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Drag Race Canada is coming, but who will replace RuPaul?

Drag Race Canada is coming, but who will replace RuPaul?

RuPaul on the set of his new talk show

Drag Race Canada is officially coming, but without RuPaul.

The search for Canada’s first Drag Superstar will be hosted and judged by a panel of Canadians.

Casting will begin this summer, and the Ontario production is scheduled to start in thse fall.

The series will combine ‘elements of the classic fan-favorite, with a healthy serving of Canadian maple shade, and, likely, some Canadian bacon.’

Drag Race Canada is officially coming

Drag Race Canada’s first season will have 10 one-hour episodes and air on networks Crave and OutTv.

‘I am proud to announce that the Drag Race family is expanding as Crave is about to begin production on Drag Race Canada,’ RuPaul said.

‘The panel and judges will be from the Great White North, representing Canada’s very best.

This new franchise has my whole-hearted blessing. Good luck… and don’t puck it up!’

This isn’t the first international edition of Drag Race.

Drag Race Thailand has already crowned two winners.

Drag Race UK has wrapped filming and is scheduled to air later in the year. RuPaul is hosting that edition, alongside judge Michelle Visage. British TV hosts Graham Norton have the judge roles normally occupied by Ross Matthews and Carson Kressley.

Season 11 recently saw its first ever Canadian contestant, Brooke Lynn Hytes. A former ballet dancer, she finished runner-up behind Yvie Oddly.

Later on, she joked that coming second was like a ‘Canadian win’.

But who should take on RuPaul’s role?

Mado Lamotte

Mado Lamotte is drag royalty. She’s been performing for 30 years and has her own drag empire in Montreal. She owns her own drag cabaret, released a single and appeared on stage.

Lady Bunny

Lady Bunny
Lady Bunny Lady Bunny

We wouldn’t be surprised if Drag Race Canada wanted to get a US queen with big name recognition. Lady Bunny is legendary, best friends with RuPaul, and is always guaranteed to have a dirty joke handy.

Todrick Hall

Todrick Hall stars as Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway.
Todrick Hall stars as Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway.

We wouldn’t be surprised if Todrick Hall was considered. The Disney-loving choreographer and producer is a fave of RuPaul, who raves about him on his podcast. Todrick can also look incredible in drag.

Ellen Page

Ellen Page
Ellen Page. | Photo: @ellenpage / Instagram

Wouldn’t it be incredible if we had a lesbian host? Who says that the host has to be a drag queen? We can see Ellen returning to her Canadian roots and bringing a new voice to the international drag show.

Brooke Lynn Hytes

Brooke Lynn Hytes is on season 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race | Photo: VH1
Brooke Lynn Hytes is on season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race | Photo: VH1

Brooke Lynn Hytes, as Drag Race’s first Canadian contestant, would be a natural choice. However, wouldn’t the franchise want to be hosted by a winner? Also, she’s very fresh to TV audiences. That can be both a very good and bad thing.

She did tease some involvement.


Alaska

All Stars 2 Alaska won AS2
All Stars 2 Alaska won AS2

Alaska is a giant Drag Race star, and she’s a quarter French Canadian. With albums, appearances on TV shows, and a lover of Drag Race, Alaska would be a fantastic host. But would they want someone a little more home grown?

A premiere date for Drag Race Canada has yet to be confirmed.