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Drag Race UK EXCLUSIVE: Cheryl took ‘Cheryl Hole’ name ‘surprisingly well’

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK eliminated contestant, Blu Hydrangea, has claimed that guest judge Cheryl took namesake drag queen Cheryl Hole’s name ‘surprisingly well’ on Thursday’s episode. 

The Irish contestant, 23, whose real name is Joshua Cargill, was eliminated on episode six of the hit BBC Three series and has shared details of the Fight For This Love singer’s, 36, appearance on the programme. 

Cheryl joined RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Graham Norton as a guest judge on Thursday’s show where she finally met her namesake drag queen Cheryl Hole.

Exit: RuPaul's Drag Race UK eliminated contestant, Blu Hydrangea, has claimed that guest judge Cheryl took namesake drag queen Cheryl Hole's name 'surprisingly well' on Thursday's episode

Exit: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK eliminated contestant, Blu Hydrangea, has claimed that guest judge Cheryl took namesake drag queen Cheryl Hole’s name ‘surprisingly well’ on Thursday’s episode

Yet despite the contestant poking fun at the singer’s former married name to Ashley Cole, they divorced in 2010, Blu claimed that she took it ‘surprisingly well’.

Talking exclusively to MailOnline, Blu said: ‘No, she took it surprisingly well I mean if you have a last name like Cheryl Cole, you’re bound to be getting Cheryl Hole in some way. 

‘Whether that be in the comments or a drag queen using their name. It wasn’t awkward and she was really nice, I enjoyed her and Jade [Thirlwall] the most judging.’

Blu added that ‘lovely’ Cheryl ‘actually cared’ about the contestants and wasn’t just on the BBC show for a ‘pay cheque’.

Guest appearance: The Irish contestant, 23, whose real name is Joshua Cargill, was eliminated on episode six of the hit BBC Three series and has shared details of the Fight For This Love singer's, 36, appearance on the programme (pictured)

Guest appearance: The Irish contestant, 23, whose real name is Joshua Cargill, was eliminated on episode six of the hit BBC Three series and has shared details of the Fight For This Love singer’s, 36, appearance on the programme (pictured) 

Iconic: Cheryl joined RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Graham Norton as a guest judge on Thursday's show where she finally met her namesake drag queen Cheryl Hole (pictured)

Iconic: Cheryl joined RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Graham Norton as a guest judge on Thursday’s show where she finally met her namesake drag queen Cheryl Hole (pictured)  

She added: ‘Oh my gosh, she was lovely, she actually cared about us which was really nice too, you could feel that she wasn’t just there to get her pay cheque. 

‘She was invested and it felt like she had almost seen our whole journey or something the way she was acting.

‘It was the same with Jade [Thirlwall], she must be a massive fan of the show, you can just tell with them, it wasn’t just something they were doing for fun but they enjoyed it as well.’

Blu also revealed that there was a deleted scene between Cheryl and Cheryl Hole where the singer offered the drag queen a hug, yet the contestant refused as they wanted to focus on the judging process.

The Irish star continued: ‘Cheryl offered Cheryl Hole a hug, Cheryl Hole turned it down because she wanted to get the judging out of the way and said they could hug later but it never happened unfortunately. 

All in good humour: Yet despite the contestant poking fun at the singer's former married name to Ashley Cole, they divorced in 2010, Blu claimed that she took it 'surprisingly well'

All in good humour: Yet despite the contestant poking fun at the singer’s former married name to Ashley Cole, they divorced in 2010, Blu claimed that she took it ‘surprisingly well’ 

'Lovely': Blu added that 'lovely' Cheryl 'actually cared' about the contestants and wasn't just on the BBC show for a 'pay cheque'

‘Lovely’: Blu added that ‘lovely’ Cheryl ‘actually cared’ about the contestants and wasn’t just on the BBC show for a ‘pay cheque’

‘I’m so annoyed with Cheryl Hole to this day for turning a hug down from Cheryl. What are you doing? Go and get your hug!’

Talking about her favourite judge on the series, Blu added that Cheryl and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall, who was on the judging panel last week on week five, were her favourites.

She said: ‘Cheryl and Jade, they were both really nice and fans of the show – they wanted us to do well. Their critiques weren’t very harsh or anything just spot on which was nice. 

