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Last night, the quest to find the UK's first Drag Superstar edged ever closer, as RuPaul crowned her Drag Ambassador for the UK: The Vivienne.
— truTV UK (@truTVUK) May 28, 2015
Vivienne's crowning, which saw fierce competition from some of the UK's most talented queens, marked the launch of RuPaul's Drag Race on truTV, the network that owns the UK broadcast rights for Drag Race.
As part of her duties in the newly-minted role of UK Drag Ambassador, Vivienne will work closely with truTV on a series of vlogs that will accompany episodes of Drag Race as they air. She will also fly to Los Angeles to visit the set of the Drag Race US season 8, currently in pre-production.
Interest in a British spinoff of Drag Race has gained momentum in recent years, with chat show host Jonathan Ross having bought the rights to produce and potentially front a UK version of the show. Ross, who sat on the judging panel that crowned Vivienne, along with reality star Katie Price and RuPaul himself, had reportedly been working on a UK version with DJ and drag queen Jodie Harsh, but plans ultimately stalled last year.
However, Michelle Visage gave hints that she wants to be involved when the day comes for Great Britain to crown a drag superstar, and that fans of the show won't be satisfied unless she and RuPaul appear back on the judging panel:
"‘I think it has to be you, me and a Brit, obviously. And then take it from there. [The British public] are going to want the real deal. They want you there. They want me there.’"
Congratulations Vivienne! Shante, you stay.
— TheVivienne (@THEVIVIENNEUK) May 29, 2015