We're not even a month out from RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 7 (Jinkx! FTW) just yet but, ever the prolific drag goddess, RuPaul is unveiling yet another Drag Race extravaganza—this time with a twist.
The first season of RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race featured famous performers like Vanessa Williams, comedian Phoebe Robinson, Younger's Nico Tortorella and Schitt's Creek star Dustin Milligan getting matched up with real-deal drag royalty such as Trixie Mattel, Bob the Drag Queen and Alyssa Edwards.
The stars got full-blown drag makeovers and had to battle it out in signature Drag Race competitions like a "Rusical," a comedy roast and, of course, a "lip sync for your life" smackdown, with the winner earning $30,000 for their chosen charity.
But this go-round of Secret Celebrity Drag Race will be mighty different from its predecessor. Here's what we know so far:
Where to watch 'Secret Celebrity Drag Race' season 2:
Those in the US can watch the second season of Secret Celebrity Drag Race on VH1. However, if you're not located stateside, you can still partake in all of the wig-snatching fun with the help of a VPN.
A VPN is a handy piece of software that allows you to browse anonymously and change your IP address so your mobile, computer, or laptop thinks it's in another location. That means you can watch your favorite show, film or televised event—even if you’re away from home.
Our favorite VPN service is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), rated the best VPN (opens in new tab) in the world right now, by our colleagues at TechRadar. All Drag Race fans abroad have to do is turn on their VPN, set their location to America, and then they can view Secret Celebrity Drag Race on VH1 or using the VH1 app.
How is 'Secret Celebrity Drag Race' season 2 different?
Well for one, they're really putting the secret in Secret Celebrity Drag Race.
The sophomore season of the spin-off series has taken a page out of The Masked Singer's handbook: nine celebrity contestants will undergo complete drag transformations—so much so that their identities will be hidden—and compete in a lip-sync showdown in front of both a judges' panel and a live audience. Both the judges and viewers will only find out who the performers are when they're eliminated.
As in the first season, the celebs will be competing for charity, but the prize money up for grabs has been heftily raised to $100,000 for their chosen organization.
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Who are the 'Secret Celebrity Drag Race' contestants?
Obviously, we don't know that yet! (Well, officially—but eagle-eyed viewers have already figured out the riddle "who are the celebrities on Celebrity Drag Race?") We do know which former Drag Race contestants are returning to the "Ru-niverse" as the season's team of "Queen Supremes": Brooke Lynn Heights, Jujubee and Monét X Change.
Joining that core trio are a series of guest queens, including Gottmilk, Katya, Eureka, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Violet Chachki and Morgan McMichaels. And, of course, no episode of Drag Race would be complete without our esteemed panel of judges, including host RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews.
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When does 'Secret Celebrity Drag Race' premiere?
The second season of Secret Celebrity Drag Race premiered on Friday, August 12 at 8pm Eastern, with new episodes airing every Friday night. The four-episode first season aired between April 24, 2020, and May 15, 2020.
Watch the 'Secret Celebrity Drag Race' season 2 trailer:
"Who will be America's Next Drag Race Superstar?" Mama Ru asks in the trailer. We'll just have to watch to find out!
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