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The international drag-singing competition Queen of the Universe was announced on February 25, 2021[1]. The competition is available to watch on the streaming service Paramount Plus and is also being directed by the producers of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Casting for the show began on May 6, 2021[2] and filming for the season took place on September 28 and 29, October 1, 4, 6 and 8, 2021, at London's Excel Centre with live audiences.[3] On September 27, 2021, RuPaul's Drag Race UK judge Graham Norton was announced as the host of the show.[4]

On November 10, 2021, the fourteen international contestants competing for the title of "Queen of the Universe" and $250,000 were revealed.[5] On the same occasion, it was also announced that the show would premiere on December 2, 2021.

On December 26, 2021, Grag Queen was crowned the Queen of the Universe, while Ada Vox placed as a runner-up.

On May 2023, Regina Voce was announced as one of the contestants on Season 1 of Drag Race México. She placed as a runner-up, alongside Gala Varo and Matraka.

Grag Queen was unveiled as the host of Drag Race Brasil on July 12, 2023.[6]

About The Show

High heels, high octaves, high competition — this drag queen singing competition will blow your wig off.[7]

“This all new Eurovision-like singing competition will feature drag queens from around the world who will compete in an attempt to be crowned the Ultimate Queen of the Universe.”

Contestants

QOTU1Cast

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

Rank Contestant Photo Age Location[8] Ep. 1 Ep. 2 Ep. 3 Ep. 4 Ep. 5 Ep. 6
Round 1 Throw
Back
Duets Semi-
Finals
Grand
Finale
1st
(Winner)
Brazil Flag Grag Queen GragQueenQOTU1MiniPromo 26[9] Canela,
Brazil
ADV ADV ADV ADV WINNER
2nd
(Runner-Up)
USA Flag Ada Vox AdaVoxQOTU1MiniPromo 28 San Antonio,
USA
ADV ADV ADV BTM3 RUNNER
UP
3rd USA Flag Aria B Cassadine AriaBCassadineQOTU1MiniPromo TBA Atlanta,
USA
ADV ADV ADV ADV ELIM
4th/5th
(Orig. 9th-14th)
UK Flag La Voix LaVoixQOTU1MiniPromo 41[10] London,
England
ELIM RTRN
+
ADV
BTM4 ELIM GUEST
4th/5th India Flag Rani Ko-HE-Nur RaniKoHEnurQOTU1MiniPromo 30[11] Mumbai,
India
ADV ADV ADV ELIM GUEST
6th France Flag Leona Winter LeonaWinterQOTU1MiniPromo 26 Paris,
France
ADV BTM3 ELIM GUEST
7th/8th Australia Flag Gingzilla GingzillaQOTU1MiniPromo 38 Sydney,
Australia
ADV ADV ELIM GUEST
Mexico Flag Regina Voce ReginaVoceQOTU1MiniPromo 39 Mexico City,
Mexico
ADV BTM3 ELIM GUEST
9th Canada Flag Matante Alex MatanteAlexQOTU1MiniPromo TBA Montréal,
Canada
ADV ELIM GUEST
10th-14th USA Flag Jujubee JujubeeQOTU1MiniPromo 37 Boston,
USA
ELIM GUEST
Denmark Flag Betty Bitschlap BettyBitschslapQOTU1MiniPromo TBA Copenhagen,
Denmark
ELIM GUEST
USA Flag Chy'enne Valentino Ch'yenneValentinoQOTU1MiniPromo TBA Chicago,
USA
ELIM GUEST
USA Flag Novaczar NovaczarQOTU1MiniPromo 25[12] New York City,
USA
ELIM GUEST
China Flag Woowu WoowuQOTU1MiniPromo TBA Guangzhou,
China
ELIM GUEST
The contestant won Queen of the Universe.
The contestant was a runner-up.
The contestant appeared on the "Reunion" episode and was still in the running.
The contestant advanced in the competition by Audience Vote.
The contestant advanced in the competition by the Pop Diva Panel.
The contestant returned to the competition and advanced.
The contestant placed in the bottom and remained in the competition.
The contestant placed in the bottom and was eliminated.
The contestant placed in the bottom and won the Sing for your Life.
The contestant placed in the bottom and lost the Sing for your Life.
The contestant appeared as a guest, but was out of the running.

