VH1 TO PREMIERE "RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE HOLI-SLAY SPECTACULAR" FEATURING RETURNING FRANCHISE SUPERSTARS ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 8:00 PM ET/PT
NEW YORK, NY - Thursday, November 1 - VH1 today announced that the Emmy(R) Award-winning "RuPaul's Drag Race" will air a holiday-themed episode on Friday, December 7 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. The one-hour "RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular" will bring back franchise favorites including Eureka O'Hara, Jasmine Masters, Kim Chi, Latrice Royale, Mayhem Miller, Shangela, Sonique, and Trixie Mattel as they compete for the title of America's first "Drag Race Xmas Queen."
The eight queens will return for an extraordinary holiday-themed episode filled with jaw-dropping surprises, eye-popping fashions, and epic performances choreographed by Todrick Hall. The queens will be dancing and lip-syncing to original holiday music from two RuPaul holiday albums, the classic "Slay Belles" and the new album, "Christmas Party." Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews, and Todrick Hall will join RuPaul on the judging panel to help crown America's first "Drag Race Christmas Queen."
"Nothing says Christmas like 'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and drag queens slipping on their pantyhose,'" said three-time Emmy(R) Award-winning host and EP RuPaul. "Celebrating the holidays with my most festive girls inspired me to record my new album, 'Christmas Party.' And this VH1 holiday extravaganza is my way of saying thank you to my 'Drag Race' family by spreading a little bit of love, laughter and light across the country and around the world."
The special comes on the heels of "RuPaul's Drag Race" making Emmy (R) history as the first series to win both Outstanding Host of a Reality Competition Program and Outstanding Reality Competition Program in the same year. Additionally, the milestone tenth season was the most watched season in franchise history across both "Drag Race" and "All Stars," averaging 794,000 P18-49 Live+7 viewers and 1.2 million Live+7 total viewers. Both season 11 of "RuPaul's Drag Race" and season 4 of "All Stars" were previously greenlit by VH1.
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RuPaul's holiday albums "Christmas Party" and "Slay Belles" are available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Music.
"RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular" is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Mandy Salangsang and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola serve as Executive Producers for VH1, and Jen Passovoy serves as Producer.
Source: NMR, Live+7, P18-49 and P2+ 000s, S10: 3/22/18-5/24/18 compared to all other seasons of Ru across VH1 and Logo (Ru 2-9 + AS 1-3), ranked on impressions.
VH1 is the dominant pop culture brand for adults 18-34. The network is available in 86 million U.S. households and has an array of digital channels and services including the VH1 App, VH1.com and @VH1. VH1 is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).
About World of Wonder:
Award-winning production company World of Wonder is behind entertaining and critically acclaimed hit series including the Emmy(R) Award winning RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1/Logo), which received a groundbreaking seven 2017 Emmy(R) nominations, Million Dollar Listing LA & NY (Bravo), Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce (Fuse), and Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (National Geographic). World of Wonder has also created award-winning films and documentaries such as Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, Menendez: Blood Brothers, Inside Deep Throat, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, I Am Britney Jean, In Vogue: The Editor's Eye, Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking, Monica in Black and White, The Last Beekeeper, which won an Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Nature Programming and Out of Iraq, which won an Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Special Class Special. 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.