Watch RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 online: Channel, UK schedule, cast and more

Watch RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 online
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RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 details

RuPaul's Drag Race airs on Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on VH1.

R U ready to watch RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 online? We're nearly halfway through to finding out who will be crowned America's Next Drag Race Superstar 2021. And with the Snatch Game episode behind us, it's starting to look very clear as to who will be in the final three.

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 premiered on Friday, Jan. 1 and is airing weekly every Friday. Even after a few episodes, we can tell that this season is unlike like any other. The season’s premiere broke franchise records, becoming the show’s most watched episode ever. 

"Competing safely and fiercely, our 13 queens proved that it takes more than a global pandemic to keep a good queen down," RuPaul told Entertainment Weekly. In addition to being filmed in the middle of a pandemic, this season has also notably introduced the show’s first transgender male contestant to the competition.

If you’re curious how to watch the 13th season of the biggest drag competition, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about RuPaul's Drag Race season 13, including all the dates and times, the cast and so much more. 

Plus, check out the episode 3 promo below.

How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 online from anywhere  

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How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 in the US 

You can watch your favorite queens steal the show on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 every Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on VH1, provided that you have a cable subscription, of course.

No need to worry if you don’t, because there are other ways. The reality show is also being simultaneously broadcasted across other channels including the CW network. AND you can watch it for free, without registration or logging in - as long as you’re located in the US!

Here are some of the other alternative options if you don’t want to commit to cable solely for RuPaul’s Drag Race:

  • Sling TV: $35 per month with VH1 (Sling Blue + Lifestyle Extra)
  • Fubo TV: Over 100 channels including VH1 for $65 per month
  • Philo: 63 channels and unlimited DVR for $20 per month

If you happen to miss an episode or two, fear not, because you can easily purchase any of the previous episodes on iTunes or Amazon Prime

How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 in the UK 

UK fans can tune into RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 every week on Netflix UK the day after the US broadcast. In other words, new episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 will be available to stream on Netflix UK each week on Saturdays, after the premiere that aired on January 2. Netflix UK offers a subscription starting at £5.99 for the Basic plan. 

How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 in Canada 

If you’ve got a cable subscription, rest assured you won’t miss out on the iconic reality show. Crave and OUTtv are both at your service with Crave airing the episodes not so long after the US (8:35 p.m. ET). But, if you’re just as impatient as the rest of us, you can tune into OUTtv and watch the show 35 minutes earlier (8:00 p.m. ET).

RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 cast 

The contestants for RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 are:

  • Gottmik (24, from Los Angeles, California)
  • Kandy Muse (26, from New York City, New York)
  • LaLa Ri (30, from Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Olivia Lux (26, from New York City, New York)
  • Symone (25, from Los Angeles, California)
  • Tina Burner (39, from New York City, New York)
  • Denali (28, from Chicago, Illinois)
  • Elliot with 2 Ts (26, from Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • Joey Jay (30, from Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Kahmora Hall (28, from Chicago, Illinois)
  • Rosé (31, from New York City, New York)
  • Tamisha Iman (42, from Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Utica Queen (25, from Minneapolis, Minnesota)

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 guest judges 

The 13th season will welcome Jamal Sims, Cynthia Erivo, Nicole Byer, Loni Love, TS Madison as guest judges. Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson will also appear to surprise the queens with interactive video masterclasses. And if that wasn’t enough, we’re going to see more than a few familiar faces making guest appearances, including Nina West, Valentina and Heidi N Closet - all Miss Congeniality winners from previous seasons of the show. 

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 episode winners and eliminations 

Season 13, Episode 1 (air date: January 1)

The season began with a surprise as Mama Ru made all 13 contestants lip sync for their lives as soon as they were introduced into the competition. With six queens emerging as the winners and moving onto the next episode, the seven (Porkchop-ed) losing contestants must now eliminate one of their own to progress.

Lip-sync winners: Gottmick, Kandy Muse, LaLa Ri, Olivia Lux, Symone and Tina Burner

Porkchop Loading Dock: Denali, Elliott with 2 Ts, Joey Jay, Kahmora Hall, Rosé, Tamisha Iman and Utica Queen

Season 13, Episode 2 (air date: January 8)

The second episode started with the Porkchop-ed queens voting out one of their own (very All Stars-like) . Of course, another twist from RuPaul came as the eliminated queen (Elliott with 2Ts) then joined the winners from the previous episode to complete a mini fashion runway challenge and a maxi challenge that had queens create their own verses and choreography for RuPaul's single "Condragulations". There were no obvious losing queens, only the best. Hence, Mama Ru had Symone and Olivia Lux (the top queens of the week) compete in a lip-sync battle. 

Lip-sync winner (from the top two contestants) : Symone

Eliminated: nobody 

Season 13, Episode 3 (air date: January 15)

Similar to the previous episode, it was time for the Porkchop-ed queens to serve stunning "Lady and the Vamp"-themed looks on the runway before creating their own verses and choreography for another Mama Ru single called "Phenomenon". However, in this bunch of talented queens, there were three choreography-driven leaders (Denali, Rosé and Joey Jay) who had disagreements regarding the group dance. With yet another episode with no eliminations, Denali and Rosé were named as the top queens of the week before rocking the dance floor in this episode's lip -sync battle. 

