Broadcaster Logo TV
|Air date February 2, 2009|
|Broadcast from February 2 (2009-02-02) – March 23, 2009 (2009-03-23)|
Judges RuPaul Santino Rice Merle Ginsberg
Winner BeBe Zahara B
The first season of RuPaul's Drag Race, later referred as The Lost Season, premiered in the United States on February 2, 2009, on Logo. Nine contestants were selected to compete in the running of becoming "America's Next Drag Superstar." The first season was filmed during the summer of 2008. The winner of the first season won a lifetime supply of MAC Cosmetics, was featured in an LA Eyeworks campaign, joined the Logo Drag Race tour, and won a cash prize of $20,000. One of the nine contestants to compete on RuPaul's Drag Race was determined by an audience vote via the show's official website. The results were announced in early September 2008. The contestant to win this honor was BeBe Zahara Benet from Cameroon (currently residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota). Nina Flowers went on to win Miss Congeniality. The theme song playing during the runway every episode was "Cover Girl" from RuPaul's album Champion. This and the first season of Allstars, are the only season to not feature the "Snatch Game".
The winner of this first season of RuPaul's Drag Race was BeBe Zahara Benet with Nina Flowers being the first runner-up. In late 2013, Logo re-aired the first season, which was titled RuPaul's Drag Race: The Lost Season Ru-Vealed, and featured commentary from RuPaul.
Nina Flowers, Shannel and Tammie Brown competed on the first season of All Stars.
The drag queens who competed to be "America's Next Drag Superstar" for season one of RuPaul's Drag Race are:
(Ages and names stated are at time of contest)