Thailand, the U.K., and now our Neighbors to the North—RuPaul’s Drag Race is taking over the world!
OUTtv, World of Wonder, Crave, and Blue Ant Studios announced in June that a Canadian version of the Emmy-winning competition series was headed our way. Today it was announced that Canadian queen—and Season 11 runner-up—Brooke Lynn Hytes will be a permanent judge on Canada’s Drag Race.
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Herstory! I remember a year ago I was in the @worldofwonder offices, just after filming season 11, and I said “I want a Canadian Drag Race…and I want to be a judge!” Well, dreams come true! I couldn’t be more excited and honored to be a permanent judge on @canadasdragrace and to be able to help show the amazing talent the north has to offer. Thankyou @rupaulofficial @rupaulsdragrace @cravecanada @worldofwonder @blueantmedia and Bell Media for making this dream a reality. Life is good and I’m so incredibly lucky. Keep fighting for your dreams! #judgingyou #queenofthenorth #herstory #canadasdragrace @erinleydon Suit @theladyhyde Hair @kirstenklontz Makeup @simoneotis and me
Fellow Canadian cutie Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Canadian fashion icon Stacey McKenzie will also be joining Brooke on the judges panel.
“Condragulations to my Canadian Queens!,” said Brooke in a statement. “I’m so excited as the time has finally come for the world to see the talent that Canada has to offer. Start those engines… and may the best Queen win!”
Canada’s Drag Race, which will consist of 10 one-hour episodes, will begin casting soon and start production later this fall. The series will air on Crave in Canada and on WOW Presents Plus around the rest of the world.
Gooooood Morninggggg The tea has been officially spilled children BEYOND thrilled to FINALLY announce my spot as the new permanent judge on @canadasdragrace!!!! Can’t wait to return to my home & native land to kiki with you Canadian Queens✌♥️ #xoJBC #CanadasDragRace pic.twitter.com/LAg5oVkZOK
— JBC (@JeffreyBChapman) September 26, 2019
“I am beyond thrilled to be part of bringing this cultural phenomenon up north!” Bowyer-Chapman said. “I cannot wait to see what the upcoming legendary Canadian Queens are going to serve to bring the house down boots!!!”
“I am proud to announce that the Drag Race family is expanding as Crave is about to begin production on Drag Race Canada,” said RuPaul in a statement when the series was announced. “The panel and judges will be from the Great White North, representing Canada’s very best. This new franchise has my whole-hearted blessing. Good luck… and don’t puck it up!”
That’s an ice hockey pun! Get it?
Hosts and additional guest judges will be announced at a later date, but we better see Carly Rae Jepsen sitting at that judges’ panel for an episode—and can we please get a Moira’s wigs-inspired Schitt’s Creek runway challenge?
The Canadian bacon puns write themselves.