RuPaul’s Drag Race: Meet the Queens of Season 8

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By Guest Contributor The Lady Cocotte

It’s been a cold winter so I’m ready to be chained back to the Tamara Tattles radiator. Luckily I won’t be bored since they’ve announced the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 (premiering March 7 on Logo TV). After a somewhat disappointing season 7, Mama Ru went back to her roots (literally) to bring us a cast of drag heavy hitters. Most of these ladies have already made quite a name for themselves in the drag world. It’s time you get to know them too. Start your engines and may the best woman win!

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Acid Betty

As the oldest contestant this year, Acid Betty is the grande dame of season 8. But don’t expect her to be part of the Bitter Old Lady Brigade. Acid Betty lives up to her name: she is a real trip. Her avant garde club style is exciting yet polished. She is a fashion queen in the vein of Raja, only in bright neon colors. And Drag Race isn’t Betty’s first time on tv. She appeared on Project Runway season 5 in a cool kimono created by Terri Stevens . The look didn’t win but it should have. Hopefully Acid Betty will have better luck. She’s in my top 3 for sure.

 

Bob the Drag Queen

As soon as I heard that Bob the Drag Queen was competing on season 8, I knew they were bringing out the big guns. Bob is from Atlanta, Georgia (where her mother owned a gay bar) but now she’s a mainstay of New York City drag life. I was surprised to learn she’s been performing for less than 10 years (she seems much more experienced). Bob was inspired to do drag watching RuPaul’s Drag Race but she’s honed her skills hosting drag shows six nights a week. My friend Lisa, a very knowledgeable drag hag (and Tamara Tattles fan) said she performed at the roast of Bianca Del Rio and was able to keep up with Bianca joke for joke (quite a feat for anyone). I fell hard for Bob when she did a moving version of the How to Get Away With Murder scene where Annalise removes her wig (See above). She also does a Nene Leakes remix that might be popular with this crowd. I’m going to be heartbroken if Bob doesn’t make it to the end

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Chi Chi Devayne

Chi Chi is a country queen from Shreveport, Louisiana. Based on a review of her past looks, Chi Chi is definitely a pageant girl. She’s also an experienced dancer, a la Kennedy Davenport. Chi Chi is gorgeous and poised but I don’t know if she has the comedy chops to survive the competition.

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Cynthia Lee Fontaine

Despite her white girl name, Cynthia Lee Fontaine is season 8’s Puerto Rican contestant. She’s a true pageant queen, stunning and polished. Cynthia claims to be funny but I think we might be laughing AT her a little more than WITH her (if you know what I mean). Although I could be wrong about that. I did find a pretty funny Willam impersonation she did. If I had to compare her to a past Ru girl, I’d say she seems like a more sophisticated Joslyn Fox. I’ve only heard of her because she’s friends with someone I know from Austin (her current homebase). He’s a real drag connoisseur, with great taste, and he loves Cynthia so she must have more going for her than I was able to find online.

 

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Dax Exclamationpoint is really into cosplay (yippee!) and calls herself the “queen of all nerds”. She’s also the drag mother of last year’s winner Violet Chachki (come through, Savannah queen!). She seems to have a bit of an attitude on her but she’s not as prickly as Violet so I think she could be popular with the other girls. Dax is serious about her looks but she also has the talent and experience to back it up. I can’t wait to see what she brings to Drag Race.

Derrick Barry

Derrick Barry works in Las Vegas as the #1 Britney Spears impersonator in the world. As my friend Lisa said, “She looks better as Britney than Britney ever did.” Derrick is the most famous drag queen to compete on Drag Race yet. Everyone is interested to see what she can bring besides Britney. And this isn’t Derrick’s first time on TV. She also appeared on America’s Got Talent season 3 on the strength of her Britney Derrick has two boyfriends, one of whom is a Drag Race alum (of sorts). We know him as Nebraska, the military vet that Alaska Thunderfuck turned into her drag sister in season 5. I’m curious to see how far this experienced queen can go in the competition.

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Kim Chi

Kim Chi isn’t named after Kim Kardashian or her hometown of Chicago. This extremely popular queen named herself after spicy Korean pickled cabbage (and that’s only one reason to love her). She is a real artist with her looks, combining high fashion and anime into amazing looks. It was rumored that Kim Chi was going to be on season 7 of Drag Race but only her costumes appeared (on bestie Trixie Mattel). She made a delicious rice dish (Bi Bim Bap) on internet sensation Cooking With Drag Queens . And she has the cutest little lisp. Kim is in my top 3.

