Bindi and Robert Irwin announce surprise TV appearance: 'Can't wait'

Following their appearance on Celebrity Gogglebox earlier this year, siblings Bindi and Robert Irwin have surprised fans and revealed their next major TV gig.

The Wildlife Warriors announced on Tuesday morning that they will be featured as celebrity guest judges in the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, which premieres this Saturday.

Bindi and Robert Irwin on RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under.
Bindi and Robert Irwin will appear as celebrity guest judges on the first episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under season two. Photo: Supplied

“How could we not be involved in a show as fun and iconic as RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under?!” the duo said in a statement from Stan.

“We’re big fans and were chuffed to help kick off the new season, especially after Art Simone's hilarious Snatch Game impersonation last year! We can't wait to see how all our Down Under kanga-rus go this season.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, the Irwins will join RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Rhys Nicholson on the judging panel for episode one.


Meanwhile, New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless, best known for her role as Xena: Warrior Princess, is confirmed to appear in-person for episode two,

“I absolutely loved being part of the new season of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under and can't believe I got to sit beside RuPaul, Michelle and Rhys!” she said.

“Of course I know a thing or two about being a warrior princess but these new queens are absolutely next level. So fierce and so fabulous, I was in complete awe and am really looking forward to seeing how they all go!”

Last year’s season of the reality competition featured a number of iconic guest judges both in-person and via video link, including Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, Taika Waititi, The Veronicas and Troye Sivan.

Lucy Lawless on RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under.
Lucy Lawless is also confirmed to appear on the judging panel alongside RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Rhys Nicholson. Photo: Supplied

‘A bit rough and ready’

The news about season two comes shortly after Rhys Nicholson spoke with Yahoo Lifestyle about this year’s contestants and what fans can expect on the show.

“I think what's great about this year is that the queens that we have, they're not the most famous queens yet and they’re not the most established queens that we have in our two countries,” he shared.

“So they're a little bit - and I mean this in a very loving and respectful way - some of them are like, rough, and that's what we do in Australia and New Zealand. Down Under drag is a bit rough and ready, so I'm very excited for people to get to meet them.”

Chatting about his style of judging alongside RuPaul and Michelle, Rhys compared himself to Paula Abdul on American Idol.

“I'm deeply obsessed with drag,” he said. “And so I kind of think of myself as like the Paula Abdul of the group in that I'm not going to say anything mean.

“I'm going to maybe be a bit catty about things but I'm never going to mention like, ‘That eye isn’t right’. I made a choice pretty early on that I'm never going to give the type of feedback that’s structural or gown-based - unless it's like, ‘That doesn't fit you, why are you wearing that?’.”

The brand new season of the Stan Original Series RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under premieres Saturday July 30.

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