It’s getting heated on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
Last week, we said goodbye to Sister Sister, after she faced Tayce in the lip-sync battle with both queens lip syncing to Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself by Jess Glynne.
Speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com for Drag Race Debrief, she said: “It’s been a really, really emotional rollercoaster. I just remember me and Joe Black would always say to each other off camera, ‘God, what a silly job!’ And I’ve done some silly jobs in my time but I think this takes the cake!”
She was the fifth queen to be eliminated from the show after Tia Kofi, Joe Black, Cherry Valentine and Asttina Mandella. Ginny Lemon quit the show in Week Four, and Veronica Green had to pull out due to a positive COVID-19 test. She has however been given a place on the third series.
Five queens now remain the competition, which means we’re getting closer to the semi-finals.
So, who will be serving looks? And who will have to sashay away for getting it so wrong? One thing’s for sure, they should definitely avoid a shopping spree at H&M…
Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s queens.
Glaswegian Lawrence Chaney says that she lives up to every single Scottish stereotype, including loving Irn-Bru and a caramel wafer. She is inspired by musical legends such as Lady Gaga and Madonna – and, er, Michelle McManus.
Cherry Valentine – OUT Week Two
Cherry Valentine had been doing drag for less than a year before applying to join the show, having originally grown up in Darlington before moving to Manchester. She’s also a qualified mental health nurse and returned to her nursing duties during the pandemic to work on the frontline.
Bimini Bon Boulash
From: London (via Norfolk)
The wonderfully named Bimini Bon Boulash got her name from combining the name she would have been given if she was born a girl and, er, her mum’s first cat. She also has a degree in journalism and pursues social activism such as veganism, and names her two biggest inspirations as Pamela Anderson and Vivienne Westwood.
Ginny Lemon – QUIT Week Four
Non-binary drag queen Ginny Lemon will be recognisable to some from their stint on X Factor in 2017, in which they sang Liberty X’s Just A Little Bit and got as far as the Six Chair Challenge. From Worcester (like the sauce), Jenny says: “I’m the hairiest woman in show-business! I’m the only non-binary drag queen in the UK…with a sense of humour!”
In Week Four, Ginny lemon quit the show, saying: “I did it for so many reasons. I think it’s even hard to explain what was going through my head at the time.”
Ginny says they struggled with the earlier eliminations of queens like Joe Black and Asttina Mandella, who were close friends of Ginny’s before the competition.
“You could see me in the back sobbing Those two people were my friends before I went on the show. I did not want to compete with my sisters. It made me dreadfully sad anytime anybody went home.”
Joe Black – OUT Week One and Week Five
The first Drag Race contestant from Brighton, Joe Black is inspired by cabaret of the 1920s and 30s. She says: “I bring all the wonky eyebrows and eyeshadow of the traditional seaside drag with a bit of haunted glamour.”
Tia Kofi – OUT Week Six
From: London (via Essex and Nottingham)
The self-proclaimed Queen of Clapham, the origin of Tia Kofi‘s name is wonderfully camp and British – Tea or Coffee darling? She’s one third of Drag Queen band The Vixens, who also auditioned for The X Factor in 2016.
Veronica Green – WITHDREW Week Five
From: London (via Rochdale)
The name Veronica Green comes from a comic book supervillain she created as a child – as she was jealous of her new baby sister Veronica! Veronica has a background performing in musical theatre, and even competed on All Together Now where she scored an impressive 77.
Sister Sister – OUT Week Seven
Liverpudlian Sister Sister honed her painting skills at art school, eventually moving on from painting canvases to painting her face. She says: “Like most people I got into drag after a break-up. I kicked him out, bought some make-up and started painting. I started with a big blue circle on my face!”
From: London (via Newport, Wales)
Newport lass Tayce says she’s doing this for friends, family, and Wales – as well as Gavin and Stacey! Her dad was the bass drummer for Wham, and Tayce also has musical aspirations – she says she would like to be the next Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey or Catherine Zeta Zones.
6ft 4 Ellie Diamond likes to go even bigger with her costumes, with wigs, heels and outfits bringing her as high as 6ft 8. She says: “By day I fund my drag through my work at a drive-through fast food place, but believe me, my uniform is customised and I sashay to that counter! I would love to be dressed like this 24/7.”
Asttina Mandella – OUT week three
Dancer Asttina Mandella has quite the résumé, having worked with Little Mix, Pussycat Dolls, Melanie C, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Fleur East, Kayne West at the Brits. She has previously appeared on Channel 4’s Drag SOS, and been a contributor on BBC Radio 1’s Drag Queen’s Den.
From: London (via Nottinghamshire)
Northern lass A’Whora got her name by putting a spin on Sleeping Beauty’s Princess Aurora, but said she was always more into fairytale villains. She says: “I love the idea of being sinister, I want to walk into the room with presence. If I could be anyone it would be Cruella De Ville.”