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Culture Club

with Conor Behan

At the time of writing we’re six episodes into the eleventh season of the original version of the show, having just finished the twisty turny fourth season of the All Stars offshoot, plus - Drag Race UK has just been filmed. RuPaul recently announced his talk show will have a three week test run this summer while his Netflix series AJ And The Queen is also due to air this year. RuPaul has always been unapologetic about making the most of a moment and it’s hard to blame him. Drag Race’s slow burn from cult favourite to a hugely popular TV sensation has given his career the kind of second act many performers would kill for.

So far, Season 11 feels a little off, either bogged down by the questionable move to start with 15 queens or challenges that feel a little bit undercooked. The genius of a show like Drag Race lies in the casting and getting to know people who’ve become drag performers for a number of reasons.

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