RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4, Y’all!

Posted on December 14, 2011

Strap yourselves down in ladies! The most significant cultural event since the pyramids is BACK! Season 4 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” comes roaring back in all our living rooms starting January 30th. Eleganza!

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” returns with a fresh, fun and fabulous fourth season as 13 glorious queens go heel-to-heel as they compete for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” The 90-minute premiere kicks off Monday, January 30 at 9 PM ET/PT on Logo (the series’ regular timeslot), followed by a new season of the behind-the-scenes fan favorite “Untucked: RuPaul’s Drag Race” at 10:30 PM ET/PT.

RuPaul, the world’s most famous drag queen, has pushed the boundaries of popular culture on an international level and continues the fourth season, alongside judges Michelle Visage and Santino Rice, to decide who will “shante! stay!” or “sashay away” with a new batch of the nation’s hottest, most glamorous drag queens. Wigs will fly and drama will run high as the contestants bring their over-the-top attitudes to the drag battle royale that is “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

If that wasn’t enough good news for one day, hold on to your wig. Logo has also announced this season’s Guest Judges including Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Amber Riley and Kelly Osbourne AND we just released the new, full length trailer of the queens in action, un-tucking a bit of the drama for all to see!”

Let’s meet the girls, shall we? We’ll assume there’s some reason they’re all dressed in science fiction styles. Make your picks for the biggest bitch, the most fabulous, the first to have a meltdown, and other reality TV and/or drag queen stereotypes!


Alisa Summers
Tampa, FL
#DragRaceAlisaSummers, @alisasummers

Chad Michaels
San Diego, CA
#DragRaceChadMichaels, @chadmichaels1

DiDa Ritz
Chicago, IL

Jiggly Caliente
Queens, NY
#DragRaceJigglyCaliente, @JigglyCaliente

Kenya Michaels
Dorado, Puerto Rico
#DragRaceKenyaMichaels, @Kenya_Michaels

Lashauwn Beyond
Tampa, FL
#DragRaceLashauwnBeyond, @LashauwnBeyond

Latrice Royale
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
#DragRaceLatriceRoyale, @LatriceRoyale

Madame LaQueer
Carolina, Puerto Rico
#DragRaceMadameLaQueer, @MadameLaQueer

New York, NY
#DragRaceMilan, @DwayneMilan

Phi Phi O’Hara
Chicago, IL
#DragRacePhiPhiOhara, @PhiPhiOhara

 The Princess
Chicago, IL
#DragRaceThePrincess, @TheDragPrincess

Sharon Needles
Pittsburgh, PA
#DragRaceSharonNeedles, @SHARON_NEEDLES

Los Angeles, CA
#DragRaceWillam, @willambelli

 Madame LaQueer and Latrice Royale FTFW, darlings!

Y’know, we’re jaded reality TV blogging types who’ve read more press releases than had bowel movements, but we have to say…


Ohmigod, you guys. This looks like the Best. Season. EVER.

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  • Anonymous

    Are you sure “The Princess” and “Sharon Needles” aren’t mixed up?

    Willam FTW!

    • WhiteMage

      looks like they are

      • Julian Betkowski

        Sharon Needles is an awesome performer! I’m excited to get to see her on Drag Race, she’s weird as hell.

        • O Superman

          Sharon was my instant favorite after I watched the intro videos. She’s probably too weird for this show, but hopefully she’ll stick around for a bit.

          • Anonymous

            I like that she’s dressed like a Cenobite…

          • Rand Ortega

            I was thinking the same thing! She looks very interesting! She reminds of 1st season contestant Tammie Brown. Though, just by looking at the contestants, Willam, Milan & Phi Phi O’Hara are the types Ru usually anoints.

            BTW, love your avatar! I’ve been a Laurie Anderson fan since her early days w/ BAM/United States Part I-V.

        • Anonymous

          Sharon Needles is my favorite drag name ever!  I saw a reference to her in Michael Musto’s column years ago and have never forgotten it.  Fabulous and wrong!!!  Just the way I like my queens.  :)

  • Anonymous

    Chad and William?  What have they not thought up names yet?

    I like The Princess for a drag name.  

    • Cory Stottlemyer

      it’s actually Willam, not William…her full drag name is Willam Belli.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you.  I don’t get it, but thank you.

      • e jerry powell

        It’s his actual name, though, not his drag name.

