RUPAUL’S Drag Race UK will return to TV screens later this month.
The BBC show sees drag queens face challenges that will test their skills, from sewing and creating dresses and impersonating celebrities to acting in a musical and creating choreographies.
A trailer for the new series shows a number of drag queens, whose faces are not shown, wearing glittery and jeweled dresses, some adorned with feathers and pointed shoulder pads.
Two Brighton drag queens, Joe Black and Anubis, both appeared as contestants on the show – although both were eliminated from the competition in its first week.
The candidates for the fourth series are yet to be announced, with the 12 candidates for the crown likely to be announced in the next few days or weeks.
Joe Black, who took part in the show’s second season, ignited host RuPaul after he wore an off-the-peg H&M dress on the runway.
Joe later donated the infamous dress to the raffle to raise funds for The Sussex Beacon – a Brighton-based charity that helps people living with HIV.
“I wanted to make something good out of something that turned out to be negative,” Joe said.
Brighton-based drag queen Anubis also featured in the show’s third season, but was eliminated in the first episode, claiming “the curse of Brighton lives on”.
A number of celebrity guest judges were introduced for this year’s season, including Dame Joanna Lumley, TV presenter Alison Hammond, singer-songwriter Boy George, Years and Years star Olly Alexander and Spice Girls member Mel B.
Joanna Lumley said she is thrilled to be part of the program.
She said: “The show is amazing on every level and I’ve loved it from the start.
“RuPaul is the very definition of what it means to be fabulous and the show is packed with wacky creativity, humor and jaw-dropping glamour.”
Judges Graham Norton, Michelle Visage and Alan Carr will also return for this year’s series.
In an interview with Gay Times magazine, Graham Norton said that this year’s contestants are “some of the best queens we’ve seen”.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer from 22 September.
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