Look out, world! A new crop of drag queens will soon be making their presence known.
World of Wonder recently announced that Drag Race Italia would be the next international iteration of the Emmy-winning franchise. The spin-off will sashay its way to Discovery+ Italia and WOW Present Plus later this year.
— WOW Presents Plus (@wowpresentsplus) July 1, 2021
Details are currently scarce, but WOW shared a promotional image from the series that teases the title next to a shot of a Roman coliseum.
Last year, Drag Race producers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey told Entertainment Weekly that they were eying multiple new territories for possible expansions. Drag Race Italia is following in the footsteps of the American original, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Canada’s Drag Race, Drag Race Down Under, Drag Race España, Drag Race Holland, and Drag Race Thailand.
More international expansions are expected to be announced at a later date.
Additionally, although nothing has been officially confirmed, it is being rumored that actress Chiara Francini, Italian drag star Priscilla, and influencer Tommaso Zorzi will be the inaugural judges. RuPaul himself will supposedly be a guest judge on the first episode.
Since the beginning of 2021, the franchise has already crowned three winners: season 13’s Symone, UK season 2’s Lawrence Chaney, and Down Under‘s Kita Mean. España and All Stars 6 are currently airing new episodes, and a new set of judges are ready to take their place for Canada’s Drag Race season 2, which will also air later this year.
Where would you like to see Drag Race head to next?