Which queens will be on the next series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK?
Season 1 of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Edition is done and dusted, and it’s pretty clear that the first series was a smash. The BBC has confirmed that the show is returning for a second season, and applications to join the cast have already closed.
While we don’t have any information about who’s applied and who might be on the short-list, here’s our wish-list of some of the queens we’d like to see getting into quick-drag and giving us meme-worthy moments.
We love her re-cap shows on YouTube and she’s also an experienced queen. We’d love to see Nova put her money where her mouth is.
Completing the Novympia power-couple, Olympia Avalanche is a force to be reckoned with. She’s got loads of personality, punches out impressions without hesitation, and brings a sense of humour to everything.
Her recap videos on YouTube are always worth watching, and she knows how to entertain. Her celebrity impersonations include Kimberley Walsh and Emma Bunton, so that makes the selection of guest judges pretty straightforward.
Part of the Tuck Shop drag collective, Ophelia Love has proven that she’s comfortable on camera and on stage. If there’s a Spice Girls moment, she does a mean Mel C.
A mainstay of the East London drag scene, Fagulous puts on a show. There’s impressions, there’s singing, there’s comedy. She’s bringing triple-threat drag, every time.
One of the criticisms of Season 1 of RPDR UK was that there was no representation from Scotland. The easiest way to rectify that is to cast Mary Mac – it doesn’t get any draggier or more Scottish than Mary. She’s pretty much a haggis on legs.
The total gender-fuckery of Rhys’s Pieces is possibly just what Drag Race needs to shake it up a bit. Having started out as a spoken-word performance artist, Rhys has been honing his skills and is now delivering cabaret excellence.
The bearded lady never looked so good. Political, powerful, and passionate – everything that drag should be.
Iconic looks and spoken-word lip-syncs are her speciality.
Barbs can usually be found running amok at The Glory in East London.
She’s often rocking a moustache and dancing on the bar.
Turns a drag show into a religious experience.
You’re going to want to get on your knees for this one.
We’d love to see both Alan Carr and Graham Norton return to the judging panel for Season 2 – both brought just the right blend of humour, affectionate critique, and a love of the art-form.
Michelle Visage seems to have made the UK her second home. It’s pretty much inevitable that she’s going to be back for Season 2.
Will RuPaul be back as host? Probably. The UK is a pretty big market, and RuPaul likes to be front-and-centre, but we have already seen that this format works without RuPaul. We wouldn’t be mad at someone else stepping into the host role – it might bring some freshness to a show that is feeling very familiar (simply because we’ve watched every episode that has ever been made).
Who could replace RuPaul as host of the UK version? The obvious choice is Lily Savage – a gig like this might be enough to coax her out of retirement. A past winner of the US series is an option – break-out stars such as Bianca Del Rio and Jinkx Monsoon would be fun to watch. Is Claudia Winkelman too much to ask for?