Queen of the Universe (TV series)

Queen of the Universe is a drag queen singing competition television series produced by World of Wonder. The series is hosted by Graham Norton with the four judges coming from backgrounds in the worlds of music, drag, and reality TV competitions. The contestants competed for a cash prize of $250,000. The series premiered on Paramount+ on December 2, 2021.[1] In February 2022, the series was renewed for a second season.[2]

Queen of the Universe
Queen of the Universe logo.jpg
Directed byJulian Smith
Presented byGraham Norton
Judges
Opening theme"Queen of the Universe" theme
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producerRuPaul Charles
Producers
  • Marc Bassett
  • Shane Byrne
Running time45 minutes
Production companyWorld of Wonder
Release
Original networkParamount+
Original releaseDecember 2, 2021 (2021-12-02) –
present

The winner of the first season of Queen of the Universe was Grag Queen from Brazil, with Ada Vox from the U.S. finishing as the runner-up.

ProductionEdit

On February 24, 2021, Paramount Global and Paramount+ announced the international drag-singing competition Queen of the Universe from World of Wonder, the producers behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, with cast members to be named later.[3] On September 27, 2021, it was announced that Graham Norton would be hosting the series.[4] The judges were announced on October 28, 2021, as being Leona Lewis, Michelle Visage, Trixie Mattel and Vanessa Williams.[5] The contestants for the first season were revealed on November 10, 2021.[6] On February 15, 2022, it was announced that the series was renewed for a second season.[2] In June 2022, it was announced that Mel B would replace Lewis as a judge in season 2 while Norton, Visage, Mattel and Williams would return.[7]

Judges on Queen of the Universe
Judge Series
1 2
Leona Lewis Main
Trixie Mattel Main
Michelle Visage Main
Vanessa Williams Main
Mel B Main

ContestantsEdit

Names and cities stated are at time of filming.

 
Some Queen of the Universe Contestants at RuPaul's DragCon LA 2022
Contestants of Queen of the Universe
Contestant Hometown Outcome
Grag Queen Canela, Brazil Winner
Ada Vox San Antonio, Texas Runner-up
Aria B Cassadine Atlanta, Georgia 3rd Place
La Voix London, England 4th Place[a]
Rani Ko-He-Nur Mumbai, India
Leona Winter Paris, France 6th Place
Gingzilla Sydney, Australia 7th Place
Regina Voce Mexico City, Mexico
Matante Alex Montreal, Canada 9th Place
Betty Bitschlap Copenhagen, Denmark 10th Place
Chy'enne Valentino Chicago, Illinois
Jujubee Boston, Massachusetts
Novaczar New York City, New York
Woowu Guangzhou, China
  1. ^ La Voix was originally eliminated in round one, but was later brought back by the judges.

Elimination chartEdit

14 drag queens from across the world will compete each week in a singing competition with new musical numbers and challenges performed in front of a live studio audience and a panel of judges.

Results per Episode
Place Queen
1 2 3 4 5 6
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Finale
1st Grag Queen SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE Winner
2nd Ada Vox SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM Runner-Up
3rd Aria B Cassadine SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE Eliminated
4th/5th Rani Ko-He-Nur SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
La Voix OUT SAFE BTM OUT
6th Leona Winter SAFE BTM OUT
7th/8th Gingzilla SAFE SAFE OUT
Regina Voce SAFE BTM OUT
9th Matante Alex SAFE OUT
10th-14th Jujubee OUT
Betty Bitschlap OUT
Chy'enne Valentino OUT
Novaczar OUT
Woowu OUT
  The queen won Queen of the Universe.
  The queen was runner-up of Queen of the Universe.
  The queen finished in third place of Queen of the Universe.
  The queen performed in this episode and advanced in the competition.
  The queen participated in the sing-off, and survived.
  The queen was among the audience's least favorite of the night and faced elimination from the judges, but was not eliminated.
  The queen participated in the sing-off, and was eliminated.
  The queen was eliminated from the competition.
  The queen did not perform in this episode.

Performance showsEdit

Round 1: This Is Me (December 2)Edit

Queens were to impress the judges with their W.A.P. - What they were wearing, All-star Attitude and Performances during these two-part premiere episodes. At the end of this round, six contestants were eliminated by the judges.

Performances on the first episode
Queen Order Song Result
Grag Queen 1 "Rehab" Safe
Betty Bitschlap 2 "Dance Monkey" Eliminated
Chy'enne Valentino 3 "Wrecking Ball" Eliminated
Woowu 4 "Material Girl (200 Du)" Eliminated
Novaczar 5 "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" Eliminated
Gingzilla 6 "Human" Safe
Leona Winter 7 "Non, je ne regrette rien" Safe
Performances on the second episode
Queen Order Song Result
Ada Vox 1 "At Last" Safe
Regina Voce 2 "Caruso" Safe
Rani Ko-He-Nur 3 "Piya Tu Ab To Aja", "Laila Main Laila" Safe
La Voix 4 "Mourir sur scène" Eliminated
Jujubee 5 "Into You" Eliminated
Matante Alex 6 "He Taught Me How To Yodel" Safe
Aria B Cassadine 7 "Rise Like a Phoenix" Safe

Round 2: Turn Back Time (December 9)Edit

La Voix was initially eliminated in the previous round but was brought back by the judges. At the end of this round, the in-studio audience saved six Queens, leaving one of the bottom three Queens eliminated by the judges.

