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Ho Ho Ho (album)

For other uses, see Ho ho ho (disambiguation).

1997 studio album by RuPaul

Ho Ho Ho, also known as VH-1 Presents RuPaul: Ho Ho Ho, is a 1997 Christmas album and the third studio album by American singer and drag queenRuPaul. Released on October 28, 1997 by the record label Rhino, it is RuPaul's first album featuring Christmas music and serves as a follow-up to his 1996 album Foxy Lady. RuPaul co-produced the album with Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato from the production company World of Wonder. Ho Ho Ho consists of thirteen tracks, including ten covers of Christmas standards and carols, and three original songs written by Joe Carrano and RuPaul. Music critics frequently described the album as an example of camp though RuPaul clarified that it included several more serious covers, specifically "All Alone on Christmas" and "Hard Candy Christmas".

Ho Ho Ho was praised by critics following its release and during retrospective reviews; its cheerful and humorous compositions were frequently cited as the album's highlights, though some commentators responded negatively to the record's use of humor and the lack of clarity in its overall message. It was included in a 2016 parody list discussing the alt-right, the "War on Christmas", and the bathroom bill. The album peaked at number 27 on the Heatseekers AlbumsBillboard chart, selling a little more than 4,000 copies in one week. To support the record, RuPaul filmed a television special as part of his VH1 talk show The RuPaul Show.

Recording and release[edit]

Ho Ho Ho was recorded in RuPauls' living room in New York City;[a] it was completed over the span of three days in July 1997. RuPaul attributed the album's success to his chemistry with American singer Michelle Visage, saying: "You can hear us having a good time. So whether it was a Hanukkah album or a Kwanzaa album, it didn't make a difference, because the chemistry is there." RuPaul and Visage interpreted Christmas songs as examples of camp while describing them as still holding clear messages; RuPaul explained: "Even the camp stuff still holds the true meaning of Christmas, the sweetness and the love about another year gone by."[2] The album's record label Rhino executive promoted the album through the tagline: "Celebrate Christmas with classic holiday songs and camp, RuPaul style!"[3]

Ho Ho Ho was made available on October 28, 1997 by Rhino on cassette and CD. It was rereleased as a digital download in 2009 through Rhino and Tommy Boy Records.[4] The album was also known as VH-1 Presents RuPaul: Ho Ho Ho.[5] RuPaul promoted the record by headlining a 1997 Christmas special, entitled A RuPaul Christmas Special, as a part of his VH1 talk show The RuPaul Show.[6][7][8] The special featured a guest appearance from American band Nirvana.[8] RuPaul later released a second Christmas album (Slay Belles) in 2015, after he spent years hoping to record one with producer Lucian Piane.[2][9]


The opening track for Ho Ho Ho is "With Bells On", a "disco-influenced country" interpretation of the Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers song of the same name. Visage is featured on the track, and sings about batteries as her only memorable Christmas present. The second track is RuPaul's re-imagining of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" as "RuPaul, the Red-Nosed Drag Queen".[5] In "All I Want For Christmas", the singer makes a list of requests for various plastic surgery procedures that he would like to receive for the holiday,[10] including cheek implants, chin implants, and a buttock augmentation.[11] He also recorded a cover of "All Alone on Christmas", calling it his favorite Christmas song; he clarified that he wanted to do a serious interpretation of the track.[2][5]

RuPaul's covers of "I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus" and "Hard Candy Christmas" were noted for their use of camp.[1] He identified "Hard Candy Christmas" as one of the "serious ones" on the album, and said it was only considered camp due to "the fact that [he was] doing it". When recording the song, Visage was unfamiliar with its source The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and sang it according to RuPaul's direction. Carol Hall, who had written the song, had described RuPaul's cover as her favorite version, and ranked it above Dolly Parton's interpretation.[2] The album also includes a cover of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", incorporating elements from funk, and "Christmas Train (Medley)", serving as a club remix of various Christmas songs.[5] The final track is a remix of the song "Celebrate"; the original version had previously appeared on RuPaul's second album Foxy Lady (1996).[12][13]


