Drag Race UK start date confirmed – and theres not long to wait

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RuPaul’s Drag Race UK fans are revving up for an exciting September as the BBC tell viewers to “start your engines”.

Coming Thursday 23 September, the third season of the exciting talent show will be streaming to BBC iPlayer at 7pm for fans to enjoy.

The BBC confirmed the news by posting a snap of the fabulous RuPaul on their Twitter page, which they captioned: “Start your engines, #DragRaceUK series three is landing on @bbciplayer September 23rd at 7pm.”

For anyone outside of the UK, you are able to catch up on Wow Presents Plus.

The new series will feature 12 new queens, along with the first female queen in Drag Race history, Victoria Stone.

Victoria is the first ever cisgender woman to compete on the show. Unfortunately, she has faced backlash since the announcement of her inclusion.

The drag queen has hit back at the criticism. Posting a statement to social media, the queen said: “Some need to understand that as a cis woman doing drag presenting as a woman it is still a f**k you to society.

“I embody every gender stereotype that’s ever been instilled on me (as a woman) by society. I heighten it, I laugh at it, and then take a big queer s**t on it.

“I am not at an advantage to perform with my body. If I wore a little skimpy dress and called it a day (as many of my AMAB Drag Queen pals do) I’d look like a wrapped lamb joint in the meat isle at Morrison’s.

“I corset, I pad, I use face tape, I paint like a birthday clown, I am even in the possession of a breast plate but guess what, I’m too god damn fat for it to fit over my delicate advantaged lady shoulders. Don’t even get me started on performing/touring on your period.”

Drag Race Down Under star Etcetera Etcetera supported Victoria, saying: "I am so so happy for more representation of women doing drag — because every woman i know has been told they can’t do drag by a smelly man in some club smoking area at least one million times—and has then continued to go back on stage and do drag without your permission.”

The show will also feature Veronica Green, who had to leave season two early after she tested positive for Covid-19.

Celebrity judges set to appear include Charity Shop Sue and Kathy Burke.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race UK begins on BBC iPlayer on September 23 at 7pm.

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