Drag Race Holland

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Drag Race Holland

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Drag Race Holland
Drag Race Holland logo.png
Genre Reality competition
Created by RuPaul
Based on RuPaul's Drag Race
Presented by Fred van Leer
Judges Fred van Leer
Nikkie Plessen [nl]
Marieke Samallo
Opening theme RuPaul's Drag Race theme
Ending theme "A Little Bit of Love"
Country of origin Netherlands
Original language Dutch
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 16
Executive producers Vincent ter Voert, Gerard Martens, Valentijn Moerdijk, Josselien Meijs
Running time 50 minutes
Production companies World of Wonder
Vincent TV Producties NL
Original network Videoland (NL)
WOW Presents Plus (International)
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release 18 September 2020 –
External links

Drag Race Holland is a Dutch reality competition streaming television series based on the American RuPaul's Drag Race. The television series is produced by Vincent TV and World of Wonder. The show is the fifth international version of the Drag Race franchise to debut, after Drag Race Thailand, The Switch Drag Race (Chile), RuPaul's Drag Race UK and Canada's Drag Race. The show is broadcast on the Dutch platform Videoland, an online streaming service owned by RTL, and worldwide on WOW Presents Plus.[1]

The series premiered on 18 September 2020. [2] In 2021, Drag Race Holland was renewed for a second season.[3] To date, there have been two winners of the show: Envy Peru in season one[4] and Vanessa Van Cartier in season two.


Like the American version, instead of RuPaul, Fred has several roles within the show, acting as host and judge. As the host, Fred introduces guests, announces the challenges the queens will take part in each week, and reveals who will be leaving the competition. For his role as a judge he critiques the queens on their overall performance of the challenge. The show uses progressive elimination to reduce the number of drag queens in the competition from the initial field of ten contestants, down until the final three or four, who compete in the final challenge, and the final two lip-syncing for the crown. Each episode follows a format consisting of a mini challenge, a main challenge, a runway walk, the judging panel, a lip sync battle, and the elimination of a contestant.

Mini challenges

In mini challenges, each contestant is asked to perform a different task with varying requirements and time limitations. Certain mini challenges are repeated from the original American seasons. A recurring mini challenge is dedicated to "reading", a drag term for making insulting observations about others for comedic effect, inspired by Paris Is Burning. The winner of a mini challenge is sometimes rewarded with an advantage in the main challenge. Though most episodes have a mini challenge, select episodes do not.

Main challenges and runways

The requirements of the main challenge vary across each episode, and can be individual or group challenges. The winner of the main challenge also receives a prize for their win, for example a voucher or prize package.

The goal of each maxi challenge involves a new theme and outcome. A recurring main challenge is to design and construct a custom outfit, sometimes incorporating unconventional materials. Other challenges focus on the contestants' ability to present themselves on camera, perform with music, or perform humorously. Some challenges became a tradition across international seasons, such as the "Snatch Game", a ball or a makeover. The contestants walk down a runway presenting outfits. If the main challenge involves the creation of an outfit, that outfit is presented to the judges in the runway. Otherwise, a runway theme is assigned and the contestants must put together a look that fits the theme, which is presented to the judges. The runway looks and presentation are judged along with the maxi challenge performance.

Judging panel

Season 1's main judges
Fred van Leer
Nikkie Plessen

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

Fred van Leer acts as both the host and main judge, with Nikkie Plessen as supporting judge in the first season. In the second season, Marieke Samallo took over Nikkie Plessen's spot behind the judging table.[5]

Rotating judges in the first season were Sanne Wallis-de Vries [nl] and Claes Iversen [nl]. In the second season, these roles were taken over by Carlo Boszhard and Raven van Dorst [nl].[6][7]

Judges on Drag Race Holland
Judge Season
1 2
Fred van Leer Main
Nikkie Plessen [nl] Main
Marieke Samallo Main

Series overview

Series Premiere Date Finale Date Winner Runner(s)-up No. of contestants Winner's Prizes
1 18 September 2020 6 November 2020 Envy Peru Janey Jacké 10
  • A crown, sceptre and necklace by Fierce Drag Jewels
  • A cover shoot for Cosmopolitan magazine
  • A hand-made dress by Claes Iversen, worth €18,000
2 6 August 2021 24 September 2021 Vanessa Van Cartier My Little Puny 10
  • €15,000
  • A crown and sceptre by Fierce Drag Jewels
  • A stage on the 2022 edition of the Dutch Milkshake festival

Season 1 (2020)

The first season of Drag Race Holland began airing on 18 September 2020 on Videoland in the Netherlands and World of Wonder's WOW Presents Plus streaming service internationally, and ran for 8 episodes. The cast was announced on 7 September on YouTube. Envy Peru, Janey Jacké, Ma'Ma Queen and Miss Abby OMG made the final, with Envy Peru being crowned the First Dutch Drag Superstar.

Season 2 (2021)

The second season of Drag Race Holland was confirmed and casting was closed on 1 March 2021.[8] A trailer for the second season was uploaded to YouTube and social media on 9 July. The cast was officially announced on 27 July 2021.[9] The season started airing on 6 August and concluded on 24 September 2021. My Little Puny, Vanessa Van Cartier and Vivaldi made it to the finale, with Vanessa Van Cartier winning the season.[10]


There has been a total of 20 contestants featured in two seasons of Drag Race Holland so far with Envy Peru and Vanessa Van Cartier being crowned Holland's Next Drag Superstars.


  1. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (27 July 2020). "RuPaul's 'Drag Race' Set For Dutch Adaptation With RTL, Vincent TV". Variety. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  2. ^ Rudolph, Christopher (14 August 2020). "Here's When 'Drag Race Holland' Premieres in the U.S." NewNowNext. Logo TV. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  3. ^ Wehrstedt, Lisa (9 July 2021). "Drag Race Holland season 2 return date revealed". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  4. ^ Cook, Michael (26 November 2020). "'Drag Race Holland' Winner Envy Peru-"I Want To Show All Those Little Latino Boys That They Can Achieve Their Dreams"". Instinct. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Meet @mariekesamallo, @milkshakefestival creator/director and a permanent judge on the second season of #DragRaceHolland!". Instagram. 4 August 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Meet @carloboszhard, iconic Dutch TV presenter and a rotating judge on the second season of #DragRaceHolland!". Instagram. 4 August 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Meet @ravenvandorst, legendary Dutch musician, actor, and a rotating judge on the second season of #DragRaceHolland!". Instagram. 4 August 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Aanmelden Dragrace Holland". Vincent TV Producties (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Category is… Club Glamazon Meet your queens of #DragRaceHolland S2!". Twitter. 27 July 2021. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  10. ^ Opie, David (6 October 2021). "Drag Race Holland's Vanessa Van Cartier opens up about that herstory-making win". Digital Spy. Retrieved 12 October 2021.

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