Con-drag-ulations, Canada! After 11 impeccable seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, four seasons of Drag Race All Stars and iterations in the U.K. and Thailand, Canada is finally getting its own Drag Race, set to start casting this summer. Yas queen!
Whether you’re a Canadian queen with all the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent it takes to be Canada’s next Drag Superstar or you just love watching all the sickening drama, tea, shade and, of course, werk that goes down on the show, this is gag-worthy news. The new show will air on Crave and OUTtv along with future seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Drag Race U.K. and Drag Race All Stars.
“I am proud to announce that the Drag Race family is expanding as Crave is about to begin production on Drag Race Canada,” RuPaul said in a press release. “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!”
Ah RuPaul, not only the fiercest queen on the runway, but an expert at serving pun realness.
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As if that wasn’t enough, all past seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race and All Stars will also be available to stream on Crave and OUTtv.
Since 2009, RuPaul and longtime BFF Michelle Visage have brought drag to the masses through Drag Race. In the intervening decade, the show has created drag celebrities like Shangela, Alyssa Edwards, Bianca Del Rio and Bob the Drag Queen, who have all gone on to international careers of their own. The show has also gained big celebrity fans like Miley Cyrus, Khloe Kardashian, Katy Perry, Kate McKinnon, Andrew Garfield, Laverne Cox and John Oliver.
Season 11 of Drag Race actually marked the show’s first ever Canadian queen—Miss Brooke Lynn Hytes—who came thiiis close to becoming America’s Next Drag Superstar but ultimately came in runner-up to Yvie Oddly and had a showmance with Miss Vanjie. Now Brooke is doing her nation proud and even met up with Justin Trudeau for Pride weekend.
The Drag Race Canada host (sorry, doesn’t look like it’s going to be Mama Ru) and judges will be announced at a later date; plus, we hope we’ll see some fun celebrity guest judges announced later too. If Ryan Reynolds did The Masked Singer in South Korea, he’s got to do Drag Race in Canada, right? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
For now, there’s only one thing left to say: gentlemen, start your engines, and may the best woman win!