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Season 1 of RuPaul's Drag Race UK was officially announced on December 4, 2018, on The Sun.[1] The season began airing on Thursday, October 3, 2019, on the BBC Three iPlayer.

On February 14, 2019, it was revealed that Alan Carr and Graham Norton will join the show as rotating judges just as Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews are in the American format.[2]

On July 16, 2019, it was revealed via social media that the cast of this season will be announced at RuPaul's DragCon NYC 2019 with all 10 queens appearing at the convention. It was also confirmed via Instagram that the season will be available on the streaming platform WOW Presents Plus for viewers outside the UK.[3]

The Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 1 will be "whisked off to Hollywood to star in her very own digital series, produced by the hit-making team that created RuPaul's Drag Race, World of Wonder.

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.[4]

A reunion special was commissioned after the finale due to the successfulness of the season. Catch the reunion Friday, November 29th, 2019 on BBC iPlayer at 8 pm.

Contestants

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(Names, ages, and hometowns are stated are during time of contest)

Rank Contestant Photo Real
Name
Age Hometown Ep. 1 Ep. 2 Ep. 3 Ep. 4
(Snatch
Game)
Ep. 5 Ep. 6 Ep. 7
(Make
Over)
Ep. 8
(Grand
Finale)
Ep. 9
(Reunion)
1st
(Winner)
The
Vivienne
TheVivienneMug James
Williams
27 Liverpool WIN HIGH
TEAM
Team
Captain
HIGH WIN BTM2 WIN HIGH WINNER RTRN
2nd
(Runner-Up)
Divina
De
Campo
DivinaDeCampoMug Owen
Farrow
35 Yorkshire SAFE SAFE WIN LOW WIN HIGH
Mini
Chall.
Winner
WIN
Mini
Chall.
Winner
RUNNER UP RTRN
3rd Baga
Chipz
BagaChipzMug Leo
Loren
29 London HIGH WIN SAFE WIN WIN LOW BTM2 ELIM RTRN
4th Cheryl
Hole
CherylHoleMug Luke
Underwood
25 Essex LOW LOW LOW
Mini
Chall.
Winner
SAFE HIGH BTM2 ELIM RTRN RTRN
5th Blu
Hydrangea
BluHydrangea⁠Mug Joshua
Cargill
23 Belfast SAFE BTM2 SAFE SAFE WIN ELIM RTRN RTRN
6th Crystal CrystalMug Colin
Munro
35 London SAFE SAFE HIGH BTM2 ELIM
Mini
Chall.
Winner
RTRN RTRN
7th Sum
Ting
Wong
SumTingWongMug Bo
Zeng
30 Birmingham HIGH HIGH
TEAM
BTM2 ELIM RTRN RTRN
8th Vinegar
Strokes⁠
VinegarStrokesMug Daniel
Jacob
35 London BTM2 HIGH
TEAM
ELIM RTRN RTRN
9th Scaredy
Kat
ScaredyKatMug Alex 19 Wiltshire SAFE
Mini
Chall.
Winner
ELIM
Team
Captain
RTRN RTRN
10th Gothy
Kendoll
GothyKendollMug Sam
Handley
21 Leicester ELIM RTRN RTRN
The contestant won RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 1.
The contestant was in the final lip-sync, but lost and is the runner-up.
The contestant was eliminated before the finale lip-sync.
The contestant won the main challenge.
The contestant was one of the maxi challenge winners.
The contestant received mainly positive critiques but did not win the main challenge.
The contestant was on the winning team but did not win the main challenge.
The contestant received mainly negative critiques but did not place in the bottom two.
The contestant placed in the bottom two and won the lip-sync for your life.
The contestant placed in the bottom two lost the lip-sync for your life and was eliminated.

Episodes

Series # Episode # Episode Title Air Date
1 1 The Royal Queens October 3, 2019
2 2 Downton Draggy October 10, 2019
3 3 Posh On A Penny October 17, 2019
4 4 Snatch Game October 24, 2019
5 5 Girl Groups October 31, 2019
6 6 Thirsty Werk November 7, 2019
7 7 The Family That Slays Together November 14, 2019
8 8 Grand Finale November 21, 2019
9 9 Reunion November 29, 2019

Episode 1: "The Royal Queens"

Airdate: October 3, 2019

Synopsis: RuPaul brings the award-winning global phenomenon to the UK for the first time. Ten of the country’s most fabulous drag queens will compete in the Olympics of drag in the hope that RuPaul, queen of queens, will crown them as the UK’s first Drag Race Superstar.

