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'RuPaul's Drag Race' is Coming to the UK and Here Are Your Queens!

By Kayleigh Donaldson | TV | August 21, 2019 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | TV | August 21, 2019 |

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BBC Three’s long-awaited British version of RuPaul’s Drag Race is on its way. RuPaul will return as the host and Michelle Visage will be there as a judge, while British talk-show hosts Graham Norton and Alan Carr will swap in as the third judge. So far, announces gusts judges include Jade from Little Mix, Andrew Garfield, Maisie Williams, Michaela Coel from Chewing Gum, Lorraine Kelly, and Cheryl Cole. That last one will be fun given the name of one of the contestants. The queens for season one were just announced, so we’ve trailed through Instagram to get a good look at them!

Baga Chipz, 29, London

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Jungle Boogie. 🦁🦓🐯🐍 photo by @aimee_mcghee #drag #dragqueen #animalprint #rpdr #hair #wig #smoking #gaylondon #soho #lgbt #ukdrag #nails #cabaret #performer #diva 🐆🐊🐘🦍🦏🐅

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Blu Hydrangea, 23, Belfast

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🦓🌈THE GAYEST ZEBRA🌈🦓 Pigments: @givefacecos 🏳️‍🌈 Liner: @officialsnazaroo black 🖤 Wig: @fiercewigs 💇🏼‍♀️

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Divina De Campo, 35, West Yorkshire

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Camp birthday and anniversary party. Loads of acts on tonight. Having a blast #DDC #dragqueen #gay #drag #makeup #lgbtq #instagay #rupaulsdragrace #rpdr #gayboy #queer #dragrace #queen #art #mua #pride #rupaul #dragmakeup #love #dragqueens #makeupartist #dragshow #follow #like #manchesterqueens #manchester #alltogethernow #thevoice #bbc #theatre

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Crystal, 34, London

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You can call me whatever you want, just call me. 📞 📸 @capturedbycorinne

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Sum Ting Wong, 30, Birmingham

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This poor zip holding in EVERYTHING 💖 Fantastic night with @shania_pain69 at the @oakfordreading I'll let you ask know soon regards the lineup is for 2020!! 🤯 But next to is the READING PRIDE SPECIAL with the one and only @miss_penny_dq on 31st of August see you all then! 🏳️‍🌈

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Cheryl Hole, 25, Essex

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Cruella Deville of Essex

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Gothy Kendoll, 21, Leicester

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got a thing for bears 🥵 // late night shoots with @karenstanleyphoto are my fave x

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Vinegar Strokes, 35, London

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Single and fabulous? • • • • • • Photo by @itsmeambii @aostudiosphoto #sexandthecityquotes #camp #drag #dragqueen #vinegarstrokes #teamvinegar #tears #makeup #london #dragqueensofinstagram #dragqueenoflondon #rpdr #lgbt #lgbtq #happy #sad #furious7 #love #tuesdaymotivation #swag #rupaulsdragrace #happybirthday #fag #smoke #mua #wigs

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Scaredy Kat, 20, Wiltshire

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She lives in a world of black and white but no-one can change those eyes. Gorgeous slag👁⚪️⚫️👁⚫️⚪️👁 📸@pusssykatofficial_ ✏️me me me

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The Vivienne, 27, Liverpool

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Image by @benmaklondon Outfit by @benmaklondon Hair by @anthonytesterwigs Nails by @ian.rubyslippers Shot at @shanklyhotel #drag #thevivienne #makeup #wigs #dragqueen

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And that’s our line-up.

Honestly, I was hoping for something a little tackier. And at least one Scottish queen. The best elements of British camp are the DIY, 20 cigarettes and a pint down your local, Pat Butcher’s earrings, original Sugababes, Lily Savage, Jodie Marsh with belts over her tits slapdash realness. Polished perfection and British camp are not mutually exclusive but it’s a hell of a lot more fun when the ‘Get outta my pub!’ nature of it is embraced. Where is that Kat Slater energy? I hope we see that in the UK Drag Race and it isn’t just a direct recreation of the original.

All ten queens will be taking part in Manchester Pride on Saturday 24 August for their first official appearance.

Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.

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