Move aside RuPaul’s Drag Race, there’s a new drag competition on the way. Forthcoming reality series Call Me Mother will see renowned drag mothers Peppermint, Crystal, and Barbada adopt and mentor the next generation of talent.
Over the course of eight weeks, contestants will battle it out to be named the ‘First Child of Drag’. Each drag artist will fight for a place in one of three houses: Peppermint’s House of Dulcet, Crystal’s House of Glass, and Barbada’s House of Harmonie.
The show will follow the contestants as they compete as house families in a series of challenges. At the end of each episode, the mother of the losing house will “cut the cord” and eliminate one of her drag children.
Hosted by Entertainment Tonight Canada’s Dallas Dixon, the winner of Call Me Mother will receive a ‘Grand Prize Package’ valued at $50,000 (£35k). The show will premiere this autumn on LGBTQ+ streaming platform FROOT.
“I’m excited to join the cast of Call Me Mother,” Peppermint said in a press release. “I know there are a lot of young, hungry drag entertainers just waiting to suckle on the teat of drag. I’m here to help them find it.”
Barbada added: “Call Me Mother is a drag show like no other. It doesn’t feel at all like a competition (even though it is), but more like a big family. Everyone is incredibly friendly; everyone loves each other; everyone wants to help everyone. It’s also a very diverse show that includes people from across the LGBTQ+ community, and truly represents what the drag community is. I feel honoured to be a part of it.”
“I’m so excited for people to watch Call Me Mother,” said Crystal. “I loved filming the series, and I can’t wait for viewers to meet our gorgeous adopted families. Viewers can expect warmth, humour, diversity, lewks, and bucketloads of talent. You’re going to DIE!”
Two of the drag mothers previously competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race, with Peppermint coming second in 2017’s ninth season of the US show, and Crystal leaving in episode five of the first ever UK series.
The full list of contestants for Call Me Mother will be released later this year. In the meantime, you can see some stills from the show in the gallery above.