“Classy, brassy and a bit sassy.” That’s how Divina De Campo describes herself as she makes her dramatic entrance as a contestant of the hotly anticipated RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. It’s also an apt description of the show.
Coming to BBC Brit on 21 April, it is set to be a first season to remember, combining all the fierce style, delightful drama, killer make-up and runway sashays (sashay chante!) fans have come to expect from a RuPaul production with that infectious British humour. May God save the queens; it’s time to start your engines and rev up for a rollercoaster of exquisitely OTT superstars who epitomise what this show is all about: self-love, inclusivity and naughty rumpy-pumpy appeal. Blimey!
With 12 successful seasons in the US, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK follows hot on the heels of a franchise which has something of a cult following around the world. Hosted by the indomitable RuPaul – actor, singer, songwriter and the world’s most famous drag queen – it strikes a special balance between being hilarious and endearing. The premise? RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will see a group of exceptional queens compete in a series of challenges to impress Ru and survive another week, who will sashay away, and who will he crown as the UK’s first Drag Race superstar? This time the winner gets to go to Hollywood to create her own digital series so there’s everything to play for.
And there’s lots we can learn. Part of the appeal is the depth and candidness of the contestants. There are some seriously sweet moments in between the shade. The UK season is hosted by RuPaul, Strictly Come Dancing contestant Michelle Visage and a series of guest judges including Maisie Williams, Dame Twiggy, Andrew Garfield and Ginger Spice aka Geri Halliwell. Alan Carr and one of BBC Brit’s most loved celebrity chat show hosts, Graham Norton will alternate as judges, what’s a hit UK show without some of our favourite British superstars, the message of inclusivity shines through. Because ‘if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?’
And while you get ready for your weekly dose of everything fab and drag withRuPaul’s Drag Race UK, on BBC Brit, DSTV channel 120 every Tuesday from the 21st of April at 9pm, Here are five famous RuPaul quotes from previous seasons to help you live your life with charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent (because Mama Ru and her ‘children’ have a quote for every occasion):
- “We’re all born naked and the rest is drag”
- “I feel like you’re being sabotaged by your inner saboteur”
- “The only thing wrong with me was that I thought there was something wrong with me”
- “Don’t get bitter, just get better”
- “Not today Satan. Not today”
Of course, RuPaul’s Drag Race is also about the shade of it all. ‘Impersonating Beyoncé is not your destiny, child.’ The UK show does not disappoint, with witty ripostes flying between the contestants continuously (‘Who put a 50p in Cheryl?’). The challenges take us on a fun ride through British beloveds (Downton Abbey, obviously) and politics (look out for the Maggie Thatcher impression).
Expect the tea to spill (it is hosted in the nation of the cuppa after all) and plenty of ‘drama and conflama’, according to contestant Cheryl Hole. Entertainment galore, as our queens take to the stage to in lip sync performances and other jaw-dropping talents including garmet creations, brace yourself you’re about to learn a thing or two. Things are going to get messy and we’re here for it. Right now, we all need a little love, light relief and plenty of laughs in our lives. And RuPaul delivers. It’s drag therapy at its best and it starts on 21 April at 9pm on BBC Brit, DStv channel 120 and will also be available on Catch Up and DStv Now for those who want to binge the fabulousness