Ada Vox of ‘Queen of the Universe’ Previously Made it to ‘American Idol’ Top 10

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If you’ve seen the Queen of the Universe promotional video, you might have seen a familiar face. Ada Vox is a drag queen that premiered her singing talent on American Idol in 2018. This singer has now moved on to compete in a drag queen only singing competition.


Ada was born as Adam Sanders and, while outside of drag as Adam, uses he/him pronouns. While in drag as Ada Vox, she/her pronouns are preferred. In 2013, Adam Sanders first auditioned for Idol while in 2018 Ada auditioned for the show.

“Mr. Adam is the base of everything that I am. That’s just who I am and what I do every day of my life,” Adam said. “Ms. Ada is kinda of the outer exterior, is a personification of the diva in Adam.”

Adam decided to perform as Ada on American Idol after attempting to audition multiple times outside of drag. In the end, she found more success on the show as Ada. In 2018, Ada made it to the Top 10 on Idol.


Ada was the third drag queen to compete on American Idol. Since the series, she has gone on to release singles, share covers on YouTube, perform in multiple cities, and even find herself on a new show.

Ada Vox Continues to Thrive After American Idol

Since her time on American Idol, Ada has gone on to compete on other singing shows. This time, Ada will be specifically competing against other drag queens in RuPaul’s newest series Queen of the Universe. Within this series, drag queens will ditch lip syncing and will show off their natural voices.

On Season 1, 14 drag queens will compete for the prize of $250,000. The casting for this show began in early May and filming took place in late September to the beginning of October. The series was filmed in front of a live audience at London’s Excel Centre.


Drag queens will perform for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars winner Trixie Mattel, regular RuPaul’s Drag Race Judges Vanessa Williams and Michelle Visage, and British singer-songwriter and actress Leona Lewis. Graham Norton will host. This series will air on Paramount + on December 2.

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