'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 15: competing queens, guest judges (Ari!) and how to watch

'Drag Race' season 15 will be one of the biggest in franchise history, with the largest cast *and* cash prize

Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race season 15
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Start your engines! RuPaul's Drag Race season 15 is upon us for what will be one of the biggest seasons in franchise history. 

You might have thought Celebrity Drag Race was packed with famous faces, but the guest judges this season are a who's who of Hollywood, kicking off with the return of the one and only Ariana Grande back on the mainstage. 

The largest Drag Race cast ever, sixteen new queens will compete for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar," but with a souped-up incentive: a cool $200,000 for the winner, the highest cash prize in franchise history, in honor of the show celebrating its 200th episode during the upcoming season. 

From the competing queens—including an identical twin team!—to the celebrity judges, here's everything you need to know about Drag Race season 15. 

How to watch 'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 15:

Unlike previous editions of RuPaul's Drag Race, which aired on VH1, Drag Race season 15 will move to MTV as part of a global expansion of the franchise. The new season will premiere with back-to-back episodes on Friday, January 6 at 8pm ET/PT.

If your cable provider doesn't include MTV, don't start shaking in your heeled boots. You can stream RuPaul's Drag Race season 15 on Sling Blue with the Comedy Extra Pack. 

MTV is one of the channel options for Sling TV (opens in new tab)—the first app-based TV service that allows you to stream live TV and on-demand programs. There are three subscription services available: Sling Blue, Sling Orange, or a combo package of the two.

A Sling Blue subscription is currently priced at $40 per month and includes channels like Bravo, TLC, HGTV, USA, A&E and more, and the addition of the Comedy Extra Pack (which includes MTV) is a supplemental $6 per month. 

Along with that season 15 news, MTV announced three brand-new international editions of Drag Race—Mexico, Brazil and Germany—that will air on MTV and Paramount Plus in their respective territories. 

Who is in the 'Drag Race' season 15 cast?

1. Amethyst

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Name: Amethyst
IG:
@thatssoamethyst (opens in new tab)
TikTok: @thatssoamethyst (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
West Hartford, CT 

"A mix of pop princess and meme queen, Amethyst is here to make it crystal clear: She’s pretty, witty and… she came to slay. Her kooky comedy has scored her millions of views on TikTok, and now she wants to show the world why she’s the jewel in the crown of the Connecticut drag scene!" says MTV. 

2. Anetra

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Name: Anetra
IG:
@Iamanetra (opens in new tab)
TW:
@iamanetra (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
Las Vegas, Nevada

"Straight outta Sin City, Anetra is a self-described stunt queen who can deliver splits, dips and all the tricks to slay the stage. She may seem low-key at times, but still waters run deep. Plus, with serious taekwondo skills, she’s ready to take all the other queens out, one by one. Chop ’til ya drop!"

3. Aura Mayari

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Name: Aura Mayari
IG:
@auramayari (opens in new tab)
TikTok:
@auramayari (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
Nashville, TN

"It’s time to get caught up in the electrifying aura of Aura Mayari! This high-kicking, high-energy Filipina goddess is known for slaying the stages in Nashville.  And watch out—because she brings a little sexy swagger to her drag."

4. Irene Dubois

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Name: Irene Dubois
IG:
@irenethealien (opens in new tab)
TikTok: 
@irene_the_alien (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
Seattle, WA

"Attention, Earthlings: The Alien Queen has landed! Outspoken and out of this world, Irene Dubois combines Texan glam with Seattle wit and grit! Plus, she’s Bosco’s drag sister, so expect eclectic, extravagant drag, with a touch of high drama!"

5. Jax

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Name: Jax
IG:
@getjaxed (opens in new tab)
TikTok:
@getjaxed (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
Queens, NY

"Get ready for flips and twirls galore, because Jax is here to get things jumpin’! The self-described Simone Biles of drag grew up doing gymnastics and competitive cheer, and now she’s ready to go for the gold in the Olympics of drag! Originally from Connecticut, her style is a mix of banjee meets haute hip-hop honey. BAM!"

6. Loosey LaDuca

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Name: Loosey LaDuca
IG:
@looseyladuca (opens in new tab)
TikTok:
@looseyladuca (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
Ansonia, CT

"Construction worker by day, singing-and-dancing drag diva by night… Loosey LaDuca is ready to use all her tools to make it to the top! A perfectionist, powerhouse performer with killer curves and 12 years in the Connecticut drag scene, Loosey’s the ultimate mix of showgirl sass and campy charisma. She’s a queen who has it all… Now, she just needs a crown."

7. Luxx Noir London

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Name: Luxx Noir London
IG:
@luxxnoirlondon (opens in new tab)
TikTok:
@luxxnoirlondon (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
East Orange, NJ

"Who ordered the diva-licious dazzler? Luxx Noir London is an effervescent ingénue whose stunning style is matched only by her no-holds-barred attitude. She’s always ready to tell it like it “t-i-s!” And while Luxx may be this season’s youngest queen, she’s got the confidence to take her all the way. Just ask her!"

