Since its move to VH1, RuPaul's Drag Race has reached a new level in mainstream pop culture, resonating with a wider audience. The series is making it possible for viewers to learn even more about their favorite queens, and RPDR has won multiple awards. Going from a relatively unknown channel, which offered mostly LGBTQ+ programming, to a channel that is now more well-rounded and well-known, has certainly increased viewership. It gave the series a bigger platform that has heightened the excitement among fans. Episodes have gotten longer, and seasons have gotten more diverse.
Despite all of that, however, some fans are starting to worry that the show may be beginning to lose the glitz and glamour that drew in so many fans at the beginning. Loyal viewers will stop at nothing to watch each rendition in the RuPaul's Drag Race series, and these versions come from around the world. There are currently shows set in Canada, Thailand, Australia, Holland, France, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Soon, there will be installments in the Philippines and Belgium, along with the main show and its accompanying American spin-offs. This series is history-making, but lately, it feels as if it is getting a bit less entertaining. Does the franchise need something new to make it shine?
It is inspiring that RuPaul has decided to create new shows across the world, but with so many seasons on at the same time, it may feel a bit like drag overload. Drag Race France, Drag Race Down Under, and Canada’s Drag Race are all airing at the same time on WOW Presents+. On top of that, RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars just wrapped its seventh season, crowning Jinkx Monsoon as its Queen of All Queens, and the series has garnered much praise from critics and fans alike. Although there are many versions of this show, the real reason why fans are feeling like the show is being dragged out date back to its original version.
When RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 aired, fans were immediately shocked to find out that half the cast would be eliminated and put in the “Pork Chop Lounge.” They realized that there would be a song from the winners, as well as those who were pork chopped. The season felt like it lasted a while, and when season 14 aired, it got even worse. During that installment, for three weeks in a row, no one was sent home, resulting in what felt like the longest season. That resulted in a final RPDR five for the first time in franchise herstory, when Bosco, Daya Betty, Angeria Paris VanMichaels, Willow Pill, and Lady Camden competed in the Lip-Sync Battle for the Crown.
RuPaul’s Drag Race has sure made its mark on the entertainment industry, giving it enough traction to get nods in other TV shows, inspiring fans to create forums and fan pages, and gifting the world with so many quotable moments and scenes. However, the fandom has spoken, and they have come to the consensus that the show had a higher level of appeal when seasons were more spaced out. Now, spoilers are everywhere before seasons even air. With so many seasons of different versions on at the same time, RuPaul's Drag Race is getting hectic and predictable.