Lads, start your engines…
For eleven seasons (and four versions of All Stars) millions of people across the world have watched over a hundred queens compete to be America’s Next Drag Superstar.
But now, with a UK Drag Race scheduled to air on BBC Three in 2019, it’s time for some English Breakfast Tea to be spilt…
“I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens,” RuPaul said.
“And before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a ‘Royal-Mother-To-Be’ runway challenge.”
In anticipation, we’ve compiled a list of our dream Drag Race UK cast. Take a look below, and let us know if we’ve missed any of your favourite queens!
Baga Chipz (Leo Lauren)
Self-described as an “elegant trollope” and “Queen of the Battered Sausage”, Baga Chipz is a legend in the UK drag scene. The performer is best known for appearing on Drag Queens of London and for her regular role as a Porn Idol judge at Heaven. Like any sane person, she bases her act on strong working class women on Coronation Street.
Cara Melle (Sterling Butler)
The “sweet, salty and sticky” Cara Melle is a London based queen who hails from Atlanta, Georgia. She’s a rapper, singer, and a high-energy performer, so she’d provide us with life if she landed in the bottom two. Yes, life! Cara Melle often performs with her drag sister and bff, Tayce, who also appears on this list. Trust us when we say they are a force to be reckoned with.
Charity Kase (Harry Whitfield)
Charity Kase is one of the most outlandish, terrifying queens we’ve ever seen. Honestly. We let out a tiny squeal as she minced past us at DragWorld last year. She showed off her crazy, high concept looks in 2017 when she posted 365 days of drag on Instagram, which included looks such as: Rotten Ronalds Mcmonster, Gretchen Grundler, Decapitated Nun and A Girl With a Pearl Necklace. Check them out, they’re insane.
Cheddar Gorgeous (Michael Atkins)
Manchester based performer Cheddar Gorgeous has garnered over 85k followers on Instagram because of her androgynous, avant-garde aesthetic. She describes herself as a “unicorn, alien, and idealist”, and originally trained to be a social worker. Cheddar – real name Michael Atkins – went on to take an MA in visual anthropology, and has been a drag queen since 2010.
Cheryl Hole began her drag career when she competed in Not Another Drag Competition back in 2016. She’s influenced by Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and describes herself as the “Gemma Collins of drag”. We saw her perform at DragWorld last year, and trust us when we say this queen can command a stage.
FKA has only been doing drag for two years, but is making waves in the community for being outspoken in regards to how queens of colour are treated by fans and promoters. In the October issue of Gay Times, she told us: “I think I work as hard as I do because I want my black and brown sisters to see that world domination is in fact a possibility.”
Professional dancer Freida Slaves is inspired by industry women with complex choreography, such as Janet Jackson, Madonna, Paula Abdul and Beyonce. She only started drag two years ago, but that didn’t stop Shangela or Valentina from making an impression, did it? Freida makes her own wigs, she makes her own costumes, and honey, she can perform. Top three? Probably.
Herr’s performances often incorporate pop culture references such as American Horror Story, Harry Potter and Girls Aloud, and her skills led to her winning Not Another Drag Competition: All Stars. If she ever walked into that werk room, we can imagine the expression on the other queen’s faces because she would be a serious competitor.
Scottish queen Mary Mac is revered in the London drag scene for her cabaret act and powerhouse vocals. She wrote and performed in her one-woman show Glaswegian Beauty as Milton Court Theatre, so yeah, taaaaaaaaalented. She’d be a sickening competitor, and if the challenges are anything like the US version, we can see Mary Mac walking away with the crown.
Meth is, without a doubt, one of the most well-known queens in the London drag scene. She was a regular performer at Her Upstairs, a cast member on Drag Queens of London, and is a member of the legendary drag collective Familyyy Fierce. We have no doubt in our minds that Meth is on their radar.
Sister Fibrosis describes herself as “sugar and spice and a contraceptive device”, so yeah, she’s Drag Race ready. The wacky, irreverent queen is known for her off-the-wall makeup and performances, and we would do just about anything to see her prance down the runway and interact with judges, especially Michelle.
Son of a Tutu
African drag queen extraordinaire Son of a Tutu was born in the UK and moved to Nigeria as a child. She started doing drag at age seven, but was beaten by her father when he found out. When she grew up, she moved to the United States for a career in the financial sector, and later relocated back to the UK to become a professional drag queen. Her dream is to one day perform at Nigeria’s gay Pride.
When a queen’s main inspiration is Grace Jones, you know she will bring IT. London based performer Tayce is one of our top picks because she’s stunning, she serves lewks and she has a presence. And her performance skills? Other queens: beware.
Unlike other queens on this list, Virgin Xtravaganzah is an actor first and a drag queen second. Her official website reads: “Heaven is boring. Gawd is old. I am a 2,000+ year old virgin and I have had enough! So I came down to earth to be a superstar!” Enough said?