America is already on its seventh season of hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race, and with each season being aired on UK television for the first time in June, it’s looking more than likely that a UK version will happen as it’s already in demand.
RuPaul spoke to Digital Spy, and when asked about a possible UK version of the show, said “Jonathan Ross has been trying to make that happen, and I predict that it will happen, especially after the truTV run. People are going to be so ravenous for it that they’re going to demand their own version, and I would love that.”
The fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race will be making its UK TV debut in June, on the truTV channel, which will then also be showing the other seasons. RuPaul said in the same interview that he was very excited for the UK airing of the show because “for years people have gotten it bootleg, and now they actually get to have it for real.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race is already available on UK Netflix, however that still doesn’t make it accessible to all, so now with a free TV channel showing the programme, I think the drag scene is about to get a lot more mainstream. This could have its pros and cons, as more popularity would probably mean that more RuPaul’s Drag Race queens are brought over to the UK more frequently for performances. Many of the UK drag venues being quite small, this could lead to a lot of “die hard” fans having trouble getting tickets for events that are selling out too quickly. More fame would also more than likely lead to higher ticket prices. It’s one of those difficult situations where fans want to share their love of queens, but at the same time want to keep them to themselves.
A UK edition of the show would certainly be exciting for UK queens who will finally have chance to get the recognition that they deserve. At the end of the day, the show is a competition which opens up doors for so many talented individuals, giving them the chance of a lifestyle they have always dreamed of.
The American show may have impacted drag in the UK, but RuPaul explained that actually England has had a big impact on the scene over in America: “Drag has been such a tradition in England, in fact, our American obsession with drag is really a direct link to the English obsession. When I was a kid, I grew up watching Monty Python in drag, and it really inspired my irreverent humour.”
Once June arrives, if the UK are loving RuPaul’s Drag Race just as much as expected, then RuPaul may very well be heading their way, and the Queen of England could have some serious competition.
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