Upon its release, Ho Ho Ho received primarily positive reviews from music critics. Vibe's Shawnee Smith described the album as a "collection of reinterpretations guaranteed to lift your spirits", and commended it for its up-tempo instrumentals and ability to reverse "holiday depression".[5] While highlighting the changes made to the songs' titles, Ken Veeder of The Advocate positively responded to RuPaul's interpretations of the Christmas classic in "the gay way". Veeder pointed to "I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus" as his favorite track.[14]E! News' Joal Ryan noted that the album was one of the most boundary-pushing Christmas releases of the year.[3]Billboard's Melinda Newman considered the album a novelty record, praising it as a more humorous example of the genre.[10]

Ho Ho Ho has also been the subject of praise from several retrospective reviews.[2][15][16] During a 2015 interview with the Gay Times, RuPaul and Visage stated that Ho Ho Ho had become a "classic Christmas traditional album" alongside releases by American singers Johnny Mathis and Barbra Streisand.[2] In a 2015 article, Idolator's Robbie Daw described it as a "yuletide classic".[15] The same year, Darren Scott of the Gay Times praised it as one of his favorite Christmas albums of all time,[2] and a writer from OutTV referred to it as a "collection of cheeky and cheerful tunes".[16] On the other hand, in a 2017 article, Junkee's Bel Ryan felt the album had "for the most part, fallen into the mighty chasm of obscurity".[11]

In a 2016 retrospective review, Serene Dominic of Tucson Weekly jokingly included RuPaul as part of its list of artists who should not have released a Christmas album for Ho Ho Ho. The article was written as a parody of the alt-right and the "War on Christmas", Dominic joking that the album led to the creation of the bathroom bills.[17]

Some critics have negatively responded to RuPaul's use of humor in Ho Ho Ho. AllMusic's Thomas Erlewine criticized RuPaul's reliance on camp in the album, writing that it was "tired, predictable, and simply not funny" and that it was a "sad display from an entertainer who used to be hip, clever, and very funny".[1] Newman questioned the effectiveness of the record's overall message, noting that RuPaul's message in the liner notes about "creating one's own family for the holidays" did not fit with the image of "Ru's Christmas panties around his ankles". While she responded positively to a majority of the songs, Newman viewed "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" as an unsuccessful cover.[10] In an interview with Queerty, American drag queen Hedda Lettuce revealed that RuPaul's cover of "Hard Candy Christmas" was her least favorite Christmas song of all time; Lettuce said that the song "makes [him] want to shove a candy cane in [his] eye".[18]

In the United States, Ho Ho Ho reached a peak position of number 27 on the Heatseekers AlbumsBillboard chart,[19] and remained on the chart for two weeks.[20] It sold a little more than 4,000 copies in one week.[21] The remix of "Celebrate" peaked at number 31 on BillboardDance Club Songs chart on October 11, 1997 and remained on the chart for a total of seven weeks.[22]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Ho Ho Ho. All songs produced by Joe Carrano and Welcome.[12]



Credits adapted from AllMusic.[23]

  • RuPaul – executive producer
  • Latasha Spencer – performer
  • Michelle Visage – performer
  • Fenton Bailey – executive producer
  • Randy Barbato – executive producer
  • Pete Lorimer – arranger
  • Richard "Humpty" Vission – arranger
  • Dennis Mitchell – engineer
  • Roger Arnold – assistant engineer, engineer, performer
  • Brian Alex – assistant
  • Kelly Bienvenue – assistant
  • Lee Genesis – assistant
  • Barbara Mitchell – assistant
  • Yolanda Wyns – assistant
  • Michael Hacker – producer, remixing
  • Michael Rosenman – producer, remixing
  • Joe Carrano – programming, producer, engineer, mixing
  • Dan Hersch – mastering
  • Rachel Gutek – design
  • Hugh Brown – art direction


Release history[edit]



