The wait is almost over: Mama Ru is set to announce the contestants for her seventh strut down the reality runway on Sunday after the NewNowNext Awards. To quench their mounting thirst, many superfans have already taken to stalking the social media of their favorite female impersonators to look for conspicuous absences that line up with the show’s summer filming schedule. We’re not going to make predictions about who will be included, but rather have some suggestions for who should be. If these names don’t get called, the producers are welcome to use this as a shortlist for Season 8.
1. Cee Cee Russell
This diva hails from the same club that brought us our first winner, Bebe Zahara Benet. A seasoned performer, she’s been burning it down for decades with signature impressions including Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick and a scarily accurate Whitney Houston. Her experience would help her to excel, and to coach the newer contestants.
2. Miss Fame
Known primarily for her YouTube tutorials, this polished princess is heavily rumored to be a frontrunner in this season’s competition. Anyone who’s tried to follow in her footsteps knows that painting a mug that precisely is next to impossible, even when she’s telling you how to do it step by step. The question is whether she has the personality and performance skill needed to back that flawless face.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have this delightful mess. Not everyone is striving for perfection, as Cupcake shows us by running gleefully in the opposite direction. Anyone known for wearing a sandwich board that says “SUK MOR DIK” is aces in our book, and we’d love for her to bring her unique brand of mayhem to the main stage just to see what the judges would make of it.
4. Nina West
Actress, activist, foodie, performance artist, hostess: whatever you want to call her, don’t call her lazy. 2008’s Entertainer of the Year certainly isn’t content to rest on her laurels. When she’s not giving it her all on stage, she’s giving back to the community to raise money for a host of local charities. RuPaul has chosen her share of dim bulbs, and it’d be nice to see a smart, savvy, sometimes political queen get in a few words.
5. Bob the Drag Queen
We’re pretty sure Bob is performing or hosting somewhere 365 days a year. Savagely funny, she would slay in the backstage interview sequences. There is no situation for which she could not provide hilarious running commentary. Plus, we’d love to see her do Viola Davis in the Snatch Game, slowly taking off her wig and lashes as the questions rolled on. (She’s also a dead ringer for Whoopi Goldberg.)
6. Vicky Vox
We’ve already gotten Willam and Detox, so this selection seems like a no-brainer. It’s unclear if Vicki has auditioned and been denied or just isn’t interested in participating, but either way, she’s been overlooked for the coming season. Maybe the producers are searching for fresh new faces, but the other DWV girls were so fantastic that it seems a waste not to go for the trifecta.
7. Fade-Dra Phey
Seeing a row of pretty drag queens is nice, but a break from the norm can be so much more exciting. The audience could count on Fade-Dra to turn out crazy, unexpected, confusing, confrontational creations on the runway. Her presence might be polarizing, but just imagine the fireworks when Michelle and Santino fight over the details of her outfit every single episode.
8. Queen Bee Ho’
Puerto Rico’s main export seems to be flashy drag queens, and this Queen Bee is no exception. Her high energy dance moves and gorgeous paint job will surely set her apart from the crowd, but two mysteries still remain. First, will language become a barrier for her, as it has for every Boricua gal since Nina Flowers? Second, what the hell is that apostrophe in her name for?
9. Robbie Turner
Following in the proud footsteps of Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme, Robbie brings with her the Seattle scene’s trademark theatricality. Her combination of vintage glamour and Broadway bombast, all served with a twist of wry humor, would help each episode reach the campiest heights. Let’s just hope she leaves her Lady Gaga costume at home, since it’s been dead weight for two ladies already.
10. Ariel Italic
She’s the winner of Reddit’s Lip Sync For Your Life competition, an online equivalent of Drag Race (albeit on a much smaller scale). She’s also me. But if you can’t promote yourself, how in the hell are you gonna promote someone else? Can I get an amen?
So, readers, what do you think of this list? Who would you like to see on the show? Share your favorite queens in the comment section below!