ITV has ordered a new special from Tuesday’s Child, Queens For The Night.

In the show, a group of celebrities “will channel their inner drag queens and unearth the divas within in a fabulous competition like no other.”

Hosted by “drag superfan” Lorraine Kelly, a judging panel including Spice Girl Melanie C, comedian Rob Beckett, Drag artist Courtney Act and and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’s Layton Williams “will offer their thoughts on our famous novices as they attempt to master this flamboyantly entertaining skill.”

The celebs are Coronation Street’s Simon Gregson, Mr Motivator , Love Island’s Chris Hughes, Union J’s George Shelley, actor Adam Woodyatt and England rugby star Joe Marler.

The primetime celebrity drag contest pairs each contestant with their own drag mentor who will teach them skills 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.

Drag Queens Blu Hydrangea, Kitty Scott-Claus, La Voix, Myra DuBois, Asttina Mandella, Margo Marshall will guide and teach the contestants with the process culminating in a cabaret style performance as they showcase their newly acquired drag talents.

Karen Smith is the Executive Producer and Rory Dalziel the Series Producer for Tuesday’s Child. The show is commissioned by Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning for ITV, Joe Mace, Commissioning Editor for ITV and David Smyth, Commissioner, Entertainment for ITV.

Katie Rawcliffe said “Queens For The Night will have all the wow factor you would expect from this wonderful celebration of drag, and a perfect way to showcase everything that makes drag performance such a sensation.”

Karen Smith, Executive Producer says “Queens For The Night will deliver jaw-dropping transformations, heart-warming stories, high-heeled hilarity and must-see performances as Britain’s best drag queens share their world and mentor big name celebrities to perform for a glamorous panel. It’ll be wall-to-wall fabulousness.”

Lorraine Kelly says, “I’m so excited to be hosting this show. I am a huge fan of Drag and can not wait to see a host of well known stars embrace this uniquely wonderful and uplifting skill.   It’s a show that will have humour, warmth and above all lots and lots of glamour, I can’t wait to get started.”

Courtney Act says,  This is going to be a fabulous show.  The celebrities might be new to this, but I won’t hold back with my critique.  They might all be experts in their own fields but they’re stepping into my domain now and I want to see some exceptional performances.  The bar is high so they need to bring their ‘A’ game.

Rob Beckett says, “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.  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!”

Melanie C says, “I’ve always been a huge fan of drag and in 2019, I was lucky enough to do a World Tour or Prides with some of the most wonderful and creative queens out there!  On that tour I really learnt what’s needed to cut the mustard on this fabulous world and I can’t wait to see how our celebrities measure up with their incredible mentors guiding them every step of the way.”

Layton Williams said, “It’s so fab that we get to celebrate Drag and showcase this wonderfully entertaining craft. There’s so much talent within the Drag community and the viewers at home will get to see how much hard work goes into the art form. I hope the celebrities know what they’ve gotten themselves in for! Don’t be a drag, just be a queen… I’m so thrilled to be a part of this show.”

Jon Creamer

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