RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, a new version of the US series, premieres next Thursday on BBC Three, a streaming service. Then the show will come to the United States, premiering the following Friday on Logo, airing Fridays at 8 starting Oct. 11.
This is very welcome news: Just like the current season of The Great British Bake-Off, American audiences will be able to watch an international reality show (legally) shortly after it premieres, not months or years later.
When the UK version of Drag Race was first announced, it was not clear if or how it’d be available in the US. It’s interesting that it will be on Logo, a network that barely exists now that its corporate overlords moved RuPaul’s Drag Race to VH1 two years ago.
Episodes of this new version will also be available even sooner on the U.S. on production company World of Wonder’s pay streaming service, WOW Presents, with new episodes premiering the same day it premieres in the UK, at noon PT.
The UK version will be hosted and judged by RuPaul and joined, as always, by Michelle Visage. The show’s two new regular judges are Alan Carr and Graham Norton, and joining that judging panel as guest judges will be stars including Maisie Williams, Andrew Garfield, Twiggy, and Cheryl.
Meet the queens of Drag Race UK, and watch a preview
In a press release, Logo said “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will showcase the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent of the top drag queens, from sickening lip syncs to wig snatching moments, as they prove to Mama Ru why they deserve to be the UK’s Next Drag Superstar.”
The 10 queens competing are:
- Baga Chipz, London
- Blu Hydrangea, Belfast
- Cheryl Hole, Essex
- Crystal, London
- Divina De Campo, West Yorkshire
- Gothy Kendoll, Leicester
- Scardey Kat, Wiltshire
- Sum Ting Wong, Birmingham
- The Vivienne, Liverpool
- Vinegar Strokes, London
Here’s a preview of the new season that Logo released today: