Come for the wigs, stay for the tears. It’s time to embrace the elaganza that is RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 2.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is back for a second series and Queens from across the country are pulling out all the stops to showcase what the UK drag scene has to offer.
We’re all looking forward to watching as these Queens slay their way through the challenges designed to test everything from their make-up skills & fashion sense to how they fair in epic lip sync battles and ultimately whether they have the overall charisma needed to hold on to their crown.
We caught up with RuPaul UK judge Graham Norton who spills the tea on why series two is a must-watch. Norton will be judging alongside RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and a celebrity guest judge. Take a look at what he had to say below.
What makes series one different to series two?
It’s bigger and it’s better. There are more queens. But again, what’s great is there is an absolute range. There’s baby drag queens who have done very little and some much more experienced people. I had heard of a couple, but I’d never seen them do their act before. Although, lots of experience doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re going to fare well on Drag Race.
What was it like to be back on set?
Coming back on set for series two was just joyful. I was so excited to see who the drag queens were going to be, and it’s gorgeous to see RuPaul. I can’t tell you what that’s like to be sitting on the panel and then see RuPaul come around the corner, it’s almost religious. It’s like a miraculous apparition when she shows up. She has an inner glow and beauty. You really feel like you’re in the presence of a deity when RuPaul glides down that runway.
Has your judging style changed for series two?
My judging style hasn’t changed because I’m not judging, I’m just the luckiest audience member in the world, in that I get to sit up close and talk to them. Mostly I am just fascinated by Ru, and I just stare at Ru a lot of the time. I have to drag my eyeline over to the runway to see the queens.
What do you love best about the British drag scene? And what do you think the future of Drag is?
I think what makes the British drag scene special is how funny it is. It doesn’t just have a sense of humour it has a sense of humour about itself. I think that’s a real difference that you get watching the other versions. No matter how dramatic or tense it is the British queens are still having a laugh.
Who would be your ideal guest judge?
Victoria Beckham has got to come on at some stage. I’d love to have her. Let’s go for Princess Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge. She’s seen a lot of frocks in her life, so why not judge some old ones, some new ones.
What would be your all-time favourite lip-sync song to sing to?
My favourite lip-sync song would be if somebody did Shirley Bassey, ‘I Who Have Nothing’. A decent drag queen could make a meal out of that! I’d pay good money.
Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Series 2 on BBC BRIT (DStv channel 120) Mondays at 21:00 and on DStv catch up.
WATCH the new season trailer below: