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The ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race began airing on March 24, 2017. Fourteen queens are competing for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a cash prize of $100,000. The cast members were revealed on February 2, 2017. The premiere date was announced on the official Drag Race Twitter account on March 1, 2017. This season is the first to not air on Logo, as it has been moved to VH1.



(Ages and names stated are during time of contest)

Rank Contestant Photo Real Name Age Hometown 1 2 3 4 5 6
TBA Shea Couleé
Jaren Shea Merrell 27 Chicago, IL SAFE HIGH SAFE WIN WIN TBA
TBA Alexis Michelle
Alex Michaels 33 New York, NY SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE HIGH
Mini Challenge Winner
TBA Peppermint
Jay Rivera 22 Brooklyn, NY SAFE SAFE BTM2 SAFE
TBA Trinity Taylor
Ryan Taylor 31 Orlando, FL SAFE HIGH WIN BTM2
TBA Sasha Velour
Alexander Steinberg 29 Brooklyn, NY HIGH SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE TBA
TBA Valentina
James Leyva 25 Los Angeles, CA SAFE WIN HIGH SAFE SAFE TBA
TBA Nina Bo'nina Brown
Pierre Leverne Dease 34 Atlanta, GA WIN SAFE
TBA Cynthia Lee Fontaine
Carlos Hernandez 35 San Juan, PR SAFE
TBA Farrah Moan
Cameron Clayton 23 Las Vegas, NV SAFE SAFE LOW SAFE BTM2 TBA
11th Eureka O’Hara
David Huggard 25 Johnson City, TN HIGH SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM
12th Charlie Hides
Charlie Hides 52

London, UK

13th Kimora Blac
Von Nguyen 28 Las Vegas, NV SAFE BTM2 ELIM
14th Jaymes Mansfield
James Wirth 26 Madison, WI SAFE ELIM
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Episode 1: "Oh. My. Gaga!"

Airdate: March 24, 2017
Lady Gaga drops by to meet the 13 new queens competing to become America's Next Drag Superstar. Their first test is to compete in the Miss Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent pageant.

  • Guest Judge: Lady Gaga
  • Main Challenge: Compete in a pageant of two categories, "Where are you from?" and "Favorite Gaga look".
  • Main Challenge Winner: Nina Bo'nina Brown
  • Main Challenge Prize: 1 week getaway to The Grand Resort and Spa at Fort Lauderdale Beach.
  • Eliminated: N/A

Episode 2: "She Done Already Done Brought It On"

Airdate: March 31, 2017
Lisa Kudrow from Friends stops by, and the queens are challenge to perform in an epic cheer battle. With guest judges The B-52s.

  • Guest Judges: The B-52's
  • Special Guest: Lisa Kudrow
  • Main Challenge: Perform in a cheer battle
  • Main Challenge Winner: Valentina
  • Main Challenge Prize: Costume wig wardrobe from Rock Star Wigs
  • Runway Theme: White party
  • Bottom Two: Jaymes Mansfield and Kimora Blac
  • Lip-Sync Song: "Love Shack" by The B-52's
  • Eliminated: Jaymes Mansfield
  • Farewell Message: "You Live to Love me more each Day. JM. PS JK I LOVE YOU ALL."

Cheerleading Squads

RuPaul's Glamazons B-52 Bombers
Nina Bo'nina Brown
Cynthia Lee Fontaine
Shea Couleé
Kimora Blac
Alexis Michelle
Farrah Moan
Sasha Velour
Jaymes Mansfield
Trinity Taylor
Charlie Hides
(also Corny)

Episode 3: "Draggily Ever After"

Airdate: April 7th, 2017
The queens must create fairytale drag princesses, and transform themselves into sassy sidekicks. With guest judges Todrick Hall and Cheyenne Jackson.

  • Guest Judges: Cheyenne Jackson and Todrick Hall
  • Main Challenge: Create a fantasy fairytale princess and a sassy sidekick.
  • Main Challenge Winner: Trinity Taylor
  • Main Challenge Prize: $2,000 gift card from Casper, a mattress manufacturer.
  • Bottom Two: Kimora Blac and Aja
  • Lip-Sync Song: "Holding Out For A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler
  • Eliminated: Kimora Blac
  • Farewell Message: "Hey ladies, I ♡ you all, sisters 4 ever! ♡ Kimmy"

Episode 4: "Good Morning Bitches"

Airdate: April 14th, 2017
The queens join the cutthroat Morning Talk Show wars. Naya Rivera (Glee) and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman guest judge.

  • Guest Judges: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman & Naya Rivera
  • Main Challenge: Star in morning talk shows.
  • Main Challenge Winner: Shea Couleé and Sasha Velour
  • Main Challenge Prize: $1000 and a one-year supply of burgers from Hamburger Mary's.
  • Runway Theme: Naughty nighties
  • Bottom Two: Trinity Taylor and Charlie Hides
  • Lip-Sync Song: "I Wanna Go" by Britney Spears
  • Eliminated: Charlie Hides
  • Farewell Message: "Ladies, I've enjoyed getting to know each + everyone of you. Slay it. xo Charlie"

Talk Shows

Not on Today Good Morning Bitches
Trinity Taylor
Charlie Hides
Shea Couleé
Cynthia Lee Fontaine
Sasha Velour
Alexis Michelle
Nina Bo'nina Brown
Farrah Moan

Episode 5: "Reality Stars: The Musical"

Airdate: April 21, 2017
Todrick Hall directs the queens in Broadway's newest mega-sensation, the Kardashian musical. Singer Meghan Trainor guest judges.

