‘RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under’ Is Officially Coming To Stan, Here’s Everything We Know

Ru and Michelle Visage are on-board, and filming is underway right now.

RuPaul's Drag RaceAustralia is announced as a Stan Original called 'Drag Race Down Under'

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The anticipated Australian edition of RuPaul’s Drag Race has officially been announced as a Stan Original called RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, with Ru and Michelle Visage coming to judge our best and brightest queens.

The series will commence filming this week in New Zealand after NSW’s COVID-19 numbers saw production make a last-minute shift from Sydney, with Stan confirming that RuPaul and Visage were in the country for filming. Earlier this month, it was reported that Ru was in hotel quarantine in New Zealand, kicking off speculation that the spin-off was filming there.

Drag Race Down Under‘s first season will have eight episodes, and will air later this year as a Stan Original, produced with TVNZ and Drag Race‘s creators World of Wonder. A third un-announced name will sit on the judges’ panel, alongside a suite of celebrity guests — it’s worth noting that Ru recently tweeted out praise for Australian comedian Rhys Nicholson’s Netflix special.

“I cannot wait for everyone to see that Down Under queens have some of the biggest charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talents in the world,” Ru 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.”

As for the queens, that’s a secret for now. RuPaul’s Drag Race is currently airing S13 of its US edition, and S2 of its UK edition, both of which Junkee recaps. Watch Ru’s announcement below, and may the best queen win!