It's mere weeks until RuPaul's Drag Race UK returns to our screens - and here's our guide to the queens and guest judges.
After a record-breaking 15.6 million requests on BBC iPlayer for season one, praise be that the BBC said Shante you stay for 2021.
We take a look at what's in store for round two.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: The queens
There are 12 queens this time around - two more than in season one, which is truly sickening. Here's our guide to who's going to werk season two.
How would you describe your drag look? I am a mix of Rab C. Nesbitt and Susan Boyle! I take a lot of pride in my appearance. I want to look fierce! I make most of my own costumes. I do my own hair and makeup. I even make my own hip pads. I do it all, and I take huge pride in being literally self-made.
Who or what inspires your drag? I am inspired by worldwide legends Lady Gaga, Madonna, Michelle MacManus - a big shout out for Michelle! I also love kitschy sci-fi and horror nerdy things. I often look like some kind of alien out of Dr Who.
Who is Cherry Valentine? In the world of drag, just like a Cherry, I sit on top! Cherry Valentine is everything. She is glamour, she is a club kid, she’s dark, she’s gothic, she’s a dancer, she’s flippy. Look at me, I am a queen. I’m a high fashion queen. I look fierce, and my body is hourglass perfect - as there’s nowt worse than a saggy boob.
I like to say my drag is insidious glamour - a beautiful lady possessed by the devil. I’m not always a drag queen, I’m a drag artiste, there’s a subtle difference.
Bimini Bon Boulash
What do you think people would be surprised to know about you? I have a degree in journalism, and I have done a lot of social activism, which is something I’d like to pursue further.
I invented veganism about seven years ago...haha! No, I’ve been vegan for about seven years. I love yoga, and I’ve never been healthier.
Who is Ginny Lemon? I’m basically a drag troll. I’m the hairiest woman in show-business! I’m the only non-binary drag queen in the UK...with a sense of humour! I don’t do traditional drag; I am a character. My look is a '90s daytime TV presenter. I wear my face which suits me. For me, it’s not about makeup. It’s all about the performance.
Why do you look familiar? I did X Factor in 2017, and I sang Liberty X’s Just A Little Bit. Really, I’m a singer songwriter, and drag is how I do that. I’ve been doing drag since 2016 so I was quite a new Drag Queen when I did X Factor.
What can we expect at a Joe Black show? Imagine you’ve found yourself in some seedy 1920s Berlin cabaret joint where we will have a dark, delicious and deviant time. I bring all the wonky eyebrows and eyeshadow of the traditional seaside drag with a bit of haunted glamour, I sometimes think I’m a bit too much for people, but the nannas love me.
Who is Tia Kofi? My name, Tia Kofi is a very camp and very British - Tea or Coffee darling? It’s very me, and at the very least, it’s memorable! I’m a mashup of the drag styles. I love comedy, camp, old school, contemporary, and cultural references. As there aren’t a huge number of POC queens on the scene, I’ll often throw in something from my Nigerian heritage too.
What challenges are you most nervous about? You know when people come on Drag Race and they say, ‘I don’t sew’, and you’re like ‘Girl, you should have learnt to sew if you’re going to come on Drag Race’, that’s me. I can’t sew. I’ve never touched a sewing machine a day in my life.
Who is Veronica Green? When I was a little boy, my brother and I used to make our own comic books, and when our baby sister, Veronica, came along we were so jealous that we created a supervillain in our comic books and called her Veronica Green! Unwittingly, my sister’s birth sparked off my drag persona!
She’s going to be mortified at all of this - I stole her prom dress and everything.
Where are you from and how does it influence Sister Sister? I’m from Liverpool where the drag scene is incredibly varied. We have the grand high mistress, Lily Savage, who paved the way for drag queens everywhere, God bless her!
Who or what inspires your drag? I grew up on good, solid, British comedy. I was watching French and Saunders and Victoria Wood since forever. Plus, I’ve always had an interest in fashion, I grew up watching Jem and the Holograms. I was always such a fan of the stupid obnoxious makeup. The 80s style is very garish, but they used big shades and I love that.
Why RuPaul’s Drag Race UK? I am doing this for Wales, for my parents and my family. I’m doing it for all those little buggers who have looked at me and thought I was an absolute freak. I’m doing it for myself. I’m doing it for Gavin and Stacey!
Honestly, I can’t believe I’m here right now. I’m here, I’m queer, I’m here to let these girls have it and show them whatWales has to offer. The job’s a good un, Bob’s your uncle,Linda’s your aunt.
Who is Ellie Diamond? I’m 6ft 4 out of heels, and in drag, I love to go even taller. I like the biggest wigs, heels, outfits, lashes, makeup and ass. I would describe my drag as a cartoon character that has come to life. If you were to search online for a photo of drag queen, then a picture of me would come up!
Tell us about your drag look? I am a strong physical, fit, masculine, feminine woman.
I am Serena Williams and Naomi Campbell if they had a baby, plus Azealia Banks! I’m a body queen. I am blessed, gorgeous and stunning. I’m not a gown queen or sequin queen. I’m an everyday streetwear fashion queen. I like to wear hooded stuff and trainers. I don’t believe that you need big hair and expensive gowns. As long as my legs are out!
Asttina is not a character or someone different, Asttina is me. We are the same people. She is my mutant form. She is my ultimate power.
How did you get your drag name? I like to create a concept and when I was young, I was always obsessed with fairy-tales. Especially Sleeping Beauty. She’s torn between the pink and blue dress, like me, torn between boy and girl. She’s called Princess Aurora and I thought how can I put a spin on that? A’Whora it is! But somehow, I started off as Aurora and somehow ended up as Maleficent...
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: Who are the guest judges?
Elizabeth Hurley, Lorraine Kelly, Sheridan Smith, MNEK and Jourdan Dunn are the first names to be announced as celebrity guest judges on series two of the show. They will join Ru, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and Graham Norton on the judging panel.
All round icon and Drag Race fan Elizabeth Hurley says: “My whole family is obsessed with the show and would have disowned me if I hadn’t said yes to being a judge. I am in awe of Ru Paul and couldn’t take my eyes off him.
Drag Race superfan Sheridan Smith, who admitted she was “shaking” when she met the judges, will appear when the Queens face the music and dance.
Presenter and actor Lorraine Kelly makes a triumphant return after stealing the show taking part in last year’s Snatch Game and this year graduates to the main stage.
Also returning is Grammy and MOBO nominated singer, artist and absolute king MNEK, who was last season’s guest vocal coach.
Supermodel Jourdan Dunn brings her experience of the runway to the queens - lending her catwalk expertise to the lends her catwalk expertise to the queens of series two, imparting the knowledge she’s gained from decades in the industry, as the Queens werk the runway.
Earlier this year Dawn French let slip she was a guest judge, and had originally been asked to join the fully join the panel
"They did originally ask me if I would be a full-time judge, but I couldn't – because I just don't live in London," she explained. "But I am going to be a guest judge."
Dawn also revealed what things were like filming in the middle of a pandemic: "I think there's going to be sort of Perspex between each judge kind of thing, so I won't be able to touch Ru. That's a shame, because I really do want to touch Ru!"
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: When is it on?
Season two kicks off right when we need it, on 14 January at 7pm on BBC iPlayer.
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