The Emmy Award-winning show’s staple challenge – which sees the contestants impersonate celebrities for a parody of Match Game – will return for the highly-anticipated British spin-off.
BBC also announced the two guest stars for the episode, one of which will be iconic television presenter Lorraine Kelly. “It was hilarious!” she said in a statement. “I had such good fun. I am in awe of every single one of the queens.”
Stacey Dooley, television presenter and documentary filmmaker, will join Lorraine. “I had the most incredible time,” she said. “Didn’t know what to expect. They were magic all of them. So impressive. It was brilliant.”
Lorraine and Stacey join previously announced stars such as Cheryl, Maisie Williams, Geri Halliwell, Andrew Garfield, Michaela Coel, Jade Thirwall, Twiggy, MNEK, Curtis Pritchard and AJ Pritchard.
They will all join RuPaul and Michelle Visage on the panel, as well as Alan Carr and Graham Norton, who will rotate every episode like Carson Kressly and Ross Matthews on the US version.
Drag Race UK will run for eight episodes and will have ten queens. It will premiere later this year.
“Oh my goodness, when they see this show, they are going to flip. And I predict that we will be doing this English edition of Drag Race for many years to come,” RuPaul said of the show’s future.
“I think also, audiences around the world are going to start to require the English version, because it’s different, it’s the same but it’s different. There’s a different tone.”
Explaining what makes the new version different from the American original, Michelle added: “There’s an English-ness, a British-ness about it, you can feel it. And I think that’s giving it a different life, and a charm that the American one doesn’t have.”