A DRAG QUEEN promises to be "a threat" to other contestants on a world-famous TV show.

Anubis Finch, who grew up in Seaford and now lives in Brighton, will appear on the third season of the BBC show Ru Paul's Drag Race UK.

The performer will be taking on eleven other drag queens in a series of challenges that will test their ability to design outfits, sing and comedy skills.

The 19-year-old said: "Not to brag or anything, but I do have quite a wide skill set. I've got the vocals, I got the dance moves, I got the comedy, so I really think I'm a bit of a threat."

"I'd say my greatest strength is my voice. I have a four-octave range, and I know how to hold a room and perform.

"That's always been something I've loved. I've been a singer since I was thirteen, and I've done a lot of backing vocals for big stars.

"As a backing singer, I was never really in the spotlight until I fully started drag, but now here I am."

Anubis, whose real name is Charli, wanted to be a performer since the age of three and said that being given a chance to appear on the show fulfils a childhood dream.

While Anubis' father was the inspiration behind the unusual stage name.

Anubis said: "I chose the name Anubis because I wanted something that referenced my Egyptian heritage.

"My dad was Egyptian, and when he passed away about three years ago, I wanted a name that paid homage to him - Anubis is the Egyptian god of the afterlife. It's my tribute to him."

Anubis' grandmother is also a key inspiration for the performer.

Anubis said: "She is an absolute legend. She is really wacky with a really kind heart.

"She raised me, and so she is partly responsible for the craziness that is me, Anubis."

Seasons one and two of the show have been streamed over 35 million times on BBC iplayer, the host and Queen of queens Mama Ru has the final say on who stays and who goes each week.

A judging panel joins Ru with singer Michelle Visage, TV presenter Graham Norton, comedian Alan Carr and a celebrity special guest judge.

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