“I wouldn’t do it very well. I would lose, I’m sure.”
Each year, one of the most anticipated moments of RuPaul’s Drag Race – aside from the crowing of a new drag superstar, of course – is watching our queens show off their best celebrity impersonations.
Over the years, we’ve had appearances from icons such as Maggie Smith, Lady Gaga, Pink, Adele, Judge Judy, Carol Channing, Little Richard, Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears (some twice).
But who would Mama Ru play if he had to compete? During an interview for Buzzfeed, the Emmy Award winning host answered questions from fans and confidently said: “La Toya Jackson. I wouldn’t do it very well. I would lose, I’m sure.”
He also provided us with a sneak-peek of his La Toya impression – see below around 5:35.
It was recently announced that Canada will be the latest country to receive a Drag Race spin-off. It was confirmed by World of Wonder and Mama Ru, and casting will reportedly begin this summer while production will start this fall.
The press release for Drag Race Canada describes the show as mixing “elements of the classic fan-favorite, with a healthy serving of Canadian maple shade, and, likely, some Canadian bacon.”
The Blue Ant Studios-produced series will have ten one-hour episodes and will debut on Bell Media-owned streaming services Crave and OUTtv. There’s no word so far on who will host, but we have a feeling it won’t be RuPaul…
In a statement, she said: “The panel and judges will be from the Great White North, representing Canada’s very best. This new franchise has my whole-hearted blessing. Good luck… and don’t puck it up!”
A premiere date is yet to be announced, but trust us when we say we’ll keep you updated on all things Drag Race Canada.
The news comes just a few months after the original version of the series welcomed its first Canadian queen into the werkoom: Brooke Lynn Hytes. The legendary queen won three main challenges and placed runner-up.
Will Brooke appear in some capacity? It would be slightly odd if they didn’t involve her somehow.
Canada isn’t the first country to host a spin-off of the Emmy winning reality competition. Last year, Drag Race Thailand debuted to acclaim from fans, but it didn’t see the return of RuPaul or Michelle Visage.
A British spin-off will also premiere later this year – with Ru and Michelle. They will be joined by comedians such as Alan Carr and Graham Norton, while Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will guest judge.