Crikey! Here’s When “RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under” Premieres

Are you ready for some koalas, uniqueness, nerve, and talent?

Throw another wig on the barbie because RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under has a premiere date, and it’s coming faster than a boomerang!

The latest international version of the Emmy-winning phenomenon will debut May 1 on WOW Presents Plus, airing the same day as the Stan (Australia) and TVNZ On Demand (New Zealand) local airings. The series is hosted by Ru, who will be joined at the judges’ panel by his best squirrel friend, Michelle Visage, along with out comedian Rhys Nicholson and additional celebrity guests.


The contestants for the inaugural season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under were RuVealed to the world at last month’s Sydney Mardi Gras celebration in Australia. The 10 fierce Aussie and Kiwi queens competing to be Australia’s first-ever Drag Race Superstar are Anita Wigl’it (NZ), Art Simone (VIC), Coco Jumbo (NSW), Elektra Shock (NZ), Etcetera Etcetera (NSW), JoJo Zaho (NSW), Karen from Finance (VIC), Kita Mean (NZ), Maxi Shield (NSW), and Scarlet Adams (WA).

“I cannot wait for everyone to see that Down Under queens have some of the biggest charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talents in the world,” Ru said in a statement announcing the series. “Thank you to Stan and TVNZ OnDemand for providing a platform for these outrageous drag artists to share their heart, soul, and humor.”

Are you ready for some kangaRu puns and koalas, uniqueness, nerve, and talent? Get to know the queens in the new “Queen Q&A” video below.

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