The highly-anticipated cast for the next series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK has been announced, and there’s a famous Manchester face on the lineup.
With the fourth series of the popular reality competition show set to return to our TV screens this month, global drag icon RuPaul and BBC Three have today revealed that Manchester-based drag queen Cheddar Gorgeous is forming part of the lineup of 12 of the nation’s most fabulous queens, who will compete over 10 weeks to be crowned the UK’s next Drag Race Superstar.
Born in Birmingham 488 years ago, but calling Manchester home for the last 16 years and becoming a well-known name on the local circuit, Cheddar Gorgeous is described as being a “living spectacle” and a “cultural icon”.
Cheddar is usually dressed as a “Mancunian busy bee” to demonstrate a real love for the city.
With a name referencing the iconic British landmark Cheddar Gorge, and an act combining a collage of makeup, costume, performance, audiences usually come prepared for anything at a Cheddar Gorgeous show as her drag is known for being “otherworldly and ethereal”.
Cheddar says she’s been doing drag for “hundreds of years”, but in reality, she started out when she was about 13 or 14, and admits that she was a bit of a geek growing up who was enamoured by aliens, gods, goddesses, and strange monsters – which is why, in her drag, she likes to “harness the energy of science fiction, fantasy and magic”.
Drag has allowed Cheddar to travel around the world, and she has worked in the clubs, cabarets, museums, and all over the streets.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series four is set to air later this month.
One of the most-popular shows on BBC iPlayer, the first three series of the reality competition show have been streamed over 51 million times now, and the premise sees the queens face challenges each week that test their drag race prowess to the max to impress Ru and the panel of judges enough to avoid being one of the bottom two queens.
The two queens who find themselves in the bottom two then face a lip sync for their life and elimination from the competition.
Ru then has the final say on who shantays or sashays away.
In the latest twist that virtually everyone saw coming, the Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fight looks like it has been called off yet again. Is anyone even still bothered at this point?
Fury broke the news via Instagram on Monday evening, revealing that he had not received a signed contract from Joshua before his self-imposed 5pm deadline and that the long-awaited all match-up is now off the table.
Joshua’s last two fights came against the Usyk, in which he lost both the first bout and the rematch, going viral with a rather bizarre speech in the immediate aftermath.
As well as questioning how the Ukrainian could have beaten him when he’s “not strong”, he references everything from the Russian invasion to his weight and time in prison.
As for Usyk, he is the only real opponent Fury is likely to face and the pair have been open about arranging a fight, despite both having made it quite clear that they hope to retire in the new future.
Gary Neville insists he has ‘no intention’ of going into politics
Gary Neville has made his stance clear and insisted that he has absolutely “no intention” of going into politics in the future.
The former Manchester United and England footballer, turned manager, pundit, and commentator, made a guest starring appearance at the 2022 Labour Party Conference yesterday – which is currently being held in Liverpool – to give a speech at an event about the future of football.
The Bury-born 47-year-old also threw his support behind party leader Sir Keir Starmer.
But despite becoming a followed figure and somewhat of a voice on current political affairs since his retirement from the game, and most significantly within the last couple of years of Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic, and under the leadership of several Conservative Prime Ministers, Neville has claimed that he still does not intend to venture into politics.
He also said that he was “not going to be tempted” to become an MP and stand in the upcoming by-election in West Lancashire.
The former right back said he does not “need to be an MP” to support the Labour party.
Neville told BBC Politics that a venture into politics is “something I’ve been asked about regularly over the last 12 – 18 months,” but clarified that he’s “got no intention of going into politics at all”, primarily because “I love what I do so much”.
He continued: “The reality is I love what I do so much. I love what I do in football, I love what I do in Greater Manchester with the businesses that I co-own, and I have to say I wouldn’t want to give that up as I feel as though I’m happy in what I’m doing.
“I want to continue doing the things that I’m doing locally in Greater Manchester.
“And I have to say that I feel politically motivated, but I can do as much, I think, for the Labour Party by being here as I can do being an MP.