The BBC has at long last uncovered the cast of 10 drag queens contending in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, which is coming soon. The Drag Race UK contestants highlight competitors from crosswise over Britain who will fight it out to be named Britain’s First Drag Superstar. The lineup of Drag Race UK will be made a decision by RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr.
Ten queens will enter a brand werk space for the first UK edition of the global phenomenon.
Hand-picked by Mamu Ru herself, the cast incorporates a West End performer, a Girls Aloud impersonator, and a queen whose drag is to a great extent restricted to her bedroom.
The queens contending are Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, Crystal, Cheryl Hole, Divina De Campo, Gothy Kendoll, Sum Ting Wong, Scaredy Kat, The Vivienne and Vinegar Strokes.
RuPaul stated: “Each of the UK queens is so unique, so courageous and so special. I can’t wait for the UK – and the world – to fall in love with them the same way I did.”
The queens will show up at Manchester Pride on Saturday, August 24. Be that as it may, up to that point, here’s the tea on an each of the ten.
1. Baga Chipz
Baga Chipz is a “pub queen, a tart with a heart, not one of these gorgeous beautiful Kate Moss lookalike drag queens”.
Hailing from Walthamstow, London, the 29-year-old says her most prominent qualities are her comedy and wit.
“I might not have the best outfits or makeup, but put me on a stage and I will entertain the absolute s***e out of the room.”
2. Blu Hydrangea
Blu Hydrangea depicts her look as “like a GCSE art project, high fashion from outer space, a cartoon character – with muppet realness”.
A make-up artist by day, the Belfast queen says she’ll utilize her platform to discuss LGBT+ life in Northern Ireland.
“My partner and I have been together for four and a half years. I would love to marry him but it’s not even legal. So hopefully, I’ll inspire people and hopefully, one day we’ll be able to get married in our own country.”
3. Divina De Campo
Drag Race UK is Divina De Campo’s second bite of the reality TV cherry.
Prior this year, the West Yorkshire queen showed up as a judge on the BBC singing competition ‘All Together Now’. Nonetheless, the 35-year-old says she isn’t sure how she’ll fare on the other side of the judging table.
“I know how intense this whole experience is going to be! I don’t know whether I’m good competitive or come across as a horrible person. I’m very competitive with myself – I always want to be better.”
Originally from Canada, Crystal has been living in London for as far back as 10 years and is a British native through her mom.
The 34-year-old calls herself a “gender bending, ‘mess with your brain’ kinda drag queen” who “stands for tearing down gender constructs using creativity, looks, and fashion and crazy performances”.
“I do aerial circus, I can crack a whip, put cigarettes out on my tongue – it’s a freak show. It’s unexpected. It’s nothing you have ever seen before.”
5. Sum Ting Wong
Sum Ting Wong’s drag profession started five years back when she entered the annual Drag Idol UK competition.
“It was my first time on stage and I came third in the UK for my first time in drag. So hopefully, I’ll come third in this – or even better.”
The 30-year-old says that her “cheeky” name was inspired by an image about a missing Asian plane and is intended to reflect her British Vietnamese heritage.
“It was a meme about a missing Asian plane and all the names of the missing crew were plays on Chinese names, such as Sum Ting Wong and Wi Tu Lo, and another was Ho Lee Fuk. It was wrong in so many was, and that was why I chose my name, as my own act of reclamation!”
6. Cheryl Hole
Essex queen Cheryl Hole has designated herself the series’ lip sync assassin.
“I’d like to see any of these girls try and out lip sync me as this is what I do. I’m quite well known for my death drop and dancing skills so girl you better watch out as I’m gonna bring the exclamation mark of the dance moves to the dance floor!”
The 25-year-old, who performs in a Girls Aloud tribute act, says that her drag style is “that Essex glamour with a touch of showgirl”.
“Everything’s got a bling, a touch of vajazzle but a real girl at heart.”
Gothy Kendoll, 21 from Leicester, composed the book on drag – picking the topic for her dissertation.
She says that her drag is “dark, contemporary, striking and unique, and everything that is cool and fresh about UK drag now”.
“I’m inspired by Grace Jones, Annie Lennox, people in the 80s who were redefining what gender is and what gender can be.”
8. Vinegar Strokes
Vinegar Strokes is a “straight up comedy queen” who describes herself as “Tina Turner meets Lizzo meets Kat Slater”.
The 35-year-old began her career as an actor and recently showed up in the West End melodic Everybody’s Talking About Jamie nearby judge Michelle Visage — something she says won’t give her an edge.
“I did dance with Michelle Visage every single night, but I’ve already been clearly told there’s going to be no favouritism and this will be a level playing field. She won’t be allowing me any airs or graces when it comes to RuPaul’s Drag Race UK – I better come correct!”
9. Scaredy Kat
At 20, Scaredy Kat is the most youthful queen to ever show up on Drag Race.
Hailing from Wiltshire – a town she says has no gay bars and surely no drag scene – she got into drag about a year prior.
“I was with my girlfriend trying to have a laugh. It was quite embarrassing but it went quite well for a first try.”
The university student recognizes that individuals may discover her sexuality “a bit weird for a drag queen,” as she distinguishes as bisexual.
“I’m not actually gay. I would call it bi, I guess. I’ll go out with anyone that I really like and I really fancy.”
She says that the vast majority of her drag happens at home.
“I’ve made quite a lot of videos – music videos, lip-sync videos, arty stuff and pictures, creative things.
“I want to change that and I need to be on a stage in front of millions of people because the attention just has to be on me right now.”
10. The Vivienne
The Vivienne depicts her style as “like a Scouse wife who has come into money, she moved to LA and blew it all and then she’s had to move back to Liverpool”.
The comedy queen has just been delegated by RuPaul once previously after she won a competition to become a UK ambassador for Drag Race.
“Being crowned by RuPaul was the most
She says that her most prominent qualities are her impersonations, her singing voice, and the way that she can drink an entire bottle of Jägermeister in 20 seconds flat.