VH1 has released a new teaser trailer for RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race season 2 will welcome nine new celebrities to undergo radical drag transformations during weekly lip-sync smackdowns, but their identities will remain under wraps until they’re eliminated from the competition — yes, Masked Singer-style — in an all-new twist to the series format.
The clip also reveals appearances by several RuPaul’s Drag Race alums, including Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jujubee, and current All Stars 7 contestant Monét X Change, who will oversee the performers’ transformations as they compete to win $100,000 for a chosen charity. Eureka, Gottmik, Katya, Morgan McMichaels, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, and Violet Chachki will also stop by as special guests throughout the season.
RuPaul heads up the judging panel for season 2, as do longtime judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews — all as the show moves from the Main Stage to a massive studio space. Also returning to the table is RuPaul’s signature “RuVeal yourself!” catchphrase that originated on All Stars 5. This time around, however, it will be spoken to eliminated Secret Celebrity competitors before they unveil who they are.
Season 1 of Secret Celebrity Drag Race followed a much different set of rules when it debuted in 2020 with stars such as Vanessa Williams, Dustin Milligan, Loni Love, Hayley Kiyoko, and Madison Beer. Identities were revealed at the beginning of the installment, and past Drag Race personalities subsequently made them over into drag queens. They then competed in a Maxi Challenge inspired by those seen on the Emmy-winning main series (such as Snatch Game and a RuPaul roast) before a small lip-sync duel on the Main Stage to determine the winner.
RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race season 2 premieres Friday, Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on VH1.