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The first season of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under was officially announced on August 26, 2019[1]. On January 18, 2021 the official title of the series was announced by RuPaul through World of Wonder's social media. This also confirmed that the show would be airing on WOW Presents Plus, Stan Australia, and TVNZ.[2] Down Under will also be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in the UK.

The cast was planned to be revealed at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival on March 6, 2021. However, the cast was revealed hours earlier via World of Wonder.

The season premiered on May 1, 2021 globally at 4pm AEST (12am PST).

The winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under will receive a cash prize of A$30,000 (≈ US$22,434) and one year supply of Revolution Beauty Cosmetics.

The winner of the season was Kita Mean, with Art Simone, Karen From Finance, and Scarlet Adams all finishing as runners-up. Anita Wigl'it was unofficially voted as Miss Congeniality by her fellow castmates.

About The Show

Hosted by RuPaul, drag queen contestants compete in an elimination-style contest and strut their stuff in a variety of challenges - all to prove that they’ve got what it takes to be a Down Under drag queen superstar!

Contestants

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(Biographical information stated from during time of contest)

Rank Contestant Photo Real Name Age Current City Ep. 1 Ep. 2 Ep. 3 Ep. 4 Ep. 5 Ep. 6 Ep. 7 Ep. 8
Snatch
Game
Make
Over
Talent
Show
Grand
Finale
1st
(Winner)
Kita
Mean
KitaMeanDU1Promo.jpg Nick
Nash
34 Auckland, NZ SAFE SAFE HIGH SAFE HIGH WIN BTM2 WINNER
2nd/3rd/4th
(Runner-Up)
(Orig. 9th)
Art
Simone
ArtSimoneDU1Promo.jpg Jack
Daye
28 Melbourne, VIC, AU HIGH ELIM RTRN
+
HIGH
SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
SAFE LOW RUNNER
UP
2nd/3rd/4th
(Runners-Up)
Karen
From
Finance
KarenFromFinanceDU1Promo.jpg Richard
Chadwick
32 Melbourne, VIC, AU WIN LOW SAFE BTM2 LOW HIGH LOW RUNNER
UP
Scarlet
Adams
ScarletAdamsDU1Promo.jpg Anthony
Price
27 Perth, WA, AU HIGH LOW WIN
Team
Captain
WIN SAFE BTM2 WIN RUNNER
UP
5th Elektra
Shock
ElektraShockDU1Promo.jpg James
Luck
27 Auckland, NZ BTM2
Mini
Chall.
Winner
LOW BTM2
Team
Captain
SAFE WIN LOW ELIM
6th Maxi
Shield
MaxiShieldDU1Promo.jpg Kris
Elliot
46 Sydney, NSW, AU SAFE LOW LOW HIGH BTM2 ELIM
Mini
Chall.
Winner
7th Etcetera
Etcetera
EtceteraEtceteraDU1Promo.jpg Oliver
Levi-Malouf
22 Sydney, NSW, AU SAFE SAFE SAFE LOW ELIM
8th
(Miss Congeniality)
Anita
Wigl'It
AnitaWigl'itDU1Promo.jpg Nick
Kennedy-Hall
31 Auckland, NZ SAFE WIN HIGH ELIM
9th Coco
Jumbo
CocoJumboDU1Promo.jpg Luke
Viti Waqa
30 Sydney, NSW, AU LOW BTM2 ELIM
10th Jojo
Zaho
JojoZahoDU1Promo.jpg John
Ridgeway
30 Newcastle, NSW, AU ELIM
The contestant won RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under.
The contestant lost the final lip-sync, and is the runner-up.
The contestant won the maxi challenge.
The contestant received mainly positive critiques but did not win the maxi challenge.
The contestant was brought back to the competition and received mainly positive critiques but did not win the maxi challenge.
The contestant received mainly negative critiques but did not place in the bottom two.
The contestant placed in the bottom two and won the lip-sync for your life.
The contestant placed in the bottom two, lost the lip-sync for your life, and was eliminated.

