House of Drag

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House of Drag
GenreReality competition
Judges
  • Kita Mean
  • Anita Wigl'it
Country of originNew Zealand
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes17
Production
Running time22–36 minutes
Production companyWarner Bros. International TV Production New Zealand
Release
Original network
External links
Website

House of Drag is a New Zealand reality competition television series produced by Warner Bros. International TV Production New Zealand for TVNZ OnDemand and OutTV. It debuted on 15 November 2018 on TVNZ OnDemand. It is hosted by New Zealand drag queens, Kita Mean and Anita Wigl'it. Season 2 premiered on 1 February 2020.

The first season saw nine contestants – eight drag queens and one drag king – undertake a series of "awkwardly fabulous" challenges. The contestant who won each week had the power to select two fellow contestants who they believe should be in the bottom for that week. Kita Mean and Anita Wigl'it then decided who would "have their light dimmed" and be sent home. The contestants competed to be crowned the winner of The House of Drag, take home a prize of $10,000, a 55" LG Smart LED TV and one year of free broadband, courtesy of the show's sponsor Chorus Limited.[1][2]

Series overview[edit]

Season Premiere date Finale date Winner Runner-up No. of Contestants Winner's Prizes
1 November 15, 2018 December 20, 2018 Hugo Grrrl Lola Blades 9
2 February 1, 2020 April 4, 2020 Spankie Jackzon Elektra Shock 12
  • $10,000
  • Body bits from BodyFX

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

Contestants[edit]

(Ages and names stated are at time of contest)[3]

Contestant Name Age Hometown Outcome
Hugo Grrrl George Fowler[4] 27 Wellington, New Zealand Winner
Lola Blades Logan Russell 28 Auckland, New Zealand Runner-up
Leidy Lei Leighton Stitchbury 23 Auckland, New Zealand 3rd place
Bunny Holiday Raife May 23 Wellington, New Zealand 4th place
Vulga Titz Manson Howell[5] 20 Wellington, New Zealand 5th place
Medulla Oblongata Abraham Naim[6] 32 Auckland, New Zealand 6th place
Trinity Ice Trinity Arianna Johnston 28 Auckland, New Zealand 7th place
Luna Queen of the Moon Caleb McNabb 24 Auckland, New Zealand 8th place
Shavorn Aborealis Sean Stapleton[7] 21 Auckland, New Zealand 9th place

Contestant progress[edit]

Contestant 1[8] 2[9] 3[10] 4[11] 5[12] 6 7
Hugo Grrrl SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE Winner
Lola Blades SAFE SAFE BTM2 SAFE SAFE WIN Runner-up
Leidy Lei SAFE BTM2 SAFE BTM2 WIN BTM2 Eliminated
Bunny Holiday BTM2 WIN SAFE SAFE BTM2 ELIM
Vulga Titz SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN ELIM
Medulla Oblongata WIN SAFE SAFE ELIM
Trinity Ice SAFE SAFE ELIM
Luna Queen of the Moon SAFE ELIM
Shavorn Aborealis ELIM
  The contestant won House of Drag.
  The contestant was a runner-up.
  The contestant won the challenge.
  The contestant was nominated for elimination.
  The contestant was eliminated.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
11"Episode 1[8]"November 15, 2018 (2018-11-15)[8]

New Series: Kita and Anita bring in 9 dragsters from all over New Zealand to live under one roof. A series of challenges will be set where only one dragster will take home the ultimate prize pack and be crowned New Zealand's first dragster.[8]

  • The Glamour-puss Challenge: Photoshoot
  • Challenge Winner: Medulla Oblongata
  • Bottom Two: Bunny Holiday and Shavorn Aborealis
  • Eliminated: Shavorn Aborealis
22"Episode 2[13]"November 15, 2018 (2018-11-15)[13]

The remaining stars prepare for comedy night at the House of Drag. Who will rise to the top? And who will have their light dimmed and be sent packing?[9]

  • The Comedy Is Gold Challenge: Perform a Stand-Up Routine
  • Challenge Winner: Bunny Holiday
  • Bottom Two: Leidy Lei and Luna Queen of the Moon
  • Eliminated: Luna Queen of the Moon
33"Episode 3[14]"November 22, 2018 (2018-11-22)[14]

The competition gets tough when a DIY costume challenge leaves one drag-star shaken up amongst the chaos. Which drag star will shine the brightest? And whose light will be dimmed?[10]

