BBC Three and BBC iPlayer are gearing up for the highly anticipated return of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World, featuring a fresh crop of global glamazons vying for the coveted title of The Next Queen of the Mothertucking World.

Overseeing the fierce competition is the undisputed Queen of queens, Mama Ru, alongside a stellar lineup of guest judges who are bona fide Drag Race super fans.

As the new series kicks off on Friday, 9th February, viewers can look forward to the glamorous presence of special guest judges, including actor and fashion model Adwoa Aboah, comedian, writer, and presenter Katherine Ryan, singer-songwriter Kim Petras, professional dancer and Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse, actor and presenter Richard E Grant, singer, musician, and actor Self Esteem, and Team GB diver and Olympic gold medallist Tom Daley OBE.

The judging panel will also see the return of regulars Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, and Graham Norton. Adding to the excitement, Drag Race superfans will make guest appearances, with singer and TV presenter Jane McDonald and singer, actor, and TV personality Sinitta participating in The Snatch Game. Strictly legends Janette Manrara and Aljaž Škorjanec join as dance coaches.

Reflecting on her time on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Adwoa Aboah expressed, “It was a privilege and joy to be a part of something so stunning! The judges, the Queens… it was by far one of my most glamorous and hysterical days yet!”

Katherine Ryan says: “Joining Ru and my fellow judges on the panel was everything I’d hoped for and more. I’m such a fan of the show and the queens were even more breath-taking in person. The show brings so much joy and I’d be back in a heartbeat!”

Kim Petras says: “This is a pinch me moment, I love drag race and everything the show represents. The queens were even more beautiful in person. Thank you for having me Ru – I had so much fun.”

Motsi Mabuse says: “I cannot believe the talent of queens from all ends of the globe, it was such an honour to watch the queens do their thing on the main stage. Joining Mama Ru and the fellow judges was a dream and I didn’t want to wake up!”

Richard E Grant says: “RuPaul, RULES the World! No questions NO argument!!!”

Self Esteem says: “I cannot believe I’m saying this but I am a guest judge on my religion show RUPAULS DRAG RACE (UK vs The World)!! I’ve never been shy about how important RuPaul and this show was in giving me the confidence to go solo. I cried! I screamed! Luke, Byron and Lauren got me in Drag!”

Tom Daley says: “I am the biggest Drag Race fan. It’s the most iconic show on TV with so many one liners that’ve made it into my daily dialogue. It’s been a long time coming, and I’m finally going to be a guest judge! After all, Drag Race is the Olympics of drag. But what shall I wear? Red wig and a silver dress? I don’t think.”

Jane McDonald says: “Sitting alongside Ru was a dream, each and every one of the queens were spectacular and FABULOUS and showcased talent from right across the globe – May the best drag queen win!”

Sinitta says: “All of my stage persona was based on Drag Queens, I watched them growing up on the scene in my Mother’s dressing room! Making outfits out of whatever we could find lying around, and wearing it as if it was expensive and amazing.

I loved Danny La Ru and then came our Next Level Fabulous RuPaul and the music and the shows so captivating!

I’m so excited to be a part of Snatch Game on Drag Race, where Drag has evolved and become so much more then female impersonation but Creative Exploration and Fabulous Madness! I was in Drag Heaven!💋”

Janette Manrara says: “Aljaž and I absolutely loved taking part in Drag Race UK vs The World. The queens were so amazing to work with and they worked so so hard. When we saw the final dances come to life, we were so happy for them. We adored being part of the show – we’re big fans of it, and are very grateful that they asked us to be involved!”