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The first season of Drag Race Italia, the Italian version of RuPaul's Drag Race, was first "confirmed" by an Italian website called davidemaggio.it.[1] The same news were then re-published by numerous other Italian news websites and spread all over social media, especially among Italian users and pages.

According to the original article, the show would be broadcasted by Discovery Italia and would start filming during September 2021.[1] Also according to the article, Tommaso Zorzi, Italian TV personality and pundit, famous for winning the fifth season of Grande Fratello VIP (the Italian version of Celebrity Big Brother), would be hosting the first season of the show.[1] Additionally, RuPaul would supposedly make a guest judge appearance on the first episode.[1] This, however, turned out to be untrue.

On June 30, 2021, it was announced that Chiara Francini (Italian actress), Priscilla (Italian drag queen) would be joining Tommaso Zorzi as three joint hosts and judges. In this instance the series' premiere month was also revealed to be November 2021,[2] and later specified as November 19, 2021.[3]

On July 1, 2021, Drag Race Italia was officially confirmed by World of Wonder through its Instagram accounts. In this occasion it was also announced that the show would be available on the company's online streaming service, WOW Presents Plus, to all countries excluding Italy, where it was distributed by Discovery+.[4] Casting opened on July 7.[5]

The season was recorded from September 6 to October 1 of 2021.[6] It was also revealed that it would be comprised of 6 episodes[2] lasting about 75 minutes each.[7]

On October 29, 2021, the cast was officially announced, with promo images and a cast reveal video being released on the show's and World of Wonder's social media accounts.[8]

The winner of the first season of Drag Race Italia was Elecktra Bionic, with Farida Kant and Le Riche placing as the runner-ups and Luquisha Lubamba winning Miss Congeniality.

About the Show

RuPaul's Drag Race finally arrives in Italy with the 1st season of Drag Race Italia. Drag queen Priscilla, actress Chiara Francini and influencer Tommaso Zorzi join the judging panel. This season, eight drag queens are ready to compete for the title of Italy's First Drag Superstar. With charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent at her disposal, which queen will rise above and win it all?

Lo show cult arriva in Italia. A giudicare la sfida tra drag queen: Priscilla, Chiara Francini e Tommaso Zorzi[9]

Contestants

(Biographical information stated from during time of contest)

Rank Contestant Photo Age[10] Location[10] Ep. 1 Ep. 2 Ep. 3 Ep. 4 Ep. 5 Ep. 6
Design Advert Rusical Snatch
Game
Make
Over
Finale
1st
(Winner)
Elecktra Bionic ElecktraBionicDRI1Promo 27 Turin SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
SAFE SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
HIGH WINNER
Mini
Chall.
Winner
2nd/3rd
(Runners-Up)
Farida Kant FaridaKantDRI1Promo 33 Lecce WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN RUNNER
UP
Le Riche LeRicheDRI1Promo 35 Palermo SAFE BTM2 BTM2 WIN HIGH RUNNER
UP
4th
(Miss
Congeniality)
Luquisha Lubamba LuquishaLubambaDRI1Promo 33 Bologna BTM2 LOW HIGH HIGH BTM2 MISS
CON
+
ELIM
5th Ava Hangar AvaHangarDRI1Promo 36 Carbonia SAFE SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
BTM2 NOM
+
BTM2
ELIM
Mini
Chall.
Winner
GUEST
6th Divinity DivinityDRI1Promo 27 Naples BTM2 SAFE WIN ELIM GUEST
7th
(Expelled)
Enorma Jean EnormaJeanDRI1Promo 46 Milan SAFE WIN SAFE EXP GUEST
8th Ivana Vamp IvanaVampDRI1Promo 32 Arezzo HIGH ELIM GUEST
The contestant won Drag Race Italia.
The contestant was a runner-up.
The contestant won the title of Miss Simpatia and was then eliminated before the final lip sync.
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 two but neither one was eliminated.
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 placed in the bottom for indiscipline behind the scenes and won the Lip Sync.
The contestant placed in the bottom for indiscipline behind the scenes, lost the Lip Sync, and was expelled.
The contestant appeared as a guest, but was out of the running.

