Atlanta queens take shot at Dragnificent [photos]

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The Atlanta queens came out Wednesday for their shot at finding drag glory, or at least a spot on the roster of Jungle’s latest drag competition, which opens next month.

The 11 drag queens who took part in the open auditions for Dragnificent performed for a panel of judges that included Phoenix and Nicole Paige Brooks. When the competition gets underway on Sept. 19, Phoenix will produce the seven-week run with Brooks as emcee. Dragnificent premieres after the monthly charity fundraiser Big Gay Game Show (view photos).

On Wednesday, 11 up-and-coming drag queens took their shot at making Dragnificent: TaNyla Cassadine, Jai’Ne Devereaux, Angelique Simmonz, Prima Alexandria, Peyton Elizabeth, Porsha Cotoure, Princess Vanessa (top photo), Daniella Vess, Aliya Sexton, Alexandra Knowles and Zaria Bonet.

It’s a comeback effort for Simmonz, who was booted during the opening week of Dragnique 3 in March. The performers are hoping to become the next Edie Cheezburger, who won Season 3 in April, Rapture Divine Cox (Season 2 winner) and Janelle Brooks (Season 1).

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