The contestants for the new RuPaul’s Drag Race, picked by Mama Ru herself, have been announced, and these queens are here to s-l-a-y.
“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,” gushes RuPaul.
We’ve finally learnt the names of the contestants who will be hoping to impress Mama Ru, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton, Alan Carr, and their celebrity judges, and it looks like it’s about to get a whole lot of fabulous up in here.
Introducing the queens: Crystal, Cheryl Hole, Divina De Campo, Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, Sum Ting Wong, Gothy Kendoll, Scaredy Kat, The Vivienne, and Vinegar Strokes.
The details already out for RuPaul’s Drag Race, as we know, is that Mama Ru’s BFF, Michelle Visage shall be joining her, along with the likes of Alan Carr and Graham Norton. They shall also be joined by famous faces like Andrew Garfield along the way.
So, here are the pick of hunties to grace your screen this October:
Crystal from London wants to give drag a new look, and she isn’t “afraid to look a bit ugly, messy, and scary – it’s not about being pretty all the time. She prides her creativity and has been greatly influenced by East London’s spirit and heart.
The 34-year-old boasts, “I can crack a whip, put cigarettes out on my tongue – it’s nothing you have ever seen before.” Whoo!
“I feel really confident when it comes to my sewing and lip-syncing skills but you just don’t know what other people are going to bring to the competition and so all I’m worried about is doing the best I can do,” she says.
Calling herself the “dancing diva,” Cheryl Hole says that her 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.”
This 25-year-old knows she’s going to wow people with her degree in dance and lip-syncing skills. “Cheryl is that lovely girl everyone wants to be around who’s doing okay. But you still love her anyway,” she says.
Describing her look as “old school glamorous,” this 35-year-old from West Yorkshire promises to keep the audience on their toes with a mix of opera, Italian aria, pop, and more musical genius.
“The process is what I find most exciting about drag. That you started with an idea and by the end you have a full rounded concept you can put on stage. And hopefully, it’s something you can make money from,” she laughs.
This ‘tart with a heart’ from London calls herself a “pub queen,” her style ranging from cabaret to sequin frocks.
The 29-year-old says of herself, “My greatest strengths are my comedy and my wit […] I might not have the best outfits or makeup but put me on a stage and I will entertain the absolute shite out of the room.”
When asked about what the audience would think of her, she says, “They’ll be speechless, or maybe utter one word: ‘trollop’. I’ll never be famous, I’ll be infamous. Notorious Baga.”
I like her already.
The 23-year-old describes herself as “a GCSE art project, high fashion from outer space, a cartoon character – with muppet realness,” whose strengths are her “makeup, which is always flawless, my lovely outfits and my creative drive.”
This queen from Belfast promises to make us laugh with her creativity and funny movements. “One day I might be a beautiful lady and the next I might be a pineapple,” she says.
This 30-year-old from Reading plans to wow everyone with her singing, and motivate any “little Chinese homo” to do what they love, instead of what they’ve been told to do.
“My drag comes from singing,” she says. “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.”
Inspired by Grace Jones and Annie Lennox, this 21-year-old from Leicester brings out a darker side to drag with black wigs and make-up. “My drag is dark, contemporary, striking and unique, and everything that is cool and fresh about UK drag now.”
“I’m really good at coming up with concepts and executing them in a really unique and striking way that is true to Gothy,” she says about what she brings to the table.
“Cute, pink and scared – like a nervous flamingo,” is how this 20-year-old from Wiltshire –the youngest on the show! – describes herself.
This uni student hopes that others underestimate her, “especially, because I look this cute.” Her greatest strengths are that she is terrified of everything, and loves to lip-sync. “I think viewers will describe me as cute, unbelievably unexperienced and possibly even a little annoying but here we are – I’m doing it anyway!”
What a lovely conundrum!
This 27-year-old from Liverpool calls her style “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.”
Her portfolio of strengths is enviable: “My impersonations, I can sing, I look good, I’m funny as fuck and I can drink a whole bottle of Jägermeister in 20 seconds flat.”
As a former UK ambassador for RuPaul’s Drag Race in the UK, she’s sure to put on a terrific show!
Describing herself as “Tina Turner meets Lizzo meets Kat Slater,” this “proper London lady,” says she’s a comedy queen. “I do stand-up comedy, I sing in my own particular style.”
This 34-year-old working-class queen wishes to be an inspiration to all. “I am showing people who come from working-class backgrounds, with single parents, with practically everything against you right from the get-go that following your dreams is possible.”
A real queen, if you ask me!
Congratulations all! We’re going to have a sweet sweet time this season. I don’t know about you all, but I am all set to watch these queens werk the runway.
The BBC has revealed that the series will start on 3rd October 2019, exclusively on BBC Three. Episodes will be available weekly from 8pm every Thursday on BBC iPlayer.
All pictures are credited to the BBC.
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