Kylie and Dannii Minogue confirmed for RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under

Jen Crothers
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Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Australian icons and pop queen sisters Kylie and Dannii Minogue have confirmed they're both on the guest judging panel on RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under.

"I’m SO excited to finally be a part of RuPaul’s Drag Race for the first series Down Under," said Kylie. "It’s such an iconic show and I can’t wait to watch the contestants perform their hearts out to win the title of Down Under’s first Drag Superstar!"

Dannii revealed her excitement on Instagram, and added, "I got to have a cheeky Untucked chat with the girls on RPDR Down Under season one. They had come straight from the runway challenge so it was exciting and tense all at the same time, not knowing who was going to have to lip sync for their life!"

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Director, actor, producer and comedian Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Thor) has been announced as a guest judge too.

RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under will be available for UK viewers to watch on BBC iPlayer the following morning after the show airs in Australia.

The first ever Drag Race competition set in the southern hemisphere, taking in the best of what Australian and New Zealand drag has to offer, will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer weekly from Sunday 2 May from 9am.

Drag Race Down Under will air over eight episodes, with ten queens battling it out to be Down Under's First Drag Superstar. The show was filmed at the beginning of 2021 in New Zealand, and will air in Australia this May.

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Earlier this year, RuPaul, whose husband Georges LeBar is Australian, 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.”

RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under: Who are the queens?

Photo credit: World of Wonder - BBC
Photo credit: World of Wonder - BBC

They've from Australia and New Zealand and we can't wait to meet them. There's Anita Wigl’it (NZ), Art Simone (VIC), Coco Jumbo (NSW), Elektra Shock (NZ), Etcetera Etcetera (NSW), JoJo Zaho (NSW), Karen from Finance (VIC), Kita Mean (NZ), Maxi Shield (NSW) and Scarlet Adams (WA).

RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under: Who's on the panel?

As well as Mama Ru, Michelle Visage will be bringing her legendary wit and wisdom to the show. They'll also be joined by Rhys Nicholson, an Australian comedian.

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RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under: When is it on TV?

The show debuts in Australia on 1 May, and the BBC have confirmed it will come to iPlayer the following day - Sunday 2 May from 9am, then weekly for another seven weeks. Can we get an amen up in here?

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