THE Circle returns to Channel 4 for a second series of the exciting game show TONIGHT (Tuesday, September 24, 2019).
As well as a brand new host, season two will also house a brand new cast in a luxury apartment. Here’s this year’s line-up.
Who is the new host of The Circle?
Emma Willis is not the only new face joining The Circle season two, as eight hopefuls have signed up to appear in the Channel 4 show.
Emma replaces Maya Jama and Alice Levine for the second series of the show based around social media.
Emma will be in the studio for the first Friday night live show of the series.
She’ll be joined by celeb guests as well as players blocked from the show.
The Circle sees Emma return to reality TV after the demise of Big Brother in 2018.
She has also presented The Voice UK and The Voice Kids in 2019.
Who is in the cast of The Circle season 2?
From a hunky farmer to a mother-of-four pretending to be her 25-year-old son to a bonafide TV star – here is the full line-up:
TV presenter Richard Madeley joins the cast as a player and if that’s not exciting enough, it’s been revealed he won’t be playing as himself.
Instead, it’s up to the show’s viewers to decide his profile by voting on The Circle app.
Talking about why he wanted to get involved with the series, the former This Morning presenter explained: “I get asked to do all kinds of things all the time, and usually the answer is, ‘No, thank you’, because it either sounds a bit boring, or I’ve kind of done it before.
“This is genuinely different. I was aware of the programme. I’d seen a little bit of the last series, and I read quite a lot about it. I was quite intrigued by it at the time and it got some very interesting write-ups.
“It’s not your normal reality show. It’s got quite a lot going for it intellectually as well as being a lot of fun.”
Brooke is a disclosure officer for the Home Office, who loves to travel the world for all its culture and documents her holidays on her YouTube channel.
The 24-year-old is tired of men “inboxing” her and fears romance is dead for her generation.
She set herself the challenge of visiting 25 countries before the age of 25 and if she wins the contest she will use the money to see the world.
Her tactic for winning the show is simple; she will use a combination of girl code and flirting to triumph.
She said: “I’m going to be playing myself in The Circle so I’m just going to be myself.
“However, I will hold back the fact that I’m a disclosure officer and say I’m a student or whatever because I’m a bit worried that the other players might get their backs up if they know what I do for a living.
“If you’re a catfish, the last thing you want is someone with an analytical brain and the ‘preeing’ skills that I’ve got that could potentially sniff out who is real and who is fake.”
The 31-year-old is a model from Manchester, who is a single lesbian but in The Circle she will play a younger, straight girl.
Emelle has chosen to change her sexuality for the purpose of the game because she believes getting ahead will be easier as a young straight woman.
Explaining her decision to lie about her sexuality, she offered: “Some people can be quite judgey over being gay.
“You get a lot of homophobic people. Girls can sometimes be a little bit funny about getting close in case you might fancy them.
“I’ve had girls before saying that they’d feel really uncomfortable if they knew that a lesbian was in the same changing room with them because it would be like having a man there and they’d feel like they were being perved on.”
She added: “Girls can be a little bit like weird like that, I don’t want any girls feeling uncomfortable. If I’m trying to comfort them, I don’t want them to feel like that’s me trying to get with them.”
Georgina, 21, works in the tailoring industry and has decided to play the game as her authentic self.
On social media, she discusses living with Crohn’s disease, a lifelong condition in which parts of the digestive system become inflamed.
The Nottingham-native plans to play as a “full on sleuth” with mind maps and note taking to suss out the catfish.
Talking about why she has decided to play herself and not a character, she said: “I worry that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the experience as much if I was constantly trying to channel somebody else.
“And if it was to go wrong and I got voted out, I’d be disappointed because I’d feel like I hadn’t been true to myself. If I’m true to myself then I can enjoy it for what it is.”
The Liverpudlian, who is a 26-year-old recruitment consultant, is adopting the persona of Sammie, a single mother.
Despite going into the game catfishing James believes he is doing it for the right reasons as he sees winning the competition as an opportunity to change his family’s life for the better.
Speaking to Channel 4 about his decision to play a single mother, he enthused: “I have enormous admiration for single mums. I was raised by a young single mum.
“I have nothing but respect for her or anybody else in that position, to be honest, single mums give up everything for their children which is why I chose to present as Sammie in The Circle.”
Katie, 43, is a tanning salon owner from Hampshire, who is a married mother of four.
However, in The Circle she will be playing her 25-year-old son Jay in hopes of finding him a girlfriend and her future daughter-in-law.
But she has admitted it will be “really weird” trying to chat up girl as her son but wants to do it to win money for him to have a hair transplant.
“I’m 43 years old. I’m a boring over 40 married mum, compared to a 25-year-old good looking chap. He’ll be so much more popular than me,” Katie said.
The single fourth-generation farmer from Somerset loves the countryside and working in the field.
Sy, who hopes to settle down and have children, sees The Circle as the perfect way to adventure in the city and potentially find a farmer’s wife.
Although he has chosen not to take on a character he has been the victim of catfishing in the past.
Recalling the moment he was catfished, he began: “I chatted to someone on a dating site and it turned out to be someone the polar opposite of what they led me to believe.
“We talked for maybe a week. It was annoying. It put me off online dating sites for a while.”
University academic and animator Tim is 58-years-old and from Rugby, who jokes that he is a cross between “Santa and Mrs Doubtfire”.
Tim has had quite the life experience he was a monk until being kicked out of the monastery when he was offered a place at Oxford University.
As an academic Tim is confident he can win his fellow players over with just pictures and words.
“I know how to use words, but I’m used to communicating face-to-face and I’m very used to looking into people’s eyes and seeing whether or not points I’m making make any sense,” he declared
“God knows if I can be popular. There are two audiences. There is the audience at home and then the audience that never see you – the other contestants in The Circle.”
He continued: “You are playing two games at the same time. That’s very exciting. I don’t know if it’s winnable.”
Zoe Ball and Fat Boy Slim’s 18-year-old son Woody has signed up to appear on the show but will not be revealing who his famous parents are.
He is currently in a relationship and works in a pub but is going into The Circle with the hopes of not being pre-judged for having celebrity parents.
Woody, who recently came out as bisexual, revealed it will be helpful to be open about his sexuality on the show.
“I find being bisexual helps talking to girls and it doubles the pool of people I can flirt with,” he said.
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When is The Circle back on TV?
Channel 4 has announced the show will premiere TONIGHT (Tuesday, September 24, 2019).
Season two will begin with a 90 minute live launch from 9.15pm.
It will run for just over three weeks.