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Szubanski adds colour to Broken Hill
Pic: supplied Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanksi has added some colour to the NSW outback while filming an episode in the new Network Ten star-search series I Will Survive.

Szubanksi joined cast and contestants - many of them in drag - on Thursday in the dusty town of Broken Hill, which featured in the film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Szubanksi appeared in her role as guest judge. The show's permanent judges are Jason Donovan and Stephan Elliott, who wrote and directed the hit Priscilla film.

I Will Survive will give an Aussie male all-round singer, actor and dancer his big break.

Szubanski, known for her role in Kath & Kim, reportedly offered the all-male troupe a comedy lesson.

The gay comedienne said the show's quality mix of talent - from straight married dads to musical-theatre regulars - is sure to get the big laughs.

"What people will love about this show is the entertainment factor - the gays know how to put on a show," Szubanski told News Ltd newspapers.

The locals at Broken Hill's Palace Hotel reportedly witnessed a glitter-ball, high-heels and costume spectacle when I Will Survive took over the hotel on Thursday.

Contestants are tested in solo and group performances as well as in choreography, acting and vocal workshops in a search for the next triple-threat star.

Broken Hill, which Szubanski has nicknamed "Broken Heels", is not the only town to be taken over by the crew of I Will Survive. They've also been to Cobar and Dubbo, and are slowing heading toward Alice Springs for the finale.

The last man singing will win $250,000 plus the opportunity to appear on Broadway.

I Will Survive, which is being hosted by Hugh Sheridan, will screen later this year.

Other guest judges have included Red Dog's Rachael Taylor and Offspring's Asher Keddie.