ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
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Jancy Richardson

13 queens, a $100,000 cash prize and sickening looks coming at you faster than you can snatch a wig... it's gotta be the long-awaited ninth season of . After the intense drama and controversy of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 2, RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 will have to BRING IT. Gentlemen, start your engines, and may the best woman WIN...

Yass Gaga, Yass!

Check out this emotional clip of Gaga meeting the Season 9 queens, with some moving reactions, particularly from Gaga mega-fan Eureka O’Hara, who was let go from the show in a shock elimination on health grounds in Episode 5. The big, bold badass will be back in Season 10 — our first confirmed contestant for the next series of RuPaul's Drag Race!

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 News & Rumors

RuPaul's Drag Race has a tradition of featuring some of the fiercest talents in music, comedy, dance, fashion and general fabulousness, but really pushed the boat out with Season 9... No T, no shade, but you know your fave drag show has hit the big time when Lady freakin' Gaga shows up...

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RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 Premiere Date

Engines started March 24, 2017, which was the RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 premiere date. Season 9 of the show airs every Friday on VH1.

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 Trailer

Desperate times call for dragtastic measures! The new RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 trailer is serving pastel-licious Holi Festival of Colors realness.

You can also get to know our new queens a little with this fun little quick-fire question section.

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 Queens & Cast

The cast members were revealed on February 2, 2017, and include the following contestants (rankings will be added in as the season progresses):

Aja

'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]
'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]
  • Non-drag name: Jay Rivera
  • Age: 22
  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • Eliminated: Episode 7 (sixth elimination)

Alexis Michelle

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]
  • Non-drag name: Alex Michaels
  • Age: 33
  • Location: New York, NY

Charlie Hides

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]
  • Non-drag name: Charlie Hides
  • Age: 52
  • Location: London, UK
  • Eliminated: Episode 4 (Third elimination)

Cynthia Lee Fontaine

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]
  • Non-drag name: Carlos Hernandez
  • Age: 36
  • Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Eliminated: Episode 6 (fifth elimination)

Eureka O’Hara

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]
  • Non-drag name: David Huggard
  • Age: 25
  • Location: Johnson City, TN
  • Eliminated: Episode 5 (fourth elimination). Despite Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Farrah Moan being the bottom two and completing a lip-sync, Eureka was let go from the competition on health grounds (she popped her knee during episode 2's cheerleading challenge and her injury had deteriorated by episode 5). Eureka has a place secured on season 10.

Farrah Moan

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]
  • Non-drag name: Cameron Clayton
  • Age: 23
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Eliminated: Episode 8 (seventh elimination)

Jaymes Mansfield

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]
  • Non-drag name: James Wirth
  • Age: 26
  • Location: Madison, WI
  • Eliminated: Episode 2 (First elimination)

Kimora Blac

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]
  • Non-drag name: Von Nguyen
  • Age: 28
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Eliminated: Episode 3 (second elimination)

Nina Bo'nina Brown

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]
  • Non-drag name: Pierre Leverne Dease
  • Age: 34
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Eliminated: Episode 10 (ninth elimination)

Peppermint

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]
  • Peppermint is the first contestant to enter RuPaul's Drag Race as a transgender woman.
  • Age: 37
  • Location: New York, NY

Sasha Velour

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]
  • Non-drag name: Alexander Steinberg
  • Age: 29
  • Location: Brooklyn, NY

Shea Couleé

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]
  • Non-drag name: Jaren Shea Merrell
  • Age: 27
  • Location: Chicago, IL

Trinity Taylor

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]
  • Non-drag name: Ryan Taylor
  • Age: 31
  • Location: Orlando, FL

Valentina

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]
  • Non-drag name: James Levya
  • Age: 25
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Eliminated: Episode 9 (eighth elimination)

You can watch previous contestants Raven and Raja's characteristically honest and funny Photo Fashion Ruview of the RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 queens' looks below. Get tooting and booting!

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 Recap

Episode 1: 'Oh My Gaga'

  • Eliminated: In a shock twist, nobody was eliminated this week. In fact, another queen was added to the competition, their identity to be revealed in episode 2.
  • Guest(s): Lady freakin' Gaga!
  • Challenge winner: Nina Bo'Nina Brown

Challenges: Courage, Uniqueness, Nerve & Talent Pageant: a double catwalk with two looks — one displaying each queen's city/state of origin, one inspired by a previous Lady Gaga look.

