Surprising changes RUvealed in first ten minutes of ‘Drag Race’ season 13!

RuPaul’s Drag Race always finds new ways to keep us GAGGING!

We got an early dose of Drag Race Season 13 on Monday, when the first ten minutes of the first episode was released on YouTube. The clip RUvealed some really big surprises, which included a change in one of RuPaul’s most popular catchphrases and a few other unexpected twists! 

In the clip, two queens are introduced to us — Kandy Muse from New York City and Joey Jay from Phoenix, Arizona. But, before they get a chance to get familiar with one another in the work room, RuPaul appears on the screen and tells them to head to the stage, where they are thrown right into their first lip sync challenge! They were told to prepare a lip sync to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and, depending on the results, one of them will receive the “Pork Chop”. We have no idea what the “Pork Chop” is, but RuPaul already has us and the first two queens sweating bullets!

Speaking of queens, RuPaul seems to have revised the way she refers to her babies! Usually, right before a challenge, she would famously proclaim, “Gentlemen, start your engines! And may the best woman win!” However, right before the surprise lip sync starts in the clip, we hear Ru say “Racers, start your engines! And may the best drag queen win!” The catchphrase was undoubtedly altered to be more gender inclusive, since RuPaul has come under fire in the past for not being more trans and gender inclusive. This season, we are being introduced to Gottmik, who is making history as the first trans masculine contestant on Drag Race

And, if all of that wasn’t enough, the clip also reminds us that it was indeed filmed in 2020, with the new addition of glass partitions between the judges on the panel. Unsurprisingly, the joke-cracking Ross Matthews takes this opportunity to call attention to the new glass screens by announcing that he brought his own squeegee to the set, right before taking it out and using it on his screen. 

The clip ends right after the surprise lip sync, so we are not told who actually wins and who gets… the “Pork Chop”? I guess we’ll find out when season 13 of RuPaul’s Drag Race begins on VH1 on Jan. 1, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. 

Watch the first ten minutes of season 13 of RuPaul’s Drag Race below!

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Kyle Jackson

Kyle Jackson (He/Him) is Senior Staff Writer at Gray Jones Media, and additionally works as a writer, editor and theatre artist/actor. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, he studied at Dillard University, received a BA in Theatre from Morgan State University, an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University, and completed the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford Programme in 2017. Having lived in Baltimore, the Washington, DC area, Philadelphia and New York City, he now resides and works in London, United Kingdom.