Michelle: One thing I have learnt from the Australasian queens I've spoken to is that parents here tend to accept their queer children more. A lot of these kids' mothers have gone to their shows and have helped them get into drag. It seems to be a more loving and welcoming culture here.
Rhys: I learnt that lighting is everything! Completely selfishly, the only reason I did season two is because if you look at season one, I'm never in my right light. I clearly had no idea how to be on television and was always leaning over because I was so excited to be there!
Rhys: Meeting Ru! When the lights went on the first time and I saw Ru standing on the top of the runway, that was maybe the most full-on thing I've ever seen in my life. Then the girls were all lined up and I was like, "This is going to be a fk-off season!" Michelle:** Definitely episode one when those queens took the stage. It's a smaller stage and a smaller studio, but one thing that was not small was their hearts, their love, their dedication and their excitement. It was an amazing feeling.
Michelle: We love New Zealand! It's a bucket-list place for everybody I talk to and when you live here, you don't quite realise how special it is. This place is magical, and the people are wonderful, loving, kind and sweet. I love being on the water and I love the beaches, particularly Kohimarama – it's just beautiful. We went to Hobbiton, Waiheke Island and Devonport, which was very quaint and old-fashioned, like Martha's Vineyard in America. I loved it all!
Rhys: I am also obsessed with New Zealand, deeply so. I've been coming here for years and I don't know why more Australians don't. But then maybe we should keep that to ourselves, otherwise they'll start coming over and ruin it!
Michelle: Yes! There's one that confused both Ru and me. We were in a store and somebody said, "Sweet as!" And Ru was like, "Did he just say I have a sweet ass?" We were cracking up and I said, "No, I think it was 'sweet as', like 'sweet as f**k'." So that's something new and cute that I'll bring back to America.
Rhys: Dolly Parton seems like an obvious choice and Jacinda Ardern. I mean, she's been a little busy the past couple of years. Also, we had Taika Waititi on the first season via video link, but having him in the room would be amazing. Mainly I just want to meet Taika!
Michelle: Madonna, but everyone knows that! And Rhys is right – we've always wanted Dolly. Also, I'd love to have Kylie Minogue sitting there in person. And I'd like Kath and Kim there in character.
Michelle: It's fantastic. I mean, you think of Priscilla and you think of Australia – it's very camp.
Rhys: Aussie and Kiwi drag can be real rough and tough, but that's how I like it. We're not obsessed with turning a look and doing a perfect Beyoncé lip sync – we're about authenticity and I'm obsessed with it.
Rhys: The show this year is so full of bloody drama in a great way. I'm really excited for people to watch it and get to know the girls.