Meet the Glaswegian who will compete in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

A GLASWEGIAN will compete in the upcoming series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK – and he claims he is inspired by Michelle McManus. 

Lawrence Chaney, 23, from Glasgow, was unveiled today as one of the hopefuls hoping to be crowned the UK’s top drag queen. 

The promising star joked: “I’m kind of like Mary Queen of Scots only I hope one of these English drag queens doesn’t chop off my head.

“Every single stereotype you are thinking right now of what a Scottish person is – I am.”

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He added: “I’m inspired by worldwide legends. Lady Gaga, Madonna, Yootha Joyce and Michelle McManus.”

He described himself as ‘ a plus-sized diva’ and revealed he wanted to show that a big girl can enter the competition. 


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He will compete against Tayce, Joe Black, A’Whora, Tia Kofi, Ellie Diamond, Sister Sister, Veronica Green, Bimini Bon Boulash, Ginny Lemon, Asttina Mandella and Cherry Valentine.

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Judges RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr are all making a return for season two, which will last for 10 weeks.

Norton and Carr will join RuPaul and Visage on a rotational basis, alongside a celebrity guest judge.

The hugely popular show features drag artists from around the UK and challenges them with weekly tasks designed to test their drag skills.

Their make-up skills, fashion sense, sewing abilities, comedy, singing, acting dancing and, famously, their lip sync skills will all be under close scrutiny.

All the queens will be assessed on their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. The bottom two queens have to lip sync their way to survival.

As well as the series two contestants, the BBC also announced RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: Queens On Lockdown, a special episode looking at how the drag artists spent the break in filming caused by the pandemic.

This special one-off will air mid-series, the BBC said.

Series two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK begins on January 14 at 7pm on BBC iPlayer.

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