RuPaul to host new celebrity game-show for ITV

RuPaul Charles will host a celebrity spin-off of ITV game show Lingo.

The Emmy Award-winner and host of international franchise RuPaul’s Drag Race has been confirmed as the host of new game-show Celebrity Lingo, which will see famous faces go head to head in a fast-paced word game, as they compete to fill in the blanks and find the missing words.

Alongside Celebrity Lingo, British actor and comedian Adil Ray will return to host a third series of the hit daytime show Lingo featuring members of the public.

Lingo first aired on ITV in 1988, but was revived last year.

Celebrity Lingo will be screened in the autumn, with seven hour-long episodes for starters.

RuPaul says:

“Now, more than ever before, people want to have fun, and Celebrity Lingo is here to serve it up generously.”


In the show, two people compete against each other in a game where being lost for words can cost them the chance to win the prize money. The contestants vie to reach the show’s end game, where the last pair standing have the opportunity to double their money, but risk leaving with nothing if the words escape them.

Ahead of the new series Ray, 48, said:

“I’m so grateful to everyone watching at home, the entire crew and our fab contestants for giving me another chance to host one of the best shows on TV”

“Even to those who shout four-letter Lingos at me in the street! Welcome to the team, RuPaul.”

The show also has successful formats in the US, Italy and Spain – where it is currently on air – as well as the Netherlands and France.


Rupaul achieved international fame as a drag queen with the release of his debut single, “Supermodel (You Better Work)”, which was included on his debut studio album Supermodel of the World (1993). He later received his own talk show on VH1 called The RuPaul Show, which he hosted for over 100 episodes while co-hosting the morning radio show on WKTU with Michelle Visage.

RuPaul launched the reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race, which began in the US in 2009 before heading to the UK and Australia among many other international formats.


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