RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under

I suspect VH1/Logo will air it too if RuPaul is in it.

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Do you think drag race fans are already signed to Stan though? I don’t think this is going to bring any new viewers to Stan.


You’re right that fans of the show will already have/will re-subscribe to Stan. However, you would think the service (as well as Nine broadly) will give the series a big promotional push in order to attract new subscribers - especially if RuPaul is involved


Shane Jenek aka Courtney Act was interviewed on The Project tonight and denied that there was any truth to the rumours he was involved in the version currently being made in New Zealand.

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Stan has confirmed that filming will commence this week, with the series expected to premiere later this year. RuPaul will host along with Michelle Visage as a judge.

The series will be known as RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.

Shantay, G’day! The Ru-mours are true…
Stan is in production on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under! With filming kicking off this week, the new Stan Original Series will be hosted by RuPaul and judge Michelle Visage and will premiere later this year.

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Shantay, g’day!


AUSTRALIA! Shantay, g’day ! Time to tuck in your budgies Aussie queens, RuPaul’s Drag Race is finally here! Kicking off production this week, the new 8-part Stan Original Series will be hosted by RuPaul and judge Michelle Visage and will premiere later this year.

R U ready, Australia? Fire up the sausages because Stan , the home of RuPaul in Australia, today announced that the Stan Original Series RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under will be sashaying exclusively to Stan in 2021. The 8-part first ever local adaption of the global hit series will see the most fabulous and fierce local drag queens compete to be the first ever Down Under Drag Race Superstar. Can I get an amen up in here?

Going into production this week, the highly anticipated local version of the most awarded reality competition show in history will be hosted by RuPaul , a.k.a the mother of all drag queens, with co-judge and Drag Race veteran Michelle Visage by his side. The drag queens competing in the premiere season of Down Under, the third judge on the main panel and celebrity guest appearances will be announced later this year.

Following the popular format, Stan Original Series RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under will see queens serving high fashion realness, mini and max challenges, shady and heartfelt moments in the workroom, and of course, the all-important lip-sync for your life battles.

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

Nick Forward, Stan Chief Content Officer, said “ You asked for it Australia, and now we’re bringing it to you – finally, our very own Aussie Drag Race, the new Stan Original Series RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under! The series is already a huge hit with our audience, so to now be working with RuPaul and the entire team at World of Wonder to create a local version is beyond a thrill. We can’t wait to reveal all the guest judges and see what our local queens bring to the global sensation that is RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Nick Tanner, Passion Distribution Director of Sales and Co Productions , said: “ We’re proud to bring the Drag Race phenomenon down under in an antipodean showdown for Stan and TVNZ OnDemand! I can’t wait to see the best queens from Australia and New Zealand bring it to RuPaul’s main stage. RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under will be a fantastic addition to the ever expanding ‘ru-niverse.

Executive Producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato of World of Wonder, said “ The dazzling queens of Australia and New Zealand have always been an inspiration to us, so we are thrilled to team up with our local production partners Stan and TVNZ to bring the creative genius of drag down under to international audiences on WOW Presents Plus.

So, Australia, who will be our very own drag queens of the desert? Will they be from the West or South of Australia? Perhaps from Queensland? Ru South Wales, Victor Victoria? Maybe even from the little map of Tassie? Our lips are still sealed for now – but don’t worry hunties, all will be ru-vealed soon!

Stan Original Series RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under is a World of Wonder production in collaboration with Warner Bros. International Production New Zealand for Stan and TVNZ, currently filming in New Zealand. Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell and RuPaul Charles serve as Executive Producers. Passion Distribution will distribute the series globally in line with Passion Distribution and WOW’s distribution strategy.

Stan Original Series RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under will premiere in 2021, only on Stan.

The drag queens competing in the premiere season of Down Under, additional judges and celebrity guest appearances will be announced later this year.

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I subscribe to Stan when there is a RuPaul season on and then cancel my subscription in the part of the year it’s not on (as it’s pretty much the only show I watch on Stan). So Aussie season will I guess keep me on Stan for the duration of the season.

Well now that RuPaul and Michelle Visage have been announced to be on the season, we don’t really need Courtney Act. I guess the Courtney Act rumours were assuming she might take on the hosting role in place of RuPaul. Courtney has kind of distanced herself from the show since doing it so I’m not even sure that she will be featured on it.


She was quite outspoken negatively about Ru and the production (limited access to Ru herself etc) after her run on the show.

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8 Episodes indicates that it’ll probably be produced similar to the UK series.

Interesting that it’s a joint Stan / TVNZ production.


Stan finally announcing their worst kept secret.


A bit of grumbling over the name on socials, I assume they went with “down under” not necessarily because it’s an Americanism, but more to include NZ considering the joint venture nature of the production.


Does Down Under usually include New Zealand? As a kiwi myself I should probably know this, but I always assumed it just referred to Australia.

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Yeah, I’ve always known it to be Australia, but those in the US probably don’t know the difference!

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Ru Paul has no time for Courtney Act (blocked her on Twitter after trans comments). Courtney is highly unlikely to appear on Drag Race again.


This seems to be the official shows Instagram page.

Appears many pages who tried to secure accounts in the last few years associated with the Aus series have gone crazy this morning updating the names to reflect the actual show name now that it has been announced and there are official pictures etc.

Rhys Nicholson is rumored to be one of the other Judges on the show, alongside Ru and Michelle.

Michelle Visage doing some press in New Zealand this morning on Breakfast on TVNZ1.

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Wow I had to go back to that comment made last year haha. Yeah did know that Courtney and RuPaul didn’t get along. That was actually quite evident in the season Courtney appeared. So I too am not surprised she hasn’t been asked back for an All Stars, or asked to host the show. I wouldn’t be surprised though if Stan had asked for her to be involved and it was knocked back. Personally, if Ru couldn’t host, I would rather Bianca Del Rio as the host for the ‘Down Under’ version.

Accoridng to Wikipedia it refers to both countries.
“Down Under is a colloquialism and refers to Australia and New Zealand*. It comes from the fact that these two countries are located in the Southern Hemisphere, ’ below’ many other countries on the globe.”

There are rumoured to be 3 New Zealand contestants on the season plus it’s filmed in NZ which is obviously why they’ve gone with the ‘Down Under’ title rather than call it a long winded ‘Australia and New Zealand’.

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That’s the way I understood it too.

Even the Men At Work song goes: I come from a land down under.

At work?

Well that wood make sense, since they’re from Australia.

The question was whether it’s widely known if New Zealand is also considered to be “down under”. I think that’s a matter of everyone’s opinion though.

It would?

Bloody autocorrectors. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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