RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World: guest judges announced and they’re SO good

The herstory making show is back on BBC Three soon

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by Geraint Llewellyn |

Just when you thought there wasn’t room for any more RuPaul, shade, death drops or tongue pops, 2021 has delivered a BOMBSHELL.

Move out of the way RuPaul’s Drag Race, All Stars, Drag Race UK, Canada, Spain, France, Italia Thailand and the Netherlands - come through Drag Race UK vs The World.

That's right, BBC Three has confirmed that a brand new edition of the show is coming to our screens very soon, that will see fan favourite contestants from across the international series return to compete against each other for the first time.

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RuPaul, Michelle Visage and season 13 queens after winning an emmy for the show ©getty

And, while we love the international versions, we have to admit: sometimes we have Not. A. Clue, who the guest judges are. So, huzzah! for this incredible crop of Brit talent who've been confirmed as the guest judges for UK vs The World.

Drum roll, please, for....

...Clara Amfo, Daisy May Cooper, Jade Thirlwall, Johannes Radebe, Jonathan Bailey, Katie Price, Melanie C and Michelle Keegan.

Will Katie issue the immortal Bimini Bon Boulash line, "The eyes are the nipples of the face?"

We're keeping everything crossed.

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"The eyes are the nipples of the face" ©BBC

So, what is RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs The World then?

For the first time in Drag Race herstory, nine international queens from across the franchise (we're talking US, UK, Canada, Holland, Thailand and more) will compete against each other to be crowned the ultimate Drag Race superstar.

With the UK as the host nation, renowned queens from different franchises and cultures will showcase their country’s finest drag across a series of mini and maxi challenges, but who will come out on top?

We absolutely can't wait to see how this turns out.

CHECK OUT RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs The World rumoured cast - who's competing on the show?

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Drag Race Canada series one's Jimbo was eliminated just before the final, only to be greeted by a petition from fans – Justice for Jimbo! One of the funniest and kookiest queens in the franchise's history, we think this fan favourite could snatch the crown.

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Northern Ireland's Blu Hydrangea went from an underestimated "Instagram queen" to very respectful fifth alternate in the first UK series. Let's not forget her mentally scarring dirty Mary Berry impression during Snatch Game.

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Breakout star from the UK's first series, Baga Chipz, has been rumoured to be competing after going quiet on social media last year. Despite coming third, Baga was an instant fan favourite and has gone on to a hugely successful TV career, even competing on Celebrity MasterChef and Celebrity Karaoke Club.

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Jujubee is back back back again (allegedly). Having competed on season three of the original US version of RuPaul's Drag Race, as well as All Stars season one (less said the better) and five. After missing out on the crown three times, could this finally be her moment?

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Drag Race Canada's singing, dancing, flipping, splitting machine Lemon is said to be returning to compete for the crown. She even beat comedy queen Jimbo to win a comedy challenge – what can't she do?

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This gagworthy season one UK queen was a walking meme and, despite sashaying away in 4th place, Cheryl somehow never won a challenge. A lip sync assassin, we know that this time Cheryl could bring home the crown.

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Janey Jacké was the runner up on Drag Race Holland's first series, narrowly missing out to eventual winner Envy Peru. Her comic timing and gagworthy runways had her in the running all along, someone this good - how could she not be in the international version?

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Brown cow stunning! Another US fan favourite, Monique Heart, left season 10 (without a wig) in an emotional elimination, only to return in a blaze of glory for All Stars where she finished in a respectable joint third place. We hope she's back back back again.

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Now here's a shocker, Pangina Heals the HOST of Drag Race Thailand but is apparently throwing her (bejeweled) hat into the ring for Drag Race UK vs The World. This would be the first time ever a host has entered the competition – does she have what it takes?

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When does RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs The World start?

Good news Drag Race fans, there's not long to wait at all as BBC Three have confirmed that Drag Race UK vs The World will launch when the channel returns to TV for the first time in six years on Tuesday 1 February. We're already counting down the days...

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How can I watch RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs The World?

UK viewers will be able to watch RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs The World every Tuesday night on BBC Three when the channel returns to the telly box. Of course, it will also be available to watch on BBC iPlayer whenever your heart desires.

If you're not in the UK then you can find the show on streaming service WOW Presents Plus.

WATCH Bimini, Ellie Diamond, Lawrence Chaney and Tayce react to UK Drag Race iconic moments

Who is hosting RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs The World?

Who do you think?

No season of Drag Race would be complete (sorry, Canada) without Mama Ru, and lucky for us, she has already confirmed her role on the show.

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Mama Ru with UK queens ©Getty

Who are the judges on RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs The World?

Much like the normal UK series, RuPaul will be joined on the judging panel by Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and Graham Norton. There will also be a glorious line-up of extra special guest judges: Clara Amfo, Daisy May Cooper, Jade Thirlwall, Johannes Radebe, Jonathan Bailey, Katie Price, Melanie C and Michelle Keegan.

Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Dawn French, Cheryl, Alesha Dixon, Kathy Burke, Russell Tovey and Maya Jama have all appeared as guest judges on previous seasons of Drag Race UK.

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