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

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

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It’s time for another episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, and with five queens left in the running to be crowned this year’s drag superstar it’s getting seriously heated.


Week Seven saw Sister Sister sashay away from the stage, following a lip sync battle with Tayce.

Following her exit, Sister Sister talked about her elimination, that Ginny Lemon lip-sync and filming during COVID in an episode of‘s Drag Race Debrief.

Since the second series kicked off on January 4th, it hasn’t been short of drama.

Week Five saw  Drag Race UK air the most dramatic episode the franchise has ever seen with poor Veronica Green having to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test, and Joe Black, Asttina Mandella and Cherry Valentine all returning.

Ginny Lemon was also invited back, however she is said to have declined.

The queens ended up choosing Joe to stay and she got another chance in the competition, however, she was later sent home – could it have something to do with the fact she bought her Ruruvision look in the sale at H&M, which Mama Ru absolutely hated? It’s very likely!

The race continues this week with the remaining queens hoping to impress the judges Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, Graham Norton and of course RuPaul.

So, who will serve the best looks this week? And who will have to pack their bags and sashay away from the stage?

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

Buckle up honey, you’re in for a ride!

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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The eighth episode of Drag Race UK season two will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer from 7pm on Thursday 4th March.

This week, the remaining five queens will be trying out their stand up skills.

“We’ve seen them sew, shablam, and sashay – but can they make us laugh?” read a post on the show’s official Twitter account.

Actress and comedy star Dawn French will join the show as a guest judge.

Series two launched on BBC iPlayer on January 4th. 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

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 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.


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.