Due this spring, the new season of the Logo reality competition series features a shocking opening that will go down as one of the most jaw-dropping moments in the show's history.

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 contestants
February 2, 2017

NEW YORK, NY — Emmy Award-winning host RuPaul is taking the new season of Logo's "RuPaul's Drag Race" to the nines with the highly anticipated return of the groundbreaking competition series and revealing the next royal court of Queens set to compete for the crown.

"'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 9," said executive producer RuPaul Charles. "Now more than ever!"

Coming this spring, the season nine premiere extravaganza features a shocking opening that will go down as one of the most jaw-dropping moments in "Drag Race" history. Additionally, it will unveil a court of cut-throat Queens each competing to snatch the crown and strut away with a $100,000 cash prize and the coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." Along the way, they'll face an unpredictable competition and deliver watercooler moments as these talented ladies of drag join the fabulous 100 Queens who fought for the crown before them.

Logo kicked off the season nine cast announcement with a three-day story on the "RuPaul's Drag Race" Instagram account featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the season nine promo shoot, dropping hints to the day, date and time for the official cast announcement. The story culminated in a Facebook Live, hosted by "Drag Race" judge Michelle Visage where fans got a first, exclusive interview with season nine Queen, Valentina, before the cast was officially announced.

The 13 Queens who will compete in the pop culture phenomenon that has taken the world by its weave include:

Aja the Qween
Brooklyn, N.Y.
TW: @ajathekween
IG: @ajathekween

Alexis Michelle
New York, N.Y.
TW: @AlexisLives
IG: @AlexisLives

Charlie Hides
London, England, U.K.
TW: @charliehidestv
IG: @charliehidestv

Eureka O'Hara
Johnson City, Tenn.
TW: @eurekaohara
IG: @eurekaohara

Farrah Moan
Las Vegas, Nev.
TW: @farrahrized
IG: @farrahrized

Jaymes Mansfield
Madison, Wis.
TW: @JaymesMansfield
IG: @jaymesmansfield

Kimora Blac
Las Vegas, Nev.
TW: @kimorablac
IG: @kimorablac

Nina Bo'nina Brown
Atlanta, Ga.
TW: @atlsexyslim
IG: @nina_bonina_brown

New York, N.Y.
TW: @Peppermint247
IG: @peppermint247

Sasha Velour
Brooklyn, N.Y.
TW: @sasha_velour
IG: @sashavelour

Shea Couleé
Chicago, Ill.
TW: @SheaCoulee
IG: @sheacoulee

Trinity Taylor
Orlando, Fla.
TW: @TrinityTheTuck
IG: @trinitythetuck

Los Angeles, Calif.
TW: @AllofValentina
IG: @allaboutvalentina

"RuPaul's Drag Race" season nine is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Kate Fisher and RuPaul Charles serving as executive producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are executive producers for Logo.

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