Seven fierce British drag queens that could SLAY Drag Race
In 2017, Dame Charlie Hides became the first British queen (unless you count BenDelaCreme’s iconic Snatch game version of Maggie Smith) – to compete on TV’s fiercest competition: RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Unfortunately, following her short run, what Charlie will be most remembered for isn’t the sickening looks, or even the awkwardness with guest judge Lady Gaga – who she had hilariously impersonated on YouTube a LOT. Instead she’ll be known for the fact she fucked it up (seriously) by delivering the limpest lip sync of all-time. It lead to many to wonder whether the 53-year-old sushi-lover was, in fact, a fair representation of what the UK has to offer drag’s most prestigious platform.
But with Season 10 slaying our screens, and the show getting more popular every year, we figured this would be the perfect time to take a look at the budding superstars burning up the UK drag scene, and Ru-minate over which queens among our home-grown talent might actually have the potential to be crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar.
Some would say these queens would be mad not to audition. After all, getting on the show is a prize in itself these days. Drag Race has made stars of almost every queen that has strutted through their doors. But – ignoring any pesky VISA issues – could the UK, famously home of drag icon Lily Savage (before she took off her white curly wig to cuddle dogs all day, anyway) – also birth to the next Sasha Velour or Bianca Del Rio?
SILENCE! It’s time for the judge’s critiques. Here are just seven UK queens who could absolutely slay Drag Race.
From Valentina to… erm, Tina. Yes, first up we have the problematically-named queen – Meth. Immediately, producer alarm bells are ringing: would that name be an issue were she ever to audition? Previously queens like Alaska Thunder*bleep* 5000 and Detox iC**t had to edit the names of their risqué drag alter egos as the show has become more family friendly over the years.
So how exactly would World of Wonder deal with a queen named after one of the world’s deadliest drugs? It’s a pickle, for sure, but the programme is also no stranger to controversy, so perhaps Meth – who resides in London and has been a fixture on the British drag circuit for years – is just the addictive substance the show needs following Season Nine’s ‘RuPaul’s Best Friend Race.’
Judging by her social media accounts, she already knows most of the Ru Girls anyway, so maybe casting this queen should be, ahem, crystal clear.
2. Vanity Von Glow
Scottish siren Vanity was so confident in her drag abilities she essentially cast herself as the UK’s answer to Mama Ru in 2014 by launching the web series Vanity’s Drag Hunt.
Still, as winners of Seasons Seven and Eight – Violet Chachki and Bob the Drag Queen – have undoubtedly proved, a bit of cockiness can get you pretty far on the Race. Perhaps Vanity – who has performed on stage with Lily Allen, in front of the British Army and has even appeared on TV with Adele – and her ego might just be able to glow all the way to the top.
On her website, Vanity claims she is “internationally ignored,” but if she gets promoted from her own Drag Hunt to actual Drag Race, her years of experience definitely won’t be in vain…
3. Cheddar Gorgeous
Say cheese! Cheddar Gorgeous has built quite a following in Manchester, and around the country, thanks to her out-of-the-box looks and unconventional beauty.
Putting together outrageous outfits that would make even Sharon Needles squirm, Miss Gorgeous has become one of the more mysterious and alluring characters on the British circuit.
Raja and Raven would be struggling to ‘boot’ her looks on Fashion Photo Review, put it that way. Describing herself as somewhere between a unicorn and an alien (erm, Alaska says ‘hieeeeeeee…’) it seems the legen-dairy visual artist has the perfect blend of drive and individuality that we often see blossom on the show.
Let’s just hope All Stars 3 contestant Milk and her tantrums hasn’t left Drag Race fans feeling lactose intolerant.
4. Jodie Harsh
Too big for the Race? Nah. Derrick Barry, Chad Michaels and recent CBB UK winner Courtney Act all had equally renowned careers as our very own Jodie before they stepped into the famous workroom. So without sounding harsh, we don’t think her impressive status counts her out as a potential contestant.
Although saying that, whenever the Ru-mours about a UK Version of Drag Race are circulating (and, seriously, can they finally stop being rumours and start being fact now PLEASE THANKS!!) Jodie’s name – alongside Jonathan Ross’, oddly – often finds itself attached. Maybe it’s more likely she’ll become part of the extended DR family than end up competing on the US show?
However, if the Kent-born international DJ and music producer – who has worked with World of Wonder on a show called Drag Queen Problems, interestingly – was ever to become a Ru Girl, she could also earn the unique distinction of being the only drag queen in the world to be more famous than the person her name lampoons: Jodie Marsh, (erm… who?)
5. La Voix
Memorable Ru Girls Kennedy Davenport and Tammie Brown have also showcased their talents – or how bonkers they are, in Tammie’s case – on America’s Got Talent as well as Drag Race.
Similarly, London’s own La Voix brought the camp to Britain’s Got Talent where she got all the way to the semi-finals. She succeeded thanks to her hilarious humour (don’t embarrass yourself by trying to heckle her, OK?) and fantastic vocal skills.
La Voix also appeared in the Ab Fab Movie, sweety darling… and was a UK ambassador for Drag Race. So she would undeniably be a perfect fit if they were looking for a more experienced contestant on future seasons.
Think Mimi Imfurst, but with less physical violence… Ooh la la!
6. Mary Mac
Scottish force-of-nature Mary Mac looks strikingly similar to another star who did very well on Drag Race. That would be Season Five winner – Jinkx Monsoon.
We’re not sure if that’s coincidence, or if one was inspired by the other – but there’s clearly no animosity as Mary actually got a shout-out on Jinkx’s brilliant album – The Ginger Snapped.
If Mary – who promises “laughs and plenty of haggis” – can achieve a fraction of what her drag doppelgänger did on the show, (who could forget that Little Edie impression?) then Mama Ru should be keeping her good ‘aye’ on this Glaswegian diva.
Face, face, face, beauty face. One look at Tayce would be justification enough for casting her. As Amazonian as she is striking, this drag vixen might just be beautiful enough to have Tatianna checking her makeup twice in the mirror.
In fact, you could say – ‘she’s perfect she’s beautiful, she looks like Linda Evangelista, she’s a model…’ And, you know what, we’ll hazard a guess she stoned those tights too.
The Welsh diva even has an entry line ready to go, judging by her Instagram: “Tayce is the name, slaying’s the game.” American fans will ‘eat her up every damn time on that stage?’ Look out for Tayce around season 24.
And hey, if any of these girls above don’t work out, there are plenty more waiting in the wings. Gentlemen, start your engines…
…And may the best woman win.