‘When you’re in those situations any form of niceness means so much to you, you’re constantly stressed out all the time!’

Blu found herself in the bottom two with Cheryl Hole on Thursday’s episode, the two queens had to lipsync to Cheryl’s Call My Name with Cheryl Hole being crowned the winner and Blu being sent home. 

Oh no: Blu also revealed that there was a deleted scene between Cheryl and Cheryl Hole where the singer offered the drag queen a hug, yet the contestant refused as they wanted to focus on the judging process

Oh no: Blu also revealed that there was a deleted scene between Cheryl and Cheryl Hole where the singer offered the drag queen a hug, yet the contestant refused as they wanted to focus on the judging process 

Dreams: 'I’m so annoyed with Cheryl Hole to this day for turning a hug down from Cheryl. What are you doing? Go and get your hug!', Blu joked

Dreams: ‘I’m so annoyed with Cheryl Hole to this day for turning a hug down from Cheryl. What are you doing? Go and get your hug!’, Blu joked  

Talking about her exit, Blu said: ‘It’s OK, I have fear of missing out on the next episode, but I’m sure I’ll get over that. At least it wasn’t a massive downer when I went, I’m pretty proud of the episode none the less. 

‘So I feel like it could have been a lot worse. It was fine and not too hard to watch either.’

Just one week earlier, Blu had been on the winning team, Frock Destroyers, with Divina de Campo and Baga Chipz for the hilarious girl band challenge where they had to create their own single called Break Up (Bye Bye). 

The group’s track was so popular that it smashed the iTunes chart within hours and at one point even beat Selena Gomez’s Lose You To Love Me and Ariana Grande’s remix of Lizzo’s Good As Hell. 

Talking about what’s next, Blu joked that she would be happy to release an album if Divina and Baga wanted to.

Favourites: Talking about her favourite judge on the series, Blu added that Cheryl and Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall (pictured), who was on the judging panel last week on week five, were her favourites

Favourites: Talking about her favourite judge on the series, Blu added that Cheryl and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall (pictured), who was on the judging panel last week on week five, were her favourites

She said: ‘That was so fun, I got to work really close with Divina and Baga, who are both really good drag queens – they’ve been doing it for years, and years, and years. 

‘It was so fun, it was kind of one of those moments, where you’re really proud of your work. The audience really enjoyed it too, it nearly charted. It’s so ridiculous and just the silliest thing ever. I can’t believe it!’

She added: ‘It was iconic, we need to keep that up. Apparently it was the first ever drag group to chart someone told me, I’m up for an album if the other girls are!’

Blu, who is based in Belfast, added that the support from Ireland has been incredible during her time on the series.

She said: ‘Everyone is really enjoying it and I get to shout from the rooftop all the problems we’ve had that weren’t known by everyone else. It’s nice I get to represent all the people like me. 

Work it: Just one week earlier, Blu had been on the winning team, Frock Destroyers, with Divina de Campo and Baga Chipz for the hilarious girl band challenge where they had to create their own single called Break Up (Bye Bye) - with their song reaching the iTunes chart

Work it: Just one week earlier, Blu had been on the winning team, Frock Destroyers, with Divina de Campo and Baga Chipz for the hilarious girl band challenge where they had to create their own single called Break Up (Bye Bye) – with their song reaching the iTunes chart 

‘When I was younger, like, if I had someone in Northern Ireland I could look up to like that, it would have been amazing. Hopefully I can do that for people!’

On Thursday’s episode, Cheryl didn’t disappoint as viewers lauded her meeting with drag queen Cheryl Hole as ‘iconic’ as they came face-to-face for the first time.

Viewers went wild as the singer, 36, met her namesake and joked that her surname ‘Hole’ was similar to hers from her first marriage to Ashley Cole.

During the meeting the drag queen also wowed Cheryl as she lip synced to her hit track Call My Name, as fans admitted they ‘cried a bit’ watching their interaction. 

Irish support: Blu, who is based in Belfast, added that the support from Ireland has been incredible during her time on the series

Irish support: Blu, who is based in Belfast, added that the support from Ireland has been incredible during her time on the series 

Cheryl confirmed she would be a guest judge on the first ever series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK earlier this year in July.

