RuPaul’s Drag Race eyes Asia expansion with new seasons in India, Japan, and Singapore

An Asian adaptation of 'RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race' is also in the works.

HomoCulture Drag Dish Triston Brewer

This article was published on November 26th, 2022

A new partnership between World of Wonder and 04 Media could see RuPaul’s Drag Race expanding into Asia in a big way.

The partnership will see 04 Media helping Worlds of Wonder develop content in several countries in Asia including India, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, with the partnership also extending to the new season of Drag Race Thailand.

In a statement shared with Entertainment Weekly, World of Wonder co-founder Fenton Bailey described O4 Media as having “a strong reputation and great contacts across Asia”.

World of Wonder also announced that it is working on an adaptation of RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race for the Asian market. RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race sees celebrities come on the show for a drag makeover and has seen two seasons aired on VH1 so far.

Expected release dates for the planned India, Japan, Singapore, and South Korean editions of Drag Race have yet to be announced.

It is unclear if the partnership will extend to Drag Race Philippines, which concluded its first season last month on October 12, with Precious Paula Nicole being crowned as the first-ever Drag Race Philippines queen. The final saw Marina Summers and Precious Paula Nicole facing off in a lip-sync battle using Filipino rapper Gloc-9’s ‘Sirena’ (Mermaid), featuring singer Ebe Dancel.

It has since been renewed for a second season alongside its behind-the-scenes Untucked segment.

Since the original series premiered in 2009, numerous spinoffs and international versions have been launched, with BelgianSwedish and Brazilian editions all currently in the works.

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