‘More drama than Real Housewives’: RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under cast give inside scoop on Season 2

EXCLUSIVE: RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under cast reveal what the show is REALLY like behind the scenes and insist the second season of the Stan series has ‘more drama than Real Housewives’

The second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under returns to screens on Saturday. 

And it seems that the queens and the drama will be more fierce and fiery than ever this season, as they battle it out to reign supreme.

Speaking exclusively with Daily Mail Australia at Stan’s blue carpet premiere on Thursday night, a few of the cast members gave an inside scoop into the new season.

RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under is back for a second season and is set to be a wild one

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under is back for a second season and is set to be a wild one

‘The claws do come out at Drag Race,’ drag queen Molly Poppinz said.

‘There’s a lot of wild moments! You’re gonna get your drama, you’re gonna get your wild moments, good looks, talent, everything!’

Kween Kong said despite the behind the scenes antics, the Queens bonded and are now closer than ever. 

‘We’re simply a sisterhood,’ she said. ‘But everything that happened, happened. [We’re] proud.’

Meanwhile, Season 2’s oldest Queen Minnie Cooper, 50, says viewers can expect ‘more drama than [Real] Housewives’.

‘The New Zealand queens are nice and lovely. But those Sydney queens, ooh they come in with the beef!’ she added, hinting that there’ll be ‘a few dressing downs’.

The cast of this season says viewers can expect 'more drama' than The Real Housewives

 The cast of this season says viewers can expect ‘more drama’ than The Real Housewives

'The claws do come out at Drag Race,' said Molly Poppinz (pictured)

‘The claws do come out at Drag Race,’ said Molly Poppinz (pictured)

‘Those Real Housewives have it easy!’ Poppinz continued.

Stan released the trailer for the iconic drag series earlier this week, which was jam-packed with plenty of shock moments.

‘That outfit was really horrible,’ Beverly Kills, 21, said in a clip. 

'Hopefully you can polish a turd,' Hannah Conda said in the trailer

‘Hopefully you can polish a turd,’ Hannah Conda said in the trailer

RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under Season 2 premieres Saturday on Stan

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under Season 2 premieres Saturday on Stan

‘Hopefully you can polish a turd,’ Hannah Conda said. 

The show, premiering Saturday on Stan at 4pm AEST, will see 10 contestants battle it out for the top prize and is set to showcase a number of celebrity guest stars, including Australia’s beloved wildlife warriors Bindi and Robert Irwin.

The Queens dazzled on Thursday night for a star-studded blue carpet event to celebrate the show’s release at Sydney’s State Theatre.

10 Queens battle it out for the top prize, with a number of celebrity guest stars set to participate

10 Queens battle it out for the top prize, with a number of celebrity guest stars set to participate

‘I think I’m still processing it,’ New Zealand drag performer Kween Kong told Daily Mail Australia of meeting and working with RuPaul Andre Charles.

‘When you meet your idol, someone that you’ve idolised since your childhood… It took me about two weeks to really understand that I was in the workroom with RuPaul. It was just too big, too massive. It was a dream come true.’

RuPaul will be joined on the panel by returning judges Michelle Visage and Rhys Nicholson.

Stan revealed Bindi Irwin , Robert Irwin and Lucy Lawless will be appearing on the brand-new season of the Stan Original Series. Pictured: RuPaul

Stan revealed Bindi Irwin , Robert Irwin and Lucy Lawless will be appearing on the brand-new season of the Stan Original Series. Pictured: RuPaul

There is a diverse range of talent this season, including a fire-breather, an Australia’s Got Talent semi-finalist and queens with First Nations and Māori heritage.

‘I am thrilled to produce and host a brand new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under,’ RuPaul said in a statement.

‘We’ve only just begun to shine a worldwide spotlight on the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of Australasian queens.’

Stan Original Series RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under premieres Saturday, July 30, at 4pm (AEST) only on Stan 

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under season two cast

Aubrey Haive (Timaru, NZ), 25 

Aubrey is no stranger to being in front of the camera, as she is already a budding actor and musical artiste.

This fashion-forward queen originally hails from Timaru, New Zealand, but is now based in Melbourne.

Aubrey Haive (Timaru, NZ), 25

Aubrey Haive (Timaru, NZ), 25

Beverly Kills (Brisbane, QLD), 21

Beverly Kills started doing drag within just a few months of turning 18.

Not just a pretty face, she offers something extra with her burlesque, including a good whipping and some fire breathing.

Beverly Kills (Brisbane, QLD), 21

Beverly Kills (Brisbane, QLD), 21

Faúx Fúr (Sydney, NSW), 27

Faúx Fúr has been a regular face, and the loudest voice, on the Sydney drag scene for the last seven years. 

She is proud to represent her Asian heritage, and comes with the biggest of hearts to uplift others through all her performances.

Faúx Fúr (Sydney, NSW), 27

Faúx Fúr (Sydney, NSW), 27

Hannah Conda (Sydney, NSW), 30

After conquering the Perth drag scene, Hannah Conda took a leap of faith and made her way to Sydney in 2015.

She co-founded ‘Drag Storytime’ in 2016 where she reads to children while dressed in drag to teach them about inclusion, acceptance and love.

Hannah Conda (Sydney, NSW), 30

Hannah Conda (Sydney, NSW), 30

Kween Kong (Adelaide, SA), 29 

Kween Kong is originally from New Zealand, and of Tongan and Samoan heritage, currently residing in Adelaide.

She is the matriarch of Haus of Kong, a drag collective that aims to change the lives of its young recruits both on and off the stage. 

Kween Kong (Adelaide, SA), 29

Kween Kong (Adelaide, SA), 29

Minnie Cooper (Sydney, NSW), 49

Minnie Cooper is considered drag royalty among the Sydney circuit, with a glittering career that spans more than 20 years.

In 2016, she was a semi-finalist on Australia’s Got Talent, combining her drag and musical theatre talents. 

Minnie Cooper (Sydney, NSW), 49

Minnie Cooper (Sydney, NSW), 49

Molly Poppinz (Newcastle, NSW), 30

Molly Poppinz originally made a name for herself in Vancouver after struggling to find the confidence to do drag in her hometown of Newcastle, NSW. 

In 2018, she was crowned Vancouver’s most ‘Fierce Queen’, before returning to Newcastle to build a thriving drag community.

Molly Poppinz (Newcastle, NSW), 30

Molly Poppinz (Newcastle, NSW), 30

Pomara Fifth (Sydney, NSW), 28 

Growing up in the suburbs of Western Sydney, Pomara Fifth always stayed true to herself and never let the bullies and naysayers keep her down for long.

She represents both First Nation Australian and Māori queens and has a reputation for being a versatile, multi-talented performer and host.

Pomara Fifth (Sydney, NSW), 28

Pomara Fifth (Sydney, NSW), 28

Spankie Jackzon (Palmerston North, NZ), 37

Spankie Jackzon is a New Zealand drag performer best known for winning the $10,000 cash prize on the Kiwi series House of Drag.

She is the official host and roving reporter of The Wellington International Pride Parade, bringing drag to small towns across Aotearoa. 

Spankie Jackzon (Palmerston North, NZ), 37

Spankie Jackzon (Palmerston North, NZ), 37

Yuri Guaii (Auckland, NZ), 25

Starting out at the age of 18, Yuri Guaii has been doing drag for going on eight years, making her start in the Auckland drag scene.

Having studied fashion design, her secret weapon is her sewing skills and she is known for creating all her own show-stopping drag looks. 

Yuri Guaii (Auckland, NZ), 25

Yuri Guaii (Auckland, NZ), 25

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