We are winding down on the 11th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and people have their complaints. But never fear, another Drag Race is coming.
Having already launched Drag Race Thailand, which this year crowned the franchise’s first trans winner, the team is readying the launch of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. Initially announced in December, the series will be the first outside of the US to have Ru as host — likely due to the lack of a language barrier. Here, we wade through all the leaks and chatter to give you the information you need to know.
Who is judging?
As we all know, Drag Race US hosts Ru and Michelle Visage as permanent judges with Ross Mathews and Carson Kressley rotating. Then there’s the celebrity guests who rotate in and out every week. In Thailand, Art Arya and Pangina Heals are co-hosts and all of the others change frequently. But what about the UK?
With Ru and Visage again installed as the pillars of the panel, Alan Carr and Graham Norton will take on the spots of Mathews and Kressley, alternating from week to week. Guest judges haven’t been officially announced but a few have leaked out. UK singer Cheryl will make an appearance on the show as confirmed by the singer herself on July 17.
"I am such a huge fan of the show and can not wait to watch our UK queens make their mark," she tweeted.Andrew Garfield and noted Spice Girl Geri Horner will appear as well. Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall has been roped into the panel. While making an appearance on The Late Late Show, Ru offered a slot to James Corden.
On May 20, BBC Three confirmed that Maisie Williams, known to many as Arya Stark from Game of Thrones, would appear as a guest judge. "What I love most about drag is the story of the drag queen behind the facade," she said in a statement. "I think that so much of drag comes form a place of real pain and seeing how that traforms into a character is so interesting to me. I love that abotu art and about drag."
When and where to watch?
The show began filming March 1. In fact, fans have speculated that a video message from the reigning queen of drag sent to Drag Race Thailand was created during that production, on the set of the upcoming UK series. Sadly, there have been no definitive details on when the show will debut, except to say that it’s out this year.
The series, which will run for eight 60 minute episodes and feature 10 queens, will air on BBC Three. When we reached out to ask World of Wonder, which produces both the UK and US versions of the show, whether it will air in the US, they said nothing had been announced yet. At the very least, we expect it’ll be on WOW Presents Plus months after its on television.
Is this going to be a “one-off special?”
Not if mama Ru has anything to say about it. “Oh my goodness, when they see this show, they are going to flip,” Ru said on a recent episode of What’s the Tee?. “And I predict we will be doing this English edition of Drag Race for many years to come.” We would not be surprised if there’s a DragCon UK to go along with it!
And what about the queens?
Well, you know Ru isn’t going to let it out that fast!