Queens of the North, Rejoice! ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Is Coming to Canada

You like RuPaul’s Drag Race, eh? Good news for Canadian Drag Race fans — the reality competition series is coming to Crave and OUTtv. When does this series premiere? Will RuPaul be the host? What does Canadian contestant Brooke Lynn Hytes have to say? Here’s what we know about the Canadian version of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Brooke Lynn Hytes Canada
Brooke Lynn Hytes | Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images

RuPaul is creating a Canadian version of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

There have been 11 seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Over 100 drag queens walked into the Werk Room. Previously, only drag queens who are residents in the United States were allowed to audition for Drag Race. Now with almost ten years of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent brought to OUTtv, drag queens from Canada will finally have their chance to shine.

“Canadian drag is world class and we could not be more excited to bring these artists and their stories to Crave,” said Sam Sniderman, EVP Global Productions, Blue Ant Studios. “We are thrilled to be working with [WOW Presents] on this legendary and game-changing global format.”

According to The Post Millennial, the reality show starts production this fall. It is unclear who the host and the judges will be. Still, RuPaul stated his excitement for the extension of his Emmy award-winning television series.

“I am proud to announce that the Drag Race family is expanding as Crave is about to begin production on Drag Race Canada,” RuPaul said. “The panel and judges will be from the Great White North, representing Canada’s very best. This new franchise has my whole-hearted blessing. Good luck and don’t puck it up!”

Brooke Lynn Hytes
Brooke Lynn Hytes | Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ is also available in Thailand

Drag Race Canada is not the first international version of the reality competition series. Another version of the show, entitled Drag Race Thailand, premiered in February 2018. The show created two seasons, each with about ten contestants competing for the title and the cash prize.

One of the contestants, Jaja commented on their experience on Drag Race Thailand. In an interview with Blue Bay, Jaja stated that overall, the competition was a good experience.

“Actually, it has exceeded of what I was expecting,” Jaja said. “I thought I will be going home in the third episode because of the language [barrier], but it became my strength. And I learned so many words!”

Former ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ contestant, Brooke Lynn Hytes, is from Canada

There’s good news for “Queen of the North” fans. The contestant might have been the first Candian Drag Queen in the RuPaul’s Drag Race family, but she won’t be the last. Although Brooke Lynn Hytes currently lives in the United States, she’s from Canada.

Brooke Lynn Hytes was a contestant on season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, placing in the top 4. Since the finale of the season, Brooke Lynn performed in live shows and even met the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. It is unclear is Brooke Lynn will have a role in the Canadian version of Drag Race.

“Happy birthday to my beautiful country. 152 years of fur, maple syrup, and war that lasted two days. History class sure was boring for you, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love you, Canada,” the drag queen tweeted.

Production on Canada’s RuPaul’s Drag Race begins in fall 2019.