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Exclusive video: Shangela talks about her surprise return to 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

It's Feliz Navidad  all over again!

How did you like RuPaul's present to you? Sooo sneaky but you were glad to see Shangela again, weren't you? We loved seeing how the other queens reacted to the return of the first contestant eliminated from the second season.  We admit--we have a soft spot for Shangela, especially after we saw what a great job she did on "Terriers." Girlfriend can act!

The surprise twist has made us want to create our own holiday tradition. From now on, under our Christmas tree, there will be at least one drag queen in a box. Promise.

The Times visited the set of Logo's big hit in July and chatted with Shangela about her second shot at becoming America's drag superstar, among other things. Listen for yourself:


Since RuPaul is full of secrets, we thought we'd try to learn a few things about the world's first drag superstar herself. Here's the dish from five of the 13 contestants.  They appear in the following order:

Manila Luzon, 25, of New York City; Shangela, 28, of Los Angeles; Yara Sofia, 26, of Puerto Rico; Raja, 36, of West Hollywood; and Alexis Mateo, 30, of St. Petersburg, Fla. (Special treat:  We allowed Yara Sofia to speak in her native Spanish. Sorry if you don't comprende her lingo.)


--Maria Elena Fernandez

Videos: Maria Elena Fernandez/Los Angeles Times


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Not a Shangela fan. Yeah, great energy, her shtick is dancing wild all over the place in her shows including death defying back drops. However, as a queen, she's a "man doin moves" (to quote Shangela). Her drag is sloppy and masculine. Watch Raven, Raja and Tyra to see polished and hypnotic performers. Even their every hand movement is an art. I can't even believe that when explaining why she doesn't use duck tape she dismissed her obvious puffy as "at the end of the day I'm a man". You'd never hear RuPaul justify any drag errors he [would never] make that way. Watch Raja doing comedy drag on youtube Through The Fire and you'll see she never EVER leaves character and looks like "a man".


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