The A.V. Club untucks RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race

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Sandwiched in between RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked is the four-part event series RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race. Yes, that’s three and a half whole hours of RuPaul content coming at you every Friday night for a month. (What else are you doing with your Friday nights?)

We’re still posting original recipe Drag Race recaps every Friday, but here you’ll find the identities of the revealed secret celebrities (or “celebrities”), a look at their drag alter egos, and who is crowned America’s Next Celebrity Drag Race Superstar at the end of each episode. We’ll add to the end of this story weekly, so you’ll have fair warning before reaching any spoilers.

This has now been updated through week four of the series.

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Bob the Dragqueen, Monet X Change, Trixie Mattel
Bob the Dragqueen, Monet X Change, Trixie Mattel
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Week one mentors

The Apr. 24 episode of Secret Celebrity Drag Race featured returning all-stars Bob the Drag Queen, Monét X Change, and Trixie Mattel as “Queen Supremes,” guiding the “celebrity” contestants through the competition. (We’re gonna keep those quotes going.)

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Nico Tortorella
Nico Tortorella
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Secret “celebrity”: Nico Tortorella

The actor, who uses they/them pronouns, is most known for their role on Younger. In addition to the TV Land drama’s seventh and final season, they can also be seen on the upcoming Walking Dead spinoff, The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Tortorella, 31, was paired with Monét. In the week’s challenge, Snatch Game, they took on the personality of Lucille Ball.

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Jordan Connor
Jordan Connor
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Secret “celebrity”: Jordan Connor

The Canadian actor is most known for playing Vince on Hulu’s Looking for Alaska and Sweet Pea on The CW’s Riverdale. He was paired with Trixie. For Snatch Game, Connor, 28, channeled Chrissy Teigen.

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Jermaine Fowler
Jermaine Fowler
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Secret “celebrity”: Jermaine Fowler

The comedian is the former executive producer and star of CBS’ Superior Donuts and had a recurring role on HBO’s Crashing. Fowler, 31, was paired with Bob and kinda cheated by doing Snatch Game as a...female Kevin Hart?

Warning: The winner of week 1 revealed on the next slide.

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Jordan Connor
Jordan Connor
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The winner: Jordan Connor

Warning: Week 2 queens revealed on the next slide.

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Week two mentors

Trinity the Tuck, Alyssa Edwards, Asia O’Hara
Trinity the Tuck, Alyssa Edwards, Asia O’Hara
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The May 1 episode of Secret Celebrity Drag Race featured returning all-stars Trinity the Tuck, Alyssa Edwards, and Asia O’Hara as “Queen Supremes,” guiding the celebrity contestants through this week’s “Rusical” inspired by 9 to 5.

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Secret celebrity: Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
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After winning the title of Miss America in 1983, Williams went on to become a Tony-, Emmy-, Grammy-, and SAG-nominated actress and singer. The Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives alum, 57, was a judge on season three of All-Stars and most recently starred in Bad Hair, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

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Tami Roman
Tami Roman
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Secret celebrity: Tami Roman

First gaining noteriety on The Real World: Los Angeles in 1993, Roman, 50, transitioned into acting before landing back on reality television as one of the breakout stars of VH1's Basketball Wives.

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Secret celebrity: Loni Love

Loni Love
Loni Love
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The stand-up comedian started her Hollywood career after placing second on Star Search in 2003. Though Love, 48, has had small acting roles in films like Soul Plane, she is most well-known as a host of The Real.

Warning: The winner of week two revealed on the next slide.

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Trinity the Tuck, Vanessa Williams, Alyssa Edwards, Asia O’Hara
Trinity the Tuck, Vanessa Williams, Alyssa Edwards, Asia O’Hara
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The winner: Vanessa Williams

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Week three mentors

The May 8 episode of Secret Celebrity Drag Race featured returning all-stars Bob the Drag Queen, Nina West, and Kim Chi as “Queen Supremes,” guiding the celebrity contestants through this week’s roast of host RuPaul.

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Secret Celebrity: Alex Newell

The actor first rose to notoriety in 2011 as a contestant on The Glee Project. He placed second on the reality competition, but Glee producers still rewarded Newell with a two-episode stint on season three the Fox musical series, which transitioned into a series regular role by season five. The actor, who often presents in feminine clothing and wigs but identifies as a gay man, currently stars on NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

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Secret Celebrity: Dustin Milligan

The Canadian actor was first introduced to American audiences as Ethan Ward on The CW’s Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot, 90210 (not to be confused with Fox’s more-recent BH90210). Though he is probably most known as the pun-loving veterinarian Ted from Pop TV’s Schitt’s Creek.

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Secret Celebrity: Matt Iseman

The former physician first became a stand-up comedian before getting into game show hosting, including stints on E!’s Scream Play; GSN’s Casino Night; and his current gig, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. He’s also no stranger to winning reality shows: In 2017, Arnold Schwarzenegger named him the first (and only) winner of The New Celebrity Apprentice.

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The winner: All three of them...

What is this? Kindergarten in a rich suburb?

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Week four mentors

The May 15 episode of Secret Celebrity Drag Race featured returning all-stars Alyssa Edwards, Monique Hart, and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo as “Queen Supremes,” guiding the celebrity contestants through this week’s supergroup challenge.

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Secret Celebrity: Hayley Kiyoko

The actress and singer is most known for playing Aja in the Jem And The Holograms movie, as well as her roles on The Fosters and CSI: Cyber. Kiyoko, 29, was a found member of The Stunners, a group that opened for Justin Beiber before disbanding in 2011. She has since released four EPs and an album. Her most recent single—“She,” off I’m Too Sensitive for This Shit—was released in January.

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Secret Celebrity: Madison Beer

The singer was signed to Island Records after Justin Beiber tweeted a cover she performed on YouTube when she was just 13. Now 21 years old, Beer has performed at Lollapalooza, collaborated with David Guetta, and plans to release her debut album, Life Support, this summer.

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Secret Celebrity: Phoebe Robinson

The comedian, actress, and author has worked on MTV’s Girl Code, Comedy Central’s Broad City, and Amazon Prime’s I Love Dick. She is also the co-creator of the podcast and HBO series 2 Dope Queens. The 35-year-old is also apparently the only contestant this week without a tie to Justin Bieber. Rejoice.

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The winner: Hayley Kiyoko

And that, dear Squirrel Friends, was RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race. At least they got Vanessa Williams.

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