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White Lotus' Paola Camilli To Judge Fierce Queens On Drag Race Italia

White Lotus' Paola Camilli To Judge Fierce Queens On Drag Race Italia

Paolo Camilli (L) and Paola Iezzi (R)
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Actor Paolo Camilli and pop star Paola Iezzi chat about becoming judges on the Italian version of Drag Race.

A Drag Race and White Lotuscrossover? Yes, please!

White Lotus season 2 star Paolo Camilli is living out his fanboy dream by becoming a judge on the upcoming third season of Drag Race Italia alongside Italian pop singer Paola Iezzi. The pair will be joining returning judges Priscilla and actor Chiara Francini.

Camilli, who made it big playing Hugo on the last season of White Lotus, is admittedly nervous about being on the show, “As a fan of the show turned judge, I have butterflies in my stomach like when you're at a concert of your favorite singer and, among all the people, they hand you the microphone to sing the chorus of the song (if I go off-key, please be forgiving!).”

He went on to talk about how important shows like Drag Race are, especially now that LGBTQ+ rights are under constant attack across the globe, “Now, more than ever, Drag Race is a necessary show, capable of fully representing who I am and what I do: telling the story of authenticity with lightness. I can't wait to get started!"

Singer lezzi, part of the chart-topping pop duo Paola & Chiara, shared that she is “thrilled” to join the judging panel on a show that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community.

“It's my first time as a judge on a TV show,” she explained. “How thrilled I am that it's for Drag Race Italia, a show that I love and of which I am first and foremost a fan, thanks to the strong bond I've always had with the LGBTQI+ and drag community.”

The star continued, saying, “I adore their depth, which stems from the concepts of change, and self-transformation, as well as their artistic expression, irony, enthusiasm, and attention to detail. The excitement is truly overwhelming, and I feel the responsibility to fulfill my role to the best of my abilities. I am certain it will be another marvelous adventure."

Season three of Drag Race Italia will stream on World of Wonder’s streaming service WOW Presents Plus in the US.

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Ariel Messman-Rucker is an Oakland-born journalist who now calls the Pacific Northwest her home. When she’s not writing about politics and queer pop culture, she can be found reading, hiking, or talking about horror movies with the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network.

Ariel Messman-Rucker is an Oakland-born journalist who now calls the Pacific Northwest her home. When she’s not writing about politics and queer pop culture, she can be found reading, hiking, or talking about horror movies with the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network.