Episodes

Series # Episode # Episode Title Airdate
1 1 This Is Me (Part 1) December 2, 2021
2 2 This Is Me (Part 2)
3 3 Turn Back Time December 9, 2021
4 4 Duets December 16, 2021
5 5 Bad Girls December 23, 2021
6 6 Holi-Gay Finale December 29, 2021

Episode 1: "This is Me (Part 1)"

Airdate: December 2, 2021

Synopsis: Expect high heels, high octaves and high drama that'll blow your wig off as we meet the queens who will be competing for the $250,000 prize and the title of QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE.

  • Maxi Challenge: Bring a look and performance that shows off who the contestants are.

Entrance Order

1 Chy'enne Valentino USA Flag
2 Gingzilla Australia Flag
3 Woowu China Flag
4 Leona Winter France Flag
5 Betty Bitschslap Denmark Flag
6 Novaczar USA Flag
7 Grag Queen Brazil Flag

Performance Order

# Contestant Song Original Artist
1 Grag Queen "Rehab" Amy Winehouse
2 Betty Bitschlap "Dance Monkey" Tones and I
3 Chy'enne Valentino "Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus
4 Woowu "Material Girl" Madonna
5 Novaczar "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" Britney Spears
6 Gingzilla "Human" Rag'n'Bone Man
7 Leona Winter "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" Édith Piaf

Episode 2: "This is Me (Part 2)"

Airdate: December 2, 2021

Synopsis: The global drag singing competition continues as new queens arrive - and some must face elimination. Who will move forward to win the $250,000 prize and the title of QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE?

  • Maxi Challenge: Bring a look and performance that shows off who the contestants are.
  • Eliminated: Betty Bitschlap, Chy'enne Valentino, Jujubee, La Voix, Novaczar, Woowu

Entrance Order

1 Ada Vox USA Flag
2 Rani Ko-HE-Nur India Flag
3 Jujubee USA Flag
4 Regina Voce Mexico Flag
5 Matante Alex Canada Flag
6 Aria B Cassadine USA Flag
7 La Voix UK Flag

Performance Order

# Contestant Song Original Artist
1 Ada Vox "At Last" Etta James
2 Regina Voce "Caruso" Lucio Dalla
3 Rani Ko-HE-Nur "Piya Tu Ab To Aaja" Asha Bhosle
"Laila Main Laila" Shah Rukh Khan
4 La Voix "Mourir Sur Scene (I Was Born to Sing Forever)" Shirley Bassey
5 Jujubee "Into You" Ariana Grande
6 Matante Alex "He Taught Me to Yodel" Rosalie Allen
7 Aria B Cassadine "Rise Like a Phoenix" Conchita Wurst


Episode 3: "Turn Back Time"

Airdate: December 9, 2021

Synopsis: The queens "turn back time" with looks and performances from an important era in their lives. For the first time, the studio audience will vote for their favorites - who will survive?

  • Maxi Challenge: Bring a look and performance that depicts a classic era that holds a special place in their hearts.
  • Returned: La Voix
  • Eliminated: Matante Alex

Performance Order

# Contestant Era Song Original Artist Audience Vote
1 Aria B Cassadine 1970s "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" Sylvester ADVANCED
2 Leona Winter 1980s "The Winner Takes It All" ABBA BOTTOM 3
3 Regina Voce 1990s "Un-Break My Heart" Toni Braxton BOTTOM 3
4 Grag Queen 1950s "Dream a Little Dream of Me" Ella Fitzgerald ADVANCED
5 Matante Alex 1980s "9 to 5" Dolly Parton ELIMINATED
6 Rani Ko-HE-Nur 1990s "My Heart Will Go On" Celine Dion ADVANCED
7 Ada Vox 1960s "I Put a Spell on You" Nina Simone ADVANCED
8 Gingzilla 1990s "Believe" Cher ADVANCED
9 La Voix 1970s "Car Wash" Rose Royce ADVANCED


Episode 4: "Duets"

Airdate: December 16, 2021

Synopsis: There's a shocking twist in store for the remaining queens as they are forced to pair up and perform original duets in hopes to win over the studio audience and the "Pop Diva Panel".

  • Special Guest: Leland, Tori Kelly
  • Maxi Challenge: Perform an original song as duets for the Pop-Diva Panel
  • Eliminated: Gingzilla, Regina Voce, and Leona Winter

Performance Order

# Duo Theme Song Audience Vote
1 Grag Queen Red Velvet[13] "Damn that Man" ADVANCED
Rani Ko-HE-Nur
2 Gingzilla Pretty in Pink[14] "Girl Power" ELIMINATED
Regina Voce
3 La Voix Blue Denim Delight[15] "Friends Forever" BOTTOM 4
Leona Winter
4 Ada Vox Sexy Silver[16] "Back Off, Bitch" ADVANCED
Aria B Cassadine

Song for Your Life:

Queen Survival Song Original Artist Result
La Voix "Don't Rain on My Parade" Barbra Streisand ADVANCED
Leona Winter "Edge of Glory" Lady Gaga ELIMINATED

Episode 5: "Bad Girls"

Airdate: December 23, 2021

Synopsis: It's the semifinals of the global search and time for the queens to unleash their wild sides as they sing songs from their favorite iconic "bad girl" artists in hopes of securing a spot in the finale".

