The time has come: The show that spawned a thousand catchphrases, RuPaul's Drag Race, is making its way down under for an Australian version.
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Hot off the six-inch rhinestoned heels of news of the UK version's premiere in October, ITV Australia has confirmed a deal with the franchise has been struck.
"Yes, ITV Studios Australia have secured the rights to arguably one of the biggest formats globally at the moment," ITV CEO David Mott told TV Tonight.
"With Drag Race UK about to launch and already a major hit in the US and other territories, we are set to shantay onto Australian screens in 2020."
Whether or not Mott actually means 'sashay' as in the style of walking, not "shantay" as in the affectionate nickname derived from 'enchanté' ('enchanted' in French), remains to be seen.
No T, no shade. Just an excited fan over here.
Anyway, it won't be long until Australia's best drag performers get the chance to bring their "charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent" to the 'werk room'.
They'll likely be looking to follow in the sickening footsteps of Brisbane-born queen Courtney Act, who finished in the top three of RuPaul's Drag Race season six.
Mama Ru's the word so far on who might host the new series, but with RuPaul's penchant for all things Australian (read: his husband is an Aussie), there are high hopes the show's namesake will be involved in the eleganza extravaganza.
Gentlemen, start your engines.