The queen of drag is back in the UK, bringing together the greatest drag queens the region has to offer to compete in everyone's favourite race. So start your engines, and read on to see how to watch RuPaul UK season 3 online.
Almost two years ago now, RuPaul brought the immensely popular show across the pond, expanding the once US exclusive show to those in the UK. Now, we're already on season 3 with a host of new stars.
Joining Ru this season to judge lipsync battles, acting challenges, costume events and all of the other Drag Race classics, is 3 celebrity guests - Graham Norton, Alan Carr and the ever-present, Michelle Visage.
A host of celebrity guests have also been lined up with Emma Bunton, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Alesha Dixon making the list. The 12 queens set to enter the show have also been announced (more on that below) with one, Veronica Green, being a returning name after having to leave season two with Covid-19.
Read on for all the information on how to watch RuPaul's Drag Race UK season 3 online and for more information on streaming times, contestants and more.
When will I be able to watch RuPaul UK season 3?
RuPaul will be joined by a host of new UK drag queens for season 3 on Thursday, September 23. The first episode will start at 7pm for those in the UK and new episodes will air weekly at the same time.
How to watch RuPaul's Drag Race in the UK for FREE
BBC Three, like previous seasons, will be hosting RuPaul's Drag Race UK season 3. That means that as long as you have a TV license you will be able to watch this new season for free.
While it will be airing live on TV, you can also watch it after on BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab). This service is available to watch on a bunch of different devices including:
- Smart TVs: Samsung, FreeviewPlay
- Desktop: Windows, Mac
- Mobile: iOS, Android
- Media streamers: Amazon Fire TV, Now TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku
- Consoles: Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X
How to watch Ru Paul's Drag Race UK if you're abroad
If you're from the UK but find yourself caught in a badly timed holiday, there is still hope that you can watch RuPaul's Drag Race UK online. While you'll find the content is geo-blocked, you can get around that with a trusty VPN.
Connect one of the best VPNs and you'll be able to watch RuPaul like you're sat on your sofa back in the UK. This is possible because a VPN switches your IP address to your choice of country, spoofing your location.
While there are loads of VPNs, not all of them are created equal when it comes to unblocking BBC iPlayer. For this, we recommend:
ExpressVPN - Watch RuPaul's Drag Race wherever you are with the best VPN (opens in new tab)
As one of the leading VPNs, ExpressVPN is able to unblock BBC iPlayer allowing you to watch content even if you're currently out of the country. It also has excellent security features and top-end speed.
Right now, when you sign up to a ExpressVPN annual plan, you'll be able to get 3 months for free while still being able to get a 30-day money back guarantee if you're not happy with the service.
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How to watch RuPaul's Drag Race UK around the world
If you're not living in the UK, that doesn't mean you can't watch the show. Different streaming platforms around the world will be airing episodes.
For those in the States, your ticket to RuPaul UK coverage will be Wow Presents Plus (opens in new tab). It offers a free week-long trial and then after that you'll be spending $3.99 a month. RuPaul season 3 episodes will arrive every Thursday at 2pm ET / 11am PT at exactly the same time as the UK.
Finally, anyone in Canada can watch RuPaul's Drag Race UK season 3 online via Crave (opens in new tab). Like the US, episodes will arrive at the same time simultaneously with their drop in the UK. Crave's streaming service is CND$9.99 a month after your 7-day free trial (opens in new tab) is over.
Australian fans can watch the new season after it arrives in the UK, tuning in via Stan (opens in new tab) every Friday. Stan offers a 30-day free trial and after that, you can get a subscription from just AU$10 a month.
Those in New Zealand will be able to tune in to watch season 3 of the show via TVNZ (opens in new tab). It will be airing the new season on Friday, September 24. This is a free service so like the UK fans, you won't have to pay to watch Drag Race season 3.
How to use a VPN to unblock any restrictions
If you're outside of your preferred broadcaster's boundaries, you can use a VPN to unblock any geo-restrictions and watch RuPaul's Drag Race UK and all of its drama as if you were right at home. Here's our step-by-step guide on how to do just that.
- VPN - standing for virtual private network - offers security and anonymity as you browse online, using set protocols to encrypt your data and make it unreadable to outsiders.
- As a part of that, you can also switch your IP address, which identifies your location.
- Most VPNs offer a list of locations where its servers are based to join. Connecting to them switches your IP to appear as if you're browsing from that country/city. In turn, you can then access content locked to that country.
- When it comes to finding a VPN, you should make sure you find the best one that's suitable for your chosen device, with VPN providers offering compatibility for a ton of devices, including VPN for Mac, VPN for Android smartphones, an iPad VPN, and even a range of fairly nifty free VPNs.
- Once you've made the decision for the most suitable VPN for your device and your means for using a VPN, sign-up and install it.
- To watch RuPaul's Drag Race UK season 3, all you need to do is select a country showing matches from its list of available servers and connect. You'll then be able to hop over geo-restrictions, with BBC iPlayer opening its online gates to you.
- We also want to ensure your money is well spent, so we would recommend going for a VPN that offers a risk-free trial. ExpressVPN is one of many providers that has a 30-day money back guarantee (opens in new tab).
Who are the contestants this year?
Vanity Milan, 29
River Medway, 22
Victoria Scone, 27
Choriza May, 30
Veronica Green, 35
Scarlett Harlett, 26
Krystal Versace, 19
Kitty Scott-Claus, 29
Ella Vaday, 32
Elektra Fence, 29
Charity Kase, 24
Who are the celebrity judges for Drag Race UK?
- Graham Norton
- Michelle Visage
- Alan Carr
- Kathy Burke
- Emma Burton
- Alesha Dixon
- Judi Love
- Nicola Coughlan
- Nadine Coyle
- Leigh-Anne Pinnock
- Oti Mabuse