How Did “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Pull Off Filming During a Global Pandemic?

A new documentary special takes you behind the scenes of Season 13.

Oh, corona she better don’t!

This past summer, RuPaul’s Drag Race was one of the first TV shows to go back into production during the COVID-19 pandemic. But how did the queens and the production team pull off such a feat? A new documentary special, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Corona Can’t Keep A Good Queen Down, takes fans behind the scenes of those emotionally charged days on set.

“They were doing everything in their power to make sure that COVID didn’t rain on this parade,” Utica Queen says in a new preview for the doc, airing Friday, February 26 on VH1.

The stand-alone special features vulnerable interviews with the queens, never-before-seen footage, casting reels, and candid photography from the set. With new health and safety protocols in place, the judges panel welcomed guests from its extended Drag Race family, including Cynthia Erivo, Jamal Sims, Nicole Byer, and Loni Love. Actresses and Drag Race superfans Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson were also featured remotely.

The preview shows competing queens like Kandy Muse and Symone masked up as they discuss quarantining and the steps they took to preserve the integrity of the Emmy-winning phenomenon.

“I’ve survived corona, I’ve survived cancer… I’m not going to tell you what else I’ve survived, but just trust me I’ve survived some things,” adds Tamisha Iman in the trailer.

“Competing safely and fiercely, our 13 queens proved that it takes more than a global pandemic to keep a good queen down,” RuPaul said in a previous statement about the season. Turns out Mama Ru was right!

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Corona Can’t Keep A Good Queen Down premieres Friday, February 26 at 8/7c on VH1. Watch a new preview for the special below.

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