Fred van Leer himself has the experience required to perform as a drag queen, but a participation in Drag Race Holland – that he presents himself is beyond his hat. The assignments that the candidates must carry out to become the new drag superstar are too difficult for him, says Van Leer in a conversation with NU.nl.
“These girls have to emulate, dance, act, perform creative missions, be fun, walk the catwalk, you name it,” says Van Leer. “I can go pretty well and joke. But what they all have to do … I could not do it. Fortunately, I can play my role as Mother Superior.”
Van Leer takes over the presentation of the Dutch version of RuPaul̵
“I deliberately did not go back to the sections because then you will adopt these ways and I want to do it my way. It is logical that comparisons will be made or that people do not like my appearance or my presentation bad. I do not care. I also give it to these girls. Focus especially on the love you get and try to ignore the hatred. “
‘The Dutch role is even more varied’
Although queens Janey Jacké and ChelseaBoy – after watching all the American seasons – with their participation in Drag Race Holland Given that their dream came true, there were still some obstacles to overcome.
“I kicked myself in the ass because I was not sure if I dared. You know you sign up for something that will give you many surprises, but I just had to do it,” said ChelseaBoy.
The drag queens not only had to prepare for reactions via social media but are also judged by a jury consisting of Van Leer, Nikkie Plessen and various guest judges.
Drag Queen Janey Jacké participates in Drag Race Holland. (Photo: RTL)
‘Beautiful representation of features in the Netherlands’
“It’s hard to be critical of something you are so proud of and support 100 percent,” admits Jacké. “It can be confrontational, but it’s important to reflect and filter feedback to help you move forward.”
The drag queens are full of praise for each other. “The Dutch role is a little more varied than what we have seen in the program so far,” said ChelseaBoy. “It is a beautiful representation of traits in the Netherlands. We have a lot of respect for each other and want to convey that we are all a family and do it together.”
‘Not men in dresses, but artists’
Van Leer hopes that the Dutch public will realize that drag queens are not just men in dresses but artists and performers. If only a person who was first disgusted by a man in a dress after seeing Drag Race Holland think it’s special, it’s an advantage for me. These girls often have a backpack with misery and sorrow and we also tell that story. It is a rich program that is about connection and inclusion. “
The phenomenon RuPaul’s Drag Race, which has been running for twelve seasons, has a large international fan base that is also eagerly looking forward to the Dutch version. Participants have received many messages from social media from around the world since the announcement.
Drag Queen ChelseaBoy participates in Drag Race Holland. (Photo: RTL)
‘It will provide fun memes and gifs’
The series is also translated into Spanish, French and English so that international fans can follow the program. “I think this will be interesting for them. We are a small country with a crazy language and our own phrases. It will at least give funny memes and gifs”, Jacké predicts. ChelseaBoy: “I can not wait to hear that they also shout ‘Joe your girlfriend’ to each other in the Philippines.”
Drag Race Holland can be seen every Friday on Videoland from 18 September.