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Drag Race Down Under

Shantay, G’day! Here’s a first look at the Drag Race Down Under queens

The first-ever Australian-New Zealand version of RuPaul’s Drag Race will hit screens in May

Get your foam wigs at the ready! The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under has officially been revealed.

The new instalment of the Drag Race franchise will see ten Aussie and Kiwi queens competing for the title of Down Under’s First Drag Superstar.

Released exclusively on iPlayer in May, the series will see the return of RuPaul and Michelle Visage as judges. They will be joined by Australian comedian Rhys Nicholson, as well as a number of guests that have yet to be announced.

The 10 Aussie and Kiwi queens include Anita Wigl’it, Art Simone, Coco Jumbo, Elektra Shock, Etcetera Etcetera, JoJo Zaho, Karen from Finance, Kita Mean, Maxi Shield, and Scarlet Adams.

“It’s a testament to RuPaul’s determination that we were finally able to film Drag Race Down Under. We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with the BBC to bring the creative queens of Down Under to UK audiences,” said Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, executive producers of World Of Wonder, the production company behind the show.

“Following an incredible series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, BBC Three is delighted to be bringing another dose of Drag Race magic to UK audiences in the form of Drag Race Down Under. It’s another great opportunity for us to work with World Of Wonder and I hope that fans enjoy this first series from Australia and New Zealand,” added Fiona Campbell, controller at BBC Three.

If Drag Race UK, Canada’s Drag Race, Drag Race Thailand, Drag Race España, and Drag Race Down Under weren’t enough, World of Wonder is also working on a new, international drag queen competition series, Queen of the Universe, modelled off the Eurovision song contest.

Another positive for Drag Race fans: after years of being namechecked on the show, Cher has finally said that she’s “going to have to go on it at some point” – watch this space.

The first episode of Drag Race Down Under will be available on BBC iPlayer on May 2. Canberra to wait any longer? Have a first look at the queens in the gallery above.