RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is officially back on screen! And already we’ve seen one queen sashay away from the show.
Joe Black from Brighton was the first to be eliminated after the series launched on January 14th.
It comes after a lip sync battle with Bimini Bon Boulash, who Black thinks has a good chance of winning the show.
Speaking to press including RadioTimes.com, she said: “I’ve got three people, I would love to see take the crown, and that’s Lawrence [Chaney], Ginny [Lemon] and because now I feel a special connection to them – you know the smallest, non-binary person in show business, is Bimini Bon Boulash. Between those three, the talent is wonderful. Everyone’s so talented, but those three have a particular beautiful place in my heart!”
Joe Black also revealed the Drag Race UK moment you didn’t see with Elizabeth Hurley following her exit from the show, saying: “There is one [moment], and I say this because I wanted to use it on a poster, but it didn’t get used.”
Series two is set to be pretty big, with a much bigger line-up of Drag Race UK contestants. They’ll be strutting their stuff in a bid to impress judges Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, Graham Norton and of course RuPaul.
As well as this, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK recently revealed guest judges Lorraine Kelly and Sheridan Smith who will be poised and ready to give their verdict on the new queens.
And based on conversations we’ve already had with this year’s contestants, it sounds like viewers are in for a right treat.
Drag Race UK’s A’Whora revealed the “secret weapon” she’s bringing to the competition, and Tia Kofi revealed how Doctor Who inspires her drag, saying: “I am a massive geek and I like to think that I’m a glamorous geek so I try and use some of those geeky influences in my drag.”
As the race continues, here’s everything you need to know about Drag Race UK season two, including which queens are still in the competition and who sashayed away.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 2 release date and start time
The first episode of Drag Race UK season two landed on BBC Three, which is available on BBC iPlayer, on January 14th at 7pm.
The next episode will be available on the streaming service on January 21st.
Filming on the series began back in March, however production was quickly interrupted by COVID-19.
Alan Carr told Christine Lampard on Lorraine in October: “I’m filming that in a fortnight’s time, so that will be nice to just get that finished.”
“It’s also good for some of the drag queens who maybe their sewing wasn’t that good – because in lockdown, if they’ve got any sense, they’d be on that sewing machine, with that pedal down! No excuse.”
Fingers crossed RuPaul and the gang will set the fabulous tone for the rest of 2021.
Who are the contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 2?
This year 12 queens will be sissying that walk for the judges. This is four more than last year, and the stars will compete over a course of 10 weeks instead of eight.
Here’s a list of the contestants:
- Lawrence Chaney
- Cherry Valentine
- Bimini Bon Boulash
- Ginny Lemon
- Joe Black – OUT Week One
- Tia Kofi
- Veronica Green
- Sister Sister
- Ellie Diamond
- Asttina Mandella
Alan Carr recently revealed to RadioTimes.com and other press that the number of applicants received by the show doubled this year.
Speaking about how the upcoming series is going to be bigger and better than the first, Carr said: “Michelle Visage has had double the applicants this year so I think it’s going to go up!”
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 2 judges
The BBC confirmed at the beginning of November that RuPaul will be joined on the second series’ judging panel once again by Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and Graham Norton.
Graham Norton and Alan Carr usually alternate weekly, with a new celebrity guest judge joining each week.
As for the series’ guest judges, The Vicar of Dibley’s Dawn French let slip on Wednesday 21st October that she’s set to make an appearance on the show, telling Jessie Ware’s podcast Table Manners: “They did originally ask me to be a full-time judge, but I couldn’t – I don’t live in London. But I am going to be a guest judge in a couple of weeks.”
Who are the celebrity guest judges?
There will be lots of famous faces on the panel for series two. The resident judges will be joined by the likes of Elizabeth Hurley, Lorraine Kelly and musiciab MNEK. Both MNEK and Kelly appeared in the show’s last series, with Kelly taking part in the Snatch Game episode, while MNEK was the celebrity guest vocal coach.
They’ll also welcome supermodel Jordan Dunn and actress Sherdian Smith to the panel.