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Episode 1 Judges

Summary: In this premiere episode, the queens all meet for the first time before joining RuPaul, who surprises them with an outrageous photoshoot challenge. They then deliver two regal looks on the Drag Race runway. Hollywood actor and drag race fan Andrew Garfield joins Michelle Visage and Alan Carr on the judging panel, as the first queen is eliminated from the competition.[5]

  • Guest Judge: Andrew Garfield
  • Mini Challenge: Take part in a photoshoot challenge depicting the beheading of Anne Boleyn.
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Scaredy Kat
  • Maxi Challenge: Rule the runway in two royal outfits: one inspired by one of Queen Elizabeth and the other inspired by the Queen's hometown.
  • Runway Themes: Queen of Your Hometown and Queen Elizabeth Realness
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: The Vivienne
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: Ru-Peter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Vinegar Strokes and Gothy Kendoll.
  • Lip Sync Song: "New Rules" by Dua Lipa
  • Eliminated: Gothy Kendoll
  • Farewell Message: "I'm the UK's Porkchop Love You, Friends for Life X X X Gothy"

Entrance Order

1 Baga Chipz
2 Blu Hydrangea
3 Divina De Campo
4 Crystal
5 Sum Ting Wong
6 Cheryl Hole
7 Gothy Kendoll
8 Vinegar Strokes
9 Scaredy Kat
10 The Vivienne

Episode 2: "Downton Draggy"

Airdate: October 10, 2019

Synopsis: This week the queens’ acting skills are put to the test as they star in a sumptuous new comedy costume drama - Downton Draggy. Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams joins Michelle Visage and Graham Norton on the judging panel as another queen exits the competition.[6]

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Episode 2 Judges

  • Guest Judge: Maisie Williams
  • Maxi Challenge: Act in a drag queen version of "Downton Abbey"
  • Runway Theme: Bond Girl Glamourama
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Baga Chipz
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: Ru-Peter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Scaredy Kat and Blu Hydrangea
  • Lip Sync Song: "Venus" by Bananarama
  • Eliminated: Scaredy Kat
  • Farewell Message: "Scaredy the whole way. 19 now, what's gonna happen when I'm 35?! :P Thanks girls, cya later! ♡ MEOW! X"

Downton Draggy

Team Scaredy Kat

Team The Vivienne

Blu Hydrangea Baga Chipz
Crystal Sum Ting Wong
Cheryl Hole Vinegar Strokes
Divina De Campo The Vivienne
Scaredy Kat

Episode 3: "Posh On A Penny"

Airdate: October 17, 2019

Synopsis: This week RuPaul tests the queens’ sewing skills and fashion sense, as they are challenged to create show-stopping outfits from junk found at a car boot sale. The original queen of British fashion, Dame Twiggy, joins Michelle Visage and Graham Norton on the judging panel as a third queen sashays away from the competition. Also, Drag Race All-Star, Raven makes a cheeky guest appearance.[7]

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Episode 3 Judges

  • Special Guest: Raven
  • Guest Judge: Dame Twiggy
  • Mini Challenge: Dance around a maypole
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Cheryl Hole
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A 15-second head start at getting materials
  • Maxi Challenge: Create a show-stopping outfit from junk found at a car boot sale
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Divina De Campo
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: Ru-Peter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Sum Ting Wong and Vinegar Strokes
  • Lip Sync Song: "Would I Lie To You" by The Eurythmics
  • Eliminated: Vinegar Strokes
  • Farewell Message: "Long live the OG RPDR UK SLAAAAGS!" You're all amazing. ♡ Hodge Podge FOREVER! xxx"

Episode 4: "Snatch Game"

Airdate: October 24, 2019

Synopsis: This week the queens take on the iconic Snatch Game challenge, where they must deliver their best celebrity impersonations against a classic TV game show backdrop. Special guests Lorraine Kelly and Stacey Dooley join in the fun. On the judging panel Spice Girl legend, Geri Horner joins Michelle Visage and Alan Carr as another queen is eliminated from the competition.[8]

UKSeason1JudgesEp4

Episode 4 Judges

  • Special Guests: Lorraine Kelly and Stacey Dooley
  • Guest Judge: Geri Horner
  • Maxi Challenge: Snatch Game
  • Runway Theme: Weird Science
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Baga Chipz and The Vivienne
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: Ru-Peter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Crystal and Sum Ting Wong
  • Lip Sync Song: "Spice Up Your Life" by Spice Girls
  • Eliminated: Sum Ting Wong
  • Farewell Message: "Love you ALL! believe in yourselves more than I believe in me you've got in the bag ♥️ Love you long time xoxo STW"