Episodes

Series # Episode # Episode Title Airdate
Cast Reveal

Meet the Queens of Drag Race Italia Season 1

Meet the Queens

November 12, 2021
1 1

Ciao Italia

Ciao Italia!

November 19, 2021
2 2

Divas

Grandi Dive

November 26, 2021
3 3

Night of a Thousand Raffaella Carràs

Raffaella, una di noi

December 3, 2021
4 4

Snatch Game & Fab 80's

Snatch Game! Tutto può succedere

December 8, 2021
5 5

Long Live the Drag Bride

Il giorno più bello

December 17, 2021
6 6

Grand Finale - Drag Race Italia

Gran Finale

December 23, 2021

Special Episode: "Meet the Queens of Drag Race Italia Season 1"

Airdate: November 12, 2021

Synopsis:

Ciao, kitty girls. Meet the first 8 queens sashaying onto the Italian Werkroom!

Priscilla presenta le 8 protagoniste di Drag Race Italia in uno speciale in cui impareremo a conoscerle meglio. Ava Hangar, Divinity, Elecktra Bionic, Enorma Jean, Farida Kant, Ivana Vamp, Le Riche, Luquisha Lubamba: pronti a scoprire le nostre favolose Drag Queen?

Episode 1: "Ciao Italia"

Airdate: November 19, 2021

Synopsis:

In the premiere episode of Drag Race Italia, eight Italian queens enter the Werkroom and compete in a classic mini challenge: a photo shoot in Venice. Then they will be called on to create an Italian style dress to impress the judges on the catwalk.

Le 8 Drag Queen dimostreranno cos’è l’Italian Style con un outfit che lo rappresenti, una cartolina da Venezia e un Lip Sync eseguito al cospetto di un mito di tutte le generazioni: Cristina D’Avena!

  • Guest Judge: Cristina D'Avena
  • Mini Challenge: Pose for a photoshoot against wind and thunders on a traditional Venetian gondola
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Elecktra Bionic
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A jewelry piece by Aster Lab and the power to assign the materials for the maxi challenge, after taking a look at them for 20 seconds
  • Maxi Challenge: Design an "Italian Style" look out of materials from old suitcases
  • Runway Theme: Italian Style
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Farida Kant
  • Bottom Two: Divinity and Luquisha Lubamba
  • Lip Sync Song: "Occhi di Gatto" by Cristina D'Avena
  • Eliminated: None

Entrance Order

1 Divinity
2 Farida Kant
3 Ava Hangar
4 Ivana Vamp
5 Le Riche
6 Enorma Jean
7 Luquisha Lubamba
8 Elecktra Bionic

Assigned Materials

Contestant Suitcase
Ava Hangar Nonna Silvana
Divinity Nonna Anna
Elecktra Bionic Nonna Sofia
Enorma Jean Nonna Claudia
Farida Kant Nonna Gina
Ivana Vamp Nonna Virna
Le Riche Nonna Monica
Luquisha Lubamba Nonna Alida

Venice Photoshoot

Episode 2: "Divas"

Airdate: November 26, 2021

Synopsis:

The queens face a very funny mini challenge: limbo! In the maxi challenge, the queens will be tasked with starring in a commercial! On the Main Stage, they will have to give their best with a look that pays homage to great divas.

Un look ispirato alle Grandi Dive di sempre, un Limbo combattuto all’ultimo centimetro, una surreale Televendita. Chi verrà eliminata?

