Ariana Grande Is Sashaying Her Way Back to RuPaul's Drag Race for Season 15

Ahead of the supersized season 15 premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race, the series has announced its first guest judge—and it's none other than pop princess Ariana Grande. Get all the details here.

By Charlotte Walsh Dec 14, 2022 7:52 PMTags
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Ariana Grande is so "Into Ru."

The pop princess is returning to RuPaul's Drag Race as a guest judge for the supersized premiere of season 15. The Grammy winner, who previously sat on the judges' panel during season seven, will be giving critiques alongside mainstay judges Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews and RuPaul during both episodes of Jan. 6's double premiere. 

In a teaser posted to the Drag Race social media accounts, fans get their first glimpse of Grande as she makes her return. Sporting a bejeweled cone bra and a pencil skirt, the singer struts down the runway and announces, "Season 15 is here, and so am I."

The season is certainly off to a "Bang Bang," with the series announcing Dec. 13 that the new edition would feature both the biggest cast ever and biggest prize ever. Grande will be judging 16 queens—including pageant icon Sasha Colby and TikTok-famous twins Sugar and Spice—as they vie for a record $200,000. 

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That isn't the only change hitting the long-running series. For its fifteenth season, the series will now be lip syncing for its life at MTV, making it the Emmy-winning show's third home. (Seasons one through eight of Drag Race aired on Logo, while seasons nine through 14 were on VH1.) MTV will also be the new home of RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked, which shows deleted scenes and unaired conversations among the queens.

Watch Grande kick off season 15 of RuPaul's Drag Race when it premieres Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on MTV, with RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked premiering immediately after.

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