RuPaul’s Drag Race started over a decade ago. In that time, it’s had numerous spin-offs: the not so successful Drag U and the massively successful RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars. But over the last few years, the show has truly been locking in its status as a global phenomenon.
For its first international Drag Race-titled franchise, the show went with Drag Race Thailand. Ru, the entrepreneur she is, gave the reigns over to two co-hosts, Pangina Heals and Art-Arya, and made one or two video appearances at most. Only in its second season, the spinoff retains the hunger and creativity we know from early seasons of Drag Race and, in some ways, far outmatches the original.
Come October 3, Drag Race will launch in the U.K. Both Ru and Michelle Visage are on board, in addition to quite the packed list of guest judges and 10 queens. The project has been in the works for years,, and now that it’s here, and Ru has said it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
But today we have news of yet another Drag Race franchise. It looks like the show is going down under.
“Yes, ITV Studios Australia have secured the rights to arguably one of the biggest formats globally at the moment,” David Mott, ceo of ITV Studios Australia told TV Tonight in an interview. “With Drag Race U.K. about to launch and already a major hit in the U.S. and other territories, we are set to shantay onto Australian screens in 2020."
There are very few details on the show so far. It’s being referred to as just Drag Race Australia, and the lack of her name in the title w leads us to believe that Ru will not be hosting. That leaves the space open for someone like Courtney Act. Since her appearance on the show, Act has positioned herself as one of TV’s international faces of drag, appearing on in reality show productions in the U.K. as well as Australia. Who would be a better pick?