Nebraska may not have been on RuPaul’s Drag Race as one of the queens vying for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar, but she has been on the show in some capacity. A lot of people have always wondered — would she ever be a contestant on the show?
Who is Nebraska?
Nebraska Thunderf**k, whose real name is Mackenzie Claude, is a Las Vegas-based drag queen. Though she has not been a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race so far, she was actually put in drag for the first time on the show. During the season 5 makeover challenge, the queens were paired with military veterans and had to put them in drag. Claude was paired with Alaska Thunderf**k 5000. After this, Nebraska became a full-fledged drag queen.
She performs in Vegas, often alongside a lot of RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni. She kept the name that she got on the show, becoming Alaska’s drag daughter she was the first person who put her in drag.
Nebraska’s other connection to ‘Drag Race’
Aside from being Alaska’s drag daughter, Nebraska also is in a relationship with a Drag Race alumni. Nebraska has a polyamorous relationship with Derrick Barry, who was on season 8 and All Stars 5, and Nick San Pedro. Nebraska’s career in drag was highlighted on the show when Barry’s stint during season 8.
Nebraska has also been brought up a lot during the current season of Drag Race, which is All Stars 5. There was a lot of drama between India Ferrah, a contestant on All Stars 5, and Nebraska. Ferrah had a lot to say when she was reportedly fired from a hosting gig in Las Vegas and replaced with Nebraska. Ferrah sent out a series of tweets, slamming Nebraska
This and other situations led to bad blood between Berry and Ferrah, and their feud spilled over to All Stars 5.
Would Nebraska ever be a contestant on the show?
In an interview with Instinct Magazine, Nebraska talked about her future aspirations and much more, including if she would ever be on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
“More music, more magazine covers and World Domination,” she said of what she’d like to see come next in her career. “One day I would love to make history as the first makeover recipient to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race. That would be a full-circle moment for my journey. Until then however, I am enjoying evolving as an artist, building connections around the world and living out my wildest dreams.”
There were even rumors a few years ago that she’s would be on season 9, right after Barry was on season 8. Back then, she told WERRRK.com, “The rumors are always so ridiculous. I literally had been doing drag for about 6 months when they started the casting process for season 9. Drag Race is an incredible platform and one day when I feel ready I will happily audition. I’m very proud of Derrick and his time on the show. It was a lot of fun watching him each week and he has grown immensely from his experience. His benefits from appearing on the show have far outweighed any negativity he received online during the season.”