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The first season of Drag Race France was officially announced by World of Wonder via their Instagram on November 17, 2021.[1] Casting opened the same day, with a deadline of December 15, 2021.[2] The show aired on France.tv Slash in France.[3]

On February 3, 2022, it was announced that the debut season of Drag Race France would feature 8 episodes of 60 minutes each.[4]

On March 4, 2022, the judges were announced. Drag Race alum Nicky Doll was announced as the host with Daphné Bürki and Kiddy Smile as judges.[5]

The cast was revealed on June 2, 2022, and a premiere date of June 25, 2022 was announced.[6] The promo theme firstly was "Marie-Antoinette Pastel" but was then changed & shortened to "Pastel".[7]

The winner won a crown and scepter from Carré Y valued at €40,000, a trip to Mauritius, a one-year supply of MAC Cosmetics and a photoshoot for the French issue of ELLE.

The winner of the first season of Drag Race France was Paloma with La Grande Dame and Soa de Muse placing as the runner-ups and Elips winning Miss Congeniality.

About The Show

France is looking for her Drag Queen Superstar!

Each week, our queens are subjected to rigorous and funny mini and maxi challenges... and exceptional fashion shows that highlight their art. To keep their place in the adventure, the two queens at the bottom of the rankings will have to perform a legendary lip-sync to save their lives!

Nicky Doll, la plus célèbre et internationale des drag queens françaises, enfile les talons de RuPaul et s’installe aux commandes de Drag Race France, pour une première saison événement ! À ses côtés, un duo d’exception pour trouver LA meilleure drag queen française : Kiddy Smile et Daphné Bürki.

Contestants

DRF1Cast

(Biographical information stated from during time of contest)

Rank Contestant Photo Age[8] Location Ep. 1 Ep. 2 Ep. 3 Ep. 4 Ep. 5 Ep. 6 Ep. 7 Ep. 8 Reunion
Talent
Show
Acting Ball Snatch
Game
Girl
Groups
Advert Make
Over
Finale
1st
(Winner)
Paloma PalomaMiniPromo 30 Clermont-Ferrand SAFE WIN HIGH HIGH BTM2 WIN
Mini
Chall.
Winner
TOP 3
(WIN
ROUND
2)
WINNER GUEST
2nd/3rd
(Runners-Up)
La Grande Dame LaGrandeDameMiniPromo 23 Nice SAFE HIGH
Mini
Chall.
Winner
HIGH WIN LOW
Team
Captain
SAFE TOP 3
(WIN
ROUND
3)
RUNNER
UP
Soa de Muse SoadeMuseMiniPromo 30 Saint-Denis WIN BTM2 BTM2 HIGH WIN
Team
Captain
HIGH TOP 3
(WIN
ROUND
1)
RUNNER
UP
GUEST
4th Lolita Banana LolitaBananaMiniPromo 36 Paris SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
HIGH SAFE LOW HIGH BTM2 ELIM GUEST GUEST
5th La Big Bertha LaBigBerthaMiniPromo 36 Paris HIGH LOW LOW BTM2
Mini
Chall.
Winner
HIGH ELIM GUEST GUEST
6th
(Miss Sympathie)
Elips ElipsMiniPromo 25 Bordeaux HIGH SAFE LOW
Mini
Chall.
Winner
SAFE ELIM MISS
CON
GUEST
7th Kam Hugh KamHughMiniPromo 23 Paris LOW SAFE WIN ELIM GUEST GUEST
8th La Briochée LaBriochéeMiniPromo 31 Palaiseau SAFE SAFE ELIM
Mini
Chall.
Winner
GUEST GUEST
9th Lova Ladiva LovaLadivaMiniPromo 32 Toulouse BTM2 ELIM GUEST GUEST
10th La Kahena LaKahenaMiniPromo 29 Paris ELIM GUEST GUEST
The contestant won Drag Race France.
The contestant was a runner-up.
The contestant won the first lip sync round and moved on to the Top 3.
The contestant won the second lip sync round and moved on to the Top 3.
The contestant won the third lip sync round and moved on to the Top 3.
The contestant lost the third lip sync round and was eliminated.
The contestant won the maxi challenge.
The contestant was one of the best but did not win the maxi challenge.
The contestant was one of the worst but did not place in the bottom.
The contestant placed in the bottom and won the Lip Sync for your life.
The contestant placed in the bottom, lost the Lip Sync for your life, and was eliminated.
The contestant appeared as a guest, but was out of the running.
The contestant was voted Miss Congeniality by the contestants.

