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The five shadiest moments on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Ahead of the UK final, we look back at all the times the queens left us gagged

Grab your jacket because things are about to get shady. The first edition of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is nearly over, and to quote Cheryl Hole, the “drama and conflama” was real.

This season took us on a surreal, campy joyride through drag’s messy politics in the UK, and blessed us with national treasures, the Frock Destroyers, as well as possibly the best impersonations of Maggie Thatcher and Donald Trump ever.

But this isn’t RuPaul’s Best Friend Race. Below, we’ve rounded up five of the shadiest moments of this season that snatched us bald and left us gasping for air. You know what they say: no tea, no shade.

THE VIVIENNE GAVE CHERYL HOLE HER TUPPENCE

The Vivienne: “Who put a 50p in Cheryl?”

The Essex glam queen Cheryl Hole ended up rubbing Scouse legend The Vivienne up the wrong way several times, much like any nasally sisters tend to do to each other. It only took until episode two to spy some of that friction and get the real shade going. In the mini-challenge, RuPaul had The Viv rank her competitors from top to bottom, causing some drama with Cheryl who was chosen second last. In her aside, Viv says it was because Cheryl chat, chat, chats. Cheryl had her moment, and this fast-becoming iconic line of the season was born – one I’ve been using in everyday situations, from shouting at the leader’s debate on TV to addressing my boss when he’s asking why I’ve missed my fourth deadline. Campy, British shady quips at its best. 

BAGA CHIPZ SHADING HER MUM ON NATIONAL TV

Baga Chipz: “It’s really hard to dress a woman of a certain age. She doesn’t want to show her legs. She’s got a bit of a tum. You know what I mean?”

If there’s one place to avoid having a family tiff, it’s national television, but Baga did just that. Episode seven saw the queens makeover their sisters and mums. While Divina gave herself a baby bump to mirror her sister’s real pregnancy on the runway, Baga’s transformation, and subsequent criticism of her mum in front of the judges, was deeply uncomfortable to watch. Let’s just agree that calling your mum fat to an audience of thousands probably isn’t the best way to win over the viewers.

THE VIVIENNE NOW ICONIC READ OF DIVINA’S LOOKS

The Vivienne: “For the past ten years, I’ve seen Divina in a red wig and a silver dress.”

If you haven’t seen Divina de Campo in a red wig and silver dress, have you even seen her? In episode six, we saw friction building up between Viv and Divina, when The Vivienne, presumably still bitter over her loss against the Frock Destroyers, told the queens that if she could’ve chosen her team, she would’ve picked Cheryl first. Her reason? The dress-wig combo.

DIVINA POINTING OUT CHERYL HAS NO RUPETER BADGES

Baga Chipz: I need to feel like I deserve to be here.

Cheryl Hole: You do deserve to be here, we all deserve to be here.

Divina de Campo: Well...

In the semi-final, we said goodbye to Cheryl Hole, always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Managing to hit the top four without a single RuPeter badge, despite all three of the remaining queens boasting three badges each, Cheryl lost out on the lipsync against Baga Chipz to Amy Winehouse’s “Tears Dry On Their Own”. See you in Essex, Cheryl.

BLU HYDRANGEA AND CHERYL HOLE'S POST-ELIMINATION GOODBYE

Cheryl: I’m coming to Belfast.

Blu: If we book ya!

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the shadiest queen of them all? The answer’s Blu Hydrangea. Aside from giving us an amazing horny rendition of national treasure Mary Berry, the Northern Irish queen earned her reputation as the shady lady of season one for her dry wit and sharp tongue.

Sadly, it was episode six that Mama Ru asked Blu to sashay away after losing the lip sync to Cheryl. Still, Blu had the last laugh with a final dose of sass.