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[02/02/17 - 10:44 AM]
Logo's Emmy(R) Award-Winning Competition Series "Rupaul's Drag Race" Ru-Veals Cast of Gag-Worthy New Season
Coming this spring, the season nine premiere extravaganza features a shocking opening that will go down as one of the most jaw-dropping moments in "Drag Race" history.

[via press release from Logo]

LOGO'S EMMY(R) AWARD-WINNING COMPETITION SERIES "RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE" RU-VEALS CAST OF GAG-WORTHY NEW SEASON

NEW YORK, NY - February 2, 2017 - Emmy(R) Award-winning host RuPaul is taking the new season of Logo's "RuPaul's Drag Race" to the nines with the highly anticipated return of the groundbreaking competition series and revealing the next royal court of Queens set to compete for the crown.

"'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 9," said executive producer RuPaul Charles. "Now more than ever!"

Coming this spring, the season nine premiere extravaganza features a shocking opening that will go down as one of the most jaw-dropping moments in "Drag Race" history. Additionally, it will unveil a court of cut-throat Queens each competing to snatch the crown and strut away with a $100,000 cash prize and the coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." Along the way, they'll face an unpredictable competition and deliver watercooler moments as these talented ladies of drag join the fabulous 100 Queens who fought for the crown before them.

Logo kicked off the season nine cast announcement with a three-day story on the "RuPaul's Drag Race" Instagram account featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the season nine promo shoot, dropping hints to the day, date and time for the official cast announcement. The story culminated in a Facebook Live, hosted by "Drag Race" judge Michelle Visage where fans got a first, exclusive interview with season nine Queen, Valentina, before the cast was officially announced.

The 13 Queens who will compete in the pop culture phenomenon that has taken the world by its weave include:

· Aja Brooklyn, New York TW: @ajathekween, IG: @ajathekween

· Alexis Michelle New York, New York TW: @AlexisLives, IG: @AlexisLives

· Charlie Hides London, UK TW: @charliehidestv, IG: @charliehidestv

· Eureka O'Hara Johnson City, TN TW: @eurekaohara, IG: @eurekaohara

· Farrah Moan Las Vegas, Nevada TW: @farrahrized, IG: @farrahrized

· Jaymes Mansfield Madison, Wisconsin TW: @JaymesMansfield, IG: @jaymesmansfield

· Kimora Blac Las Vegas, Nevada TW: @kimorablac, IG: @kimorablac

· Nina Bo'nina Brown Atlanta, Georgia TW: @atlsexyslim, IG: @nina_bonina_brown

· Peppermint New York, New York TW: @Peppermint247, IG: @peppermint247

· Sasha Velour Brooklyn, New York TW: @sasha_velour, IG: @sashavelour

· Shea Coulee Chicago, IL TW: @SheaCoulee, IG: @sheacoulee

· Trinity Taylor Orlando, FL TW: @TrinityTheTuck, IG: @trinitythetuck

· Valentina Los Angeles, CA TW: @AllofValentina, IG: @allaboutvalentina

"RuPaul's Drag Race" season nine is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Kate Fisher and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for Logo.

Go to http://www.logotv.com/video-playlists/hjrabf to "Meet the Queens" and watch an exclusive introduction to this season's "RuPaul's Drag Race" cast.

For up-to-date "RuPaul's Drag Race" news and exclusives, join the "RuPaul's Drag Race" Facebook page or follow #DragRace conversation on Twitter at @RuPaulsDragRace. Follow along with live gifs from the show on Tumblr and additional content on the show's Instagram page.

ABOUT LOGO

Logo is a leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community and reflects the creative class across television, digital and social platforms. Logo features one-of-a-kind personalities, shows, specials, and unique stories. Logo is part of Viacom's Music & Entertainment Group including VH1, MTV, MTV2, Comedy Central and Spike.

ABOUT WORLD OF WONDER

Innovative production company World of Wonder is behind such entertaining and award-winning hit series as RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo), Million Dollar Listings (Bravo), #CandidlyNicole (VH1), Big Freedia (Fuse), and Island Hunters (HGTV). Million Dollar Listing NY was a 2015 Emmy(R) Award nominee for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. RuPaul's Drag Race won the 2014 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming. Big Freedia (Fuse) won the 2014 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program. World of Wonder has also created award-winning films and documentaries such as Inside Deep Throat, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Wishful Drinking, Monica in Black and White, and The Last Beekeeper, which won an Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Nature Programming. Seven of their films have premiered at the Sundance Film festival including Becoming Chaz and Party Monster, the documentary and feature film starring Macaulay Culkin. World of Wonder has created a substantial digital footprint with its YouTube channel WOWPresents, along with an award-winning blog, The WOW Report. Co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey authored The World According to Wonder, celebrating 21 years of production, which can be found online at http://worldofwonder.net/. Randy and Fenton were honored with the IDA Pioneer Award in December 2014, celebrating exceptional achievement, leadership, and vision in the nonfiction and documentary community.





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