Every year it seems we have reached RuPaul's Drag Race exhaustion. It seems that each year RuPaul and World of Wonder add a little more to their plates and have saturated the market. This is the year, we say. This is the year that people stop watching. And every single year, RuPaul laughs as we livetweet ourselves through another iteration of the show. It's truly addictive! Now, the Drag Race circus is going to Holland.
Announced right as RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars season five ended, Drag Race Holland releases later this year, produced by the Netherlands-based production company Vincent TV Production in collaboration with World of Wonder.
"I am proud to announce my beloved Drag Race is coming to you," RuPaul says in a promo video. "And with a brand new host!" The show will air on WOW Presents Plus in the US and internationally while it will be available on RTL's Videoland for Dutch audiences. The show will boast ten queens.
It joins a growing family in the Drag Race franchise. The original, RuPaul's Drag Race wrapped its 12th season earlier this year. It is joined in the U.S. by RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars which just wrapped its fifth season and RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race. It has not been announced whether Celebrity Drag Race was a one-off special or whether it will be renewed for a second season. Later this year, that family of shows will be joined Stateside by RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue. That show is a docuseries based on the RuPaul's Drag Race: Live residency in Las Vegas. But like the America's Next Top Model franchise that inspired it, Drag Race has also expanded globally.
The first Drag Race-named international version of the show (The Switch in Chile is a Drag Race property as well) was Drag Race Thailand. But sadly, after two seasons of the show, they didn't air a third installment this year. Truly a pity! Then there was RuPaul's Drag Race U.K. which marked the first international version that kept Ru along as host. That aired its first season this year. Currently, Canada's Drag Race is also in its debut season, with Holland slated for later. This doesn't count the already-announced Australian iteration of the show which has a yet-to-be-announced timeline.
This signals only the tip of the iceberg in terms of drag on television, which truly makes this moment unprecedented. The franchise has undeniably paved the way for this sort of visibility for performers and has funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars into the pockets of queer creators. So if we don't want to celebrate it for any other reason, let's celebrate that.