It looks like THE QUEEN is about to get a little crowded on her throne. RuPaul and her queens have saved many gay bars in the U.S. with RuPaul’s Drag Race watch parties, and they’re now going to do it on the other side of the pond. Ru announced today she’s feeding international desire and expanding her own empire with a U.K. version of Drag Race – and it sounds like there was a bidding war over what channel got to air it.
The Sun says that an eight-part Drag Race series will air on BBC3 sometime next year. Similar to how it all goes down in the colonies, er, U.S., the U.K. version will include celebrities on the panel, which shouldn’t be hard to fill. Talk show host Jonathan Ross and Sherlock actor Andrew Scott are fans, but why not hold out for the actual QE2 to judge? If any tough broad knows how to rock rhinestones and over-the-top baubles, it’s her! Ru said she’ll even be holding a berth open for Duchess Meghan:
“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.”
That’s a smart way for Ru to get other royals in on the fun. Keep saying how much you want Meghan on the show, and I’m sure Duchess Kate will offer her own services with a sly, “Don’t you want someone with actual odds of making it to the throne?” It’s unclear who will be a part of the regular judging panel, but Michelle Visage seems to have made the cut:
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HERE WE GO! SEE YOU ON THE MAIN STAGE, UK QUEENS…. Audition deets coming soon ・・・ Hey super queens, who’s got what it takes to be part of our royal family? 👑 RuPaul's Drag Race UK is OFFICIALLY headed to @bbcthree next year. Which of the Queen's queens will be crowned Great Britain's next drag superstar? ✨ AUDITION LINK IN MY BIO ☝
A mysterious “tv source” told the Sun that a ton of British channels wanted the rights to air the show, so it’s a huge get for the BBC. It also sounds like they won’t be sparing any expense on making a debut in the mother country:
“It will be filmed in London and casting directors will be searching for the best drag artists Britain has to offer – there’ll be a huge budget for costumes and production and bosses are hoping that a star is born. It’s really exciting for everyone involved and is expected to draw a lot of new fans to the franchise.RuPaul has a cult following so it’s massive news.”
Just think of all the challenge possibilities! The Twiggy challenge! The S Club 7 challenge! The “Make Victoria Beckham crack a smile with your drag” challenge! Yeah, that’s definitely season finale material.