“RuPaul’s Drag Race” universe is ever-expanding,… Chile, Thailand, UK, Canada and Germany… just to name a few (that we know of). It’s interesting to watch cultural impact has on the show. A lot of that is being showcased on the show through drag artistry by the contestants, host’s and guest judges’ costumes, including the show’s format, the set, the “script” and their press releases.
Drag Race fans in the US may notice that the international versions of the show handle their press releases differently — less hype. In the US, we can expect a lot of hype being build up to capitalize on the guest judges and certain aspects of the show. Such information are usually kept under wraps until the main publicity push on the run-up to the show’s premiere or episode air date. Prior to the campaign, social media gets a little bit of morsels, a taste on what’s to come. Aside from “leaks,” it’s rare to find “full disclosures” of elements of the show ahead of time.
Drag Race UK is the third franchise to hit the “airwaves,” following Chile and Thailand. Canada is still on its second phase of casting for its first season. What we know about the UK show is that it’s coming this fall. But Drag Race UK PR team has already released, way ahead of time, the names of the judges who will appear on its debut season — Andrew Garfield, Michaela Coel, Maise Williams, Jade Thirlwall, Geri Horner, Cheryl and Twiggy — including UK personalities who will play the iconic “Snatch Game” segment — Lorraine Kelly and Stacey Dooley. It’s not a bad thing. But when you’ve followed the main show forever, one can get accustomed to the publicity style before it airs — which is a big part of the entertainment. Perhaps its just a cultural thing. In any case, it leaves little room for leakers.
Gentlemen, start your engines, and may the best UK queen win: RuPaul’s Drag Race is set to shantay onto British screens in 2019, with ten home-grown acts fighting to be crowned our next drag superstar.
But who exactly will be competing in the first UK series in herstory? When is the competition on TV? And who will judge the drag queen extravaganza? Tuck into all the need-to-know info below…
— Thomas Ling/Radio Times
Some of the Queens rumored to compete on the UK version includes Baga Chipz, Cheryl Hole, The Vivienne and Blu Hydrangea.