Drag Race UK series 3: First queen eliminated as huge new twist revealed

*Contains spoilers for Drag Race UK series 3*

The long-awaited third series of Drag Race UK has claimed its first victim, after RuPaul and the judges sent Anubis home. 

As this year’s 12 new queens started their engines for the first time, it was Anubis – real name Charli Paul Frank Monét Finch – who left the competition.

And there was a further twist in store, as the show introduced a surprise change to the format.

As well as the two queens in last place having to lip sync for their life, the two top queens also lip synced for the win.

While Victoria Scone and Krystal Versace went for the win, it was Anubis, River Medway and Elektra Fence in the bottom three – and Anubis who went home.

It comes after the 19-year-old from Brighton wore a tribute to the Helter Skelter of Brighton for the episode’s hometown theme. 

The second look was themed around favourite things and Anubis picked something very special to them.

The outfit represented a love of sea creatures, which meant a lot as their last memory they had of their dad before he died was going to an aquarium with him when she was 12. 

Unfortunately, the judges were not taken with the outfit and she found herself in the bottom three before losing their place in the competition. 

So far the new series looks like it could be the most fabulous yet, with 12 new queens – including the first female queen in Drag Race herstory – battle it out.

Victoria Scone, who is the first ever cisgender woman to compete on the series, explained that some people refer to her as an ‘AFAB queen’ – meaning ‘assigned female at birth’ – but she prefers to just call herself a drag queen.

The 27-year-old, who hails from Cardiff, added: ‘It feels right! I definitely didn’t invent the art of drag for women. I am not the first and I certainly won’t be the last…’

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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