    • e jerry powell

      NOT William, Willam.  Not a typo.  One of his blogs is called “NOEXTRAI.”  And since his union card (I forget if it’s SAG or AFTRA) says Willam Belli, there’s no real need to adopt another drag name (except for perhaps Cherry Peck).

  • Brett Wright

    I can’t wait! (But you mixed up Sharon Needles and The Princess.)

  • Anonymous

     The name labels need to be switched for the Princess and Sharon Needles 

    • Anonymous

      Can I just say how great it is to read a blog whose other readers know when drag queens are mislabeled? Talk about priorities!

  • Deitra S.

    Snaps for Chicago – lots of contestants!  Is that the same Sharon Needles from the Project Runway episode???

    Werq, bitches!!!

    • Cindi Williams

      My first thought was “Didn’t Leanne from PR Season 5 design an outfit for Sharon Needles?”. I looked it up to be sure. Damn! my memory is good.

    • Lily Green

      It’s not the same one. They just share the same Drag Name. If you go back and watch the PR episode (as I did as well!) they are really different. This Sharon is far more fierce 😀

      • Deitra S.

        That’s as it should be then.  Can’t have one queen taking up all the reality spotlight now can we? :)

      • vmcdanie

        Thank you. I knew the name but the look was not familiar.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait!

  • Michael Blake Buehring

    Willam is fantastic. Although, I personally think he’s already a bit of a drag superstar….he’s been on Sex & The City, Nip/Tuck, and starred in Ticked Off Trannies With Knives. I’d say that’s pretty successful for a drag queen!

  • Anonymous

    Willam = India Ferrah

  • Jasmine Moten

    I am totally jealous of good Milan looks in the bodysuit. They all look Fierce As Shit!

  • Anonymous

    Latrice Royale! She looks like a hot mess. Love it.

  • Sara Munoz

    LaTrice Royale looks fierce as hell. I may watch this online just for her.

  • Anonymous

    OMG, hometown girl! Jiggly Caliente!! YAY

    I’m so happy that I FINALLY left the dark ages and upgraded my cable service, so now I get LOGO! Cannot wait for this!

    Milan looks fabulous to me, Madame LaQueer and The Princess look like the most fun, Chad Michaels, Lashauwn Beyond and Alisa Summers look like the biggest divas.

    • Pinup Ghoul

      I love that her name is ‘Jiggly’. Fab!

      • Anonymous

        Named after a Pokemon! 😉 [Jigglypuff]

  • Anonymous

    I hope the big girls don’t disappoint this season.  It would be nice to see them win.

  • Anonymous

    I hope the big girls don’t disappoint this season.  It would be nice to see them win.

  • Pop Tarts Jen

    This is the most FABULOUS news I’ve heard all day!! And that trailer only makes me more excited about the season! CRAZY!!!

  • michelle abeln

    i don’t get logo, but the past few seasons vh1 has been replaying the episodes the very next day-does anyone know if they still plan on doing that this season? thanks!

    and i love jiggly caliente!

  • Cathy S

    Oh god, those queens were fierce! And Ru making her own echo. Hilarious. Do they show this online? Otherwise I’ll never get to see it.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah. The LOGO site itself is garish and overloaded, but they update pretty regularly/quickly. 

      And they’re also available on iTunes.

      • Cathy S


    • Anita Prather Harvell

      Hey Cathy,

      You can catch eps on so you don’t miss it and I believe they also broadcast Untucked online as well. 

    • Anita Prather Harvell

      Hey Cathy,

      You can catch eps on so you don’t miss it and I believe they also broadcast Untucked online as well. 

    • Anonymous

      I believe posts the episodes 24 hours after they air. It’s the only way I get to watch.

  • Mariah J

    I like Kenya…she’s going to be a giant diva I bet

  • Anonymous

    That is one amazing trailer!!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for fixing the captions. Looks as if Sharon Needles is a poor man’s Acid Betty.

  • MilaXX

    “Go back t Party City!”
    I cannot wait!

  • Anonymous

    From just these shots and the video, I’m going with Jiggly Caliente and Sharon Needles.

    lol @ “go back to Party City where you belong”

  • Anonymous

    Love the styling, and these bitches look ca-razy!  This might be good. :)

  • Dan Turner

    I’m already working “Jiggy Caliente Realness” into my personal lexicon. 

  • Anonymous

    my favorite name= jiggly caliente!  and phi-phi!  when i was little, my grandpa got a little french poodle and he let me name her = fifi la poodle!  i remember sharon needles from pr.  `but ti-lo, really, latrice royale?  she look a hot mess to me.

