Drag Race Thailand

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Drag Race Thailand
แดร็ก เรซ ไทยแลนด์
Genre Reality competition
Created by RuPaul
Based on RuPaul's Drag Race
Judges
  • Araya In-dra
  • Pangina Heals
Opening theme "Drag Race Thailand" theme (season 1–present)
Ending theme
Country of origin Thailand
Original language(s) Thai
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 8
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Piyarat Kaljaruek
Camera setup Multiple-camera
Running time 55–60 minutes
Production company(s) Kantana
Release
Original network
  • LINE TV
Original release February 15, 2018 (2018-02-15) – present

Drag Race Thailand is a Thai reality competition show based on the American version with RuPaul. The series was licensed by the Kantana Group and premiered on February 15, 2018. The show is hosted by fashion stylist Art-Araya In-dra, while drag performer Pangina Heals co-hosts.[1]

Thai Drag

The co-host is the half-Thai, half-Taiwanese drag queen Pangina Heals. Heals spoke about drag as an artform, saying "People are understanding that drag isn’t about sex or gender, but about performance and making other people happy." Heals also addressed the idea that drag and "ladyboys" are the same thing, saying "Thai people are really accepting of transexual girls, especially with the popularization of the Miss Tiffany's pageant shows."[2]

Heals is the most famous drag queen in Thailand and was the winner of Thailand's first TV drag competition T-Battle.

Format

Main challenges

The main challenges usually takes place before the runway, where the queens must perform in various challenges for a prize that usually consists' of gift cards and vacations. The winner(s) of the main challenge are not except from elimination however, as that is determined via the runway challenge.

Runway challenges

Unlike RuPaul's Drag Race, Drag Race Thailand usually involves a runway challenge for the competitors, where it will determine a winner who will be safe from elimination, and the bottom queens who will have to lip-sync for their lives in order to stay in the competition.

Seasons

Season Premiere Date Finale Date Winner Runner(s)-up Miss
Congeniality
Winner Prizes
1 February 15, 2018 April 5, 2018 Natalia Pliacam Année Maywong
Dearis Doll
B Ella
  • 500,000 Baht
  • Crown jewels made by Fierce Drag Jewels
2 January 11, 2019 TBA TBA TBA TBA
  • 500,000 Baht
  • Crown jewels made by Fierce Drag Jewels

Season 1

The first season of Drag Race Thailand premiered on February 15, 2018, on LINE TV. The show was adapted from the American version RuPaul's Drag Race, with references and inclusion of RuPaul's music throughout the show. The winner of the first season of Drag Race Thailand was Natalia Pliacam, with B Ella winning Miss Congeniality.

Season 2

A casting announcement for season two was announced on 4 March 2018.[3] A casting commercial was shown on September 13, 2018, and stated any genders were allowed to apply, as well as non-Thai citizens. The show premiered on 11 January, 2019.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Bangkok queen Pangina Heals will be hosting Drag Race Thailand". Gay Times. 2018-01-17. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  2. ^ "Pangina Heals of 'Drag Race Thailand': 'There's One Big Difference Between Me and Michelle Visage'". Hornet Stories. 2018-01-23. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  3. ^ @DragRaceTH (4 March 2018). "ควีนที่คันไม้คันมือและพร้อมที่จะเผยตัวตนใน #DragRaceTH SS2 อ่านตรงนี้โชว์ความสามารถของคุณให้น่าประทับใจที่สุด ภายในเวลาไม่เกิน 15 นาทีไม่ว่าจะเป็น Skills แต่งหน้าทำผม, ทำชุด หรือทำโชว์ไอเดียใครเจ๋ง จะได้เข้าสู่รอบต่อไปส่งคลิปมาที่ [email protected] ถึง 5 เม.ย." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Drag Race Thailand on Instagram: "ถ้าคุณคิดว่ามีคุณสมบัติพร้อม จะรออะไร จิกวิก เปิดกรุเครื่องสำอาง สะบัดชายผ้าแล้วเข้ามาสมัครออดิชั่นกันกับ Drag Race Thailand Season 7 -…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-09-14.

Further reading

  • Holden, Steve (7 April 2018). "The RuPaul's Drag Race spin-off you probably haven't seen". BBC News. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  • Nolfi, Joey (16 April 2018). "Drag Race Thailand gets U.S. premiere date, bonkers trailer". EW.com. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  • Tanakasempipat, Patpicha (25 March 2018). "Thai drag queens hope new TV show brings LGBT acceptance". Reuters. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
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