RuPaul’s Drag Race UK confirmed for second season

BBC Three has opened applications to find another set of queens to compete in the show's second season

DRAG RACE UK TO RETURN: RuPaul (Photo: PA Images on behalf of So TV)

FANS OF RuPaul’s Drag Race UK can rejoice as the show is confirmed to return for a second season.

BBC Three and World of Wonder have announced that a second season of the UK version of the award-winning global hit RuPaul’s Drag Race will air in 2020.

RuPaul said: “I want to thank the BBC and all our fans for their overwhelming support of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. This season’s queens proved that Britain’s Got Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent and I want to see more! Here’s to another season of love, laughter and light!”

Season one has been a runway success for BBC Three with 6.5 million total requests on iPlayer just over half way through the season.

This first season has seen the queens face a myriad of challenges designed to test their drag ability to the max, and they’ve served regal runway realness, formed two fierce girl bands, performed Downton Draggy and so much more.

Having brought RuPaul’s Drag Race UK to British screens for the first time to critical acclaim, BBC Three has opened applications to find another set of queens to compete in the “Olympics of drag”.

Kate Phillips, controller, entertainment commissioning, said: “The response to the current UK series has been nothing short of dragulous; our viewers have really taken the show and the amazing queens to their hearts. So I’m delighted that Ru and the gang are going to shantay stay. Let the search for the next group of queens begin!”

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, World of Wonder co-founders and executive producers, said: “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK has legs and we could not be more thrilled. It all turned out so ‘much bettah’ [sic] than we could have imagined, from working with BBC Three to the UK queens’ boundless talents. We can’t wait to see who shows up to flash their tuppence for season two!”

A global phenomenon, the RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise is available in 193 countries through network partners and World of Wonder’s streaming service WOW Presents Plus. The series has been nominated in the US for a record-breaking 29 Emmys with 13 wins. In 2018, Drag Race became the first series to win Best Reality-Competition Programme and Host in the same year, and the show had a repeat victory at this years’ ceremony.

To apply for the next season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK sashay to The deadline for applications is Friday, November 15 2019.

The current season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK continues on BBC iPlayer on Thursdays from 8pm. The season finale airs at 8pm on November 21 exclusively on BBC iPlayer in the UK.

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