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]

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

  • Eliminated: Jaymes Mansfield
  • Lip Sync: 'Love Shack' — The B52's (Jaymes Mansfield vs Kimora Blac)
  • Guest(s): Lisa Kudrow, The B52's
  • Challenge Winner: Valentina

Challenge: A freakin' CHEERLEADING CHALLENGE!! The girls split into two teams and cheered against each other, replete with tumbling and pyramid scheming... No mini-challenge except for a White Ball-themed runway challenge.

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]

Episode 3: 'Draggily Ever After'

  • Eliminated: Kimora Blac
  • Lip Sync: 'Holding Out For A Hero' — Bonnie Tyler (Aja vs Kimora Blac)
  • Guest(s): Cheyenne Jackson
  • Challenge Winner: Trinity Taylor

Challenge: The queens were tasked with creating Fairytale Princess personae, including sassy animated sidekicks to tell their stories on the runway.

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]

Episode 4: 'Good Morning Bitches'

  • Eliminated: Charlie Hides
  • Lip Sync: 'I Wanna Go' — Britney Spears (Charlie Hides vs Trinity Taylor)
  • Guest(s): Naya Rivera & Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
  • Challenge Winner: Shea Coulee & Sasha Velour

Challenge: The queens are split into two teams to present two live morning talk shows: Morning Bitches and Not On Today.

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]

Episode 5: 'Reality Stars: The Musical'

  • Eliminated: Eureka O'Hara (on health grounds)
  • Lip Sync: 'Woman Up' — Meghan Trainor (Cynthia Lee Fontaine vs Farrah Moan)
  • Guest(s): Meghan Trainor
  • Challenge Winner: Shea Coulee

Challenge: The queens perform an ensemble musical number in 'Kardashian: The Musical.'

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]

Episode 6: 'Snatch Game'

  • Eliminated: Cynthia Lee Fontaine
  • Lip Sync: 'Music' — Madonna (Cynthia Lee Fontaine vs Peppermint)
  • Guest(s): Candis Cayne & Denis O'Hare
  • Challenge Winner: Alexis Michelle

Challenge: Each queen impersonates a celeb in beloved panel show Snatch Game.

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]

Episode 7: '9021-HO'

  • Eliminated: Aja
  • Lip Sync: 'Finally' — Cece Peniston (Aja vs Nina Bo'nina Brown)
  • Guest(s): Jennie Garth & Tori Spelling
  • Challenge Winner: Trinity Taylor

Challenge: Acting extravaganza in '90s themed spoof TV show '9021-HO.'

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]

Episode 8: 'RuPaul Roast'

  • Eliminated: Farrah Moan
  • Lip Sync: 'Baby I'm Burning' — Dolly Parton (Alexis Michelle vs Farrah Moan)
  • Guest(s): Fortune Feimster & Tamar Braxton
  • Challenge Winner: Peppermint

Challenge: A stand-up live roast of Drag Race's evil stepmother, Michelle Visage.

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]

Episode 9: 'Your Pilot's On Fire'

  • Eliminated: Valentina
  • Lip Sync: 'Greedy' — Ariana Grande (Nina Bo'Nina Brown vs Valentina)
  • Guest(s): Lisa Robertson & Noah Galvin
  • Challenge Winner: Sasha Velour & Shea Couleé

Challenge: Write & star in an original TV pilot.

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]

Episode 10: 'Makeovers: Crew Better Work'

  • Eliminated: Nina Bo'Nina Brown
  • Lip Sync: 'Cool for the Summer' — Demi Lovato (Shea Couleé vs Nina Bo'Nina Brown)
  • Guest(s): Kesha and Zaldy
  • Challenge Winner: Trinity Taylor

Challenge: Each contestant must makeover a RPDR crew members into their drag sister, and perform a lip sync to RuPaul's 'Click Clack.'

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'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9' [Credit: Logo]

Episode 11: 'Gayest Ball Ever' Airs June 2

Guest(s): Andie MacDowell and Joan Smalls

Episode 12: 'Category Is' Airs June 9

Watch RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 Online

The show will air from an as-yet-unspecified date in March 2017, when you will be able to watch RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 online on Logo TV.

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