RuPaul's Drag Race UK Queens: Meet The Fabulous New Cast

The queens who will be sashaying their way down the runway on the first-ever series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK have been revealed. 

A total of 10 drag artists will be battling it out on the BBC Three series when it begins streaming in October. 

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There’s a broad spectrum of queens who have been cast, ranging from those who specialise in comedy, to singers and so-called ‘look’ queens.

Producers have also sought to find contestants from across the country and not just from the London scene, with queens from Yorkshire, Liverpool, Birmingham and Belfast. 

Get to know them all below...

Baga Chipz, 29, London

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“Baga Chipz is a pub queen; tart with a heart; Like someone’s auntie I give advice on how to pull fellas and how to get pissed.

“I’m not one of these gorgeous beautiful Kate Moss lookalike drag queens. My style is more cabaret, old school, sequin frocks, Shirley Bassey, Danny La Rue, Lily savage kind of drag. I’m common as muck, bagachips from Walthamstow.”

Blu Hydrangea, 23, Belfast

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“Blu Hydrangea is like a GCSE art project, high fashion from outer space, a cartoon character - with muppet realness. She is queen of the makeup brush and her strength lies in her mug.

“Not only am I a look queen but I can dance, I can perform, I can do some funny movements to make people laugh.”

Divina De Campo, 35, West Yorkshire

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“My act is a massive variety of different things. You’ll get some opera, Italian aria, some pop tunes, some show tunes, some blue tunes I like sing things that are a bit more challenging or exciting that makes people say ‘oh my god, I wasn’t expecting that.’ A bit of everything for everybody.

“My style of drag is old school glamour. A sequin dress, a big wig, a big lash, an approximate face.”

Crystal, 34, London

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“Crystal is a gender bending, ‘mess with your brain’ kinda drag queen. She 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.

“I’m unique as a drag performer because I’m not afraid to think outside the box and create looks, concepts, acts and performances that challenge and excite and pull from lots of sources. I’m not a ‘cookie cutter’ drag queen.”

Sum Ting Wong, 30, Birmingham

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“My drag comes from singing. I was a little emo kid at 12 years old and I loved to sing. I can’t be a singer out of drag. I am a Chinese male who’s overweight and losing his hair. I’m never gonna make it like that so drag helped me, and the 12 year old me, finally live out my dream of performing and singing. That’s the only reason I put all of this on - so I can perform and sing. It’s the best job in the world.”

Cheryl Hole, 25, Essex

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“I’m a dancing diva, I’m known for my dance moves, death drops and pure entertainment and that’s what you want from a drag queen isn’t it? My style of drag is that Essex glamour with a touch of showgirl. Everything’s got a bling, a touch of vajazzle but a real girl at heart. I like to play up the Essex stereotype and really incorporate that into my drag.

“My drag name comes from the icon and Geordie princess Cheryl Cole. Cheryl has inspired so much of my life. I’m also in a Girls Aloud drag tribute group called ‘Gals Aloud’ and I play Cheryl for obvious reasons.”

Gothy Kendoll, 21, Leicester

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“My drag is dark, contemporary, striking and unique, and everything that is cool and fresh about UK drag now. The fact that my name is Gothy lets me bring in those darker elements; especially when it comes to wigs and makeup.

“My name comes from my friend who described me as a Ken doll but a gothy one because I used to be wear loads of black, have really black hair, but also be really tanned and wear loads of makeup!”

Vinegar Strokes, 35, London

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“I am a straight up comedy queen, I do stand-up comedy, I sing in my own particular style. I’m like Tina Turner meets Lizzo meets Kat Slater.

“I’m a working class girl and I like to put that in my act and celebrate that and wear my heart on my sleeve. It’s really important to me because we live in an age where so many want to be something else and actually it’s great to celebrate who you are.”

Scaredy Kat, 20, Wiltshire

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“I’d say my style of drag is probably very pink, very cute and very feline-esque. It’s very camp, exciting, colourful and bold. Cute, pink and scared - like a nervous flamingo. I’m unique and another that makes me unique is that I’m the youngest queen ever on Drag Race.

“At the moment, I do a lot of drag alone in my house but 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.”

