Drag Race UK’s Cheddar Gorgeous explains why they ‘irritated’ other queens

Drag Race UK finalists Cheddar Gorgeous, Black Peppa, Jonbers Blonde and Danny Beard in their promo photos.

Drag Race UK will crown a winner tonight in one final, rainbow-hued celebration of queer culture.

For frontrunner Cheddar Gorgeous, it took them a while to realise they stood a chance at taking home the crown – up until the Snatch Game, they thought they were without hope.

“I think I was irritating right up until the end of the contest, I think everybody would agree,” Cheddar said. “Because I was always like, ‘Oh, I think I’m probably going home this week.

“I think the point that I really decided that I really wanted to take part and give it my all, and realised how much I was holding back, was definitely episode six, so Snatch Game. I remember taking the decision with myself and being like: ‘OK, do it. Come on. Let’s have fun.’”

Black Peppa, on the other hand, knew almost immediately that she was a contender for the crown – and had pretty much nailed down the top four half-way through the competition.

“I think my point in the competition where I was like ‘oh I might get into the top four’ was episode one,” she said.

“When we got to the Rusical, I think it was at that point I was like: ‘OK, Jonbers and Danny, watch out for them.’”

 

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Cheddar and Peppa are up against Danny Beard and Jonbers Blonde in the final fight for the crown.

The season has, for the most part, been well-received – but it wouldn’t be Drag Race UK without some toxicity from the fandom

“Fans are the fifth judge,” Jonbers said.

“There’s a lot of toxicity, there’s a lot of things that get said but at the end of the day, it’s because of our shared love of Drag Race. Opinions are opinions, everyone has one, like an a*****le.

“I think that the thing with Drag Race is that it’s a journey for everyone and the fans. Sometimes they’re wrong. Sometimes they should be silent. At the end of the day, everyone is allowed to say what they want to, you know, what can you do?”

 

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Danny added: “It’s just nice to know that we’ve been able to tell stories, educate, entertain, and just tick all these boxes and be there for some of the queer kids growing up now.”

“I never had anything like this. I used to sneak into my bedroom late at night and watch Queer as Folk and pray that one day, I’d live in Manchester and a man would take me up to his apartment and lick my bumhole… so, you know, I didn’t have this kind of representation.

“I love the fact that we can be silly, we can be crude, we can be funny, we can be loving, and we can be all of those things. And most of all, fabulous.”

The queens also spoke out against fake LGBTQ+ allies amid backlash to the World Cup in Qatar.

The Drag Race UK finale airs Thursday at 9pm on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.

 

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