Drag Race UK final: what time is RuPaul's Drag Race season 2 finale tonight - and who are the finalists?
The finale of Drag Race UK 2021 has arrived, with two Scottish queens among the finalists.
The competition is the largest of its kind in the world - and with the outrageous fashion, show-stopping makeup and hilarious personalities of the contestants, it’s easy to see why.
The UK spin-off to the US reality drag competition has been watched by over one million viewers each week.
So, who is in the running to win the crown and sceptre? Here is the lowdown on the DragRace final and who could make herstory as the 2021 winner.
When is the DragRace UK finale?
The final episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK airs on Thursday 18 March, at 7pm on BBC iPlayer.
All episodes of this season are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Who are the finalists?
The last ten weeks have seen the finalists fend off competition from 12 other contestants, with challenges involving singing, dancing, performing parodies and even the release of UK top 40 hit single, ‘UK Hun?’.
Bimini is the expected winner of season 2, though nothing has been confirmed. The 23-year-old has won four Ru Peter badges during her time on the show, and won the semi-final ‘BeastEnders’ challenge.
Glasgow’s purple reigning queen, Lawrence has also excelled with her hilarious personality and competitive streak. However, the 23-year-old admits dancing isn’t her strong point - so she might feel challenged by the “all singing, all dancing” final show.
Dundee’s very own diamond, Ellie, found herself in the bottom two in the semi-finals, alongside Tayce. But RuPaul decided they were all worthy of a place in the final.
Ellie is the youngest, aged 21, and is the polar opposite of her Scottish sister, Lawrence. Ellie’s strengths lie in her background of dance and creativity, but has fared less well in comedy challenges.
Then there is Newport’s Tayce, 26, who described her strengths as “my looks mixed with my personality. I am a larger than life character that always looks stunning.”
Tayce predicted her own success, telling RadioTimes in the early stages of the competition: “I expect to make it right to the very bitter end, by hook or by crook.”
Now, the final four are within touching distance of the crown, and The Scotsman sat down with our Scottish gals to understand what it would mean to them to be crowned by muma Ru herself.
Ellie said: "It would feel quite surreal. That’s the dream. The fact that we’re all already in the top four, in the finale, that’s already a massive prize in my eyes.
"Obviously getting the crown would be fabulous. But at the moment, top four’s enough for me girl.”
Lawrence added: “It would be a dream come true. When you apply for the show that’s where you want to be, to be at that finish line with the crown and sceptre.”
How is the winner chosen and what do they win?
The winner will be announced following a mini-challenge, maxi-challenge and the final two are expected to lip-sync for the crown.
Judges Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, Graham Norton and RuPaul will decide who is the ultimate DragRace superstar.
As the UK spinoff is produced by the BBC, there is no financial gain for competing and no sponsor for the series.
This is in stark contrast to the original US version, where the winner walks away with cosmetics, holidays and a cash prize of $100,000. Each contestant also gets $400 per episode.
In the UK, the exposure gained through taking part is expected to elevate the career of young drag artists.
Drag Race judge Michelle Visage told Gay Times: “I know [the queens] are used to making 50 quid, working their arses off for not a lot of money.
“I’m hoping the show can get their fees raised and they get to go on tour, go to other countries.
“The American queens always get the attention and the gigs, but now this is an opportunity for the UK kids to become the superstars that they are.”