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Warm up your engines, ‘cause here come the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Warm up your engines, ‘cause here come the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

We say “warm up” instead of start, because RuPaul’s Drag Race UK won’t be arriving until October. But the British version of the Emmy-winning reality TV show has dropped a sneak peek into its first-ever runway show, in which we’ll see comedian Alan Carr and actor Andrew Garfield sitting on the judges’ panel right beside RuPaul herself and her best squirrel friend Michelle Visage:

With a little over a month before the show premieres, Drag Race fans who are unfamiliar with the British drag scene has time to get to know more about the queens that will be making the show undoubtedly sickening. Fans who exclusively love the looks queens (and pay dust to the rest) may have to expand their appreciation for drag beyond mugs beat to the gods and pageant eleganza extravaganza, because with Drag Race UK, it seems camp, comedy, and performance will reign supreme. As Visage told Gay Times, “It’s very American to do the looks, but very British to put performance first, and I celebrate that, being an old school girl myself.”

The 10 queens of the first Drag Race UK are a combination of seasoned performers and newbies. One of them is the first bisexual queen to be a Drag Race contestant. With their influences ranging from classic drag inspirations such as Liza Minelli, Tuna Turner, and Bette Davis to more contemporary personalities like Cheryl Cole and Ariana Grande, expect a wide variety of drag that will make you gag—and plenty of conflamma to cry about to your Mama (Ru).


Baga Chipz, 29, London


Blu Hydrangea, 23, Belfast


Cheryl Hole, 25, Essex


Crystal, 34, London


Divina De Campo, 36, West Yorkshire


Gothy Kendoll, 22, Leicester


Scaredy Kat, 20, Wiltshire

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Sum Ting Wong, 31, Birmingham


Vinegar Strokes, 35, London


The Vivienne, 27, Liverpool

Header image from Gay Times

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