Fires may be ravaging across our great land, Covid may be running amok across the globe, and civil unrest may be upending America, but none of this will stop drag doyenne RuPaul on her mission to turn the world into one great drag show.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Australia will begin filming this month, but here’s the kooky catch: it won’t be filmed in Australia. Instead the show will be shot in New Zealand, commencing production on January 29, 2021.
While the show will be called RuPaul’s Drag Race Australia, it will be filmed mostly in New Zealand, where there are understandably way less Covid problems for producers to worry about.
And in drag circles – where lipsticks are swapped and late nights can lead to lower immune systems – the less Covid surrounding our drag stars, the better.
RuPaul himself is touted to lead the judging panel, which has not been the case for franchised shows hosted outside of the U.S.
It of course makes perfect sense Ru would want closer ties with the AUS/NZ production of Drag Race since his husband, Georges LeBar is actually from Australia (George grew up in Kalgoorlie, WA).
The show will feature a selection of Australian and New Zealand drag queens, many of whom have already signed non-disclosure agreements and are keeping mum about their connection to the series.
The most amazing news, though, is that while new TV programs from the US and UK have been less forthcoming due to the Covid pandemic leading to lockdown, we Aussies ought to be seeing episodes of the new Drag Race by the third quarter of 2021.