G’Day queens, and welcome to Drag Race Down Under. With the exception of the British Australian Queen Courtney Act in Season 6, the Sleep Race franchise hasn’t gotten a taste for Aussie drag. This all changes with the last episode in the Sleep Race TV universe. Hosted by Mama Ru, the main judges on the show are the ever-charming Michelle Visage and Australian comedian Rhys Nicholson.
Now that we’ve met our beautiful ten queens (and already lost one) you feel that the air in the study is different. On the other hand, that thrill comes from knowing how much cunning, uniqueness, guts and talent to bring. So, is Drag Race Down Under worth the effort? Uh, duh.
Drama is in high demand
Colleagues and best friends face each other? One of the oldest queens in Sleep Race history is coming? A chance for the queens to show the world what Australian drag queens can do? The drama in this office is hotter than a Tasmanian pepper berry.
Clear rivalry throughout Sleep Race is nothing new, however Down Under already gives us some healthy competition to drool over. House of Drag Hostesses Anita Wigl’it and Kita Mean are both participating in the competition this season, along with former contestant Elektra Shock. Anita & Kita also have one of New Zealand’s most famous drag bars, the Caluzzi. So get ready for some drama if lip sync ever comes down to those two.
Meanwhile, we don’t see any queens over 40 competing Sleep Race often, so with Maxi Shield in season one of Drag Race Down Under is a big problem. Will she be able to take the crown from the young money? Only time will tell, but we still look for her.
Out of this world lust
Who knew a nude challenge was the perfect way to get to know our queens? Uncovering everything to going deeper than just the skin, we’ve seen a few magnificent lewks on the catwalk thanks to the birthday challenge. Combine that with the traditional hometown challenge, and we’re off to a good start.
Even the low-lewks of the week had plenty to love, so this is going to be a tough season when it comes to runways. Can we get the sewing challenge right after Snatch Game?
Ultimately, what we see on TV is just for fun, but it’s what’s going on outside the sky that we really care about. The moment Jojo Zaho realizes she’s on the bottom, she sets to work learning the song and is immediately comforted by her fellow queens.
While we are sad to see her go, Jojo is happy for her short time as part of the Drag Race Down Under fam. We got the chance to talk to her about her elimination and even get a tease of what would have been her Snatch Game sweetheart.
What does towing mean to you?
So for me, dragging is basically an adult dress-up party. That’s how I like to explain it simply. Drag is a creative outlet for me. It’s something that helps dismantle male stereotypes. You know, I might be wearing a dress and heels, but I’ll help you build a coffee table while wearing them.
It’s also important because as I am indigionous, I also get to represent my culture through my rut. I’m going to be the kind of representation I didn’t have growing up.
You’ve made a big statement with your hometown outfit. Why did you think it was important to include that in your look?
My culture is a big part of me, and a big part of drag. It doesn’t quite make up for it, but still. I specifically chose that message because it is an international stage. Where can you best make such political statements?
Unfortunately, we will miss you next week with Snatch Game. Can you tease who would have brought you to the table?
So I was actually going to be a man. There is a famous Indian TV host and presenter here in Australia called Ernie Dingo. So that’s who I was going to be, because originally I was going to be Pauline Hanson, but I thought all the other queens would too.
TV presenters always have so much character to them, and there are so many different things you can grab from to capture their whole essence, to help build a full-fledged parody character.
Regardless of your elimination, how does it feel about the Sleep Race franchise to Australia and New Zealand?
I’m overwhelmed, excited like it’s such a great honor. It’s one of those things that you look at for years and years and years, and you kind of laugh at the thought, “Maybe someday.” Then it really happened and even if it was only briefly, it is still huge. And you know, here’s the silver lining of being the first pork chop too, so I absolutely can’t complain.
It’s a huge, huge honor and even though it was a short stint on the show, it’s still one of those things that’s like “Wow, okay, I did that.” And who knows? Maybe they will change or add something so I can get out of a box next year.
Where would you most like to see your career go?
I would like to appear in as many other TV shows as possible. (LaughsI don’t really have a clear path where it will take me. I’m still figuring out and adjusting to the fact that, “Okay, there’s a lot more things within my reach now.” So once I find out I’ll let you know for sure, but I’m excited to see where it takes me. That’s the silver lining for me.
Drag Race Down Under aired on Saturdays on Stan Australia, TVNZ and WOWPresents Plus, and Sundays on BBC Three.
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