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DRAG RACE REVEALS CELEBRITY GUESTS AND JUDGES FOR SECOND VS THE WORLD SERIES

BBC Three and BBC iPlayer welcomes the return of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World, and a brand new set of Global glamazons competing to be The Next Queen of the Mothertucking World.



Queen of queens, Mama Ru resides over proceedings and a galaxy of guest stars aka Drag Race super fans, join in the fun.



As we approach the start of the brand new series, on Friday 9 February, we are excited to Ru-Veal that the extra-special guest judges are:

  • Actor and Fashion model, Adwoa Aboah

  • Comedian, writer and presenter, Katherine Ryan

  • Singer-songwriter, Kim Petras

  • Professional dancer and Strictly Come Dancing judge, Motsi Mabuse

  • Actor and presenter, Richard E Grant

  • Singer, musician and actor, Self Esteem

  • Team GB diver and Olympic gold medallist, Tom Daley OBE



Regular judges Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, Graham Norton also join RuPaul on the judging panel, and we are pleased to announce additional guest appearances from the following Drag Race superfans:

  • Singer and TV presenter, Jane McDonald joins Ru as a celebrity player in The Snatch Game.

  • Singer, actor and TV personality, Sinitta, joins Ru as a celebrity player in The Snatch Game.

  • Strictly legends, Janette Manrara and Aljaž Škorjanec, join as dance coaches.



Adwoa Aboah says: “It was a privilege and joy to be a part of something so stunning! The judges, the Queens… it was by far one of my most glamorous and hysterical days yet!”


Katherine Ryan says: “Joining Ru and my fellow judges on the panel was everything I’d hoped for and more. I’m such a fan of the show and the queens were even more breath-taking in person. The show brings so much joy and I’d be back in a heartbeat!”


Kim Petras says: “This is a pinch me moment, I love drag race and everything the show represents. The queens were even more beautiful in person. Thank you for having me Ru – I had so much fun.”



Motsi Mabuse says: “I cannot believe the talent of queens from all ends of the globe, it was such an honour to watch the queens do their thing on the main stage. Joining Mama Ru and the fellow judges was a dream and I didn’t want to wake up!”


Richard E Grant says: “RuPaul, RULES the World! No questions NO argument!!!”

Self Esteem says: “I cannot believe I’m saying this but I am a guest judge on my religion show RUPAULS DRAG RACE (UK vs The World)!! I’ve never been shy about how important RuPaul and this show was in giving me the confidence to go solo. I cried! I screamed! Luke, Byron and Lauren got me in Drag!”



Tom Daley says: “I am the biggest Drag Race fan. It's the most iconic show on TV with so many one liners that've made it into my daily dialogue. It's been a long time coming, and I'm finally going to be a guest judge! After all, Drag Race is the Olympics of drag. But what shall I wear? Red wig and a silver dress? I don't think.”


Jane McDonald says: “Sitting alongside Ru was a dream, each and every one of the queens were spectacular and FABULOUS and showcased talent from right across the globe - May the best drag queen win!”


Sinitta says: “All of my stage persona was based on Drag Queens, I watched them growing up on the scene in my Mother’s dressing room! Making outfits out of whatever we could find lying around, and wearing it as if it was expensive and amazing. I loved Danny La Ru and then came our Next Level Fabulous RuPaul and the music and the shows so captivating!



I'm so excited to be a part of Snatch Game on Drag Race, where Drag has evolved and become so much more then female impersonation but Creative Exploration and Fabulous Madness! I was in Drag Heaven!”


Janette Manrara says: "Aljaž and I absolutely loved taking part in Drag Race UK vs The World. The queens were so amazing to work with and they worked so so hard. When we saw the final dances come to life, we were so happy for them. We adored being part of the show - we’re big fans of it, and are very grateful that they asked us to be involved!"


The brand new series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World starts on Friday 9 February on BBC Three and iPlayer.



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