Drag is about sisterhood and working together, but RuPaul’s Drag Race is a reality show, and reality is about DRAMA.
Plenty of people criticized the season 9 queens for being too sensitive and apologetic, but this year’s crop of hopefuls seems primed for a more antagonistic quest for the crown. Based on the first episode (and some wild, probably unfair speculation), here are some predictions for potential showdowns that we hope to see.
1. Aquaria vs. Miz Cracker
Because of their similar facial structure, they’re doomed to be compared in every challenge. It’s every woman for herself in this game, but it can be tough to stand out from the pack when you’ve got a twin nipping at your heels. It’s basically a Highlander situation: there can be only one.
2. Aquaria vs. everyone
She’s young, she’s hot, she’s Instagram famous, and she knows it. It’s tough to say whether she’s cultivating a character or legitimately that cocky, but Aquaria is already positioned as this season’s most divisive diva.
3. Kameron vs. Kalorie
I’m gonna take a wild guess and say that this muscle Mary stays away from Karbs. Neither competitor can stop talking about her body; let’s see if the queen of accepting yourself as you are can get along with the queen of pushing yourself through ten more reps.
4. Kalorie vs. taste
I’m sorry, but the outfits, the hair, the name, the “twerking”… It’s time for her to go somewhere, because I am over the Rainbow (which is where she bought that entrance look).
5. Blair St. Clair vs. Dusty Ray Bottoms
One’s a show-stopping musical queen from Indiana, and the other’s a punky misfit who prefers theater’s stranger side. Will Dusty, with her NYC street cred, have the patience for a wide-eyed youngster like Blair who has probably never walked a block on Broadway’s bustling pavement?
6. Dusty Ray Bottoms vs. Michelle Visage
Michelle tends not to like a signature look. If you’re a generic queen, she’ll never tell you to be less generic. On the other hand, if you always wear gray hair or always draw a white line under your eye or always splatter your face with dots, then she will for sure “challenge” you not do that. Dusty seems like the latest victim of this inexplicable aversion to uniqueness.
7. NYC vs. the rest of the country
The Big Apple isn’t just known for its theater; it’s a drag Mecca that has brought home the crown for three of the past four seasons. The workroom was immediately buzzing about how many New York girls came out to play. They’re loud, they’re talented, they all know each other, and their outsized presence in the competition is bound to get some other ladies riled up.
8. The Vixen vs. whoever’s sitting next to her
The self-proclaimed “here to fight” political artist from Chicago is spoiling for a rivalry of her very own, and she’s not picky about who’s on the other end of it. Already, she sees the potential in the Cracker / Aquaria feud, and made a point of inserting herself forcibly into the drama during Untucked. Get that screen time, girl.