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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We’re going into Week Seven of Rupaul’s Drag Race UK, and we can’t wait to see what looks the queens will be serving us.


Week Six saw the fabulous Tia Kofi sashay away from the competition, after a very scary impression of Mel B (and we don’t mean scary in a good way.)

Following her exit, Tia talked about her runway looks, Veronica Green’s exit and who she’d like to win.

Speaking exclusively to for an episode of Drag Race Debrief, the Clapham queen said: “We had ups and downs – the downs were mostly the runways or the interpersonal relationships I had, and the ups were Veronica Green. But it was a gorgeous experience and I absolutely wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Her exit comes after a few shake ups on the show. Drag Race UK air the most dramatic episode the franchise has ever seen in Week Five.

Poor Veronica Green had to drop our due to a positive COVID-19 test and Joe Black, Asttina Mandella and Cherry Valentine were invited back. So was Ginny Lemon, however, she is said to have declined.

Joe ended up staying, but after RuPaul lost it over her Ruruvision look – which she admitted was from H&M – it was home again for the queen.

Six RuPaul’s Drag Race UK contestants now remain in the competition, and a new episode will drop on BBC iPlayer on Thursday.

The remaining queens will be aiming to impress the judges Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, Graham Norton and of course Mama Ru herself.

So as the race continues, here’s everything you need to know about Drag Race UK season two.

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

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 25th February.

This week, RuPaul says the queens will be “dusting off their sewing machines and giving scrap heap junk a glow up.”

TV presenter Maya Jama will also join the panel this week alongside Michelle Visage, RuPaul and Graham Norton.

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.