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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 Arya In-dra, while drag performer Pangina Heals co-hosts.[1]

Drag Race Thailand
แดร็ก เรซ ไทยแลนด์
GenreReality competition
Created byRuPaul
Based onRuPaul's Drag Race
Judges
  • Araya In-dra
  • Pangina Heals
Opening theme"Drag Race Thailand" theme (season 1–present)
Ending theme
Country of originThailand
Original language(s)Thai
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes21
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Piyarat Kaljaruek
Camera setupMultiple-camera
Running time55–60 minutes
Production company(s)Kantana
World of Wonder
Release
Original network
  • LINE TV
Original releaseFebruary 15, 2018 (2018-02-15) –
present

Contents

Thai DragEdit

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.

FormatEdit

Maxi challengesEdit

The maxi 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 maxi challenge are not exempt from elimination however, as that is determined via the runway challenge.

Runway challengesEdit

Unlike RuPaul's Drag Race, Drag Race Thailand involves a runway challenge for the competitors, where their performance from the maxi challenge is tallied with their performance in the runway challenge. This determines the winner of the runway challenge, who will be safe from elimination. However, the bottom queens are usually determined through the runway challenge only.

SeasonsEdit

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 April 5, 2019 Angele Anang Kana Warrior
Kandy Zyanide
Maya B'Haro
  • 500,000 Baht
  • Crown jewels made by Fierce Drag Jewels

Season 1Edit

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 2Edit

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] The winner of the second season of Drag Race Thailand was Angele Anang, with Maya B'Haro winning Miss Congeniality.

ReferencesEdit

  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 อ่านตรงนี้
    โชว์ความสามารถของคุณให้น่าประทับใจที่สุด ภายในเวลาไม่เกิน 15 นาที
    ไม่ว่าจะเป็น Skills แต่งหน้าทำผม, ทำชุด หรือทำโชว์
    ไอเดียใครเจ๋ง จะได้เข้าสู่รอบต่อไป
    ส่งคลิปมาที่ dragracethailand@kantana.co.th 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.

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