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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season premiere featuring ‘American Idol’ semifinalist

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Danny Noriega once appeared as a semifinalist in Season 7 on “American Idol.” Now as Adore Delano she joins the cast on another reality competition show featuring drag queens. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” began its sixth season on LOGO Monday night.

This time there’s a different twist. Instead of introducing all 14 contestants there was only seven. Next week will be part two.

Adore was the first to make her entrance into the workroom followed by BenDeLeCreme. DeLe or LeCreme, or any other variation on the name you can call her, looked exactly like “Drag Race” judge Michelle Visage. DeLe is bubbly, amicable, and easygoing.

Another impressionable queen was Laganja Estranja who literally dropped down on the floor. It looked quite dangerous, though Laganja was completely fine afterwards (doing it again at other times).

One of the most unusual and unforgettable grand entrances of all came from Vivacious. She is the oldest queen at age 40, and one of New York’s self-proclaimed “last living club kid.” Vivacious’ costume featured a tiny alien head named Omacia. Where was Vivacious’ head? Underneath her shimmering blue-green jacket of course.

The season premiere main challenge featured the girls to create a haute couture runway look from materials in a box of a TV show. Adore reluctantly got “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

During RuPaul’s mentoring round in the workroom, he asked Adore to compare being on “American Idol” versus this show. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is completely crazy,” was Adore’s response. As Danny Noriega he was only 17 while appearing on “Idol” placing at Top 13, just shy of making the Top 12 finals.

Luckily Adore Delano barely escaped lip synching for your life and possible elimination. Coincidentally "American Idol" runner-up from Season 8, Adam Lambert, was the guest judge. Vivacious had to lip synch, but completely stole the show, thus remained in the competition. BenDeLeCreme's "Golden Girls" design was the unanimous winner of the TV show main challenge.


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