She’s paid her dues and made the whole world scream “halleloo”. Now, RuPaul’s Drag Race star Shangela will be bringing her talents to a Eurovision audience as well. She’s been confirmed as one half of the US commentators for this year’s contest, alongside Drag Race judge Ross Matthews.
Shangela takes over the reigns from Michelle Visage, who formed the commentary team alongside Ross last year. She also hoped to do so again this year. Unfortunately, this year’s final clashes with RuPaul’s DragCon, making Michelle unavailable after all.
But given that she said “hands down” that Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson should have won last year, missing out on Portugal might not be too bad for her.
And after All Stars 3 — where she werked the runway and challenges throughout the season — Shangela is keeping up appearances. She’s also got a starring role in the upcoming Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia With Hate. Let’s hope there’ll be some more intercontinental love in the commentary, y’all!
Shangela’s not the only Drag Race queen who’s been getting in the Eurovision mood. Former winner Jinkx Monsoon recently shared the video to Netta’s “Toy” over on her Facebook.
And eagle-eyed fans report that Shangela posted about the song on her Instagram Story during a recent trip to Israel. Could Netta have already shantayed in to Shangela’s good books?
Of course, today’s news might not be totally well received. Many fans in the US have complained about the restrictions Logo’s broadcasting puts on their access to the songs after the contest. Hopefully, those geo-restrictions may have sashayed away this year.
Logo’s coverage of the Grand Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be aired live on May 12, starting at 15:00ET, or 12:00PT.
What do you think of Shangela taking over the reigns? Are you looking forward to hearing her and Ross’ take on the songs? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below.