House of Drag is a New Zealand reality competition show based on the American version of RuPaul's Drag Race. The first season premiered on November 15, 2018 on TVNZ OnDemand. It is hosted by drag queens Kita Mean and Anita Wigl'it.[1]

The first season had 9 contestants: 8 drag queens and 1 drag king to take a series of "awkwardly fabulous" challenges. The contestant who won the challenge had the power to select two contestants who they believe should be in the bottom. Kita Mean and Anita Wigl'it then decided who will "have their light dimmed" and be sent home.

The contestants competed to be crowned the winner of The House of Drag, take home a prize of $10,000, a 55" LG Smart LED TV and one year of free Broadband, courtesy of the shows sponsor Chorus Limited. The opening theme is "Devil in Disguise" by Richard Kimmings.[2]

The winner of the first season of House of Drag was Hugo Grrrl, with Lola Blades placing as Runner-Up.


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Rank Contestant Photo Real Name Age Current City Ep. 1 Ep. 2 Ep. 3 Ep. 4 Ep. 5 Ep. 6 Ep. 7
Hugo Grrrl Hugo Grrrl George Fowler 27 Wellington SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Lola Blades Lola Blades Logan Russell 28 Auckland SAFE SAFE BTM2 SAFE
3rd Leidy Lei Leidy Lei Leighton Stitchbury 23 Auckland SAFE BTM2 SAFE BTM2 WIN BTM2 ELIM
4th Bunny Holiday Bunny Holiday Raife May 23 Wellington BTM2 WIN SAFE SAFE
5th Vulga Titz Vulgar TiTz Manson Howell 20 Wellington SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN ELIM
6th Medulla Oblongata Medulla Oblongata Abraham Naim 32 Auckland WIN SAFE SAFE ELIM
7th Trinity Ice Trinity Ice Trinity Arianna Johnston 28 Auckland SAFE SAFE ELIM
8th Luna Luna NZ Caleb McNabb 24 Auckland SAFE ELIM
9th Shavorn Abörealis Shavorn Aborealis Karin Yamasaki 21 Auckland ELIM
The contestant won House of Drag.
The contestant was a runner-up.
The contestant was eliminated in third place after the final lip-sync.
The contestant won the main challenge and decided the bottom two contestants.
The contestant was chosen by the winner to be in the bottom 2.
The contestant placed in the bottom two, and was ultimately eliminated by the hosts.


Series # Episode # Title Airdate
1 1 Episode 1 November 15, 2018
2 2 Episode 2 November 15, 2018
3 3 Episode 3 November 22, 2018
4 4 Episode 4 November 29, 2018
5 5 Episode 5 December 6, 2018
6 6 Episode 6 December 13, 2018
7 7 Episode 7 December 20, 2018

Episode 1

Airdate: November 15, 2018

Synopsis: Kita and Anita bring in 9 dragstars from all over New Zealand to live under one roof. A series of challenges will be set where only one dragstar will take home the ultimate prize pack and be crowned New Zealand's first dragstar.

  • The Glamour-puss Challenge: Photoshoot
  • Main Challenge Winner: Medulla Oblongata
  • Bottom Two: Bunny Holiday and Shavorn Abörealis
  • Eliminated: Shavorn Abörealis

Episode 2

Airdate: November 15, 2018

Synopsis: The remaining stars prepare for comedy night at the House of Drag. Who will rise to the top? And who will have their light dimmed and be sent packing?

  • The Comedy Is Gold Challenge: Perform a Stand-up Routine
  • Main Challenge Winner: Bunny Holiday
  • Bottom Two: Leidy Lei and Luna
  • Eliminated: Luna

Episode 3

Airdate: November 22, 2018

Synopsis: The competition gets tough when a DIY costume challenge leaves one drag-star shaken up amongst the chaos. Which drag star will shine the brightest? And whose light will be dimmed?

  • Costume Chaos Challenge: Design a look out of "crap".
  • Main Challenge Winner: Hugo Grrrl
  • Bottom Two: Lola Blades and Trinity Ice
  • Eliminated: Trinity Ice

Episode 4

Airdate: November 29, 2018

Synopsis: The competition amps up as the drag-stars are forced to work in teams of three and devise a skit that's inspired by Kita and Anita's drag careers. Who will light up the stage? And who's light will be dimmed?

  • Shit Skit Challenge: Work in teams and devise a skit inspired by Kita and Anita's careers.
  • Main Challenge Winner: Vulga Titz
  • Bottom Two: Leidy Lei and Medulla Oblongata
  • Eliminated: Medulla Oblongata


Group 1 Group 2
Hugo Grrrl Bunny Holiday
Lola Blades Leidy Lei
Vulga Titz Medulla Oblongata

Episode 5

Airdate: December 6, 2018

Synopsis: The drag-stars compete in a dance challenge. Plus, negative vibes surround the house as the rift between the Aucklanders and Wellingtonians continues.

  • Dance Days Challenge: Devise and perform a dance to an assigned genre.
  • Main Challenge Winner: Leidy Lei
  • Bottom Two: Bunny Holiday and Vulga Titz
  • Eliminated: Vulga Titz

Episode 6

Airdate: December 13, 2018

Synopsis: The final four drag-stars are challenged to write raps about each other and battle it out to stay in the competition.

  • That's a Rap Challenge: Devise and perform a rap in the "House of Drag Rap Battle" about the other contestants.
  • Main Challenge Winner: Lola Blades
  • Bottom Two: Bunny Holiday and Leidy Lei
  • Eliminated: Bunny Holiday

Top Three of Season 1

Queens Challenge Wins Up for Elimination
Hugo Grrrl
Hugo Grrrl
(Ep. 3)
Leidy Lei
Leidy Lei
(Ep. 5)
(Eps. 2, 4, 6)
Lola Blades
Lola Blades
(Ep. 6)
(Ep. 3)

Episode 7

Airdate: December 20, 2018

Synopsis: Season Finale: Only three drag-stars remain and they have one last chance to battle it out for the title of Brightest Star and winner of the first ever season of House of Drag.

  • Lip Before They Sync Challenge: Perform a Lip-Sync to "Cherry Blossom" by Sal Valentine.
  • Eliminated: Leidy Lei
  • Runner-up: Lola Blades
  • Winner of House of Drag Season 1: Hugo Grrrl


Kita Mean and Anita Wigl'it

Hosts Kita Mean and Anita Wigl'it

  • This is the first international Drag Race spin-off in an English language country.
  • This is also the 1st season to have both a transman and a transwoman competing in the same competition.
  • Hugo Grrrl is the first drag king to compete on any Drag Race franchise, as well as the first transgender man to compete.
    • He is also the first winner of any season to be a drag king.
  • Coincidentally, this season has the same number of competitors as the first season of the RuPaul's Drag Race.


House of Drag Trailer

House of Drag Trailer


Gallery pic
Check out the lookbook gallery to see the queens' looks from each episode.



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