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

Gentleman keep those engines revved – because Drag Race UK season two is here!

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It’s all heating up on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. The show returned for series two on January 14th and it’s been serving us nothing but realness.

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Week Five saw Drag Race UK air the most dramatic episode the franchise has ever seen, with poor Veronica Green having to drop out due to a positive COVID-19 test and three queens – Asttina Mandella, Cherry Valentine and Joe Black – being invited back, resulting in Joe staying for the episode before being eliminated by the judges.

Oh, yeah, and RuPaul completely lost it when Joe Black admitted that she bought her Ruruvision outfit off the racks at H&M.

Following the epic show – which we’re still trying to get our heads around – Veronica Green and Joe Black talked about their exits, RuPaul’s H&M comments and who should win in our Drag Race Debrief.

Of course, Ginny Lemon was also invited to be up for a possible comeback, however, is said to have declined to return.

Speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com for our Drag Race Debrief, Ginny previously opened up about their self-elimination, whether RuPaul reached out and their Snatch Game plans.

A new episode will drop on BBC iPlayer on Thursday, and with seven contestants left in the race the competition the race continues.

The remaining queens are continuing to try and impress the judges Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, Graham Norton and of course Mama Ru herself, but who will be next to go?

Here’s everything you need to know about Drag Race UK season two.

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

The sixth episode of Drag Race UK season will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer from 7pm on Thursday 18th February.

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – Snatch Game, where the contestants put their improvisation and impersonation skills to the test.

The Only Way is Essex star Gemma Collins will also appear on the show as a guest judge. We cannot wait!

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.