  • Anonymous

    Wrestling drag queens?  They so need Chris March to costume that episode!

    “William”?  What kind of a drag name is “William”?  

    • Anonymous

      It’s Willam…”no extra i,” as he says :)

      • Barbara Guttman

        …That would be what I typed, yes. Did you think I spelled it incorrectly?

  • Anonymous

    I love the “Meet the Queens” videos on Logo – “it rolls off the tongue” J’adore Jiggly – big girls can be sexy!

  • BeBeWhy

    I’m for anyone from Tampa! Represent the home team, ladies.

  • Dina dV

    Chad Michaels is probably the most accomplished of the queens, but Sharon needles’ intro video at is nothing short of amazing.  If she doesn’t get canned the first week for being just a bit too outre, she’s my pony in this race.  Especially after I watched her “412/724 Whore.”  That queen commits.

    • MilaXX

      Have we see her somewhere before? The name sounds familar

      • Mary Nease

        Project Runway, though people on Tumblr are saying that it’s not the same queen.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, it’s thought that she was in her ‘booger’ phase during PR though which explains her huge evolution from then to now.

      • Dina dV

        If you mean Sharon Needles, she was on the drag queen episode of Project Runway.  If you mean Chad Michaels, he’s a pretty well known Cher impersonator.

  • Judy_J

    “gag on the eleganza?”  Bring it on!

  • e jerry powell

    I’m happy that Willam Belli made it, but I’m kind of surprised at the same time.  I mean, Belli is a working actor with actual screen credits.  You did realize that Willam played Cherry Peck on Nip/Tuck, right?  And he also featured alongside to some of my best drag girls in Ticked-off Trannies with Knives.  He’s played boys, girls, and drag queens!

    Yeah, I’m biased.  What of it?

    • Mary Nease

      Which is surprising, given how terrible his make-up is in his intro video. It’s like Shangela 2.0. I was like, “BLEND, BABY BLEND” while watching it.

  • Liana Brooks

    I take it William is Britney Spears in drag?

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Yay!  Y’all made my day.  So much potential awesomeness!

  • Mercy

    Praise the lord jebus!  The bitches are back!!

  • bloodshothalfblind

    oh fuck yes – latrice all the way!

  • Anonymous

    Why do so many queens pick “Michael” as a last name? 2 in this season and Morgan McMichaels of a past season. Are they paying homage to a celebrity that I am forgetting?

    • Tru Nguyen

      I think Chad is Morgan’s drag-mother which is why Morgan named herself after Chad.

    • Alex McGeagh

      Yep, they’re sorta a faux family on the drag circuit apparently – usually take on your mentor (“drag mother”)’s last name…

  • Anonymous

    Milan looks like she (please help the lame ass cis girl figure out pronouns here) might be RuPaul’s golden girl this year

  • Brittany Johnstone

    “Go back to Party City where you belong” will now be my go-to insult. Genius.

    • Vera

      Loved that one too.

  • Anonymous

    Sharron Fucking Needles and Willam for the win. Their intro videos were FANTASTIC!

  • Anonymous

    Sharron Fucking Needles and Willam for the win. Their intro videos were FANTASTIC!

  • Mary Stone

    Ah, something to look forward to in the cultural desert that is winter TV programming…can’t wait…

  • Anonymous

    If they came up with these costumes on the fly, some of them are darn good at that part of the competition.

    I haven’t looked at the video but the name “Jiggly Caliente” strikes me so favorably that she will be my temporary fave.  It’s a name that just strides right out and claims its ground.

  • Anonymous

    There’s a bunch that are so damn generic! I’m talking about Milan, Lashaun Beyond and Alisa Summers.

    The Princess is giving me a distinct whiff of Morgan McMichaels. I think Jiggly, Lashaun and Milan will be the first to go, Jiggly is SO unpolished and boring in her interview, no personality or spark.

  • Anonymous

    Sharon Needles and Milan! FINALLY some queens I know are getting on this show. I adore them both, so I seriously hope they bring it.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE the RuPaul echo at the end! I’ve heard of a few of them but I understand Sharon Needles in one helluva performer so that should be a blast. 

  • Anonymous

    Sharon Needles from my current hometown, Pittsburgh, PA! huzzah!
    god damn I love RuPaul’s Drag Race. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Nice to see some of the rounder girls – not just a token PlusFabulous or whatever the hell. There are a couple of Rajalikes, too; weaker imitations, of course. Can’t wait. This show makes life bearable.

