By Cara Dudgeon

7th November 2019

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK has been commissioned for a second series

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BBC Three has announced that the hugely popular British version of the drag queen spectacle – which currently sees Michelle Visage, chat show host Graham Norton and comedian Alan Carr as regular judges – will be back on screens next year as the first season, which concludes on November 21, has proved such a huge hit with the nation.

RuPaul said:

‘I want to thank the BBC and all our fans for their overwhelming support of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

‘This season’s queens proved that Britain’s Got Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent and I want to see more! Here’s to another season of love, laughter and light!’

Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC, added:

‘The response to the current UK series has been nothing short of dragulous.

‘Our viewers have really taken the show and the amazing queens to their hearts.

‘So I’m delighted that Ru and the gang are going to shantay. Let the search for the next group of queens begin!’

The new season will once again feature eight episodes and those who think they’ve got what it takes to be crowned the UK’s Next Drag Superstar only have until next Friday (15.11.19) to apply for the show.

The British version has received a staggering 6.5 million requests on BBC iPlayer – and it’s only halfway through.

The popular programme has featured celebrity guest judges, including Andrew Garfield, Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall, former Girls Aloud star Cheryl and Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams.

Some of the drag queens competing in the various challenges this year were Baga Chipz, Sum Ting Wong and Divina De Campo.

RuPaul recently admitted ‘Drag Race UK’ has been running much “smoother” than the US version – which first aired back in 2009 and has had 11 seasons.

The 58-year-old drag queen said the cast and crew have been able to get “more done in a shorter amount of time” than the production team on the US version can, but he isn’t sure why.

He said:

‘Don’t tell the people back in the US, but it’s running smoother in the UK.

‘We’re able to get more done in a shorter amount of time.

‘I don’t know why, but it really is’.

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