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Laila McQueen

Michelle Visage loves Laila McQueen (and that’s a solid endorsement). She’s one of only two young queens appearing this season but her drag is more polished than expected. This punk rock princess is like a fishy version of Sharon Needles/Adore Delano. Laila is also an accomplished fine artist working with paint, collage and pencil. She might be the dark horse of the competition.

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Naomi Smalls

Naomi Smalls is the other young queen of season 8. She made it onto the show her first time auditioning so she must be fierce. Her obsession with 90’s hip hop and supermodels give life to her “high fashion hood rat” style. Naomi has spunk which might create problems with the other girls in the workroom.

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Naysha Lopez

Talk about pageant queens! Naysha Lopez recently won Miss Continental, one of the most prestigious pageants in the US (it’s the Miss Universe of the LBGTQIA community). It’s an even bigger accomplishment for a drag performer since Miss Continental is usually won by trans women. Naysha is being touted as the prettiest contestant ever (eh) and she certainly is a fishy, fishy queen.

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Robbie Turner

Robbie Turner has some strong Drag Race roots. Hailing from Seattle, she is close friends with both Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme and appeared alongside them in the internet series Capitol Hill. Much like them, Robbie rocks a vintage drag look. I can’t wait to see who she does on Snatch Game! And just to keep us on our toes, Robbie Turner isn’t even her boy name (she’s a wacky dame). I’m not sure if she’ll make it to top 3 but I’m really excited to see what she brings.

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Thorgy Thor

Thorgy puts the Th in Orgy. She hails from Brooklyn, New York, the epicenter of modern hipsterdom (but don’t hold that against her). She’s been auditioning for RuPaul’s Drag Race since season 1 so hopefully she’ll take the competition seriously (cough, Pearl, cough). Thorgy is a self-professed “fashion clown” which could translate into some interesting and kooky looks. She is also classically trained on the violin and cello. She supports her drag life by teaching music and performing in orchestras. Thorgy usually scores and performs the music for her drag shows. I’m not sure if that will help or hinder her on Drag Race since she’ll have to work with the songs provided. I think Thorgy has the talent to go far in the competition but her face looks a lot like Sharon Needles (post-surgery) and it’s freaking me out a little.

The Tea

Conspiracy theories run rampant with Drag Race fans (ie: the uproar when season 7 was postponed because Michelle Visage was on Celebrity Big Brother). This year it surrounds season 8’s 12 contestants vs the 14 they had for seasons 5-7. There has been some chatter that RuPaul is holding back a few surprise queens. The promos for season 8 are making a big deal that this year we’ll get to see our 100th queen and these 12 new contestants would bring the total number of participants to 100. If RuPaul is planning something tricky I’d guess she’s bringing some former contestants back. Hmm… Something to think about as we wait for season 8 to premiere on March 7.

I’m really excited about the cast of season 8. It seems like the Drag Race producers listened to our complaints last season and kicked things into overdrive. Who are you most looking forward to? Who is in your top 3? Join us here at Tamara Tattles for recaps and discussions.

In the words of RuPaul, “we’re born naked and the rest is drag.” 

Lady Cocotte  is Tamaratattles.com resident expert on  The Walking Dead  and  RuPaul’s Drag Race.  Please be sure to Follow The Lady Cocotte on Twitter.

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30 responses to “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Meet the Queens of Season 8

  1. Xanadude

    “Somewhat disappointing?”. You’re being charitable.

  2. Undine

    Thanks for the preview, Lady!! I can’t wait for the new season. Last season was lame. Too many pretty girls who weren’t seasoned entertainers. It took me a full two minutes to remember who won. Also, I hope they bring back televised “Untucked”, the web version was too stripped down and had none of the delicious shade or high drama moments from the past, i.e. Shangela throwing water on Mimi.

  3. GirlMe

    Lady Cocotte I’m sooo happy you’ll be covering this. I’m in the south now where the HOA doesnt “allow” fun channels like Logo. Gotta find a way to see this.

    I’m excited for all of them but definately the one who could keep up with Bianca Del Rio!

    Season 7 was the worst!

    • Sweet T

      You can watch it on logos online site.

      • Spilledperfume

        I was going to make the same suggestion. A friend of mine watches it online as well.

        I’m excited just seeing the promos. I love RuPaul and I love me some Drag Race. Bianca is my all time favorite Queen.

