Last April, Eureka O’Hara made RuPaul’s Drag Race herstory when she was eliminated from the reality competition’s ninth season not because of her lack of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, or talent — but because of an injury. As fans may recall, the 27-year-old drag queen tore her ACL while performing in a cheerleading-inspired challenge, and doctors ordered her to exit the show in order to focus on her recovery.
But before Eureka sashayed away, RuPaul Charles promised the performer that she had a spot waiting for her on Season 10 of Drag Race. Well, the next installment of the beloved VH1 show is finally premiering on Thursday, March 22 — and Eureka (and her recovered ACL) are making their long-awaited return to the workroom!
In a "Meet the Queens" interview, the Tennessee native opened up about her excitement over rejoining the cast. "It’s Eureka. She’s back, honey, and looking phatter than ever! P.H.A.T. — pretty, hot, and tasty, baby. I’m so excited to be back. It feels amazing," she said. "I feel like it’s the right time. I’ve been crazier than I ever have been in my entire life. I’m ready for this. I’m extremely, extremely excited to be here — a little crazy! — but nonetheless excited!"
According to Eureka, she is especially thrilled to show viewers how she’s upped her drag game since they last saw her. "Before, I was doing drag how I was taught. Now with the validation of my career blowing up, the fans. the amazing people in my life, I’ve decided that I’ve started doing drag like I want to," she explained. "Drag taught me how to be who I am. I don’t give a f--k if people think I’m too loud. I don’t care if I’m too much because this gave me my voice."
And she is ready to pull out all the stops so she can make it to the top. "Now more than ever, the confidence and the validation of that has set into my soul and my spirit. You’re going to get 100 percent Eureka. The surprise and the shock element of Eureka has already happened," the entertainer said of her Season 9 stint. "So what I’mma have to do is I’m gonna have to dig into my big a-- bag of tricks and I’m gonna have to pull out some stunty-a-- bulls--t to impress y’all out there."
We can’t wait! RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 premiers on VH1 Thursday, March 22, at 8 p.m. EST. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3 currently airs on VH1 Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST.