Drag Race Thailand

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Drag Race Thailand

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Drag Race Thailand
แดร็ก เรซ ไทยแลนด์
Genre Reality competition
Created by Piyarat Kaljaruek
Based on RuPaul's Drag Race
Opening theme "Drag Race Thailand" theme (season 1–present)
Ending theme
Country of origin Thailand
Original language Thai
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21
Executive producers
  • Piyarat Kaljaruek
Camera setup Multiple-camera
Running time 55–60 minutes
Production companies Kantana
World of Wonder
Original network
Original release 15 February 2018 –
External links

Drag Race Thailand is a Thai reality competition show based on the American version with RuPaul. The series was licensed by the Kantana Group and premiered on 15 February 2018. The show is hosted by fashion stylist Art Arya, while drag performer Pangina Heals co-hosts.[1]

Thai Drag[edit]

The co-host is the half-Thai, half-Taiwanese drag queen Pangina Heals. Heals spoke about drag as an artform, saying "People are understanding that drag isn’t about sex or gender, but about performance and making other people happy." Heals also addressed the idea that drag and "ladyboys" are the same thing, saying "Thai people are really accepting of transgender girls, especially with the popularization of the Miss Tiffany's pageant shows."[2]

Heals is the most famous drag queen in Thailand, dubbed the "RuPaul of Thailand", and was the winner of Thailand's first TV drag competition T-Battle.[3][4]


Maxi challenges[edit]

The maxi challenges usually takes place before the runway, where the queens must perform in various challenges for a prize that usually consists' of gift cards and vacations. The winner(s) of the maxi challenge are not exempt from elimination however, as that is determined via the runway challenge.

Runway challenges[edit]

Unlike RuPaul's Drag Race, Drag Race Thailand involves a runway challenge for the competitors, where their performance from the maxi challenge is tallied with their performance in the runway challenge. This determines the winner of the runway challenge, who will be safe from elimination. However, the bottom queens are usually determined through the runway challenge only.

Judging panel[edit]

A panel of judges cast opinions about the challenge performances and runway looks, first to the contestants onstage, and then again with them offstage.

Judges on Drag Race Thailand[5]
Judge Season
1 2
Art Arya Main
Pangina Heals Main


Season Premiere Date Finale Date Winner Runners-up Miss Congeniality No. of contestants Winner's Prizes
1 15 February 2018 5 April 2018 Natalia Pliacam Année Maywong
Dearis Doll
B Ella 10
  • 500,000 Baht
  • Crown jewels made by Fierce Drag Jewels
2 11 January 2019 5 April 2019 Angele Anang Kana Warrior
Kandy Zyanide
Maya B'Haro 14
  • 500,000 Baht
  • Crown jewels made by Fierce Drag Jewels worth 250,000 Baht
  • A gift-voucher from Wind Clinic worth 100,000 Baht
  • A gift-voucher from Air Asia worth 50,000 Baht

Season 1[edit]

The first season of Drag Race Thailand premiered on 15 February 2018, on LINE TV. The show was adapted from the American version RuPaul's Drag Race, with references and inclusion of RuPaul's music throughout the show. The winner of the first season was Natalia Pliacam, with B Ella winning Miss Congeniality.

Season 2[edit]

Season 2 winner Angele Anang

A casting announcement for season two was announced on 4 March 2018.[6] A casting commercial was shown on September 13, 2018, and stated any genders were allowed to apply, as well as non-Thai citizens. The show premiered on 11 January 2019.[7] The winner of the second season was Angele Anang, with Maya B'Haro winning Miss Congeniality.

Season 3[edit]

In July 2021, Piyarat Kaljaruek, Vice-President of the Kantana Group, announced on social media that Drag Race Thailand would be returning for a third season in 2022 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Kantana Group.[8]


  1. ^ "Bangkok queen Pangina Heals will be hosting Drag Race Thailand". Gay Times. 17 January 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  2. ^ Villarreal, Daniel (23 January 2018). "Pangina Heals of 'Drag Race Thailand': 'There's One Big Difference Between Me and Michelle Visage'". Hornet Stories. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  3. ^ Stein, Matthew (25 February 2017). "Meet the RuPaul of Thailand". OZY. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  4. ^ Sargeant, Chloe (18 January 2018). "Meet Art Arya & Pangina Heals, the fierce queens hosting 'Drag Race Thailand'". SBS Sexuality. Special Broadcasting Service (Australia). Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  5. ^ Sargeant, Chloe (18 January 2018). "Meet Art Arya & Pangina Heals, the fierce queens hosting 'Drag Race Thailand'". SBS. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  6. ^ @DragRaceTH (4 March 2018). "ควีนที่คันไม้คันมือและพร้อมที่จะเผยตัวตนใน #DragRaceTH SS2 อ่านตรงนี้
    โชว์ความสามารถของคุณให้น่าประทับใจที่สุด ภายในเวลาไม่เกิน 15 นาที
    ไม่ว่าจะเป็น Skills แต่งหน้าทำผม, ทำชุด หรือทำโชว์
    ไอเดียใครเจ๋ง จะได้เข้าสู่รอบต่อไป
    ส่งคลิปมาที่ dragracethailand@kantana.co.th ถึง 5 เม.ย."
     (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ "Drag Race Thailand on Instagram: "ถ้าคุณคิดว่ามีคุณสมบัติพร้อม จะรออะไร จิกวิก เปิดกรุเครื่องสำอาง สะบัดชายผ้าแล้วเข้ามาสมัครออดิชั่นกันกับ Drag Race Thailand Season 7 -…"". Instagram. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  8. ^ @tae_kantana (16 July 2021). "Unofficial Soft Launch Trailer
    THE 70th ANNIVERSARY OF @kantanagroup public company Limited 🇹🇭 . . . ปล่อยให้ชมกันคลายเครียด ทำYear Campaign กันไปยาวๆ รวม Fashion / Lifestyle ทุกเพศทุกวัย The Face Thailand @thefacethailand season 9 และ 10 รวม Drag Race 3 @dragracethailand และ @et_thailand ขอระดมทุน 200 ล้านสำหรับปีหน้า2022 ผู้มีวิษัยทัศนคติดี และมีความมั่นใจกล้หาญ ลงทุน จะ ผลาญเงินอย่างมีประโยชน์ประสิทธิภาพสูงสุด รับปะกันคุณภาพมาแล้ว 10ปี ติดต่อ มา หา เรา ได้เลย @kantanagroup 🇹🇭 #OnceYouGoPerry #IgSeries @perry_kantana @tae_kantana 🇹🇭 #KLs"
     – via Instagram.

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