Snatch Game Characters

Queen Celebrity
Baga Chipz Margaret Thatcher
Blu Hydrangea Mary Berry
Cheryl Hole Gemma Collins
Crystal Rue McClanahan
Divina De Campo Julia Child
Sum Ting Wong Sir David Attenborough
The Vivienne Donald Trump

Episode 5: "Girl Groups"

Airdate: October 31, 2019

Synopsis: This week the remaining queens are split into two teams, for a girl-group battle. With the help of Grammy-nominated singer and producer MNEK, the two newly formed girl groups record vocals and perform their versions of the same song. Can they impress Mama Ru and guest judge and girl group professional, Jade Thirlwall? Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall joins Michelle Visage and Graham Norton on the judging panel as a fifth queen sashays away from the competition.[9]

UKSeason1JudgesEp5

Episode 5 Judges

  • Special Guest: MNEK
  • Guest Judge: Jade Thirlwall
  • Mini Challenge: Reading is Fundamental.
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Crystal
  • Mini Challenge Prize: Choose the members of her girl group.
  • Maxi Challenge: Record vocals and perform in a girl group number for the original song "Break Up (Bye Bye)".
  • Runway Theme: A Day at the Races.
  • Maxi Challenge Winners: Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, and Divina De Campo
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: Ru-Peter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Crystal and The Vivienne
  • Lip Sync Song: "Power" by Little Mix
  • Eliminated: Crystal
  • Farewell Message: "You're a bunch of ugly, talentless, horrible little witches. I'm going to miss you. C x. 💎"

Girl Groups

Filth Harmony The Frock Destroyers
Crystal Baga Chipz
Cheryl Hole Blu Hydrangea
The Vivienne Divina De Campo

Episode 6: "Thirsty Werk"

Airdate: November 7, 2019

Synopsis: This week the queens’ creative marketing skills are put to the test as they are asked to create an advert - and brand themselves. US Drag Race All-Star Katya makes a surprise visit while pop icon Cheryl joins Michelle Visage and Graham Norton on the judging panel as another queen exits the competition.[10]

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Episode 6 Judges

  • Special Guest: Katya
  • Guest Judge: Cheryl
  • Mini Challenge: Boxers, Briefs or Commando
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Divina De Campo
  • Maxi Challenge: Create and advertise a brand of bottled water.
  • Runway Theme: Rainy Day Eleganza
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: The Vivienne
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: Ru-Peter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Blu Hydrangea and Cheryl Hole
  • Lip Sync Song: "Call My Name (Wideboys Remix)" by Cheryl Cole
  • Eliminated: Blu Hydrangea
  • Farewell Message: "Not just a look Queen! BLU came, Blu slayed, Blu conquered for N.I. ♡ Love you ALL! BLU Hydrangea♡"

Episode 7: "The Family That Slays Together"

Airdate: November 14, 2019

Synopsis: Only four queens remain. Tensions are high and emotions are charged as they are challenged to give family members a very special drag makeover. BAFTA winner Michaela Coel joins Michelle Visage and Alan Carr on the judging panel as another queen is eliminated from the competition.[11]

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Episode 7 Judges

  • Guest Judge: Michaela Coel
  • Mini Challenge: Everybody Loves Puppets
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Divina De Campo
  • Maxi Challenge: Drag Makeovers to family members.
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Divina De Campo
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: RuPeter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Baga Chipz and Cheryl Hole
  • Lip Sync Song: "Tears Dry On Their Own" by Amy Winehouse
  • Eliminated: Cheryl Hole
  • Farewell Message: "I'm all gamed out! You've finally got rid of me! Kill it top 3 -- so proud! May the best GIRL win XOXO Cheryl Hole"

Family Member Drag Makeover

Queens Family Member
Name & Relationship Drag Name
Baga Chipz Josie
(Baga's mother)
Sacka Spudz
Cheryl Hole Gina
(Cheryl's sister)
Sissy Hole
Divina De Campo Carys
(Divina's sister)
Delisha De Campo
The Vivienne Cassie
(Vivienne's mother)
The Mother

Top Three of Season 1

Queens Challenge Wins Up for Elimination
TeamBagaUKS1 3
(Eps. 2, 4, 5)
1
(Ep. 7)
TeamDivinaUKS1 3
(Eps. 3, 5, 7)
0
TeamTheVivienneUKS1 3
(Eps. 1, 4, 6)
1
(Ep. 5)

Episode 8: "Grand Finale"

Airdate: November 21st, 2019

FinaleJudges

Episode 8 Judges

Synopsis: Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard and his brother Curtis (Love Island) choreograph the three queens as they take on an all-singing, all-dancing final challenge.[12]

