When RuPaul’s Drag Race announced that rap icon Nicki Minaj would be appearing as a special guest judge on the season 12 premiere, fans collectively lost their minds. Well, hold on to your wigs, because Drag Race just gave us about a dozen more reasons to get excited.
On Thursday (Feb. 13), Drag Race announced what stars will be appearing as guest judges throughout the show’s 12th season. The packed list includes congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Whoopi Goldberg, Chaka Khan, Robyn, Normani, Leslie Jones, Jeff Goldblum, Thandie Newton, Olivia Munn, Rachel Bloom, Daniel Franzese, Jonathan Bennett and Winnie Harlow.
Alongside the announcement, the show also released their latest trailer, showing off all of their upcoming guest judges in a special election-style teaser. Framed as “a message from the president of the Ru-nited States,” the new clip gives fans a sneak peak into some of the queens’ best looks, and in what the judges think of them. In one clip, Candian-Iranian queen Jackie Cox reflects on the fact that being gay in Iran is still punshable by death. But in her moment on the mainstage, AOC makes one thing clear to the queen: “I’m so thankful that you are a part of our country. I think you are fabulous.”
We also got a teaser that, in season 12, there’s going to be some big twists — toward the end of the trailer, Ru lets the queens know that they ought to stay on their toes. “Gentlemen, I have a surprise so big, you’ll never see it coming,” the host says, as the camera pans to the instantly shocked faces of the contestants.
Check out the new trailer for RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 below: