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Geri Horner and Jade Thirlwall join RuPaul’s Drag Race UK as guest judges

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RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will be serving BBC Three viewers Ginger Spice and Power this coming autumn, with the announcement of Geri Horner and Jade Thirlwall as extra special guest judges.

The two mega girl group superstars will join Mama Ru, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr as Celebrity Judges on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

When asked to be one of RuPaul’s extra special judges, the woman who coined the phrase ‘Girl Power’ and a self-confessed Drag Race addict, Geri Horner, jumped at the chance.

“I just love how drag encourages people to be exactly who they are,” says Geri. “This show has brought so much joy and pride to people all over the world, I can’t wait for everyone to see the amazing queens representing the UK in this first ever series.” . Currently in preparation for Little Mix’s UK tour, Jade Thirlwall juggled her busy diary so she could fulfil a dream of sitting next to Mama Ru.

Jade says: “I love absolutely everything about drag. I love that it’s art. I love how fabulous it is, how fun it is, I love that you can transform your body into a fantastic beautiful woman… the whole thing! I just wish in my next life I can be a drag queen.”

Having hosted a drag queen-themed birthday party, and featured Drag Race queens Alaska, Courtney Act and Willam in Little Mix’s video for Power, Jade is an uber fan.

The first UK adaption of the Emmy-winning franchise and global hit, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will come to BBC Three in the autumn. It will showcase the most fabulous drag queens that the UK has to offer and see RuPaul crown the UK’s First Drag Superstar.

Geri and Jade will feature as a celebrity guest judge for one separate episode each where they will appear alongside RuPaul and Michelle Visage. Maisie Williams has also previously been announced as a celebrity guest judge.

Maisie Williams confirmed as guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

21st May 2019

Maisie Williams is going from slaying in Game of Thrones to just slaying full stop, as she becomes the first celebrity guest judge for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is the first UK adaption of the Emmy-winning franchise and global hit and will showcase the most fabulous drag queens that the UK has to offer. Maisie will feature as a celebrity judge for one episode where she will appear alongside RuPaul and Michelle Visage.

The Bristol-born actor is best know as Arya Stark in Game Of Thrones, a role she has played since the age of 13. Now, at the age of 22, she is a global name, a fashionista, and a huge fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race. As the cult fantasy drama Game Of Thrones draws to an end, fans of Maisie Williams can rest assured that she will continue to serve fierce in her next role as one of RuPaul’s special judges in the search for the first Drag Race UK superstar.

When asked to be a judge, she jumped at the chance. Talking about her love of drag, Maisie says: “What I love the most about drag is the story of the drag queen behind the facade. I think that so much of drag comes from a place of real pain and seeing how that transforms into a character is so interesting to me. I love that about art and about drag.”

Graham Norton and Alan Carr will appear as rotating resident judges across the eight-part series. It will air on BBC Three later this year.

Graham Norton and Alan Carr will be judges on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

15th February 2019

Graham Norton and Alan Carr are joining the judge’s panel on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

The first UK adaption of the global hit will showcase the most fabulous drag queens that the UK has to offer, and Graham and Alan will appear as rotating resident judges.

Eight-time BAFTA TV award-winner Graham Norton is no stranger to RuPaul’s Drag Race, having already appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars in the US as a guest judge in 2016. Comedian Carr, meanwhile, is a long-time fan of RuPaul, having made his acquaintance when Ru appeared on his chat show, Alan Carr’s Chatty Man. Both Graham and Alan share a passion for the drag scene and Drag Race.

Each week, they will join RuPaul, Michelle Visage and a celebrity guest judge. For the grand finale, Graham and Alan will both appear on the judging panel alongside previously announced judge Michelle Visage, where together they will assist host RuPaul in crowning the UK’s Next Drag Superstar.

Norton says: “Becoming part of the drag race family makes me ridiculously happy! I can’t wait to see what the UK drag queens bring to the party, but they better weeeeerk!!!”

