RuPaul's Drag Race: everything you need to know about season nine

RuPaul's Drag Race: everything you need to know about season 9

New season of hit show to air in spring 2017

It's that time of year again; everyone's favourite reality TV show will be sashaying its way back into our lives once more. A new series of RuPaul's Drag Race has recently been announced, which means we can all look forward to falling in love with a whole new set of sickening queens.

The emotional rollercoaster that is RPDR follows spectacular and legendary drag queen RuPaul in the search to find 'America's next drag superstar'. The show has been running since 2009, with eight seasons and two spin-off shows introducing the world to 113 queens thus far. But it's more than just a reality competition; the show has cemented the status of drag within popular culture, giving people an insight into drag culture and the incredible artistry involved. Having now become a cult phenomenon, season nine promises yet more transformations, more glamour and of course, lots of shade. In the words of RuPaul: 'drastic times call for DRAGTASTIC measures!'

Season nine is scheduled to air on LogoTV over in the States in spring 2017. Thankfully, RuPaul's Drag Race found a home on truTV in the UK back in 2015, meaning we're now not that far behind our American counterparts. RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars 2 premiered in August 2016 and was later shown on truTV in October. So we may only have to wait a few months, if we're lucky.

The 13 new queens are everything we've come to expect from the show and more, with amazingly creative looks and jaw-dropping styles. This season will feature the first ever British queen, Charlie Hides, who at 52 will also be the oldest competitor on the show to date (when asked why she auditioned, she humorously notes 'Because I'm so old if I don't do it now, by next year I could be dead!'). Other queens include Aja, who takes her name from a Bollywood film, Las Vegas resident Farrah Moan and the show's first openly trans female contestant, Peppermint. Lady Gaga has also just revealed in a tweet that she will be the season's first special guest judge, kicking things off with a real bang.

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