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RuPaul to crown America's first Drag Race Xmas Queen on new holiday special

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Every episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race is a gift, but the esteemed drag icon will brighten up the holidays that much more next month with an hour-long holiday special. Called RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular, it will find a gaggle of veteran stars competing to be America’s first Drag Race Xmas Queen against a pit crew draped in strategically placed tinsel.

Favorites like Latrice Royale, Kim Chi, Mayhem Miller, Eureka O’Hara will be on hand, as will All Stars winner Trixie Mattel and Shangela, who just played a sizable role alongside Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born. The proceedings will be structured like a standard episode of the series, with the queens lip-synching to RuPaul’s own holiday tunes and executing choreography from series mainstay Todrick Hall. Hall will also join the judging panel alongside Michelle Visage and “Bossy Rossy” Matthews.

“Nothing says Christmas like ‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and drag queens slipping on their pantyhose,’” RuPaul says in a press release. “Celebrating the holidays with my most festive girls inspired me to record my new album, Christmas Party. And this VH1 holiday extravaganza is my way of saying thank you to my Drag Race family by spreading a little bit of love, laughter and light across the country and around the world.”


The special will air on VH1 on December 7. After death-dropping all over this year’s Emmys, the series was renewed for both an eleventh season and another season of All Stars.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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