Boy George, Joanna Lumley, Mel B confirmed for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

boy george, joanna lumley etc among rupaul 2022 judges

Boy George, Dame Joanna Lumley and Spice Girl Mel B are among the celebrity guest judges and guests confirmed for the upcoming new series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. 

The BBC said the star pulling power of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK continues as the stellar list of celebrity names set to join RuPaul for glitz, glamour and fun was announced.

Judge supremo and global Drag icon, RuPaul, will return to BBC Three imminently along with a brand new set of fabulous drag queens all competing for the coveted title of UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar.

Each week, the queens face challenges that test their drag skills to the max and joining RuPaul on the judging panel are his trusty Drag Race UK sidekicks, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, Graham Norton and a host of extra-special celebrity friends.

Boy George, Dame Joanna et al

The celebrity guest judges this year will include:

  • Actress and activist Dame Joanna Lumley
  • TV presenter Alison Hammond
  • Actress Hannah Waddingham
  • Singer-songwriter Boy George
  • Iconic fashion model and celebrity chef Lorraine Pascale
  • Spice Girls member Mel B
  • Model, presenter and influencer Leomie Anderson
  • Singer and actor Olly Alexander
  • Singer-songwriter FKA twigs

As the competition unfolds, there are additional extra special celebrity guest appearances in the weekly challenges:

One of Drag Race’s toughest and iconic challenges, Snatch Game gets a strictly sparkly twist as Tess Daly and AJ Odudu offer up their best blankety blanks.

Comedian and actress, Aisling Bea drops by to bring some comedy to the competition.

Writing unique, charismatic and tuneful song lyrics are a must-have skill for all Drag Race queens and so legendary singer-songwriter Cathy Dennis stops by the Werk Room to give the queens a song writing master class.

Strictly 2021 champion dancer and choreographer, Giovanni Pernice, takes no prisoners as he puts the queens through their paces preparing them for an all singing and all dancing challenge.

Boy George said: “Drag Race is such a phenomena and it has unleashed intense creativity and debate. RuPaul has made the concept of drag into a household name! 

“I’m part of the drag daisy chain. Every nice drag queen is my sister and the rest are second cousins! It was a lot of fun being part of the show!”

Dame Joanna Lumley said: “It thrills me to be a part of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. The show is astounding at every level, and I loved it from the very start. 

“RuPaul is the definition of what it is to be fabulous, and the show is packed with mad creativity, humour, and drop-dead glamour.”

And former Spice Girl Mel B said: “I love the outfits and the performances. I love it when things go right and even more when things go wrong! 

“But to me, the big moments are when the queens are praised and you can see that they really embrace what Ru says. 

“I’m sooo excited to be a part of it all and see what spice they bring to the runway!”

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three and Kate Phillips, in her capacity as Director of Entertainment. 

The Executive Producers for World of Wonder are Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, RuPaul Charles, Bruce McCoy and Johnni Javier and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Ruby Kuraishe.

Transmission details for the fourth series will be revealed in due course.