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On Monday (June 28), we shared the sad news that model and fashion icon Stacey McKenzie would not be returning as a judge for the second season of Canada’s Drag Race. But Brooke Lynn Hytes won’t be too lonely at the judges’ table. It was announced today (June 29) that three new judgy Judies — Amanda Brugel, Brad Goreski, and Traci Melchor — will be joining Hytes to critique the next crop of queens.
“The secret’s out! We are so excited about our judging panel this season. They make a fabulous team, and the fans are going to love what each brings to the table,” said Trevor Boris, the showrunner for Canada’s Drag Race. “Brooke Lynn Hytes is drag royalty and brings so much experience from season one, while Brad is a style icon, who is as funny as he is fashionable.”
“We’re also thrilled that Amanda and Traci are joining the team,” continued Boris. “Amanda was such a hit on the panel last season and is of course an award-winning actress who will share her talents with our queens. And Traci is a legend of the Canadian entertainment industry and a huge supporter of Canada’s 2SLGBTQ+ and drag communities.”
Hytes and Goreski will appear on the judges’ panel every week, with Brugel and Melchor rotating throughout the season.
“I’m thrilled and honored to return to the judges’ table for another season of Canada’s Drag Race,” said Brooke Lynn Hytes. “Season 2 is going to be fresh, fierce, and fabulous, so let’s go girls… make MOMMY proud!”
Brugel exclaimed that she is “incredibly honored” to be joining the Drag Race family, adding, “Now that the world has been introduced to the exceptional talent of our northern queens, I feel so fortunate to be able to champion the next class of drag royalty!”
Goreski, who has been a staple on U.S. television since his time on The Rachel Zoe Project, said, “I’m a huge fan of Canada’s Drag Race and am absolutely thrilled to be joining the show. The drag in Canada is incredible, so I can’t wait to see the amazing looks and artistry that the season two queens are going to bring to the runway.”
“Joining Canada’s Drag Race as a judge is a dream come true,” said Melchor. “I’ve been invested in this franchise since the beginning, and every season I see its impact in the lives of the queens it features and the community it celebrates. There’s no other show that brings the funny, the fabulous, and the family together quite like Drag Race!”
Now we know who the judges are, but that’s about it. Season 2 of Canada’s Drag Race will premiere later this year on WOW Presents Plus in the U.S. and on Crave in Canada. We can’t wait to return to the Great White North!