RuPaul’s Drag Race is, for the first time, being adapted for UK audiences with the programme set to air on BBC Three in 2019.
Drag icon RuPaul will be on the lookout to crown one of the UK’s top drag artists the ‘Queen of Great Britain’.
Ten contestants will take part in weekly challenges and face off against each other to keep themselves in the competition.
“It is a dream come true to extend our royal family to the United Kingdom with our partners at BBC Three. I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens. 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.” – RuPaul
Contestants will compete in individual or team challenges that test a specific drag queen skill and will then take on the Maxi Challenge, the headline moment of each show where they may be required to perform, model in a photo shoot, prepare a runway look for a themed challenge before facing the judges, with one contestant eliminated each week and asked to “Sashay Away”.
“I’ve been a huge fan of this funny, frank and fierce format for a long time. I also know there is a wealth of very talented and very competitive drag artists in the UK and I can’t wait for them to sashay onto the BBC!” – Kate Phillips, BBC Controller, Entertainment Commissioning
Eight hour-long episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will be produced for the beeb’s online-only channel by World of Wonder.