Pink Lemonade: RuPaul's Drag Race UK Spills The Tea

Pink Lemonade: RuPaul's Drag Race UK Spills The Tea

From BBC Three

Everything you need to know ahead of the UK season launch. All the most gag-worthy details about the UK version of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
by Harvey Day 
22 August 2019
For a decade, RuPaul’s Drag Race has entertained fans around the world with its spectacular mix of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent - and it’s introduced us to more than a hundred all-singing, all-dancing, hilarious drag queens.
The US queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race have gone on to tour the world and launch incredible careers of their own - including former contestants, Shangela and Willam, who made star turns alongside Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in 2018’s smash hit movie A Star Is Born.

And now the US programme - hosted by legendary drag performer RuPaul - is coming to the UK. Here’s everything you need to know about it...

When will RuPaul's Drag Race UK be shown?

The BBC Three show will air eight episodes, beginning on 3 October 2019 at 8pm.

How can you watch RuPaul's Drag Race UK?

You’ll be able to watch the show on BBC iPlayer.

Who will the judges on RuPaul's Drag Race UK be?

On the judges’ panel, Ru will be joined by his longtime TV partner Michelle Visage.

“We've been working tirelessly to bring the magic of RuPaul's Drag Race to my favourite city in the world: London!” Visage, who is also starring in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, said. “I know the UK has a wealth of talent to offer and I'm thrilled beyond belief to see these queens battle it out on the main stage, UK-style! GOD SAVE THE QUEENS!”

Joining Ru and Michelle will be Brit TV hosts Graham Norton and Alan Carr, who will rotate as regular judges


"I was both shocked and delighted when Graham and Alan told me they’d be wearing tucking panties when sitting at the judges' table,” Ru said. “I told them it was not necessary, but they insisted. Now that’s what I call dedication!"

And just like the US show, the regular judges will be joined each week by special celebrity guest judges including Andrew Garfield, Michaela Coel, Dame Twiggy, Cheryl, Maisie Williams, Geri Horner and Jade Thirlwall.

Meanwhile, musician MNEK, Strictly’s AJ Pritchard and his brother, Love Islander Curtis, have been announced as Drag Race superstar coaches.

Who are the queens on RuPaul's Drag Race UK?

What is the format of RuPaul's Drag Race UK?

The format of the show will closely follow the US version where contestants will compete in light-hearted mini challenges that test a specific drag queen skill - like make-up design or ‘reading’ (pointing out someone's flaws) - before taking on the Maxi Challenge. This is the headline moment of each show where the queens may be required to perform, model in a photo shoot or prepare a runway look for a themed challenge before having to face the judges, with one queen each week eliminated and asked to “Sashay Away”.

Will there be a Snatch Game on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK?

One of the highlights of each season is the Snatch Game - where queens choose a famous person to impersonate in a spoof of the classic TV show Match Game - known as Blankety Blank in the UK. This tradition, which has seen queens in the US impersonate Whoopi Goldberg, Melania Trump and Dame Maggie Smith, will continue with the UK version of the programme, with Lorraine Kelly and Stacey Dooley as celebrity guests.

When will we get our first look at the show?

Where can I find more information about RuPaul's Drag Race UK?

You can keep up to date with RuPaul’s Drag Race UK information on this page, the show's programme page, or on the show’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.