Queen's Winning Earnings

Name Money
Kita Mean $30,000
Art Simone $0
Karen From Finance $3,000
Scarlet Adams $5,000
Elektra Shock $0
Maxi Shield $0
Etcetera Etcetera $0
Anita Wigl'it $5,000
Coco Jumbo $0
Jojo Zaho $0

Episodes

Series # Episode # Episode Title Air Date
1 1 G'day G'day G'day May 1, 2021
2 2 Snatch Game May 8, 2021
3 3 Queens Down Under May 15, 2021
4 4 Rucycled May 22, 2021
5 5 Marketing Hats May 29, 2021
6 6 Family Resemblance June 5, 2021
7 7 Talent Show Extravaganza June 12, 2021
8 8 Down Under Grand Finale June 19, 2021

Episode 1: "G'day G'day G'day"

Airdate: May 1, 2021

Synopsis: We meet the Australian and New Zealand drag queens competing to become down under’s first Drag Race superstar. It’s a hometown homage this week, as the queens showcase their personalities at the ‘get to know you’ ball.

Episode 1 Judges

  • Special Guest: Taika Waititi
  • Mini Challenge: Audition for the new movie: Thar
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Elektra Shock
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A necklace set from Fierce Drag Jewels
  • Maxi Challenge: Present a nude illusion look and a home town look on the main stage.
  • Runway Themes: Born Naked and No Place Like Home
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Karen From Finance
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $3,000 tip from Mary's Poppin' in Adelaide
  • Bottom Two: Elektra Shock and Jojo Zaho
  • Lip Sync Song: "Tragedy" by Bee Gees
  • Eliminated: Jojo Zaho
  • Farewell Message: " ♡ I am so happy to call each & everyone of you mob (sisters). Bring that crown home Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi xoxo Jojo Zaho x now clean this mirror Bitch lol 💋"

Entrance Order

1 Art Simone
2 Maxi Shield
3 Jojo Zaho
4 Elektra Shock
5 Scarlet Adams
6 Coco Jumbo
7 Kita Mean
8 Etcetera Etcetera
9 Anita Wigl'it
10 Karen From Finance

Runway Inspirations

Queen Hometown
Anita Wigl'it Leigh
Art Simone Melbourne
Coco Jumbo Coffs Harbour
Elektra Shock Auckland
Etcetera Etcetera Canberra
Jojo Zaho Newcastle
Karen From Finance Melbourne
Kita Mean Auckland
Maxi Shield Ballina
Scarlet Adams Perth

Episode 2: "Snatch Game"

Airdate: May 8, 2021

Episode 2 Judges

Snatch Game Panel

Synopsis: It’s the time we’ve all been waiting for, as the queen’s don their best celebrity get-up to compete in the infamous celebrity impression Olympics. It’s Snatch Game, baby!

Snatch Game Characters

Queen Celebrity
Karen From Finance Dolly Parton KarenSnatchGameLook.jpg
Art Simone Bindi Irwin ArtSimoneSnatchGameLook.jpg
Coco Jumbo Lizzo CocoJumboSnatchGameLook.jpg
Anita Wigl'it Queen Elizabeth II AnitaSnatchGameLook.jpg
Scarlet Adams Jennifer Coolidge ScarletAdamsSnatchGameLook.jpg
Elektra Shock Catherine O'Hara ElektraShockSnatchGameLook.jpg
Maxi Shield Magda Szubanski MaxiSnatchGameLook.jpg
Etcetera Etcetera Lindy Chamberlain EtceteraSnatchGameLook.jpg
Kita Mean Dr. Seuss KitaSnatchGameLook.jpg

Episode 3: "Queens Down Under"

Airdate: May 15, 2021

Synopsis: The queens are split in two, as they compete in the ultimate girl group sing-off.

Episode 3 Judges

  • Special Guests: Leland and Troye Sivan
  • Mini Challenge: Show their best slow-motion surf rescue
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Scarlet Adams and Elektra Shock
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A $2,500 gift card from Glitter au Gogo to Scarlet and a $2,500 gift card from Philman's WerqShop to Elektra.
  • Maxi Challenge: Record vocals and perform in a girl group number for the original song "Queens Down Under."
  • Runway Theme: Bogan Prom Realness
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Scarlet Adams
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: Custom prosthetic piece from BODYFX worth $4,500
  • Bottom Two: Coco Jumbo and Elektra Shock
  • Lip Sync Song: "Shake Your Groove Thing" by Peaches & Herb
  • Eliminated: Coco Jumbo
  • Farewell Message: "I ♡ You My Sisters The Party 💋 STARTS 💋 NOW!!! ♡ Jumbo!! PS WATCH OUT Bitch!"