Taking to social media, she said: ‘I am SO excited to tell you that I will be a guest judge on the first ever series of UK Drag Race !!!!!

‘I am such a huge fan of the show and can not wait to watch our UK queens make their mark!’ 

Condragulations: Earlier this week RuPaul's Drag Race UK was confirmed for a second series in 2020 by BBC Three and World of Wonder

Condragulations: Earlier this week RuPaul’s Drag Race UK was confirmed for a second series in 2020 by BBC Three and World of Wonder

Earlier this week RuPaul’s Drag Race UK was confirmed for a second series in 2020 by BBC Three and World of Wonder.

The BBC One show, which is just over halfway through the first season, has had an impressive 6.5 million total requests on iPlayer so far. 

RuPaul’s Drag Race is available in 193 countries with the US version being nominated for a record-breaking 29 Emmys and 13 wins.   

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’s finale airs at 8pm on November 21 exclusively on BBC iPlayer in the UK. 

Shante, you stay: RuPaul's Drag Race is available in 193 countries with the US version being nominated for a record-breaking 29 Emmys and 13 wins (pictured at the 2019 Emmys)

Shante, you stay: RuPaul’s Drag Race is available in 193 countries with the US version being nominated for a record-breaking 29 Emmys and 13 wins (pictured at the 2019 Emmys) 

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: Meet the 10 new queens

Pub queen: Baga Chipz

Pub queen: Baga Chipz 

Name: Baga Chipz 

Age: 29

Location: London

Greatest strengths: ‘My greatest strengths are my comedy and my wit. I’m a live performer and I do my own material. I might not have the best outfits or makeup, but put me on a stage and I will entertain the absolute s***e out of the room.’

What does it mean to be in the competition?: ‘I feel like I’m dreaming, I feel so privileged to be on this programme, to be picked by Ru. I need to bring it and entertain the s**t out of Ru!

‘I hope this show brings out the real me as underneath this, there is someone quite sweet and shy who is kind. I’ll do anything for anyone, I’ll give you my last quid.’

 

Old school glamour: Divina De Campo

Old school glamour: Divina De Campo 

Name: Divina De Campo

Age: 35 

Location: West Yorkshire

Greatest strengths: ‘My ridiculous laugh, which isn’t fake! I’ve taken a long time to build up my skillset so when you come to a Divina De Campo show you know there’ll be some comedy, some dancing, some singing, and some acting!’

What does it mean to be in the competition?: ‘I decided to apply to make s**t tonnes of money! No, I decided to apply because there is no bigger platform for a drag queen than RuPaul’s Drag Race. 

‘This is the Olympics of drag and I wanted to see where on the race track I’d finish.’ 

Belfast beauty: Blu Hydrangea

Belfast beauty: Blu Hydrangea 

Name: Blu Hydrangea

Status on show: Eliminated on week six 

Age: 23

Location: Belfast 

Greatest strengths: ‘Blu’s greatest strengths are her makeup, which is always flawless, my lovely outfits and my creative drive. I love to be outside the box, not just one of those queens who says they are outside of the box; I am outside of the box!’

What does it mean to be in the competition?: ‘I absolutely eat breathe and sleep being a drag queen. It’s my way of being expressive and creative. I’m so thankful. I think I’ve got a lot to show especially my northern Irish pride!

‘In Belfast you don’t really see that much drag, so I’m big fish in a little pond but now I want to be a big fish in a big pond. I want people to know who Blu is and appreciate her art.’

Canadian star: Crystal

Canadian star: Crystal 

Name: Crystal

Status on show: Eliminated on week five

Age: 35

Location: London

Greatest strengths: ‘Crystal’s greatest strengths are her creative mind. I love to approach a concept and come up with a look and story and figure a way to execute that on stage in an exciting way. I bring things on stage that people haven’t seen before. 

‘A lot of people might think of drag as the lady in Blackpool, and I’m bringing much more of an East London fashion, creative element to it. Some might call it pretentious but I call it interesting.’

What does it mean to be in the competition?: ‘Being in Drag Race is insane; it’s such an opportunity to be in the first season of Drag Race UK. I feel such a responsibility to do a good job and show people what the UK drag scene has to offer. It’s just blowing my mind.’

