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    Season 2 of Drag Race UK premiering on January 14 2021.

    Cast reveal tomorrow!
    "I see it, I like it, I want it... I GOT IT."

  • #2
    Can't wait!

    Loved Season 1, it just felt a bit too short IMO (and the Top3 was kinda clear from the get go).

    So it's really going to be S13 + UKS2 together <3

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    • #3
      Oh I thought this had been postponed because of covid! The first season was the first ever season of DR I’d ever watched and I loved it - so looking forward to this.
      I said "Lily, Oh Lily I'm so afraid, I fear I am walking in the Veil of Darkness".
      And she said "Child, take what I say with a pinch of salt... and protect yourself with fire".

      Kate Bush - Lily

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        "I see it, I like it, I want it... I GOT IT."

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        • #5
          So ready for this, great to see a bigger cast.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Thriller View Post
            So ready for this, great to see a bigger cast.
            Probably a bigger budget this time

            I wish they had done some sort of reunion episode for over Christmas with the season one cast. It could have been a perfect Boxing Day ‘let’s get pissed’ Saturday night thing.
            I said "Lily, Oh Lily I'm so afraid, I fear I am walking in the Veil of Darkness".
            And she said "Child, take what I say with a pinch of salt... and protect yourself with fire".

            Kate Bush - Lily

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            • #7
              The promo looks are great!

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              • #8
                Cant wait for this to start again. Have you guys watched " God Shave The Queens ? " Its on BBC 3 and follows the UK Drag Race contestants from season 1 as they tour the UK

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by menime123 View Post

                  Probably a bigger budget this time

                  I wish they had done some sort of reunion episode for over Christmas with the season one cast. It could have been a perfect Boxing Day ‘let’s get pissed’ Saturday night thing.
                  Menime have you read my post above about GSTQ ? Its really a good look behind the scenes of the season 1 drag queens.

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                  • #10
                    With all the drag queens I’ve seen over the years, surprised I know none of them this time around, though I know the ‘drag mother’ Mandela. They look like an interesting bunch, unpolished yes, but should make for a good series. I hope there’s lots of fun (new) British references again.
                    1 Yung Bae |2 DJ Snake|3 Birdy|4 MK |5 Sofia Carson

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bazmedia View Post
                      Cant wait for this to start again. Have you guys watched " God Shave The Queens ? " Its on BBC 3 and follows the UK Drag Race contestants from season 1 as they tour the UK
                      Yeah I enjoyed it. I felt like the episodes could have been a wee bit longer but I still thought it was good!
                      Rolling back the rivers in time...

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                      • #12
                        Jessie Ware and MNEK are amongst the guest judges, while Gemma Collins will feature in an episode.

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                        • #13
                          Read about some major drama happening in the season!
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                          • #14
                            Oh, this is already starting this week? Very excited for the double dose of RPDR each week now <3

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bazmedia View Post

                              Menime have you read my post above about GSTQ ? Its really a good look behind the scenes of the season 1 drag queens.
                              Thanks for the heads up - not quite as exciting as I thought it might have been. The whole thing was filthy cheap, but nice to have
                              I said "Lily, Oh Lily I'm so afraid, I fear I am walking in the Veil of Darkness".
                              And she said "Child, take what I say with a pinch of salt... and protect yourself with fire".

                              Kate Bush - Lily

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                              • #16
                                Spoiler!

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                                • #17
                                  That post shouldn’t be allowed. A fair few spoilers.

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                                  • #18
                                    Please can we all remember the spoiler rules:
                                    • ALL spoilers regarding RuPaul’s Drag Race are completely banned, whether in or out of tags. The only discussion around this show must be for episodes that have aired, and any comments about the future of the show should be speculation or predictions ONLY.
                                    Any members not abiding by these rules will face warnings/bans as per the usual policy. Please feel free to PM me if you need any clarification.
                                    I said "Lily, Oh Lily I'm so afraid, I fear I am walking in the Veil of Darkness".
                                    And she said "Child, take what I say with a pinch of salt... and protect yourself with fire".

