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Speaking to the incredible cast of queens, Drag Race Down Under judge and Aussie comedian Rhys Nicholson said, “I mean look at this list. Look at this list of full blown, gleaming, shimmering, phosphorescent, deadset bloody stars.”
“Week after week I got to bear witness to these entertainers dazzling the other judges with their world class cleverness, uniqueness, nerve and talent. There were many times where it was so fabulous it felt like it could be illegal. I have since consulted with my legal team and we are in the clear.”
“We do a very special kind of drag down here that I think we can sometimes take for granted,” he added, to the same tune of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. “I know for a fact that Ru, Michelle and the whole Drag Race team were blown away by the queens. Each one already a star, but now the world can give them the recognition they deserve. They should be so proud.”
Obsessed with this amazing cast of queens? Yeh, us too. Here’s everything you need to know about the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.
Meet The Queens Of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under 🦘💄
Anita Wigl’it (Auckland, NZ)
Anita is the owner and resident queen of Auckland’s famous Caluzzi Cabaret and the host of the TVNZ show House of Drag as well as the monthly comedy show Drag Wars.
Over the last decade she has wiggled her way into the hearts of many, winning both Vancouver’s next top Drag Superstar and Drag Entertainer of the year in 2013, before returning to Auckland.
Her favourite performances to date include Mardi Gras (Sydney 2016 and 2019) as well as Adele’s world tour after party in 2017.
You can follow Anita Wigl’it on Instagram @anitawiglit.
Art Simone (Geelong, VIC)
The current reigning “Queen of Australia” has played roles in Australian feature films, theatrical shows, television programmes, and commercials; as well as being awarded Drag Performer of the Year for the last two years running.
Last year, Art travelled to Los Angeles and New York, representing Australia in the world’s largest drag convention, RuPaul’s DragCon. You can catch her on her own WowPresents Plus series, Highway to Hell.
You can follow Art Simone on Instagram @rtist_.
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Coco Jumbo (Sydney, NSW)
Coco has performed on the Mardi Gras party main-stage many times and is a multi DIVA (Drag Industry Variety Awards) award winner most prestigious Entertainer of the Year in 2017, Sydney’s Favourite Showgirl in 2016-2019 and Rising Star in 2015.
Coco has worked with Absolutely Fabulous’ Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, 2014 Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst, and with Australia's very own Sandra Sully.
You can follow Coco Jumbo on Instagram @_cocojumbo.
Elektra Shock (Auckland, NZ)
Elektra Shock is the Dancing Queen of Tāmaki Makaurau! Runner up on Season 2 of TVNZ House of Drag and star of Pleasuredome The Musical, the NZ Herald describes her as “utterly charismatic.”
Starting Drag in 2012, she is now a resident performer at a number of venues on Karangahape Rd.
Her amazing dance ability, shocking high kicks and live vocals, puts her in high demand for corporate events and theatre performances around Aotearoa.
You can follow Elektra Shock on Instagram @therealelektrashock.
Etcetera Etcetera (Sydney, NSW)
Etcetera is a striking non-binary drag artist, who at only twenty-two years of age has already made a splash within the Australian drag community for her aesthetic and activism.
Known as the ‘glamour bug’, she runs the shows at one of Sydney’s iconic establishments: The Imperial Erskineville.
Truly, Etcetera is one of the queens to beat and who we think will come out of this show a true All Star superstar.
You can follow Etcetera Etcetera on Instagram @etcetera__etcetera.
Jojo Zaho (Newcastle, NSW)
In 2015 Jojo started her drag career as a political response to a council member stating that homosexuality is not part of the indigenous culture.
So, for Dubbo’s first annual Central West Pride March she walked the parade in a costumes she made with both the indigenous and gay pride flag and she hasn’t looked back since.
Since then, she has made her first television cameo on Get Krackin, competing in the inaugural Miss First Nation Indigenous drag queen pageant, the documentary Black Divaz, and hosting the VIP party for the Newcastle leg of Cher’s Australian tour.
Giving us some Newy representation and proud First Nations Australian talent? We absolutely love to see it.
You can follow Jojo Zaho over on Instagram @jojo_zaho.
Karen From Finance (Melbourne, VIC)
One of the most renowned drag artists in Australia—in fact you’ve probably heard of her from Trixie and Katya’s YouTube show, UNHhhh—Karen was one of the original members of the award winning, cult queer cabaret YUMMY and has built an international fan-base, touring the world with her singular brand of office-themed character drag.
At the beginning of this year, Karen was appointed as an Ambassador for DragExpo in Melbourne. She has appeared at RuPaul’s DragCon in LA in 2017, 2018 and 2019 in headlining performances, as well as headlining shows all over the US, including the Austin International Festival in Texas.
You can file a HR complaint to Karen From Finance on Instagram @karenfromfinance.
Maxi Shield (Sydney, NSW)
Maxi has been a drag artist for twenty to three years, and is noted for her work within the community, including “Drag Storytime” where drag artists read stories to children, engaging them in fun and creative ways and conveying the overall message of inclusion.
Maxi won “Entertainer of the year” at the Drag Industry Variety Awards in 2015, has been names Madonna’s national Hostess for her Australian Rebel Heart Tour and has closed both a straight Olympics (Sydney 2000) and opened a gay one (Gay Games 2022).
You can follow Maxi Shield on Instagram @maxishield.
Scarlet Adams (Perth, WA)
Scarlet is a burlesque performer, pole dancer, costume designer and self- proclaimed “party girl.” Since she turned eighteen, Scarlet has worked tirelessly to build her reputation and brand as a drag artist.
After only a year of doing drag, Scarlet won the prestigious title of Queen of the Court, ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR 2016 at the annual PROUD Awards, and even took out the title for “Miss Burlesque Western Australia 2018”, becoming not only the first drag queen to compete in Miss Burlesque Australia history—but to go on and win the title.
You can follow Scarlet Adams on Instagram @scarletadamsqueen.
RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under will release exclusively on Stan later this year.