Drag Race UK loses another queen following panto challenge

rupaul in drag race uk s5 episode 5, with a short white wig and a black outfit
Drag Race UK loses another queen following pantoBBC

RuPaul's Drag Race UK series 5, episode 5 spoilers follow.

RuPaul's Drag Race UK said goodbye to another queen tonight (October 26) after the series 5 cast took on a very British maxi-challenge: a pantomime Rusical.

After a solid group performance and a lip-sync to an iconic song choice, Banksie found themselves being told to sashay away.

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Before we got to the main challenge, it was time for this series' reading challenge. Thankfully, it went better than Down Under season 3's, with plenty of barbs making Ru laugh.

Kate Butch won the mini-challenge, and got first choice of the roles, with the rest of the queens getting to fight over the rest. Unsurprisingly, Kate chose the role with the most stage time.

In the vocal rehearsals with Michelle Visage, DeDeLicious struggled with her vocals and not being 'big' enough for panto, Tomara Thomas was so bad she was very entertaining, while Michael Marouli and Vicki Vivacious took a while getting their harmonies in order.

In the dance rehearsals with Strictly Come Dancing's Karen Hauer, Banksie found the choreography a bit difficult, and Vicki couldn't stop landing in Michael's crotch.

rupaul in drag race uk s5 episode 5, with a short white wig and a black outfit

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The queens performed the panto in front of Ru, Michelle, Graham Norton, and guest judge Cush Jumbo, bringing to life a script combining all the beloved panto clichés and plenty of franchise in-jokes.

In the critiques, Ru said she was impressed with everyone during this challenge and was "splitting hairs" with picking a bottom two. The only criticisms the judges really had were that DeDeLicious and Banksie were both a bit visibly nervous.

After Ginger Johnson was crowned the winner of the challenge, DeDeLicious and Banksie had to lip-sync to Susan Boyle's version of 'I Dreamed a Dream', and Banksie was eliminated.

RuPaul's Drag Race UK airs Thursday nights at 9pm on BBC Three in the UK and streams on WOW Presents Plus in the US.

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