YAS GAWD. RuPaul’s Drag Race is officially headed down under.
In news sure to delight the shows Aussie fans, production for the local version of the show will commence next week in…New Zealand.
The Aussie edition of the endlessly entertaining reality drag-show juggernaut was first confirmed way back in August 2019, but all had been quiet since, until the host, RuPaul Charles confirmed production begins next week. The show will screen via streaming service Stan.
RuPaul’s confirmation sent social media into a spin, but it’s not just local fans that are excited, with the host enthusiastically declaring that, “I cannot wait for everyone to see that Down Under queens have some of the biggest charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talents in the world”.
In more exciting news for Drag Race stan’s, RuPaul is bringing co-host Michelle Visage along for the series, officially titled RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.
Stan chief content officer Nick Forward is equally excited about the announcement, noting that the overseas series is one of the platforms most popular shows. “The series is already a huge hit with our audience, so to now be working with RuPaul and the entire team at World Of Wonder to create a local version is beyond a thrill. We can’t wait to reveal all the guest judges and see what our local queens bring to the global sensation that is RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
With RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under now official, it’s time to start speculating on potential guest stars, judges and contestants. There’s been one Aussie participant in the US show’s history, one-time Australian Idol contestant Courtney Act, so an appearance from Courtney could be a safe guess. While Aussie comedians Rhy Nicholson and especially Joel Creasey have been speculated as cast members.
Stan has confirmed that the show will premiere sometime in 2021.
While you wait for it RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under checkout The Queens performing ‘Phenomenon’ on RuPaul’s Drag Race.