                                    Kate Bush - Lily

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                                    • #19
                                      Great first episode!! Surprised at the top and bottom though... Tia should have been bottom! Loved Tayce and Lawrence !!
                                      LJC--->>

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                                      • #20
                                        Ginny Lemon is quite Baga - has she been on BGT or something similar before? Recognise the name. She reminds me of League of Gentlemen meets Su Pollard.

                                        Both Scottish queens I liked. Asttina and Tayce are fierce. I thought Kofi’s Alan Turing runway was clever whereas some were a bit fancy dress, like Cherry and Veronica.

                                        Not the SHERLOID/DIGUSTANG video getting a shout out!

                                        How is Joe Black only 30? quite surprised the most experienced queen was out first! Sometimes they’re a bit too stuck in their ways to shine on this show.

                                        Liz was cute fun on the panel.

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                                        • #21
                                          Very different vibe from season one I thought.

                                          Liked Lawrence Cheney (naturally funny I think), Ginny Lemon (Harry Hill), Joe Black (loved the Glenn Close reference and that fact only Ginny Lemon got it) and Veronica Green (just a nice person).

                                          Didn’t like Tia Kofi (bland and unpolished), Bimini Bon-Boulash (Joe Exotic) or A’Whora (attitude).

                                          Interesting observations about the whole British POC gay icons - I’ve had similar conversations with friends actually (mostly around how Mel B was the one if you were a 90s kid). Obviously here on UKMix we understand how much of an icon Heather Small is, but this is the only place she ever seemed to catch on.

                                          Asttina was the best on the runway and deserved the win... but boy does she know how good she is. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her brought down a peg or two and then pushed back up (if she lasts that long). Really respected Ginny calling them all out in untucked too.

                                          I wanted Bimini to go but she absolutely won that lip sync and deserved it. Joe looked like she had a Wicked Queen costume from panto season she wanted to wear rather than applying some effort.

                                          Love it when the guest judge disagrees with Ru and Michelle, mostly because they don’t like it at all Liz was great actually. Why does Ru not know there’s a H in the name ‘Graham’? It really bugs me
                                          I said "Lily, Oh Lily I'm so afraid, I fear I am walking in the Veil of Darkness".
                                          And she said "Child, take what I say with a pinch of salt... and protect yourself with fire".

                                          Kate Bush - Lily

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                                          • #22
                                            Originally posted by menime123 View Post
                                            Very different vibe from season one I thought.

                                            Liked Lawrence Cheney (naturally funny I think), Ginny Lemon (Harry Hill), Joe Black (loved the Glenn Close reference and that fact only Ginny Lemon got it) and Veronica Green (just a nice person).

                                            Didn’t like Tia Kofi (bland and unpolished), Bimini Bon-Boulash (Joe Exotic) or A’Whora (attitude).

                                            Interesting observations about the whole British POC gay icons - I’ve had similar conversations with friends actually (mostly around how Mel B was the one if you were a 90s kid). Obviously here on UKMix we understand how much of an icon Heather Small is, but this is the only place she ever seemed to catch on.

                                            Asttina was the best on the runway and deserved the win... but boy does she know how good she is. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her brought down a peg or two and then pushed back up (if she lasts that long). Really respected Ginny calling them all out in untucked too.

                                            I wanted Bimini to go but she absolutely won that lip sync and deserved it. Joe looked like she had a Wicked Queen costume from panto season she wanted to wear rather than applying some effort.

                                            Love it when the guest judge disagrees with Ru and Michelle, mostly because they don’t like it at all Liz was great actually. Why does Ru not know there’s a H in the name ‘Graham’? It really bugs me
                                            Would grace Jones count?

                                            I agree about Mel B and Heather Small. We also thought maybe Trisha.
                                            Rolling back the rivers in time...

