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'Drag Race' Just Revealed a Major Twist to Season 12 Finale

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Didn't see that coming.

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UPDATE (5/22/2020): On tonight's reunion, the show revealed that the final queens will lip sync to a history making five songs in next week's virtual finale. No details were provided on the format.

ORIGINAL (5/15/2020): Over the last few seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race, outside of the premiere, one of the most anticipated episodes of Drag Race is the finale. In a Project Runway-esque format, the queens film all the episodes on set, then go home for a bit and reconvene to film the finale with a live audience in a lip sync showdown. It's given us iconic moments like Sasha Velour's "So Emotional." This comes in addition to a reunion episode where the queens all gather together in a studio to either settle their disagreements or start new ones. But with the ongoing pandemic, both are basically impossible.

Now, the show has revealed its virtual update.

For season 12, the show's reunion is taking us back to high school; slumber party anyone?! On May 22, the series will host a virtual slumber party where the queens chat with Ru about the season, live while social distancing, and "shocking eliminations," while also answering questions from fans. If the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion was any indication, this doesn't mean that all the fighting will be lost, so we'll just have to see.

The reunion is also virtual using "innovative technology that highlights the creativity of the queens," a release says. There will be a lip sync battle for the crown -- come on Zoom background reveal -- and special guest appearances. In addition to those unnamed guests, Yvie Oddly returns to hand off her crown as season 11 winner, and Nina West does the same as Miss Congeniality. (We totally anticipate Heidi N. Closet taking home that $10,000 check from Pantene.)

The release also notes that Pantene has a "special surprise" for the 11 other queens.

Can't wait to see how this turns out.

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Mikelle Street

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.