Start your engines … RuPaul’s Drag Race is back!
Fresh on the heels of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race, the fifth season ofRuPaul’s Drag Race is slated to premiere in January 2013.
Not only will 14 contestants from around the world compete for the coveted title of America’s Next Drag Superstar, there’s also $100,000 cash at stake.
“As we start our fifth season, I’m thrilled to announce that Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will not be joining us as full time judges,” RuPaul said in a statement. “Don’t get me wrong, I love them all. But we’re gonna keep it all hood up in here. Because that’s what makes RuPaul’s Drag Race the best damn show on TV.”
The season five contestants are Alaska, Alyssa Edwards, Coco Montrese, Detox, Honey Mahogany, Ivy Winters, Jade Jolie, Jinkx Monsoon, Lineysha Sparx, Monica Beverly Hillz, Penny Tration, Roxxxy Andrews, Serena ChaCha and Vivienne Pinay.
Get a sneak peek of the new queens below – and try not to gag on all the eleganza.