Episodes

Series # Episode # Episode Title Airdate
1 1

Bonjour, Bonjour, Bonjour

Bonjour, bonjour, bonjour

June 25, 2022
2 2

Queen Pour Cent

Queen pour cent

June 30, 2022
3 3 French Ball July 7, 2022
4 4

Snatch Game - France Season 1

Snatch Game

July 14, 2022
5 5 Popstars July 21, 2022
6 6 Un Parfum de Drag July 28, 2022
7 7 Sororité August 4, 2022
8 8

Grande Finale - France Season 1

La Grande Finale

August 11, 2022
Anniversary Reunion

The Phenomenon of Drag Race France: 1 Year with the Queens

Le phénomène Drag Race France, 1 an avec les queens

June 24, 2023

Episode 1: "Bonjour, Bonjour, Bonjour"

Airdate: June 25, 2022

Synopsis:

It’s the first day in the Werkroom! In the premiere episode, the ten queens discover the world of Drag Race France and show off their greatest talents in the maxi challenge.

C’est le premier jour dans l’Atelier ! Dans ce 1er épisode, les 10 Reines vont découvrir le monde de Drag Race France, et montrer leur plus grand talent dans le maxi challenge. Que la meilleure drag queen gagne !

DRF1E1Judges

Episode 1 Judges

Entrance Order

1 Kam Hugh
2 La Big Bertha
3 Elips
4 Lolita Banana
5 Soa de Muse
6 La Grande Dame
7 Lova Ladiva
8 La Kahena
9 La Briochée
10 Paloma

Talent Show Performances

Contestant Performance Photo
Lolita Banana Lip Sync Performance LolitaBananaTalentShow
Kam Hugh Live Singing KamHughTalentShow
La Briochée Live Singing LaBriochéeTalentShow
Paloma Stand-Up PalomaTalentShow
La Grande Dame Original Song / Saxophone LaGrandeDameTalentShow
Elips Lip Sync Performance ElipsTalentShow
Soa de Muse Live Singing SoadeMuseTalentShow
Lova Ladiva Stand-Up LovaLadivaTalentShow
La Kahena Comedy Performance LaKahenaTalentShow
La Big Bertha Burlesque LaBigBerthaTalentShow

Episode 2: "Queen Pour Cent"

Airdate: June 30, 2022

Synopsis:

Today the queens will have to show themselves in a different light and play comedy in a parody of “Call My Agent.”

Aujourd'hui, les candidates vont devoir se montrer sous un autre jour et jouer la comédie dans une parodie de « Dix pour cent »

DRF1E2Judges

Episode 2 Judges

  • Special Guests: Jésus La Vidange, Juda La Vidange, and Chico
  • Guest Judge: Marianne James
  • Mini Challenge: Get into quick drag and perform in a rock 'n' roll show
  • Mini Challenge Winner: La Grande Dame
  • Mini Challenge Prize: Assigning roles for Maxi Challenge
  • Maxi Challenge: Act in a parody comedy of "Call My Agent!"
  • Runway Theme: Dites-le avec des fleurs
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Paloma
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A trip to four-star hotel and spa Thalazur Cabourg
  • Bottom Two: Lova Ladiva and Soa de Muse
  • Lip Sync Song: "Toutes les femmes de ta vie" by L5
  • Eliminated: Lova Ladiva
  • Farewell Message: "I love you déchirez toutes. A trés vite, [sic] Lova Ladiva ho thank you ❤️Lova!!!"

Queen Pour Cent

Contestant Role
Elips Marcelle
Kam Hugh Isabelle Adjani
La Big Bertha Miranda
La Grande Dame Mona
La Briochée Marion Cotillard
Edith Piaf
Lolita Banana Yolanda
Lova Ladiva Kimberley
Paloma Viviane
Soa de Muse Anita

Episode 3: "French Ball"

Airdate: July 7, 2022

Synopsis:

France, the country of fashion and chic! In this episode, our queens will have to accept a "haute couture" challenge and try to win their place for the rest of the season.

La France, pays de la mode et du chic ! Dans cet épisode, nos Reines devront relever un défi "haute couture" et tenter de gagner leur place pour le reste de la saison.

DRF1E3Judges

Episode 3 Judges

  • Guest Judges: Chantal Thomass and Véronique Philipponnat
  • Mini Challenge: In groups of two, make a tutorial on how to make a baguette
  • Mini Challenge Winners: Elips and La Briochée
  • Maxi Challenge: French Ball
  • Runway Themes: Ma France à moi, French Clichés, and Festival de Cannes
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Kam Hugh
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: €2.000 voucher to be used in a Parisian department store, courtesy of Tinder.
  • Bottom Two: La Briochée and Soa de Muse
  • Lip Sync Song: "Pookie" by Aya Nakamura
  • Eliminated: La Briochée
  • Farewell Message: "Merci infiniment de m'avoir accueillie avec tant d'amour. Soyez généreuses, fabuleuses et moelleuses, comme moi. Love, La Briochée."

Episode 4: "Snatch Game - France Season 1"

Airdate: July 14, 2022

Synopsis:

It's time for our queens to show what they're capable of in the iconic Snatch Game challenge!

