Lads, start your engines!
BBC Three have unveiled the first gag-worthy promo image of RuPaul alongside the official start date of Drag Race UK. The highly-anticipated British spin-off will air 3 October at 8pm and will also be available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
The official Twitter page for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK wrote: “We are sick to death of you children asking when the show is coming, quite frankly I came here to have a good time and I’m feeling very attacked right now.”
It was accompanied by a video of Mama in a sickening red dress – watch below.
The queens for the long-awaited debut season of Drag Race UK as follows: Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, Cheryl Hole, Crystal, Divina De Campo, Gothy Kendoll, Scaredy Kat, Sum Ting Wong, Vinegar Strokes and The Vivienne.
RuPaul will return as host and main judge alongside best squirrel friend Michelle Visage, as well as newcomers Alan Carr and Graham Norton, who will rotate every episode like Ross Matthews and Carsson Kressley on the American original.
Lorraine Kelly, Stacey Dooley, Cheryl, Maisie Williams, Geri Halliwell, Andrew Garfield, Michaela Coel, Jade Thirwall, Twiggy, MNEK, Curtis Pritchard and AJ Pritchard have all been announced as guest judges for the series.
“Oh my goodness, when they see this show, they are going to flip. And I predict that we will be doing this English edition of Drag Race for many years to come,” RuPaul said of the show’s future.
“I think also, audiences around the world are going to start to require the English version, because it’s different, it’s the same but it’s different. There’s a different tone.”
Explaining what makes the new version different from the American original, Michelle told us: “The kids are all from the UK and the talent and the things that we do are very British, we’re not there to make it American, otherwise we’d do it in America.
“It’s very American to do the looks, but very British to put performance first, and I celebrate that, being an old school girl myself. I’m really excited for the world to see what they have to offer.
“I think it’s going to be huge and I’m telling you, this show is going to be on for years.”
It will be the first time an iteration of Drag Race, led by RuPaul, will premiere outside of the United States, so naturally, there’s been worry amongst US Drag Race fans as to how they can tune in.
But don’t fret, Drag Race UK will be available to stream in the Unites States and Australia on WOW Presents Plus. The streaming platform allows users across the world to sign up for $3.99 a month after a 30-day free trial.
However, you might want to stick around on the platform because it also has all eleven seasons of Drag Race, four seasons of Untucked, as well as YouTube series from stars such as Trixie Mattel, Katya, Alyssa Edwards and Jinkx Monsoon.