The Evolution of RuPaul’s Drag Race Since Season 1

TVOvermind | 1/20/2019 | Nat Berman
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RuPaul’s Drag Race, the very successful reality television show, has been on quite a journey since it debuted in 2009. Several changes have occurred but, perhaps the biggest was its actual formatting. The show made the unbelievable switch from Logo to VHI1, their filming quality goes up every year, and even the way they do the season finales have evolved.

During these seasons, the queens were eliminated systematically until 3 remained. These three would perform in RuPaul’s music video and the weakest was eliminated. Once it was down to two, the competitors would engage in a lip sync battle. Their performance was added to their existing stats to find a winner. They were also judged on their talent, uniqueness, and charisma.

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Although there was nothing wrong with this format, it didn’t pan out well for the popular show. RuPaul isn’t filmed live like many other reality competitions. It’s filmed in the summer and premieres in the spring. So, the winner was crowned months before the audience started watching the season. The problem is humans love to gossip, especially if they have juicy news. The LGBT community, in particular, is very close-knit. Pretty soon, word about the identity of the winner was out there. It didn’t help that Perez Hilton got wind of the rumor and spread the news about Raja’s win to the mainstream public.

To combat the drama of Season 3, RuPaul decided to switch things up in season 4. She announced that she would no longer eliminate the top three on the final day competition. Instead, the winner would be declared at the reunion, in front of a live audience. In this way, no one would know the winner until the season had finished airing. But, this wasn’t quite what she had in mind. During the pre-recorded live taping, all 3...
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