First queen sashays away on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 3

SPOILER alert… the first queen to sashay away from series three of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is 19-year-old Anubis from Brighton.  

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK has returned to BBC Three with the debut of twelve new queens who are ready to showcase their Charisma, Nerve, Uniqueness and Talent in the hope that they will be crowned as the UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar. 

In last night’s premiere episode, Anubis, 19 from Brighton, became the first queen to sashay away from the competition.  

She faced Elektra Fence, as both queens had to lip sync for their lives to Total Eclipse of The Heart by Bonnie Taylor. 

Comedian and actor, Matt Lucas joined RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Graham Norton on the judging panel as the first queen was eliminated from the competition. 

Graham Norton said of Anubis’ two runway looks: “For your hometown queen look, I really enjoyed it.  

“And for this [My Favourite Things look], it is a bit mum going to a dinner dance with crochets all over an evening dress.” 

Matt Lucas said of her make up on the runway: “It’s weird to say this as a comedian because I always say there’s no vanity in comedy but actually, you’re so pretty that I wish I saw more of your ‘prettiness’.” 

Upon leaving the competition, RuPaul told Anubis: “You are a young beautiful queen with a bright future ahead. Now, Sashay Away.” 

Anubis said: “I didn’t expect to be the first one out, but I am. I showed off some gorgeous little looks and I couldn’t be prouder of myself.” 

In a nod to her fellow Brighton queen and friend, Joe Black’s shock departure in the previous series, Abubis left a message on the mirror of the werk room mirror, saying: “Camp as f*** darling! The curse of Brighton lives on. Love you all, Anubis.” 

In her short time on the competition, nineteen year old, Anubis managed to proudly display her Egyptian heritage with her entrance look and serve underwater realness to the Runway.  

Anubis certainly made her mark in the competition. 

The remaining eleven queens go forward to next week as they continue to battle it out to be crowned the UK’s Next Drag Superstar when RuPaul’s Drag Race UK returns on Thursday 30 September from 8pm exclusively on BBC Three via iPlayer. 

Anubis Q&A 

How was your time on the show? 

Short but sweet, darling! I am rather gutted that I didn’t get to showcase my theatrical vocals, silly impressions or my comedy chops but being a RuGirl has always been a dream of mine and now it’s come true! I’m sure this isn’t the last you’ll be seeing of Anubis on your screens, babes!  

How do you feel being the first queen to sashay away this series? 

It’s heartbreaking but someone’s got to do it, my love, and I’d rather go out with a bang and I’m proud that I did it dressed like a 8-foot crazy Squid lady whilst lipsyncing to a chart-topping pop song and balancing a wild cage of ginger hair on my head! Such fun! 

What does it mean to have taken part in Drag Race UK? 

It means everything to me. It’s an experience I will never forget. I wasn’t there very long so I’m clutching onto it and replaying every moment I had in the show! Ha!  

But truly, to get validation from RuPaul, to know that she chose me to be part of the Drag Race family makes my heart sing -with autotune, of course!  

Do you have any advice to inspiring queens who watch the show? 

Whatever you think you know about Drag Race, you don’t! Always stay totally true to yourself, be kind to EVERYONE you meet and just, have a bloody laugh! 

Do what makes you happy, use your art/creativity/platform to lift up others who aren’t as loud – and don’t dress like a Squid! 

What’s next for you? 

I didn’t get a chance to showcase my fabulous voice, but standby as I have some new music on the way… A single MIGHT be coming soon. A new single? Anubis!  

Also, stay tuned on my social media to see all the looks I would’ve bought to the competition (they’re rather FAB!) as well as fun videos each week of make-up, comedy & music!  

I will be touring across the UK so, so I’ll see you on the road… 

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