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Michelle Visage talks about BBC Three’s RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World

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We’re back and now we’re global for the first time in Drag Race herstory! How was it to see queens from around the world together in one competition?

OMGOODNESS!! This was SO. MUCH. FUN!! Thing is, it has the RuPaul’s Drag Race familiarity that everyone knows and loves, but there are so many twists and turns you will need a neck stabilizer!

What are the main qualities you think it takes to be Queen of the World?

Charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent, obviously, but also a wicked sense of humour and fantastic dragability!

How was it to meet some of the queens you hadn’t met before from other iterations of the show? Did they exceed your expectations?

It was my favourite part! I loved being able to not only judge, but see these international queens perform in person on the Main Stage! They are all superstars and will blow your socks off!

How do you describe your judging style?

I think everyone knows how I judge at this point; direct, honest but filled with nothing but pure love for these talented artists. I want them to be the best that they can be so they soar to the heights of their careers.

What has been a particular highlight of yours across the previous series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK?

I’m very proud of ALL of the Drag Races, but everyone knows that the UK always has a special little place in my heart… I SO love the UK (the country) as a whole and the queens never, ever disappoint. I couldn’t pick a highlight as it is all exciting and wonderful but mostly, hilarious and filled with heart!

RuPaul’s Drag Race is a global phenomenon, why do you think the show has taken the world by storm?

I believe it is so beloved because everyone sees themselves in the queens. There is always someone whose story you can relate to. It has so much heart, and the stories of perseverance and stick-with-it-ness inspire even the least motivated! It is so fantastic for the queer kids or the freaks, weirdos or misfits to know that they are perfect as is and there is a place where they belong. Everyone deserves to know that they matter.

How important do you believe it is to showcase the best of world drag to new audiences?

It is important that all drag be showcased! It is so much fun to see how drag is done in other parts of the globe, that is one of the things that is so fun about this series.

Do you have a particular country’s drag you enjoy the most and if so, why?

I mean HOW could I say THAT?! That would be like walking into the bee’s nest! I love it ALL! I love to see how individuals do drag no matter where they are from.

What can viewers expect from this series?

A whoooooole lotta fun and some fan-freakin-tastic drag!