Drag Race UK fans left fuming after questionable elimination: ‘Absolutely robbed’
Drag Race UK returned for season two with a bang, lots of balls, and some controversy over one Joe Black. Warning, spoilers follow.
After 420 long, bitter, Drag Race UK-free days, the BBC put 50p in RuPaul and fired her back up into motion.
She welcomed 12 new queens to the werk room – Lawrence Chaney, Tayce, Joe Black, A’Whora, Tia Kofi, Ellie Diamond, Sister Sister, Veronica Green, Bimini Bon Boulash, Ginny Lemon and Asttina Mandella – wasting no time in setting them a ridiculous “Wimbled’hun” photoshoot challenge and a double UK gay icon/hometown glory runway.
So far, so good. Fans were immediately taken by the new intake, with the new season giving Britain the serotonin boost it so desperately needed.
I’m not even half an hour into this Drag Race UK ep and I’m HOWLING argh I love them all so much and I love British drag
— jack rem x (@jackremmington) January 14, 2021
Massive thank you to every member of the @dragraceukbbc cast. Every one of them a star. They provided a rush of serotonin like I’ve not felt in a long time. They should prescribe this show on the NHS 🚑 💃 #DragRaceUK
— Calum. (@CalumS1991) January 14, 2021
This series of #DragRaceUK feels so well timed, doesn’t it?
only when you watch it you realise how much we’ve been needing it.
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) January 14, 2021
But when the queens took to the runway, for some viewers, was when the wheels started to come off.
After declaring Asstina the week’s winner for her Naomi Campbell and south London looks, Joe Black was put on the spot.
Apparently, her David Bowie-inspired look and her Brighton Pavilion eleganza didn’t quite translate in the room – but at home, fans didn’t know what the judges were talking about.
— ross paul (@typicallyross) January 14, 2021
Judges: Joe Black’s hometown runway look didn’t give us enough Brighton
The world: pic.twitter.com/n2gnF5TsOQ
— Harrison Brocklehurst (@harrisonjbrock) January 14, 2021
Including a Drag Race UK alum…
— Cheryl Hole (@CherylHoleQueen) January 14, 2021
… and one very special British gay icon.
Wait……. Did that just happen????! She was my favourite this week!!! I am gobsmacked #DragRaceUK 😮xxx
— Dani Harmer (@DaniHarmer) January 14, 2021
Many were also confused that Tayce’s incredible Welsh dragon-cum-Maleficent look was deemed safe.
— Essenceofdrag (@Essenceofdrag) January 14, 2021
— ▫️ (@sasheaquaria) January 14, 2021
East London queen Bimini joined Joe in the bottom, with the two giving easily the best lip sync Drag Race UK has seen to date.
Honestly @biminibabes being in the bottom was Bimini Bon Bullshit if you ask me.
— Zane Comarmond | BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER (@ZaneComarmond) January 15, 2021
Sadly, one queen had to sashay away from the competition.
— Emma (@ChesterE_01) January 14, 2021
— Alfie Ordinary (@AlfieOrdinary) January 14, 2021
— chloe | DRUK SPOILERS (@hytiaras) January 14, 2021
— BIMINI! (@biminibabes) January 14, 2021
But in the end, it was Joe Black who had the last laugh.
Isn’t Brighton pavilion beautiful on the inside? Lovely and gold pic.twitter.com/XVfaEAhHJH
— Joe Black (@misterjoeblack) January 14, 2021