Girl Group Sing-Off

Outback Fake-Hoes Three and a Half Man
DU1GirlGroup1.jpg Anita Wigl'it DU1GirlGroup2.jpg Elektra Shock
Coco Jumbo Karen From Finance
Etcetera Etcetera Kita Mean
Scarlet Adams Maxi Shield

Episode 4: "Rucycled"

Airdate: May 22, 2021

Synopsis: The queens are put through their paces with a sewing challenge that has them showcasing their best thrift flip.

Episode 4 Judges

  • Guest Judge: Elz Carrad
  • Returned: Art Simone
  • Maxi Challenge: Use crusty castoffs from an op-shop to create their own runway looks.
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Scarlet Adams
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $2,500 gift card from Elea's Closet
  • Bottom Two: Karen From Finance and Anita Wigl'it
  • Lip Sync Song: "I Begin To Wonder" by Dannii Minogue
  • Eliminated: Anita Wigl'it
  • Farewell Message: "To my beautiful Queens, You are everything to me! I came in with 3 Kiwi sisters and leave with a whole Australian sister-hood. Never forget my Dry Ass Pussy!! Anita P.S: See you in two weeks in the trash!!"

Episode 5: "Marketing Hats"

Airdate: May 29, 2021

Synopsis: The queens put their marketing hats on, as they are given the challenge to create and market a product, green screen infomercial and all.

Episode 5 Judges

  • Special Guest: Suzanne Paul
  • Guest Judge: Rena Owen
  • Mini Challenge: Reading is Fundamental
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Art Simone
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A state-of-the-art sewing machine from Singer.
  • Maxi Challenge: Create and market their own brand of yeast spread.
  • Runway Theme: Finest Sheila in the Bush
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Elektra Shock
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A luxury four-night stay at a Sofitel property of her choice.
  • Bottom Two: Maxi Shield and Etcetera Etcetera
  • Lip Sync Song: "Absolutely Everybody" by Vanessa Amorosi
  • Eliminated: Etcetera Etcetera
  • Farewell Message: "YIPEE YIPEE! TRANS PEOPLE DESERVE MORE! I LOVE YOU BITCHES ♡ ETC THE GLAMOUR BUG xo"

Yeast Spread

Queen Yeast Spread's Name
Art Simone Art's Yeast Yank Extractor ArtSimoneCommercialYeastExtractor.jpg
Elektra Shock Topped ElektraShockCommercialTopped.jpg
Etcetera Etcetera Piss EtceteraEtceteraCommercialPiss.jpg
Karen From Finance Discharge KarenFromFinanceCommercialDischarge.jpg
Kita Mean Yeasty Nuts KitaMeanCommercialYeastyNuts.jpg
Maxi Shield Hornbag Yeast Concentrate MaxiShieldCommercialHornbag.jpg
Scarlet Adams Snatch ScarletAdamsCommercialSnatch.jpg

Episode 6: "Family Resemblance"

Airdate: June 5, 2021

Synopsis: Can you see the family resemblance? The queens are challenged to makeover and raise their very own drag family members, out of drag first timers.

Episode 6 Judges

  • Special Guests: Aunty Donna
  • Mini Challenge: Whatcha Packin' Down Under?
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Maxi Shield
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $2,000 gift card from Amped Accessories
  • Maxi Challenge: Transform sportsmen into drag queens.
  • Runway Theme: Drag Family Resemblance
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Kita Mean
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: Kita was awarded a $2,500 prize package from House of Priscilla and Feta was awarded a $1,500 gift card from DailyJocks
  • Bottom Two: Maxi Shield and Scarlet Adams
  • Lip Sync Song: "Better The Devil You Know" by Kylie Minogue
  • Eliminated: Maxi Shield
  • Farewell Message: "I HAD TO STAND ON A STOLL TO WRITE THIS! I ❤ you All So much MAXI xx"

Makeovers

Queens Makeover Guest
Name Drag Name
Art Simone Jonah Craft Simone
Elektra Shock Fara Riri Action
Karen From Finance Wolf Debbie From Reception
Kita Mean Carl Feta Mean
Maxi Shield Dan Cilla Wet
Scarlet Adams Brad Sapphire Adams

Episode 7: "Talent Show Extravaganza"

Airdate: June 12, 2021

Synopsis: The queens compete in a talent show and attempt to cement their place in the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.

