Fans were surprised on Wednesday when World of Wonder officially announced a new season of ‘Drag Race Down Under.’
“I am thrilled to produce and host a brand new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under,' RuPaul said in a statement. “We’ve only just begun to shine a worldwide spotlight on the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent of Australasian queens.”
RuPaul will host the upcoming season alongside the legendary Michelle Visage and comedian Rhys Nicholson.
The first season aired on the Australian streaming service, Stan, last year. Viewers ultimately saw Kiwi drag queen Kita Mean take home the coveted crown and title.
Not only do we have a premiere date but we also know all the queens competing in the highly anticipated new season. Get to know the season 2 cast and let us know who you think will make it to the finale.
Kiki with the season 2 queens
This fashion queen originally hails from Timaru, New Zealand. Since starting out in the drag scene in 2020 however, Haive moved to Melbourne where she took some time to refine her act. Now, this queen is booking gigs and chasing her dreams on ‘Down Under.’
She may not be from Beverly Hills, but Beverly Kills is here to slay the competition. Her weapons of choice? Hypnotizing burlesque moves and high-energy lipsyncs. Don’t be fooled by her looks, since starting out in drag at 18, this Brisbane beauty knows a thing or two.
Not only is she an award-winning entertainer but she is truly a name to remember. Hannah co-founded Drag Storytime in 2016. You might have seen this queen on an episode of “Keeping up With the Kardashians” and on Netflix’s “Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father.” We cant wait to see what Hannah brings to the competition.
Oxford Street local Faux Fur is known throughout the Sydney drag scene for her fierce looks and loud persona. As a proud Asian queen, Faux regularly uses her platform to uplift other Asian and POC queer performers. No doubt, she will kill it this season!
Armed with her powerhouse performance record, high-energy choreography skills, and her unrivaled beauty, fans are left asking: “Is there anything this queen can’t do?” Kween Kong may have won Miss Drag Nation Australia in 2019, but now this Adelaide queen is on the search for “Down Under’s Next Drag Superstar.”
Another talented queen joining the season 2 cast is Minnie Cooper. You may recognize the 49-year-old queen as a semi-finalist on Australia’s Got Talent in 2016. Combine her singing chops and stellar stage presence, Cooper has this win in the bag.
Although she is currently working out of Vancouver, Molly Poppinz is here repping her hometown of Newcastle. Many thought this queen was a shoo-in for Canada’s Drag Race so let's see how Poppinz fares among the Aussie and Kiwi talents in this competition.
Representing both First Nation and Māori queens, Pomara Fifth is in it to win it. This multi-skilled performer can do it all. In fact, in 2018, Pomara won the coveted Rising Star award at the DIVA Awards (Drag Industry Variety Awards). We hope to see some of her talents be put to the test this season.
With over 15 years of experience in the drag scene, it’s no wonder why Jackzon is making her mark in the drag community. Best known for winning season 2 of the original Kiwi series “House of Drag”, Jackzon is no stranger to the stage. She is also the official host of the Wellington International Pride Parade. We hope to see her talents come to play throughout the competition.
“Spooky girl” turned “Ru girl” Yuri Guaii is a force to be reckoned with. After studying fashion and obtaining nearly eight years in the drag scene, Yuri is ready to take the Down Under stage by storm. The competition has been warned: If her lipsyncs don't win over the judges, her amazing sewing skill and fashion just might win her the crown.
‘Drag Race Down Under’ is set to premiere later this month on July 30 via WOW Presents Plus streaming service.