  1. ^ abcErlewine, Thomas. "AllMusic Review". AllMusic. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017.
  2. ^ abcdefghScott, Darren (December 24, 2015). "RuPaul and Michelle Visage get fabulously festive and talk Ho Ho Ho". Gay Times. Millivres Prowler Group Ltd. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017.
  3. ^ abRyan, Joal (December 20, 1997). "RuPaul Does Christmas; C3PO, Tool". E! News. E!. Archived from the original on April 12, 2017.
  4. ^ ab"Releases". AllMusic. October 28, 1997. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017.
  5. ^ abcdeSmith, Shawnee (December 1998). "RuPaul 'Vh-1 Presents RuPaul: Ho Ho Ho'". Vibe. Eldridge Industries. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017.
  6. ^Nozari, Keo (December 11, 2016). "RuPaul's Christmas Album: 7 Slay-Worthy Facts!". The Huffington Post. AOL. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017.
  7. ^Withey, Josh (December 1, 2015). "Hallelujah! A RuPaul's Drag Race Christmas special is on the way". Gay Times. Millivres Prowler Group Ltd. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017.
  8. ^ ab"Twenty Years Ago Today, The RuPaul Show Debuted on VH1! Let's Watch Some Classic Clips!". World of Wonder. Archived from the original on April 11, 2017.
  9. ^Tharrett, Matthew (October 22, 2015). "Shantay Into The Holidays With RuPaul's New Christmas Album, "Slay Belles"". NewNowNext. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017.
  10. ^ abcNewman, Melinda (December 6, 1997). "Fresh from Santa's Music Workshop: Some Sets For The Naughty, Most Nice". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017.
  11. ^ abRyan, Bel (December 19, 2017). "The Best, Worst And Most Questionable Christmas Albums Eve". Junkee. Archived from the original on December 22, 2017.
  12. ^ abcHo Ho Ho (Media notes). RuPaul. Rhino. 1997.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  13. ^Foxy Lady (Media notes). RuPaul. Rhino. 1996.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  14. ^Veeder, Ken (November 11, 1997). "Laughing all the way". The Advocate. Here Media. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017.
  15. ^ abDaw, Robbie (October 22, 2015). "RuPaul Putting The "Ho" In "Holidays" With New Album 'Slay Belles': See The Tracklist". Idolator. Archived from the original on August 30, 2017.
  16. ^ ab"RuPaul's New Holiday Album: Slay Belles". OutTV. October 23, 2015. Archived from the original on April 12, 2017.
  17. ^Dominic, Serene (December 22, 2016). "Jingle Bell Shame". Tucson Weekly. 10/13 Communications. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017.
  18. ^jjkeyes (December 25, 2013). "Twelve Days of Drag: Hedda Lettuce". Queerty. GayCities. Archived from the original on April 12, 2017.
  19. ^ abBillboard's Heatseekers Album Chart. Billboard. Eldridge Industries. December 20, 1997. p. 16.
  20. ^"Billboard's Heatseekers Album Chart". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. December 27, 1997. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017.
  21. ^Caulfield, Keith (March 6, 2014). "RuPaul Nets Highest Charting Album Ever, Plus A 'Drag Race' Chart History". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017.
  22. ^"RuPaul". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017.
  23. ^"Credits". AllMusic. October 28, 1997. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017.

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 Sweet Hollywood, a candy store in Los Angeles, has designed a chocolate candy bar in honor of the fabulous RuPaul. A portion of the proceeds of this bar go to the Jeff Griffith Youth Center for homeless LGBTQ youth. A fantastic cause that helps offer support, feed, shower, and helps employ LGBTQ youth in need of help.




Now, I am glad to help pitch in for these kinds of causes, but I am not going to lie, I bought this bar for the packaging. I don't even care what it's made of. I started seeing this pop up on twitter and bought it immediately. I love RuPaul and everything he represents. He is an icon. But admit it, look at how fierce this package is. I love Drag Culture and I couldn't be more thrilled to have my hobby life intersect with the fabulous life.

So, what does it taste like?

It's a peanut butter bar in milk chocolate and has sea salt. It has a very soft milk chocolate shell and a gooey peanut butter filling.

I can't seem to find the full list of ingredients for this bar, but the bar was made in The Chocolate Lab for Sweet Hollywood. They do a series of customizable bars, as well as an LA series of neighborhood bars dedicated to the iconic neighborhoods of of Los Angeles. I have a few of those that will be coming up for review too. But I don't know how natural the bar is or all th ingredients in it. This bar has been labeled fair trade, and is with 33% cacao content for the milk chocolate.