Lip-sync winner (from the top two contestants) : Denali

Eliminated: nobody

Season 13, episode 4 (air date: January 22)

In this episode, the two teams reunited so we finally got to see the full cast in action. The queens were met with a main acting challenge to star in cheesy holiday movies for the "RuPaulmark Channel" after being split into three teams by none other than RuPaul himself. The holiday movies were based on some of the judges' favorite holidays, including April Fools, Valentine's Day and Flag Day. And while we were rooting for all the queens to succeed, we felt a weird sense of relief when we saw this season's first elimination (sorry Kahmora). Following the "train for days" runway, Symone was chosen as the best queen of the week and with her previous win, the stunning queen has already won herself a five figure prize of $10,000. 

Lip-sync winner: Denali

Eliminated: Kahmora Hall

Season 13, episode 5 (air date: January 29)

The fifth episode started off with queens discussing Kahmora Hall's elimination. And boy, did we see some drama between Kandy Muse and Tamisha Iman. The queens were faced with a mini challenge to get into quick "baby drag" to "shake, rattle and roll" and LaLa Ri was Ru's favorite. This week's maxi challenge was to serve three stunning looks on the bag-themed ball, including a "mixed bag" look, a "money bag" look and finally a handsewn (or in some cases hot glued) look made entirely out of bags. While some queens presented a look that had tiny paper bags literally glued to the corset (let's not point fingers here), two queens rocked their fashion-forward looks and stole judges' hearts. This week's winner, Gottmik, hit a huge milestone by becoming the first transgender drag queen to win a maxi challenge on RuPaul's Drag Race. 

Lip-sync winner: LaLa Ri

Eliminated: Joey Jay

Season 13, episode 6 (air date February 5)

Episode 6 marked the halfway point of the season and we couldn't be more excited. The ongoing drama between Kandy Muse and Tamisha Iman got hotter and those watching the Untucked series of the show will know what we mean. The sixth episode maxi challenge will make you boogie, because this week, the queens starred in Ru's Disco-Mentary. Dressed in 70s fashion, the queens showed off their choreography skills while re-enacting the entire history of disco: the birth of disco, disco and sex, Studio 54, disco fashion and the Disco Sucks movement. Olivia Lux stole the show with her infectious charm and choreography skills, becoming this week's winner. 

Lip-sync winner: Kandy Muse

Eliminated: Tamisha Iman

Season 13, episode 7 (air date February 12)

The seventh episode officially opened this season's library. This week's mini challenge saw queens "reading" each other in the funniest ways possible, with Gottmik emerging as the winner. The queens were later on challenged to show off their improv skills in a reboot of a trashy talk show called "Bossy Rossy". Each group had to bring their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to the table in order to impress the judges. And while more confident queens (cough, cough - Utica) suffered a slight setback, Olivia Lux challenged herself to play the challenging role of a mime and ultimately left the judges in awe. Will the charming queen continue her winning streak to score yet another $5,000? I guess we'll find out in the next episode.  

Lip-sync winner: Elliott with 2 Ts

Eliminated: LaLa Ri

Season 13, episode 8 (air date February 19)

In this episode, the queens were challenged to perform in this season's Rusical on the main stage of RuPaul's Drag Race. "Social Media: The Unverified Rusical" had the queens transform into parodies of some of the most popular social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook,  LinkedIn, TikTok and etc. The contestants had to record their vocals with none other than Michelle Visage and rehearse their choreography with director Jamal Sims. As the queens prepared for their Rusical debut, they received a video call from legendary actress Anne Hathaway, who shared some acting tips with the racers. By the end of the musical, several queens like Gottmik and others left us gagged with their performance and Miss Rosé emerged as a clear winner. 

Lip-sync winner: Symone

Eliminated: nobody

Season 13, episode 9 (air date March 5)

The grand culmination of this season has finally arrived and that only means one thing - you guessed it, Snatch Game! But before we get into that, let's unpack what happened in this week's mini challenge. Mama Ru had the queens get into quick punk-band drag and audition for a fictional band called The Panty Hos, with the hilarious Tina Burner winning the mini contest. The queens then rushed to prepare for the Snatch Game, the show's ultimate impersonation/comedy challenge, where queens have to pick a celebrity or character of their choice to then parody during a trivia game hosted by RuPaul himself. This season's Snatch Game contestants were Raven and Porkchop, both known from previous seasons. Our fabulous queens chose to impersonate famous figures like Paris Hilton, Patrick Starrr, Harriet Tubman, Mary Queen of Scots, Richard Simmons, Tabitha Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Rue McClanahan and Bob Ross. Gottmik's jaw-dropping performance as Paris Hilton earned the queen yet another win this season. 

Lip-sync winner: Utica Queen

Eliminated: Eliott with 2 Ts

How to watch Rupaul’s Drag Race seasons 1-12

If waiting an entire week for a new episode seems like a drag for you (no pun intended) you can re-watch some (or all) previous seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race to pass the time or refresh your memory.

Currently, you can catch up on the first six seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race using your Hulu subscription. Alternatively, the first five seasons are also available on Amazon Prime Video, with seasons six to twelve available for purchase.

In the US, RuPaul's Drag Race seasons 1-12 are all available for purchase on iTunes and YouTube, while International fans can tune into the full series on Netflix.

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