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RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs the World Series 2 Premiere Unpacked, Untucked, and Recapped

by Jonathan Currinn
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Last week marked the eagerly anticipated return of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs the World series 2, and what a kick-off it was! The competition is fiercer than ever, with queens from various Drag Race franchises battling it out for the coveted title and a grand cash prize of 50,000 pounds. As we dive into the details of the premiere, let’s dissect the standout moments, surprising performances, and the emotional elimination that left fans in shock.

The Premiere Overview

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs the World series 2 promises an eclectic mix of talent, representing Drag Race franchises from across the globe. With a broader array of participating queens and a tempting cash prize on the line, the stakes are higher than ever before. The premiere offered an exciting introduction to the contestants, showcasing their individual flair through the talent show and runway segments, the latter fittingly themed as “Queen and Country”, requiring queens to flaunt looks inspired by their places of origin.

Marina Summers from RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs the World series 2, posing in a blue silk dress with a red carpet of stairs behind her.
Photo Credit: World of Wonder

Individual Queen Analysis

Arantxa Castillo-La Mancha: A Transcendent Glow-Up

Arantxa Castillo-La Mancha, the first-ever queen from the Espana series to grace a RuPaul-hosted series, delivered a performance that radiated quirky charm and was super clever, teaching the world how to pronounce her name in an unforgettable way—but it lacked substance and polish, it just needed extra sauce. Despite her talent show act not quite hitting a perfect mark, Arantxa’s runway presence and newfound confidence earned her a safe spot in the competition.

Choriza May: Representing “UK3” with Flair

Choriza May, a standout from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 3, impressed with a Latin-flavoured original song in the talent show and a runway look embodying Britannia. Despite our initial expectation of a safe placement, Choriza secured a surprisingly High position, solidifying her as one of the strong contenders among the UK queens.

Gothy Kendoll: A “Porkchop” Second Chance Misstep

Gothy Kendoll, the “Porkchop” from the UK, faced challenges with a monotonous talent show act and an interesting fire display which she could’ve knocked out the park but she was lacking in performance and confidence. Placed in the Bottom two again in the first episode, Gothy’s future in the competition hung in the balance—could she be porkchopped twice?

Hannah Conda: Down Under’s Delightful Threat

Hannah Conda, a standout from RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under Season 2, showcased her charisma with a cheeky talent show performance, which she never got to do in the Down Under season. She also delivered a Priscilla, Queen of the Desert-inspired runway. Despite a safe placement, Hannah’s infectious energy positioned her as a potential dark horse in the competition.

Jonbers Blonde: A Divisive Return

Jonbers Blonde, a queen we’re excited about, leaned into her Irish background with a fashion-focused talent show act and a shamrock-themed runway. While deemed safe, Jonbers’ performance left us unsure of what the judges made of her performance.

Keta Minaj: A Disconnected Comeback

Keta Minaj, a standout from Holland Season 2, faced a challenging premiere, delivering an aggressive talent show act and a two-for-one runway that fell short of her usual standard. Despite being safe, Keta’s performance left room for improvement in the episodes to come.

La Grande Dame: The Epitome of Flawless

La Grande Dame emerged as a force to be reckoned with, showcasing every facet of her talent in a unique talent number, which included the use of a loop station, and delivering the standout runway look of the night merging the Eiffel Tower with a frog in a campy-but-fashion look. Positioned in the Top 2, La Grande Dame’s superstar potential became undeniable.

Marina Summers: The Oozing Star Quality

Marina Summers, a standout from Drag Race Philippines Season 1, exuded star quality with an original pop song incorporating ribbon dancing in the talent show and a runway look paying homage to her country’s rice farmers. Marina’s undeniable prowess secured her a well-deserved Top 2 placement.

Mayhem Miller: A Challenging Return

Mayhem Miller, a legend in the drag scene, faced a difficult episode with a talent show act that fell flat and a Statue of Liberty-themed runway that couldn’t salvage her performance. Placed in the Bottom 2, Mayhem faced a heart-wrenching elimination.

Scarlet Envy: Underrated Talents Shine

Scarlet Envy, returning for her third attempt to snatch the crown, showcased her talents with smart and funny lyrics in her talent show act. Despite a Drop Dead Gorgeous runway look, Scarlet found herself with a Low placement—we guess someone had to join the bottom two.

Tia Kofi: A Charismatic British Pick

Tia Kofi, a charismatic queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 2, struggled in the premiere with a live singing talent show act and a runway look merging her British and Nigerian heritage. Despite being safe, Tia faced challenges that might impact her journey in the competition, but we’re living for her testimonials and the answer alludes us to “What’s in the dossier?”

The Lyrical Showdown and Emotional Elimination

As the episode reached its climax, the Top 2 queens, La Grande Dame and Marina Summers, faced off in a lipsync battle to “Dreamer” by Livin’ Joy. While both queens brought their A-game, Marina Summers emerged victorious, choosing Mayhem Miller for elimination. Mayhem departed the competition with grace, leaving behind a legacy of excellence.

Mayhem Miller from RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs the World series 2, posing in a black dress with a trail while a red carpet of stairs is behind her.
Photo Credit: World of Wonder

Closing Thoughts and a Glimpse into the Future

As we look ahead to the fairytale-themed ball in the next episode, the competition promises more surprises, fierce performances, and emotional moments. We can’t wait to continue watching this journey into the dazzling world of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs the World series 2!

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs the World series 2 continues every Friday at 9 pm on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer, in the UK. Viewers in Canada can watch the show on Crave while US viewers and the rest of the world can watch on WOW Presents Plus.

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