  • Anonymous

    I am fascinated by Sharon Needles!!!!!

  • Kyle Henry

    Go Kenya!  She’s fierce as hell in her performances.

  • Anonymous

    FYI, Sharon was apparently on Project Runway paired with Leanne :)

    • Anonymous

      does anyone have a link or the date of that episode?

      • Anonymous

        “Good Queen Fun” – Season 5, Episode 6. Aired on Aug. 20, 2008!

  • Anonymous

    First: I held my breath during the video that Shangela would show up. She didn’t. Moving on.
    Second: Could be these pictures, but I don’t see too many pretty girls (and we know how Ru loves some pretty).
    Third: Christ, I can’t wait.

    • Anonymous

      but i thought i saw mimi i’m first!  yikes!

  • Sam Branman

    Kenya is Yara is she got shrunk in the wash.

  • myblackfriendsays

    Whoo hoo! Can’t wait!

  • spooki C


    So glad to she Sharon Needles!

  • Anonymous

    I’m already gagging on the eleganza!

  • Tiger Gray

    OMG Sharon Needles! Wonder if she still has the PR outfit… Some of those bitches look fierce as shit. Can’t wait. 

  • Barbara Guttman

    Ms. Needles and Willam’s are the only videos I didn’t skip past halfway through.  Everyone’s else had little personality or seemed to be very camera unfriendly.  I would hope performers would be more comfortable presenting themselves, we’ll see how they do on the show.

    Ms. Needles is my pick for the moment.  Girl has personality, humor AND she doesn’t look like every other queen.

  • Anonymous

    fuck yeah, big girls!

  • jamal kamalov

    where canadians can watch the trailer, please?  so excited

  • Anonymous


  • Arjay Gallo

    Y’all need to get on that youtube right now and look up miss Jiggly Caliente! She’s AMAZING, and a sweetheart to boot!

  • Pennymac

    The promo makes season 4 look like something to look forward to! Can’t wait!!!

  • Anonymous

    William either has to be a typo or he is freakin LAZY.  He needs to go home before the show even starts.  Chad is not really any better but at least I could maaaaaaaaybe see that as unisex.

  • nicole seligman

    lashawn and princess (actually sharon needles) will be the bitches all the way. so excited to see sharon needles out-fierce these other bitches. milan is really pretty. 

  • Anonymous

    “William”??? Girl STOP.

  • Gaby

    ive read tlo’s recaps for this show and ive always meant to watch it (the recaps alone convinced me!). Totally gonna watch this season! 

  • Anonymous

    milan, i think, this early in the game has a good shot at winning. i like a few of the others, however [madame, latrice, a couple others] but i have to say i absolutely L O V E that sharon needles is doing my generation & doing it exceptionally well. i doubt she knows–she’s too young–but she’s captured it.

    i remember reading about rose macgowan, of all people, & how she ran away & lived w/ drag queens when she was a kid. me too. i watched the intros here [i’ve watched them before], but this season really does seem to have the elusive ✩IT✩ in ways in which the others did not. well, we shall see.

  • Anonymous

    Hurrah!  A bright spot on the horizon.  I so love the names alone … How brilliant is Sharon Needles?

  • Anonymous

    Hard to tell who is going to be high maintenance and who will be a superstar from the pictures alone, but it’s almost a sure bet that the finalists will be skinny girls. 

    Going out on a limb, I’d cast Chad or Phi Phi as the Manila Luzon of this season and Sharon needles at the Mimi Imfurst class clown.

  • MishaFoomin

    Many of them had good intro videos, but…

    Willam, you crazy! And Sharon, you are even beyond out of your mind.

  • Anonymous

    I can make it through another New England winter. 

  • vmcdanie

    Oh HELL yes. In a year where I’ve shucked Project Runway, Top Chef (probably still as good as ever but getting repetitive) and ANTM, I cannot wait for this shit.

    I fear they won’t last long but I love Sharon Needles and The Princess immediately.

    Goddamn it. More creepy blue contacts. Please make it stop.

  • Eric Jacobs

    You know, it seems Ru has made an entire challenge of drag being a contact sport.  Maybe it’s all camped out and she’s making fun of herself…but she was pretty explicit last year about it not being one.  I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

  • Allen Robert

    Boys … you are right. This was the best season EVER.