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Starting with humble beginnings, reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race has become a massively successful, Emmy-winning sensation. The show's whopping 13th season is currently airing, so countless exciting guest judges have sashayed down the runway for either main seasons or All-Stars. But there are some A-list names that haven't graced the acclaimed series yet, and judge Michelle Visage recently revealed a number of celebs that they've asked multiples times.
As RuPaul's Drag Race started snatching trophies at the Emmy Awards, the show's impressive guest judges have gotten even more fancy celebrity guest judges. Some major names include Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, and Nicki Minaj. And now Michelle Visage has dropped a few names that haven't been able to appear behind the judges' panel, despite interest by the producers. When asked why certain superstars haven't been featured yet, she said:
To just calm everybody down we do ask Cher, we do ask Madonna, we do ask Liza, we do ask Dolly, we ask everybody, and scheduling is always the conflict. It took years to get Gaga, but we got her.
Well, there you have it. It looks like the producers of RuPaul's Drag Race consistently ask for legendary divas like Liza Minelli or Madonna to appear on the show. Unfortunately the scheduling hasn't worked out yet, but it doesn't look like the offers (or the show itself) are going to stop anytime soon.
Michelle Visage's comments to HuffPost are sure to excite the countless Drag Race fans out there who would like to see someone like the legendary Cher appear to school the dolls. We'll just have to hold out hope that those names end up eventually appearing. And in the meantime, we can hold out hope ahead of the trailer for the next season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.
It obviously makes a great deal of sense that legends like Dolly Parton might have a difficult schedule to work around. What's more, the shooting days on RuPaul's Drag Race are known for be quite long. There's the challenges, runway, and lip synchs, so there's a ton of footage to capture. As such, it's impossible for someone like Madonna to pop in for a quick appearance.
Then again, RuPaul's Drag Race is also really hitting its stride in regards to success. The show has earned a whopping 19 Emmy wins over the past few years, Outstanding Competition Program and Best Host for none other than RuPaul herself. Given this pedigree, it might be more appealing for big names to appear in a future season.
Michelle Visage mentioned Lady Gaga's appearance on the premiere of Season 9. The pop sensation/actress snuck in as a mole, before eventually revealing herself and giving extensive constructive criticism to the contestants. We'll just have to wait and see what names are next to make their way onto the main stage of RuPaul's Drag Race.
RuPaul's Drag Race airs new episodes Fridays on VH1. Be sure to check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch.