RuPaul's Drag Race UK season 3: The release date, judges and queens

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Start your engines and let the countdown begin: RuPaul's Drag Race UK season 3 will be returning to BBC Three on Thursday, 23rd September at 7pm.

Fans have been introduced a brand new set of Queens and an array of exciting celebrity guests including Loose Women's Judi Love, Bridgerton's Nicola Coughlan, national treasure Kathy Burke, Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle and Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock, to name but a few.

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Mama Ru will be returning to the judging panel alongside Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr, who will alternate each week as they have done for the past two series.

Each week, the queens will be taking part in a different set of challenges to certify their drag race prowess, impress the judges and avoid being one of the bottom two queens facing a lip sync and elimination from the competition.

Here's everything else we know about the new series below...

Drag Race UK season 3 - The celebrity guest judges

Emma Bunton, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Alesha Dixon, Judi Love, Bridgerton's Nicola Coughlan, Lulu, Nadine Coyle, Kathy Burke, Strictly's Oti Mabuse, Russell Tovey, and Steps will be this season's celebrity guest judges.

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Mama Ru will be returning to the judging panel with Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr, who will alternate each week as they have done for the past two series.

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Drag Race UK season 3 - Meet the Queens

Let's meet the line-up, including the first cisgender female to take part, and a familiar face from last year...

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River Medway, 22

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River Medway takes inspiration from Miley Cyrus’s Hannah Montana saying: "I’ve always been obsessed with her and now when I think about it I loved the transformation. By day, she was a schoolgirl, living a completely normal life, and then by night she’s a popstar, with wigs, make up and outfits. That’s drag ! And that’s how I feel in drag."

Victoria Scone, 27

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Victoria Stone is the first cisgender female to take part on the show. "Me being here is political but you can just have fun with it. That’s why I started. I just wanted to entertain people and that’s what we’re going to do! Drag can just be fun."

Veronica Green, 35

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RuPaul fans will recognise Veronica Green from series two. She had to leave the show after testing positive for COVID but revealed that she “received an open invitation from Mama Ru to come back for series three – and I wasn’t gonna turn that down!”

Vanity Milan, 29

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A novice in the drag world who is already making a big impact, Vanity Milan describes herself as "sophisticated, sexy and savage". "I’m not a diva. I’m not a hun. I’m serving unapologetic blackness. Vanity is REAL. I am REAL."

Scarlett Harlett, 26

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Self-described as "Danny Dyer in drag", Scarlett claims to be "EastEnders personified", who embraces her working class and cockney roots in her drag.

Krystal Versace, 19

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Krystal Versace describes herself as "a sex goddess". "She is the supreme. She is a god. It’s the legs, the body, the hips, the waist. High, feminine glam. Super fierce. She is just the ultimate moment."

Kitty Scott-Claus, 29

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Kitty Scott-Claus began performing in pantomimes across the country after graduating from drama school. "I wanted to be sassy. I wanted to be Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. I wanted to be Roxy Hart in Chicago. I wanted to be Glinda in Wicked. The busty blondes!"

Ella Vaday, 32

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Former West End performer Ella Vaday describes herself as "a desperate housewife of Dagenham. A yummy mummy – a bit garish, a bit classy, a bit Essex-y", adding: "I’m very sarcastic and dry."

Elektra Fence, 29

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Elektra Fence says her inspiration comes from "northern warrior-women like Bet Lynch and Jane McDonald – hence my obsession with leopard print! But also by strong, glamorous ladies, like Miley Cyrus, Kris Jenner and Madonna!"

Charity Kase, 24

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Charity Kase aims to break beauty stereotypes with her unique look, and to "create a fantasy from another dimension". "My name comes from my ability to craft stuff on a very low budget and transform the grotesque to glamorous and maybe be both at the same time!" she says.

Choriza May, 30

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Choriza May is originally from Spain and resides in Newcastle - but she says her drag was born in the UK. "As an immigrant queen, I’m someone with a slightly different background to the other queens in the competition, but my drag was born in the UK. There are millions of European immigrants in the UK, and I’m so happy to be representing them as drag queen of the immigrants!"

Anubis, 19

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The name Anubis pays homage to her late father and her heritage, meaning God of the Afterlife. "I chose the name Anubis because I wanted something that referenced my Egyptian heritage. My dad was Egyptian and when he passed away about three years ago, I wanted a name that paid homage to him."

RuPaul's Drag Race UK season 3 returns to BBC Three and iPlayer on Thursday, September 23rd, at 7pm.


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