Gagging for girls

One of TV’s biggest drag competitions is finally getting a drag king

Landon Cider, drag king, Dragula
Drag king Landon Cider (image via Landon Cider’s Instagram)

There are only two drag competitions on U.S. TV… or at least there will be soon. There’s a little-known show called RuPaul’s Drag Race and it’s demented stepchild The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: The Search for the World’s Next Drag Supermonster.

The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula is kind of like Drag Race meets Fear Factor, its third season premieres this month on Amazon and it’ll feature Landon Cider, the first-ever drag king to be featured in a U.S.-televised reality drag competition.

For those who didn’t catch the first two seasons of The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula, its set up is similar to Drag Race: A handful of drag performers vie for the top title and a cash prize through costume and makeup challenges. But instead of serving mere fish and face, they go for ghastly lewks that combine drag, filth, horror and glamour.

Unlike Drag Race, the lowest performing competitors in The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula don’t lip-sync for their lives; they compete in an “extermination” challenge where they have to do creepy things like eat sheep brains, guzzle blood, get buried alive or fight with foam batons while suspended from a Thunderdome amid screaming desert dwellers.

The eliminated performers are then killed onscreen in dramatic horror-movie-style death scenes in which they’re stabbed, strangled, poisoned, run over, etc.

While the first two seasons of The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula featured only drag queens, season three will feature a drag king and another competitor who was assigned female at birth (AFAB), Hollow Eve.

Here’s a quick preview of the season 3 The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula’s competitors:

Cider told The Advocate:

“I am a proud cis woman, lesbian and drag king. AFAB drag performers share the same length of history with queens, fill our communities with incredible artistry, and I am honored to be just one in an infinite sea of talent. Hollow and I are shattering glass ceilings. So grab a shard, AFABs, cause we’re all coming for blood!”

RuPaul has yet to include a drag king, a cis female or an AFAB on Drag Race because, as she told The Advocate in 2016, “If a female were to do drag, it loses the irony.” But seeing as RuPaul eventually gave in despite once saying she’d never feature trans women on Drag Race, perhaps she’ll give in to drag kings eventually too.

The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula premieres on Amazon August 27, 2019.

Here are a few more shots of Cider from their Instagram:

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