‘Rupaul’s Drag Race’ premiere: Lady Gaga stole the show by pulling prank on contestants

Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance on the premiere of “Rupauls Drag Race” on Friday (March 24). At first glance, the 13 drag queens vying for the $100,000 grand prize thought this interloper was a unexpected rival for the title. After all, overdressed as she was and with her hair and makeup overdone, she fit right in with these divas in training.

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After her big reveal, Lady Gaga said with a sly grin, “May the best woman win.” All of the contestants felt like they had hit the jackpot just by her being there to wish them well. Indeed, one of the lucky 13, Eureka O’Hara, readily admitted to her, “I have been the closest to death, and you’ve pulled me out of it. You don’t even realize what you do for people, and how much you inspire people like me and all of us. I just want to tell you you’re so amazing, and I never thought in the world I would ever meet you. I just think you’re so incredible. You allow us to be who we are. As an artist, thank you.”

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Lady Gaga returned the love. As she explained, “I have always admired the craftsmanship that goes into what you all do. Drag has for me been an opportunity to leave myself, when I didn’t want to be me and I felt so completely out of place when I was in high school. Drag has just been part of my life for the longest time. It’s just really an honor for me to be here, to be here with you.”

The buzz about the return of his show for a ninth season certainly raises the profile of host RuPaul Charles at just the right time. Last year, he surprised Emmy pundits by winning Best Reality Show Host on his first nomination. He took down two-time defending champ Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”), as well as past winners Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars”) and Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”), plus returning nominee Ryan Seacrest (“American Idol”) and another first-timer, Steve Harvey (“Little Big Shots”).

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