How to watch 'RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World' season 2 — stream new episodes online from anywhere

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RuPaul's latest iteration of Drag Race has well and truly taken off with seven era-defining Drag Race queens still soaring. The second series of "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" sees byotches from Blighty taking on competition from all corners of the globe. All eight episodes will be streaming for free on the BBC iPlayer in the U.K. and here we'll explain how to watch "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" season 2 online and from anywhere with a VPN.

"RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" streaming details

"RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" season 2 episodes drop on Fridays at 9 p.m. GMT (4 p.m ET / 1 p.m. PT) from Feb. 9
 U.K. — BBC Three / BBC iPlayer
• U.S.WOW Presents Plus
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN risk-free

These international icons are putting global diplomacy to the test, as they seek to drop, split and lip-sync for their lives with a grand prize of £50,000 on the line.

Holding up the U.K.'s end (it's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it!), are four familiar mugs from Drag Race seasons gone by. As well as Choriza May, Jonbers Blonde and Tia Kofi, there's also the adorable Gothy Kendoll — the first contestant ever to be eliminated from "RuPaul's Drag Race U.K".

But the competition from abroad is stiff. Together with queens from the U.S., reinas from Spain and koningins from the Netherlands, there are three contestants who have been runner-up in their own domestic iterations of the Drag Race: Hannah Conda from Australia, La Grande Dame from France and Marina Summers from The Philippines.

Episode 4 saw the legendary, the iconic Snatch Game — a Family Edition of the beloved format had teams captained by Jane McDonald and Sinitta going against each other. Then it was Olympic diver Tom Daley's time to join Michelle Visage and Alan Carr on the judging panel to decide which queen would deliver the funniest celebrity impersonations.

Hannah Conda and Tia Kofi ultimately went mug-to-mug on the lip sync with Alcazar's camp, disco classic "Crying at the Discoteque" the tune of choice. The winner then had to choose this week's loser. And that was... well, you'll get no spoilers here, Judies!

Next up it's time for a Rusical challenge, and the amazing singer-songwriter Self Esteem joining the judges.

It’s back and fiercer than ever! You'll find a full list of this year's contestants at the bottom of this page. But if you simply want to know how to watch "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" season " in the U.K. and beyond — including free options — then just keep reading.

How to watch "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" season 2 for free

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British drag fans can watch "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" season 2 for free! The show is airing on BBC Three, and it will also stream live and via catch-up on the channel's free BBC iPlayer streaming service and app.

The eight-episode series is going out in the same slot each week at 9 p.m. GMT on Fridays. All you need to watch is a U.K. TV licence.

Anyone who is traveling outside the U.K. and wants to use the free BBC iPlayer service will need ExpressVPN or similar so you can watch as if you were back at home. Instructions follow below...

"RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" season 2 episode schedule

  • Episode 1: Friday, Feb. 9
  • Episode 2: Friday, Feb. 16
  • Episode 3: Friday, Feb. 23
  • Episode 4: Friday, Mar. 1
  • Episode 5: Friday, Mar. 8
  • Episode 6: Friday, Mar. 15
  • Episode 7: Friday, Mar. 22
  • Episode 8: Friday, Mar. 29

Watch "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" from anywhere

How to watch "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" from anywhere in the world

What if you're usually based in the U.K. but are overseas right now? Perhaps, you're on holiday and don't want to spend money on a paid streaming service in a foreign country when you'd usually be able to watch with a platform you already pay for at home.

Don't worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. We'll show you how to do that below. Our favorite VPN service right now is ExpressVPN, but you'll find others in our best VPN services list.

ExpressVPN

Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 100+ countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple:

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance, if you're away from the U.K. and want to view iPlayer, you'd select a U.K.-based server from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to BBC iPlayer or your normal streaming service and watch "RuPaul's Drag Race" streams as if you were back home.

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How to watch "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" season 2 in the U.S.?

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U.S. fans can watch "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" from Friday, February 9 on WOW Presents Plus, a streaming service that focuses on the glorious world of drag. Episodes land every Friday from 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.

WOW Presents Plus is the only streaming service featuring Werq The World, UNHhhh with Trixie and Katya, and hundreds of other World of Wonder originals, documentaries, specials, and LGBTQ+ programming.

The service costs $4.99/month or $49.99/year. If you've not watched the show before and want to see what it's all about, you can watch the first episode absolutely free!

Can I watch "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" season 2 in Canada?

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Just like the first season, the new run of "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" is being shown on streaming service Crave in Canada. Episodes will go out simultaneously with the U.S. Scroll up for our full episode guide.

Crave subscriptions start at $9.99/month for its Basic plan (720p video, includes ads) all the way up to $19.99/month for Premium (ad-free, 4K, downloadable shows).

Those on vacation away from Canada will need one of the best VPNs to log in back home to use Crave as it will be geo-blocked when not at home.

How to watch "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" season 2 in Australia?

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Just like in the U.S., Aussies can watch "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" season 2 online thanks to the dedicated WOW Presents Plus.

Because of the time difference, episodes will go out on Saturdays, starting with the premiere on Saturday, February 10.

The price for the service is AU$7.38/month and $73.92/year.

A Brit who's Down Under? Don't worry — you can watch BBC iPlayer via a VPN instead. Our favorite VPN service right now is ExpressVPN, but you'll find others in our best VPN services list.

"RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" season 2: meet the queens

U.K. queens

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QueenAgeCountry
Choriza May32U.K.
Gothy Kendoll26U.K.
Jonbers Blonde34U.K.
Tia Kofi33U.K.

Global queens

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QueenAgeCountry
Arantxa Castilla-La Mancha26Spain
Hannah Conda31Australia
Keta Minaj40The Netherlands
La Grande Dame24France
Marina Summers26The Philippines
Mayhem Miller41U.S.
Scarlet Envy31U.S.

Who are the "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World" season 2 guest judges?

Joining Mama Ru to decide who will get the cash prize and be crowned the new 'Queen of the Mother Tucking World', will be usual judges Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and Graham Norton, together with an array of guest judges.

We already know that they include actor Richard E. Grant, comedian Katherine Ryan, Grammy-winning pop star Kim Petras and supermodel Adwoa Aboah, but there are plenty more still to be ru-vealed.

  • Adwoa Aboah — supermodel
  • Tom Daley — Olympic diver
  • Richard E. Grant — Oscar-nominated actor
  • Motsi Mabuse — dance from Strictly Come Dancing
  • Kim Petras — pop star
  • Katherine Ryan — comedian
  • Self Esteem — singer

Other series guests:

  • Janette Manrara — dancer
  • Jane McDonald — singer and TV presenter
  • Raven — Drag Race competitor
  • Sinitta — singer
  • Aljaz Skorjanec — dancer and choreographer

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