Michelle Visage Confirmed As RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Judge

by : Lucy Connolly on : 05 Feb 2019 11:40
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Michelle Visage has been confirmed as a judge on the UK version of RuPaul’s Drag Race.


Visage, a singer and television host, has judged eight seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race and is undeniably an iconic contribution to the much-loved show.

The icon will sit alongside fellow judge and host RuPaul, and the dynamic duo are expected to bring all of the sass and glamour to our screens that have graced America for the past 10 years.

As reported by the BBC, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will search for (and find!) the best drag queens the UK has to offer.


Host RuPaul will crown the UK’s Next Drag Superstar after a series of challenges that will test the contestant’s modelling and acting skills – amongst other things.

Visage told the BBC:

We’ve been working tirelessly to bring the magic of RuPaul’s Drag Race to my favourite city in the world: London!

I know the UK has a wealth of talent to offer and I’m thrilled beyond belief to see these queens battle it out on the main stage, UK-style! GOD SAVE THE QUEENS!

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Emmy Award-winning Executive Producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato said:

Michelle has worked tirelessly to help bring Drag Race to the UK – we are grateful she is part of our family. She is a quadruple threat: she sings, she dances, she acts, and boy, can she judge! Queens beware!

It was confirmed last year that the reality talent show would be crossing the pond and a brand new UK version would be available to stream as of this year.

After Drag Race Thailand premiered last year, the British version will mark the second global outing for Drag Race.


A telly source told The Sun at the time:

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. [sic]

It’ll 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 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.

Long-term judge Visage mentioned at the time Ru Paul would obviously be presenting, and she would of course still be a judge – although this has only just been confirmed by the show.

2019 looks set to be a fun year already! Now if they could just hurry up…

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will make its fabulous appearance on BBC Three.

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Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

Topics: Film and TV, LGBT


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