The Commonwealth Games 2022 kicked off last night with a grand opening ceremony and while there were star-studded cameos throughout the night, one of the most surprising was that of Ginny Lemon – the RuPaul's Drag Race UK contestant.


The drag performer, who took part in the BBC Three show's second season and made one of the most dramatic exits the franchise has ever seen, opened the ceremony in classic Lemon style – by entering in a massive yellow hot air balloon.

But who is Ginny Lemon? And how well did they do on Drag Race UK? Here's everything you need to know about Ginny Lemon.

Ginny Lemon: Key Facts

Age: 33

From: Worcestershire

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Strengths: Singing and comedy are two things that Ginny felt would help them succeed on Drag Race UK. "I’m a fabulous singer and I can do everything. And, an absolute bullshitter as well. I’m looking forward to any comedy challenge. I’m going to bring you a down to earth, working class, sense of humour."

Weaknesses: Sewing, although they could make you an unusual dress. "Actually, I don’t sew, no way. I tried to sew but I got too nervous, I was lethal with a needle! I also really hate choreography. My sewing skills are c**p, but I can tape together baccy pouches to make a dress if I have to!"

For how long has Lemon done drag? Six years.

Who is Ginny Lemon?

Ginny Lemon has been seen on UK screens before and viewers of The X Factor will be very familiar with them.

"I did X Factor in 2017, and I sang Liberty X’s Just A Little Bit. Really, I’m a singer-songwriter, and drag is how I do that. I’ve been doing drag since 2016 so I was quite a new Drag Queen when I did X Factor."

"I’m the hairiest woman in showbusiness! I’m the only non-binary drag queen in the UK…with a sense of humour! I don’t do traditional drag; I am a character. My look is a '90’s daytime TV presenter. I wear my face which suits me. For me, it’s not about makeup. It’s all about the performance"

Why does Ginny Lemon love yellow?

"Someone once said I was too fat and ugly to wear yellow, so I thought well I’m going to make it my signature colour! For me, it’s a spiritual sign of happiness. Plus, I like to look absolutely bat s**t crazy."

What has Ginny Lemon done since Drag Race UK?

Since competing on the second series of Drag Race UK and coming in ninth place, Lemon has appeared on Celebrity Coach Trip and acted in Birds of a Feather with Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph.

They also made a cameo in the music video for Jodie Harsh's single My House and took part in the RuPaul's Drag Race UK: The Official Tour earlier this year.


Season two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer from January 14th 2021. RuPaul’s Drag Race season one is available to watch on BBC iPlayer. If you’re looking for more to watch check out our TV Guide.