The cast of the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK was unveiled earlier today and boasts one of the most charismatic groups of queens Drag Race has ever had. From polished performers like Divina de Campo and Cheryl Hole to up-and-comers like Gothy Kendoll and Scaredy Kat (the show’s youngest and first ever bisexual queen), this season is highly anticipated.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will air on BBC iPlayer this October. Further details are to be announced.
Check out the photos of each individual cast member (including full-length AND close-ups) and watch the BBC’s compilation Meet the Queens video below. (Official individual videos are not yet available.)
Baga Chipz (29, London)
Featured in the London Live reality series Drag Queens of London, Chipz says she bases her drag act on a young Princess Diana – and the Coronation Street cast circa 1970. Obviously.
Blu Hydrangea (23, Belfast)
Intellectual glamour will blossom on Drag Race UK thanks to Blu Hydrangea’s green (okay, multicolored) thumb, as the 23-year-old describes her aesthetic as “a General Certificate of Secondary Education art project, high fashion from outer space, a cartoon character — with muppet realness.”
Cheryl Hole (25, Essex)
Self-described as the “dancing diva of Essex” and the “Gemma Collins of drag”, Hole bases her act on – you guessed it – X Factor and Girls Aloud star Cheryl. And this could make some very interesting viewing, with Cheryl confirmed as one of Drag Race’s guest judges.
Crystal (34, London)
Originally from Canada, Crystal has been living in the UK for 10 years. “[I’m a] ‘mess with your brain’ kinda drag queen,” she explains. “She stands for tearing down gender constructs using creativity, looks, and fashion and crazy performances. I do aerial circus, I can crack a whip, put cigarettes out on my tongue — it’s a freak show. It’s unexpected. It’s nothing you have ever seen before.”
Divina de Campo (35, West Yorkshire)
Perhaps the most well-known name on the list, Mancunian De Campo has appeared on The Voice UK, All Together Now (as one of the show’s 100 judges), MTV’s A-Z of Drag and Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. Divina says her drag is “‘old school glamour’. As a kid I was dressing up in dresses all the time, but the first time I went out, I went out as Christina Aguilera from the Moulin Rouge video.”
Gothy Kendoll (21, Leicester)
“My drag is dark, contemporary, striking and unique, and everything that is cool and fresh about U.K. drag now,” observes the DJ and party host, who also studied fashion before experiencing her biggest drag snafu of all time: “I think my biggest mishap was about the third time I did drag. I went out with a leotard with no pants dancing the night away. My friend just said ‘Sam,’ and looked down. Then, my knob was out, balls and everything. When I found I tucked it away and carried on dancing. I didn’t care.”
Scaredy Kat (20, Wiltshire)
“I’d say my style of drag is probably very pink, very cute and very feline-esque. It’s very camp, exciting, colourful and bold. Cute, pink and scared – like a nervous flamingo. I’m unique and another that makes me unique is that I’m the youngest queen ever on Drag Race.”
Sum Ting Wong (30, Birmingham)
“When I started doing drag five years ago, I wanted a name that was cheeky but also reflected my British Vietnamese heritage. I’m here because I’m a drag queen not because I’m Asian. Asian is who I am but does not define who I am. I want to show you that I’m a queen like anyone else.”
The Vivienne (27, Liverpool)
“My style is like a scouse wife who has come into money, she moved to L.A. and blew it all, and then she’s had to move back to Liverpool,” says the Vivienne, a self-proclaimed comedy master who’s aced vocal impressions of celebrities from around the world. “I like to have a really fierce look, but I like to be hilarious on stage, so I’m kind of an old school and the new school put together, which I think works.”
Vinegar Strokes (35, London)
A potent, comedic mix of “Tina Turner meets Lizzo meets Kat Slater,” Vinegar Strokes is serving a pungent brand of hilarity realness — a brand she’s already worked on stages across the country, even performing alongside Drag Race judge Michelle Visage and season 6 winner Bianca Del Rio in the West End production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Who made the best first impression? Who are you intrigued by? And, most importantly, who do you think will snatch the first-ever title of The UK’s Next Drag Superstar?
Let me know in the comments!