Drag queens have long been part of the Eurovision song contest. Now drag performers will have their own chance to compete in a new singing contest. Queen of the Universe will be produced by RuPaul’s Drag Race production company World of Wonder. The show will be hosted by UK Eurovision commentator Graham Norton.
While lip-sync performances are a common part of drag acts, Queen of the Universe will strictly involve live signing. Drag performers from different countries will compete to be crowned Queen of the Universe.
Further details of the show format have not yet been confirmed. It’s not known if the competing queens will be former contestants of Drag Race or if the contest may also be open to drag stars from the world of Eurovision and beyond.
Graham Norton will host Queen of the Universe
The popular TV host is best known to Eurovision fans as having been the UK’s Eurovision commentator since 2009. Graham Norton has been involved with other Eurovision projects and made an appearance in the Netflix Eurovision film.
The Irish-born TV host is also the star of his own talk show, The Graham Norton Show. The BBC show has been running for 29 series and attracts international celebrity guests.
Norton is also a familiar face on Drag Race UK. He stars as one of the show’s judging panel, sitting alongside RuPaul and Michelle Visage.
Queen of the Universe will screen on the Paramount Plus streaming platform and is set to premiere on 2 December.
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 albums.
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. Last year’s series of Drag Race UK had “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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