  • Guest Judge: Fabio Mollo and Gianmarco Saurino
  • Mini Challenge: Play limbo in 30-minute quick drag
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Ava Hangar
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A jewelry piece by Aster Lab and the power to pick the item for the maxi challenge first
  • Maxi Challenge: Star your own infomercial for the item you chose
  • Runway Theme: Grandi Dive
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Enorma Jean
  • Bottom Two: Ivana Vamp and Le Riche
  • Lip Sync Song: "Comprami" by Viola Valentino
  • Eliminated: Ivana Vamp
  • Farewell Message: "Ricordatevi sempre che siamo le prime in Tutto! Ps. Porca mattina! Vs Ivana Vamp"

Products and Runway Inspirations

Contestant Item Product Diva
Ava Hangar Handset Telefosì Moira Orfei
Divinity Magic wand Bacchetta Magica Beyoncé
Elecktra Bionic Pills Dreaming Caps Dita Von Teese
Enorma Jean Nothing Nulla Sophia Loren
Farida Kant Canvas, brush and paint Kit Free the Cunt[11] Lady Gaga
Ivana Vamp Decanter Libertà Maria Callas
Le Riche App Apperò che cozza! Kim Kardashian
Luquisha Lubamba Megaphone Mega-fono Britney Spears

Episode 3: "Night of a Thousand Raffaella Carràs"

Airdate: December 3, 2021

Synopsis:

The third episode of Drag Race Italia is dedicated to the famous and loved LGBTQIA icon, Raffaella Carrà and includes a Rusical dedicated to her life.

Le Drag Queen rendono omaggio a Raffaella Carrà tra un quiz, un Rusical e una sfilata con caschetti biondi inclusi. Drag Race Italia celebra la più grande icona LGBT di sempre!

Puzzle Looks

Contestant Puzzle Look
Ava Hangar Ma che sera
Divinity Tuca tuca
Elecktra Bionic Fatalità
Enorma Jean Milleluci
Farida Kant Fantastico
Le Riche Rumore
Luquisha Lubamba Raffaella Carrà Show

Episode 4: "Snatch Game & Fab 80's"

Airdate: December 8, 2021

Synopsis:

The queens await the arrival of the judges in the Werkroom who share the theme of the mini challenge: Makeup in the Dark. Which of them will be able to do perfect makeup in the dark? And who will be able to do an amazing impersonation in the Snatch Game? On the runway, we take a dip in the fabulous 80’s!

È il momento di un classico di Drag Race: lo Snatch Game. Poi, in passerella ricordando i favolosi anni ’80 in compagnia di Donatella Rettore.

DRI1SnatchGame1
DRI1SnatchGame2
  • Special Guests: Michele Magnani and Vincenzo De Lucia
  • Guest Judges: Giancarlo Commare and Donatella Rettore
  • Mini Challenge: Do your makeup in a dark room
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Elecktra Bionic
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A selection of products from MAC Cosmetics worth €500
  • Maxi Challenge: Snatch Game
  • Nominees: Ava Hangar and Enorma Jean
  • Lip Sync Song: "Champion" by RuPaul Charles
  • Expelled: Enorma Jean
  • Farewell Message: La drag è un'artista con le palle. Le mie non sono grandi, sono ENORMI.
  • Runway Theme: I Favolosi Anni 80
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Le Riche
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A selection of products from MAC Cosmetics worth €750
  • Bottom Two: Ava Hangar and Divinity
  • Lip Sync Song: "Kobra" by Donatella Rettore
  • Eliminated: Divinity
  • Farewell Message: Colorate il mondo con la nostra arte xoxo Divinity

Makeup in the Dark Pairs and Order

# Contestants
1 Elecktra Bionic Enorma Jean
2 Farida Kant Le Riche
3 Ava Hangar Luquisha Lubamba
4 Divinity

Snatch Game Characters

Contestant Character Photo
Ava Hangar Alice Kessler AvaHangarSnatchGameLook
Ellen Kessler
Divinity Belén Rodríguez DivinitySnatchGameLook
Elecktra Bionic Francesca Cipriani ElecktraBionicSnatchGameLook
Enorma Jean Rita Levi-Montalcini EnormaJeanSnatchGameLook
Farida Kant Alessandra Celentano FaridaKantSnatchGameLook
Le Riche Valeria Marini LeRicheSnatchGameLook
Luquisha Lubamba Elettra Lamborghini LuquishaLubambaSnatchGameLook

Episode 5: "Long Live the Drag Bride"

Airdate: December 17, 2021

Synopsis:

For the semi-final, friends and relatives will get makeovers to become drag queens for a night. On the Main Stage, the category is "Long Live the Drag Bride."