  • Special Guests: AJ and Curtis Pritchard
  • Main Challenge: Write and record a verse for a performance of RuPaul's song "Rock It (To the Moon)".
  • Runway Theme: Final Three Eleganza Extravaganza
  • Eliminated: Baga Chipz
  • Lip Sync for the Crown Song: "I'm Your Man" by Wham!
  • Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 1: The Vivienne
  • Runner-Up: Divina De Campo

Episode 9: "Reunited"

Airdate: November 29th, 2019

Synopsis: The Queens reunite to kiki about the season

  • Discussions: TBA

Gallery

Gallery pic
Check out the lookbook gallery to see the queens' looks from each episode.

Videos

Trivia

  • Similarities to the US & UK season one's respectively:
    • Bebe Zahara Benet and The Vivienne both won, entered the werkroom last, were both in a losing team for the girl group challenge, in the bottom 2 in episode 5, and won episode 6.
    • Nina Flowers and Divina De Campo both were runner-ups, were both never up for elimination, and were on the winning team in the girl group challenge.
    • "Would I Lie To You?" by the Eurythmics was used for a lip-sync in both seasons.
    • Shannel and Cheryl Hole both placed 4th respectively even though both of them never won a main challenge, yet placed in the BTM 2 twice and made it farther than the first person with a main challenge win(s) to be eliminated. Ongina & Blu Hydrangea who subsequently both placed 5th.
    • Only have 4 people win a main challenge.
  • Divina De Campo was a contestant on the fifth season of The Voice UK which aired in 2016 and is also one of the judges on All Together Now which aired in 2018 and 2019.
  • Scaredy Kat is the 2nd youngest queen to compete in the franchise's history at 19 years old, after Morrigan at 18.
  • The Average age of RPDR UK Season 1 is 27.8.
  • Crystal is the first international queen on RPDR UK, as she was born in Canada. She is also the second international RuPaul's Drag Race queen from Canada after Brooke Lynn Hytes.
  • This is the first RuPaul's Drag Race season to...
    • have only 10 queens compete, excluding All-Stars. It is not, however, the smallest cast as Season 1 of the American series only had 9 queens compete.
    • not to have a cash prize for the winner of the season.
    • not have a Miss Congeniality on a regular series Season.
    • have a Snatch Game episode in the first season of the series.
    • have a triple shared win. (Blu Hydrangea, Baga Chipz, and Divina De Campo)
    • have the winner, on the original series, never place SAFE.
    • add a new episode after the finale aired, due to its success.
  • The official lip-sync assassin of the season was The Vivienne, on account of eliminating Crystal in the week 5 lip-sync and Divina De Campo in the lip-sync for the crown.
  • Episode 2 looks were leaked in the first episode of Fashion Photo RuView UK Edition in WOWpresents Plus+. The video was deleted and reuploaded with the fixed images.
  • This season is tied with US Season 1 for having the smallest amount of individual challenge winners, with only 4 queens in the season (Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, Divina De Campo, The Vivienne) having won a main challenge.
  • Blu Hydrangea was the only challenge winner to be eliminated before the Grand Finale.
  • RuPaul's Promo Look is seen on the runway of Episode 3.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 1, RuPaul's Drag Race US Season 7 and RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3 are the only seasons to have a double win on Snatch Game.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3, Season 5, & UK Season 1 are the only seasons to have everyone in the top 3 have the same amount of wins going into the finale.
    • Also, RuPaul's Drag Race Season 4, Season 5, Season 8, and UK Season 1 are the only seasons to have no one in the top 3 have more than one BTM 2 placement.
  • In episode 3 the lip-sync song "Would I Lie To You?" by Eurythmics was the same as the lip-sync song in Season 1, Episode 4 of the US edition against Rebecca Glasscock & Jade.

References

  1. https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/7899914/uk-version-rupauls-drag-race/
  2. https://metro.co.uk/2019/02/14/rupauls-drag-race-uk-confirms-graham-norton-alan-carr-guest-judges-8627768/
  3. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz_bU4yh9lX/?igshid=iw5hvwwhyi4f
  4. Researching for the Media: Television, Radio, and Journalism by Adele Emm
  5. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2019/40/ru-pauls-drag-race-uk
  6. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2019/41/ru-pauls-drag-race-uk
  7. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2019/42/ru-pauls-drag-race-uk
  8. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2019/43/ru-pauls-drag-race-uk
  9. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2019/44/ru-pauls-drag-race-uk
  10. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07rr1js
  11. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07scpf7
  12. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07sxczl

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