The Vivienne, 27, Liverpool

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“My style is 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. I like to have a really fierce look, but I like to be hilarious on stage so I’m kind of an old school and the new school put together which I think works.

“Comedy is definitely my trump card. My favourite trick in drag is my vocal impersonations so I do everyone from Kim Woodburn, Cilla Black, Donald Trump - you name it, I’ll do it - for the right price!”

 

Drag Race UK was announced by the BBC back in January, following the international success of the original US version. 

RuPaul will be heading up the judging panel alongside BFF Michelle Visage, as the pair are joined by rotating judges Alan Carr and Graham Norton

There will also be a series of guest judges including former X Factor judge Cheryl, legendary model Twiggy, Hollywood star Andrew Garfield, Chewing Gum’s Michaela Coel, Game Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams, Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix and Spice Girls singer Geri Horner.

Last year’s Strictly champ Stacey Dooley and daytime TV’s Lorraine Kelly will also participate in the British Snatch Game, while Strictly pro AJ Pritchard will team up with his brother and Love Island contestant Curtis to take on a coaching role on the series, joining singer and producer MNEK.

Meanwhile, Michelle Visage has also been confirmed as one of the celebrities competing on the new series of Strictly Come Dancing, which returns to BBC One next month. 

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK begins streaming on BBC Three in October. 

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Lady Bunny

"Our kind looks into a mirror and visualizes something entirely different from what's actually there. Not to confuse drag with transsexualism, but there is another character inside us, which only we can see and we're prepared to endure pain and derision to create our visions. So drag can teach others to think outside the box, use our imaginations, to act on instinct and to have the courage to do all of the above. I imagine that all of these traits must've come to play at the Stonewall riots. 'Imagine' and 'must've' are my attempts to make sure you know that I'm not old enough to have been around back then!" Love the Lady Bunny? Check out her website and follow her on Twitter @LADYBUNNY77.

Sharon Needles

"Don't take yourself so seriously. Enjoy the shade that is being thrown your way. Remember, the more shade that is thrown your way, the less chance for skin cancer." "RuPaul wasn't kidding when she said what other people think of you isn't none of your god damn business!" "The biggest tip I ever got was from the great Lady Bunny…Retire!!!" Can't get enough of Sharon? Visit her website and find her on Facebook and Twitter @SHARON_NEEDLES.

Raja Gemini

"Drag is spiritual, it is ancient and it's a fucking blast. What began as an escape from reality for me, now feels more like a reconnection with my inner self, like going to church. It is primal; drag, flamboyance, and flair are part of many indigenous cultures, used often to magnify the male prowess and libido. It is individual like a fingerprint and should be worn with the fiercest intention. As the great actor Alan Cumming once said to me many years ago: 'Do it with a look,' (said with a Scottish accent) which I believe means 'Do it your way, be authentic, and own it.'" Need more Raja in your life? Check out her website and find her on Facebook and Twitter @sutanamrull.

BeBe Zahara Benet

"Drag, if done right, could benefit you in more ways than one. What is the right way? The right way is how you feel & you being comfortable. Set boundaries and stand by them. A piece of advise I will share with you, from personal experience is: Don't lose yourself. Be true to you and be proud. Drag is an art and you are the canvas. No matter how you paint or perform, you are what matters. Criticism will come in both good and bad. Take whatever it is and use it to your advantage. Drag has the ability to give you a different sense of self-esteem." Want to connect with BeBe? Find her on Facebook and on Twitter @BeBeZaharaBenet.

Chad Michaels

Drag has taught me: 1) You don't always have to like the people you work with. Co-exist. Velma Kelly. 2) Brain trumps mouth every time. Think about what you say before you say it. 3) Fight when you have to fight, duck and cover when you can. Survival tactics. 4) Do what you love because nothing else will ever make you happy. Mantra. 5) Ease up on yourself, because most people are WAY more screwed up than you. Revelation. Love Chad Michaels? Check out her website and find her on Facebook and Twitter @ChadMichaels1.

