It’s time to dust off your hip pads and iron your girdle, because RuPaul’s Drag Race is FINALLY coming to the UK!
creators World Of Wonder confirmed the incredible news a while back on Twitter: “Hey, UK, we're comin' your way!
RuPaul's Drag Race UK
coming to @bbcthree next year.”
Mama Ru issued a statement, saying: “I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens.
“And before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a 'Royal-Mother-To-Be' runway challenge.”
Wait… is Ru being serious?
RuPaul's Drag Race UK judges
It's been announced that Cheryl will be a guest judge on the UK series of RuPaul's Drag Race.
We have some huge news to announce! The queen of Newcastle herself, @CherylOfficial , will be on #DragRaceUK as a guest judge. @BBCThree 's RuPaul's #DragRaceUK will be on iPlayer very soon! pic.twitter.com/aMfojSec2r— RuPaul's Drag Race UK (@dragraceukbbc) July 17, 2019
I am SO excited to tell you that I will be a guest judge on the first ever series of @dragraceukbbc !! ...I am such a huge fan of the show and can not wait to watch our UK queens make their mark! Coming soon to @bbcthree Gentlemen Start your engines and may the best woman win!👸🏻 pic.twitter.com/09EyVu0jpv— Cheryl (@CherylOfficial) July 17, 2019
Listen up Queens, we have some more news to RUveal! The ICONIC legend that is Twiggy will be gracing us with her presence as a guest judge. @BBCThree 's RuPaul's #DragRaceUK will be on iPlayer very soon! pic.twitter.com/PNsrrY20AB— RuPaul's Drag Race UK (@dragraceukbbc) July 17, 2019
We also found our recently that Andrew Garfield is joining the gang!
"The creativity is always totally outside the box and it's one of the many reasons I watch and love this show," Andrew said of signing up
Chewing Gum's Michaela Coel is also getting involved. She said of being a guest judge: "I love that you have to dare, you have to dare and you have to drop all of your societal norms and restraints that you've been taught and you have to dare to embody something higher."
A while back, it was announced that Alan Carr and Graham Norton were judges too.
Graham said: "Becoming part of the Drag Race family makes me ridiculously happy! I can't wait to see what the UK drag queens bring to the party, but they better weeeeerk!"
Alan added: "Wow! To be sat next to Michelle Visage and Mama Ru as a guest judge on possibly one of my all-time favourite shows EVER is a dream come true. I can't wait to see what the UK queens have got in store – it's going to be sickening!"
There were rumours that a Spice Girl would be getting involved a while back...
And now it's been confirmed that Geri Halliwell will indeed be joining the judging panel!
Talking about her love of drag, Geri said: “I just love how drag encourages people to be exactly who they are. This show has brought so much joy and pride to people all over the world, I can’t wait for everyone to see the amazing queens representing the UK in this first ever series."
Another member of girlband royalty getting stuck in is Little's Mix's Jade Thirlwall. She said: “I love absolutely everything about drag. I love that it’s art. I love how fabulous it is, how fun it is, I love that you can transform your body into a fantastic beautiful woman... the whole thing! I just wish in my next life I can be a drag queen.”
And it was announced in mid-May that the Game Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams will be a judge too.
RuPaul's Drag Race UK start date
No word on when the show will air sadly.
RuPaul's Drag Race UK trailer
More bad news: we still don't have a trailer. But as soon as we do, you'll be able to watch it here.
Back when the UK version of the show was first announced, Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three, added: “Needless to say, we’re delighted that BBC Three will be the home of a new UK version of Drag Race.
“It is one of the biggest entertainment titles in the world and anticipation levels for a UK version have been at feverish levels. With heart, humour and the un-imitable RuPaul, Drag Race is going to take BBC Three to a whole new level.”
Hey, UK, we're comin' your way! 👑 RuPaul's Drag Race UK coming to @bbcthree next year. Check out the full deets now in @TheSun + stay tuned for more deets in the next 24 hours 😉 Tick tock, henny. https://t.co/XHXTFo1Xkq— World of Wonder (@WorldOfWonder) December 5, 2018
A source added to The Sun that the BBC is well chuffed to have the eight-part series for itself: "This is a massive coup for the Beeb as lots of other UK channels wanted this show. It will follow the exact same format as the American version with British twists and some famous guests.
"It will be filmed in London and casting directors will be searching for the best drag artists Britain has to offer - there'll be a huge budget for costumes and production and bosses are hoping that a star is born. It's really exciting for everyone involved and is expected to draw a lot of new fans to the franchise.
"RuPaul has a cult following so it's massive news."
So come on, Britain's best drag queens - we're counting on you to give Jinkx Monsoon, Adore Delano and Jujubee a run for their money.
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