After a Ru-tactular series one and two, Drag Race UK is returning to BBC iPlayer this September. Host and global drag superstar RuPaul mentors 12 handpicked queens as they spend ten weeks competing to be the UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar.
Each episode, Ru and a panel of judges decide who stays and who sashays away after a mini challenge, main challenge and runway look.
Long-time judge Michelle Visage will feature each week, joined by a new celebrity judge and, on a rotational basis, Graham Norton and Alan Carr.
If this series is as popular as the previous two, which have been streamed over 35 million times on BBC iPlayer, then it will go down as another reality smash hit.
Who is Kitty Scott-Claus in Drag Race UK season 3?
Kitty Scott-Claus is a singing, dancing ‘life and soul of any party’ who will always crack a joke.” She sees herself as the full package, who personifies the future of British drag. She told the BBC: “I am silly and camp and have everything that old school drag was, but I have the modern edge.”
What can people expect from a Kitty Scott-Claus show? “It’s like the BEST hen do – and everybody’s the bride! It’s everybody’s birthday! It’s everybody’s special day! You’ll have a busty blonde bubbly night and it will be fabulous… filled with all the prosexy in the world! It will be fabulous.”
Kitty may struggle if she’s asked to do another contestant’s makeup, and she can’t sew a couture outfit from scratch, but she isn’t going to “waste a single second feeling nervous. I’m going to give it everything.”
Where is Kitty Scott-Claus from and how did she get her drag name?
Kitty comes from Birmingham, where she was raised in a ‘normal family’ where nobody was a performer. The 29-year-old musical theatre graduate didn’t enjoy drama school, because they never wanted to do the ‘boring’ boy parts, so after graduating they started doing pantomimes around the country. Kitty loved the big hair, makeup and bigger outfits.
The big break came when their best friend asked them to join a group with series one contestant Cheryl Hole.
“That first gig was a hot mess,” she told the BBC.
“I looked an absolute mess, but I literally thought I was God’s gift, but now here we are four years later and I’m on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK!”
Like many drag queens, Kitty Scott Claws is a fun play on words. After trying out a bunch of other names that didn’t land – Madonna Kebab, Chelsea Bun and Burger Queen – it hit her. “I realised that whenever someone was being a bit catty, I’d say ‘ooh saucer of milk…. This kitty’s got claws!”. And that’s how the name was born.
Who else is in the Drag Race UK season 3 line-up?
Kitty is joined by 11 fantastic queens. For this season, Victoria Scone made history by being the first cis-female contestant. The 27-year-old from Cardiff says it ‘feels right!’ to be the first, and while her presence on the show is political, she will have fun with it.
A familiar face is returning for this series, too. Veronica Green wowed with musical skills in series two, but she had to leave early after testing positive for Covid.
Veronica isn’t joined by two other Lancashire queens. Elektra Fence describes her drag as ‘Think Pamela Anderson on the school run!’, while Charity Kase is here to ‘break beauty stereotypes’ by playing with the darkness in beauty.
Also joining the lineup is Vanity Milan, who hails from South London. The 29-year-old told the BBC that she is ‘serving unapologetic blackness’ and that her name is a nod to her lifelong admiration of mirrors and her high-fashion looks.
Vanity is just one of a handful of south queens; there’s 26-year-old Scarlett Harlett from East London, 19-year-old Anubis from Brighton and Ella Vaday from Essex. River Medway and Krystal Versace are representing the small drag scene of Kent.