a half-hearted French version

a half-hearted French version


After Thailand (2018), the United Kingdom (2019), Canada and the Netherlands (2020), then Australia (2021), it is Spain, Italy and France – shortly before the Philippines, Belgium and Sweden – which have, in turn, launched their national version of the multi-award-winning North American parent show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, named after its creator, RuPaul Charles, which premiered in 2009.

France.tv Slash broadcasts every Thursday, at 8 p.m., one of the eight episodes of this French season, repeated every Saturday, at the very end of the evening, on France 2. An opportunity to inquire about the conditions under which the producer of the original program, World of Wonder (WOW), granted the adaptation rights to EndemolShine France and Shake Shake Shake, represented by Nicolas Missoffe and Raphaël Cioffi respectively.

“When I discovered ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, five or six years ago, I wanted to adapt it”, remembers Raphaël Cioffi, author for “Catherine and Liliane” and “Le Grand Journal” on Canal+, or the Fashion Freak Show by Jean Paul Gaultier at the Folies-Bergère. “We spoke there like my friends from the LGBTQ+ community. »

“Versailles-style moldings”

As he contacts WOW, before the international versions have yet seen the light of day, the reports are excellent: “France benefits from a very strong sympathy capital and reputation, so that Fenton Bailey, the co-founder of WOW, placed great trust in us from the outset”, assures Mr. Cioffi, who then joins forces with Nicolas Missoffe.

Nicolas Missoffe: “We received a bible of more than a hundred pages of technical and artistic recommendations”

“We received a bible of more than a hundred pages of technical and artistic recommendations, where we made our choices in complete freedom, says Mr. Missoffe. With a key idea: it was necessary that the public, which far exceeds France, thanks to the platform of videos on demand WowPresentsPlus, immediately understand that it is about “Drag Race” and that we are in France. »

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Thus an Eiffel Tower spans the entrance to the workshop where the candidates prepare (in the Netherlands, these are the blades of a windmill!) and where one notices “Versailles-style parquet and moldings, another French nod to “queens”…”, adds Mr. Cioffi. Fenton Bailey visited the set of the first episode: “He immediately understood that the ‘fan base’ would not be disappointed and would recognize the show’s DNA. He even let us modify the original logo! », says Missoffe.

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