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Drag Race UK season 3: Air time, cast, guest judges and news

It's time for the long-awaited final!

RuPaul's Drag Race UK
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Published: Thursday, 25th November 2021 at 12:28 pm

Tonight is a big night for RuPaul's Drag Race UK fans, as the BBC Three show finally crowns its season three winner after nine weeks of catwalks, death drops and workroom drama.

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Last week's episode saw Vanity Milan sashay away from the competition after the Pearly Gates Roast challenge, with Krystal Versace, Kitty-Scott Claus and Ella Vaday being the remaining Drag Race UK 2021 contestants to head into the final.

The finalists are set to take to the main stage one last time as they perform RuPaul's holiday hit Hey Sis, It's Christmas and deliver their final runway of the whole series – but who will snatch the crown?

Here's everything you need to know about Drag Race UK season three, including how to watch the series, release time and more.

What time does Drag Race UK air?

The final of Drag Race UK's third season airs tonight on BBC iPlayer at 7pm. 

The episode will see the show's three finalists compete in their last challenge by performing an all-singing, all-dancing routine to RuPaul's holiday hit Hey Sis, It's Christmas.

Episodes are also available to watch on BBC One on Mondays at 10:35pm, after they've streamed on BBC iPlayer.

Drag Race UK season 3 release time

Drag Race UK season three premiered on BBC iPlayer on Thursday 23rd September at 7pm.

Episodes are released weekly on the streaming site at the same time.

The BBC previously confirmed the show would be returning in September, as fans were introduced to the new cast on RuPaul's Drag Race's official Twitter page.

"Ding dang dong. It's round three, huns. Meet the new #DragRaceUK queens coming to @BBCthree on @bbciplayer in September," the post read.

"I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!" Visage tweeted in response to the show's new line-up.

Drag Race UK season 3 judges

RuPaul is joined by Michelle Visage and a variation of Graham Norton and Alan Carr each week.

There's also a whole host of guest judges who join the show each week.

Drag Race UK season 3 celebrity guest judges

The celebrity guest list has been announced, with Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Emma Bunton and Alesha Dixon who confirmed to guest judge Drag Race UK, along with Oti Mabuse, and more.

Strictly's Oti Mabuse and Matt Lucas were previously announced as guest judges on Drag Race UK season three.

“It was on my bucket list to be on the show, but my years of wearing tights are behind me, so I was both relieved and delighted to be asked to be on the panel!” Lucas said of his new role.

He added: “I was hugely impressed by the brilliance and invention on the show, and it was one of the most entertaining days I’ve ever had.”

Speaking of the season two queens, Oti said: "They’re so funny, so talented but even more than that they are real and it’s beautiful to see them really come out of their shell,” she said.

Comedian Kathy Burke – who previously joked that her drag name would be Pan Demic – is also delighted to be a part of the show, saying: "I’m a big Drag Race fan, so it was absolutely brilliant to meet RuPaul and Michelle Visage,” she said. “And I loved the very-kind-to-old-ladies’ lighting.”

The judging roster is likely to be in the same stellar league as the stars who've appeared in season two – Elizabeth Hurley, Sheridan Smith, Lorraine Kelly, MNEK and Dawn French among others.

Drag Race UK season 3 cast

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There were 12 queens in the season three line-up, including season two star Veronica Green who was forced to pull out earlier this year due to a positive coronavirus test, and the show's first ever female drag queen Victoria Scone.

Drag Race UK season three finalists:

Former Drag Race UK season three contestants:

The show confirmed Veronica's return on Twitter, sharing a post with the caption: "New variant alert: @veronicaqween."

Drag Race UK season 3 trailer

While BBC Three didn't release a full trailer for season three, back in June a small teaser was released on their Twitter account.

Who has won Drag Race UK previously?

The first season of Drag Race UK, which aired back in October 2019, saw Liverpudlian queen The Vivienne take home the crown, while Divina De Campo and Baga Chipz placed second and third respectively.

Season two saw Glaswegian queen Lawrence Chaney was named the UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar, with runners up including Bimini Bon Boulash and Tayce. Lawrence was thrilled, after a lip sync to Elton John’s I’m Still Standing secured the victory. “This is insane! It’s incredible. Scotland babes, I brought the crown home."

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Read more: Lawrence Chaney on Drag Race UK casting its first cisgender female queen: "About time”

New episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race UK series 3 are available to stream on BBC iPlayer on Thursdays. Both seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race UK are available to stream on BBC iPlayer. If you’re looking for more to watch check out our TV Guide or visit our Entertainment guide for more news and features.
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