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Natalie Cassidy Confirmed As Guest For RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 2

Natalie Cassidy Confirmed As Guest For RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 2

EastEnders legend Natalie Cassidy has officially been confirmed as a celebrity guest on RuPaul's Drag Race UK.

Yep, you heard us right. Walford's very own Sonia Fowler is sashaying onto Drag Race UK season 2. You better werk.

The iconic drag competition is officially returning to BBC Three on January 14th, and some pretty big names have already been announced as guest judges - who will be putting the 12 new Queens through their paces.

But soap queen Natalie will be making a special appearance in an acting challenge, rather than taking to the judging panel.

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On her new gig, Natalie said: "I love the show. I love its boldness, its brassiness, and its sassiness. I was really thrilled to be part of it... it's good fun and it's just what we need right now.

Are you ready for Natalie Cassidy on Drag Race? (Credit: Drag Race UK/ Instagram)
Are you ready for Natalie Cassidy on Drag Race? (Credit: Drag Race UK/ Instagram)

"As ever the talent is amazing and fabulous. There is so much creativity and humour and good fun from what I've seen. Exactly the sort of thing we need to cheer us all up - long live Drag Race."

Other guest stars helping out in various challenges include choreographer Jay Revell - who has worked with the likes of Little Mix, Liam Payne and Kesha - and UK drag superstar, Jodie Harsh.

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Drag Race All Star Raven, known for painting RuPaul's sickening looks, is also set to appear to give the Queens a makeup masterclass.

She teased: "These queens are coming for royal blood!

"Every year the calibre of talent surpasses the previous year. These queens came to win. Win big and prove they are the beat of the best. A lot of heart and soul and a lot of laughs. Crafty b*tches!"

12 Drag Race Queens are looking to take the crown (Credit: Drag Race UK)
12 Drag Race Queens are looking to take the crown (Credit: Drag Race UK)
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The guest stars are the latest announcement for the new series, which also recently dropped a new batch of all-star celeb judges joining Mama Ru, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and Graham Norton.

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The additions include singer Jessie Ware, who will be judging the queens' Snatch Game performances, former Radio 1 DJ Maya Jama and The Vicar Of Dibley star Dawn French.

"I'd like to say I'm slightly good cop, and slightly bad cop," Jessie teased as her appearance was confirmed.

"Look out for a lot of boners and me trying to be on my best drag behaviour in front of Mama Ru and Michelle."

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Maya explained: "I love all the glam that goes into to - I feel like I've learnt so much about the drag artistry. There's just so much diversity to it and it's important to show queer representation."

New celeb judges include Jessie Ware, Dawn French and Maya Jama (Credit: Drag Race UK/ Instagram)
New celeb judges include Jessie Ware, Dawn French and Maya Jama (Credit: Drag Race UK/ Instagram)
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Meanwhile Dawn gushed: "The queens this year are a total eye and ear feast.

"My judging style is, I hope, supportive but honest. I'm a massive fan of the show so I know what's expected."

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Stars previously announced by the BBC include Elizabeth Hurley, Lorraine Kelly, Sheridan Smith, MNEK and Jourdan Dunn, while Gemma Collins has also been teased to be joining the Snatch Game, although not yet confirmed.

This season's line up truly sounds too good to be true.

A January return for RuPaul's Drag Race UK is especially exciting seeing as it collides with the launch of RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 (the original US series).

As a special New Year's treat, the next season of RuPaul's Drag Race will premiere on January 1st next year.

Yep, that means we get a UK and a US season in the period of two weeks. BAM!

Kitty girls, get ready.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: TV News, RuPaul's Drag Race

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