THIS LINE-UP! GAGGED.
MNEK, AJ Pritchard and Curtis Pritchard have been announced as guest judges for Drag Race UK.
They will join RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and Graham Norton on the judging panel alongside Cheryl, Maisie Williams, Geri Halliwell, Andrew Garfield, Michaela Coel, Jade Thirwall and Twiggy.
“I had so much fun working with the queens on Drag Race UK!” said MNEK. “The public is in for a real treat.”
AJ also said in a statement: “I am such a fan of RuPaul and was honoured to be asked to work on the UK show. We had an amazing time working with the queens and cannot wait for you to see the performance.”
His brother Curtis, who is currently starring on Love Island, commented: “I jump at the chance of working with my brother anytime anything together comes up, so doing that and being asked to be part of something so iconic was a yes from me!”
Drag Race UK will run for eight episodes and will feature ten queens. It will premiere later this year.
Earlier this year, Mama Ru teased there’ll be many more seasons of the British spin-off heading our way in the coming years.
“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 added: “There’s an English-ness, a British-ness about it, you can feel it. And I think that’s giving it a different life, and a charm that the American one doesn’t have.”