Jazell Barbie Royale joins season 2 of ‘Queen of the Universe’

(Photo by Joel Palmer, Courtesy Paramount+)

ORLANDO | Central Florida’s own Jazell Barbie Royale has joined the second season cast of “Queen of the Universe,” a drag vocal competition that airs on Paramount+.

The show is produced by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” production company World of Wonder, MTV Entertainment Studios and Mama Ru herself, RuPaul.

This season will see 10 queens from around the world compete for a cash prize of $250,000. Royale will be joined on the cast by one other U.S. queen, Militia Scunt. The rest of the cast will be Aura Eternal from Italy, Chloe V from Brazil, Love Masisi from the Netherlands, Maxie from the Philippines, Miss Sistrata from Israel, Taiga Brava from Mexico, Trevor Ashley from Australia and Viola from the U.K.

QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE: (L-R): Contestants Chloe V, Maxie, Viola, Aura Eternal, Love Masisi, Jazell Royale, Taiga Brava, Trevor Ashley, Militia Scunt and Miss Sistrata in season 2 of “Queen of the Universe,” streaming on Paramount+. (Photo courtesy Paramount+)

Trixie Mattel, Michelle Visage and Vanessa Williams will return as judges for the second season. Scary Spice herself, Mel B will join as the show’s fourth judge replacing season one judge Leona Lewis. Graham Norton is returning as well to host.

Royale is a pageant queen who is no stranger to winning in competitions. She won Miss International Queen in 2019, the same year she was one of Watermark’s Most Remarkable People.

Royale’s win as Miss International Queen was noteworthy, as the U.S. had only won the international pageant once prior, back in 2005. She became the first black transgender woman to win the pageant. Following her win, she continued to use her platform to spread awareness for trans issues and HIV awareness.

The show’s official bio for Royale reads that she “is more than just a gorgeous face and an award-winning pageant queen, and the time is now for her star to shine. She may be known in the U.S.A. for her many titles and viral videos, but she hopes that the Queen of the Universe stage will allow her to be remembered for her biggest asset: her voice!”

“Queens of the Universe” season two premieres on Paramount+ March 31.

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