Spice Girls’ Mel C and Rob Beckett are among the stars set to appear in the upcoming ITV drag competition, Queens for the Night.
It was announced today, June 9, that a whole host of celebrities will channel their inner drag queens for an ITV special airing later this year.
All About Queens for the Night
The idea behind the show is each celeb will be paired with a drag mentor as they attempt to master the unique and difficult craft that is drag.
The celebrity wannabes will not only have to perfect wearing the highest of the heels but also hone one of the distinctive disciplines that each drag artist will expertly enact, from singing, dancing, lip-syncing, impression, comedy or Dragic! (Drag magic). Performing live in front of a panel of expert judges and a live studio audience only one celebrity can be crowned the ultimate winner.
The contestants will be unleashing their drag alter-egos as they attempt to go head to head to be crowned the winning Queen.
Celebs take on the task
Queens for the Night will be hosted by drag superfan Lorraine Kelly and she will be joined by our judging panel, Spice Girl and pop icon Melanie C, World famous Drag artist Courtney Act, star of Bad Education and West End hit Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Layton Williams, all alongside stand-up comedian Rob Beckett – who fans of Rob and Romesh Vs will probably be gutted to hear will not be participating.
Rob Beckett said: ‘I know just how hard this is after attempting Drag myself with my mate Romesh. I love Drag I think it’s such an underappreciated art form.
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‘The celebrities will find out that it’s more than just putting on makeup and heels, there is such a skill to it and when done right is such a joy to watch. Will I be tempted to pop on the heels one more time? Who knows….maybe.’
As for contestants, the one-off TV special will be featuring: Coronation Street favourite Simon Gregson, fitness icon Mr Motivator MBE, Love Island star and TV presenter Chris Hughes, member of pop band Union J and I’m A Celebrity runner up George Shelley, actor and soap star legend Adam Woodyatt and England rugby star Joe Marler.
Of course, as the celebrities won’t be entering the drag world alone, they’ll have mentors, it’s best the have some of the most successful Drag Queens in the business to help them along.
lu Hydrangea, Kitty Scott-Claus, La Voix, Myra DuBois, Asttina Mandella, Margo Marshall will be using their expert knowledge to guide and teach their famous students, as they prepare and perfect their drag personas.