On the surface, it's a light mahogany color, it's outer milk chocolate shell is so soft there are cracks on the surface and some noticeable air bubbles. And at least we know it's a handmade product because the finger prints on the surface are not mine!

It's aroma is a rich milky butter smell of milk chocolate, and deep roasted peanuts. Great aroma. It just smells like candy, smells like Halloween.

It's very sweet and although the aroma suggests it might have a full roasted peanut butter flavor, it's not very nutty. The saltiness is only there for a second and then the milk chocolate sweetness over takes it. It's very sweet. There is salt in this bar but some bites are more sweeter and some are more salty than others. It's still pretty good though. The peanut butter is a blend and not a full peanut butter center. It's more of a gooey peanut flavored paste. But the best part is the milky characteristics of typical milk chocolate (the lingering milk after taste) don't weigh heavy on the mouth which makes it more enjoyable than most. It tastes like peanut butter bon bon's in a bar form.

All in all it's not bad but it's not high quality either. But that's not really the point. A novelty candy shop making novelty chocolate bars is fun and it serves a purpose of charity. I would eat this again and again. I would buy more to support, but I wouldn't compare it to anything artisan.


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Ms. Candy Blog

Ms. Candy Blog, Candy Marlo, is the first candy livestreamer, a World of Wonder (Emmy winning company of RuPaul’s Drag Race) award-nominated YouTuber/live streamer, and a bestselling author.  An entrepreneur, she has created a number of properties focusing on all that is sparkly and sweet.

With a degree in English, two in theatre, and a MBA coupled with a background in corporate training, instructional design and community management, Ms. Candy Blog has worked for such brands as Google/YouTube, Yahoo!, J.P. Morgan and American Express.  A former theatre professor, she has also taught ages 3 and up in middle school, high school and universities in theatre, English, film, journalism, public speaking and acting.

As a candy persona, she has appeared as a subject matter expert in The New York Times, NBC and FOX, partnering with such top brands as Hershey’s, Lindt, HSN, Epix, It’Sugar, Sour Patch Kids, Sugarpova, Just Born (Peeps/Mike & Ike), Jelly Belly, Torie & Howard, Adams & Brooks (Whirly Pop) and Dorval Trading Company (Sour Power) and has been named to FeedSpot’s Top 25 Candy Websites for Candy Lovers, becoming the #1 female candy website. As a speaker and educator, Ms. Candy Blog has spoken at Summit Live (San Francisco), Digital. (Vancouver), Cake Pop Con (Philadelphia), TedX Navesink (New Jersey), Midwest Digital Marketing Conference 17 (St. Louis), Social Media Camp (Victoria, BC), Blog Her 17 (Orlando), PR Daily (Virtual Summit), and Wedding MBA (Las Vegas).  She has served as a judge for Cake Pop Con and

Ms. Candy Blog’s award-nominated YouTube channel joined the multi-award-winning production company, World of Wonder’s network after receiving a contract in less than a week of posting her first video: a review of the RuPaul candy bar. Named Klout’s #1 female live streamer, she was awarded a contract with Periscope’s first talent network, Lifestream Productions, and placed on 3 top Periscoper lists after her first week of live streaming. A founding host of the live streaming platform, Gravy Live, she is a multi(platform)streamer, streaming on as many as 9 platforms simultaneously with audiences in the tens of thousands. She has been featured on Live.Me, Pocket Live, GhostCodes & MeVee, and has trended on Periscope & Hype.

Her first published piece, “Sweet from Sour: Saved by a Supermodel”, is part of the best-selling “Open Your Gifts”, and received its debut at TedX Navesink. 

In 2017, Ms. Candy Blog created Baby Drag Artists, the idea for which was inspired by RuPaul who thanked her for her work with the (LGBTQ) community at the first New York Drag Con. The organization was created with the love and understanding of how hard life can be for those who live life on their own terms. The project sought to create opportunities for those who practice the drag arts but are often overlooked and unseen due to their age. The first all drag kid book was published by Baby Drag Artists in 2018, garnering rave reviews and creating fans from leaders of the LGBTQ community with front-page status on CNBC. The first drag kid live stream show and podcast, “Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Drag Queens” saw award nominations. As a result, the multi-award-winning production company World of Wonder inked a development deal with Ms. Candy Blog.

