Buckle your seat belts, ladies because in 2019 the TV network BBC 3 will air a UK-version of with RuPaul’s Drag Race with 10 contestants vying to become “The UK’s Next Drag Superstar.”
The show’s legendary host RuPaul told The Sun, “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.”
The show will be nearly identical to the American version, except with a few British cultural twists (and of course, celebrity judges). It’s not yet clear whether Michelle Visage or any of the other current Drag Race judges will join RuPaul in the UK version.
The real question for American fans is whether VH1 or the World of Wonder streaming app will ever air the episodes in the US — no word on that yet.
This UK version was actually long in the making. In August 2017, Drag Race judge Michelle Visage told the DragWorld U.K. convention in London, “It’s going to happen, just don’t know when.”
This is actually the third international Drag Race spin-off. Drag Race Thailand hosted by Art Arya and Pangina Heals aired earlier this year. In 2015, Chile aired The Switch Drag Race. Its first season featured queens from Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, but its second season had queens from Japan, France, the US, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain.