Gentlemen, Start Your Engines ⁠— RuPaul’s Drag Race Seasons 12 and All-Stars 5 Are About to Begin

Hey, Kitty Girls! Thanks to RuPaul, we’ve got some exciting news to share with Drag Race fans — the series is coming back strong with two new seasons. When will Season 12 and All-Stars 5 premiere? Here’s what we know about the cast, release date, and upcoming episodes of the Emmy-award winning reality series, RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Instagram account announced two upcoming seasons of the show

The time has come… for fans to finally have another season of Drag Race. On Aug. 19, 2019, RuPaul made an announcement on the RuPaul’s Drag Race social media accounts. After a few months without the reality competition series, the show is back, back, back, back, back again for Season 12 and All-Stars 5.

This announcement comes on the heels of RuPaul’s multiple Emmy nominations for RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked. The includes the nomination for Outstanding RealityCompetition Series and Outstanding Host.

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There is no official release date for ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 12’ or ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars 5’

RuPaul has not revealed much about the upcoming seasons. However, he gave a few hints regarding the expectations of the contestants during an interview. Primarily, he touched on what’s been done during previous episodes of the series.

“The lip-sync is always such a telling point of this whole experience because the girls are literally lip-syncing for their lives in this competition. And it could be the very last thing that people around the world see of their experience in doing the show,” RuPaul said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“I’ve seen a lot,” the drag queen continued. “Not just on this television program, but in lip-syncs since I started working in show business. On this show, we’ve seen tears. We’ve seen a wig underneath a wig. What I’d like to see someone do is take out a set of teeth to reveal another set of teeth. That would be great. You know, alien drag.”

Who will be on this season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars 5’?

Not much has been revealed regarding the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 12. However, thanks to World of Wonder, we know that a few Drag Race super-fans will be featured during an upcoming challenge. The opportunity was open to viewers who want to be featured during an “exclusive, interactive audience experience.”

As for the cast of All-Stars 5, there are many rumors and constant fan speculation regarding the returning queens. Fans hope that contestants like Shea Couleé, Miz Cracker, Peppermint, and Kim Chi will return to the competition. Until we get another announcement from Mother Ru, fans will continue to share their thoughts on Twitter.

“Just casually imagining Shea Couleé and Jujubee together on All-Stars 5
the friendship we deserve,” said one Twitter user.

“Can we just get a year or [two] without All-Stars, we need a break and to get more fresh blood in the cast,” said another Twitter user. “If you keep doing it, all you’re essentially saying is that the normal season is just an audition for All-Stars.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race returns to VH1 within the upcoming months. Until then, fans can stream episodes of the reality series online and on the VH1 App.