The hit reality competition show is finally here! RuPaul’s Drag Race has made its debut in the UK on BBC Three after 11 seasons have been held in the US.
The British version runs very much in the same format as the American one, with a mini challenge, maxi challenge and/or runway event which ends with a lip sync battle. The tasks prove that all the contestants have a huge range of skills between them, and their distinct personalities, strengths and weaknesses soon become clear as the show goes on.
Now we’re over halfway through the series and the make-or-break Snatch Game has been and gone, it’s time to look back on all the tea, shade and highlights so far. So be warned, there are spoilers ahead!
Category is: Bond Girl Glam-o-rama
By far the best runway event from the episodes that have aired, the queens’ Bond Girl looks in episode 2 saved the day from the quite disastrous Downton Draggy skit that the girls had to perform in the maxi challenge. Whilst Blu Hydrangea’s Triple Tatas character was a head-turning look we won’t be forgetting any time soon, Crystal’s dominatrix, shibari-influenced outfit stole the show for us as she terrified Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams with her whip-cracking. Although ultimately, it was Baga Chipz that was crowned as winner by Ru and the celebrity judges for her Liza Minneli-inspired look.
Mini challenge: Maypole mayhem
The mini challenge in episode 3 was to change into drag in 15 minutes, and then take part in a dance-off around the maypole, which seemed to confuse quite a few of the contestants! The theme was ‘English Rose’, and whilst many of the queens chanelled Glasto-goers, Baga went for a confused librarian look and Blu Hydrangea decided to serve some Friar Tuck realness.
Snatch Game: The Vivienne’s Donald Trump impression
The infamous Snatch Game (a parody of Blankety Blank) is always the star skit of each series—and the UK version didn’t disappoint with celebrity guests Lorraine Kelly and Stacey Dooley making an appearance alongside the queens’ hilarious impersonations. But whilst Baga Chipz as Margaret Thatcher was as iconic as you’d expect, The Vivienne stole the show with the best Donald Trump impression anybody has ever seen!
50 shades of Blu
Don’t let that innocent face fool you, Blu Hydrangea is the queen of shade! We lived for Blu’s shady remarks throughout the episodes, particularly her remark about gowns being ‘done to death’ to none other than Mama Ru herself!
Category: Weird Science
The queens showcased their genetically-modified looks on the runway in episode 4, with Crystal scaring celebrity guest Geri Horner—of Spice Girls fame—once again with her post-apocalyptic look complete with an angle-grinding performance.
Blu’s eye-opening look was anything but corny-a as she managed to somehow make cyclops look glam. Divina Da Campo also blew everybody away with her mutant mermaid costume, which was worth a RuPeter badge alone!
Girl Group Battle
With some recording help from singer-songwriter extraordinaire MNEK, episode 5 saw the queens perform 2 different versions of the super catchy Break Up (Bye Bye) in their groups: The Frock Destroyers (Baga, Divina and Blu) and Filth Harmony (Crystal, The Vivienne and Cheryl Hole).
Cheryl was in her element during the challenge, but viewers were shocked to see The Vivienne falling flat—the first time we’ve seen her fail at something throughout the series. Nevertheless, both groups killed it—and at time of writing, The Frock Destroyers’ version is at number 3 in the iTunes charts in the UK!
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK airs on BBC iPlayer every Thursday at 8pm. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the series brings! Who do you think will be the next Drag Race superstar? Let us know down below.