Honeys, hold onto your wigs, because this one’s certainly a big one – we’re officially going from ‘g’day’ to ‘Shantay’!

Yep, it’s been confirmed, the Crème de la crème of LGBTIQ+ television entertainment, RuPaul’s Drag Race, is officially coming down under, with production kicking off this week in New Zealand.

The 8-part first ever local adaption of the global hit series will see the most fabulous and fierce local drag queens compete to be the first ever Down Under Drag Race Superstar. Can we get an amen up in here?

Going into production this week, the highly anticipated local version of the most awarded reality competition show in history will be hosted by RuPaul, a.k.a the mother of all drag queens, with co-judge and Drag Race veteran Michelle Visage by his side.

Following the usual and ever-popular drag race format, the Stan Original Series RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under will see queens serving high fashion realness, mini and max challenges, shady and heartfelt moments in the workroom, and of course, the all-important lip-sync for your life battles.

RuPaul, said:

“I cannot wait for everyone to see that Down Under queens have some of the biggest charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talents in the world. Thank you to Stan and TVNZ for providing a platform for these outrageous drag artists to share their heart, soul and humour.”

So, Australia, who will be our very own drag queens of the desert? Will they be from the West or South of Australia? Perhaps from Queensland? Ru South Wales, Victor Victoria? Maybe even from the little map of Tassie? Unfortunately Stan’s lips are still sealed for now – but don’t worry hunties, all will be ru-vealed soon!


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Nick Aldrich

At the helm of it all, meet Nick Aldrich - Editor-at-large here at A Modern Gay's Guide. Nick is immersed in all things LGBTIQ+ culture, a lover of late nights out, a true socialite through-and-through and proud as punch to be able to write for a publication dedicated to the LGBTIQ+ community.

Nick writes predominantly on LGBTIQ+ events, arts & entertainment, travel and special interest pieces.

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