La semifinale è caratterizzata dalla rivisitazione in salsa drag del giorno più bello, da condividere con amic* e fidanzat* per ritrovarsi sul Main Stage, di fronte alla giuria di Drag Race Italia, al grido di "Viva la sposa"!

  • Guest Judges: Coco Rebecca Edogamhe and Enzo Miccio
  • Mini Challenge: Find words with the letters given, written on the pants of the Pit Crew
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Ava Hangar
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A jewelry piece by Aster Lab and the power to pick the item for the maxi challenge first
  • Maxi Challenge: Makeover one of your loved ones as your best woman and yourself as a bride
  • Runway Theme: Viva La Sposa!
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Farida Kant
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: TBA
  • Bottom Two: Ava Hangar and Luquisha Lubamba
  • Lip Sync Song: "Cicale" by Heather Parisi
  • Eliminated: Ava Hangar
  • Farewell Message: Continuate a fare la storia. Là fuori ci aspetta un mondo bellissimo. LOVE, AVA

Scrabble Answers

Contestant Round #
1 2 3
Ava Hangar vangate tediosa favolosa
Elecktra Bionic tegana
Farida Kant vegana udito unsaid
Le Riche vagante N/A
Luquisha Lubamba vegana seti
The answer was deemed as not valid, and the contestant was eliminated
The contestant answered first, and thus won the mini challenge

Makeover Pairs

Contestant Makoever Partner Relationship
Ava Hangar Mattia Best Friend
Elecktra Bionic Luciana Best Friend
Farida Kant Yuri Partner
Le Riche Vincenzo Best Friend
Luquisha Lubamba Jacopo Partner

Top Four of Season 1

Contestant Challenge Wins Up for Elimination
TeamElecktraDRIS1 0 0
TeamFaridaDRIS1 2
(Eps. 1, 5)
0
TeamLeRicheDRIS1 1
(Ep. 4)
2
(Eps. 2, 3)
TeamLuquishaDRIS1 0 2
(Eps. 1, 5)

Episode 6: "Grand Finale - Drag Race Italia"

Airdate: December 23, 2021

Synopsis:

It's time for the grand finale! Our four finalists will tackle a classic Drag Race mini challenge that won’t fail to create shade: Reading is fundamental. Then they'll have a cup of tea with one of the judges before writing verses and performing “A Little Bit of Love" by RuPaul. Who will be Italy's First Drag Superstar?

Il Gran Finale è arrivato. È giunto il momento dell’incoronazione. Dopo la sfilata simbolo di Drag Race, “Eleganza Extravaganza”, sarà finalmente eletta la vincitrice di Drag Race Italia. Chi sarà la prima Italia’s Next Drag Superstar?

Who Should Win Drag Race Italia?

