Don’t be a drag just be a queen.

Don’t be a drag just be a queen.

Lady Gaga finally popped her RuPaul’s Drag Race cherry with her first-ever appearance on the show, despite being a source of inspiration for the ladies for eight seasons.

As the contestants do on the show opener, Mother Monster cat walked in in her best drag look. She had hoped to trick the contestants into thinking she was a fellow queen, but quickly revealed her identity. Another highlight was singing a bit of RuPaul’s 1992 classic “Supermodel (You Better Work).”

AV Club detailed the episode to a tea. Here’s an excerpt: “This premiere is one big salute to Gaga, and the queens’ first challenge is a pageant in which they wear one look that represents their home city and another replicating a Gaga ensemble. And no one is getting eliminated. I told you this episode was extra. Ru is taking these queens on a wild ride at the very beginning, starting by giving them a pop superstar, then telling them that they get an exhibition episode to show what they can do without risk of elimination, and ending with another bombshell that adds a new wrinkle to the season. 13 queens entered the workroom, but at the end of The Miss Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, And Talent pageant, RuPaul announces that the competition is officially beginning by adding a 14th queen whose identity is withheld until next episode.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 also features guest appearances from Kesha, Meghan Trainor, Lisa Kudrow, Cheyenne Jackson, The B-52s, Naya Rivera, Andie MacDowell, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Denis O’Hare, Noah Galvin, Todrick Hall, Tamar Braxton, Lisa Robertson, Joan Smalls, Candis Cayne, Fortune Feimster, and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman.

Check it out (the full episode is available on GagaDaily):

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