In response to the needs of the young drag community, Ms. Candy Blog went on to create Nail Gloves by Candy, designing nail gloves for top drag kid talent as well as adults, most notably pop icon Debbie Harry and nightlife icon Amanda Lepore. Her nail gloves appeared in Vice, The Huffington Post andThe Guardian. The company was selected to participate in HSN’s American Dreams program.

Early 2020 saw the launch of Sprinkles Wear, born out of Ms. Candy Blog meeting many bakers, cakers, and confectioners at Cake Pop Con and on Instagram. The collection received high praise from delighted crowds at a sell-out show at LA Cookie Con in February, 2020. Summer saw Ms. Candy Blog as part of Tik Tok’s Creative Learning Fund, creating English lessons featuring songs to help define words and make them easy to recall.

Cake Purse was created in response to the global pandemic and is a continuation of Ms. Candy Blog's mission to sweeten people's lives. Made of 100% inedible ingredients, sugar, and calorie-free, handmade handbags are created for those with a passion for fashion and a love of yummy treats. With so many unable to celebrate life's happiest moments, a cake purse can be used to commemorate milestones and achievements, creating smiles on the faces of all who see the eye candy.  

After being approached by a number of art-based companies, Sweet Art Werkwas created in the hopes of sweetening homes around the world with art pieces that delight the eye and stir up happy thoughts and memories.

Ms. Candy Blog is currently a video creator, partnering with a number of digital platforms, creating educational videos for TikTok, ByteDance, Bansho, and Likee.

Rosé \u0026 Kandy’s “Work B*tch” Lip Sync 👑 RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season-Finale Recap: And the Winner Is…

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We did it!! We’ve officially made it through the longest season of Drag Race herstory and crowned a VERY deserving queen.

Any other year, I would probably be furiously typing this recap into my iPhone from the back corner booth of Pieces, screaming homophobic slurs at the tipsy NYU twinks spilling vodka sodas into my lap. God, I miss it! But this year, it’s just me and my lil’ quarantine pod. And so with a dryer lap, but no less manic a personality, I present to you my final thoughts on season 13 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and our newly crowned queen:

Let’s start with the filler bits. The theme of tonight’s finale is apparently friendship! To that end, we begin the episode with Ru herself blessing us with some lovely, contractually obligated 8-counts, as she step-touches to her single “New Friends Silver, Old Friends Gold” (which has some distinct melodic similarities to Britney’s “Lucky”… foreshadowing!) We also have our current reigning Jaida Essence Hall popping up periodically to read the hell out of some ad copy for Bubly Bounce, a very sweet top four number to Bette Midler’s “Friends,” and light of my life LaLa Ri is crowned Miss Congeniality! As far as time-filling gimmicks go, this year’s finale picked some good ones.

But let’s talk about what might be the crown jewel of this episode: the top four ball. This sequence was not teased in any promotional materials, so it comes as quite the surprise when the queens return for not one, not two, but three looks each. And that’s not even including the lip syncs! The runway is, in a word, expensive. I can only imagine that this episode has plunged us into a global Swarovski crystal shortage. I call on Congress to act NOW! In the interest of time, word count limits, and bitchiness, let’s toot and boot these twelve (!) looks:

Predictably, Gottmik earns TOOTS across the board in this finale. Her black-and-white gown calls to mind images of James St. James starring in a revival of Kiss of the Spider Woman set entirely in the Jupiter Ascending cinematic universe. Which is to say, a total toot. Her Keith Haring-inspired jumpsuit feels incredibly original, and her finale eleganza is jaw-dropping. Like the queen of Mars came to Earth to end gender and slap Elon Musk. Gottmik may not have left it all on the stage in her lip sync, but when it comes to the ball, she more than leaves her mark.

Kandy starts the episode on a high note looking the most glamorous she’s ever been in her black-and-white dress. The #BLM lettering is a powerful touch, and it blends seamlessly into the asymmetrical design. TOOT, ma’am! I also quite enjoy her red runway, a fun reboot of her denim entrance look. However, she loses me a little in her eleganza gown. While I love the idea of reclaiming and embracing her arrogance through the peacock, the shape and execution of the gown is my least favorite of the three looks. A reluctant boot.

As a PSA going forward, entering in a My Fair Lady-inspired gown is the way to my heart. It’s not just a movie that I still own on DVD, it’s also an iconic reference, and, baby? It’s draaag. TOOT. Rosé’s red runway is lovely as well. It’s giving me Thierry Mugler meets an Ent from Lord of the Rings (another movie I have on DVD). Rosé’s eleganza look is… not my favorite. But it wouldn’t be the Rosé we know and love without some haphazardly placed ruffles! (Boot.)

Finally, Symone. Out of 16 episodes, I think I’ve used the word “breathtaking” to describe Symone’s looks approximately 75 times. Well, what the hell, make it 76. Symone enters in a breathtakingly beautiful gown with physics-defying hair; it’s easily my favorite look of the night. She continues her streak with a fun, campy take on “red” in a mini-dress seemingly made entirely of nail extensions. Finally, she closes out the show with a piece that’s half Joan of Arc, half Greek goddess, seamlessly integrated to amazing effect. It’s official: when it comes to fashion Symone has not missed once this whole season.

After the runway, we get cute little interviews with each of the top four. There’s nothing revelatory in these chats, but at the very least it’s a crucial reminder that Rihanna once DM’d Symone to call her a “nasty lil bitch.” (In a good way!) Finally, we’re shown a deeply moving tribute to Chi Chi DeVayne, season 8 sweetheart and Drag Race royalty, who passed away suddenly earlier this year. She will be deeply missed.

Now, it’s time for what we’ve all been waiting for: the lip sync bracket. With a message from Cory Booker (?) and a spin of the wheel, we’re off. This year’s lip sync selections are all by the legendary Miss Britney Spears, starting with Rosé and Kandy, who face off to “Work Bitch.” My deepest apologies to any remaining tasteless Kandy Muse haters out there, but Kandy kills this lip sync, and it’s really not close. The reveals in this particular lip sync are a wash — neither tearaway adds or subtracts from either queen’s overall performance. But Kandy is incredibly charismatic and just plain fun, making for a stark contrast next to Rosé’s buttoned-up, precise style of lip syncing. Kandy is correctly declared the victor, and moves on to face the winner of the highly anticipated Symone vs. Gottmik.

This lip sync was, once again, no contest. Symone yet again establishes herself as the sexiest being to walk this planet, serving two lip sync performances in one. For the first half of the number, she oozes swag as she saunters around stage embodying this drag king Lakers player persona. Then, midway through, she rips off the sweat suit (and wig!) to reveal a two piece bodysuit made of Timbs. Gottmik looks beautiful, and her garment emblazoned with her catchphrase is a fun touch, but when it comes to charisma and star quality present on that stage, there’s simply no comparison. So, that means our top two of the season are officially Symone and Kandy Muse.

I think we all knew how this was going to go, right? I mean, we collectively called it from episode one. Symone didn’t lie when she said she was going to give us “something a little different” tonight. Over the course of her three lip syncs, we saw three completely new and unique styles of performing that we’d yet to see from Symone on the show. Kandy is certainly not bad, but, like everyone else who’s competed against her, Kandy’s presence is subsumed by Symone’s as they strut about the stage to Briney’s “Till the World Ends.” And the winner is…

SYMONE! I don’t think I’ve made any secret of the fact that I’ve been rooting for Symone from the beginning. She’s one of my favorite performers to ever appear on the show, and I’m constantly in awe of her eye for fashion and style. I think what most excites me about a Symone win is that it doesn’t even feel like we’ve seen all Symone is capable of yet. I think we’re witnessing the rise of a truly special young artist, who’s only just begun to show us all that she can do. Condragulations to our newly crowned queen, long may she reign.

Once again, it’s been a privilege and an honor to recap this season for you all. I can’t thank you all enough for reading and sharing these recaps each week, it really means the world to me. We’re overdue for a little Drag Race break, so in the meantime get vaccinated, tip your local queens, and I’ll see you for All Stars — and soon!

