‘Little more ratchet’: RuPaul weighs in on Drag Race Down Under

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RuPaul has shared his thoughts on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under in a candid new interview with Graham Norton on his talk show.

In Auckland last month, Ru wrapped filming on season two of the Australia-New Zealand version of the show, before it airs later in the year.

And discussing the series with RuPaul’s Drag Race UK judge Graham Norton on his talk show, Ru described the Aussie and Kiwi queens as “very different” to their international sisters.

Asked by Norton about the size of the new season’s studio, Ru replied, “It’s the size of a garage, the studio.

“But you’d never know it and we still have fun with the girls.

“It’s a different type, Australian and Down Under queens are very different but it’s so much fun.

RuPaul went on, “They’re a little bit more – I’m going to get in trouble for this – they’re a little more ratchet.

“Which is great. Because I’m married to an Australian and Australians have a great sense of humour.

“That’s really what it’s all about. We have so much fun.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under season 2 airs later this year

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under wrapped filming in Auckland in February. The new season of the show will stream in Australia on Stan in the coming months.

Expected on the second season’s lineup are Beverly Kills (Brisbane), Hannah Conda (Sydney), Aubrey Haive (Melbourne), Faux Fur (Sydney), Kween Kong (Adelaide), Minnie Cooper (Sydney), Molly Poppinz (Newcastle), and Pomara Fifth (Sydney).

And joining the Aussie performers are New Zealand queens Yuri and Spankie Jackzon.

Aussie comic Rhys Nicholson travelled to Auckland to again join RuPaul and Michelle Visage on the judging panel.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under will stream in Australia on Stan this year.

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  1. Peter Turner
    11 March 2022

    I’m afraid I am sooo over Ru Paul and Drag Race. Bring on real drama and comedy with a LGBTQIA+ focus but we need gay comedians who are capable of more than self deprication.

  2. GEORGINA Brown
    11 March 2022

    Spot on…more American over hyped rubbish…….

  3. Stuart Maddison
    14 March 2022

    I had never heard ratchet used as an adjective in that fashion so had to look it up – coarse, vulgar, unsophisticated.

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