Graham Norton and Alan Carr are joining the judge’s panel on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
The first UK adaption of the global hit will showcase the most fabulous drag queens that the UK has to offer, and Graham and Alan will appear as rotating resident judges.
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 in the US as a guest judge in 2016. Comedian Carr, meanwhile, is a long-time fan of RuPaul, having made his acquaintance when Ru appeared on his chat show, Alan Carr’s Chatty Man. Both Graham and Alan share a passion for the drag scene and Drag Race.
Each week, they will join RuPaul, Michelle Visage and a celebrity guest judge. For the grand finale, Graham and Alan will both appear on the judging panel alongside previously announced judge Michelle Visage, where together they will assist host RuPaul in crowning the UK’s Next Drag Superstar.
Norton says: “Becoming part of the drag race family makes me ridiculously happy! I can’t wait to see what the UK drag queens bring to the party, but they better weeeeerk!!!”
Carr adds: “Wow! To be sat next to Michelle Visage and Mama Ru as a guest judge on possibly one of my all-time favourite shows EVER is a dream come true. I can’t wait to see what the UK Queens have got in store – it’s going to be sickening! *does death drop*”
RuPaul comments: “I was both shocked and delighted when Graham and Alan told me they’d be wearing tucking panties when sitting at the judges’ table. I told them it was not necessary, but they insisted. Now that’s what I call dedication!”
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is an eight-part World of Wonder production for BBC Three. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Former Controller BBC Three and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC.
Phillips says: “I am so excited that self-confessed Drag Race fans Graham and Alan have agreed to join Ru and Michelle on our judging panel. Their immense wit and wisdom will be invaluable in ensuring the most deserving Queen sashays away with the title.”
Michelle Visage will judge RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
6th February 2018
Michelle Visage will be a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
The UK incarnation of the global TV phenomenon will search for the best and brightest drag queens that Britain has to offer. Through a series of challenges that will test the queens’ comedy, modelling, and acting skills, host RuPaul will crown the UK’s Next Drag Superstar.
Now, BBC Three has confirmed that he will be joined by a familiar face. Visage, who has judged eight seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race and four seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars in the US, is an integral part of the reality contest’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.
Visage says: “We’ve been working tirelessly to bring the magic of RuPaul’s Drag Race to my favourite city in the world: London! I know the UK has a wealth of talent to offer and I’m thrilled beyond belief to see these queens battle it out on the main stage, UK-style! GOD SAVE THE QUEENS!”
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, World Of Wonder co-founders and Emmy Award-winning Executive Producers, say: “She is a quadruple threat: she sings, she dances, she acts, and boy, can she judge! Queens beware!”
The eight-part UK series was unveiled by BBC Three last year. Produced by World Of Wonder, it was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Former Controller BBC Three, and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC. The Executive Producers are RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Sally Miles and Bruce McCoy, and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Ruby Kuraishe.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is coming to BBC Three
5th December 2018
Start your engines, because RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming to UK. BBC Three is teaming up with World of Wonder to produce a UK version of the smash hit show, which seeks to crown one of the UK’s top drag artists the ‘Queen of Great Britain’.
A global phenomenon, RuPaul’s Drag Race is available in 193 countries worldwide (and on Netflix in the UK) and was nominated for a record-breaking 12 Emmys this year, winning both Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality-Competition Program.
“RuPaul a unique, intelligent and compassionate human being who has only ever encouraged all individuals all over the world to truly love yourself for who you are,” we wrote in our rave review of the show, which recently aired its 10th season.
Now, the first UK adaptation of the show is on the way, which will see 10 contestants take part in weekly challenges and face off against each other to keep themselves in the competition.
“It is a dream come true to extend our royal family to the United Kingdom with our partners at BBC Three,” says RuPaul says. “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.”
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”.
The eight-episode series was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three and Kate Phillips, Controller, BBC Entertainment. The Executive Producers are RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Sally Miles and Bruce McCoy, and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Ruby Kuraishe.
Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three, says: “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.”
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, World of Wonder Co-Founders and Executive Producers, say: “World of Wonder Productions began in the UK, and the many Queens of England have always been an inspiration, so bringing RuPaul’s Drag Race to BBC Three is a very special home coming”.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will air in 2019.