Singing sensation: Sum Ting Wong

Singing sensation: Sum Ting Wong 

Name: Sum Ting Wong

Status on show: Eliminated on week four  

Age: 30 

Location: Birmingham and Reading

Greatest strengths: ‘I think I’ll excel in the singing challenges. Dancing is not my forte. I like sewing, I think I’ll be alright in that. This is a fluke – I don’t know why I’m here!’ 

What does it mean to be in the competition?: ‘This is incredible. I feel like Willy Wonka with the golden ticket to go to RuPaul’s magical chocolate factory. So many people would kill to be in this position!’ 

Girls Aloud: Cheryl Hole

Girls Aloud: Cheryl Hole 

 Name: Cheryl Hole

Age: 25

Location: Essex

Greatest strengths: ‘I am a lip sync assassin and I’d like to see any of these girls try and out lip sync me as this is what I do. I’m quite well known for my death drop and dancing skills so girl you better watch out as I’m gonna bring the exclamation mark of the dance moves to the dance floor!’

What does it mean to be in the competition?: ‘For me to make it on the first season means the absolutely world to me. I feel like I’ve put my stamp on the UK scene and I’m ready to show the word what I do in the UK. 

‘For the world to see the calibration of our queens is fantastic. The world is going to be surprised!’

Talented fashionista: Gothy Kendoll

Talented fashionista: Gothy Kendoll 

Name: Gothy Kendoll 

Status on show: Eliminated on week one   

Age: 21 

Location: Leicester

Greatest strengths: ‘I’m really good at coming up with concepts and executing them in a really unique and striking way that is true to Gothy. 

‘I’m inspired by Grace Jones, Annie Lennox, people in the 80s who were redefining what gender is and what gender can be; also fast fashion; other drag queens across the world; I find inspiration from everywhere.’ 

What does it mean to be in the competition?: ‘Being in this competition means the world to me. Being cast doesn’t even feel real. Getting to show my drag to a national and international audience feels insane!’ 

West End star: Vinegar Strokes

West End star: Vinegar Strokes 

Name: Vinegar Strokes

Status on show: Eliminated on week three

Age: 35

Location: London

Greatest strengths: ‘I am very competitive but I don’t step on people to get to where I need to get to. My biggest competition is myself. I’m feeling quite confident about my lip syncing skills but my sewing skills are s**t!’

What does it mean to be in the competition?: ‘I was sat in a café and my phone rang they said it was a yes and I absolutely lost it. I ran out of the shop screaming. 

‘It was such a crazy experience to know I’d made it on to the first ever season of Drag Race UK – it’s mental! 

‘The first season means so much because it gives you that go ahead to say you’re doing the right thing. I must be doing something correct. I am so excited about this!’ 

Feline catty: Scaredy Kat

Feline catty: Scaredy Kat  

Name: Scaredy Kat

Status on show: Eliminated on week two

Age: 20

Location: Wiltshire

Greatest strengths: ‘My greatest strength is probably the fact that I’m terrified of everything. I also have OK makeup skills I guess. 

‘I think being the youngest queen is a blessing and a curse. I haven’t got masses to prove but then again I’ve got barely any experience. I’m hoping the others will underestimate me, especially, because I look this cute.’

What does it mean to be in the competition?: ‘I really liked the show and thought it might be fun to be on it, but I didn’t think I’d get on it. 

‘When I got the call that I wasn’t expecting, I was in a lecture at uni and so my reaction had to be kind of gauged. I was in the hallway trying not to scream and cry at the same time out of happiness and fear.‘ 

Liverpudlian royalty: The Vivienne

Liverpudlian royalty: The Vivienne 

Name: The Vivienne

Age: 27

Location: Liverpool

Greatest strengths: ‘My impersonations, I can sing, I look good, I’m funny as f**k and I can drink a whole bottle of Jägermeister in 20 seconds flat.’

What does it mean to be in the competition?: ‘Being in this competition and doing well means absolutely everything to me. 

‘I have got quite a big following outside of this so if I f**k it up I’m gonna look so stupid. I owe it to myself and everyone who’s rooting for out there. Please God don’t let me die.’ 

 

Daily Mail UK

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