The nation is divided, Brexit malaise hangs in the air and miserable weather just generally has the entire population down in the dumps.
But what’s that up in the sky? The clouds… they’re parting! What is that spectacular ray of light?
It’s… it’s… it’s RuPaul announcing that Drag Race is finally getting a UK spin-off series!
After 10 years of the Emmy-winning US reality show, this British version is a welcome breath of fresh air for the tried and tested Drag Race format.
The British version, airing on BBC Three, will come to the UK in 2019.
RuPaul, who is set to host the new show, said in a statement: “It is a dream come true to extend our royal family to the United Kingdom with our partners at BBC Three. 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.”
And sidekick Michelle Visage, currently appearing in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie on the West End, added: “Here we go! See you on the main stage, UK queens!”
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 or prepare a runway look for a themed challenge before having to face the judges, with one contestant each week eliminated after a Lip Sync for their Life and asked to ‘Sashay Away’.
Damian Kavanagh, controller BBC Three, added: “Needless to say, we’re delighted that BBC Three will be the home of a new UK version of Drag Race. It is one of the biggest entertainment titles in the world and anticipation levels for a UK version have been at feverish levels. With heart, humour and the un-imitable RuPaul, Drag Race is going to take BBC Three to a whole new level.”
You can sign up to audition for the show here, with filming set to begin in March.
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