Il est temps pour nos reines de montrer ce dont elles sont capables dans le défi iconique du Snatch Game !

DRF1E4Judges

Episode 4 Judges

DRF1E4Guests

Snatch Game Guests

  • Special Guest: Bérengère Krief
  • Guest Judge: Bilal Hassani
  • Mini Challenge: Reading is Fundamental
  • Mini Challenge Winner: La Big Bertha
  • Maxi Challenge: Snatch Game
  • Runway Theme: Lendemain de soirée
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: La Grande Dame
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A gift valued at €2,000 courtesy of La Maison Patou
  • Bottom Two: Kam Hugh and La Big Bertha
  • Lip Sync Song: "DJ" by Diam's
  • Eliminated: Kam Hugh
  • Farewell Message: "1 2 3 Kam! Vous êtes toutes extra, hâte de vous apprendre à poser !!! Love you pour toujours"

Snatch Game Characters

Contestant Celebrity Photo
Elips Chantal Ladesou ElipsSnatchGameLook
Kam Hugh Mireille Mathieu KamSnatchGameLook
La Big Bertha Jean-Pierre Coffe LaBigSnatchGameLook
La Grande Dame Alexandra Rosenfeld LaGrandeSnatchGameLook
Lolita Banana Rossy de Palma LolitaSnatchGameLook
Paloma Fanny Ardant PalomaSnatchGameLook
Soa de Muse Monique Angeon
(as Félindra from Fort Boyard)
SoaSnatchGameLook

Episode 5: "Popstars"

Airdate: July 21, 2022

Synopsis:

6 queens, 2 musical groups! Who will win the title of best girl band?

6 Reines, 2 groupes musicaux ! Qui remportera le titre de meilleur groupe ?

DRF1E5Judges

Episode 5 Judges

Boom Boom Girl Groups

Les sœurs Jacquettes
Pop Mix
The Nails
Rock Mix
Boom Boom (Les Soeurs Jacquettes) La Big Bertha Boom Boom (The Nails) Artwork Elips
La Grande Dame Lolita Banana
Paloma Soa de Muse

Episode 6: "Un Parfum de Drag"

Airdate: July 28, 2022

Synopsis:

The queens still in the race have to compete in a very fragrant maxi challenge! Who will do the best advertising? Who will be eliminated following the lip sync challenge?

Les reines encore en course vont devoir s'affronter dans un maxi challenge très parfumé ! Qui fera la meilleure publicité ? Qui sera éliminé à l'issue du Lip sync ?

DRF1E6Judges

Episode 6 Judges

  • Guest Judges: Alexandre Mattiussi and Yseult
  • Mini Challenge: Everybody Loves Puppets
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Paloma
  • Mini Challenge Prize: Assign boxes for Maxi Challenge
  • Maxi Challenge: Create an advert for a perfume
  • Runway Theme: Haute Couture
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Paloma
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A year's supply of Jean-Paul Gaultier perfume and a feature in an upcoming Gaultier Pride digital campaign
  • Bottom Two: La Big Bertha and Lolita Banana
  • Lip Sync Song: "Corps" by Yseult
  • Eliminated: La Big Bertha
  • Farewell Message: "Mes poupoules... Je suis fière d'avoir de nouvelles sœurs comme vous. Déchirez tout, amour et cornichons❤️ "Soa kouroukou si tu ne gagnes pas" 4EVER BiG❤️"

Perfumes

Contestant Perfume Who Should Go Home Tonight?
La Big Bertha Cliché by Marais Lolita Banana
La Grande Dame Pschitt Pschitt
Lolita Banana Lolita Coquine Herself/La Big Bertha
Paloma Arnaque Lolita Banana
Soa de Muse Counia

Episode 7: "Sororité"

Airdate: August 4, 2022

Synopsis:

This week, the queens transform one of their relatives into their drag sisters for the makeover challenge!

Cette semaine, les reines vont transformer un de leurs proches en Drag Queen pour le défi relooking !

DRF1E7Judges

Episode 7 Judges

  • Guest Judges: Loïc Prigent and Raya Martigny
  • Maxi Challenge: Makeover your loved ones into drag queens
  • Runway Theme: Un air de famille
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: None
  • Lip Sync Prize*: An outfit courtesy of Ami Paris
  • Lip Sync Pairs:
    • Lolita Banana vs Soa de Muse
    • La Grande Dame vs Paloma
  • Lip Sync Songs:
    • "Dieu m'a donné la foi" by Ophélie Winter
    • "Le Banana Split" by Lio
    • "La grenade" by Clara Luciani
  • Eliminated: Lolita Banana
  • Farewell Message: "Paloma, tu es une diva incroyable. Soa, t'es une star, une bombe. La Grande Dame, je suis ton fan numéro 1. 💗💗"
Contestant Proche
Name Drag Name
La Grande Dame Cécile Ma Petite Dame
Lolita Banana Antonio Paquita Banana
Paloma Kameliya Columbina
Soa de Muse Jackie Kiki de Muse

