Drag Race 2017 – Judges Announced

With a week to go until the York Pride Drag Race 2017 we are delighted to announce our judging panel:

Danny ‘Cher’ Bailey AKA DCB
This is DCB’s second year judging our Drag Race Competition and last year his witty comments and sharp tongue made for a Panto style night with the crowd. DCB as been in the business we call Showbiz for 15 years with a glittering CV including performances at the world famous Funny Girls in Blackpool, The Birdcage in Manchester, Gran Canaria Pride Main Stage, Thailand, York Pride and his own residency at the famous ‘Talk of the Town’ in Turkey, where he directs his own show to thousands off holiday makers every year. DCB loves getting involved with charity and for 10 years he produced the biggest Drag Idol Competition in the North of England, raising thousands for his local HIV charity, so we believe with this experience and knowledge, he is more than equipped to judge on our panel.

Greg Stephenson Chair of York Pride
Another bad penny back for his second year, Greg has a keen eye for good entertaining performances and loves anything that can be described as crowd pleasing! He also loves any camp and cheesy music, so performances that has this are always his favorites! As far as Drag Experience goes Greg has very little but has been known to don DCB’s wig after a show, and gives a great ‘tongue in cheek performance’ of DCB’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ number along side Queenie Buffay. Good luck and thank you to all the contestants, i’m more than happy to be this side of the judging table and not that!!!

Gayle Force – York Pride Drag Race winner 2016
Gayle Force is absolutely thrilled to be returning to York Pride Drag Race 2017 as a judge. Since snatching the crown at last year’s event, Gayle has been busy honing her skills and prancing around the house in a tiara. One of Gayle’s highlights of 2016 was performing at York Pride thanks to YPDR, and had so many nip slips that Janet Jackson would blush. What a lucky audience that was! Areolas firmly concealed, Gayle can’t wait to see what the class of 2017 has to offer. Drag takes balls, and she applauds every brave fool that is ready to take the stage!
But don’t get it twisted … she minces her walk, not her words.

Steven Clark – Vale Radio
I am so excited to be a judge at this years Drag Race – it has been a while since I hung up high heels and packed away my sequins after having my own residency show in Corfu for 6 years; so I am really looking forward to seeing what hidden talents York has to offer. Drag has played a huge part in my on stage life and it’s a fantastic art form that can give confidence and hide a multitude of issues; I am hoping that each Queen we see has taken time to develop their character, work on their act and bring something new, bold and daring to the table. I want to laugh, be wowed and impressed with an outfit, make up technique and song choice. That’s not too much to ask is it?

All money raised from the evening will go towards funding York Pride 2017, so dig deep and invite friends and family to this evening of entertainment.

Doors: 6pm
Show: 7pm
Tickets: £9 online  (£10 on the door)

Please note online tickets are now no longer available – please purchase tickets on the door.