Logo Ru-Veals new cast of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

"RuPaul's Drag Race" is celebrating its 100th episode. Photo courtesy Logo.

New York, NY – February 1, 2016 – RuPaul is back to light up the runway with the highly anticipated new season of the groundbreaking series, RuPaul's Drag Race. Logo revealed the eagerly awaited cast comprised of the nation’s 12 drag elite tonight during the “New Now Next Honors.” In a nod to superfans, Logo also launched a week-long social scavenger hunt via Dubsmash and Instagram that culminated in the announcement of Kim Chi as a competing queen earlier today. The season premiere also marks a drag milestone as it features the 100th episode and 100th drag queen to sashay into the work room.

"This is an amazing time to be producing television," said executive producer RuPaul Charles. "The fact that ‘RuPaul's Drag Race’ is celebrating its 100th episode is undeniable proof that there is an insatiable hunger for authentic, unfiltered and ribald voices that not only challenge the norm, but help redefine mainstream media."

The new season will premiere on Monday, March 7th at 9:00 PM ET/PT with a supersized 90-minute episode that unveils a court of cut-throat Queens each competing to snatch the crown and strut away with a $100,000 cash prize and the coveted title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” Along the way, they’ll face an unpredictable competition and deliver gag-worthy and jaw-dropping moments as these talented ladies of drag join the fabulous 88 Queens who fought for the crown before them.

The 12 Queens who will compete in the pop culture phenomenon that has taken the world by its weave include:

  • Acid Betty
    Brooklyn, NY
    TW: @acidbettyrocks, IG: @acidbetty
  • Bob The Drag Queen
    New York, NY
    TW: @thatonequeen, IG: @bobthedragqueen
  • Chi Chi DeVayne
    Shreveport, LA
    TW: @ChiChiDeVayne, IG: @cheechdevayne
  • Cynthia Lee Fontaine
    Austin, TX
    TW: @lee_fontaine, IG: @cynthialeefontaine
  • Dax ExclamationPoint
    Savannah, GA
    TW: @Daxclamation, IG: @daxclamation
  • Derrick Barry
    Las Vegas, NV
    TW: @DerrickBarry, IG: @derrickbarry
  • Kim Chi
    Chicago, IL
    TW: @KimChi_Chic, IG: @kimchi_chic
  • Laila McQueen
    Gloucester, MA
    TW: @LailaMcQueen, IG: @misslailamcqueen
  • Naomi Smalls
    Redlands, CA
    TW: @naomismallsduh, IG: @naomismalls
  • Naysha Lopez
    Chicago, IL
    TW: @nayshalopez, IG: @nayshalopez
  • Robbie Turner
    Seattle, WA
    TW: @TheRobbieTurner, IG: @therobbieturner
  • Thorgy Thor
    Brooklyn, NY
    TW: @ThorgyThor, IG: @thorgythor

The new game show series Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul will also premiere on Logo this year. Hosted by RuPaul, the half-hour comedic, trivia game show features a panel of six celebrities helping two contestants answer pop culture questions to win cash and prizes. A second season of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race will premiere later in the year.

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Kate Fisher and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for Logo.

The Gayly – February 5, 2016 @ 8:55 a.m.