Episode 7 Judges

  • Special Guests: Raven and The Veronicas
  • Maxi Challenge: Compete in a Talent Show
  • Runway Theme: How's Your Head, Piece?
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Scarlet Adams
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A custom line of merchandise and a $5,000 cash tip.
  • Bottom Two: Elektra Shock and Kita Mean
  • Lip Sync Song: "Untouched" by The Veronicas
  • Eliminated: Elektra Shock
  • Farewell Message: "only 1 queen could beat me... and that's the Winner of Rupauls Drag Race Down under ✧ Kia Kaha. THANK YOU Elektra SHOCK ☆"

Talent Show

Queen Talent "Who Should
Go Home Tonight?"
Karen From Finance Ballooning KarenTalentShow.jpg Elektra Shock
Art Simone Contemporary Mouth Art ArtSimoneTalentShow.jpg Elektra Shock
Kita Mean Quick Change Magic KitaTalentShow.jpg Elektra Shock
Scarlet Adams Pole Dancing ScarletAdamsTalentShow.jpg Elektra Shock
Elektra Shock Modern Dance ElektraShockTalentShow.jpg Art Simone

Top Four of Season 1

Queen Challenge Wins Up for Elimination
TeamArtSimoneDU1TVNZ.jpg 0 1
(Ep. 2)
TeamKarenFromFinanceDU1TVNZ.jpg 1
(Ep. 1)
1
(Ep. 4)
TeamKitaMeanDU1TVNZ.jpg 1
(Ep. 6)
1
(Ep. 7)
TeamScarletAdamsDU1TVNZ.jpg 3
(Eps. 3, 4, 7)
1
(Ep. 6)

Episode 8: "Down Under Grand Finale"

Airdate: June 19, 2021

Synopsis: The final queens write their own verses to RuPaul’s “I'm a Winner, Baby” and compete to be crowned winner of the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.

Episode 8 Judges

Season 1 Top Four

Season 1 Winner, Kita Mean

Queens' Votes for Miss Congeniality

Queen Choice for
Miss Congeniality
Queen Votes
Anita Wigl'it Coco Jumbo Anita Wigl'it 4
Art Simone Anita Wigl'it
Coco Jumbo Anita Wigl'it
Elektra Shock Karen From Finance
Etcetera Etcetera Maxi Shield Maxi Shield 2
Jojo Zaho Etcetera Etcetera
Karen From Finance Anita Wigl'it Coco Jumbo 1
Kita Mean Maxi Shield
Maxi Shield Anita Wigl'it Etcetera Etcetera 1
Scarlet Adams Karen From Finance 1

NOTE: Scarlet Adams was not interviewed and did not cast her vote.

Gallery

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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!

Trivia

  • Drag Race Down Under is the first season...
    • ... to have Snatch Game as the second competitive episode on a regular season.
    • ... to have the lowest Tops to Bottoms ratio, with 1:6 during the Snatch Game.
    • ...to feature a queen of...
    • ... to have a drag duo win the major titles of the season.
    • ... to have four queens compete in the final lip sync for the crown, as opposed to just two or three.
  • Drag Race Down Under is the second season...
  • Drag Race Down Under is the fourth season hosted by RuPaul to have a Runway Challenge in the first episode after Season 9, UK Season 1, and UK Season 2.
    • This is also the second season to have RuPaul judge the Challenge out of drag, after Season 9.
    • All of these episodes also had two runway categories, with one of them always being "Hometown".
  • Drag Race Down Under has the second earliest Snatch Game in all of the Drag Race franchise, tied with All Stars 2.
    • Both of their Snatch Game’s were on the second episode of their respective seasons.
      • This will also be the largest earliest Snatch Game, as All Stars 2 only had 8 queens doing the Snatch Game.
  • Drag Race Down Under has the earliest instance of two Maxi Challenge winners in the bottom two together, with Karen From Finance and Anita Wigl'it lip-syncing against each other in episode 4.
  • According to a deleted tweet made by Art Simone, the lip sync between her and Coco Jumbo was recorded three times.[3] This was subtly confirmed by Maxi Shield.[4]

References

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