Graham Norton and Alan Carr to judge RuPaul's Drag Race UK

Thursday 14th February 2019, 5:51pm

  • Graham Norton and Alan Carr will be judges on the BBC Three version of RuPaul's Drag Race
  • Norton says: "Becoming part of the drag race family makes me ridiculously happy!"
  • Carr comments: "I can't wait to see what the UK Queens have got in store - it's going to be sickening!"
Image shows from L to R: Graham Norton, Alan Carr.

It's been revealed that Graham Norton and Alan Carr will act as judges on the UK version of RuPaul's Drag Race.

The eight part series, coming to BBC Three later this year, will see the comedians joining RuPaul and Michelle Visage to determine the UK's Next Drag Superstar.

The BBC says: "The first UK adaption of the global hit will showcase the most fabulous drag queens that the UK has to offer, and Graham and Alan will appear as rotating resident judges. Each week, they will join RuPaul, Michelle Visage and a celebrity guest judge."

Norton is no stranger to RuPaul's Drag Race, having already appeared as a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars in 2016. He says: "Becoming part of the drag race family makes me ridiculously happy! I can't wait to see what the UK drag queens bring to the party, but they better weeeeerk!!!"

Carr is a long-time fan of RuPaul, having made his acquaintance when the presenter appeared on his TV show, Chatty Man. The comedian says: "Wow! To be sat next to Michelle Visage and Mama Ru as a guest judge on possibly one of my all-time favourite shows EVER is a dream come true. I can't wait to see what the UK Queens have got in store - it's going to be sickening!"

RuPaul jokes: "I was both shocked and delighted when Graham and Alan told me they'd be wearing tucking panties when sitting at the judges' table. I told them it was not necessary, but they insisted. Now that's what I call dedication!"

Kate Phillips, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC, comments: "I am so excited that self-confessed Drag Race fans Graham and Alan have agreed to join Ru and Michelle on our judging panel. Their immense wit and wisdom will be invaluable in ensuring the most deserving Queen sashays away with the title."

Carr posted this video to reveal to his fans that he was due to appear on the show:

15th February update: Speaking on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, Alan Carr revealed that Lily Savage star Paul O'Grady would be a guest judge. He said: "I found out that Paul O'Grady's a judge on it, and so is Graham Norton. But isn't it funny - no-one said a word. We're all going, 'Oh yes, did you hear they're looking for judges on UK Drag Race?'... 'Hmmm yes, I heard that.' No-one said a word! All keeping it secret!"


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