RuPauls Drag Race (US) is loved globally, and there are many reasons to love it: the pageantry, Snatch Game, the lip sync for your life, the celebration of the LGBTQ community and of course the fact that no queen ever leaves the competition a loser.
The trip across the pond was new and exciting. The UK spin-off takes us back to the early days of Drag Race when there was little production and sponsorship, where the show flowed freely — naturally the British queens have taken advantage of that. While, those outside the UK may struggle with our bizarre dialects and finally understand that we don’t all sound like posh Englishmen that went to Eaton, and hold our pinky’s up when we drink a cup of tea, it sure is fun to hear RuPaul say Hun every chance he gets.
Here are the 10 reasons we’re loving Drag Race UK:
1. The British wit
Brits can be three kinds of funny, cheesy/punny, extremely dry and a little morbid or as the queens have proven naughty. No matter what kind of funny you are there will always be someone in the room who completely understands you.
One of the great things about the UK, is that we produce some amazing stand-up comedians. Our queens have proven they have the ability to let go and be funny, even if it’s not their “thing”.
2. Ru learning British slang
Let’s be honest RuPaul is the reason you start to watch Drag Race, and the queens are why we stay. One of the most joyous moments of every episode is hearing RuPaul learning British slang terms.
3. The Confessional
The confessional is when the queens let their true feelings loose and some queens have more to say than others. Season one queen, Baga Chipz and season two queen, Tayce have been a bounty for funny and quotable moments.
4. Those emotional moments
Regardless of who you are or where you come from we can all identify with those who compete. When the show has those moments that tug on our heart strings or make us shed a tear is because we relate.
Season two has been quite emotional from A’Whora struggling with her personal demons which most of us can probably identify with to Ellie’s opening up about her relationship with her father. These moments remind us that we’re all human, that we all have a story to tell, a story that shapes us and explains why we are who we are.
If it teaches us anything, it’s not to judge someone before we know them.
5. Celebrating British talent
A great thing about Drag Race UK is that it celebrates British talent, and we don’t just mean the creativity, comedy and skill brought in by the queens. We also recognise the amazing judges, such as Graham Norton and Alan Carr, guest judges from Jade Thirlwall to Lorraine Kelly and music selected for lip syncs by British artists.
6. The fashion
London is a fashion capital of the world, which is why we have London Fashion Week. We have a rich history in fashion with designers from Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen to Alexa Chung and Stella McCartney, so when it comes to fashion we have high-standards. Some of our queens definetly came to play proving week-on-week that they came to compete with the best of the best.
7. The quotes
That British wit just keeps on coming, leaving us with laughable quotes that we will remember and repeat until the end of days.
8. It is RuPaul’s Best Friend Race
A quote you hear a lot on RuPauls Drag Race (US) is “This ain’t no RuPauls Best Friend Race!” However, here in the UK the queens appear to create stronger bonds in the werk room. In season one, The Vivienne and Baga Chipz went on to create their own web series after the show, and are planning a combined tour.
Season two has been a prime example, despite A’Whora’s “bitchy” defence she’s befriended Tayce and moved in with her over lockdown. She has also managed to fix her conflict with Tia before she was eliminated from the competition. In watching the show, you’ll notice that even when the queens disagree/argue there is always someone on the sidelines trying to mediate the conflict.
9. There are no prizes so they have nothing to lose
When the show first started, and the queens only received a badge for a competition win and the grand prize was a mini web series, I was a little taken back. However it seems to have worked in the queens favour.
Yes they want to win a badge, but it’s not really a “prize” it’s more of a symbol. Which means the queens can get out their own way, step out their comfort zones and just have fun. Removing the idea of a prize means there is nothing to lose, and when you have nothing to lose there is less pressure and therefore less self-sabotage.
10. It’s getting us through a third lockdown
With little to look forward to, and little to smile about these days Drag Race UK has been a comedy relief during a difficult time. We appreciate everything these queens have sacrificed to bring us season two, and we look forward to a pandemic-free life and season three!