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'RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under' Is Sashaying Its Way Around the Country This Spring

The long-awaited local version of the hit series is taking its ten contestants on the road.
By Sarah Ward
May 17, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
May 17, 2021
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Twelve years after RuPaul's Drag Race first sashayed its way onto US television, viewers Down Under have finally been gifted a local version. Currently streaming via TVNZ OnDemand, RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under is exactly what it sounds like — the hit series, still hosted by RuPaul, but featuring Australian and New Zealand drag queens. And, if you'd like to see more of this year's competitors, you'll be able to head along to the program's new live stage show.

All ten of this year's drag queens will be hitting up Auckland's Spark Arena and Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre as part of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under Live on Stage. It too is rather self-explanatory, and it'll obviously have quite the cast when it hits the road this October.

If you've been watching the TV series, you'll already know which contenders have been strutting their stuff for drag supremacy. The lineup spans seven Australians and three New Zealanders, including Art Simone from Geelong, Melbourne's Karen from Finance, and Sydney's Coco Jumbo, Etecetera Etcetera and Maxi Shield. Newcastle's Jojo Zaho and Perth's Scarlet Adams round out the Aussie queens, while Auckland's Kita Mean, Anita Wigl'it and Elektra Shock comprise the NZ contingent.

RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE DOWN UNDER LIVE ON STAGE TOUR DATES:

Friday, October 1 — Spark Arena, Auckland
Saturday, October 2 — Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under Live on Stage will tour New Zealand this October. For further details —  and to buy pre-sale tickets on Wednesday, May 19 and general tickets on Monday, May 24 — head to the Live Nation website.

Published on May 17, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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