Rita Ora reportedly pulled a last-minute no-show on an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK that aired last week – forcing producers to ‘replace her with a mannequin’.
The singer, 30, is said to have been booked to appear as a guest judge on the show, but reportedly failed to turn up after an alleged disagreement about her entourage.
And with COVID restrictions limiting alternative options, The Sun reports that producers replaced her with mannequin Mickey – based on EastEnders’ Danny Dyer.
TV show: Rita Ora reportedly pulled a last-minute no-show on an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK that aired last week – forcing producers to ‘replace her with a mannequin’
A source said: ‘Everyone on set was anticipating Rita’s arrival but, when she didn’t show up, producers had to use their heads and came up with the idea of decorating a mannequin. Surprisingly, it worked out OK and became a running joke.’
During the episode, which was filmed in November, the mannequin sat alongside the likes of RuPaul, Michelle Visage, and Graham Norton as he dished out assessments.
The mannequin was seen ‘flirting’ with Bimini Bon Boulash after her turn as Skat Slater, and even got a tad frisky with ‘Thot Bottom’ – the sketch’s answer to Dot Cotton – in the middle of the Kween Dic.
Rita has proved to be a popular addition to the show, having appeared as a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars in the US back in 2018.
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Rita Ora for comment.
Replacement: With COVID restrictions limiting alternative options, The Sun reports that producers replaced her with a mannequin called Mickey, based on EastEnders’ Danny Dyer
Panel: During the episode, which was filmed in November, the mannequin sat alongside (L-R) Michelle Visage, RuPaul and Graham Norton as he dished out assessments
The latest season of Drag Race UK sees the queens compete in weekly challenges, where their lip syncing, fashion sense, sewing, humour, singing, make-up, acting and dancing will be put to the test for ten weeks.
Following the franchise’s mantra, the group will be assessed on their Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent, before the bottom two queens will be asked to lip sync to save their position in the competition.
RuPaul, 60, and Michelle, 52, have been joined by comedians Alan Carr, 44, or Graham Norton, 57, on a rotational basis, while an extra special celebrity guest judge sits on the panel each week.
On Thursday, Rita uploaded a striking promotional image to Instagram as she announced she’s dropping an acoustic version of her latest EP, Bang.
Working it: on Thursday, Rita uploaded a striking promotional image to Instagram as she announced she’s dropping an acoustic version of her new EP, Bang
The singer commanded attention as she slipped into a skimpy black leotard and sported bleached eyebrows.
Highlighting her incredible figure, the songstress’ one-piece featured a slit across its bodice, which was teamed with sheer tights.
The former X Factor judge sported drenched locks, while her complexion was enhanced with edgy make-up.
Detailing the release of her new project, the businesswoman wrote: ‘#BANG ACOUSTIC EP. FRIDAY.
‘I’m overwhelmed with how incredible you’ve all been since I released #BANG!! I’m so excited to share with you these more stripped down versions of the songs we recorded!! Can’t wait for you to hear!!’ (sic)
New stint: The songwriter is currently spending time Down Under as she kicks off her role as a judge on The Voice (pictured last month with Keith Urban, Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian)
The star is currently working on the latest series of The Voice in Sydney, after travelling to Australia with her sister Elena, who serves acts as her manager.
During her time off, the blonde beauty has been pictured enjoying the sizzling temperatures in her bikini on Sydney Harbour.
Rita is making her debut as coach on for the upcoming edition of the singing competition, joining country superstar Keith Urban on the show.
The For You hitmaker has previously been a coach on the UK version of The Voice in 2015, while also taking on judging roles on The X Factor and The Masked Singer.
Oti Mabuse will now be sitting on the panel for the UK season of The Masked Dancer, which will air in place of Britain’s Got Talent this year.
Working hard: The musician has been keeping herself busy in recent weeks (pictured at Sydney’s Mardi Gras celebrations earlier this month)