8. Malaysia Babydoll Foxx

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Name: Malaysia Babydoll Foxx
IG:
@foxxy_doll (opens in new tab)
TW:
@foxxy_doll (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
Miami, FL

"Believe it or not, the sensational and motivational Malaysia Babydoll Foxx is the first-ever Miami queen to grace the Drag Race mainstage! A professional makeup artist and hair stylist to the stars, this opinionated foxy mama is bringing veteran skills and thrills to the competition, and she is not afraid to show these younger queens what real drag is!"

9. Marcia Marcia Marcia

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Name: Marcia Marcia Marcia
IG:
@marciax3nyc (opens in new tab)
TikTok:
@marciax3nyc (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
New York, NY

"OMG, she’s the most popular girl in school—and mom’s favorite! It’s Marcia Marcia Marcia! This NYC ingénue sings, dances, and brings Broadway chops to the mainstage. And she’s got much more than a hunch—she’s ready to go all the way!

10. Mistress Isabelle Brooks

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Name: Mistress Isabelle Brooks
IG:
@mistressisabellebrooks (opens in new tab)
TW:
@MistressIBrooks (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
Houston, TX

"Houston we do not have a problem! Hailing from the great state of Texas, Mistress Isabelle Brooks is the epitome of classic Southern drag!  She calls herself 'Houston’s Heavyweight Champ' and trust, she came to pack a punch. Gutsy, glamorous, and full of attitude, our Miss Brooks was raised in the spangled world of Texas drag, and now she’s ready to rule the school."

11. Princess Poppy

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Name: Princess Poppy
IG:
@poppyprincesspoppy (opens in new tab)
TikTok:
@poppyprincesspoppy (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
San Francisco, CA

"Straight out of a fairy tale—by way of San Francisco—Princess Poppy brings both beauty and an eccentric edge to the competition. She sings, raps, acts, and dances… All served up with a twisted sense of humor. She’s already been a TikTok sensation, but now this powerful young Princess wants a new crown."

12. Robin Fierce

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Name: Robin Fierce
IG:
@therobinfierce (opens in new tab)
TikTok:
@therobinfierce (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
Hartford, CT

"Make way for Connecticut’s grand diva, the Robin Fierce! A mix of Beyonce sass and Diahann Carroll class, this proudly bougie beauty is ready to shine her light for the world! She may sometimes have a chill vibe, but when she hits the stage, expect kicks and cartwheels for days!"

13. Salina EsTitties

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Name: Salina EsTitties
IG:
@estitties (opens in new tab)
TikTok:
@estitties (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA

"¡Hola!  Salina EsTitties is a brassy, sassy Latinx diva repping L.A, baby! A fiery self-described combo of chola street style and campy comedy, Salina is a take-no-prisoners performer. From the bar scene to TV, film and commercial work, this saucy sister stays booked and busy! She’s got a mouth, big drag, and big plans to win."

14. Sasha Colby

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Name: Sasha Colby
IG:
@sashacolby (opens in new tab)
TikTok:
@sashacolby (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA

"The iconic queen of the House of Colby has arrived! Known worldwide for her memorable reign as Miss Continental, and as Kerri Colby’s drag mother, Sasha is a queen to be reckoned with. This Hawaiian-born goddess has been slaying drag stages for 20 years, so she’s got to live up to her legendary reputation.  Serving body, beauty and bodacious all-around talent, Sasha is fierce. Officially."

15. Sugar

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Name: Sugar
IG:
@sugarsworld (opens in new tab)
TikTok:
@sugarandspice (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA

"Hope you’ve got a sweet tooth, because social media superstar Sugar has arrived! She and her TikTok twin sister, Spice, may have come as a package deal, but when it comes to snatching the Drag Race crown, Sugar’s ready to taste victory all on her own. But how can you tell these twins apart? 'It’s easy' says Sugar. 'I’m the prettier one.'"

16. Spice

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Name: Spice
IG:
@callmespice (opens in new tab)
TikTok:
@sugarandspice (opens in new tab)
Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA

"Making herstory as one-half of Drag Race’s first-ever identical twin contestants, Spice has arrived with her TikTok superstar sister, Sugar! These living dolls may be new to performing, but they’re ready to double the fun and the drama this season. Take note: Spice is the edgier diva of the duo, and she’s ready to prove that she’s got plenty of flavor to stand on her own!"

Who are the 'Drag Race' guest judges for season 15?

Joining host and head judge RuPaul, the usual panel of Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews will be padded out with the addition of Ts Madison, who had previously appeared on the show as a recurring guest judge.

  • Ali Wong
  • Amandla Stenberg
  • Harvey Guillén
  • Hayley Kiyoko
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Julia Garner
  • Maren Morris
  • Megan Stalter
  • Orville Peck

Watch the 'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 15 trailer:

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Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 


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