Status for season 3
The series is NOT cancelled. However, it has not yet been renewed or cancelled for season 3
BBC Three and World of Wonder have today confirmed that a second-series of the UK version of the award-winning global hit RuPaul’s Drag Race will air in 2020.
Having brought RuPaul’s Drag Race UK to British screens for the first time to critical acclaim, BBC Three have opened applications to find another set of sickening queens to compete in the Olympics of drag.
Series one has slayed audiences and is a runway success for BBC Three with 6.5 million total requests on iPlayer just over half way through the series.
This first series has seen the queens face a myriad of challenges designed to test their drag ability to the max, and they’ve served regal runway realness, formed two fierce girl bands, performed Downton Draggy and so much more.
RuPaul says: “I want to thank the BBC and all our fans for their overwhelming support of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. This season’s queens proved that Britain’s Got Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent and I want to see more! Here’s to another season of love, laughter and light!"
Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, says: "The response to the current UK series has been nothing short of dragulous; our viewers have really taken the show and the amazing queens to their hearts. So I’m delighted that Ru and the gang are going to shantay stay. Let the search for the next group of queens begin!”
Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three, says: “I’m delighted that BBC Three will be the home for series two of Drag Race UK. Every single queen for series one has brought something different to the table and I’ve loved watching and getting to know them. The show is a huge hit for us and we’re very much looking forward to unleashing another series for our audience to tuck into!"
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, World of Wonder Co-Founders and Executive Producers, say: “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK has legs and we could not be more thrilled. It all turned out so “much bettah” than we could have imagined, from working with BBC Three to the UK queens' boundless talents. We can't wait to see who shows up to flash their tuppence for season two!”
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is an 8x60' World of Wonder production for BBC Three. It was commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three and Kate Phillips, Controller, BBC Entertainment. The Executive Producers are RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Sally Miles and Bruce McCoy, and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Ruby Kuraishe.
The current series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is continuing to wow BBC Three audiences on BBC iPlayer on Thursdays from 8pm.
A global phenomenon, the RuPaul's Drag Race franchise is available in 193 countries through network partners and World of Wonder's streaming service WOW Presents Plus. The series has been nominated in the US for a record-breaking 29 Emmys with 13 wins. In 2018, Drag Race became the first series to win Best Reality-Competition Program and Host in the same year, and the show had a repeat victory at this years' ceremony.
To apply for the next series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK sashay to https://get.rupaulsdragraceuk.com/casting/ And hurry, applications need to be in by Friday 15 November 2019
The current series finale airs at 8pm on 21 November exclusively on BBC iPlayer in the UK.
The format of the show closely follows the US version where contestants compete in light-hearted mini challenges that test a specific drag queen skill – like make-up design or "reading" (pointing out someone's flaws) – before taking on the Maxi Challenge. This is the headline moment of each show where the queens may be required to perform, model in a photoshoot or to prepare a runway look for a themed challenge before having to face the judges. One queen each week is eliminated and asked to "sashay away".