Coronation Street actor Simon Gregson promises to be a ‘bigger than life’ drag queen when he competes on ITV’s Queens for the Night.
He’s a 48-year-old soap star and one of the celebrities undergoing the “ultimate drug makeover” for a one-off TV special that airs on November 5th.
Hosted by chat show host Lorraine Kelly, the jury features Spice Girls’ Melanie C, comedian Rob Beckett, Australian drag artist Courtney Act and West End star Leighton Williams.
The show concludes with a cabaret-style performance, voted on by the studio audience, demonstrating newly acquired skills such as singing, dancing, lip-syncing, impression, and comedy.
Gregson, who plays Bidet Bardot, said: I think it suits me very well.
“It’s very, very nerve-wracking. It’s the first stage, the first time you’re trying to do what you’re doing.
“The tension is running high. This is new territory for me, so we’ll see how we get through it.”
The program features well-known names paired with drag mentors such as Bull Hydrangea, Kitty Scott Kroos, and Astina Mandela to prepare their doubles before competing on stage.
Motivator, a TV fitness instructor with a drug alter ego named Protina Turner, said he was “someone with a lot of experience.”
He added: It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and do something you’ve never done before and have the amazing support of Astina.
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“Especially at an amazing age of nearly 70, it’s great.”
Former EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt said he wanted to “push” himself by appearing on the show, but “no one knows” what will happen on the night.
“I did a little drag for Children In Need many years ago, but nothing like this.”
Love Island’s Chris Hughes says he’s competing to break down the prejudices attached to masculinity.
“I want to be a drag queen because there are so many toxic masculinity issues in this world that are stigmatized,” he said.
“I’m a very emotional person and I cry on camera whenever I speak emotionally.
“I’m a man and I should be able to cry. It’s great to be able to break through that prejudice and people should be able to be themselves.
“If you want to cry, if you want to wear heels, if you want to wear makeup, you should be able to do your thing, no matter who you are.”
Union J singer George Shelley and English rugby player Joe Marler will also be competing.
Sherry said: It’s colorful and everything I want in life. For the first time I am participating in it.
“I can celebrate being gay, I can celebrate being a woman and all the parts of myself that I had to keep in a box for so long.”