RuPaul's Drag Race UK – air date on BBC, judges, guest stars and what to expect

RUPAUL'S Drag Race is finally coming to Britain, and you won't believe who's already been confirmed as a guest judge on the upcoming series.

But before you catch up on all the Drag Race lingo, here is all the information on when the show will start and who the judges are.

When does RuPaul's Drag Race start on BBC Three?

We don't have an exact start date for RuPaul's Drag Race just yet.

However, we do know that the glamorous show will hit BBC Three as an eight-parter.

The Sun's Bizarre column exclusively revealed the news and shared that a TV source spilled all the tea.

The source said: "This is a massive coup for the Beeb as lots of other UK channels wanted this show.

"It will follow the exact same format as the American version with British twists and some famous guests.

"It will be filmed in London and casting directors will be searching for the best drag artists Britain has to offer – there'll be a huge budget for costumes and production and bosses are hoping that a star is born.

"It's really exciting for everyone involved and is expected to draw a lot of new fans to the franchise. RuPaul has a cult following so it's massive news."

Will RuPaul 'The Queen' be on the panel?

The Queen herself, the iconic RuPaul, is expected to be fronting the programme as always.

He said: "I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent of the Queen’s queens.

"And before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a ‘Royal-Mother-To-Be’ runway challenge.”

We're not sure if the Duchess of Sussex will be allowed on the show considering royal protocols, but nevertheless, the challenge is sure to be jaw-dropping.

Who are the official judges?

On February 14, 2019 it was confirmed that Graham Norton and Alan Carr will appear as rotating judges each week.

They will appear alongside Mama Ru, Michele Visage, and a celebrity guest judge.

For the grand finale, Norton and Carr will appear on the judging panel.

Norton previously appeared on series two of the hit show in the US in 2016 and says he has been a fan of the show forever.

Carr met RuPaul when he appeared on his chat show Alan Carr's Chatty Man, but has also been a longtime fan.

RuPaul said he was happy with his UK judges.

He said: "I was both shocked and delighted when Graham and Alan told me they'd be wearing tucking panties when sitting at the judges' table.

"I told them it was not necessary, but they insisted. Now that's what I call dedication!"

Who has been confirmed to guest judge on Drag Race UK?

The list concerning the celebs that will act as a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK has continued to expand, Digital Spy has revealed.

Given that the US edition has had some pretty big names take part in a one-off episode, it looks as if show bosses are hoping to do the same across the pond.

Most recently, former X Factor judge Cheryl was confirmed to appear in an upcoming episode, as revealed on the show's official Twitter account.

Following the announcement, Cheryl took to social media revealing how excited she was to be working alongside RuPaul on his fabulous TV programme, which the pop star said has been one of her favourite shows to watch over the years.

"I am SO excited to tell you that I will be a guest judge on the first-ever series of @dragraceukbbc !!" the Parachute singer gushed on Twitter.

"I am such a huge fan of the show and can not wait to watch our UK queens make their mark! Coming soon to @bbcthree Gentlemen Start your engines and may the best woman win!"

Supermodel Twiggy has also been confirmed to take part in the first and forthcoming series as a guest judge, along with Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall, Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield and Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams.

Before the show premieres this autumn, fans will have heard a rising number of names that will join the current line-up of guest judges but given with what we have so far, the UK edition is certainly not to be missed.

Who else could guest star on Drag Race UK?

It's hard to believe that Drag Race has already been on TV in the US for a whopping 10 years.

The American version has seen countless mega-stars and talented names appear as guests.

From Lady Gaga, Pamela Anderson and Ariana Grande to Demi Lovato, Adam Lambert, and Christina Aguilera, the series has welcomed them all.

RuPaul has also hosted some British celebs including Sharon Osbourne, and Olivia Newton-John.

Perhaps, some of these faces will also make an appearance in the British version.

The American version of the show has also hosted Graham Norton.

If not those, we can be sure that some other famous British stars will join the honourable judges of the show.

Jessie J, Rita Ora or Cheryl, perhaps, who are known for their glam and fashion choices.

But, considering that Drag Race is all about empowering drag queens, the show might invite some alumni.
We can't help but think of Fame Charlie Hides who was the first British queen on the show in 2017.

Or, how about some famous British queens? Jodie Harsh, who has 56k followers on Instagram, recently posted a photo of RuPaul with the caption: "She is coming: Start your engines! RuPaul's Drag Race UK #2019".

Other names that spring into mind are Danny Beard and Cheddar Gorgeous. 

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