This article was published on March 17th, 2021
While RuPaul’s Drag Race U.S. edition garners the most attention, shows in Canada and the U.K. have emerged as solid fan favourites.
In its first season, Canada’s Drag Race crowned Priyanka with the title of Canada’s Next Drag Superstar. “What’s her name?” – A way she used to introduce herself quickly became a household phrase. She became the fourth queen of color to be crowned in 2020 in the Drag Race franchise.
Over in the U.K., The Vivienne was crowned U.K.’s first Drag superstar in Season 1, beating nine other contestants for the title.
What’s happening in Drag Race Canada now?
Yes queens, the Queens in the North are returning to the screens. In an announcement on Canada’s Drag Race official Instagram account on January 7, the account posted in a caption:
“Category is: Canada’s Drag Race season 2. Do you think you’re Canada’s Next Drag Superstar? Tap the link in bio to apply now.”
Since then, the show has hosted several casting Kiki’s with several queens discussing pertinent issues surrounding the new season.
Casting for the second season of Drag Race Canada closed on February 8, 2021, and the wait is on.
The announcement and subsequent casting come hot on the heels of a stellar 2020, bursting with Drag Race content. Season 13 of the show started airing on January 1, while the U.K. second season began airing the same month.
2021 promises to be a big year for the Drag Race franchise, with All-Stars six expected this year, as is Drag Race U.K. three. For the first time, Drag Race is making a debut in Spain.
Unlike other Drag Race shows, season one of Canada’s drag race didn’t have a host. The three main judges – Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and Stacey McKenzie switched up the duties. The show is yet to state whether the judges will be making a comeback.
The first season of Canada’s Drag Race featured 12 queens, including Anastarzia Anaquway, Boa, Ilona Verley, Jimbo, Juice Boxx, Kiara, Kyne, Lemon, Priyanka, Rita Baga, Scarlett Bobo, and Tynomi Banks.
What’s happening now in Drag Race U.K.?
RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. kicked off on January 14. It features 12 queens competing for crown and title. The complete list of contestants includes the current four semi-finalists:
- Ellie Diamond
- Bimini Bon Boulash
- Lawrence Chaney.
Here are the contestants that have either been eliminated or quit:
- Cherry Valentine (OUT in week Two)
- Asttina Mandelia (OUT in week Three)
- Ginny Lemon (QUIT in week Four)
- Veronica Green (WITHDREW in week Five)
- Joe Black (OUT in week One and week Five)
- Tia Kofi (OUT in week Six)
- Sister Sister (OUT in week Seven)
- A’Whora (OUT in week Eight)
Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, and Graham Norton have joined RuPaul as the second series’ judges. Alan and Graham alternate weekly, while a new celebrity guest judge joins the team each week.
According to Alan Carr, the second season saw a record number of applicants, doubling from last year.
Some of the celebrity judges for the second series include Loraine Kelly, Elizabeth Hurley, Sheridan Smith, MNEK, and more.
So, what has happened so far? A lot. The show recently aired episode 9, where, unfortunately, contestant A’Whora was eliminated, leaving the four semi-finalists.
The second series has served up all the usual drama, and then some more. In episode four, for instance, Ginny Lemon, a contestant, quit shortly before a lipsync of Kim Wilde’s song, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.”
In another instance, Veronica Green was forced to withdraw as a contestant after testing positive for COVID-19. Talk of an unexpected turn of events. However, she has an open invitation to season three.
From parodies of popular U.K. shows such as EastEnders to incredible lipsyncs, Drag Race U.K. is undoubtedly poised for a grand, if not shocking, finale.