Carr adds: “Wow! To be sat next to Michelle Visage and Mama Ru as a guest judge on possibly one of my all-time favourite shows EVER is a dream come true. I can’t wait to see what the UK Queens have got in store – it’s going to be sickening! *does death drop*”

RuPaul comments: “I was both shocked and delighted when Graham and Alan told me they’d be wearing tucking panties when sitting at the judges’ table. I told them it was not necessary, but they insisted. Now that’s what I call dedication!”

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is an eight-part World of Wonder production for BBC Three. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Former Controller BBC Three and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC.

Phillips says: “I am so excited that self-confessed Drag Race fans Graham and Alan have agreed to join Ru and Michelle on our judging panel. Their immense wit and wisdom will be invaluable in ensuring the most deserving Queen sashays away with the title.”

Michelle Visage will judge RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

6th February 2018

Michelle Visage will be a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

The UK incarnation of the global TV phenomenon will search for the best and brightest drag queens that Britain has to offer. Through a series of challenges that will test the queens’ comedy, modelling, and acting skills, host RuPaul will crown the UK’s Next Drag Superstar.

Now, BBC Three has confirmed that he will be joined by a familiar face. Visage, who has judged eight seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race and four seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars in the US, is an integral part of the reality contest’s continued success. Visage and RuPaul have over 20 years of working history on a variety of projects, from their successful What’s The Tee podcast, to their top-rated morning radio show, to 100+ episodes of their 90s talk show, The RuPaul Show.

Visage says: “We’ve been working tirelessly to bring the magic of RuPaul’s Drag Race to my favourite city in the world: London! I know the UK has a wealth of talent to offer and I’m thrilled beyond belief to see these queens battle it out on the main stage, UK-style! GOD SAVE THE QUEENS!”

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, World Of Wonder co-founders and Emmy Award-winning Executive Producers, say: “She is a quadruple threat: she sings, she dances, she acts, and boy, can she judge! Queens beware!”

The eight-part UK series was unveiled by BBC Three last year. Produced by World Of Wonder, it was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Former Controller BBC Three, and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC. The Executive Producers are RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Sally Miles and Bruce McCoy, and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Ruby Kuraishe.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is coming to BBC Three

5th December 2018

Start your engines, because RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming to UK. BBC Three is teaming up with World of Wonder to produce a UK version of the smash hit show, which seeks to crown one of the UK’s top drag artists the ‘Queen of Great Britain’.

A global phenomenon, RuPaul’s Drag Race is available in 193 countries worldwide (and on Netflix in the UK) and was nominated for a record-breaking 12 Emmys this year, winning both Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality-Competition Program.

“RuPaul a unique, intelligent and compassionate human being who has only ever encouraged all individuals all over the world to truly love yourself for who you are,” we wrote in our rave review of the show, which recently aired its 10th season.

Now, the first UK adaptation of the show is on the way, which will see 10 contestants take part in weekly challenges and face off against each other to keep themselves in the competition.

“It is a dream come true to extend our royal family to the United Kingdom with our partners at BBC Three,” says RuPaul says. “I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens. And before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a ‘Royal-Mother-To-Be’ runway challenge.”

Contestants will compete in individual or team challenges that test a specific drag queen skill before taking on the Maxi Challenge, the headline moment of each show where they may be required to perform, model in a photo shoot, prepare a runway look for a themed challenge before having to face the judges, with one contestant each week eliminated and asked to “Sashay Away”.

The eight-episode series was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three and Kate Phillips, Controller, BBC Entertainment. The Executive Producers are RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Sally Miles and Bruce McCoy, and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Ruby Kuraishe.

Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three, says: “Needless to say, we’re delighted that BBC Three will be the home of a new UK version of Drag Race. It is one of the biggest entertainment titles in the world and anticipation levels for a UK version have been at feverish levels. With heart, humour and the un-imitable RuPaul, Drag Race is going to take BBC Three to a whole new level.”

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, World of Wonder Co-Founders and Executive Producers, say: “World of Wonder Productions began in the UK, and the many Queens of England have always been an inspiration, so bringing RuPaul’s Drag Race to BBC Three is a very special home coming”.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will air in 2019.

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