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
#DragRaceDidaRitz,@DiDaRitz

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

Milan
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

Willam
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.

[Photo Credit: Mathu Andersen for logotv.com - Video Credit: logotv.com]

    • Anonymous

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

      Willam FTW!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMLK23QK6C7NMLMVVYA5POXKJY 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.

        • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

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

      • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 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!

    • http://opinionandamovie.blogspot.com/ Deitra S.

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

      Werq, bitches!!!

      • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny 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.

      • http://twitter.com/Lily_Green 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 :D

        • http://opinionandamovie.blogspot.com/ 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!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=632160840 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.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz 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.

    • http://twitter.com/poptartsjen 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

          Cool!

      • Anita Prather Harvell

        Hey Cathy,

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

      • Anonymous

        I believe logotv.com 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. :)

    • http://twitter.com/JiveHonkey 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 :)

        • http://profiles.google.com/marteani 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!

    • http://twitter.com/BeBeWhy BeBeWhy

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

    • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

      Chad Michaels is probably the most accomplished of the queens, but Sharon needles’ intro video at logotv.com 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

        • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease 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.

        • http://visceralresponse.com 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!

    • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 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?

      • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease 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.

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      I take it William is Britney Spears in drag?

    • Anonymous

      SQUEEEEEE!

    • Anonymous

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

    • http://twitter.com/rgmx 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.

      • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot 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

    • http://twitter.com/stopENtalk Brittany Johnstone

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

      • http://vhanna26.typepad.com 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!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Stone/100001328135240 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!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=46301928 Sam Branman

      Kenya is Yara is she got shrunk in the wash.

    • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

      Whoo hoo! Can’t wait!

    • spooki C

      SOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!

      So glad to she Sharon Needles!

    • Anonymous

      I’m already gagging on the eleganza!

    • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

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

    • http://profiles.google.com/marteani 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

      WILLAM FTW

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arjay-Gallo/1336876862 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.

    • http://twitter.com/nicolahearts 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.

    • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone 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.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE 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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25500124 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!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/AllenOnHisWay Allen Robert

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