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The second season of Drag Race Italia, the Italian version of RuPaul's Drag Race, was first announced on March 1, 2022, when the show's official Instagram account announcing that casting was open for Season 2.[1]

On September 14, 2022, a teaser trailer was released, confirming that the season would air in October.[2]

The cast was revealed on September 30, 2022 by Vanity Fair Italia and through the show's social media accounts.[3][4] The promo theme was Magic is Back.[5] Furthermore, the airdate was revealed to be October 20, 2022.[6]

The winner of the second season of Drag Race Italia was La Diamond, with Aura Eternal and Nehellenia placing as the runner-ups and Hehellenia winning Miss Congeniality.

About the Show

After the great success of the first season, Drag Race Italia is back. On the jury is Priscilla, Chiara Francini and Tommaso Zorzi. Ten drag queens are ready to challenge each other with all the weapons at their disposal: talent, charisma, courage, elegance and extravagance. All the competitors aspire to make it to the final victory: the title of Italy’s Next Drag Superstar.

Sfida tra drag queen. Con Priscilla, Chiara Francini e Tommaso Zorzi

Contestants

(Biographical information stated from during time of contest)

Rank Contestant Photo Age[3] Location Ep. 1 Ep. 2 Ep. 3 Ep. 4 Ep. 5 Ep. 6 Ep. 7 Ep. 8
Design Acting Snatch
Game
Improv Rusical Make
Over
Roast Finale
1st
(Winner)
La Diamond LaDiamondDRI2MiniPromo 34 Riesi WIN SAFE WIN WIN SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
SAFE WIN WINNER
2nd/3rd
(Runner-Up)
Aura Eternal AuraEternalDRI2MiniPromo 24 Palermo LOW WIN LOW SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
HIGH SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
HIGH
Mini
Chall.
Winner
RUNNER
UP
2nd/3rd
(Runner-Up
& Miss
Congeniality)
Nehellenia NehelleniaDRI2MiniPromo 31 Rome SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
HIGH TOP2 WIN SAFE MISS
CON
+
RUNNER
UP
4th La Petite Noire LaPetiteNoireDRI2MiniPromo 32 Palermo SAFE HIGH LOW SAFE WIN HIGH BTM2 ELIM
Mini
Chall.
Winner
5th Skandalove SkandaloveDRI2MiniPromo 33 Corato SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM2 ELIM GUEST
6th Gioffré GioffréDRI2MiniPromo 25 New York City,
USA
SAFE LOW SAFE BTM2 LOW ELIM GUEST
7th Panthera Virus PantheraVirusDRI2MiniPromo 29 Florence BTM2 SAFE BTM2 ELIM GUEST
8th Obama ObamaDRI2MiniPromo 33 Rome HIGH BTM2 ELIM GUEST
9th Tanissa Yoncè TanissaYoncèDRI2MiniPromo 28 Catania SAFE ELIM GUEST
10th Narciso NarcisoDRI2MiniPromo 29 Frosinone ELIM GUEST
The contestant won Drag Race Italia.
The contestant was a runner-up.
The contestant won the title of Miss Simpatia and was a runner-up.
The contestant was eliminated before the final lip sync.
The contestant won the maxi challenge or was in the top 2 and won the lip sync for the win.
The contestant was in the top 2 but did not win the lip sync for the win.
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.

Episodes

Series # Episode # Episode Title Airdate
Cast Reveal

Meet The Queens of Drag Race Italia

Meet the Queens

October 13, 2022
7 1 Little Italy October 20, 2022
8 2

Colorful Drag, Lucky Drag

Drag colorata - Drag fortunata

October 27, 2022
9 3

Snatch Game - Italia Season 2

Snatch Game!Tutto può succedere

November 3, 2022
10 4

Daughters of the Stars

Figlie delle stelle

November 10, 2022
11 5 Festival Drag November 17, 2022
12 6

Sporty Queens

Una Drag nel pallone

November 24, 2022
13 7

A Walk in Time

A spasso nel tempo

December 1, 2022
14 8

Grand Finale - Italia Season 2

Gran finale

December 8, 2022

Special Episode: "Meet The Queens of Drag Race Italia"

Airdate: October 13, 2022

Synopsis:

The magic is back!

Le 10 protagoniste della nuova stagione in uno speciale in cui impareremo a conoscerle meglio.

Episode 1: "Little Italy"

Airdate: October 20, 2022

Synopsis:

Ten new drag queens enter the Drag Race Italia Werkroom for a new season. The first episode, dedicated to Italy, will see them try their hand in a sewing test where they will have to pay homage to Italian art. Special guest is legendary icon of Italian music: Patty Pravo!

10 drag queen italiane sono le nuove concorrenti di Drag Race Italia! Ospite di questa puntata: Patty Pravo.

