It’s official! The ever-so-popular reality competition bonanza known as Canada’s Drag Race has finally announced a second season! And not only have they started casting, but the show is also scheduled to air this year! In 2021!
With four Queens crowned in 2020 (Jaida Essence Hall of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12, Shea Couleé of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 5, Priyanka of Canada’s Drag Race, and Envy Peru of Drag Race Holland), 2021 is shaping up to be an even more packed year of Drag Race! Season 13 is currently airing and spinoffs for All Stars Season 6, debut seasons for Spain and Australia, and second seasons for the UK and Canada are all scheduled to shoot and/or air this year.
The debut season of the Canadian spin-off of RuPaul’s Drag Race filmed in November 2019 and aired on Crave over the summer making a big splash across Canada – and the world – but there’s been no news of a second season until now.
After Toronto’s Priyanka won the coveted crown (with Montréal’s Rita Baga and cross-country firecracker Scarlett Bobo rounding up the Top 3), COVID-19 surged in North America, and some fans worried a second season would never happen.
RuPaul himself only appeared in pre-recorded video messages addressed to the contestants in the workroom on Canada’s Drag Race Season 1, but the show held its head above water with a diverse, talented, and often hilarious cast who weren’t afraid to give everything they had. Special guest celebrity judges like Deborah Cox and Michelle Visage also brought an extra sparkle to the bedazzling main stage.
No word on whether or not Season 1’s cohosts and head judges Jeffrey Bowyer Chapman, Stacey McKenzie, and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 alumni Brooke Lynn Hytes will be returning for the next season, but it’s no secret their critiques were often publicly met with both praise and backlash, so it will be interesting to see what Season 2’s judge’s panel will look like. We’d like to see them all return, although we do have a few recommendations as to who we think should guest-judge.
Canadian funnyman Trevor Boris also took to social media to express his excitement on joining the production as showrunner, saying, “I am SO excited to be joining the team of Canada’s Drag Race for Season 2. Casting is open so start your engines!”
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