Finally, Britain truly gets to see the wonder that is RuPaul’s Drag Race and the spectacle that is Michelle Visage. Her entry into the Celebrity Big Brother house is nothing short of monumental for the show. As you may or may not know, super-fan Jonathan Ross has bought the rights to create a UK version of Drag Race. His original plan, as reported by many media outlets, was to have Jodie Harsh host the show – Z-lister predicted four years’ ago. However, anyone that listens to Michelle and RuPaul’s podcast, What’s the T, could see Michelle had another opinion.
On the podcast, Michelle spoke about her regular visits to the UK as part of the tour the queens do, hosting events like RuPaul’s Battle of the Seasons. Whenever she’s here, fans tell her how much they love the show, how much they want it here, and how much they want Ru and herself to judge it (bye Santino). On one of her lasts visits, she sat down to dinner with Jonathan Ross and they discussed options. Ross detailed the problems being that the project lacks a network to air on and Visage is relatively unknown in the UK.
Currently, as it stands, Michelle is tied with Cheggers as being the favourite to win Celebrity Big Brother. And, with her increasing presence and alpha woman status in the house, I can see her taking that crown. The final push to victory will be when she takes down serial-liar Katie Hopkins. The nation accepting, it feels perfect that Channel 5 would give the green light to commission a RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, having Visage and Ru as two of the staple judges (Ru said he’s up for this, if he’s asked). For god sakes, they gave Paddy Doherty and Sally Bercow a show!
However, Ross has a point, British drag is different from American drag. Queens actually sing here and they can be a lot older. To my knowledge, there’s not a big pageant scene and it’s all ‘party city’. Previous attempts at getting drag off the ground have relatively died a death – cough, Drag Queens of London.
That’s why it would take some British charm with Jodie Harsh taking the position of the third permanent judge. And while her experience as an in-demand DJ may be enough, a seasoned pro should also help. Taking it down to just one guest judge, there should be another permanent. Paul O’Grady has spent most of his television career in make-up and has a very similar TV presence to mumma Ru herself. He’d make an excellent edition to the show, leaving the fifth seat open for a guest every week.
Realistically this could happen by next year. Drag Race season 7 has been filmed and about to air, and the rumoured second season of All Stars would be recorded in the summer like before. The first UK Drag Race could be filmed in place of an American Season 8, simultaneously being aired the US’ Logo TV and Channel 5.
This is something the British fans have been screaming for and this is the best and, dare I say, only chance for the pawns to move and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK to become a reality.
Michelle to win!