RuPaul’s Drag Race has had an embarrassment of divas stop by for stints on the judging panel, but few have been as A-list as Christina Aguilera. Thursday (March 22), the “Dirrty” diva will sashay onto the set for the premiere episode of show’s tenth season.
“She is a one woman machine,” contestant Monét X Change told Billboard. “And she looked incredible in that sheer, fully-stoned costumed. It was like watching one of my idols in living color.”
Ahead of Xtina’s sure-to-be-iconic appearance, the cast of season 10 spoke to Billboard about their favorite songs from her catalog.
Asia O’Hara: “‘It Keeps Getting Better’ from Bionic. I do Storm [from X-Men] as a character and I like that song because it was right on trend when I first did it.”
Aquaria: “My favorite Christina Aguilera song would probably be ‘Let There Be Love.’ It’s super fun with its pop vibes and it’s got a great message about love. Everybody say love!
Blair St. Clair: “My favorite Christina Aguilera song would definitely be ‘Fighter.’ It’s really about empowerment and being confident. I think those are things that drag queens embody.”
Dusty Ray Bottoms: “My favorite Christina Aguilera song would probably have to be ‘Beautiful.’ Is that corny? I just remember being in the Midwest as a kid and seeing that music video. It really spoke to me. It was super cool and edgy, and spoke to my gayness.”
Eureka O’Hara: “It’s always going to be ‘What A Girl Wants.’ OG Christina. When it came out, it was that relatable song where, when you’re a little gay boy, you put a towel around your head and sling it around like it’s a ponytail. It made me realize how flamboyant I was and how exciting my life was about to be.”
Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams: “‘Let There Be Love’ because it’s high energy. I also love the lyrics, it’s like ‘like let there be love in the club. Have a good time.’ I love that.”
Kameron Michaels: “Her song ‘Fighter’ means the most to me because it was the first song I ever did in drag. It was terrifying — it was my first time on stage. But it was also what started my career and now I’m here.”
Mayhem Miller: “I love ‘Impossible.’ I feel like her voice is always so sultry and beautiful, but in that song in particular, I just feel all the emotion. It gets me through it.”
Miz Cracker: “I’d say ‘Beautiful.’ But it’s in secret, because it’s emotional and that is not my brand. I remember watching and rewatching the music video because, as you know, there’s a gay kiss in it and at the time it was a big deal. And at that time in my life it was a huge deal. And that was before YouTube, so you had to let it stream without wifi and it was grainy. I remember watching it and thinking, ‘Wow here’s this message from the outside world where being gay is okay.’”
Monét X Change: “I have two. ‘The Voice Within’ with that black and white video where she’s giving you all the drama — all the things. And then ‘Bound to You’ from Burlesque. It’s is a beautiful song. Her voice is everything.”
Monique Heart: “I would say ‘Dirrty.’ She went from being that cute, innocent girl to sing about getting dirty. I was like ‘AHHH!’”
The Vixen: “It would definitely be ‘Come On Over.’ The energy in it is so good, but also her voice is so strong — she really sounds like Whitney Houston in that song. I can close my eyes and hear her channeling Whitney. It goes in so many directions with the melody and it’s really fun to perform.”
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo: “My favorite Christina Aguilera song is ‘Dirrty.’ When she came out with those chaps, and her ass hanging out with all the trade around her in that boxing ring… That whole album was fierce.”
Yuhua Hamasaki: “When i first moved from China to New York, I didn’t speak any English. So she was the first artist that I actually listened to. She had a huge influence on my drag performance. If I had to pick, my favorite is ‘What A Girl Wants’ from her first album.”
Watch the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10, March 22 at 8 p.m. ET on VH1.