Lads, start your engines…
We won’t lie hennies, we were starting to think that a RuPaul’s Drag Race UK was never going to happen.
But on 4 December 2018, after years of speculation, it was confirmed that the cultural phenomenon to find America’s Next Drag Superstar will be opening up its werk room in Britain to start the royal line of British drag queens.
Yep, that means we’ll be blessed with All Stars 4, season 11 and Drag Race UK in 2019. Sickening, no?
Because we’re Gay Times and we’re obsessed with all things Mama Ru, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the highly-anticipated spin-off.
Start date: when will it air?
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will air on BBC Three in 2019.
The channel released a casting call, which finished in 14 January 2019. It reportedly starts filming 1 March.
Damian Kavanagh, Controller for BBC Three, said in a statement: “Needless to say, we’re delighted that BBC Three will be the home of a new UK version of Drag Race.
“It is one of the biggest entertainment titles in the world and anticipation levels for a UK version have been at feverish levels.
“With heart, humour and the un-imitable RuPaul, Drag Race is going to take BBC Three to a whole new level.”
World of Wonder’s Co-Founders and Executive Producers, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, said: “World of Wonder Productions began in the UK, and the many Queens of England have always been an inspiration.
“Bringing RuPaul’s Drag Race to BBC Three is a very special home coming”.
How many episodes?
The first season of Drag Race UK will have eight episodes, all of which will be 60 minutes each.
Who are the main judges?
Unlike Drag Race Thailand, Mama Ru will be returning for the spin-off alongside Michelle Visage.
“I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens,” RuPaul said.
“And before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a ‘Royal-Mother-To-Be’ runway challenge.”
Michelle also tweeted: “guys. yes. of COURSE i am a judge…..i am THE judge!!”
On 14 February, British icons Alan Carr and Graham Norton were confirmed to join the judging panel.
Like Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews, the comedians will rotate every episode.
“Becoming part of the drag race family makes me ridiculously happy!” Graham said in a video. “I can’t wait to see what the UK drag queens bring to the party, but they better weeeeerk!”
Alan also released a video to announce the news and provided us with the most sickening death drop in HERstory. Laganja, Alyssa and Kennedy: watch out hennies!
“Wow! To be sat next to Michelle Visage and Mama Ru as a guest judge on possibly one of my all-time favourite shows EVER is a dream come true,” he commented. “I can’t wait to see what the UK Queens have got in store – it’s going to be sickening!”
Mama Ru said she was “both shocked and delighted” when Graham and Alan told the Emmy Award winning host that they would be “wearing tucking panties when sitting at the judges table.”
She continued: “I told them it was not necessary, but they insisted. Now that’s what I call dedication!”
Guest judges: who’s set to appear?
It’s still in the early stages, so nothing has been confirmed yet.
However, when we spoke to Michelle last month, she told us who her dream guests would be: “It’d range from music to actors. So many. We’d love the Ab Fab duo. The list goes on and on, there’s so many places it could go!
“You could go to the Lily Savage’s, to the… You know what I mean? You could go anywhere!”
Cast: who are the queens?
The casting call doesn’t end until 14 January, so no one has been confirmed.
However, we do know that there will only be ten queens this time around, which is a little bit less than a regular season and is the exact same amount as the past three seasons of All Stars.
We recently compiled a list of 14 gag-worthy queens we’d like to see on the UK edition.
This article will be updated over time, so check back for some more sickening news on Drag Race UK.