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Start your engines: RuPaul's Drag Race reveals its season 13 queens

Season 13 cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Candy-coated and ready for the runway, the 13 queens of Rupaul’s Drag Race’s 13th season made their long-awaited debut on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. The show’s official social media account revealed each contestant with their own short video introduction before the more in-depth livestream event, Meet The Queens, which will begin at 1 PM EST and can be viewed here. This is the first season to be filmed mid-pandemic, which host RuPaul assures was barely an issue: “Competing safely and fiercely, our 13 queens proved that it takes more than a global pandemic to keep a good queen down.”

Each of the competing performers have a chance to win $100,000 and to follow in the footsteps of reigning season 12 queen, Jaida Essence Hall. The 13th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres on New Years Day, January 1 at 8 PM EST with RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked following right after at 9:30 PM EST. Check out this season’s crop of new contestants below.

Denali (Chicago, IL) | Instagram | Twitter


“All hail Chicago’s ice queen. With a career as a professional figure skater, much of Denali’s unique drag incorporates ice skating and acrobatic elements. Denali is used to competing, but now at the Olympics of Drag, she is ready to break the ice.”

Elliott with 2 Ts (Las Vegas, NV) | Instagram

Elliott With 2 Ts

“A dancing queen known for her kicks and splits, this Las Vegas show girl is here to stand out from the crowd. With her 80s aesthetic and background as a professional dancer, Elliott is hoping to dance circles around her competition.”

Gottmik (Los Angeles, CA) | Instagram | Twitter


“Hiiiiee gorg! This celebrity makeup artist is ready to win the competition one face at a time. As a trans man who is changing the shape of drag, Gottmik is ready to show an edgy persona d’arte.”

Joey Jay (Phoenix, AZ) | Twitter

Joey Jay

“Don’t underestimate this dancing powerhouse. This celebrated Jewish princess with unmatched rhinestoning skills is ready to cluck and buck all the way to the top.”

Kahmora Hall (Chicago, IL) | Instagram | Twitter

Kahmora Hall

“Chicago’s premiere Mackie Barbie doll is here to define what it means to be dripping in luxury. As the essence of glitz and glamour, Kahmora knows how to turn looks on the runway and serve in style.”

Kandy Muse (New York, NY) | Instagram | Twitter

Kandy Muse

“This ‘bad and bougie’ Dominican doll from NYC is ready to take her competition by storm. After going viral on social media and winning Brooklyn Drag Queen of the Year, Kandy is a pro at being in the limelight and brings the whole package to the table.”

LaLa Ri (Atlanta, GA) | Instagram | Twitter

LaLa Ri

“LaLa Ri is here to slay. This Atlanta-born powerhouse entertainer is ready to bring her mixture of sexy, classy and sassy to the competition, along with her charming and fun personality.”

Olivia Lux (New York, NY) | Instagram | Twitter

Olivia Lux

“Lux be a lady tonight. As the diva with a heart of gold, Olivia can melt a room with her dazzling smile. With her old Hollywood style and background in musical theater, this piano player is here to shine all the way to the top.”

Rosé (New York, NY) | Instagram | Twitter


“At the intersection of Wit Avenue and Fashion Blvd., you’ll find New York royalty Rosé. As a member of the girl group Stephanie’s Child alongside Season 12’s Jan, Rosé is ready to sing and dance her way to the finish line.”

Symone (Los Angeles, CA) | Instagram | Twitter


“The ebony enchantress has arrived! As the first queen hailing from Arkansas, this confident small-town country girl comes to RuPaul’s Drag Race ready to give fashion, face, personality and heart.”

Tamisha Iman (Atlanta, GA) | Instagram | Twitter

Tamisha Iman

“Tamisha Iman is one of the most experienced in the art form of drag. As a mother figure who formed her own dynasty, Tamisha comes to the competition with impressive sewing skills, making all her own one-of-a-kind garments from scratch.”

Tina Burner (New York, NY) | Instagram | Twitter

Tina Burner

“From being part of a boy band to the RuPaul’s Drag Race stage, Tina Burner is always ready to put on a show. This costume comedy queen and reigning National Miss Comedy Queen 2019 is a NY legend and is here to burn the house down.”

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Utica Queen

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RuPaul's Drag Race: Kandy Muse Almost Dropped Out of Grand Finale

Season 13 finalist Kandy Muse revealed that she almost dropped out of the grand finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The thirteenth season of the popular reality show concluded on April 23 with a Lip Sync For The Crown between the show’s final four queens. Kandy competed against fellow fan-favorites Gottmik, Rosé, and Symone. Ultimately, Kandy finished in second place behind America’s Next Drag Superstar, Symone.

