The show will be returning to our screens on January 14
The show will be returning to our screens on January 14, with 12 new queens competing to be named the UK’s next drag superstar. RuPaul and Michelle Visage will be returning as judges, along with Graham Norton and Alan Carr who will judge on a rotational basis.
Among the queens is 27-year-old Asttina Mandella from east London, a dancer who’s worked with Little Mix and Kanye West, and Darlington club kid Cherry Valentine, 26, who compares her drag to “a beautiful lady possessed by the devil”.
Also competing is fashion designer A’Whora, 23, and Bimini Bon Boulash, 26, who is non-binary and says their drag often has a “strong vegan message”.
Ginny Lemon is a 31-year-old improv comedian who’s non-binary and describes themselves as a “drag troll”. Elsewhere, Joe Black, 30, from Brighton is a burlesque queen.
The youngest contestant this series is 21-year-old Ellie Diamond from Dundee. Another Scottish queen, Lawrence Chaney, 23, from Glasgow describes herself as “a mix of Rab C Nesbitt and Susan Boyle”.
Sister Sister, a 32-year-old queen from Liverpool will also be hoping to snatch the crown, and Welsh contestant Tayce, 26, is a self-confessed fashion queen.
Finally, 30-year-old Tia Kofi hopes to “keep old school drag alive”, while Lancashire-born Veronica Green will pull on her experience as an actor and opera singer.
The first series of Drag Race UK saw The Vivienne take the crown, with Baga Chipz and Divina de Campo also reaching the final. The season also launched the Frock Destroyers – a girl band consisting of Divina De Campo, Baga Chipz, and Blu Hydrangea – whose debut album Frock4Life was released last week.
Speaking on the first season, Dazed columnist Shon Faye said: “It had more heart (and more laughs) than the American version has had for years and I found myself enjoying the show with fresh eyes.”
Meanwhile, VH1 has confirmed the release date for season 13 of RuPaul‘s Drag Race, after a trailer leaked December 9. The new season will kick off in just a few weeks, on New Year’s Day 2021. If that doesn’t quench your thirst, Spanish-speaking fans can look forward to the first edition of Drag Race Spain, though an official release date is yet to be announced.
Take a look at the UK queens in the thread below.