Kim Woodburn, Jesy Nelson and Dierdre Barlow (Anne Kirkbride) could all crop up on the Snatch Game. (ITV/Sum Ting Wong/Getty)
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK has finally let the kitty-cat out of the bag by announcing its line-up of queens. But the question we’re all gagging over remains, who will we see in the Snatch Game?
Ever since the BBC announced it would be bringing Drag Race to UK shores, fans have worked themselves into a frenzy guessing who might crop up on Snatch Game.
The general consensus is that the queens should choose celebrities who are as camp, as British and as low-rent as possible.
Gemma Collins, Nikki Grahame and Kim Woodburn appear at the top of many wish lists, but so far the BBC is keeping the real line-up tightly tucked away.
Lorraine Kelly, herself a dream choice for many, will play the Snatch Game along with journalist Stacey Dooley.
Kelly said that filming for the episode “was hilarious”, adding: “I had such good fun. I am in awe of every single one of the queens.”
After the BBC gave us our first glimpses at the 10 queens entering the werk room, we think we’ve figured out a few of the famous faces we’ll be seeing during the legendary challenge.
In her introductory video, the Vivienne said that her “favourite trick” is her vocal impersonations.
“I do everyone from Donald Trump to Kim Woodburn,” she said, before breaking into the latter’s dulcet Scouse tones.
Already, The Vivienne is being labelled this year’s Snatch Game winner, something we happily put money on, my dear.
Snatch Game winner! https://t.co/AsUL6WmYar
— Andy Goulding (@AndyGoulding) August 21, 2019
Though Baga Chipz hails from London, she describes her comedy style as decidedly northern.
“Snatch Game is so important on RuPaul’s Drag Race,” she said, adding that she’d “probably do someone like Deirdre Barlow from Coronation Street”.
Speaking to Gay Times, Baga teased who she might play should Deirdre (played by the late Anne Kirkbride) not work out.
“I love Coronation Street, I like naff things, Martine McCutcheon, SuBo, Hear’Say, all that kind of stuff.”
In the grand(ish) tradition of Chad Williams and Derrick Barry, we expect Cheryl Hole to go all out with the impersonation she’s known for best.
The 25-year-old regularly performs as part of a Girls Aloud drag tribute act called Gals Aloud, and said that “the icon and Geordie princess Cheryl Cole” has “inspired everything throughout my life”.
Sum Ting Wong
Sum Ting Wong got into drag as a way to sing on stage, and says she’s inspired by Ariana Grande and Mariah Carey.
She’s also a big fan of Little Mix – especially Jesy Nelson, who she dressed up as for a performance in London last year.
Though she bears a physical resemblance to the singer, she’s not fully convinced she’ll be able to pull it off.
“[To do well in the show] you gotta be able to act, you gotta be able to sew, you gotta be able to lip-sync, and you gotta be able to do Snatch Game – I’m f****d,” she said.
If all else fails Sum Tin, just scream “balegdeh”.
Vinegar Strokes describes her style as “Lily Allen meets Kat Slater”, but for the Snatch Game, we have a feeling she’ll go for something a little more international.
The West End star was once dubbed “the female Whoopi Goldberg”, and as her turn in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie proved, has the pipes to pull off a Sister Act moment.
Though Crystal describes herself as a “gender bending, ‘mess with your brain’ kinda drag queen”, she’s also a fan of big American pop princesses.
She’s the founder of east London drag night Mariah and Friends, which she described to QX as “a showcase, a queer performance night, a party and a political protest”.
On the elusive chanteuse herself, Crystal said: “She’s our muse and inspiration, bringing in touches of delusion, bad fashion and lip-sync malfunctions.”
Blu Hydrangea has admitted that comedy isn’t her strong suit, saying: “I don’t find myself overly funny. Hopefully the world does, but I don’t think I am.”
But if there’s one thing she can do, it’s beat a mug. We suspect she’ll lean on her professional make-up skills and indulge in a little cosplay, something which her 30,000 Instagram fans already know her for.
Divina De Campo
Former All Together Now judge Divina De Campo says her style of drag is “old school glamour—sequin dress, a big wig, a big lash, an approximate face”.
Known for her show-stopping singing (she’s also been a contestant on The Voice UK), our guess for Divina is Liza Minelli in Chicago.
The series’ apparent fashion queen, Gothy Kendoll, says she’s “really good at coming up with concepts and executing them in a really unique and striking way that is true to Gothy”.
She listed Grace Jones and Annie Lennox as among her inspirations, though we could also see her throwing us a complete curveball by choosing her (almost) namesake, Kendall Jenner.
Going into the series, “bedroom queen” Scaredy Kat is definitely the biggest enigma.
At 20 years old she’s the youngest queen ever to compete on the show, and didn’t use social media until just a few months ago.
Instead, she’s spent the past year making music and comedy videos, including one of “Marie Antoinette in the modern era and a yummy mummy from Cheltenham” – something we’d pay to see on the show.
RuPaul’s Drag Race begins in October on BBC iPlayer.