Drag performers have long been part of the Eurovision Song Contest. But now drag stars will now be the stars of a new international singing competition. RuPaul’s Drag Race production company World of Wonder will produce Queen of the Universe, a song contest for drag performers.
Details of the show were revealed earlier this week by media company ViacomCBS. The show is set to air on the new streaming platform Paramount+, which will also host RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 6.
Queen of the Universe is a singing competition where drag stars from around the world will compete in what Entertainment Weekly described as “a Eurovision-style singing tournament”.
The show producers also promise “high heels, high octaves,” and “high competition” that “will blow your wig off.”
Currently there is no air date for the Queen of the Universe, but RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 6 is expected to screen in the spring, so it is most likely the new singing competition will air later in the year.
RuPaul’s Drag Race and singing
While drag performers are typically known for lip-sync performances, there is a long tradition of queens who sing. Mama RuPaul debuted in 1992 with the hit single “Supermodel (You Better Work)” and has gone on to release over a dozen album.
Drag stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race frequently release their own music. All Stars winner Trixie Mattel has released three well-regarded albums and has successfully toured as a country-pop performer. As well, Drag Race stars such as Alaska, Katya, Bob the Drag Queen and American Idol star Adore Delano have had success with their own releases.
Music challenges are also a traditional part of RuPaul’s Drag Race. These have resulted in such iconic works as the All Stars 2 performance “Read U, Wrote U” and Drag Race UK track “Break Up (Bye Bye)” by girl group Frock Destroyers. The latest series of Drag Race UK has seen “UK Hun” by the United Kingdolls debut at No.27 in the UK singles chart.
Drag acts have also been a long part of the Eurovision Song Contest. Austrian performer Conchita Wurst won Eurovision in 2014, while Ukraine comedienne Verka Serduchka was the runner up at Eurovision 2007.
As well, national finals have featured such iconic performers as After Dark, Lolita Zero, Kamil Show, as well as Drag Race star Courtney Act.
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