British beef

Forget the ‘Pit Crew’, meet RuPaul’s ‘Brit Crew’ for Drag Race UK

Photo: @dragraceukbbc | Twitter

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is due to premiere in the UK on October 3 via the BBC’s streaming site, iPlayer.

Last night, the show’s official Twitter account introduced viewers to the eagerly-awaited “Pit Crew,” appropriately dubbed the “Brit Crew” for this version.

The five successful applicants were pictured in Union Jack patterned underwear.

Earlier this year, some fans questioned the casting call for the “Brit Crew.”

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A casting advert stated: “Talent Talks are exclusively working on a BBC Entertainment Show and looking for fit and attractive males aged 18-35 to take part in the show.”

“You will be used as models for different parts of the show and must be confident in just your underwear,” it continued, specifying, “All applicants must be over 6ft have no tattoos and have an athletic and toned physique.”

Some questioned why “fit and attractive” had to require an “athletic and toned physique.” Others wondered why there was a ban on tattoos or models under 6ft (183cm). After last night’s reveal, these questions remained for some.

Others joked on the… well, the potential European appeal of the men.

RuPaul and fellow judge Michelle Visage spent several weeks in London earlier this year filming the British version of the Emmy-award winning show. Although Drag Race has been successfully exported to Thailand in the past, the UK version is the first time RuPaul has taken part as host.

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Queens taking part in the show were revealed last month. They are: Baga Chipz; Blue Hydrangea; Divina Da Campo; Cheryl Hole; Gothy Kendoll; Crystal; Sum Ting Wong; Vinegar Strokes; Scaredy Kat; and The Vivienne.

Following its airing on BBC3 via iPlayer, VH1 will screen the show in the US.