“Drag Race” is making its way north of the border.
On Thursday, June 27, as part of Pride Month, it was announced that “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is getting its first-ever Canadian adaptation. “Canada’s Drag Race” show producers are on the hunt for Canadian queens looking to slay the competition with their drag skills.
Casting for the 10-episode series, which will air on Crave, will begin this summer with production scheduled for the fall. On Thursday, the panel of judges and other show regulars were announced, per a press release.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” runner-up and Canada’s own Brooke Lynn Hytes will serve as a judge. Sitting next to Hytes will be actor Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and “America’s Next Top Model” mentor Stacey McKenzie. A weekly celebrity guest judge will also be included.
“I’m thrilled to reveal my hand-picked judges for ‘Canada’s Drag Race’. By the power vested in me, I command them to go forth and be my ‘Judge Judys’ of the North,” said RuPaul. “I have complete confidence in their ability to choose Canada’s first drag superstar!”
“Condragulations to my Canadians Queens!” Hytes said. “I’m so excited as the time has finally come for the world to see the talent that Canada has to offer. Start those engines…and may the best Queen win!”
TV personality Traci Melchor will serve as Canada’s very first Squirrel Friend. Melchor will visit the house to test the queens with a variety of challenges.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” has inspired a number of international spinoffs, including versions in Chile, Thailand, and the U.K.