RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 2 release date: Queens, guest judges and latest news

Keep those engines revved – because the Drag Race UK season two finale is here!

RuPaul's Drag Race UK season two final

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived… After eight weeks of serving looks, the RuPaul’s Drag Race UK final is officially here.

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This week, the four remaining queens will take to the stage and sissy that walk one last time in a bid to be crowned this year’s Drag Superstar.

Although it’s yet to be announced, it sounds like the viewers already know who they’d like to see take home the trophy.

In a RadioTimes.com poll, Drag Race UK fans voted Bimini Bon Boulash as favourite to win by a landslide ahead of  the season two finale.

Nearly 2,500 viewers voted in our poll, with 63 per cent tipping Bimini to take home the crown.

Nevertheless, she’s not the only queen who has been getting a lot of recognition, with Ellie Diamond and Lawrence Chaney revealing Doctor Who’s John Barrowman has been in touch since the show started.

“Matt Lucas tweeted me and was like, ‘I think it’s fabulous’, and it was just back and forth, just little funny things here and there, not much,” Chaney said in an interview.

“But the one that I’m still gagged at is John Barrowman. I mean, I didn’t do him for Snatch Game but John Barrowman messaged me like, ‘Your Snatch Game was brilliant,’ and I was like, “Oh My God, thank you so much Captain Jack Harkness!’”

Since series two kicked off on January 14th, it’s been keeping us well and truly entertained.

We all cried when Joe Black was the first queen to sashay away from the stage, only for her to be brought back in Week Five, as Drag Race UK aired the most dramatic episode the franchise has ever seen. Before that, Ginny Lemon famously quit the show.

With so much already happened on the series, we expect no less from the final.

So when is it on? And which one of the Drag Race UK season two contestants will win the race?

Here’s everything you need to know.

When is the Drag Race UK season 2 final?

Buckle up, because you’re in for a serious ride on Thursday, March 18th at 7pm precisely.

The new episode will drop on BBC iPlayer, and will see all four judges,  Graham Norton, Alan Carr, Michelle Visage and Mama Ru herself, back on stage to crown this year’s winner.

We can’t wait!

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 2 release date and start time

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Dawn French will join RuPaul’s Drag Race UK as a guest judge this week.
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Series two launched on BBC iPlayer on January 14th. Viewers can catch up on previous episodes on the streaming site.

Who are the contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 2?

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RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 2 cast
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This year 12 queens lined up to battle for the crown, four more than last year, and the stars are competing over a course of 10 weeks instead of eight.

Here’s the full list of contestants:

Alan Carr previously 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

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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 musician 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 Sheridan Smith to the panel.

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Who won last year’s series?

Drag Race UK’s debut series was won by The Vivienne, who beat Divina de Campo and Baga Chipz for the crown.

New episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season two will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer on Thursdays.  If you’re looking for more to watch check out our TV Guide.