Eliminated
Contestant
Choice
Ava Hangar Elecktra Bionic
Divinity Farida Kant
Enorma Jean Herself
Ivana Vamp N/A

Trivia

  • Season 1 of Drag Race Italia is...
  • As revealed by Priscilla on Instagram, the reason Ava Hangar and Enorma Jean were punished and asked to lip sync on Episode 4 was due to insulting cast and crew members and committing blasphemy.[12]
    • Ava Hangar later clarified she only committed blasphemy.[12]
  • According to an article by Italian news site Spetteguless...[7]
    • 1000 drag queens auditioned for Season 1 of Drag Race Italia.
    • The season was filmed in a total of 720 hours.
    • The contestants spent a total of 208 hours doing their makeup during the season.
    • The filming, production and editing crew consisted in a total of 80 people.
  • The third episode was dedicated to the late Italian singer Raffaella Carrà, who died on July 5, 2021.[13]
  • Just like other installments of the Drag Race franchise, three different crownings were filmed, one for each of the top three contestants (Elecktra Bionic, Farida Kant and Le Riche).[14]
  • The title of "Miss Drag Simpatia" was assigned by hair products brand Wella Professionals Italia, one of the sponsors for the season.[15]
  • Season 1 suffered from some editing errors:
    • In Episode 4's expulsion lip sync between Enorma Jean and Ava Hangar, RuPaul's song "Champion" is written as "Champions".
    • In Episode 6, when the eliminated queens return, Luquisha Lubamba is mistakenly given Le Riche's name plate in her confessional.
  • In a TikTok video, Luquisha Lubamba revealed some behind the scenes facts about filming:[16]
    • Before the entrances in Episode 1, all contestants were kept in a different hotel.
    • Contestants had to wear a microphone at all times and every single word they said was transcribed by a designated crew member.
    • Each runway was recorded up to three times, with and without music.
    • The Rumix performance in Episode 6 was recorded seven different times.
    • Each mirror in the Werk Room had a hidden camera behind it.
    • The sets for the Werk Room and the Main Stage were right next to each other inside the same theater.
    • The contestants were forbidden to have any contact with people outside for the entire filming process.
    • Confessionals were recorded every two or three days.
    • The audio track for the Rusical was recorded in a professional setting, while the one for the Rumix was recorded on the Main Stage arranged as recording studio.

Gallery

Contestants' Teaser Promos

Episode Sections

Main Judges Promos

Guest Judges Promos

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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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 (IT) BOOM! Discovery lancia la versione italiana di Drag Race. Tommaso Zorzi in giuria (già spento l’entusiasmo di Mediaset?) | davidemaggio.it — May 26, 2021
  2. 2.0 2.1 (IT) RuPaul’s Drag Race Italia a novembre su Discovery, ecco i giudici | BadTaste.it — June 30, 2021
  3. (ITDrag Race Italia, ecco quando e dove andrà in onda il nuovo programma con Tommaso Zorzi | Isa e Chia — October 22, 2021
  4. Post by worldofwonder | Instagram — July 1, 2021
  5. (IT) post by discoveryplusit | Instagram — July 7, 2021
  6. (IT) Drag Race Italia: quando inizia, concorrenti, casting e streaming | VISTO TV — July 12, 2021
  7. 7.0 7.1 (ITDrag Race Italia, Cristina d’Avena prima giudice. 1000 drag queen hanno partecipato ai casting | Spetteguless — November 12, 2021
  8. (ITDrag Race Italia Season 1 Queen Ruveal | YouTube — October 29, 2021
  9. (ITDrag Race Italia | Discovery+
  10. 10.0 10.1 (ITDrag Race Italia: ecco le 8 drag queen in gara | DavideMaggio.it — October 29, 2021
  11. Post by farida_kant | Instagram — December 2, 2021
  12. 12.0 12.1 (ITDrag Race Italia ha punito Enorma e Ava Hangar per BESTEMMIE | BlogTVItaliana — December 27, 2021
  13. (ITDrag Race Italia, l’intervento di Tiziano Ferro: “Grazie per questo” | Diregiovani — November 12, 2021
  14. (ITHello Queens! — Episode 6: "Il giorno più bello - con ELECKTRA BIONIC" | Spotify — December 19, 2021
  15. (IT‘Drag Race Italia’ arriva su Discovery+ con Mac Cosmetics, Wella e Santero | Brand News — November 15, 2021
  16. (ITVideo by luquishalubamba | TikTok — 2022

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