  4. Spilledperfume

    I love Drag Race. I’m so glad that you’ll be doing recaps. I can’t wait for Season 8.

  5. Thanks, all! After researching all of these ladies, I’m super excited about this season. Hopefully they’re going to make up for last season’s debacle…

    The only thing missing from this cast is a big girl. And if they call Kim Chi a big girl (she’s not) someone’s going to get slapped!

    • Sweet T

      Side note: lady cocotte- ru Paul is going to host a new game show snatch game style and some of the quest contestants are Taylor Armstrong, Gretchen Rossi and Brandi glandville. Don’t know if this is real tea or not but I had to tell you.

      Sorry TT if this breaks the rules but I had to tell cocotte

  6. Top three is hard to pick! Bob, Laila, Dax . But I am excited to see all of them. This will be a good season. I hope they change it back and show Untucked in the pretty rooms instead of on a couch in the middle of backstage . So excited , love Drag Race. There was a club called the Mars Bar in Dallas Tx. many many years ago that I frequented as a kid. It had drag shows as it was a gay bar. BYOB so they stamped you at the door and you couldn’t drink but could dance and have fun watching the shows.

    • Spilledperfume

      I haven’t picked a top three yet. I’m just so excited that Lady C is recapping and that she loves Drag Queens.

  7. YAY Lady Cocotte and a new season of Queens are back! Did TT paint the radiator if rainbow colors for ya?

  8. Spilledperfume

    Top 3 for me are; Bob the Drag Queen, Derrick Barry and Kim Chi.

    Lady C, do you know if Santino will be back or if it’s going to be Carson & Matt Ross again?

    • Xanadude

      I think one of the major weaknesses of last year was the absence of a consistent third judge. I do hope its Santino, but I’d be satisfied if it was Ross, but only if he was actually there every week.

      • Spilledperfume

        I agree with all of the above.

        On a separate note, have you seen any of the pictures of Santino in his Speedo’s or whatever he was wearing? That man has a killer body. I couldn’t stop staring at the pic. He was flexing in and he’s completely ripped. It’s insane.

    • I’m not sure who’s judging. I really want Santino back but I think it’s a long shot. Boo.

  9. FDG

    Bob is *the* Drag Queen of NYC (Pixie Aventura & Monét X Change are right behind her). She can easily go joke for joke with Bianca — they have some of the fastest wit of any comedian. Also, Bianca’s roast is available online for anyone that wants to watch it. I was in the audience for it and Bob was, hands down, the funniest on the dais. They actually had a show together for a while (then Bianca was cast in RPDR) called Bad Drag Queen.

    Thorgy is a fantastically funny Queen and she’s crazy cool. She’s super talented and creative and her looks are always fun, quirky and very inspired. She has a weekly gig every Saturday at Hardware Bar (Bob does also, but on Sundays) in NYC and she’s super friendly. Her Saturday looks were featured in an NYC magazine because she never repeated an outfit.

  10. caily

    I refuse to be indoctrinated to believe that alternative lifestyles are normal.

    • FDG

      I assume you are referencing homosexuality? It’s not actually an alternate lifestyle. But, I guess, you are also against home schooling, home births, etc. Premarital sex was, at one time, considered an alternative lifestyle as well. You should hop off your high horse and educate yourself.

      “Our lives are mere flashes of light in an infinitely empty universe. In 12 years of education the most important lesson I have learned is that what we see as “normal” living is truly a travesty of our potential. In a society so governed by superficiality, appearances, and petty economics, dreams are more real than anything anything in the “real world”. Refuse normalcy. Beauty is everywhere, love is endless, and joy bleeds from our everyday existence. Embrace it. I love all of you, all my friends, family, and community. I am ceaselessly grateful from the bottom of my heart for everyone. The only thing I can ask of you is to stay free of materialism. Remember that every day contains a universe of potential; exhaust it. Live and love so immensely that when death comes there is nothing left for him to take. Wealth is love, music, sports, learning, family and freedom. Above all, stay gold.”
      ― Dominic Owen Mallary

    • tamaratattles

      Caily, I think you are confusing ‘normal’ with ‘right’. Normal means average, typical, expected, middle of the pack. Conversely, alternative means taking a different route that most. Did you ever take a road trip and notice that there are ALT highways that bypass the congestion of cities and town and get you to your destination faster? The main route, incidentally, is sometimes called the business route. That’s where all the people trying to sell you something (or indoctrinate you) are. The alternative highway is usually less congested and a lot more fun to drive.

