Who is Replacing Megan Thee Stallion on Legendary Season 3?

Legendary has sashayed back to our screens with another dose of dramatic ballroom action—and viewers can expect several changes to the competition's format.

The HBO Max show positions houses from the ballroom scene against one another in a succession of weekly competitive balls.

These "houses" of the underground ballroom culture were initially brought into being by iconic transgender woman Crystal LaBeija in late 1970s New York.

The show aims for competitors to achieve "legendary" status, with a huge cash prize of $100,000 available to the winners at the program's climax.

Part of Legendary's appeal among audiences is the fabulously flamboyant vogue performances, while people are thought to also tune in every week for the drama away from the dance floor, among the celebrity panel.

And now, those famous faces among the judges have received a major shake-up.

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Megan Thee Stallion attends the 2022 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 15, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Megan Thee Stallion will not be back for the third installment of TV show Legendary Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Who Is Replacing Meghan Thee Stallion on Legendary Season 3?

American rapper Megan Thee Stallion, real name Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, is no longer a part of the panel, as she has exited season 3 of Legendary.

In her place comes U.S. actress, singer and television personality Keke Palmer, who can already be seen making her presence felt.

Her appearance on Legendary Season 3's panel means Palmer will rarely be away from our screen in 2022.

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Keke Palmer poses for a picture at A Sip with Issa Rae and Keke Palmer during the HOORAE x Kennedy Center Weekend Takeover in Washington, D.C. March 27, 2022. Keke Palmer is taking over from Megan Thee Stallion on the Legendary judging panel Tasos Katopodis//Getty Images

The actress has filmed roles in thriller Alice and Jordan Peele's Nope, while Palmer's distinctive voice can also be heard on Netflix's Human Resources, Disney+'s The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, and Pixar's highly-anticipated Toy Story spin-off Lightyear.

No official explanation has at the time of writing been forthcoming as to why Megan has ended her involvement with Legendary for its third season.

The news coincides with the surfacing of a video clip showing model Cara Delevingne crashing Megan Thee Stallion's red carpet moment at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards.

But with the songsmith's career going from strength to strength, it is simply most likely Megan Thee Stallion is focussing on her music for the time being.

Newsweek has approached Legendary Season 3 platform HBO Max for a comment about the panel shake-up.

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Legendary Season 3 host Dashaun Wesley John Johnson/HBO Max

Who are the Legendary Season 3 Judges?

Joining Palmer are Jameela Jamil, Law Roach and Leiomy Maldonado as permanent judges.

In addition, dancer and Pose actor Dashaun Wesley has returned to host the competition reality show.

Legendary Season 3: What To Expect

Legendary involves an initial 10 Houses of the ballroom scene voguing, twirling and generally working the dance floor in a bid to win the $100,000 prize.

Season 3 dropped the first three episodes on premiere day, Thursday, May 19, 2022.

Legendary will then proceed to release a trio of episodes every week until the show debuts the final episode on June 9.

And remember, for any viewers eager to remind themselves of all the drama from the first two seasons, these both remain available to stream on HBO Max.

Seasoned Legendary viewers have come to expect some A-list appearances on the show and Entertainment Weekly confirms the upcoming episodes will be no different.

The celebrity site has announced Issa Rae, Kelly Rowland, Leslie Jones, Pose star Dominique Jackson, Anitta, RuPaul's Drag Race star Bob the Drag Queen, and Grammy nominees Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern will all feature as guest judges on Legendary season 3.