RuPaul makes shocking exit from ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’ panel as Raven, Michelle Visage fill in
Mama Ru judged the episode via “live video link” and made a few judging decisions with an earpiece linked to Visage.
By Joey Nolfi November 03, 2022 at 06: 02 PM EDT
Warning: This article contains spoilers for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 4 episode 7.
The show began with RuPaul entering the Werk Room to introduce the week’s maxi challenge: The return of the fan-favorite makeovers, which included the queens dolling up special guests in drag. However, Ru wasn’t present for her typical walk-through as the contestants prepared, with Raven strutting to the set instead.
“Ru wanted me to stop in and check on your progress. Is that okay?” Raven asked as she came through the Werk Room door.
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Raven and Michelle Visage take over for RuPaul’s absence from the panel on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’ season 4.
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Later, Visage kicked off the runway segment on the UK Main Stage where RuPaul typically makes her grand entrance.
“Due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, RuPaul is unable to join us tonight. But, Mama Ru is watching via a live video link, so now, with Ru’s blessing, the show must go on,” Visage said before welcoming Raven back to the table alongside Graham Norton and guest judge Boy George.
After the queens hit the runway for their critiques, Visage stressed, “I have not made my decision. I need to call RuPaul.”
The panel then deliberated, and revealed that Dakota Schiffer and Pixie Polite were the week’s bottom-performing queens, and would lip-sync for their lives to “Miss Me Blind” by George’s beloved band, Culture Club.
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Meet the ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’ season 4 cast of queens.
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Visage slightly altered RuPaul’s usual wording ahead of the lip-sync: “Ladies, this is your last chance to impress us and save yourself from elimination. The time has come for you to lip-sync for your life. Good luck, and, Boy George…” she said before tossing to the singer-songwriter, who delivered the classic “Don’t f— it up” line.
Following the lip-sync battle, Visage clutched her earpiece and told the cast that she needed to “talk to Ru” to determine this week’s eliminated queen. Ultimately, Pixie was permitted to stay, and Dakota sashayed away.
A preview for next week’s episode confirms that RuPaul will be back. EW has reached out to representatives for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK for more information on RuPaul’s absence.
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