TV host Kaladkaren and Filipino-American celebrity Jiggly Caliente are joining "Drag Race Philippines" as permanent judges, bringing trans representation to the local adaptation of drag legend Ru Paul's hit reality show, producer World of Wonder said Wednesday.
They will join main host actor Paolo Ballesteros, who went viral worldwide for his makeup transformations on Instagram. "Drag Race Philippines" premieres on Aug. 17.
"Come thru, Judgey Judies!," said the show in its social media post introducing the two new judges Kaladkaren and Jiggly Caliente.
Kaladkaren rose to fame as the impersonator of news anchor Karen Davila. She has since hosted programs at ABS-CBN, Davila's home network.
Caliente has appeared in RuPaul's Drag Race season 4 and the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.
Drag Race Philippines is the latest international spinoff of the reality show franchise that features drag artists competing in different challenges.