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13/01/2021 12:52 AM AEDT

Drag Race UK's Alan Carr Reveals Why He Was Left 'Disappointed' By Some Of This Year's Queens

A dozen new queens will enter the werkroom when the new series kicks off later this week.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK judge Alan Carr has admitted he was left “disappointed” by some of this year’s queens. 

The comedian – who sits on the panel of the BBC Three show alongside RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Graham Norton – was not impressed after some of the contestants failed to use a filming hiatus as a chance to improve their sewing skills.

The second series of Drag Race UK was forced to halt production in the middle of filming back in March due to the pandemic, giving the queens months to refine their abilities before filming resumed in the autumn. 

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Alan Carr (right) with his fellow RuPaul's Drag Race UK judges

With sewing forming a key part of a number of challenges on Drag Race, Alan told Heat magazine he was surprised to see some queens not seizing the opportunity to improve during lockdown. 

“You hoped that, because they now knew what the standard was, they’d get to a sewing machine and practise,” he explained. 

“No spoilers, but there were some who obviously thought, ‘Wow, the standard is that good, I’m going to do something about it.’ Some of them thought, ‘Nah, I’m alright!’

“I was disappointed that some of them hadn’t, but wow, the ones who had...”

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The queens of Drag Race UK series two

Drag Race UK is returning to our screens later this week, with celebrity guest judges joining the panel including actors Sheridan Smith and Elizabeth Hurley, singers MNEK and Jessie Ware and TV presenters Lorraine Kelly and Maya Jama.

EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy will be giving the queens an “acting masterclass”, while it has also been reported Gemma Collins will be playing this year’s Snatch Game. 

Get to know the 12 queens taking part a little better here.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK begins streaming on Thursday from 8pm on BBC Three, with new episodes arriving weekly.

The new issue of Heat magazine is now on sale.