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PHOTO CREDIT VH1 NETWORKS Something, or someone? Carson: Both. I’ve been putting my Pandora on auto loop for the last three days in Miami trying to get inspired for our show. There are so many great songs, and I’m constantly reflecting: “I remember where I was when this came out, and I remember this.” So that’s fun to reminisce! I think that people love the nostalgia, but also hearing the songs in a totally new way, unplugged and acoustic. You really get to listen to the words. When you sit down and listen, and you’re not in a big party environment, you realize the songs are really well written with beautiful messages. I am excited for people to see and hear that side of Kristine. Then, for my part, I’m just excited because I love to entertain people and make people feel at home, relaxed, comfortable and celebrated. Kristine and I hope to have a really great time in a world that’s kind of not so awesome at times. We’ll be in our little bubble and celebrate each other. Kristine: It’s definitely something everybody needs right now. I think it’s going to be great to come together. We’re going to have a music and comedy love fest. Kristine, the new song has a really cool message. Can you share that? Kristine: “Stars” is about going through difficult times and trying to find that secret hero in you that makes you feel empowered. People come in and out of your life for many different reasons. There are successes, there are failures. Emotionally, it’s been a really difficult year for me. I’ve been going through a divorce. It’s going to be final soon, but it’s really cut me to the core. When you’ve been with somebody for a long time, you have to find the superhero inside you to forge on. So it’s a special song to me, message wise. It’s about something I’ve been going through that many others have also gone through. It’s a pretty heartfelt song and bittersweet. I’m relishing the fact that it went to #1, even more so because the lyrics are so real to me. You tied with Mariah Carey on the Billboard charts. Kristine: Yeah, that’s amazing and such an honor. I’m still in shock. Carson, are you going to sing? Carson: I don’t know. I’d have to pull a Milli Vanilli and lip sync up there. You know, I have done a couple of Broadway musicals, so I might whip out some of my past singing skills and do something for the children. Maybe we will do a duet or something, who knows? You will have to come to the show and see. I’m so there! Kristine: There are going to be a lot of surprises in person. It sounds like you guys are going to have a blast. Carson: I think so. I think we’re both old enough to know the importance of making it fun and working with nice people, and I think we’re both looking forward to that.
Carson, how is “Drag Race” going for you? Carson: It’s a really fun job, and I’m so blessed to be part of it. New York Times magazine recently called it the most radical show on TV. I’m always surprised by that. We’re not trying to push an agenda, but somehow the show opens people’s minds—I think because it showcases people trying to be the best at what they do. At the end of the day, everybody does drag. Everybody puts on their work games and their battle gear and goes out into the world. “Drag Race” shows that we are all a lot more alike than we are different. Kristine: I agree, very well said. Carson: It’s made many young people socially aware, and there are many fans of the show from all different walks of life. If either one of you could tell your fans or followers anything, what would you say to them? Carson: Step away from those pleated khakis. They are the devil’s playground. PHOTO BY KORBY BANNER Kristine: That’s a good one, Carson! I’d say, thanks for the love. We’ve both got a fun family of fans, and I’m so looking forward to bringing them together. Seriously, I think it’s going to be one big love fest. Everyone’s going to leave with happy hearts. It couldn’t come at a better time for that, right? Carson Kressley and Kristine W star in “Stand-Up With a Twist” at Joe’s Pub on Friday, March 16. Tickets are $35 at www.publictheater.org PHOTO BY KORBY BANNER Facebook: @carsonkressley @kristinew