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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 Queens Talk Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera & More

Only a select number of shows can say they’ve been airing for a decade. On Thursday night (March 22), RuPaul’s Drag Race will become one of them. With the premiere of its 10th season, the show is celebrating 10 years of serving audiences all the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent we could ask for.

The 10th season also means there are 13 new queens (and one queen we all remember from last season) who will be competing to earn the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” and that coveted $100,000. The queens of season 10 took time out of their busy premiere schedules to talk to Billboard about the best and worst music of drag today.

Aquaria

What's the first song you ever performed to in drag?

The first song I ever did was “ Do What U Want” by Lady Gaga, off of her ARTPOP album. I did a whole thing where it was basically a parody of Maury Povich’s show, I thought I was so funny.

What's your favorite song to perform to?

I mean, I know I’m kind of doubling down, but Gaga’s  cover of “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra is so good. It’s from her Tony Bennett era, she was so elegant and so cute and good then, I really love performing to that one.

What song are you sick of seeing queens perform?

To be perfectly honest, I hate it when drag queens do songs by other drag queens. If you want to do it that’s fine, but make sure you’re doing it uniquely and differently. Like go for it, do “Your Makeup Is Terrible” by Alaska, but make sure that it’s something fresh and new. Don’t try and do Alaska doing her own song.

Asia O'Hara

What's the first song you ever performed to in drag?

I'm trying to think of it -- what's that Britney Spears song that ends with "I'm not that innocent"? Is it "Oops!...I Did It Again"? Yes, that's the one, because I swore that I was Britney, I had just been to her concert, and I was like, "Oh, she's got lashes and hair and she's lip syncing, so I'm gonna just do that."

What's your favorite song to perform to?

Mine changes a lot, but I love "Like the Way I Do" by Melissa Etheridge. I feel like it really fits my character really well. I always come back to that song, with my short little kitty-cat wig on, it's great.

What song are you sick of seeing queens perform?

This might be a song that's only popular in the South and in the pageant world, but there is a dance song called "Turn Me Out" by Kathy Brown that I cannot with anymore. I'm just like, please let that go to pasture. No thank you. "Shut on up" is what it should be called, not "get on up."

Blair St. Clair

What's the first song you ever performed to in drag?

The first song I ever did was "Toxic" by Britney Spears, but that was not my initial intent! My CD wasn't working, and I wanted to do "Land of Lola" from Kinky Boots. I came with it, and the DJ was like, "It's not working, can you pick another number? What else do you know?" And I was like "I don't know ... I guess Britney Spears, everyone knows her?" So I did it, and I looked like a flailing little fish in my mesh, lime-green weird-looking tube top dress on top of a bra and panties.

What's your favorite song to perform to?

I'd have to say it's this mix I do from Bring It On: The Musical. It's upbeat, it's fun, people are always into it, and that's definitely my favorite thing to perform now. But I love new music, so I don't really have that one song I love, I like to change it up.

What song are you sick of seeing queens perform?

Oh, what's that song that everyone bucks to? "Turn Me Out," that's it! I can't with that anymore. If I hear it one more time, I'm done, I'm so over it.

Dusty Ray Bottoms

What's the first song you ever performed to in drag?

I actually live-sung "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield. It was so terrible, but I am a son of a preacher man, so I just thought it was only fitting to do it! I sang it to a karaoke track, it was real special. I haven't done it since and I won't do it live ever again.

What's your favorite song to perform to?

Probably "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen, or "Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin. These are the ones that I wear out, I love doing them. Anything Queen and, like, rock, it's everything. I love doing stuff like that.

What song are you sick of seeing queens perform?

Personally, and you might hate me for this — I don't understand why queens do the fucking toast song from Hamilton ("Satisfied"). I am not interested in seeing this at all at a drag show, and yet some queens just love doing this number! They play all of the parts, I can't with it.

Eureka O'Hara

What's the first song you ever performed to in drag?

