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Never a drag, always a queen, Lady Gaga has spent nearly â€¨a decade bucking mainstream conventions with an eccentric conceptual aesthetic (weâ€™re looking at you, meat dress), so if thereâ€™s anywhere she fits â€¨in, itâ€™s among the teased and bejeweled contestants vying for the title of Americaâ€™s Next Drag Superstar.
â€œThereâ€™s an ease â€¨and familiarity that is apparent when â€¨you watch her,â€ says host RuPaul, who earned an Emmy in September for his work as host of the show. â€œWe had a fabulous time with Gaga. She was in heaven because this is all so much a part of â€¨her wheelhouse and what she does with imagery, costumes, and the way she â€¨presents herself.â€
VH1While the episode marks the first time Mother Monster has appeared on the competition series, her presence has â€¨ long been felt on set: A bevy of queens have lip-synched for their lives to tracks from Gagaâ€™s discography, and two have even channeled her likeness for the perennial celebrity-impersonation challenge. Yet, according to RuPaul, it was a single heartfelt tweet from the Grammy winner back in 2013 that jump-started the collaboration: â€œCan I PLEASE be a judge on Drag Race! @RuPaul I started out in these [clubs], these women taught me how to serve!â€ she wrote.
And serve she has.
â€œShe comes from this background of downtown New York City clubs, so that was the difference between her and other guests whoâ€™ve been appreciative of what we do but â€¨donâ€™t know where we come from,â€ says RuPaul. â€œShe comes from that world.â€
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â€¦and now @ladygaga is on to the Gay Super Bowl!! ðŸ³ï¸â€ðŸŒˆ . We're absolutely gagging!!!! Come through Gaga and welcome to #DragRace finally!! ðŸ™ŒðŸ’‹
Lady Gaga goesÂ cheek to contoured cheek with the contestants of RuPaulâ€™s Drag Race as a judge in the season 9 premiere, which airs March 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET on VH1.
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