RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 05 Episode 08 Description
For this week’s main challenge, the queens makeover hotline workers of Switchboard, the UK’s second-oldest LGBTQ+ hotline.
On the runway, category is Drag Family Resemblance. Ginger Johnson, Michael Marouli and Tomara Thomas receive positive critiques, with Michael Marouli winning the challenge. DeDeLicious and Kate Butch receive negative critiques, and are announced as the bottom two. They lip-sync to “This Hell” by Rina Sawayama. DeDeLicious wins the lip-sync and Kate Butch sashays away.
Guest Judge: Daphne Guinness
Alternating Judge: Graham Norton
Main Challenge: Makeover hotline workers of Switchboard, the UK’s second-oldest LGBTQ+ hotline
Runway Theme: Drag Family Resemblance
Challenge Winner: Michael Marouli
Bottom Two: DeDeLicious and Kate Butch
Lip-Sync Song: “This Hell” by Rina Sawayama
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Show Description
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is a popular reality TV show that features drag queens competing for the title of the UK’s next drag superstar. The show is based on the American version of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but with a British twist. The show is hosted by the legendary drag icon RuPaul, who also serves as the main judge and mentor for the contestants. The show also has a panel of judges that includes RuPaul’s longtime friend and collaborator Michelle Visage, and two rotating judges from a list of British celebrities, such as Alan Carr, Graham Norton, Andrew Garfield, Maisie Williams, Jade Thirlwall, and many more.
The show has aired five seasons so far, with each season consisting of eight episodes. The first season premiered on 3 October 2019 on BBC Three and BBC One. The second season was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but resumed filming in late 2020 and premiered on 14 January 2021. The third season was filmed back-to-back with the second season and premiered on 23 September 2021. The fourth and fifth seasons have been confirmed to air in 2022 and 2023 respectively.
The show follows a similar format to the American version, with each episode featuring a mini-challenge, a main challenge, and a runway presentation. The main challenges are usually themed around different aspects of British culture, such as acting, comedy, singing, dancing, sewing, and more. The runway presentations are also inspired by various British icons, trends, and references. The judges critique the contestants’ performances and looks, and decide who are the top two and the bottom two of the week. The bottom two queens have to lip sync for their lives to a song chosen by RuPaul, and the one who does not impress RuPaul is eliminated from the competition. The last queen standing is crowned as the UK’s next drag superstar and wins a cash prize of £100,000.
The show has received critical acclaim and commercial success in the UK and abroad. It has been nominated for several awards, including the National Television Awards and the BAFTA TV Awards. It has also attracted millions of viewers and streams on various platforms. The show has been praised for its diverse and talented cast of queens, its witty and hilarious humour, its cultural relevance and representation, and its positive and uplifting message of self-love and acceptance.