Ear Candy: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Ear Candy: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Monday, 25th November 2019
Alan Carr, Michelle Visage, RuPaul and Graham Norton (Credit: BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy)
Alan Carr, Michelle Visage, RuPaul and Graham Norton (Credit: BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy)
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Can’t wait for your weekly fix? Kate Holman plugs into the show’s podcast.

Start your engines! RuPaul’s Drag Race has finally made its way across the pond for a UK makeover – and a weekly podcast from BBC Sounds for even more content about the nation’s favourite drag queens.

After 11 series of the popular US drag competition, diehard fans rejoiced when it was announced that RuPaul’s Drag Race would be heading to BBC Three for the first UK series.

While staying true to the US format, the UK version has been sprinkled with a touch of British flair. Tasks have included Downton Draggy and winning queens are awarded RuPeter badges. And, each Thursday, drag legend RuPaul is joined by Michelle Visage and an array of celebrity guests, such as Alan Carr, Andrew Garfield and Cheryl. They judge the drag queens on their talent, charisma and individuality in the search for the next drag superstar.

On Sundays, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: The Podcast brings the show’s community viewing experience to the podcasting world. There’s a full debrief of the latest episode from super-fan hosts Scarlett Moffatt and “punk-horror drag queen” Baby Lame.The duo discuss everything from who slayed on the runway to the performance of the week’s worst lip-sync.

Scarlett and Baby are joined by an eclectic mix of special guests and celebrity fans. Drag king Kemah Bob and Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan have both appeared. There have also been visits from the latest queen to have sashayed away from the competition for an exclusive tea-spilling interview.

Alongside the main podcast, BBC Sounds offers a playlist created by the week’s eliminated queen to help get you through the Sunday-evening blues.