Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Drag superstar Alyssa Edwards wants her Mesquite dance studio to make it to TV
She was already on RuPaul's Drag Race.
MESQUITE the beginning of last year, I didn’t know much about Justin Johnson or Alyssa Edwards. That quickly changed once the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race started. Alyssa (Justin’s drag persona) arrived on the show with a bang — a big, dramatic bang. She was to compete alongside Las Vegas drag queen Coco Montrese, the same queen who years before received Alyssa’s national pageant crown after a disqualification. Their interactions were some of the most entertaining on the show, and Alyssa’s catty persona made her one of the stars. Quickly after being eliminated, she was given her own web series, “Alyssa’s Secret.” It's hysterical.
Johnson is also the owner of Mesquite dance studio Beyond Belief. It’s no surprise that Alyssa excelled on Drag Race's dance challenges; out of drag he’s a dance teacher and his group even made it to the top 24 on America’s Got Talent. It’s the ins and outs of this dance studio that Justin wants to make into a full-fledged TV show. And why not? It deals with talent, family dynamics and lots of drama, so it should be a fun watch. Abby Lee Miller better watch her back … Honey Boo Boo, too.
Take a look at the sizzle reel below that Johnson is hoping will catch some TV network’s attention and become a dance series. Warning: There’s some explicit language in the video.
Alyssa Edwards’ Secret - Beyond Belief
Also, if you, like me, love drag queens, keep an eye out for one of Alyssa’s drag-daughters Laganja Estranja as she shows her ferocity on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 6, starting February 24 on LogoTV.
Follow Rand at @RandDuren.
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