BBC Three has revealed an insane line-up of guest stars for the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
Alongside the previously announced Hannah Waddingham, the panel will also see the debuts of British icons such as Dame Joanna Lumley, Alison Hammond, Boy George, Lorraine Pascale, Mel B, Leomie Anderson, Olly Alexander and FKA Twigs.
According to the official Twitter account for Drag Race UK, Strictly Come Dancing hosts Tess Daly and AJ Odudu will “offer up their best blankety blanks” in the Snatch Game, while Strictly dancer Giovanni Pernice puts the queens “through their paces” for an all-singing, all-dancing challenge.
Irish comedian Aisling Bea “drops by to bring some comedy to the competition” and legendary singer-songwriter Cathy Dennis provides the contestants with “a songwriting masterclass”.
“That’s all of our news for today!” tweeted the account. “Keep those eyes peeled for more announcements… very soon!”
Fans celebrated the “top tier” guest judges, with one joking that “gays can now rest for a thousand years” with the inclusion of Absolutely Fabulous icon Joanna Lumley.
“I sense some basements may flood!” another correctly tweeted.
Joanna Lumley made it. Gays can now rest for a thousand years.
— 🆒🔝 (@masc4mascara) August 31, 2022
I sense some basements may flood!!
— Looby🇪🇺💙 (@_LoobyLou72) August 31, 2022
Some fab choices! But not having Alesha Dixon on again after the performance she gave on that panel is ABSURD😭
— Caoimhin (@dragmetofilth) August 31, 2022
Alison! Joanna! Twigs! Olly! We won
— BEN ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ (@schmidty_3435) August 31, 2022
Absolute top tier judges!!! Brava to team, brava.
— Laura Hoole (She/Her) 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 Ally (@Hoolie206) August 31, 2022
— joe (@tobeyfaguire) August 31, 2022
FKA twigs thank god!!! 😭💕💕💕 pic.twitter.com/WJdxw89ZTg
— lukaaaasss (@iamluckylukas) August 31, 2022
— RusselExplores (@RusseldeLaraRN) August 31, 2022
Oh this is a good line up of judges
— Tiney (@SableTinex) August 31, 2022
OLLY ALEXANDER OH NY GODDDDDDDDDD
— mia ♡s olly 🧜♂️ (@ollyloml) August 31, 2022
Drag Race UK season four will see the return of RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr as regular panellists.
Back in June, Norton told GAY TIMES that the new season is “really impressive” and boasts “some of the best queens we’ve ever seen”.
Although the presenter was unable to divulge much about the new season because he’s “totally under oath”, he described it as a “post-COVID season”.
“It was very hard for the [season three] queens in COVID because they weren’t making any money and lots of the dressmakers had stopped working,” teased Graham. “I think it was really hard during COVID, so this is definitely a post-COVID season and it’s great. You can look forward to it. You don’t need to worry!”
With the first and third seasons premiering in the last quarter, expect season four to sashay onto our screens in the next couple of months.