Lip Sync for the Finale Bracket

  "Dieu m'a donné la foi" / "Le Banana Split"     "La grenade"    
                           
  Soa de Muse WIN  
  Lolita Banana LOSS        
        La Grande Dame WIN
        Lolita Banana LOSS  
  Paloma WIN    
  La Grande Dame LOSS  

Top Three of Season 1

Contestant Challenge Wins Up for Elimination
TeamLaGrandeDameDRF1 1
(Ep. 4)
0
TeamPalomaDRF1 2
(Eps. 2, 6)
1
(Ep. 5)
TeamSoaDeMuseDRF1 2
(Eps. 1, 5)
2
(Eps. 2, 3)

Episode 8: "Grande Finale - France Season 1"

Airdate: August 11, 2022

Synopsis:

The remaining queens give everything to try to win the crown and the scepter! All the season's former queens return to watch the coronation.

C'est la grande finale ! Les reines encore en course vont tout donner dans cet épisode pour tenter de remporter la couronne et le sceptre ! Toutes les anciennes reines de la saison seront de retour pour assister au couronnement.

DRF1E8Judges

Episode 8 Judges

  • Guest Judges: Olivier Rousteing and Nicolas Huchard
  • Maxi Challenge: Learn choreography and perform to RuPaul's song "Catwalk"
  • Runway Theme: Dragnifique
  • Lip Sync Song: "Mourir sur scène" by Dalida
  • Winner of Drag Race France Season 1: Paloma
  • Runners-Up: La Grande Dame and Soa de Muse
  • Miss Congeniality: Elips

Special Episode: "The Phenomenon of Drag Race France: 1 Year with the Queens"

Airdate: June 24, 2023

Synopsis:

One year after the success of Drag Race France season 1, it’s time for the queens to meet again! In her flamboyant apartment, Paloma hosts her sisters to go back to this incredible phenomenon. It’s with a bit of nostalgia and a lot of laughter that they share about their best moments in this iconic journey. Between shows across France and abroad, new collaborations, how are their new lives? This is also a special moment to talk about the incredible positive impact Drag Race France had on society and how the show got things moving in France!

Un an après le succès de la saison 1 de "Drag Race France", c'est l'heure des retrouvailles. Dans son appartement, Paloma reçoit ses sœurs pour revenir sur ce phénomène. Entre shows dans toute la France, à l'étranger et de nouvelles collaborations, à quoi ressemblent leurs nouvelles vies ? C'est aussi l'occasion de revenir sur l'impact de "Drag Race France" sur la société.

DRFR1SpecialReunion

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  • Special Guests: Daphné Bürki, Kiddy Smile, Bilal Hassani, and Loic Prïgent
  • Discussions: Drag Race phenomenon in France and its impact in the country, memories of the first episode and first day in the werkroom, Elips and the title of Miss Congeniality, the pigeon look of Kam Hugh and the looks of the queens throughout the season, Lolita Banana's HIV status and how it was perceived by the spectators, things that the queens want to say to Nicky Doll, "What did Drag Race allow you to accomplish for the representativeness of trans people", the lip sync of La Big Bertha and Lolita Banana. La Kahena being the first eliminated, Paloma winning Drag Race France Season 1, Drag Race France Live Tour, the life after Drag Race France, Paloma associates the queens with a pastry, a Drag Race fan talks about his coming out thanks to Drag Race France.

Pastry for the queens
Lolita was not present during this section of the reunion.

Contestant Pastry
Elips Canelé
La Briochée Brioche
Soa de Muse Millefeuille
Lova Ladiva Strawberry Tart
La Kahena Gazelle Horn
Kam Hugh Macaron
La Big Bertha Paris-Brest

Trivia

Gallery

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Check out the lookbook gallery to see the contestants' looks from each episode.
Elim Gallery pic
Check out the lookbook gallery to see the contestants' planned looks for each episode.
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Check out the video gallery to see challenge performances, runways, lip syncs, and more!

References

  1. Post by worldofwonder | Instagram — November 17, 2021
  2. Post by dragrace_france | Instagram — November 17, 2021
  3. Post by DragRace_Fr | Twitter — December 3, 2021
  4. Tweet by francetvpub | Twitter — February 3, 2022
  5. Post by Dragracefrance | Instagram — March 4, 2023
  6. Post by dragrace_france | Instagram — June 2, 2022
  7. Youtube video by Kam Hugh | YouTube — June 2, 2022
  8. (FRLes queens | FTV
  9. Post by u/snoreau8 | Reddit — July 21, 2022
  10. Post by u/[deleted] | Reddit — June 2, 2022

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