Two new British judges have been added to the judging panel for the upcoming Drag Race spinoff, RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. Critically-acclaimed television host Graham Norton and side-splitting comedian Alan Carr will join RuPaul and Michelle Visage to help crown the U.K.’s next drag superstar.
Norton, who served as a guest judge on All Stars 2 in 2016, was excited to become a permanent fixture in Drag Race’s U.K. team: “Becoming part of the Drag Race family makes me ridiculously happy,” Norton said. “I can’t wait to see what the U.K. drag queens bring to the party, but they better werk!”
Carr, who met and interviewed RuPaul on his television show Chatty Man in 2017, said that the upcoming series is “going to be sickening.”
“To be sat next to Michelle Visage and Mama Ru as a guest judge on possibly one of my all-time favorite shows ever is a dream come true,” Carr said. “I can’t wait to see what the UK Queens have got in store,” he added.
RuPaul said he was “shocked and delighted” that the duo would be joining them, in or out of their “tucking panties.” “I told them it was not necessary, but they insisted.” RuPaul joked. “Now that’s what I call dedication!”
Drag Race U.K. will premiere in 2019 on BBC Three. An official premiere date has not been released.