Forget the Beijing Olympics — next month’s true international clash of the titans will happen in heels.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus the World, the first global all-star edition of the long-running franchise, will premiere Stateside on WOW Presents Plus on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 4/3c, day-and-date with the show’s BBC airing.
What’s more, we finally know which nine familiars will be competing to become “Queen of the Mothertucking World”: two U.S. favorites, three badass Brits, a pair of Canadian sweethearts, one of Holland’s finest, and a Bangkok-based hostess who’s finally experiencing things from the other side of the judges’ panel.
Speaking of the panel, RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, and Graham Norton have regular seats at the table. They’ll be joined by a rotating line-up of guest judges, including Melanie C, Jade Thirlwall, Clara Amfo, Daisy May Cooper, Jonathan Bailey and Michelle Keegan. Johannes Radebe and Katie Price will also make special appearances.
“In a global first, RuPaul takes Drag Race UK to the next level as he opens up the battle to Drag Race queens from around the world,” reads the show’s official description. “The nine international members of RuPaul’s Drag Race royal alumni will battle it out for the crown. With the UK as host nation, the series will see iconic queens from different franchises and cultures competing in an international arena, showcasing their country’s finest drag.”
Read on for a complete breakdown of the nine queens competing next month, then drop a comment with your thoughts. Who will you be rooting for?