Warning: This article contains spoilers for Drag Race UK season one episode one.
After months of anticipation, Drag Race UK finally hit our screens and it did not dissapoint. Here are our top moments from episode one of the British version of the reality TV sensation.
It seems as though this is going to be more RuPaul’s Best Friend Race as everyone’s a winner with no prize money for the overall winner. The winner gets a web series on Wow Presents Plus.
Many have speculated that this is because the BBC can not advertise or accept sponsorships, but BBC have yet to clarify this.
— CBBC (@cbbc) October 3, 2019
Regardless of a cash prize for the winner, many of the Queens make most of their money post Drag Race from touring and merch.
Michelle Visage told Gay Times: “I know [the queens] are used to making 50 quid, working their arses off for not a lot of money.
“I’m hoping the show can get their fees raised and they get to go on tour, go to other countries. The American queens always get the attention and the gigs, but now this is an opportunity for the UK kids to become the superstars that they are.”
Fresh Judges, Humour and Personalities
Season One of Drag Race UK is off to a flying start. The ten Queens have made HERstory as the first to compete for the UK title of Drag Race Superstar.
The ten Queens lept into gear and most(!) let their charisma uniqueness nerve and talent shine from the moment they lept through the WERK Room doors.
The likes of Baga Chips, The Vivienne and Sum Ting Wong made us very excited for this season. The Vivienne has already given us a stellar Kim Woodburn and Pete Burns impressions.
— Kim Woodburn (@kimwoodburn) October 3, 2019
Needless to say we are super excited for Snatch Game.
We are living for the British slang and Ru trying to work out what a queen has just said. For example, Baga Chipz seems to love calling herself a gobshite which was very enjoyable.
UK Queens: Gobshite, Kim Woodburn, EastEnders intro theme, Scouse Bird
— ben 🐝 (@benwarbs) October 3, 2019
Alan Carr deserves an Emmy for his description of Gothy Kendoll’s Queen of her Hometown look. Bow down bitches.
'She looked like an estate agent that's gone to Regents Park Zoo and said could you paint my face for 50p and then she's gone back into work and gone what do you think girls? Grrrr.'@AlanCarr was born to be on #DragRaceUK and I can't. stop. laughing. pic.twitter.com/6XvbBkU9k1
— SHANE (@shane_reaction_) October 3, 2019
Drag Race UK Reception
Fans have been tweeting up a storm on social media with the majority seemingly excited and libing for this new season with many Drag Race alum sharing their good wishes and support for the British Queens.
Love #DragRaceUK episode 1! Love all the girls and the injection of uniqueness they are giving the dragdom! Can’t wait for next week
— Courtney Act (@courtneyact) October 3, 2019
BITCH…. @dragraceukbbc is the ticket! Mamma Ru looked insanely AMAZING! That mug and hair was RIGHT! Michelle was gorg! The set is mind blowing! The girls are hilarious and they got the fashions! I’m a fan YASSS getting my gay life!
— Trinity The Tuck (@TrinityTheTuck) October 4, 2019
British drag culture is about to change, receive a new milestone, move forwards and be given a global platform and I think it’s a very exciting thing indeed 🏳️🌈❤️💥💃 @dragraceukbbc
— Jodie Harsh (@jodieharsh) October 3, 2019
— Jiggly Caliente (@JigglyCaliente) October 3, 2019
That was everything I wanted it to be. It was camp, it was irreverent, it was seeped in UK gay culture and it didn’t take itself too seriously. I laughed so much and I *love* this cast already. Thank god eh! #DragRaceUK
— Calum Sherwood (@CalumSSherwood) October 3, 2019
Sissy That Pod
If you want to delve deeper into Episode One of Drag Race UK, Sissy That Pod is a must listen.
Joining hosts James and Cian to dissect episode one is our very own Katie Donohoe. The trio react to the premiere and deliver some hot takes on tops and bottoms.
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We’re joined by Katie Donohoe from @gcnmag to dissect and discuss all the drama from RuPauls Drag Race UK episode 1 as, for the first time in Drag Race Herstory, 10 UK drag queen entered the Union Jack bedazzled work room! . #instapodcast #linkinbio #newpodcast #poscastmovement #podcastaddict #rupaulsdragrace @rupaulsdragraceukfans #rupaulsdragraceuk
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