NEW YORK – The cast of the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, to air in January, was announced today and Chad Michaels of San Diego has been selected.
In a video trailer, Michaels says that he is “ready to make drag history.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race brings together a group of 13 queens from across the country, all hoping to win the reality-TV type competition. RuPaul, who is considered by some to be “the most famous drag queen in the world,” serves as the host and mentor on the show, appearing in and out of drag.
Playing a dual role, RuPaul the drag queen, reigns supreme in all judging and eliminations, while RuPaul, the man, helps guide the contestants as they prepare for each challenge. Top models, designers, and other celebrities work with the contestants, as they prepare for their challenges and performances, which will be shown each week on the show.
The last contestant standing after a weekly elimination will be crowned the next “superstar drag queen of America.”
Producers say they selected some of the nation's “most outrageous, cutting-edge, talented and stunningly gorgeous drag queens.”
Michaels, who started dressing in drag in 1992, says he was thrilled when he learned he was going to be a contestant on the fourth season.
“When I got the phone call that I was going to be on RuPaul's drag race, I hit the roof! I couldn't believe it,” said Michaels.
Considered by many to be one of the world’s premier Cher impersonators, Michaels performs regularly with the Dreamgirls Revue, which performs four weekly shows across Southern California, including on Wednesday nights at Urban Mo’s in Hillcrest.
His uncanny resemblance to Cher and ability to mimic her mannerisms and voice has granted Michaels the opportunity to collaborate with and entertain for a number of celebrities, including Elton John, Christina Aguilera, and Cher, herself.
Michaels, who has been working full-time as a female impersonator since 2001, grew up in San Diego.
“It seems like San Diego is a hot-bed for really good drag,” said Michaels.
The show itself has roots in San Diego, as RuPaul was born here before ending up in Atlanta, Georgia, to work as a musician and performer in the 1980s.
Michaels says that his drag-mother Hunter taught him everything he needed to know about the art, including how to do makeup, body padding, creating costumes, and hair.
"I owe him a world of debt," said Michaels.
Michaels says he believes he has the poise, confidence and skill-set to push all the way through the competition, but will not take his longevity in the business for granted.
“I’ve seen girls who have just started, pull something right out of their butt and send a senior girl right on home, so I’m going to keep my guns cocked,” said Michaels.
While Michaels is looking forward to working with the diverse cast that has been assembled for this season, he is hopeful that he will win.
“Oh I know I'm going to win RuPaul's Drag Race - I'm ready,” said Michaels.
Season four of RuPaul’s Drag Race will air in January on Logo. Check local TV listings for times.