  • Costume Chaos Challenge: Design a look out of "Crap"
  • Challenge Winner: Hugo Grrrl
  • Bottom Two: Lola Blades and Trinity Ice
  • Eliminated: Trinity Ice
44"Episode 4[15]"November 29, 2018 (2018-11-29)[15]

The competition amps up as the drag-stars are forced to work in teams of three and devise a skit that's inspired by Kita and Anita's drag careers. Who will light up the stage? And who's light will be dimmed? [11]

  • Shit Skit Challenge: Work in teams of 3 and devise a skit inspired by Kita and Anita's careers
  • Challenge Winner: Vulga Titz
  • Bottom Two: Leidy Lei and Medulla Oblongata
  • Eliminated: Medulla Oblongata
55"Episode 5[16]"December 6, 2018 (2018-12-06)[16]

The drag-stars compete in a dance challenge. Plus, negative vibes surround the house as the rift between the Aucklanders and Wellingtonians continues.[12]

  • Dance Days Challenge: Devise and perform a dance to an assigned genre
  • Challenge Winner: Leidy Lei
  • Bottom Two: Bunny Holiday and Vulga Titz
  • Eliminated: Vulga Titz
66"Episode 6[17]"December 13, 2018 (2018-12-13)[17]

The final four drag-stars are challenged to write raps about each other and battle it out to stay in the competition.[12]

  • That's a Rap Challenge: Devise and perform a rap in the "House of Drag Rap Battle" about the other contestants
  • Challenge Winner: Lola Blades
  • Bottom Two: Bunny Holiday & Leidy Lei
  • Eliminated: Bunny Holiday
77"Episode 7[18]"December 20, 2018 (2018-12-20)[18]

Season Finale: Only three drag-stars remain and they have one last chance to battle it out for the title of Brightest Star and winner of the first ever season of House of Drag.[18]

  • Lip Before They Sync Challenge: Perform a Lip-Sync to "Cherry Blossom" by Sal Valentine
  • Eliminated: Leidy Lei
  • Runner-up: Lola Blades
  • Winner of House of Drag Season 1: Hugo Grrrl

Season 2 (2020)[edit]

On January 25, 2020, TVNZ revealed the contestants competing on the second season.

Contestants[edit]

(Ages and names stated are at time of contest)[3]

Contestant Name Age Hometown Outcome
Spankie Jackzon[a] Blair Macbeth 34 Palmerston North, New Zealand Winner
Elektra Shock James Luck 26 Auckland, New Zealand Runner-up
Claire Voyant Ty Tyan 27 Hershey, Nebraska, USA 3rd place
Bionica 22 Auckland, New Zealand 4th place [b]
Miss Geena[a] Geena Cavill 29 Auckland, New Zealand 5th place
Lilly Loca[a] Nat Hugill 32 Auckland, New Zealand 6th place
Willy SmacknTush Hannah Gordon 32 Wellington, New Zealand 7th place
Flor Pedro Duque 21 Auckland, New Zealand 8th place
Jen Tre Fire Joel Walsham 23 Auckland, New Zealand 9th place[c]
Kelly Fornia Alexander Kachfi 25 Wellington, New Zealand 10th place
Rhubarb Rouge Henrique Beraio 32 Palmerston North, New Zealand 11th place
Stabitha Dane Michael Isherwood 34 Wellington, New Zealand 12th place
  1. ^ a b c Lilly Loca, Miss Geena and Spankie Jackzon entered the competition in the fourth episode.
  2. ^ Bionica originally placed 9th before returning to the competition.
  3. ^ Jen Tre Fire quit the competition.

Contestant progress[edit]

Contestant 1[19] 2[20] 3[21] 4[22] 5[23] 6[24] 7[25] 8[26] 9[27] 10[28]
Spankie Jackzon WIN BTM2 WIN BTM2 WIN BTM2 Winner
Elektra Shock SAFE WIN WIN WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN Runner-up
Claire Voyant SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN BTM2 SAFE Eliminated
Bionica SAFE WIN SAFE ELIM BTM2 SAFE SAFE ELIM
Miss Geena SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE ELIM
Lilly Loca BTM2 SAFE SAFE ELIM
Willy SmacknTush BTM2 BTM2 SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM
Flor WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM
Jen Tre Fire SAFE SAFE BTM2 SAFE QUIT
Kelly Fornia SAFE SAFE ELIM
Rhubarb Rouge SAFE ELIM
Stabitha ELIM
  The contestant won House of Drag.
  The contestant was a runner-up.
  The contestant won the challenge.
  The contestant was nominated for elimination.
  The contestant was eliminated.
  The contestant quit the competition.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
81"Episode 1"February 1, 2020 (2020-02-01)

New Series: Kita and Anita welcome a brand new group of Drag Stars to the mansion. A series of challenges will be set where only one dragster will take home the ultimate prize pack and be crowned New Zealand's next dragster.