  • Guest Judge: Patty Pravo
  • Mini Challenge: Pose for a car wash photoshoot
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Nehellenia
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A badge, a pair of earrings from Perlei and being the first one to pick the crate of materials for the maxi challenge
  • Maxi Challenge: Design a look out of unconventional materials
  • Runway Theme: Arte Italiana
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: La Diamond
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A sewing machine
  • Bottom Two: Narciso and Panthera Virus
  • Lip Sync Song: "La Bambola" by Patty Pravo
  • Eliminated: Narciso
  • Farewell Message: "Prendetevi sempre cura di voi, perché siete sempre quello che conta. Il resto è solamente un bla bla bla che non può scomparire nel vostro make-up. Narciso"

Entrance Order

1 Nehellenia
2 Aura Eternal
3 Skandalove
4 Narciso
5 La Petite Noire
6 Panthera Virus
7 Tanissa Yoncè
8 Obama
9 La Diamond
10 Gioffré

Runway Inspirations

Contestant Runway Inspiration
Aura Eternal Giovanni Boldini
Gioffré "Scudo con Testa di Medusa" by Caravaggio
La Diamond "Estate" by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
La Petite Noire Statue di Sirene
Narciso Marco Lodola
Nehellenia "Angeli della Passione" by Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Obama "Primavera" by Sandro Botticelli
Panthera Virus Futurismo
Skandalove Arte Contemporanea
Tanissa Yoncè Teste di Moro

Drag Wash Photoshoot

Episode 2: "Colorful Drag, Lucky Drag"

Airdate: October 27, 2022

Synopsis:

The queens star in a passionate interpretation of a hilarious telenovela rewritten in a drag key, and the runway is dedicated to flowers. Who will be eliminated?

Una sfida all'ultima pallina colorata, un'interpretazione appassionata in una telenovela in chiave drag, una sfilata dedicata ai fiori. Chi verrà eliminata?

  • Guest Judges: Ludovico Tersigni and Nancy Brilli
  • Mini Challenge: Drag Comanda Color (a parody of Strega Comanda Color): at each round, Tommaso says a color. The contestants have to fish out a ball of that color from a ballpit. A contestant is eliminated each round.
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Nehellenia
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A badge, a necklace from Perlei and being able to pick teams
  • Maxi Challenge: In teams, act in the soap opera "Il segreto... mica poi tanto!!" (a parody of Il segreto)
  • Runway Theme: Prato Fiorito
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Aura Eternal
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A necklace from Perlei
  • Bottom Two: Obama and Tanissa Yoncè
  • Lip Sync Song: "Bagno a mezzanotte" by Elodie
  • Eliminated: Tanissa Yoncè
  • Farewell Message: "Siete le mie stelle. Vi amo ❤️"

Drag Comanda Color

Round # Color Eliminated Contestant
1 Blue Tanissa Yoncè
2 Green Skandalove
3 Red Aura Eternal
4 Orange Panthera Virus
5 Yellow La Diamond
6 Fuchsia Obama
7 Pink La Petite Noire
8 Black Gioffré

Il segreto... mica poi tanto!!

Le Eternal
(Team Nehellenia)
Scandalose, senza Skanda
(Team Panthera Virus)
Contestant Role Contestant Role
Aura Eternal Maria Assunta Adelfa
Lucia Sanchez Zorzi Gallo
Francini in Castroza
(Mother)
Gioffré Esperanza Escobar
(Suitress #1; actually
Luquisha Lubamba)
La Petite Noire Serena Manola Dogratis
(Suitress #3)
La Diamond Maria Assunta Adelfa
Lucia Sanchez Zorzi Gallo
Francini in Castroza
(Mother)
Nehellenia
(Team Captain)
Judy Morales
(Suitress #2)
Obama Marta Dalegare
(Suitress #3)
Skandalove Maria Jimenez Intonsa
(Suitress #1)
Panthera Virus
(Team Captain)
Mala Odores
(Suitress #2)
Tanissa Yoncé Lina Morada
(Suitress #4)

Episode 3: "Snatch Game - Italia Season 2"

Airdate: November 3, 2022

Synopsis:

The queens participate in Reading is Fundamental and the iconic Snatch Game. Plus, astonishment is the word on the runway. Nothing is as it seems in this episode where anything can happen!

Dai commenti al vetriolo, all'iconico Snatch Game. Stupire sarà la parola d'ordine.