Performances on the third episode
Queen Order Song Result
Aria B Cassadine 1 "You Make Me Feel" Safe
Leona Winter 2 "The Winner Takes It All" Bottom Three
Regina Voce 3 "Un-Break My Heart" Bottom Three
Grag Queen 4 "Dream a Little Dream of Me" Safe
Matante Alex 5 "9 to 5" Eliminated
Rani Ko-He-Nur 6 "My Heart Will Go On" Safe
Ada Vox 7 "I Put a Spell on You" Safe
Gingzilla 8 "Believe" Safe
La Voix[a] 9 "Car Wash" Safe

Round 3: Duets (December 16)Edit

Queens paired themselves up and wrote an original song based on four categories. At the end of this round, the audience saved two pairs of Queens and eliminated one pair. The remaining pair must perform a "Survival Song" to stay in the competition, where the judges eliminated one more Queen.

Performances on the fourth episode
Queens Order Song Result
Rani Ko-He-Nur & Grag Queen 1 "Damn That Man" Safe
Gingzilla & Regina Voce 2 "Girl Power" Eliminated
La Voix & Leona Winter 3 "Friends Forever" Survival Sing-Off
Ada Vox & Aria B Cassadine 4 "Back Off Bitch" Safe
Survival Sing-Off details
La Voix 1 "Don't Rain on My Parade" Saved
Leona Winter 2 "The Edge of Glory" Eliminated

Round 4: Bad Girls (December 23)Edit

At the end of the semi-finals round, the audience sends two Queens to the finals, while the judges save one of the remaining Queens.

Performances on the semi-final episode
Queen Order Song Result
Ada Vox 1 "Cuz I Love You" Bottom Three
Rani Ko-He-Nur 2 "Bad Romance" Eliminated
Aria B Cassadine 3 "Bad Girls" Safe
La Voix 4 "Welcome to Burlesque" Eliminated
Grag Queen 5 "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" Safe

Round 5: Holi-Gay Finale (December 30)Edit

The final three Queens perform two songs, and one Queen takes home the top prize of $250,000 and the title of Queen of the Universe.

Performances on the finale episode
Queen Order Song Order Song Result
Grag Queen 1 "Jingle Bell Rock" 6 "Rise Up" Winner
Aria B Cassadine 2 "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" 4 "This Is the Moment" Third Place
Ada Vox 3 "Pure Imagination" 5 "Open Arms" Runner-Up

EpisodesEdit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [8]Original release date [8]Prod.
code [8]
1
2
1
2
"This Is Me"December 2, 2021 (2021-12-02)101
102
33"Turn Back Time"December 9, 2021 (2021-12-09)103
44"Duets"December 16, 2021 (2021-12-16)104
55"Bad Girls"December 23, 2021 (2021-12-23)105
66"Holi-Gay Finale"December 30, 2021 (2021-12-30)106

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2022 Queerty Awards Reality / Docuseries Queen of the Universe Nominated [9]
2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Unscripted Series Nominated [10]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ La Voix was originally eliminated, but was later brought back by the judges.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (November 10, 2021). "'Queen Of The Universe': RuPaul To EP Paramount+ Drag Singing Competition, International Contestants Unveiled". Deadline. Archived from the original on November 10, 2021. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Paramount+ Announces Expansive New Reality Slate to Accelerate Growth and Expand Internationally, Including the First-Ever Globally Connected Reality Competition Series, "The Challenge: War of the Worlds"" (Press release). CBS. February 15, 2022. Retrieved February 15, 2022 – via The Futon Critic.
  3. ^ Zorrilla, Mónica Marie (February 24, 2021). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Producers to Develop International Drag Queen Singing Competition Series 'Queen of the Universe'". Variety. Archived from the original on November 11, 2021. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  4. ^ Ravindran, Manori (September 27, 2021). "Graham Norton to Host Drag Queen Singing Competition 'Queen of the Universe' for Paramount Plus (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on November 3, 2021. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  5. ^ Vary, Adam B. (October 28, 2021). "Vanessa Williams, Trixie Mattel to Judge Drag Singing Competition Show". Variety. Archived from the original on October 28, 2021. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  6. ^ Nolfi, Joey (November 10, 2021). "Queen of the Universe cast adds Drag Race, American Idol stars: Meet the queens!". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on November 10, 2021. Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  7. ^ Urban, Sasha (June 20, 2022). "Mel B to Join 'Queen of the Universe' Season 2 Judging Panel at Paramount+". Variety.
  8. ^ a b c "Queen of the Universe Episode Listings". The Futon Critic. Archived from the original on January 5, 2022. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  9. ^ "Reality / Docuseries Nominees 2022". The Queerties. Retrieved September 18, 2022.
  10. ^ France, Lisa Respers (June 6, 2022). "MTV Movie & TV Awards: See the full list of winners". CNN. Archived from the original on June 6, 2022. Retrieved June 6, 2022.

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