  • Costume Challenge: Design a look from Kita and Anita's old outfits.
  • Challenge Winner: Flor
  • Bottom Two: Stabitha and Willy SmacknTush
  • Eliminated: Stabitha
92"Episode 2"February 8, 2020 (2020-02-08)

The Drag Stars pair up to compete in a fabulous dance challenge.

  • Twinkle Toes Dance Challenge: Pair up and choreograph a dance for a song.
  • Challenge Winner: Bionica and Elektra Shock
  • Bottom Two: Rhubarb Rouge and Willy SmacknTush
  • Eliminated: Rhubarb Rouge
103"Episode 3"February 15, 2020 (2020-02-15)

Alliances begin to form, and the Drag Stars are challenged to create animal inspired make up looks.

  • Animal Themed Make-up Challenge: Using a onesie as inspiration, create an animal themed outfit.
  • Challenge Winner: Elektra Shock
  • Bottom Two: Kelly Fornia and Jen Tre Fire
  • Eliminated: Kelly Fornia
114"Episode 4"February 22, 2020 (2020-02-22)

Kita and Anita arrive to drop a bombshell - three new Drag Stars will be joining the competition! The stars had to impersonate a celebrity at the dinner table.

  • New Entry: Lilly Loca, Miss Geena and Spankie Jackzon
  • Celebrity Impersonation Challenge: Dress up like a famous celebrity and have a dinner party.
  • Challenge Winner: Elektra Shock and Spankie Jackzon
  • Bottom Two: Bionica and Lilly Loca
  • Eliminated: Bionica
125"Episode 5"February 29, 2020 (2020-02-29)

Kita and Anita set the Drag Stars an acting challenge. The remaining stars had to get divided into 2 teams and had to perform a skit. Plus, one contestant makes a shock exit.

  • Acting Challenge: Split into teams and prepare a scene for an acting challenge.
  • Quit: Jen Tre Fire
  • Challenge Winner: Miss Geena
  • Bottom Two: Flor and Spankie Jackzon
  • Eliminated: Flor
136"Episode 6"March 7, 2020 (2020-03-07)

Bionica makes a surprise return, and the Drag Stars are challenged to prepare an MC routine to use while hosting Drag Bingo.

  • Re-entry: Bionica
  • Hosting Challenge: Prepare content for and host a game of Drag Bingo.
  • Challenge Winner: Spankie Jackzon
  • Bottom Two: Bionica and Willy SmacknTush
  • Eliminated: Willy SmacknTush
147"Episode 7"March 14, 2020 (2020-03-14)

The Drag Stars are each challenged to become drag 'parents' to a group of fresh-faced clients, giving them full-on drag makeovers!

  • Make-over Challenge: Drag up a client and initiate them into your Drag Family
  • Challenge Winner: Claire Voyant
  • Bottom Two: Lilly Loca and Spankie Jackzon
  • Eliminated: Lilly Loca
158"Episode 8"March 21, 2020 (2020-03-21)

We're down to the final five, and the pressure is really starting to sink in! This time, the Drag Stars have the opportunity to show off their personalities in a live performance.

  • Drag Performance Freestyle Challenge: Create a live performance
  • Challenge Winner: Spankie Jackzon
  • Bottom Two: Claire Voyant and Miss Geena
  • Eliminated: Miss Geena
169"Episode 9"March 28, 2020 (2020-03-28)

The remaining Drag Stars have just two hours to write a verse for Kita and Anita's new song!

  • Writing & Recording Challenge: Write your own verse for Kita and Anita's new song.
  • Challenge Winner: Elektra Shock
  • Bottom Two: Bionica and Spankie Jackzon
  • Eliminated: Bionica
1710"Episode 10"April 4, 2020 (2020-04-04)

Season Finale: The final three contestants must lip sync, to songs provided by Kita and Anita, in the observatory to determine who will win House of Drag Season 2!

  • Lip Sync Extravaganza Challenge: Perform a Lip-Sync.
  • Eliminated: Claire Voyant
  • Runner-up: Elektra Shock
  • Winner of House of Drag Season 2: Spankie Jackzon

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