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RuPaul’s Drag Race coming to BBC Three in 2019

Award-winning reality TV competition RuPaul’s Drag Race will arrive in the UK next year.

A new eight-part series will be available on BBC Three in 2019, featuring local drag artists.

Series creator RuPaul Charles says he will “celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will eventually crown one drag star the ‘Queen of Great Britain’.

Since it launched in 2009, the US version of RuPaul Drag Race has attracted global audiences with its blend of talent-show drama and all-star celebrity guests – including Lady Gaga and Khloe Kardashian.

Like the US version, 10 contestants will compete in a number of individual and team challenges, culminating in a weekly “Maxi Challenge” that might involve a performance, a photo shoot or a runway walk-off.

The drag artists will be gradually whittled down – asked to “Sashay Away” – until one is left standing as the champion.

Actress and singer Michelle Visage, who judges the US version of RuPaul’s Drag Race, has confirmed on Twitter that she will return to the role in the UK show.

“I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens,” said creator Rupaul Charles.

“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.”