The sixth elimination and the final four have been revealed on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season five and fans are quite literally gagged by the verdict.
The eighth episode saw the remaining queens take on the notorious family resemblance makeover challenge. The subjects of the makeovers were volunteers from Switchboard, the lifeline service that has provided vital support and signposting help to the LGBTQIA+ community since their inception in 1974. Switchboard are also the recipients of the British Community Trailblazer at GAY TIMES Honours 2023.
To judge this week’s maxi challenge RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Graham Norton were joined by fashion matriarch Daphne Guinness. Kate Butch took inspiration from Grease and transformed her partner Xan into a pink lady. Daphne Guinness said of Kate Butch: “I think you both look great but I don’t see the family resemblance …but her make up, I think, is mesmerising.”
RuPaul continued the critique and said: “The story [of their runway] was beautiful. We all love the movie that they were spoofing however, the family resemblance.. not so much. They’re from the same group.. same gang!”
The decision was made for Kate Butch and DeDeLicious, who has now been in the bottom three times, to go head-to-head to lip-sync to ‘This Hell’ by Rina Sawayama.
Ultimately, the decision was made for Kate Butch to sashay away.
RuPaul told Kate Butch: “My dear Kate Butch. You will always be a part of our drag family. Now, Sashay Away.”
Kate was quick to retaliate and perfectly timed the remark: “You can’t fire me, I quit! Oh, too slow… eurgh! Thank you for allowing a silly little person like me to compete with these absolute icons. Thank you so much.”
In a message to her fellow queens, Kate Butch wrote on the Werk Room mirror: “It’s me, I’m Kathy, I’ve gone home, Hope you lose – Kate Butch. BALEGDEH.”
In her exit interview Kate added: “It’s so amazing and lovely to know that there are people out there who share my rotten little sense of humour and are willing to throw their support behind me, no matter how many rhinestoned wetsuits I parade in front of the cameras!”
Fans were left reeling by the latest elimination. One said: “Think I’ve gone through the five stages of grief since it [the episode] ended.”
Another fan added: “And what if i say the wrong queen sashayed in tonight’s drag race uk episode like no shade to #that girl but she did not win the lip sync for me”.
This means that the final four are DeDeLicious, Ginger Johnson, Michael Marouli and Tomara Thomas. Next week, they will compete in the roast challenge.
Keep scrolling for more fan reactions.
— Reaction Reverend (@ReverendReact) November 16, 2023
Congrats drag race uk, you’ve now put Kate butch on my cry count
— Coral 🌊 (@Goldendr3ams) November 17, 2023
I've watched all Drag Race US+UK, and never disagreed until tonight. Kate Butch shouldn't have gone. Badge plus never in the bottom??What an amazing queen. Their loss. My favourite queen of all time! ❤️ I'll miss you 😭 Charisma ✅️ Uniquness✅️Nerve✅️Talent✅️ #DragRaceUK
— Áine Maggie (@MaggieCoyle4) November 16, 2023
Drag Race UK Makeover challenge I’m coming for you… pic.twitter.com/yqYxPREOYG
— DragZilla (@drag_zilla) November 16, 2023
and what if i say the wrong queen sashayed in tonight's drag race uk episode like no shade to #that girl but she did not win the lip sync for me
— miloš (@urgrocerygoer) November 16, 2023
You’ll be having a good day and the BAM Drag Race UK Elimination. pic.twitter.com/usXPZonNY7
— Secretly a Sobble Redux (@reynolds_vic) November 16, 2023
so upset about the drag race uk elimination this week 😭
— MJ! (@wrassletrash) November 17, 2023
[UK Drag Race] nahhhh KB killed that lip sync
— Claire St. Clair (@sleepy_homo) November 16, 2023
Dude this week’s episode of Drag Race UK is fucking WHACK this was not the right elimination !!!
— chupacabra fan account (@thatswhatTYsaid) November 17, 2023
officially in mourning over this weeks drag race uk elimination 🥲
— simone (@jaeilsolo) November 16, 2023
this evil evil drag race uk elimination I'm gonna be sick….
— harper 🤓 (@purpleharper1) November 16, 2023
The recent elimination in drag race uk is not giving. I was rooting for her so bad 😭
— Erick (@ctrlalt_erick) November 17, 2023
something absolutely insidious is going on down at drag race UK
— Martha Barlow (@_marthabarlow) November 17, 2023
Watch the next episode RuPaul’s Drag Race UK next Thursday at 9pm on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.