it’s own. No show on TV showcases such a niche market in such a big way; the only way to see a drag queen used to be going to a local nightclub, now you can see one on TV almost weekly! The show also is a way to bring light to issues like the strain between some gay people & their families or the struggles of finding success in the entertainment industry.

5. Comedy Gold

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-If you are a sucker for cheesy puns & raunchy humor, you have to tune into at least one episode of Drag Race. There is something so irreverent about the humor of the show, it makes you almost feel guilty for chuckling at the lowbrow jokes. With past queens going on to becoming comedy icons, Drag Race has this hilarious charm to it; something no reality show can quite capture.

4. Kim Chi

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-Instagram’s favorite drag queen, the bold & adorable Kim Chi brings out the more artistic side of drag. Using the medium as a way to create visual stories, Chi is unlike any queen from past seasons. Highly conceptual & fiercely funny, big things are expected from this Chicago native. What other visual looks does Kim Chi have in store for us as Season 8 progresses?

3. LGBT History In The Making

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-100 Episodes of a show about drag queens. Something this deeply rooted in the gay culture would have never been on TV a decade ago so for the show to have hit that milestone, it is historic. Not since Will & Grace has middle America welcomed the gays in their homes with open arms. Will the show make it to another 100 episodes? Could we have Drag Race in the year 2030!?

2.  Bob The Drag Queen

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-The New York queen with the catchy name; Bob The Drag Queen has to be one of the mostly stars to snatch the crown. With his sharp sense of humor, Bob doesn’t play by anyone’s rules and that’s why The Drag Queen is a force to be reckoned with. The stand-up comedian will have to follow in the big footsteps left by Season 6 winner, insult comic Bianca Del Rio; something I know Bob will have no problem doing.

1. RuPaul

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-With all due respects to the queens looking to be crowned ‘Next Drag Superstar’, there will NEVER be a superstar quite like the show’s host RuPaul. Since 2009, Drag Race has been a staple of gay TV. The stunning RuPaul has guided us down the yellow brick road to the glittery drag world of Oz. All the fierceness wouldn’t mean anything if RuPaul wasn’t there to haunt us with that laugh & blow us away with his beauty.

 

What did you guys think of Season 8’s premiere!? Are you happy to have celebrated 100 episodes of Drag Race? Don’t forget to check out the show Monday nights at 9pm on LOGO!

EJ Moreno
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Who is EJ Moreno? Is he a trained physician? No. Is he a former Miss Universe contestant? Possibly. With a bachelors degree in film and a love of pop culture, he brings an alternative view to the world of pop culture journalism. Follow him on Twitter @EJKhryst and check out his film work at Vimeo.com/ejmoreno

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