  • Guest Judge: Sandra Milo
  • Mini Challenge: Read the other contestants with a megaphone while standing on a box
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Nehellenia
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A badge and a travel gift card from Eden Viaggi worth €500
  • Maxi Challenge: Snatch Game
  • Runway Theme: Colpo di Sce... ma
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: La Diamond
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A travel gift card from Eden Viaggi worth €1.000
  • Bottom Two: Obama and Panthera Virus
  • Lip Sync Song: "Down Down Down" by Lollipop
  • Eliminated: Obama
  • Farewell Message: "Non smetterete mai di ridere fino a che sapete ridere di voi stesse ❤️ Obama"

Snatch Game

Contestant Character
Aura Eternal Pamela Prati
Gioffré Pingu
(après Pinguino)
Nehellenia Elenoire Ferruzzi
La Diamond Regina Elisabetta
Cristiano Malgioglio
La Petite Noire Chiara Ferragni
Obama Barbara D'Urso
Panthera Virus Asia Argento
Skandalove Jill Cooper

Episode 4: "Daughters of the Stars"

Airdate: November 10, 2022

Synopsis:

Italian passion for stars and esotericism is the theme of this episode. In the mini challenge, the queens will have to face a very particular quiz that will see them as protagonists. In the maxi challenge, they will be improvised fortune tellers with very special customers. On the runway, the queens bring looks inspired by zodiac signs.

La passione degli italiani per gli astri e l'esoterismo è il tema di questa puntata.

  • Special Guests: Ava Hangar, Divinity, Elecktra Bionic, Farida Kant, Ivana Vamp, Le Riche and Luquisha Lubamba
  • Guest Judge: Alessandra Celentano
  • Mini Challenge: La Ruota della Sciagura (a parody of La Ruota della Fortuna): take a quiz about horoscope while strapped to a spinning wheel
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Aura Eternal
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A badge, a package of hair and skin care products from Biofficina Toscana and the power to assign the clients for the Maxi Challenge
  • Maxi Challenge: Improvise as fortune tellers reading tarots to the Season 1 contestants
  • Runway Theme: Drag Oroscopo
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: La Diamond
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A kit of skin care products from Biofficina Toscana
  • Bottom Two: Gioffré and Panthera Virus
  • Lip Sync Song: "Jem" by Christina D'Avena
  • Eliminated: Panthera Virus
  • Farewell Message: "La vincitrice non scrive allo specchio! Nella giungla comanda la Panthera. Gioffré, Diamond, Nehellenia, Petite, Aura, Skanda, VI AMO!"

Mini Challenge and Maxi Challenge

Contestant Quiz Points Client Zodiac Sign
Aura Eternal 1.450 Luquisha Lubamba Pesci
Gioffré 1.000 Ivana Vamp Aquario
La Diamond 300 Farida Kant Toro
La Petite Noire 0 Le Riche Toro
Nehellenia 1.400 Divinity Gemelli
Panthera Virus 600 Ava Hangar Scorpione
Skandalove 600 Elecktra Bionic Gemelli

Episode 5: "Festival Drag"

Airdate: November 17, 2022

Synopsis:

In a disco-themed episode with a very lively mini-challenge, the Rusical returns, and this time it's dedicated to a great icon of international music: Lady Gaga. On the runway, the category is: Dancing Queens.

In una puntata a tema disco con una movimentatissima mini challenge, torna anche quest'anno il Rusical.

  • Guest Judges: Nick Cerioni and Vito Coppola
  • Mini Challenge: Tuckis Roulant: Wearing high heels, run on a treadmill while playing ring toss
  • Mini Challenge Winner: La Diamond
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A badge and a kick scooter
  • Maxi Challenge: Star in a Rusical dedicated to American singer and LGBTQ+ icon Lady Gaga
  • Runway Theme: Dancing Queen
  • Top Two: La Petite Noire and Nehellenia
  • Lip Sync Song: "The Rhythm of the Night" by Corona
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: La Petite Noire
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A travel gift card from Eden Viaggi worth €1.000

Episode 6: "Sporty Queens"

Airdate: November 24, 2022

Synopsis:

In this episode, the queens will face a very special makeover test where they will have to transform a football team into fantastic drag queens! Will they succeed? On the runway, they will have to pay homage to the world of sports with a drag touch.

Una prova makeover molto particolare: trasformare una squadra di calcio in fantastiche drag queen!

