God save the queens! Specifically, the ten queens set to serve their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent in the first-ever series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, soon shantaying its way onto BBC iPlayer.
But who exactly will be the contestants hoping to impress Mama Ru, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton, Alan Carr and a host of guest judges? Here’s all you need to know.
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Confirmed cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Stage name of: Owen Farrow
From: West Yorkshire
Perhaps the most well-known name on the rumoured list, Mancunian Divina De Campo has appeared on The Voice UK, All Together Now (as one of the show’s 100 judges), MTV’s A-Z of Drag and Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. Although not confirmed, she has said in the past she would audition for the UK version of Drag Race.
Stage name of: Luke Underwood
Self-described as the “dancing diva of Essex” and the “Gemma Collins of drag”, Cheryl Hole bases her act on – you guessed it – X Factor and Girls Aloud star Cheryl. And this could make some very interesting viewing, with Cheryl confirmed as one of Drag Race’s guest judges.
Stage name of: Joshua Cargill
Every series of Drag Race needs a quirky make-up artist. A Belfast-based queen with a strong Instagram following, Blu Hydrangea is expected to slay the competition.
Featured in the London Live reality series Drag Queens of London, Baga Chipz says she bases her drag act on a young Princess Diana – and the Coronation Street cast circa 1970. Obviously.
Stage name of: Sam Handley
A Drag queen and DJ, Gothy Kendoll looks like, well, a gothy Ken doll – in drag. And Drag Race fans predict she’ll strut into the workroom – all her social media went suspiciously quiet during April 2019 when the show is rumoured to have been filmed.
From: London (Originally from Canada, hence the accent)
Crystal says: “I’m not afraid to look a bit ugly, messy, and scary – it’s not about being pretty all the time. I hope I will surprise viewers and show them that drag isn’t just one thing, or isn’t just looking like a woman. Maybe drag can be about messing with gender and playing with the lines and the boundaries.”
Stage name of: Bo Zeng
Sum Tiny Wong says: “I’m here because I’m a drag queen not because I’m Asian. Asian is who I am but does not define who I am. I want to show you that I’m a queen like anyone else.”
Stage name of: Daniel Jacob
Describing herself as a mix between Tina Turner, Lizzo and Kat Slater, comedy Queen Vinegar Strokes has already shared a stage with Drag Race judge Michelle Visage when performing on the West End.
The youngest queen of the series, Scaredy Kat, a bisexual, first got into drag thanks to her girlfriend who performs drag under the name Pussy Cat.
Stage name of: James Williams
The Vivienne says: “I am The Vivienne, I’m 27 years old and I’m from the gorgeous town of Liverpool. I’m an engaged lady and I live for my fiancé. And I’m here to win the crown of the first ever RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, so bring it on!
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will start on BBC iPlayer 3rd October 2019