So I’m sure anyone that cares about RuPaul’s Drag Race has heard the rumours and speculation surrounding a UK version of the show. TV personality Jonathan Ross has already said he is working on something with British drag star Jodie Harsh. However, they have had to put the project on hold due to family issues. They are hoping to pick it up again in the near future.
Mama Ru has already said that she is totally up for a UK Drag Race. She says, ‘Let’s do it! I’m ready for it! So, what’s the next step? He’s got to pitch it to a network?’
Ru’s squirrel friend, Michelle Visage, told drag official that she believes that Brits don’t want another queen to host the show. They want Ru.
I spoke to a fan of the show, Callum Thompson, to find out what the fans really want. Callum is a hugely keen on the idea of a UK Drag Race. He says, ‘Having a UK version of the show would be amazing because we have such a good reputation of drag queens in this country. Just look at Danny La Rue!’
Danny La Rue was a British entertainer best known for his female impersonation. He was awarded an OBE in 2002. He sadly passed away in 2009.
Callum does worry about how it will cross over. He reckons the whole drag scene isn’t as popular here as it would be in America. However, he thinks RuPaul’s Drag Race has had a massive impact on drag queen popularity in the US. He says RuPaul has eased drag into the mainstream.
I asked Callum if he would like to see Ru and Michelle on the UK version and he gave me a mixed response. ‘I think they should be involved to a certain degree but it just makes sense to me to have a British person host a British show.’
‘We have no shortage of talented queens here. Maybe none that are at Ru’s level but did you know who RuPaul was before Drag Race came around? It has helped sky rocket his career too.’
However, he believes a UK version would be ultimately beneficial. ‘I think it will help change peoples attitudes to the world of drag. I feel a lot of people just think of a man in a dress and make up when they hear the term ‘drag queen’. They don’t see that it is an art form and can be a fulfilling career for people.’