Kandy Muse earned her spot in the final lip sync thanks to her exuberance of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. However, certain Drag Race fans spit their opinion on the New York City drag queen. While Kandy Muse received lots of praise throughout the season, she unfortunately also had some of the loudest critics. The star fell victim to backlash after a season-defining fight with fellow queen Tamisha Iman. The winner of the roast challenge revealed on Twitter that she almost denied herself the chance of proving all those haters wrong.

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Recently, Kandy Muse made a shocking confession and uttered a positive affirmation to the people that helped her compete in the ratings high grand finale. “While getting ready for the grand finale, I was going through such a difficult time behind closed doors in my personal life,” confessed the runner-up. Kandy continued to share how her personal life affected her: “I almost pulled out of the finale because I was unable to handle all the stress.” On the other hand, Kandy also made sure to thank her fans for helping her overcome the stresses in her life and giving her the confidence to perform. “You all make it so worth it. Thank you,” affirmed Kandy Muse.

Kandy Muse gave the fans much to talk about during the Drag Race season 13 finale. The star showed three stunning looks in addition to two entertaining Britney Spears lip syncs. The MTV Awards-nominated reality star started a YouTube channel where she has been uploading fun collaborations. Collaborators include season 13 sister Gottmik as well as Patrick Starrr, Kandy Muse’s Snatch Game inspiration.

RuPaul’s Drag Race will return to VH1 for season 14 sometime in 2022. Head queen in charge RuPaul also revealed that the next season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars will be arriving soon as well. The upcoming All Stars 6 will stream exclusively on Paramount Plus.

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Source: Kandy Muse


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RuPaul's Drag Race: Fans Attack Kandy Muse's Mother After Explosive UnTucked

Star of RuPaul’s Drag RaceKandy Muse received hate from fans and the negativity has spread to her mother. Muse argued with costar Tamisha Iman during Untucked, the Drag Race "sister series" capturing what happens while the queens "untuck" during the judges’ deliberations. Iman called Muse arrogant, which made the Dominican doll pop off. The queens participated in a tense argument until Muse finally took herself out of the situation.

The talented drag queens are currently competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13. The fifth episode showed Muse boasting about how costar Symone was her biggest competition, but Iman disagreed. Iman claimed Muse was underestimating her fellow contestants, and a brief argument followed. The tension between the queens was thick, and when the ball challenge concluded, they were at odds yet again. Muse has since been subjected to a flurry of attacks from fans on social media.

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“My mother seriously just called me to tell me fans have found her on Instagram and are messaging her nasty sh*t,” tweeted the self-proclaimed "honorary producer." The tweet continued, “Y’all are f***ing disgusting. Goodbye.” Online trolls are a downside of reality television but generally part of the deal. However, uninvolved family members are usually not attacked. Drag queens and normal fans agreed with the New York-based performer and came to her aid on social media.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK stars Divina De Campo and A’whora tweeted statements of affirmation. De Campo called harassing people’s families “not cute,” while A’whora urged fans to show love to the eliminated queen, rather than hating those who are still in the competition. Muse’s season thirteen sister Olivia Lux responded to a different attack on Muse, tweeting, “This is so mean and not right y’all!! Please be nice.” Iman has not issued any statement regarding the online hate on any of her social media accounts.

The hate seems out of place, as the feud led to the most exciting episode of Untucked in recent memory. Fans plead with the queens to bring drama but then express disdain for the queens that heed their call. It takes two to tango, so if a fight is a goal, both queens should be praised. Both queens contributed iconic moments throughout the show for fans to talk about. Muse has been a polarizing character on RuPaul’s Drag Race, due to her bold opinions and penchant for speaking her mind. The performer may not be everyone’s cup of tea but the beauty of the show is that a hater has plenty of other queens to root for. Spreading hate to any of the queens is wrong and attacking their family members is just beyond. Hopefully, this incident will be the only display of such hatred from the fanbase this season.

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RuPaul's Drag Race airs on Friday's at 8:00 EST on VH1.


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