After 13 hit seasons in the US, RuPaul’s cult TV drag competition Drag Race is coming to the UK. Although an air date has yet to be set, the show will be produced like its US counterpart by World of Wonder, founded in the UK by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and be broadcast on BBC Three.
“It is a dream come true to extend our royal family to the United Kingdom,” RuPaul Charles, the queen of queens, said about the news. “I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens”. The search will trawl through Great Britain’s drag circuit, with 10 British drag queens competing for the chance to be crowned the first Drag Race UK winner.
Starting in 2009, the series is now franchised to 193 countries and has included three series of Drag Race Allstars, which sees contestants from previous series get a second chance at competing for the crown. Centred on a series of “mini” and “maxi” challenges, each episode culminates in the two weakest contestants fighting for survival in a lip synch battle. The loser is told to “sashay away” from the series.
So, what turn will the British version of the competition take? “Before anyone asks,” explains RuPaul, “yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us. We are already preparing a ‘royal-mother-to-be’ runway challenge”. In the words of the original drag superstar: Start your engines. And let the best woman win.