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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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[4] Additionally, RuPaul would supposedly make a guest judge appearance on the first episode.[4] 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,[1] 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 will soon be available on the company's online streaming service, WOW Presents Plus, to all countries excluding Italy, where it will be distributed by Discovery+.[5] Casting opened on July 7.[6]

The season was recorded from September 6 to October 1 of 2021.[7] It was also revealed that it would be comprised of 6 episodes[1] lasting about 75 minutes each.[8]

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.[9]

On December 23, 2021, Elecktra Bionic was crowned the winner of Season 1, making herstory as the first winner of Drag Race to have 0 challenge wins.

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[10]

Contestants

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(Stage names, ages and locations stated from during time of contest)

Rank Contestant Photo Real Name Age[11] Location[11] Special Ep. 1 Ep. 2 Ep. 3 Ep. 4 Ep. 5 Ep. 6
MTQ Design Brand Rusical Snatch
Game
Make
Over
Finale
1st
(Winner)
Elecktra Bionic ElecktraBionicDRI1Promo.jpg Mattia Di Renzo[12] 27 Turin,
Piedmont
IN 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.jpg Riccardo Occhilupo[13] 33 Lecce,
Apulia
IN WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN RUNNER
UP
Le Riche LeRicheDRI1Promo.jpg Alberto Riccobono[14] 35 Palermo,
Sicily
IN SAFE BTM2 BTM2 WIN HIGH RUNNER
UP
4th
(Miss Congeniality)
Luquisha Lubamba LuquishaLubambaDRI1Promo.jpg Luca Marchi[15] 33 Bologna,
Emilia-Romagna
IN BTM2 LOW HIGH HIGH BTM2 MISS CON
+
ELIM
5th Ava Hangar AvaHangarDRI1Promo.jpg Riccardo Massidda[16] 36 Carbonia,
Sardinia
IN SAFE SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
BTM2 NOM
+
BTM2
ELIM
Mini
Chall.
Winner
GUEST
6th Divinity DivinityDRI1Promo.jpg Maurizio Perillo[17] 27 Naples,
Campania
IN BTM2 SAFE WIN ELIM GUEST
7th
(Expelled)
Enorma Jean EnormaJeanDRI1Promo.jpg Davide Gatto[18] 46 Milan,
Lombardy
IN SAFE WIN SAFE EXP GUEST
8th Ivana Vamp IvanaVampDRI1Promo.jpg Daniele Alì[19] 32 Arezzo,
Tuscany
IN HIGH ELIM GUEST
The contestant won Drag Race Italia.
The contestant was a runner-up.
The contestant voted Miss Simpatia by her fellow castmates 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[20] 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
Le Riche
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.

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DRI1SnatchGame2.jpg
  • 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 vostra 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.jpg
Ellen Kessler
Divinity Belén Rodríguez DivinitySnatchGameLook.jpg
Elecktra Bionic Francesca Cipriani ElecktraBionicSnatchGameLook.jpg
Enorma Jean Rita Levi-Montalcini EnormaJeanSnatchGameLook.jpg
Farida Kant Alessandra Celentano FaridaKantSnatchGameLook.jpg
Le Riche Valeria Marini LeRicheSnatchGameLook.jpg
Luquisha Lubamba Elettra Lamborghini LuquishaLubambaSnatchGameLook.jpg

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.jpg 0 0
TeamFaridaDRIS1.jpg 2
(Eps. 1, 5)
0
TeamLeRicheDRIS1.jpg 1
(Ep. 4)
2
(Eps. 2, 3)
TeamLuquishaDRIS1.jpg 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...
  • According to an article by Italian news site Spetteguless...[8]
    • 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.[21]
  • 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).[22]
  • 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 Lumbamba is mistakenly given Le Riche's name plate in her confessional.

Gallery

Episode Sections

Main Judges Promos

Guest Judges Promos

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Check out the lookbook gallery to see the queens' looks from each episode.
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Check out the lookbook gallery to see the queens' 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 1.4 1.5 (IT) RuPaul’s Drag Race Italia a novembre su Discovery, ecco i giudici | BadTaste.it — June 30, 2021
  2. (ITPost by ballandi_ | Instagram — September 17, 2021
  3. 3.0 3.1 (ITDrag Race Italia, ecco quando e dove andrà in onda il nuovo programma con Tommaso Zorzi | Isa e Chia — October 22, 2021
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 (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
  5. Post by worldofwonder | Instagram — July 1, 2021
  6. (IT) post by discoveryplusit | Instagram — July 7, 2021
  7. (IT) Drag Race Italia: quando inizia, concorrenti, casting e streaming | VISTO TV — July 12, 2021
  8. 8.0 8.1 (ITDrag Race Italia, Cristina d’Avena prima giudice. 1000 drag queen hanno partecipato ai casting | Spetteguless — November 12, 2021
  9. Drag Race Italia Season 1 Queen Ruveal | YouTube — October 29, 2021
  10. (ITDrag Race Italia | Discovery+
  11. 11.0 11.1 (ITDrag Race Italia: ecco le 8 drag queen in gara | DavideMaggio.it — October 29, 2021
  12. Account of Mattia-Di-Renzo | Facebook
  13. Post by Flewid.Book | Facebook — August 30, 2021
  14. Account of alberto.riccobono.56 | Facebook
  15. Account of justluke88tv | Facebook
  16. (ITAva Hangar – intervista dissonante con una drag queen | lgbtitalia.it — October 22, 2019
  17. File:DivinityRealNameSC.jpg | RuPaul's Drag Race Wiki — December 31, 2021
  18. Account of davidegattomilano | Instagram
  19. Account of ivanavampreal | Facebook
  20. Post by farida_kant | Instagram — December 2, 2021
  21. (ITDrag Race Italia, l’intervento di Tiziano Ferro: “Grazie per questo” | Diregiovani — November 12, 2021
  22. (ITHello Queens! — Episode 6: "Il giorno più bello - con ELECKTRA BIONIC" | Spotify — December 19, 2021

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