Handpicked for their huge slaying potential by Mama Ru herself, the identities of the 10 queens taking part in the first ever series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK have been, er, ru-vealed!
"Each of the UK queens is so unique, so courageous and so special," said RuPaul. "I can't wait for the UK - and the world - to fall in love with them the same way I did.”
The US series of RuPaul’s Drag Race is a cult global phenomenon, and since the announcement of the first UK adaptation of the show, there has been frenzied fan speculation about the line-up.
The 10 competing queens are: Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, Crystal, Cheryl Hole, Divina De Campo, Gothy Kendoll, Sum Ting Wong, Scaredy Kat, The Vivienne, Vinegar Strokes.
All 10 queens will be at Manchester Pride on Saturday 24 August for their first official appearance as Drag Race contestants.
You can get up close and personal with some of these fierce queens at The Village Inn in Birmingham! Catch Sum Ting Wong on Friday 13 September; Baga Chipz, Friday 20 September; and The Vivienne, Friday 15 November.
And why not grab some friends and head to The Loft, which will be screening every episode of Drag Race UK LIVE on Thursday evenings! You can then get your FREE shot at The Village Inn for and FREE entry to the Nightingale Club afterwards!
Sum Ting Wong
Tell us about yourself...
I’m Sum Ting Wong, I’m 30 and I live in Reading.
Tell us about your drag?
My drag comes from singing. I was a little emo kid at 12 years old and I loved to sing. I can’t be a singer out of drag. I am a Chinese male who’s overweight and losing his hair. I’m never gonna make it like that, so drag helped me - and the 12-year-old me - finally live out my dream of performing and singing. That’s the only reason I put all of this on - so I can perform and sing. It’s the best job in the world.
Tell us a bit about you...
Well, I’m Baga Chipz MBE, I’m 29 and I’m from London. Baga Chipz is a pub queen. a tart with a heart. Like someone’s auntie, I give advice on how to pull fellas and how to get pissed. I’m not one of these gorgeous, beautiful Kate Moss lookalike drag queens. My style is more cabaret, old school, sequin frocks, Shirley Bassey, Danny La Rue, Lily Savage kind of drag. I’m common as muck - Baga Chipz from Walthamstow.
Blu HydrangeaTell us about your act...
Blu Hydrangea is like a GCSE art project, high fashion from outer space, a cartoon character - with muppet realness. She is queen of the makeup brush and her strength lies in her mug. Not only am I a look queen, I can also dance, perform and do some funny movements to make people laugh.
Divina De Campo
Tell us a bit about yourself...
I’m Divina De Campo, I’m 35 and from Brighouse in West Yorkshire.
My act is a massive variety of different things. You’ll get some opera, Italian aria, some pop tunes, some show tunes, some blue tunes. I like to sing things that are a bit more challenging or exciting, and that make people say: "Oh my god, I wasn't expecting that."
A bit of everything for everybody.
Tell us about yourself...
I’m Crystal, I’m 34 and I’m originally from Canada. I've been living in London for the past 10 years. as I have a British passport and dual citizenship through my mother, so I’m British!
I’m unique as a drag performer because I’m not afraid to think outside the box and create looks, concepts, acts and performances that challenge, excite and pull from lots of sources. I’m not a ‘cookie cutter’ drag queen.
Can you tell us about yourself and your act?
I’m Cheryl Hole, I’m 25 years old and I’m from the glamorous land of Essex. I’m a dancing diva who's known for her dance moves, death drops and pure entertainment - and that’s exactly what you want from a drag queen, isn’t it?
Gothy KendollTell us about you and Gothy...
My name is Gothy Kendoll, I’m 21 and I’m from Leicester. My name comes from my friend, who described me as a Ken doll but a gothy one because I used to wear loads of black, have really black hair, but also be really tanned and wear loads of makeup!
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m Vinegar Strokes, I’m 35, I’m from London - and yes, I’m a proper London lady, zone five. I'm a straight-up comedy queen - I do stand-up comedy and sing in my own particular style. I’m like Tina Turner meets Lizzo meets Kat Slater.
Scaredy Kat Tell us about your unique style...
I’d say my style of drag is probably very pink, very cute and very feline-esque. It’s very camp, exciting, colourful and bold. Cute, pink and scared - like a nervous flamingo. I’m unique - and another thing that makes me unique is that I’m the youngest queen ever on Drag Race.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am The Vivienne, I’m 27 years old and I’m from the gorgeous town of Liverpool. I’m an engaged lady and I live for my fiancé. And I’m here to win the crown of the first ever RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, so bring it on!
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