In 2015, with the lack of a network to carry Drag Race in the UK, fans across the pond “settled” for a lighter version of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The contest was dubbed “Drag Race UK Ambassador“. RuPaul himself was guest judge in the finale and coronation of their first winner, Vivienne.
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After RuPaul’s Drag Race switched to VH1 from LogoTV, and all the Emmy’s and awards rained really hard on the show, coupled with the success of “The Switch Drag Race” (local version of the show in Chile) and “Drag Race Thailand”, networks around the world took notice. Now, it’s official, Drag Race UK is really happening! And according to initial reports, the show will follow the proven format of the original show.
“GLOBAL phenomenon “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is coming to the UK next year for the show’s first ever British version. RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will appear on BBC Three — with producers inviting homegrown drag queens to take part.
The flamboyant talent contest has an international audience of millions as it’s broadcast on channels in countries ranging from Hungary to The Philippines.
Creator RuPaul Charles said, “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.”
In the US RuPaul’s Drag Race has seen a stellar line-up of stars appear as guests on the show, including Lady Gaga and Khloe Kardashian.
The eight-part British series is likely to do the same. Famous fans on this side of the pond include chat show host Jonathan Ross and Sherlock actor Andrew Scott.” — Hannah Hope/The Sun UK
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