RuPaul and #DRAG Get Nerdy

Yes, it’s that time again. We’ve decided to make another Google Trends graph. Seriously, it’s fascinating, and makes us look super clever.

This time we typed in RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul, and specifically selected the United Kingdom. This is what we got:

RuPaul google trends

So, all you wonderful nerdy people out there, what does this pointy, spindly graph show us? Lots.

It reveals that RuPaul has been rockin’ Google since September 2o04.  She then disappeared until March 2006 where that red line shoots up to April. We don’t need to really explain what a descending line means, but you can see that RuPaul has had a bit of bumpy ride. That said, she’s on the up. Thank you red line. Clearly, the longer the series continues, the more popular RuPaul will be.

Now, to the blue. That represents our search for RuPaul’s Drag Race specifically in the UK. It doesn’t raise its little line head until September 2009, the same time as the tallest red line. This is because the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race aired in the US on February 2, 2009 and was later released in the UK on E4 on Wednesday 9 September.

In comparison with the first line, this trend has gone along pretty steadily and as of March this year, is steadily climbing to hopefully dizzy heights. This is naturally because as the show gains more publicity over the years, it’s impact on Google will also rise.

Unsurprisingly the area of the UK that showed the most results for these two searches was London.

Ru Paul

Ru Paul

The winner of this show’s race will walk away with the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” along with a lifetime supply of Colorevolution Cosmetics. We’re super jealous. They’ll also get a once-in-an-awesome-lifetime trip courtesy of AlandChuck.travel, a headlining spot on Logo’s Drag Race Tour featuring Absolut Vodka and a cash prize of $100 000. The winner will be crowned on May 6.

To see what’s happened so far this season take a look at our review posts, starting here.

Some RuPaul Drag Race facts:

RuPaul’s Drag Race is an American reality TV series, hosted by RuPaul who also acts as a mentor and inspiration for the series. Their hope is to find the next big thing on the American drag scene. For Logo it became the most watched series during its first season, and then became the most streamed series, like, ever on LogoTV.com when it returned for a second season.

 

You may not know this, but the title of the programme is based on “drag queen” and “drag racing” seeing as drag queens race against one another. There ya have it – RuPaul’s Drag Race!

To enter the show potential participants have to submit audition tapes online. Those who want to compete must be at least 21 years old when they put themselves forward.

It’s important to know that the show doesn’t care about sexual orientation, though the majority of contestants have been gay men. There’s no discrimination against transgender women.

The show uses progressive elimination in order to narrow down how many drag queens can compete for the title. Three must be selected for the final challenge. Each episode follows a simple format of a mini challenge, a main challenge, a runway walk where contestants strut their stuff in fashion, usually based on a theme from the main challenge, and the judging panel.

During the mini challenge each contestant has to perform a different task within a set time. There tends to be repeated challenges across the seasons such as a photo-shoot with a unique twist like being drenched with water or bouncing and pouting on a trampoline. It’s only right that the winner of the mini challenge is often rewarded with an advantage of some sorts for the main challenge.

The queen of the main challenge is usually given a cool prize in recognition of their achievements. In the past this has included custom designer clothing and awesome cosmetics.

Celeb judges for the panel have included Sharon Osbourne, Jackie Collins, Henry Rollins, Kathy Griffin and LaToya Jackson.

Judges are required to give their opinion on a contestants’ performances on the runway and in the central challenge. RuPaul will then announce which drag queen is that episode’s winner, and which two were the weakest. We don’t like this part. Before this happens, however, the contestants are all given a song that they have to memorise the lyrics to.

The two worst acts that week must  “lip sync for their lives” to impress RuPaul.

The crowned winner must have “”Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent…” What does this spell, ladies? Yup.

Our favourite RuPaul quote: “”Tell Tyra (that’s Banks to you and me) that the Queen has returned, and while you’re at it have Heidi Klum clear the runway. I’m going to pump some ‘realness’ into reality. To be a winner on this show the contestants need to be a fashion designer, an American Idol, and a top model all rolled up into one. And they definitely have to be smarter than a fifth grader.” Preach it RuPaul.

Original release of each season

1 – 2 February 2009

Winner =BeBe Zahara Benet

2 – 1 February 2010

Winner = Tyra Sanchez

3 – 24 January 2011

Winner = Raja

4 – 30 January 2012

Winner = Sharon Needles

5 – 28 January 2013

Winner = Jinkx Monsoon

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