It's time to go Down Under, ladies!
After well over a year of announcements, RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under has officially started its promo for its first season. After having series judge Michelle Visage announce that the cast would be RuVealed during Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, they did just that. Ten queens, many with established careers are all up for Down Under's First Drag Superstar.
The show has also announced a release date: RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under will begin airing on May 1, 2021. The show will air on Stan in Australia, as well as TVNZ in New Zealand. For viewers in the U.S., the series will be available on WOW Presents Plus.
Of the 10 cast members, there's competitors like Art Simone, who had over 100,000 followers on Instagram at the time of writing and is Australia's reigning Drag Performer of the Year. Simone also had her own show on World of Wonder.
As a slight surprise to us, RuPaul and Visage pulled up stakes and headed down under to host the franchise themselves — *cough cough, Canada's Drag Race.* This marks the fourth iteration hosted by Ru following Drag Race, All Stars, and Drag Race U.K. But even though Ru is on board, this week Visage has been taking a leading role. Not only did she announce when the RuVeal would happen, but she also presided over announcing the queens.
Alongside Visage came comedian Rhys Nicholson, an additional permanent judge on the panel for Down Under. The celebrity guest judges have not been announced but the season will run for eight episodes.