RuPaul's Drag Race UK (series 1)
|RuPaul's Drag Race UK|
|Broadcast from||3 October 2019 –|
|Broadcaster||BBC Three (online) via iPlayer (UK)|
WOW Presents Plus (International)
|Runtime||60 minutes (approx.)|
The first series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK began airing on 3 October 2019 on the BBC Three section of BBC iPlayer and World of Wonder's WOW Presents Plus streaming service, and will consist of eight 60-minute episodes. The cast was announced on 21 August on YouTube and Instagram.
A song was released from Episode 5 of the series, "Break Up (Bye Bye)", which reached #35 in the UK Charts, the first time any song released from a Drag Race series had charted on the UK Official Singles Chart. It also peaked at number 44 on the US Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
Ages, names, and cities stated are at time of filming.
|Divina de Campo||35||West Yorkshire||Finalist|
|Cheryl Hole||25||Essex||4th Place|
|Blu Hydrangea||23||Belfast||5th Place|
|Sum Ting Wong||30||Birmingham||7th Place|
|Vinegar Strokes||34||London||8th Place|
|Scaredy Kat||19||Wiltshire||9th Place|
|Gothy Kendoll||21||Leicester||10th Place|
|Divina de Campo||SAFE||HIGH||WIN||LOW||WIN||HIGH||WIN||Finalist|
|Sum Ting Wong||HIGH||HIGH||BTM2||ELIM||Guest|
- The contestant won the challenge.
- The contestant received positive judges' critiques and was ultimately declared safe.
- The contestant received judges' critiques and was ultimately declared safe.
- The contestant received negative judges' critiques and was ultimately declared safe.
- The contestant was in the bottom.
- The contestant was eliminated.
- The contestant returned as a guest for that episode.
|1||Gothy Kendoll||vs.||Vinegar Strokes||"New Rules"
|2||Blu Hydrangea||vs.||Scaredy Kat||"Venus"
|3||Sum Ting Wong||vs.||Vinegar Strokes||"Would I Lie to You?"
|4||Crystal||vs.||Sum Ting Wong||"Spice Up Your Life"
|Sum Ting Wong|
(Little Mix ft. Stormzy)
|6||Blu Hydrangea||vs.||Cheryl Hole||"Call My Name”
|7||Baga Chipz||vs.||Cheryl Hole||"Tears Dry on Their Own”
- The contestant was eliminated after their first time in the bottom two.
- The contestant was eliminated after their second time in the bottom two.
Guest judges announced so far include Maisie Williams, Geri Horner, Jade Thirlwall, Andrew Garfield, Michaela Coel, Cheryl, Twiggy, Lorraine Kelly and Stacey Dooley. Singer MNEK will appear as a vocal coach to the queens, and Curtis and AJ Pritchard will feature as choreographers.
Listed in chronological order:
- Andrew Garfield, actor
- Maisie Williams, actress, internet entrepreneur
- Twiggy, model, actress, and singer
- Geri Horner, singer, songwriter, author, actress, fashion designer, model and television personality
- Jade Thirlwall, singer, songwriter
- Cheryl, singer, television personality, dancer, and author
- Michaela Coel, actress, singer
Guests who appeared in episodes, but did not judge on the main stage.
- MNEK, singer
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"The Royal Queens"||3 October 2019|
The first ten queens from around the UK entered the workroom. RuPaul introduced the queens to the first ever mini-challenge, a headless photoshoot with the Brit Crew. Scaredy Kat won the challenge. For the main challenge, each queen prepared two runway looks for the judges: one based on their hometown, and the other being adaptations of looks by Queen Elizabeth II throughout her life.
During the judges' critiques, Baga Chipz, Sum Ting Wong, and The Vivienne were praised for their looks and runway presentations, with the latter queen winning. Cheryl Hole, Gothy Kendoll, and Vinegar Strokes were criticized for their looks, all missing the mark with their Queen Elizabeth looks, while Cheryl was commended for her hometown look. Cheryl was declared safe from the bottom two, whilst Gothy and Vinegar lipsynced against each other to Dua Lipa's "New Rules"; Vinegar won the lip-sync, while Gothy became the first queen to sashay away.
|2||"Downton Draggy"||10 October 2019|
At the start of the episode, previous challenge winner The Vivienne was asked to rank the queens from top to bottom. The Vivienne placed herself first and placed Scaredy Kat last. They were both then declared the team leaders for the challenge. They chose their teams from the remaining queens and each team performed a costume drama sketch for the judges based loosely on Downton Abbey.
