RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 2 to air in early 2021

Megan Sutton
·6-min read
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From Good Housekeeping

Great news for all RuPaul's Drag Race UK fans - not only has season two been officially confirmed to air early next year, but there's already another in the works.

After 15.6 million requests on BBC iPlayer for season one, it's one of the runaway TV success stories of the last 12 months, and RuPaul is thrilled to be back.

“Looking forward to better days! I’m happy to announce the triumphant return of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. Early in 2021, season 2 will arrive with all the hope, joy, laughter and glitter you’ve come to expect from our brilliant queens.

"We’re also currently casting season 3 with the best and the brightest Great Britain has to offer. We feel honoured that you’ve embraced our little show, and our only wish is that we can offer a smile at a time when we can all use it the most."

RuPaul’s Drag Race has become a global phenomenon in the eleven years it’s been airing in the US, and the second season of the show is coming to BBC Three in early 2021.

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Photo credit: Tristan Fewings - Getty Images

In season two of Drag Race UK, host RuPaul will be on the lookout once again to crown one of the UK’s top drag artists the ‘Queen of Great Britain’. But, it takes more than just a wig and pair of heels to win as contestants take part in weekly challenges and face off against each other to keep themselves in the competition. And win a highly coveted RuPeter badge.

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”.

Here's everything you need to know about season two...

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: Who’s judging?

The judging panel is back for 2021 - with Ru, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr back together again.

Visage has judged eight seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race and four seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars in the US, and is an integral part of the show’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.

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 season two in the US as a guest judge in 2016. Whilst comedian Alan Carr is a long-time fan of RuPaul, having made his acquaintance when Ru appeared on his chat show Alan Carr’s Chatty Man.

Alan revealed earlier this month that the filming of RPDRUK had been shut down because of the pandemic.

"I'm filming that in a fortnight's time, so that will be nice to just get that finished," he told Lorraine on Lorraine.

"It's also good for some of the drag queens who maybe their sewing wasn't that good – because in the lockdown, if they've got any sense, they'd be on that sewing machine, with that pedal down! No excuse."

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: Celebrity guest judges

The truly excellent Dawn French is the only name we know so far - but what a name. Dawn let slip she'd been filming the show earlier this year, and had been asked to take a bigger role.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

"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!"

Last year's celebrity guest judges were:

  • Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams

  • Spice Girl Geri Horner

  • Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall

  • Actor Andrew Garfield

  • Actor and writer Michaela Coel

  • Singer and dancer Cheryl

  • Supermodel Twiggy

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: Celebrity coaches

Last year's celebrity helpers came in the shape of dancing brothers, AJ and Curtis Pritchard and singer MNEK. They applied their considerable talent and experience to help coach the queens through some testing challenges. We'll just have to wait and see who's lending a helping hand for 2021.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: Snatch Game

Last year, TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and broadcaster/ Strictly champion Stacey Dooley guest-appeared in a special Snatch Game episode.

The competing drag queens impersonated famous faces - from Cheryl Hole's The GC to The Vivienne's Donald Trump via Blu Hydrangea's potty-mouthed Mary Berry.

Snatch Game is a parody of the show Match Game, or Blankety Blank as it was called here in the UK.

The queens have to answer questions while impersonating their chosen celebrity and it's always a fan favourite.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: The queens

We don't know just yet who'll be taking part, but there are 12 queens this time around - two more than in season one, which is truly sickening.

Loved last year's lineup? Here's a reminder of the first queendom:

Baga Chipz, 29, London

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Blu Hydrangea, 23, Belfast

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Divina De Campo, 35, West Yorkshire

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Crystal, 34, London

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Sum Ting Wong, 30, Birmingham

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Cheryl Hole, 25, Essex

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Gothy Kendoll, 21, Leicester

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Vinegar Strokes, 35, London

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Scaredy Kat, 20, Wiltshire

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The Vivienne, 27, Liverpool

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RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 2: When’s it on TV?

The show will air on BBC Three in early 2021.

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