RuPauls Drag Race UK airs COVID-19 cliffhanger in latest episode –

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK spoilers follow.

RuPaul left all of the queens of Drag Race UK on edge in Thursday’s (February 4) episode by sending the full cast home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The airing of the series on BBC Three has now caught up to when Drag Race UK producers were forced to shut down filming entirely in March 2020 as the pandemic spiralled out of control around the globe.

Tacked onto the newest episode was a teaser for next week, where Ginny Lemon’s elimination was followed immediately by the queens being gathered in the Werk Room for a shocking message from RuPaul.

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“In light of the rapidly-changing coronavirus situation, we must cease filming immediately,” RuPaul told the shocked queens. “I pray we’ll be back together soon. For now, sashay away.”

The good news is that the queens eventually did return to the Werk Room last autumn to complete the series, though judge Alan Carr has complained that not all of them used the break to up their game.

It remains to be seen how Drag Race UK will address the break in filming during next week’s episode beyond the major cliffhanger message from RuPaul.

Thursday’s episode also featured a Lip Sync moment that will go down in Herstory – and might even rival Valentina refusing to take off her mask or Mimi Imfurst throwing India Ferrah over her shoulder.

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Following a breakfast TV challenge judged by Lorraine Kelly and won by Lawrence Chaney, Ginny Lemon pulled a BenDeLaCreme and self-eliminated by refusing to even lip sync against Sister Sister.

As the start of ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ by Kim Wilde started playing, Ginny blew a kiss to the judges and walked off the runway.

The judges were completely confused, with Michelle Visage even asking RuPaul at one point: “What just happened?”

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The queens were equally confused, with the show cutting to Ellie Diamond bluntly asking “what the f**k” happened”, and Tayce quipping: “Ginny Lemon has left the building!”

Sister Sister was left on stage for what became a first in Drag Race history – a solo Lip Sync for Your Life! She still managed to rock it, even while decked out in mummy garb for the horror-themed runway.

“Who won?” Michelle asked RuPaul with a big grin, before Ru told Sister Sister that she’d be shantaying for the week.

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Meanwhile, Ginny explained backstage why she’d walked off: “I’m ready to go home babs, I’m knackered. I would have regretted it if I had tried to fight against something I didn’t want to fight against.

“I don’t think I’ve tapped out of the competition. I did it for me.”

As we now know, an even bigger surprise was waiting for the remaining queens once they returned to the Werk Room. We’ll find out how they coped with the filming break next week!

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 2 is available to watch Thursday evenings on BBC Three (on iPlayer). In the US, you can watch the show on WOW Presents Plus.

Netflix also premieres new episodes of the US series weekly. In the US, season 13 is airing on Friday nights at 8pm ET on VH1.

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