The line-up for season two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK has been revealed… and it’s looking like the drag queens are going to face a lot of tough competition as they battle to become the UK’s Next Drag Superstar.
Last year, The Vivienne was crowned the UK’s First Drag Superstar, beating runner-up Divina de Campo and Baga Chipz to walk away with the coveted prize.
While casting for season two was completed in November 2019, filming for the series was suspended as a result of the coronavirus.
Fortunately, the show has been given the go-ahead, with its premiere taking place in mid-January.
And from the looks of the line-up, it’s going to be one hell of a show. Here they are!
The first contestant announced for season two is Tayce, who hails from Newport South Wales and is ‘here to rock your socks off’.
‘You might need subtitles for this world. If you can’t understand me, that’s your loss. What can I do? What can I say?’ the drag queen said.
Next up is Joe Black, bringing goth-glam and dazzling eyeshadow from Brighton.
‘I think I bring all the eyeshadow and the wonky eyebrows of the traditional seaside drag,’ the performer stated.
The third queen announced for the new series is A’Whora, whose introductory video shows her looking every inch an ice queen.
‘I am seen as a look queen, but I’m here to prove that I’m a lot more than that,’ A’Whora affirmed.
With possibly one of the best punny names of the season, the fourth queen in the cast is Tia Kofi, who originally comes from Essex and is now the ‘queen of Clapham’.
‘If you come to a Tia Kofi show, it could be anything,’ she promised. ‘She’s live singing, she’s all dancing, she’s camp, she’s glamour, she’s also a mess.’
Coming from Dundee, Scotland is Ellie Diamond, dressed to the nines in a pink, frilly ensemble for her first Drag Race UK appearance.
‘I would love to be dressed like this 24/7, but I work in a drive-thru. It’s kind of hard when I start a shift to not know that I’m a drag queen, because I sashay down to that front counter and you know that I’m a drag queen.’
Sister Sister is definitely here to make an impression, turning up in a large blue outfit with a matching Marge Simpson-style wig.
Explaining her ‘signature move’, the Liverpudlian said: ‘Always look gorgeous, and sometimes a little bit bored.’
A performer is definitely in our midst with Veronica Green.
Originally from Lancashire, the drag queen describes herself as being ‘gorgeous, goofy and professional’.
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Next up is Bimini Bon Boulash, who grew up in Norfolk but is now East London’s ‘bendiest b***h’.
‘I’m from a scene around East London where the drag is so diverse, so vibrant, so colourful, you can be who you wanna be and there’s no judgement there, which is what I love about drag.’
Ginny Lemon, from Worcester, may be dressed like a comedy queen, but they have definitely not come to play.
‘I’m bringing you a down to earth, working class sense of humour. You’ll get high energy, you’ll get madness, you’ll get the unplanned,’ Ginny stated.
Londoner Asttina Mandella has performed as a backing dancer for the likes of Pussycat Dolls and Little Mix… and is now ready for her time in the spotlight.
‘I’ve been the backing dancer for all of these people, but now it’s my time to be on the poster,’ the drag queen said.
Coming from Darlington, Cherry Valentine is also a qualified mental health nurse.
‘I think it’s put me in that right position to be able to understand people a bit more and if you’re a drag queen you’re working with people, and to understand people, I think you go the extra mile,’ the drag queen stated.
Last but certainly not least is Lawrence Chaney, who comes from Glasgow, Scotland.
‘Kind of like Mary, Queen of Scots, only I hope one of these English drag queens doesn’t chop off my head.’
We cannot WAIT for the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK to be underway!
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season two premieres on 14 January at 7pm on BBC Three, which is available on BBC iPlayer.
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