      So no one is going to try to indoctrinate you to believe that alternative lifestyles are normal. Because everyone knows that. I think that what you are saying is that no one is going to change your judgment of right and wrong according to your beliefs and opinions. And that’s cool. Some alternative lifestyles, like those VEGETARIANS for example. Can you believe THOSE PEOPLE think not eating bacon is NORMAL? That is so not normal and THOSE PEOPLE are always trying to push their beliefs on me and steal my tasty bacon!

      Please let me assuage your fears that drag queens are going to try to force you to become a drag queen. Or even care if you don’t like drag queens. Unlike those vegetarian people, they have zero fucks to give about you. You see, they are living their life being true to themselves. Unlike you, they are NOT trying really hard to be mediocre and stay unnoticed in a herd of people who agree on what is normal (right). They have had people like you telling them they are not normal all their lives and they continue to flourish and do what makes them happy. Don’t worry your pretty little head, they will not indoctrinate anyone, their philosophy is the total OPPOSITE of indoctrination. They are about everyone doing whatever the fuck they want as long as it’s not hurting anyone else. It must be very tiring to be the arbitrator of what is right and normal. The Westboro Baptist Church and ISIS both try to impose their beliefs on what is normal on others (indoctrination) and it seems to consume everything about them. And nobody likes them very much. You seem not only indoctrinated but on the front lines recruiting for your normalcy cause. That is some cross for you to carry. I’m sure if you ever put it down, the wood could be put to much better use.

      I do find it odd that this post was clearly marked to be about drag queens. It’s not a topic I’m really that interested in myself, and participate here because it is my site and the show can be quite amusing. I used to find it fascinating back when I lived in Savannah and going to drag shows was de rigueur but I got older and had new interesting things to discover. If I were at another sight, I’d skip over a drag queen thread more than likely as I have limited time in my day to read and learn about new things. Yet you read the post, and then made a comment to let people know that you did not approve. Again, such a heavy cross.

      Enjoy your assimilation. I’d rather learn about and try all sorts of new things. And I’d be offended if people thought I was normal.

    • As a gay man let me tell you about my lifestyle.
      I wake up, go to work & work hard, take care of my family, & love my pets.
      Sounds “normal” right?

      On a side note I detest the use of “lifestyle” to describe gay people. Being gay is not a lifestyle or a choice. Living on the beach is a lifestyle, but being a bigoted asshole is a choice.

  11. hannahkingrose

    caily, then why are you reading and commenting on a post about drag queens if you don’t want to be indoctrinated to believe that “alternative lifestyles” are normal? It clearly states RuPaul’s Drag Race Meet the Queens. It would lead me to believe that maybe you’re a little more interested that you want to say and by making a bigoted commented you can assuage your guilty conscience? Hmmm. IJS.

    • hannahkingrose

      Oops sorry The Lady Cocotte. The real reason I came in here was to say how glad I am that you were going to be recapping again this season and I’m looking forward to it even though I’m a straight old southern woman lol.

      • Thanks, Hannah. I’m excited for this season & talking about it with my TT family. One of the nice things about the drag community is they welcome those of us with alternative “lifestyles” (you know, us straights) to share in the fun. It’s a good lesson to learn…

  12. Ok, we got an extended trailer & a few familiar faces showed up. People are losing their shit that Gigi Hadid is going to be a guest judge. I guess she really is the IT girl of the moment. Also, it looks like there might be a “drag a little person” challenge since we see Briana from Little Women LA walking the runway with Kim Chi.
    The full list of guest judges are: Ester Dean, Faith Evans, Vivica A. Fox, Gigi Hadid, Todrick Hall, Debbie Harry, Chanel Iman, Marc Jacobs, Nicole Richie, Thomas Roberts, David and Amy Sedaris, Jamal Sims, Tasha Smith and Chris Stein. I saw Amy Sedaris in the trailer but didn’t realize David was going to be there too. I’m seriously fangirling right now. If I ever get married I want to walk down the aisle to David Sedaris singing ad jingles as Billie Holiday.
    Unfortunately for fans of Santino, it looks like Carson Kressley & Ross Mathews are going to be judging again. They’ll probably be alternating since Michelle Visage isn’t going anywhere!
    It keeps getting more & more exciting. I can’t wait til March 7!

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