RuPaul’s Drag Race fans have noticed a significant change to one of the most famous catchphrases on the show in a first look released for the new series.
On New Year’s Day, RuPaul’s Drag Race returns for lucky season 13, introducing viewers to dazzling performers among the likes of Olivia Lux, Rosé and Gottmik, the competition’s first ever trans male contestant.
Ahead of its launch, a sneak peek of the first episode was unveiled, showing New Yorker Kandy Muse and Phoenix-based Joey Jay meeting for the first time in the Werk Room.
Before the queens are able to make the acquaintance of the rest of their cast mates, they’re instructed in a video message from RuPaul to make their way to the main stage straight away, where they soon discover they’ll be taking part in their very first lip sync for their lives. The drama begins!
Typically, before RuPaul takes her place on the judges panel in front of the main stage, the drag queen says the catchphrase: ‘Gentlemen, start your engines, and may the best woman win.’
However, in a move to champion inclusivity of gender pronouns, the first look at the season premiere features RuPaul saying the newly-updated phrase: ‘Racers, start your engines, and may the best drag queen win.’
This alteration was noticed by multiple Drag Race fans, many of whom praised the thoughtful update.
‘One step forward for inclusivity,’ tweeted Great British Bake Off star Michael Chakraverty.
‘I’m glad RuPaul is acknowledging that a trans queen is on this season by saying “May the best drag queen win!” Instead of “May the best woman win”,’ another person tweeted.
Someone else admitted that the new catchphrase made them ‘tear up’, stating: ‘It’s not a lot of progress but at least some.’
Following her entrance on the stage in the first episode of the new series, RuPaul – wearing a shimmering, futuristic, bubble-gum pink gown – takes her place on the judges panel alongside Michelle Visage, Ross Matthews and Carson Kressley
The judges then welcome Kandy Muse and Joey Jay to the stage, who promptly put on an entertaining lip sync performance of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe, having been informed that one of them will be told ‘shantay you stay’ and the other will be told to ‘sashay away’.
In an unsurprising turn of events, the clip cuts out before we find out who has won the lip sync battle.
So will either Kandy Muse or Joey Jay actually be sent home before the competition has even really begun, and will the rest of the cast also have to lip sync for their lives in the season premiere? We don’t have long to find out!
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 premieres on January 1 at 8pm ET/PT on VH1. It is expected to be released on Netflix shortly afterwards.
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