RuPaul's Drag Race UK unlikely - because TV bosses think no-one would watch it

Michelle Visage claim British channels see the show as too "niche"

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RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage says a UK version of the show is unlikely - as TV chiefs think no-one would watch it.

Die-hard viewers of the American reality show have often called for it to be properly brought to Britain.


However, while there have been attempts to sell the format over here, Michelle says they've been unsuccessful because channels see it as too "niche".

She told OK! Magazine: "We have been trying to get RuPaul's Drag Race a British version for a few years now. We just have to convince the commissioner.

"They all give the excuse: 'It's a niche TV show', and they're afraid no one is going to watch it."

But Michelle isn't giving up the fight - and she's convinced a UK Drag Race would have plenty potential contestants.

"I tell you what, I could cast RuPaul's Drag Race the British invasion or the UK version in five minutes because there's so much talent over there," she continued.

"It's so different, the Liverpool queens, to the Blackpool queens, to the Mancunian queens, to the London queens.


"I'm not going to stop until it gets made. Trust me."

A UK Drag Race was first mooted in 2014, when Jonathan Ross revealed he was working on bringing it over.

Fans renewed their campaign in January 2015 after Michelle finished fifth in Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother.

While UK channels may see Drag Race as niche, the original US version is going from strength to strength.

Ever-increasing ratings prompted bosses to move the show to VH1 from LGBT-targeted network Logo for its ninth season.


The premiere aired last week with a special guest appearance from none other than pop superstar Lady Gaga.

Episodes of Drag Race season 9 are available to watch on Netflix in the UK shortly after their US debut.

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