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RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under: Comedian Rhys Nicholson is announced as the third judge

Comedian Rhys Nicholson is announced as the third judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under will premiere later this year.

And now the Stan Original Series has unveiled its third judge: Australian comedian Rhys Nicholson, 30, will join Mama Ru and veteran judge Michelle Visage.

Host RuPaul Charles, 60, said of the new addition: ‘Rhys Nicholson is the perfect addition to the Drag Race Down Under family.’

New star: Australian comedian Rhys Nicholson (pictured) will join Mama Ru and veteran judge Michelle Visage on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, which premieres on Stan later this year

‘His quick wit, love of drag, and willingness to carry Michelle Visage’s heavy luggage have already made him indispensable. I know our audience is going to love him as much as we do,’ he added.

Rhys said on Wednesday he was delighted to be joining the iconic franchise. 

‘I just can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have been invited into the illustrious house of Drag Race. I genuinely still can’t bloody believe it,’ he said.

'I genuinely still can't bloody believe it': Rhys said on Wednesday he was delighted to be joining the iconic franchise

‘I genuinely still can’t bloody believe it’: Rhys said on Wednesday he was delighted to be joining the iconic franchise

‘The first words RuPaul ever said to me were ‘Welcome to the family’ and that’s exactly what it feels like. A family. 

‘Ru and Michelle are my new mummies. I hope the editors took out the bits were I’m just staring at them wide eyed trying to comprehend sitting next to them.’

He added: ‘Being able to be a part of the show and help expose the world to our distinctive and particularly magnificent style of Down Under drag will forever be a highlight of my life and an honour. I hope I didn’t F**k. It. Up.’  

The queens from the new series of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under will be unveiled at this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

Endorsement: Host RuPaul Charles (pictured) said of the new addition, 'His quick wit, love of drag, and willingness to carry Michelle Visage's heavy luggage have already made him indispensable. I know our audience is going to love him as much as we do'

Endorsement: Host RuPaul Charles (pictured) said of the new addition, ‘His quick wit, love of drag, and willingness to carry Michelle Visage’s heavy luggage have already made him indispensable. I know our audience is going to love him as much as we do’

Ru-veal! The queens from the new series of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under will be unveiled at this year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. Pictured: Karen from Finance

Pictured: Felicia Foxx

Ru-veal! The queens from the new series of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under will be unveiled at this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. Rumoured cast members include Melbourne drag queen Karen From Finance (left) and First Nation’s queen Felicia Foxx (right)

The Australian and New Zealand contestants taking part in the eight-part series will be introduced at the glitzy parade on Saturday, March 6, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Stan confirmed on Tuesday. 

Rumoured cast members include Sydney’s Vanity Faire, Felicia Foxx and Coco Jumbo, as well as Brisbane’s Scarlett Fever and Sellma Soul.

Newcastle’s Jojo Zaho and Melbourne’s Karen from Finance, Sabrina and Art Simone are also tipped to appear.

The Stan Original Series RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under will premiere in 2021, only on Stan

Popular: RuPaul's Drag Race is already a huge success in the U.S., having received a record-breaking 34 Emmy nominations. Pictured: RuPaul's Drag Race UK stars

Popular: RuPaul’s Drag Race is already a huge success in the U.S., having received a record-breaking 34 Emmy nominations. Pictured: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK stars

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