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                                            • #23
                                              Originally posted by BehindBreakaway View Post

                                              Would grace Jones count?

                                              I agree about Mel B and Heather Small. We also thought maybe Trisha.
                                              I don’t think Grace Jones is British?

                                              To be honest I’m not convinced Mel B was necessarily individually a gay icon either (especially with Geri around), but she was absolutely an icon in that moment in time. But the Spice Girls as a whole were just camp.

                                              It’s a shame she wasn’t comfortable enough to come out as LGBTQ+ back then as she would have made a big different to a lot of people, but it was a different world I suppose.

                                              I said "Lily, Oh Lily I'm so afraid, I fear I am walking in the Veil of Darkness".
                                              And she said "Child, take what I say with a pinch of salt... and protect yourself with fire".

                                              Kate Bush - Lily

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                                              • #24
                                                The BBC have posted an article by Otamere Guobadia addressing the black icon discussion in the episode, which is an interesting read:


                                                As queens Tayce and Asttina Mandella debate and discuss black British gay icons in the first episode of Drag Race UK series two, Otamere Guobadia, who regularly writes about queerness, race, and pop culture, shares his own thoughts on what it means to be an icon and considers the figures who've had the greatest impact on him - and the world.

                                                How do we define an icon?

                                                There's been much discussion in our pop-cultural discourse about that very question lately.

                                                Who and what burns brightly enough to single themselves out as worthy of this highest praise?

                                                And perhaps no figure is more litigated than the gay icon.

                                                Stans plant their avis as flags in the ground on Twitter, they spam self-made fancams to the world and they fiercely, viciously argue over their most beloved divas and camp fixtures. It's an endless debate over whose faves may or may not be set in the pantheon of the greats.

                                                And yet, at the same time, the word "iconic" is overused in our queer vocabulary, where everything and everyone - might be, has been, will be - "iconic" for at least 15 minutes. Banal, boring, and brilliant alike.

                                                It is perhaps a bitter pill to swallow, but if everyone's an icon, no one's an icon.

                                                True gay icons, however, must shine and disrupt, bending the status quo and exciting the imagination. They do more than entertain: they inspire great adoration and even devotion.

                                                'Icons are deeply personal, chosen avatars'

                                                RuPaul's Drag Race throws up regular debates about who and what - particularly among its competing queens and worshipped divas - are iconic within LGBTQ+ culture.

                                                Drag Race is, after all, a show constellated and founded upon icons and iconography.

                                                It is a temple to icons like Dolly, Janet, Madonna, Mariah, and most centrally its unabashed worship of RuPaul herself. And it is, as well, a new kind of Warhol-esque Factory, producing and catapulting its contestants to icon status. Old icons are given their flowers and new icons are forged

                                                Beyond the thrills of entertainment, our icons - and the dreams they fulfil of representation - matter. Icons are after all often deeply personal, chosen avatars; reflection of self in other. They're how we imagine ourselves painted among the stars.

                                                Our tweets, our roaring praise, our standom is a kind of prayer offered up to those spotlighted on high pedestals, in the hopes that we too may find ourselves, some day, in their image and likeness. The worship of icons is a great practice of hope and faith.

                                                It's fitting that the first episode of this series of Drag Race UK should find the girls asked to channel a British gay icon.

                                                But when two of this season's gorgeous black queens, Tayce and Asttina, reach an impasse with both queens choosing supermodel Naomi Campbell, an interesting conversation ensues.

                                                Neither queen in the moment had any backups, nor could either off the top of their heads think of any black British gay icons that approached the same orbit-creating magnitude of Campbell.

                                                Who, then, are our black British gay icons?

                                                'Who are the icons that inspire me?'

                                                RuPaul is still undeniably the black gay icon du jour. Still shining, still disrupting, and still demanding her place in the sun as the world's most famous drag queen.

                                                And within American pop culture, RuPaul sits among a Mount Rushmore of similar black queer American household names.

