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Drag Queens claim victory in battle with Foxtel for RuPaul

NewsKevin Perry

Foxtel has announced RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 2 will be airing express from the US from Friday, August 26 at 8.30pm on a new channel - Arena.

The move is a big win for members of Australia’s Drag Queen community who have been campaigning to get the show fast-tracked into Australia.

The Star Observer recently reported that Foxtel had threatened legal action after a screening party was held earlier this year using torrented episodes from the series.

A member of the Drag Queen community Karen from Finance, described the series as being, "like the Olympics…" adding "I’m sure sporting spectators across the country would not be willing to ignore the Olympics for 6 weeks and wait until a station would air it.”

A spokesperson for Foxtel last week told the Star Observer it had been unable to fast-track the program due to delays in getting hard-drives delivered to Australia.

However it seems these issues have now been resolved with Foxtel keen to avoid any further negative publicity due to the issue.

Foxtel’s Head of Channels, Stephen Baldwin commented:

“We know how passionate RuPaul fans are.  Foxtel has been working closely with the production company, World of Wonder, and Passion Distribution and we are thrilled they have made it possible for the series to air in Australia just hours after its US telecast.”

In this second All Stars instalment, YouTube sensation Todrick Hall joins Carson Kressley and Michelle Visage on the judging panel alongside RuPaul for a season packed with more eleganza, wigtastic challenges and twists than Drag Race has ever seen.

The series will also feature some of RuPaul’s favourite celebrities as guest judges, including Raven-Symone, Ross Matthews, Jeremy Scott, Nicole Schedrzinger, Graham Norton and Aubrey Plaza.

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 2 will see 10 of the most celebrated competitors vying for a second chance to enter Drag Race history, and will be filled with plenty of heated competition, lip-syncing for the legacy and, of course, the All-Stars Snatch Game.

The All Stars queens hoping to earn their place among Drag Race Royalty are: Adore Delano (S6), Alaska (S5), Alyssa Edwards (S5), Coco Montrese (S5), Detox (S5), Ginger Minj (S7), Katya (S7), Phi Phi O’Hara (S4), Roxxxy Andrews (S5) and Tatianna (S2

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 2 will screen Fridays at 8.30pm from August 26 on Foxtel’s Arena.