It was Fergie's "Pedestal." Let me tell you about this performance, it was a mess. I was so terrified, that I literally walked out with my purse in my hand, stood in one spot and didn't move. But the crowd cheered me on, so I was like, "Ok, I wanna be a part of this."

What's your favorite song to perform to?

I absolutely love "Mama Knows Best" by Jessie J. Anything Jessie J is my life, I love her so much. I feel like she's so shortchanged, too! She's amazing, I hate that she's not more popular.

What song are you sick of seeing queens perform?

Oh, "Fire" by Dolce, I'm so sick of that song. Or even "A Woman's Got A Power" by Jennifer Holliday. Those two stereotypical drag songs that everyone does, I've seen it five hundred million times, especially being a southern drag queen. I'm so tired of it.

Kalorie Karbdashian Williams

What's the first song you ever performed to in drag?

It was a Nicki Minaj medley, it was a cute little mix with "Whip It" into "Itty Bitty Piggy." It was so sickening. Being from Roswell, New Mexico, this small, ghetto-ass town, Nicki was the Beyoncé of Roswell, so it was like, this is who I want to do for my first performance to show people that Kalorie is a bad bitch!

What's your favorite song to perform to?

Oh god. I would probably say "Let There Be Love" by Christina Aguilera. I mean, first of all, like, let's let there be love, I'm all about love and being sweet and kind. But it's so high-energy and fun, and that's what Kalorie is, she just wants to have the time of her life.

What song are you sick of seeing queens perform?

"Commander" by Kelly Rowland. I feel like that song is just so over-fucking-played by every drag queen in America. There's this one girl from my hometown who did that song every single performance, and I was not here for it. No shade to Kelly, though, she's great.

Kameron Michaels

What's the first song you ever performed to in drag?

The first one I ever did was "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera. And I got to tell her that I did it on the first episode! She was so sweet about it. But it's just one of those feel good songs, and so at the time, I was like, "Let's do this."

What's your favorite song to perform to?

My favorite is really just anything by Rihanna. I love her, she is sexual and strong and confident. My go-to song is "Rude Boy," it's a classic, people love it. If I don't know what to do and I need to turn out a  performance, I will put on "Rude Boy."

What song are you sick of seeing queens perform?

There's a song called "End of the Road (Medley)" by Gladys Knight, it's a song all of the southern queens do, it's like 11 fucking minutes, and we don't have time for that in a modern drag world. It's one of those very grand, diva songs. Please, bury it six feet under.

Mayhem Miller

What's the first song you ever performed to in drag?

First one for me was called "All Eyez on Me" by Monica. That song explained everything about me, the lyrics talk about like, "When I step into the club / There's so much love / All eyes on me." It is a boss bitch song, everyone was looking at me, I was trying to be the life of the party.

What's your favorite song to perform to?

There's so many. I would say that "Show Me Love" by Robin S is definitely my favorite. It's a crowd favorite, when people hear that song, people go nuts. And I'm a '90s queen, so that's a big favorite of mine.

What song are you sick of seeing queens perform?

I heard everyone saying "Turn Me Out," and I am on board with that. I would also like to see queens stop doing ... you know what, no, let's just stick with "Turn Me Out." As soon as it starts, I'm like, "Here we go. This again."

Miz Cracker

What's the first song you ever performed to in drag?

It was "Earthquake" by Lady Gaga! It was an unreleased B-side, and she actually scrapped it and used it poorly in other songs. She spread the whole song over her whole ARTPOP album. That was back to when I listened to Lady Gaga, now I am only a Christina fan [laughs].

What's your favorite song to perform to?

If I have to do a song all the way through, which I usually don't, is definitely "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor because everyone knows it, or should know it, ladies. If you don't, I'll tell you what, you're getting double eliminated.

What song are you sick of seeing queens perform?

Listen. I'll make a slight adjustment. I do not ever want to hear "A Woman's Got A Power" by Jennifer Holliday again, unless you are doing it so well and so right that it's new for me. If you're not dancing the house down with the face, hair body, boots, then I'll like it. Otherwise, do not do that song.

