Michelle Visage confirmed for RuPaul's Drag Race UK judging panel

The Celebrity Big Brother star has judged eight series of the US version of the show and four series of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars, and will join previously announced host RuPaul for the UK edition, BBC Three has said.

Visage said: "We've been working tirelessly to bring the magic of RuPaul's Drag Race to my favourite city in the world – London.

"I know the UK has a wealth of talent to offer and I'm thrilled beyond belief to see these queens battle it out on the main stage, UK style. God save the Queens!"

RuPaul's Drag Race UK will see the judging panel search for the best drag queens in the UK as a series of challenges test their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent before RuPaul crowns the UK's Next Drag Superstar.

Executive producers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey said: "Michelle has worked tirelessly to help bring Drag Race to the UK, we are grateful she is part of our family.

"She is a quadruple threat – she sings, she dances, she acts, and boy, can she judge! Queens beware!"

The Sun exclusively revealed in December how the long-running sensation was coming to the UK with the BBC winning the rights for the eight part series.

A TV source said: "This is a massive coup for the Beeb as lots of other UK channels wanted this show.

"It will follow the exact same format as the American version with British twists and some famous guests.

"It will be filmed in London and casting directors will be searching for the best drag artists Britain has to offer – there'll be a huge budget for costumes and production and bosses are hoping that a star is born. It's really exciting for everyone involved and is expected to draw a lot of new fans to the franchise.

"RuPaul has a cult following so it's massive news."

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