  • Guest Judge: Claudia Gerini
  • Mini Challenge: Whilst blindfolded and without using hands, in two minutes, guess the largest number of foods placed on a Pit Crewer's body by tasting them
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Aura Eternal
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A badge and audio equipment from Brionvega
  • Maxi Challenge: Make over players of the Lupi Roma soccer team into drag queens, representing a chosen sport on the runway
  • Runway Theme: Drag nello Sport
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Nehellenia
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A mannequin
  • Bottom Two: Gioffré and Skandalove
  • Lip Sync Song: "Pem Pem" by Elettra Lamborghini
  • Eliminated: Gioffré
  • Farewell Message: "La mente è una, le mani sono tante ❤️ Gioffré ❤️"

Maxi Challenge

Contestant Partner Sport
Real Name Drag Name
Aura Eternal Francesco Proxima Eternal Calcio
Gioffré Thomas Jeffrey Football Americano
Nehellenia Francesco Fantasia Scherma
La Diamond Daniele La Golden Calcio
La Petite Noire Andrea Belle Soire Ginnastica Ritmica
Skandalove Davide Kastalove Rugby[7]

Episode 7: "A Walk in Time"

Airdate: December 1, 2022

Synopsis:

It's time for a roast! With irreverence and a pinch of malice. our queens will have to try to be perfect standup comedians. On the runway, the queens take a journey through time with a series of outfits that pay homage to the various eras of history.

La semifinale è caratterizzata dall'arrivo a Drag Race Italia della temutissima prova del Roast!

  • Special Guest: Michele Magnani
  • Guest Judges: Michela Giraud and Supremme de Luxe
  • Mini Challenge: Put make up on while twirling a hula hoop
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Aura Eternal
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A badge and a makeup package from MAC Cosmetics Italia
  • Maxi Challenge: Roast the judges in front of an audience of Italian sciure
  • Runway Theme: A Spasso nel Tempo
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: La Diamond
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A travel gift card from Eden Viaggi worth €1.000
  • Bottom Two: La Petite Noire and Skandalove
  • Lip Sync Song: "Far l'Amore" by Bob Sinclar and Raffaella Carrà
  • Eliminated: Skandalove
  • Farewell Message: "Qui è rinata Skandalove e qui lascio un pezzo di cuore che spero vi portiate per sempre con voi! VI AMO! SkandaLove ❤️"

Performance Order

1 Aura Eternal
2 La Petite Noire
3 Skandalove
4 La Diamond
5 Nehellenia

Top Four of Season 2

Contestant Challenge Wins Up for Elimination
TeamAuraEternalDRI2 1
(Ep. 2)
0
TeamLaDiamondDRI2 4
(Eps. 1, 3, 4, 7)
0
TeamLaPetiteNoireDRI2 1
(Ep. 5)
1
(Ep. 7)
TeamNehelleniaDRI2 1
(Ep. 6)
0

Episode 8: "Grand Finale - Italia Season 2"

Airdate: December 8, 2022

Synopsis:

The Grand Finale is here! The finalists will become the first Italian drag band performing their first unreleased track in a singing and dancing challenge. The time has finally come for the coronation. On the runway, the queens must show their most iconic Eleganza Extravaganza. Who will be Italy's Next Drag Superstar?

Il Gran Finale è arrivato. Chi sarà la nuova Italia's next drag superstar?

Trivia

  • Season 2 is the first season of Drag Race Italia...
  • The winner was leaked one day prior the finale by Drag Race Italia's official Instagram account.[10]
  • There had been rumors about Turin-based drag queen Lucrezia Borkia being initially called for the season and then scrapped last minute from the cast (and later supposedly replaced with Gioffré, who thus had very little time to prepare for the competition). Also according to rumors, Lucrezia was not cast due to allegations of her performing in blackface.[11] This seems to be supported by the fact that each week after the airing of each episode, she posted a look which appeared to fit each runway category, such as:
  • The only queens this season who won mini challenges were the top four.
  • Obama is the only queen this season to place in the top and not make it the finale

Gallery

Contestants' Teaser Promos

Main Judges' Promos

Guest Judges' Promos

Gallery pic
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.
VideoGallery-Icon
Check out the video gallery to see challenge performances, runways, lip syncs, and more!

References

  1. (ITPost by dragraceitalia.official | Instagram — March 1, 2022
  2. (IT👑👑 Drag Race Italia👑👑 | Seconda stagione | YouTube — September 14, 2022
  3. 3.0 3.1 (ITCiao Giorgia, vieni a giocare con noi? | Vanity Fair Italia — September 30, 2022
  4. (ITPost by dragraceitalia.official | Instagram — September 30, 2022
  5. DRI2PromoTheme.png | RuPaul's Drag Race Wiki — December 12, 2022
  6. (ITPost by dragraceitalia.official | Instagram — September 30, 2022
  7. (ITPost by dragraceitalia.official | Instagram — November 26, 2022
  8. Post by avahangardrag | Instagram — February 22, 2022
  9. (ITINTERVISTARTE - GIOFFRE' | YouTube — June 4, 2020
  10. Post by u/u/-queen-rebi- | Reddit — December 7, 2022
  11. (ITDrag Race Italia: ecco con quale accusa una Queen sarebbe stata scartata all’ultimo | Biccy.it — November 26, 2022

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