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RuPaul's Drag Race UK
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RuPaul's Drag Race UK (or simply Drag Race UK) is a sister series to RuPaul's Drag Race with host RuPaul and main judge Michelle Visage traveling across the pond to contribute to the series.

RuPaul's Drag Race UK airs on the BBC which is a public broadcasting company funded by taxes. Because of this, competitive television shows which air on the BBC may not use commercial sponsorships (like challenge prizes), nor are they allowed to give cash prizes. According to the "Framework for Funding Prizes and Awards" of the BBC, prizes should be original and something money cannot buy, hence the Ru Peter Badge that contestants earn when they win a challenge.[1]

Michelle Visage accidentally leaked 6 queens of Season 2 during a IG live on March 19, 2020 during the filming time.[2]

On November 2nd 2020, it was announced that the show had been renewed for Season 3 with the deadline to register being November 14th 2020 with the season speculated to air in 2021 also. [1]

On December 15th 2020, BBC announced that Season 2 would air in January 14th 2021 with the Promo and Meet the Queens being revealed the following day.

On August 18th 2021, BBC announced that Season 3 would air in September 23rd 2021 along with the Promo and Meet the Queens being revealed on the same day.

On September 1st 2022, BBC announced that Season 4 would air in September 22nd 2022. The following day, it was announced that the show was renewed for Season 5 by BBC Three via Twitter with the deadline to register being November 16th 2022.[3]

As of 2023 there has been 55 contestants across the 5 seasons which have aired, 1 of whom is deceased ( Cherry Valentine ) and 1 of whom have competed twice ( Veronica Green ).

Series Overview

Season No.
Contestants
No.
Episodes
Originally Aired
Premiere Finale
1 10 8 October 3, 2019 November 29, 2019
2 12 10 January 14, 2021 March 18, 2021
3 12 10 September 23, 2021 November 25, 2021
4 12 10 September 22, 2022 November 24, 2022
5 10 10 September 28, 2023 November 30, 2023

Prizes

Season Prizes
1
2
3
4
5

Judges

See: Judges/RuPaul's Drag Race UK

Like in RuPaul's Drag Race, each season of Drag Race UK has featured two/three other regular judges. Additionally, each episode has guest judges who only appear in that episode.

Seasons Artwork

Runway Theme

Stands

Place Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5
1st The Vivienne Lawrence Chaney Krystal Versace Danny Beard Ginger Johnson
2nd Divina De Campo Bimini Bon-Boulash

Tayce
Ella Vaday

Kitty Scott-Claus
Cheddar Gorgeous Michael Marouli
3rd Baga Chipz Black Peppa

Jonbers Blonde
Tomara Thomas
4th Cheryl Hole Ellie Diamond Vanity Milan DeDeLicious
5th Blu Hydrangea A'Whora Scarlett Harlett Pixie Polite Kate Butch
6th Crystal Sister Sister Choriza May

River Medway
Dakota Schiffer Cara Melle
7th Sum Ting Wong Tia Kofi Le Fil Vicki Vivacious
8th Vinegar Strokes Joe Black Charity Kase Baby Banksie
9th Scaredy Kat Veronica Green Veronica Green Sminty Drop Miss Naomi Carter
10th Gothy Kendoll Ginny Lemon Victoria Scone Copper Topp Alexis Saint-Pete
11th Asttina Mandella Elektra Fence Starlet
12th Cherry Valentine Anubis Just May
The contestant won RuPaul's Drag Race UK.
The contestant was disqualified from the competition.
The contestant quit the competition.
The contestant was removed from the competition due to medical reasons.
The contestant returned to the competition after being eliminated during a previous season.
The contestant was eliminated earlier in the competition, returned.
Underlines: The contestants later competed in All Stars or a VStw

External Links

References

  1. Researching for the Media: Television, Radio and Journalism by Adele Emm
  2. https://www.reddit.com/r/SpoiledDragRace/comments/fl18bs/druk_michelle_ordered_nandos_and_leaked_6_cast/
  3. Tweet by bbcthree | Twitter — September 2, 2022

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