When Danny Beard’s name came up as the winner RuPaul’s Drag Race UK In season four, the queen was so shocked because they thought their competitor Cheddar Gorgeous would surely earn the title, they said news week.
Beard, who uses the pronouns “they/them”, was crowned the UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar on November 24, and they join The Vivienne, Lawrence Chaney and Krystal Versace in the winners’ circle.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK winner Danny Beard on the show’s success
Danny beat out Cheddar, Black Peppa and Jonbers Blonde for the top spot after an epic final challenge in which the quartet wrote their own lyrics to iconic RuPaul songs and performed them on stage.
It was only during the finals screening that Danny found out they had won the competition, as the winner was announced live on air.
“That moment was crazy,” Danny said. “I mean you can see it […] They filmed us, we had a private screening at a movie theater and to be honest I was just preparing for Cheddar to be the winner because she’s amazing. She was just very cool, calm and collected, much more experienced than me.
“I was just happy to be in the final. I never thought I would see these shots of me with that crown and scepter, let alone holding the crown and scepter. So it was crazy.”
Danny and Cheddar went head-to-head in the competition, with both queens earning four RuPeter badges each over the course of the season. But even then, Danny didn’t see it as a rivalry.
They said: “It was 100 percent the sisters’ season, wasn’t it? It was us. It was RuPaul’s ‘Best Friend Race’ times 10. Honestly, what you saw on camera was the same. We’re even closer camera.
“I think the rivalry between me and Cheddar, I don’t even really like using the word ‘rivalry’ because it was more like it made us want to do better,” Danny said.
“If it was a rivalry, it was a friendly one because to see someone so iconic … Cheddar has been doing drag a lot longer than I have and she’s been in the scene for years and what she brings with her is an education and a whole.” other side to what I bring to tow.
“So that pushed me into other areas that I never thought I would push myself into, so like I said, if it was a rivalry, it was certainly at least a friendly one,” Danny added.
What’s next for Danny Beard?
Now that the competition is over, Danny is looking ahead. They stated that their schedule is already packed with a Christmas tour and other shows, but they have one goal in mind.
“I’d love to get into TV properly,” Danny said. “My dream has always been to be a TV presenter.
“There are many exciting jobs in television in the pipeline, many touring as you can imagine. Being on stage has been my entire career for literally 10 years. So I’ve been training for this moment for 10 years if you will.
“So it’s just a lot more of what I’ve been doing and on a larger scale,” Danny added, “and everyone has been just so nice. People stop me on the street and honestly it’s one of those shows that everyone does that sees it just falls in love with all of us, all the amazing sisters that I have in the season.
“The whole experience was incredible for me. It makes everything a little bit nicer and easier when everyone’s so nice, you know?” Danny added.
When asked if they would like to be like British TV presenter Davina McCall, best known for presenting Big Brother and which Danny parodied on the show, they said, “Absolutely, Big Brotheris getting a revival here in the UK, so if they need someone for the show or the spin-off…”
Danny also shared a message for viewers of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, They say they hope their victory will show others that “when you stay true to yourself, you really can achieve anything in life.”
Being the first bearded drag queen to appear RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Danny said her experience was “what dreams are made of.” They hope their win will “open some doors for other people and we’ll see more queer diverse talent in the franchises.”
Reflecting on how other bearded drag queens have appeared on TV shows without RuPaul, Danny added, “Hopefully that means times are changing, and hopefully that means there will be more queer people on the show.
“Once you start acknowledging different forms of drag, hopefully it’s only a matter of time before we see royalty on the show and more non-binary and transgender performers.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 4 is available to view exclusively on WOW Presents Plus in the US and select territories.
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