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

January 25, 2011 |  6:00 am

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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