Featuring Megan Thee Stallion, Jameela Jamil, Law Roach, and Leiomy Maldonado as judges
HBO has dropped the first trailer for Legendary, a competition reality show in which teams from the ballroom community compete for a $100,000 prize.
Arriving on May 27, the unscripted series is made up of nine episodes, where eight drag families will compete in a series of themed fashion and vogueing challenges for the chance to win the trophy and the grand prize.
Megan Thee Stallion will serve as a judge alongside The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil, celebrity stylist Law Roach, and the Wonder Woman of Vogue herself, Leiomy Maldonado. Pose’s Dashaun Wesley will MC and DJ MikeQ is on the decks.
“In this series highlighting modern day ball culture, divas battle on teams called houses in fashion and dance challenges, including voguing, for the chance to snatch the legendary trophy and win a cash prize,” reads the show’s description. “Legendary features eight voguing houses, each comprised of five performers and a leader – the house ‘parent’. The teams rotate in a round-robin format that documents a themed ball every episode from start to finish, giving full access to the behind-the-scenes action.”
The ballroom scene is a black LGBTQ+ tradition that dates back as early as the 1920s. It received mainstream recognition following the release of Madonna’s “Vogue”, named after the style of dance that originated in the 1980s, and was shortly followed by Jennie Livingston’s seminal 1990 documentary, Paris is Burning.
More recently, Ryan Murphy’s Emmy-winning Pose has prompted a renewed interest in the community, which is still thriving. Legendary will be the first time the contemporary scene will be introduced to a mainstream audience.
Earlier this year, the show received some backlash after Jamil was announced as a judge, with some people pointing out the model-actor isn’t a proper representative of ballroom culture. Jamil later came out as queer on Twitter, but the move was widely interpreted as a PR move, with critics pointing out that she had “missed the point” and still “didn’t understand ballroom culture”.
HBO Max will premiere Legendary on May 27. Watch the trailer below.