Shantay, G’day! RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under comes to BBC Three
Staff Reporter | On 22, Apr 2021
BBC Three, the home of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, will air the first Australian-New Zealand version of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Drag Race Down Under will see 10 of the most koala-fied Aussie and Kiwi queens competing for the title of Down Under’s First Drag Superstar. The eight-part series will be available to UK viewers exclusively on BBC iPlayer this May, providing a treat for fans eagerly awaiting Season 3 of Drag Race UK.
Joining RuPaul on the judging panel will be Drag Race royalty Michelle Visage and Australian comedian Rhys Nicholson. The 10 fierce Aussie and Kiwi queens hoping to impress them include: Anita Wigl’it (NZ), Art Simone (VIC), Coco Jumbo (NSW), Elektra Shock (NZ), Etcetera Etcetera (NSW), JoJo Zaho (NSW), Karen from Finance (VIC), Kita Mean (NZ), Maxi Shield (NSW) and Scarlet Adams (WA).
RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under – produced by media company World of Wonder – is the latest in many international editions of the series that have captivated audiences across the globe, including the hugely successful RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. Squirrel friends of the show can expect iconic high fashion looks, cryptic challenges, werkroom dramas and weekly lip-sync for your life battles featuring death drops galore. Viewers can look forward to even more shade and drama than ever before with an extra-large helping of Australasian pop culture and sass!
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, Executive Producers of World Of Wonder, say: “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.”
Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three, adds: “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.”
BBC Three will release the series weekly on BBC iPlayer, in line with its broadcast in Australia and New Zealand. The first episode will be available on BBC iPlayer from 9am on 2nd May.