RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race

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RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race
RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race season 1 poster.jpg
Promotional poster
GenreReality competition
Based onRuPaul's Drag Race
Directed byNick Murray
Theme music composerRuPaul
Opening theme"RuPaul's Drag Race" theme
Ending theme
  • "American" (season 1)
  • "I'm A Winner, Baby" (season 2)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12
Executive producers
  • Fenton Bailey
  • Randy Barbato
  • Tom Campbell
  • RuPaul Charles
  • Steven Corfe
  • San Heng
  • Tim Palazzola
  • Mandy Salangsang
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time90 minutes
Production companyWorld of Wonder
Original networkVH1
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseApril 24, 2020 (2020-04-24) –

RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race is an American reality competition series that premiered April 24, 2020 on VH1. A spin-off of RuPaul's Drag Race, the series features celebrities competing for charity, mentored by alumni of the Drag Race franchise.

The first season consisted of self-contained episodes with three contestants each, who competed in popular challenges from past seasons of Drag Race. For its second season, the format was changed to a season-length competition focused on lip sync performances, with a field of celebrities concealed via drag personas.


Both seasons of the series have featured celebrity contestants competing for charity, becoming drag performers mentored by alumni from previous seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race (billed as "Queen Supremes").[1]

In its first season, each episode was a self-contained competition between three contestants, who competed in "fan favorite" Drag Race challenges.[1] Similarly to the main series, each episode featured a mini challenge, whose winner earned an advantage for the subsequent maxi challenge. This was followed by a final lip sync round to determine the winner.[2][3]

The second season switches to a season-length competition focusing primarily on lip sync performances, with a $100,000 grand prize. The season began with a cast of nine contestants, identified only by drag personas. In each episode, the contestants give a solo lip sync performance for the judges and a studio audience. The bottom two contestants compete in a "Lip Sync for Your Life" round to determine who will be eliminated, and who will advance to the next round. The eliminated contestant then reveals their true identity.[4][5] The new format has been described as having similarities to The Masked Singer.[4][5]

The series maintains the same judging panel as the main series, consisting of RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews.[5]


The series was initially announced in October 2019 under the working title RuPaul's Celebrity Drag Race,[6] with the title changed prior to launch. The first season premiered on April 24, 2020 on VH1, as a four-part miniseries.[1] In August 2021, VH1 renewed the series for a second season,[7] which premiered on August 12, 2022.[4]

Series Premiere Finale Winner(s) Runner(s)-up No. of contestants Winner's prizes
1 April 24, 2020 May 15, 2020 Babykins La Roux
(Jordan Connor)
Vanqueisha De House
(Vanessa Williams)
Bette Bordeaux
(Matt Iseman)
Madam That Bitch
(Alex Newell)
Rachel McAdamsapple
(Dustin Milligan)
Queen Eleza Beth
(Hayley Kiyoko)
Miss Mimi Teapot
(Jermaine Fowler)
Olivette Isyou
(Nico Tortorella)
Mary J. Ross
(Loni Love)
Miss Shenita Cocktail
(Tami Roman)
Coral Fixation
(Madison Beer)
(Phoebe Robinson)
  • $30,000 for the charity of choice
2 August 12, 2022 September 30, 2022 Poppy Love
(AJ McLean)
Chakra 7
(Tatyana Ali)
Thirsty von Trap
(Mark Indelicato)
  • $100,000 for the charity of choice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2020 Queerty Awards Next Big Thing RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Won [8]


  1. ^ a b c Ramos, Dino-Ray (2020-04-10). "'RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race' Event Series Sets Premiere Date". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-09-14.
  2. ^ Swift, Andy (October 22, 2019). "RuPaul's Celebrity Drag Race Ordered at VH1 — Which Queens Are Returning?". TVLine. Archived from the original on October 22, 2019. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (April 10, 2020). "'RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race' Event Series Sets Premiere Date". Deadline. Archived from the original on April 10, 2020. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Swift, Andy (July 18, 2022). "RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Returns to VH1 for Totally Revamped Second Season — Watch Trailer". TVLine. Archived from the original on July 18, 2022. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c "RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Season 2: See the First 5 Minutes of the Starry Premiere". Peoplemag. Retrieved 2022-09-14.
  6. ^ Drysdale, Jenifer (October 22, 2019). "'RuPaul's Celebrity Drag Race' to Launch in 2020". Entertainment Tonight. Archived from the original on October 23, 2019. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  7. ^ Nolfi, Joey (August 23, 2021). "RuPaul's Drag Race season 14 returning to VH1 with Celebrity Drag Race season 2". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on August 30, 2021. Retrieved August 31, 2021.
  8. ^ "Next Big Thing Winners". The Queerties. Archived from the original on 2 March 2022. Retrieved 2 March 2022.

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