Australia’s Gingzilla set to slay TV drag comp Queen of the Universe


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Bearded Australian drag performer Gingzilla will compete against drag queens from around the world on new TV singing competition Queen of the Universe.

The show, executive produced by RuPaul, sees the 14 drag perfomers take to the stage for the new title and a cash prize of $250,000.

But unlike RuPaul’s Drag Race, there are no lip syncs. All the contenders have to rely on their own live vocal chops.

Seven-foot-tall “glamonster” Gingzilla, the alter ego of cabaret star and performance artist Ben Hudson, went to performing arts school in Sydney, clown school in Paris, and has spent years based in the UK.

Gingzilla has previously appeared on America’s Got Talent and The X Factor in the UK but now the bearded queen is ready to conquer the universe.

Drag Race stars appear on Queen of the Universe judging panel

In each episode of the new show, Gingzilla and her 13 drag sisters will have to show off their vocal prowess in front of a live audience and the judges.

Drag Race‘s Michelle Visage, drag superstar Trixie Mattel, US singer and actress Vanessa Williams and UK singer Leona Lewis make up the judging panel.

Drag Race UK judge Graham Norton is also hosting the new show.

Joining Gingzilla on the Queen of the Universe stage are:

Jujubee (Massachusetts) — former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant
Ada Vox (Texas) — former American Idol top 10 finalist
Aria B Cassadine (Georgia) — Miss Gay Black America 2018 winner
Betty Bitschlap (Denmark) — experienced performer in and out of drag
Chy’enne Valentino (Illinois) — former American Idol contestant and Miss Continental Plus 2018 winner
Grag Queen (Brazil) — TikTok superstar with more than 2 million followers
La Voix (UK) —former Britain’s Got Talent contestant
Leona Winter (France) — former The Voice France and contestant and The Switch winner
Matante Alex (Canada) — yodeler and former musical child prodigy
Novaczar (New York) — self-proclaimed “Empress of the Galaxy’s secret weapon”
Rani Ko-He-Nur (India) — Mr Gay India 2014 winner
Regina Voce (Mexico) — former Cirque Du Soleil performer
Woowu (China) — a standout on China’s growing drag scene

Queen of the Universe is available to watch in Australia on streaming service Paramount+ from December 2. Take a look at the trailer below:

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