Gentleman, rev those engines because RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is back for series three.
The new series arrives on BBC iPlayer on Thursday, 23rd September, where fans will be introduced to 12 new queens, one of whom is set to arrive in style.
According to some of this year’s queens, Charity Kase makes a shock entrance on Drag Race UK season three.
And there’s lots more in store, with Victoria Scone making history on the show as the UK’s first cisgender woman.
Speaking to press including RadioTimes.com, Victoria Scone spoke out on importance of being first cisgender woman on the show.
“I entered Drag Race because I thought, ‘How can I, cis-gendered woman, carry on complaining that there isn’t anything going on show?’,” Scone explained.
“How can I possibly say that if I wasn’t applying myself? So I thought I’d apply for season three, did not think I would get on, but here we are. So careful what you wish for, and obviously I want to be a very successful drag queen.”
So, as the queens make their way into the Werk Room, let’s get acquainted with them.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Drag Race UK Queens
Victoria Scone is the first cisgender female to take part on the show. “Me being here is political but you can just have fun with it. That’s why I started. I just wanted to entertain people and that’s what we’re going to do! Drag can just be fun.”
From: Rochdale, Lancashire
RuPaul fans will recognise Veronica Green from series two. She had to leave the show after testing positive for COVID but revealed that she “received an open invitation from Mama Ru to come back for series three – and I wasn’t gonna turn that down!”
From: South London
A novice in the drag world who is already making her mark, Vanity Milan describes herself as “sophisticated, sexy and savage”. “I’m not a diva. I’m not a hun. I’m serving unapologetic blackness. Vanity is REAL. I am REAL.”
From: East London
Scarlett Harlett has described herself as “Danny Dyer in drag”, claiming to be “EastEnders personified”, who embraces her working class and cockney roots in her drag.
River Medway takes inspiration from Miley Cyrus’s Hannah Montana saying: “I’ve always been obsessed with her and now when I think about it I loved the transformation. By day, she was a schoolgirl, living a completely normal life, and then by night she’s a popstar, with wigs, make up and outfits. That’s drag ! And that’s how I feel in drag.”
Krystal Versace describes herself as “a sex goddess”. “She is the supreme. She is a god. It’s the legs, the body, the hips, the waist. High, feminine glam. Super fierce. She is just the ultimate moment.”
Kitty Scott-Claus began performing in pantomimes across the country after graduating from drama school. “I wanted to be sassy. I wanted to be Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. I wanted to be Roxy Hart in Chicago. I wanted to be Glinda in Wicked. The busty blondes!”
From: Dagenham, Essex
Former West End performer Ella Vaday describes herself as “a desperate housewife of Dagenham. A yummy mummy – a bit garish, a bit classy, a bit Essex-y”, adding: “I’m very sarcastic and dry.”
From: Burnley, Lancashire
Elektra Fence says she’s “inspired by northern warrior-women like Bet Lynch and Jane McDonald – hence my obsession with leopard print! But also by strong, glamorous ladies, like Miley Cyrus, Kris Jenner and Madonna!”
Charity Kase aims to break beauty stereotypes with her unique look, and to “create a fantasy from another dimension”. “My name comes from my ability to craft stuff on a very low budget and transform the grotesque to glamorous and maybe be both at the same time!” she says.
Choriza May is Spanish living in Newcastle, though she says her drag was born in the UK. “As an immigrant queen, I’m someone with a slightly different background to the other queens in the competition, but my drag was born in the UK. There are millions of European immigrants in the UK, and I’m so happy to be representing them as drag queen of the immigrants!”
The name Anubis pays tribute to her Egyptian heritage and her late father, meaning God of the Afterlife. “I chose the name Anubis because I wanted something that referenced my Egyptian heritage. My dad was Egyptian and when he passed away about three years ago, I wanted a name that paid homage to him.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 3 starts on on BBC Three and iPlayer on Thursday, 23rd September at 7pm. If you’re looking for more to watch, check out our TV Guide or visit our Entertainment hub for all the latest news.