  • Guest Judges: Meghan Trainor
  • Special Guest: Todrick Hall
  • Main Challenge: Perform in Kardashian : The Musical
  • Mini-Challenge Winner : Alexis Michelle
  • Mini-Challenge Prize: $1000 from
  • Main Challenge Winner: Shea Couleé
  • Main Challenge Prize: A cruise for two with free airfare.
  • Runway Theme: Faux fur fabulous
  • Bottom Two: Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Farrah Moan
  • Lip-Sync Song: ''Woman Up'' by Meghan Trainor
  • Removed: Eureka (injury)
  • Farewell Message: "Well Biggie is out but this is NOT the last of Me!! I need all of you to ALWAYS #beyourselftofreeyourself ♡ Eureka!!"

Musical Roles

Queen Character
Peppermint Britney Spears
Sasha Velour Lindsay Lohan
Trinity Taylor Paris Hilton
Cynthia Lee Fontaine Kim Kardashian
Alexis Michelle Kris Jenner
Nina Bo'nina Brown Khloé Kardashian
Aja Kourtney Kardashian
Valentina Kendall Jenner
Farrah Moan Kylie Jenner
Shea Couleé
Blac Chyna
Eureka North West

Episode 6: "Snatch Game"

Airdate: April 28, 2017
The Queens impersonate celebrities in a TV game show. Candis Cayne and Denis O'Hare guest judge.

  • Guest Judges: Candis Cayne and Denis O'Hare
  • Special Guest(s): TBA
  • Mini-Challenge: TBA
  • Main Challenge: Snatch Game
  • Main Challenge Winner:TBA
  • Main Challenge Prize:TBA
  • Runway Theme:Night of 1,000 Madonnas Part 2
  • Bottom Two: TBA
  • Lip-Sync Song: "TBA" by TBA
  • Eliminated: TBA
  • Farewell Message: "TBA"

Snatch Game Characters

Queen Celebrity
Peppermint Nene Leakes
Sasha Velour Marlene Dietrich
Trinity Taylor Amanda Lepore
Cynthia Lee Fontaine TBA
Alexis Michelle Liza Minnelli
Nina Bo'nina Brown Jasmine Masters
Aja Alyssa Edwards
Valentina Ariadna Gutierrez
Farrah Moan Gigi Gorgeous
Shea Couleé Naomi Campbell

Episode 7: "9021-HO"

Airdate: May 5th 2017
The queens act in a classic '90s high-school drama directed by original "Beverly Hills 90210" stars Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth.

  • Guest Judges: Jennie Garth & Tori Spelling
  • Special Guest(s): TBA
  • Mini-Challenge: TBA
  • Main Challenge: Act in a classic 90's high-school drama
  • Main Challenge Winner:TBA
  • Main Challenge Prize:TBA
  • Bottom Two: TBA
  • Lip-Sync Song: "TBA" by TBA
  • Eliminated: TBA
  • Farewell Message: "TBA"

Episode 8: "RuPaul Roast"

Airdate: May 12th 2017
The queens perform a comedy roast of RuPaul in front of a live audience. Singer Tamar Braxton and Fortune Feimster (The Mindy Project) guest judge.

  • Guest Judges: Tamar Braxton & Fortune Feimster
  • Special Guest(s): TBA
  • Mini-Challenge: TBA
  • Main Challenge: Perform a comedy roast on RuPaul
  • Main Challenge Winner:TBA
  • Main Challenge Prize:TBA
  • Bottom Two: TBA
  • Lip-Sync Song: "TBA" by TBA
  • Eliminated: TBA
  • Farewell Message: "TBA"

Episode 9: "Your Pilot's on Fire"

Airdate: May 19th 2017
The queens create, write, and star in their own TV pilots. Noah Galvin (The Real O'Neals) and QVC queen Lisa Robertson guest judge.

  • Guest Judges: Noah Gavin and Lisa Robertson
  • Special Guest(s): TBA
  • Mini-Challenge: TBA
  • Main Challenge: Create, write, and star in a TV pilot
  • Main Challenge Winner:TBA
  • Main Challenge Prize:TBA
  • Bottom Two: TBA
  • Lip-Sync Song: "TBA" by TBA
  • Eliminated: TBA
  • Farewell Message: "TBA"


  • Season 9 is the first season...
    • In which there is no elimination during episode 1.
    • In which RuPaul is not in drag throughout the first episode.
    • In which every queen appears on the second episode. 
    • That premieres on Fridays, not Thursdays, Mondays, or Tuesdays.
    • In which a mini-challenge didn't happen in the first four episodes.
    • To use Instagram Stories for promotions.
    • To not upload episodes on Logo's website or VH1's the day after airing.
    • To edit in a cartoon video on the main stage.
    • To have queens walk a different runway for the whole episode.
    • To have a queen be eliminated on doctors orders due to an injury.
    • To repeat a challenge from a previous season (besides Snatch Game).
  • Season 9 is the second season...
    • To feature a contestant returning from a previous season; the first was Shangela's return in Season 3.
    • To feature a disqualification. The first queen in Herstory to be disqualified was Willam Belli in Season 4.
  • Season 9 is the third season...


Gallery pic
Check out the lookbook gallery to see the queens' looks from each episode.



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