‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’ Unveils Full Line-Up Of Queens
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If you weren't excited enough by the news that the first-ever series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK will soon be landing on BBC iPlayer, we've finally learnt the names of the contestants who will be hoping to impress Mama Ru, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton, Alan Carr and their celebrity judges, and it looks like it's about to get a whole lot of fabulous up in here.
Fans get can their first official glimpse of the ladies together at Manchester Pride on Saturday 24th August, but if you can't wait until then, we've got all the details on the ten queens who will be gracing your screens this October.
"Each of the UK queens is so unique, so courageous and so special. I can't wait for the UK - and the world - to fall in love with them the same way I did," said RuPaul.
It's already been confirmed that joining Mama Ru on the judging panel will be her BFF and sidekick Michelle Visage alongside Graham Norton and Alan Carr who will be rotating as resident judges on the show. They'll be joined by Geri Horner, Cheryl, Andrew Garfield and other famous faces along the way.
So, without further ado, check out the full line-up of contestants below:
The 35-year-old from West Yorkshire promises the audience an array of different things including opera, Italian aria, pop and more.
"I like things that are a bit more challenging or exciting that makes people say 'oh my god, I wasn't expecting that,'" she says.
"My style of drag is old school glamour. A sequin dress, a big wig, a big lash, an approximate face."
The 27-year-old from Liverpool calls her style a scouse wife who came into money, moved to LA and blew it all. Sounds relatable.
"Comedy is definitely my trump card," she says. "My favourite trick in drag is my vocal impersonations so I do everyone from Kim Woodburn, Cilla Black, Donald Trump - you name it, I'll do it - for the right price!"
"I'm here to win the crown of the first ever RuPaul's Drag Race UK, so bring it on!"
Cruella De Vil in a wig, this 29-year-old 'tart with a heart' from London calls her style more cabaret, old school with sequin frocks. Think Shirley Bassey meets Lily Savage.
She says her greatest strengths are her comedy and wit - "put me on a stage and I will entertain the absolute shite out of the room."
"Im not one of these gorgeous beautiful Kate Moss lookalike drag queens," she says. "Like someone's auntie I give advice on how to pull fellas and how to get pissed."
Sounds like we're going to like her.
The 25-year-old plans to bring Essex glamour with a touch of showgirl to the stage - vajazzle included. "Everything's got a bling, a touch of vajazzle but a real girl at heart," she says. "I like to play up the Essex stereotype and really incorporate that into my drag,"
"I'm a dancing diva, I'm known for my dance moves, death drops and pure entertainment and that's what you want from a drag queen, isn't it?" she asks. Yes, it is!
The 34-year-old from London calls herself a 'gender bending, mess-with-your-brain kinda drag queen who can put on a freak show. "I can crack a whip, put cigarettes out on my tongue - it's nothing you have ever seen before."
"I'm unique as a drag performer because I'm not afraid to think outside the box and create looks, concepts, acts and performances that challenge and excite," she says.
She says her creative mind is her biggest strength, so expect to see some pretty unique experiences!
The 34-year-old from London specializes in stand-up comedy and singing, calling herself Tina Turner meets Lizzo meets Kat Slater. "I am a straight up comedy queen, I do stand-up comedy, I sing in my own particualr style."
A working class girl who wears her heart on her sleeve, "it's really important to me because we live in an age where so many want to be something else and actually it's great to celebrate who you are."
We couldn't agree more.
Sum Ting Wong
The 30-year-old from Birmingham plans to blow the crowd away with her amazing singing voice.
"My drag comes from singing," she says. "I was a little emo kid at 12 years old and I loved to sing. I can't be a singer out of drag. I am a Chinese male who's overweight and losing his hair. I'm never gonna make it like that so drag helped me."
The youngest of the bunch - and the youngest queen ever on the show, the 20-year-old from Wiltshire is calls herself very pink, very cute and very feline-esque. "It's very camp, exciting, colourful and bold. Cute, pink and scared - like a nervous flamingo."
"When I'm not in drag I'm a student so this is where my student loan is going. I'm wearing it right now," she explains. Sounds like the perfect way to spend it to us!
Dark, contemporary and striking, the 21-year-old from Leicester brings out a darker side to drag with black wigs and make-up.
"My names comes from my friend who described me as a Ken doll but a gothy one because I used to wear loads of black, have really black hair, but also be tanned and wear loads of makeup!" she explains.
The 23-year-old from Belfast says she's like "a GCSE art project, high fashion from outer space, a cartoon character - with muppet realness", and promises to make up laugh with her funny movements.
"One day I might be a beautiful lady and the next I might be a pineapple," she says.
We can't wait!
RuPaul's Drag Race UK kicks off on BBC Three in October