Nina Flowers

"Growing up and coming out under the pressures of Latin culture was very difficult. As a child, I was constantly being bullied for being different. It was so hard and difficult that it made me change my mannerisms in order to avoid the hostility. I changed to the point that I became a different person. Discovering drag was a doorway to escape, releasing all that energy that was locked up inside for so many years. I'm extremely grateful I discovered the art form of drag. Drag gave me back a true part of myself. It gave me a reason to understand the true meaning of the word PRIDE, and how important it is to show your true colors." Want to keep up with Nina? Check out her website and be sure to find her on Facebook and Twitter @DJNinaFlowers.

Chi Chi LaRue

"My Love of drag transcends the stage or DJ booth for me! Drag helped me come out of my fat boy shell and embrace who I was. Drag is all about expression and individuality and as far as I'm concerned, anyone who has the "balls" to put themselves out there is already a star! I think it should be a requirement of life to don drag at least once. Work out your inner CHER!" Keep up with Chi Chi by checking out her Facebook page and following her on Twitter @DJChiChiLaRue.

Alaska

- Keep Trying: "It took me five years to finally get on RuPaul's Drag Race. Either the casting directors got sick of seeing my rotted audition reels, or persistence pays off. Either way -- don't give up." - Tip: "No really -- tip everyone. The waitress bringing you your fifth bloody mary; the drag queen mush-mouthing to Donna Summer; the lady who cleans the makeup ring from out of your hotel sink. Tip them all, and not just 20 percent either. It's good karma -- and people who don't tip have small wieners." - "Don't take any wooden nickels: Not sure what this one means, but it seems like reasonable advice." Keep up with Alaska by visiting her website and following her on Twitter @Alaska5000 and Facebook. Oh, and be sure to watch her on "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season Five now airing on Logo.

Vicky Vox

"When you know who you are, where you are going, where you came from, what you are doing and why -- it is very hard for you to take other people's critiques (requests) or personal attacks seriously. You just won't give a damn. What is the point in trying to do what everyone else is doing? They are already doing that. Do you, boo. You better work... Harder!" Extra Tips: "Prior preparation prevents piss-poor production! (This is why I'm always late. I leave everything until the last minute even though I know better.) Can't afford a new push up bra? Wear three old bras instead. Use one to lift the knockers up. One to bring them together. Then one to smooth them all out! Boop boop.. You've got bigger boobs!" Stay in touch with Vicky on her Facebook and by following her on Twitter @thevickyvox.

Sherry Vine

"Drag can be thought-provoking, moving and sometimes even frightening; but drag should always be entertaining. My drag tip - be creative, be entertaining, be proud! I live by the expression -- laughter is the best medicine!" Want to keep up with Sherry? Check out her website, YouTube page and Twitter account @MissSherryVine.

Tammie Brown

"Drag has given me the experience to open up to my artistic side and to express myself as a human being. I find that these garments, these clothes, are really really neat. It's like my body is a canvas. Don't let things hold you back and always be open because things are always changing. Take what you got and use it. You're the canvas and use it and be creative. Always shoot big and aim high!" Want to keep up with Tammie? Check out her website and find her on Facebook and Twitter @thetammiebrown.

Yara Sofia

"Pretend you're the best -- point blank. When I'm in drag, I always say, 'They live in my world. I don't live in theirs.' But don't be shady unless somebody comes for you or tries to. 'I'm not a bitch, but if you're a bitch, I'm the mom of all of them.'" "Echa pa lante!" Keep up with Yara by checking out her website and finding her on Facebook and Twitter @yarasofiapr.

Pandora Boxx

"Drag is about having fun. If you're having fun with it and enjoying yourself, others will too. Even if you're a booger queen. Just be the best damn booger out there! And the same is true with life in general. Also: When in doubt, toss some glitter on it." Want to keep up with Pandora? Check out her website and find her on Facebook and Twitter @ThePandoraBoxx.

Hedda Lettuce

"It's not my business what people think about me. Show biz and the drag scene can be very back biting, and if you let people's opinions of you dictate how you feel about yourself, you are screwed. No matter what size you are, it is all about attitude. When you walk into the room, own it girl! And when you walk out, sell it baby! Give them one last impression that will make them weep." Want to keep up with Hedda Lettuce, "The Queen of Green?" Check out her website and find her on Facebook and Twitter @HeddaLettucenyc.

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