Move over Elizabeth, there’s a new queen in town.
After years of rumours, the BBC announced that RuPaul’s Drag Race is officially jumping the pond with RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K., a new eight-part series set to air on BBC Three in 2019.
“I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens,” Ru said in a statement. “And before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a ’Royal-Mother-To-Be’ runway challenge.”
And don’t worry, Mama Ru isn’t leaving Michelle Visage behind, everyone’s favorite squirrel friend will be sitting alongside Ru on the judges’ panel for the series.
guys. yes. of COURSE i am a judge…..i am THE judge!!
— michelle visage (@michellevisage) December 5, 2018
“It’s great to see that RuPaul is bringing Drag Race to the U.K.,” Kim Sanders, head of media engagement at Stonewall UK told BBC News. “We’re always keen to see more representation and celebration of the LGBT community on screen and we can’t wait to see the UK Queens make their bid for the crown.”
Damian Kavanagh, controller for BBC Three, told BBC News: “Needless to say, we’re delighted that BBC Three will be the home of a new U.K. version of Drag Race.”
“It is one of the biggest entertainment titles in the world and anticipation levels for a UK version have been at feverish levels. With heart, humour and the un-imitable RuPaul, Drag Race is going to take BBC Three to a whole new level.”
Ru and World of Wonder even announced that casting is already underway to find the next Queen of Great Britain:
“World of Wonder Productions began in the UK, and the many Queens of England have always been an inspiration, so bringing RuPaul’s Drag Race to BBC Three is a very special home coming,” said World of Wonder co-founders and Drag Race executive producers, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato
This tea is piping hot, and now it’s being served with crumpets!
RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular airs Friday, December 7, at 8/7c on VH1.