RuPaul’s Drag Race is about to go on an international hunt for the first time ever in the new show Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World.
The new show, commissioned by BBC Three as part of the channel’s relaunch, aims to unite nine queens from global Drag Race seasons as they compete for the first global superstar title. What an honour.
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton, and Alan Carr will be critiquing the queens on the judging panel, which will also feature a dazzling array of guest judges along the way.
The new show is one of three new releases set to premiere on the channel. Santa Claus the Serial Killer, a six-part true-crime series that follows journalist Mobeen Azhar in Canada, exploring the case of serial killer Bruce McArthur will also be released along with Flight Club, a programme based on life behind the scenes at an airline.
BBC Three controller, Fiona Bruce said: ‘As we gear up for launch, we’re excited to start talking about what will be on the new channel.
‘As a destination for young audiences on the BBC, BBC Three will provide a true multi-genre offering with these commissions serving up some world class entertainment with RuPaul Versus, award-winning true-crime with Mobeen, and sky-high ambition with Flight Club.’
The announcement couldn’t have come at a better time as fans recently expressed huge disappointment over season 14 of Drag Race not being available to watch on Netflix.
One fan described the move as a ‘big shame’, describing it as a ‘shortsighted decision which ultimately will mean less viewers if it was on Netflix’.
Krystal Versace was recently crowned the youngest ever winner of Drag Race UK season 3, and expressed the glorious moment as ‘surreal’.
‘Honestly, I would never have thought I’d win the show. It’s mind-blowing to me.’
Krystal added: ‘Anyone that is born to do drag out there and is the next superstar, can now have someone they can look at and be like, “Okay, right I can do it.”‘
The star – real name Luke Fenn – beat fellow drag queens Kitty Scott-Claus and Ella Vaday in the tense final, after 12 queens entered the ‘werk room’ at the start of the series.
Drag Race UK season 3 is available for catch-up on BBC iPlayer