Monét X Change

What's the first song you ever performed to in drag?

It was a mix of a few songs, but the main one was "Stormy Weather" by Ella Fitzgerald. Yes, girl, I kicked off my career with that classic hit, "Stormy Weather." It made no goddamn sense [laughs].

What's your favorite song to perform to?

For me it's "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" by Tori Kelly, which is a remake of the Stevie Wonder song. I do a costume change, it's a feel good song, and it's a remake of such a classic. Kids will come up to me and be like "Oh my god, I love that Tori Kelly song" and I'm like, "No bitch, that's Stevie Wonder."

What song are you sick of seeing queens perform?

I can't think of one that I need people to stop doing. I guess in New York, we're just really inventive, and we just don't do all that mess [laughs].

Monique Heart

What's the first song you ever performed to in drag?

My very first song I performed to was the Thunderpuss remix of "It's Not Right, But It's Okay" by my idol Whitney Houston. I was in a black and white striped dress from Forever 21, it was $20, a shake-and-go wig, or quick weave as I call it, and true stripper heels. It was a mess [laughs].

What's your favorite song to perform to?

To perform? Oh my gosh, that's so hard! I would say for right now it's "Sorry Not Sorry," by Demi Lovato. That song is everything, I love her so much.

What song are you sick of seeing queens perform?

I do not ever need to see another drag queen do "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele. I'm gonna have to let that go. It's so slow, and we're just sitting there like, "Girl, we've heard it. We got it. You're emotional. Enough."

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo

What's the first song you ever performed to in drag?

The first one I ever did was "Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj. You know it was gonna be something ghetto. They asked me if I was sure that I wanted to do it, because there's a lot of lyrics, but I was like "Bitch, I got this." I took the wig out the trunk, headed to the gig, and I was acting a damn fool.

What's your favorite song to perform to?

I love to do mixes. But if I do, it'll be a mix of all the ghetto songs, so like a Trina, Khia, booty-shaking, ass-shaking, twerkalicious mix. I love all that.

What song are you sick of seeing queens perform?

I don't know if I've got one. Honestly, "Anaconda!" [laughs] Because, bitch, I did it first and I did it right!

The Vixen

What's the first song you ever performed to in drag?

So I'm a little extra. For my intro to my drag character, I did every intro to every concert that Beyoncé has ever done [laughs]. No lie, it was all of my favorite Beyoncé intros, I put it into a mix, and I worked it down.

What's your favorite song to perform to?

It's funny, I heard Eureka saying she hates "A Woman's Got A Power" by Jennifer Holliday, but I love that one, to be honest. It's a really good one, I love that when you think it can't go any further, it gets even crazier. It picks up, and then it makes fun of itself, and you really have to have the strength to get through that song.

What song are you sick of seeing queens perform?

You know what it is? When I started drag, Lorde's song "Royals " was so big for girls to do, and I was like, "This is not an exciting song, why do I have to sit through this?" Just seeing so many girls wearing nothing interesting, walking around a stage with that one rhinestone necklace they could afford, and it was like, "Girl, that's not royal." Bye.

Yuhua Hamasaki

What's the first song you ever performed to in drag?

Mine was Gwen Stefani, "What You Waiting For." It was fresh at the time, and I remember when that song came out, the video was very harajuku-inspired. It was a mixture of American culture and Asian culture, so I thought it was a good fit?

What's your favorite song to perform to?

For me, it changes, I go through a lot of phases. Right now, it is definitely "Sweet Nothing" by Florence and the Machine. Every now and then I'll change it up, but that song works me out, I love it.

What song are you sick of seeing queens perform?

I can't think of one right off the top, but if I have to pick, I mean, "Turn Me Out" can leave my life. It's so overplayed, it's predictable. Like, "Oh, she's gonna flip her hair, she's gonna kick!" We know, girl.


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