RuPaul has revealed one of the challenges for Drag Race UK.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, the Emmy winner said the contestants will “give a performance inspired by the queen”.
Mama Ru wanted Meghan Markle to guest-judge for the episode, but she was unavailable because she was heavily pregnant at the time. RuPaul said “the invitation is open” for Meghan to appear on the second season.
“Meghan’s arrival in the royal family marks a whole new era,” he said. “I like the way she challenges the norm.”
Drag Race UK will premiere 3 October on BBC Three and iPlayer.
The queens competing for the title of the UK’s First Drag Superstar are as follows: Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, Cheryl Hole, Crystal, Divina De Campo, Gothy Kendoll, Scaredy Kat, Sum Ting Wong, Vinegar Strokes and The Vivienne.
Explaining what makes the new version different from the US original, Michelle Visage 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.”
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.
It will feature a star-studded line-up of celebrity guests such as Lorraine Kelly, Stacey Dooley, Cheryl, Maisie Williams, Geri Halliwell, Andrew Garfield, Michaela Coel, Jade Thirwall, Twiggy, MNEK, Curtis Pritchard and AJ Pritchard.