Will ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Have a Season 13?

Thanks to VH1, this Pride Month is filled with plenty of All-Stars 5 content, but what’s next for RuPaul and the Drag Race family? Will this reality competition series return for season 13? Here’s what we know about the future of drag (and the future of RuPaul’s Drag Race.)

Cast members Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Kameron Michaels, and Derrick Barry, directors RuPaul and Jamal Sims and cast members Naomi Smalls, Asia O'Hara, and Yvie Oddly
Cast members Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Kameron Michaels, and Derrick Barry, directors RuPaul and Jamal Sims and cast members Naomi Smalls, Asia O’Hara, and Yvie Oddly | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 12 didn’t exactly go as planned for many contestants

The number 13 is technically considered an unlucky number. However, season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race has been the “cursed” season for a number of reasons. One contestant was disqualified amidst catfishing allegations, dozens of live performances were canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The queens of this season even had their reunion and finale episode held over a live stream due to stay-at-home orders. By the time a winner earned her crown, the Black Lives Matter movement picked up momentum and even caused some contestants to speak out on the issue. 

Regardless of the hardships they faced, each of these queens proved they have the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent needed for the competition. Now, fans are wondering when the next set of queens will sashay into the Werk Room for their chance at the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.”

RuPaul has not yet confirmed a date for 13th season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ 

Thankfully, RuPaul has confirmed during 2019 that this Emmy Award-winning reality series will return for its 13th season. Unfortunately, there’s no word regarding when this upcoming season will begin filming, nor when it will premiere on the television network, VH1. A pretty big clue is when drag performers go quiet on their social media platforms. Fans keep their eyes peeled for that.

Currently, the reality series premieres new episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars 5, which features returning queens trying to earn their place in the “Drag Race Hall of Fame.” (There’s no word regarding if All-Stars will return for a sixth season. Not yet, anyway.) Thankfully, season 13 is closer than some fans anticipated. 

More information will, presumably, be announced in the coming weeks

Normally, there’s an Instagram post from RuPaul’s Drag Race or World of Wonder, the production company behind the reality competition series, asking new queens to submit their audition tapes. 

That clip came during December 2019, even before the premiere of season 12. The casting is currently closed, meaning that RuPaul already has her sights set on a few lucky queens. However, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, production has, presumably, been put on pause. 

Until then, fans can watch already released seasons of this reality competition series. New episodes of the spinoff show, RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars 5 premiere on a weekly basis on the television network, VH1.

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