                                                They are queer idols - like musician Little Richard, poet Langston Hughes, activists Marsha P Johnson and Miss Major, and dancer WiIli Ninja - and patron saint divas, like Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé.

                                                Across the pond, there are black gay icons far as the eye can see.

                                                And yet our own tapestry is rich with gilt, technicolor threads. Its own stars are worthy of recognition, even if circumstances have obscured them from our view.

                                                Tayce and Asttina's conversation prompted me to think deeply about my own black British gay icons, the people who have and continue to inspire me.

                                                Not just the household names, but also community-minded individuals, who all around rise into their superstardom.

                                                'MNEK… Lady Phyll… Munroe Bergdorf'

                                                I think of MNEK, an accomplished songwriter and budding queer pop-star extraordinaire, who in addition to credits with Beyoncé, Madonna, Dua Lipa and Little Mix recently scored his first UK Number 1 with the song Head &amp; Heart.

                                                I think of Lady Phyll - a true mother of our movement - who, accompanied by two busloads of queer black women and armed with an undefeatable tenacity, optimism and desire for community, made the inaugural pilgrimage to Southend-on-Sea in 2006 that would become UK Black Pride.

                                                I think of Marc Thompson - the co-founder of BlackOut UK, a not-for-profit social enterprise run and owned by a volunteer collective of black gay men - who has spent decades devoted to advancing his brothers in struggle.

                                                I think of Justin Fashanu, football's first openly gay player, who paid the ultimate price for his openness.

                                                I think of Munroe Bergdorf, who faced down one of the biggest beauty companies in the world and not only lived to tell the tale, but thrived - creating and educating a legion of fans (and critics), while constantly celebrating her blackness and transness.

                                                I think of Tanya Compas, who transfigured the pain of her experiences of homelessness and queerphobia into the necessary work of Exist Loudly, an organisation "committed to creating spaces of joy and community for queer Black youth".

                                                I think of Son Of A Tutu, a veteran drag performer whose traditional Nigerian wear and spiralling geles cut strikingly through the white noise of London's drag scene.

                                                I think of Travis Alabanza - a once-in-a-generation playwright, thinker and performer - and Isaac Julien - the filmmaker behind the seminal 1989 non-linear, queer noir fantasy Looking For Langston - and Ib Kamara, one of the world's foremost fashion stylists, who conjures up regal, subversive, afrofuturist scenes and images.

                                                I think of artists like Ajamu X, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Stephen Isaac Wilson and Campbell X, all of whose sumptuous visual art expand and enrich the narratives of queer, Black Lives.

                                                This list, my list, is of course inexhaustive. There is space held for those icons we may never know, those who lead the fight from the quiet dignity of backrooms, from unseen margins, those whose names and legacies we may never be afforded the great honour of knowing.

                                                And yet, inspired by that simple conversation between Tayce and Asttina, it feels like an immense privilege to bask in this glow of black British gay icons past and present, to be able to nourish myself on the visible vastness of their contributions to our culture in the face of great obstacles.

                                                My heart swells for a generation of queer, black British youth whose paths will be lit by this glistening age of stars.
                                                I said "Lily, Oh Lily I'm so afraid, I fear I am walking in the Veil of Darkness".
                                                And she said "Child, take what I say with a pinch of salt... and protect yourself with fire".

                                                Kate Bush - Lily

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                                                • #25
                                                  Originally posted by menime123 View Post

                                                  I don’t think Grace Jones is British?

                                                  To be honest I’m not convinced Mel B was necessarily individually a gay icon either (especially with Geri around), but she was absolutely an icon in that moment in time. But the Spice Girls as a whole were just camp.

                                                  It’s a shame she wasn’t comfortable enough to come out as LGBTQ+ back then as she would have made a big different to a lot of people, but it was a different world I suppose.
                                                  I think she's British Jamaican but I could be wrong
                                                  Rolling back the rivers in time...

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