RuPaul is heading Down Under!
Australian streaming service Stan has announced RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, an 8-part local version of the award-winning reality drag queen competition show. Heading into production this week, with a plan to air sometime in 2021, the Australian edition of the hit show will have RuPaul hosting and Drag Race veteran Michelle Visage on board as co-host.
“I cannot wait for everyone to see that Down Under queens have some of the biggest charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talents in the world,” RuPaul said in a statement. “Thank you to Stan and TVNZ for providing a platform for these outrageous drag artists to share their heart, soul and humour.”
Take a look at RuPaul’s video message to fans:
Said Nick Forward, Stan Chief Content Officer: “You asked for it Australia, and now we’re bringing it to you – finally, our very own Aussie Drag Race, the new Stan Original Series RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under! 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.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under will be keeping with the show’s overall format, with a focus on high fashion, emotional moments in the workroom, mini and max challenges, and lip-sync battles. The drag queens competing, the final judge on the main panel and the celebrity guest appearances are to be announced later in the year.
Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell and RuPaul Charles serve as executive producers on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, a World of Wonder production in collaboration with Warner Bros. International Production New Zealand for Stan and TVNZ. Passion Distribution will distribute the series globally.