  • Maxi Challenge: Bring a look and song fitting the theme of Bad Girls for the Pop Diva Panel
  • Eliminated: La Voix and Rani Ko-HE-Nur

Performance Order

# Contestant Song Original Artist Audience Vote
1 Ada Vox "Cuz I Love You" Lizzo BOTTOM 3
2 Rani Ko-HE-Nur "Bad Romance" Lady Gaga ELIMINATED
3 Aria B Cassadine "Bad Girls" Brooklyn Dreams Feat. Donna Summer ADVANCED
4 La Voix "Welcome to Burlesque" Cher ELIMINATED
5 Grag Queen "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" Cyndi Lauper ADVANCED

Top Three of Season 1

Contestant Home Country Up for Elimination
TeamAdaVoxQOTU1 USA Flag 1
(Ep. 5)
TeamAriaBCassadineQOTU1 USA Flag 0
TeamGragQueenQOTU1 Brazil Flag 0


Episode 6: "Holi-Gay Finale"

Airdate: December 29, 2021

Synopsis: The holidays are a drag as the queens have one final chance to prove they have what it takes to make it to the top. Who will take home the $250,000 prize and title of QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE? ".

  • Opening Performance: The Top 3 and eliminated contestants perform an original song "Drag Queen Holiday"
  • Maxi Challenge: Bring two performances to the Main Stage, one fitting the theme Holi-Gays and one fitting the theme Showstoppers
  • Eliminated: Aria B Cassadine
  • Winner of Queen of the Universe Season 1: Grag Queen
  • Runner-Up: Ada Vox

Holi-Gay Performance Order

# Contestant Song Original Artist
1 Grag Queen Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms
2 Aria B Cassadine Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer The Temptations
3 Ada Vox Pure Imagination Gene Wilder

Showstoppers Performance Order

# Contestant Song Original Artist Results
1 Aria B Cassadine This is the Moment Anthony Warlow ELIMINATED
2 Ada Vox Open Arms Journey RUNNER-UP
3 Grag Queen Rise Up Andra Day WINNER


Trivia

  • This is the first drag singing competition distributed by Paramount +.
  • The logo of the season features Grag Queen, the winner of the season, in the center of all the other competing queens.
  • Two crownings were filmed, one for Ada Vox and one for Grag Queen.[17]
  • Contestants had around 40 minutes to do their makeup.[17]

Gallery

Judges Promos

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

References

  1. Tweet by PopCrave | Twitter — February 25, 2021
  2. QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE – CASTING WORLDWIDE! | Creative Content Group
  3. [QOTU] Queen of the Universe filming dates - in London with live audiences | Reddit (r/SpoiledDragRace) — July 3, 2021
  4. Graham Norton to Host Drag Queen Singing Competition ‘Queen of the Universe’ for Paramount Plus (EXCLUSIVE) | Variety — September 27, 2021
  5. Queen of the Universe cast adds Drag Race, American Idol stars: Meet the queens! | Entertainment Weekly — November 10, 2021
  6. (PTTweet by DragRaceBr | Twitter — July 12, 2023
  7. RuPaul’s Drag Race announces major change for All Stars 6 | GAY TIMES — February 24, 2021
  8. Queen of the Universe cast adds Drag Race, American Idol stars: Meet the queens! | Entertainment Weekly — November 10, 2021
  9. (PT'Já levei pedrada na escola', diz Grag Queen, representante do Brasil em novo reality de RuPaul | O Globo — December 07, 2021
  10. Post by lavoixtheshow | Instagram — April 17, 2021
  11. Account of Sushant Divgikar | CelPox
  12. About noah.spiegelblum | Facebook
  13. Post by novaczar | Instagram — December 22, 2021
  14. Post by novaczar | Instagram — December 21, 2021
  15. Post by novaczar | Instagram — December 19, 2021
  16. Post by novaczar | Instagram — December 24, 2021
  17. 17.0 17.1 (PTFOQUINHA ENTREVISTA: GRAG QUEEN | Ep. 8 | YouTube — September 14, 2023

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