The theme for the runway was 'Bond girl Glama-o-rama'. Team The Vivienne were declared the winning team, and Baga Chipz was declared the challenge winner. On the losing team, Scaredy, Blu, and Cheryl were critiqued for lacklustre performances, while Divina and Crystal received mostly positive feedback. Blu and Scaredy were placed in the bottom two. The pair then lip-synced to "Venus" by Bananarama; Blu won the lip sync and Scaredy was eliminated from the competition.
|3||"Posh on a Penny"||17 October 2019|
The mini challenge at the start of the episode was a country fair where the queens showed off their dance moves around a maypole - Cheryl was the mini challenge winner. For the main challenge, the queens had to create outfits from car-boot sale items sold by Raven from second season of RuPaul's Drag Race and the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.
Crystal, The Vivienne and Divina were praised for their runway creations, while Sum Ting, Vinegar and Cheryl were criticised. Divina was declared the winner of the challenge, while Sum Ting and Vinegar were placed in the bottom two. The pair lip-synced to "Would I Lie To You?" by Eurythmics. Sum Ting was declared the winner and Vinegar, having landed in the bottom for the second time, was eliminated from the competition.
|4||"Snatch Game"||24 October 2019|
Ru announces that the main challenge will be Snatch Game where the queens have to impersonate different celebrities. Judge Alan Carr joins Ru for his walk through and gives advice to the queens. In the Snatch Game, Lorraine Kelly and Stacey Dooley star as guest judges. Baga plays Margaret Thatcher, Blu impersonates Mary Berry, Cheryl plays Gemma Collins, Crystal impersonates Rue McClanahan, Divina plays Julia Child, Sum Ting impersonates Sir David Attenborough, and The Vivienne plays Donald Trump.
On the main stage, the runway theme is genetically-modified drag queens. After the runway, Blu and Cheryl are declared safe and Blu is commended by Ru for her performance in the challenge. Baga and The Vivienne are both praised for their performances in the challenge. However, Crystal, Divina, and Sum Ting are criticized for their performances. Ru then declares both Baga and The Vivienne the challenge winners, and Crystal and Sum Ting are placed in the bottom two. After they lipsync to "Spice Up Your Life" by the Spice Girls, Crystal was declared the winner, and Sum Ting, having landed in the bottom for the second time, was eliminated from the competition.
|5||"Girl Group Battle Royale"||31 October 2019|
The mini challenge at the start of the episode was a trip to library as Reading is FUNDAMENTAL! Crystal won the mini challenge and chose Cheryl and The Vivienne as part of Filth Harmony while the remaining queens formed The Frock Destroyers. With the help of Grammy-nominated singer and producer MNEK, the two newly formed girl groups record vocals and perform their own versions of the song "Break Up (Bye Bye)".
On the main stage, the runway theme is "Day at the Races". After the runway, The Frock Destroyers were the winners of the challenge, with all three members winning the maxi-challenge for the first time in Drag Race history. Cheryl is commended by Ru for her performance in the challenge but is critiqued by Michelle for her runway look. Cheryl is ultimately declared safe, leaving The Vivienne and Crystal in the bottom two. After they lipsync to "Power" by Little Mix, The Vivienne was declared the winner, and Crystal, having landed in the bottom two for the second time, was eliminated from the competition.
|6||"Thirsty Werk"||7 November 2019|
Divina is upset with The Vivienne for not acknowledging her as a true drag queen. Ru brings along six Brit crew for the mini challenge. The queens have to guess what's in the pants; Boxers, Briefs or Commando. Divina won the mini challenge. For the maxi challenge, Ru asked them to create an advert and brand themselves by selling bottled water.
Instead of a video call (as promised), Divina receives a surprise visit from Katya of RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 and runner up of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars 2. The queens discussed the club night scene in the UK and how to manage anxiety and turbulent emotions mid-competition.
On the main stage, the runway theme is "Rainy Day Eleganza". After the runway, The Vivienne won the maxi challenge and Divina was declared safe. Ultimately, Baga is declared safe, leaving Blu and Cheryl Hole in the bottom two. After they lipsync to "Call My Name (Wideboys Remix)" by Cheryl, Cheryl Hole was declared the winner, and Blu, having landed in the bottom two for the second time, was eliminated from the competition.
|7||"Family That Drags Together"||14 November 2019|
Ru introduces the mini challenge, a Bitchfest using Puppets - Everybody Loves Puppets! Baga receives The Vivienne, Divina obtains Cheryl, The Vivienne with Divina and Cheryl is left with Baga. Divina wins the mini challenge. For the main challenge, each of the remaining queens has to use her own drag aesthetic to makeover one of their family member as a part of her drag house. Baga and The Vivienne are surprised by their moms while Cheryl and Divina will makeover their sisters.
After the runway, Divina wins the maxi challenge and The Vivienne is declared safe. Ultimately, Baga and Cheryl are in the bottom two. After they lipsync to "Tears Dry on Their Own" by Amy Winehouse, Baga is declared the winner, and Cheryl, having landed in the bottom two for the second time, is eliminated from the competition.
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