Everyone’s new favourite reality TV social media experiment is back and this time The Circle has a celebrity twist! Among a line-up of the UK’s best TV and media personalities, Blue’s Duncan James will participate in the charity special for Stand Up To Cancer, when the show returns to Channel 4 on March 9th.
Duncan’s bubblin in The Celebrity Circle
More known for impressing crowds with boyband bangers as part of Blue, now Duncan James has to win over his fellow celebrities with his social media skills on The Celebrity Circle. The reality TV show that took Channel 4 by storm in 2018 is back. This time airing in a celebrity special for Stand Up To Cancer. A partnership between Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK, which aims to unite the country in raising awareness and funding to speed up life-saving cancer research and treatment.
Although you might recognise who all the players are, the twist is that in the famous block of flats and through The Circle chat, anyone can be anyone! Whether playing as themselves or catfishing as other people, the game is simple. Become the most popular player to win. From suspicion to seduction, charm to challenges and making friends and enemies along the way, anything goes in this battle of personalities and player ratings to avoid the dreaded blocking!
The celebrity players
During the six-part event Duncan James will be joined by, Charlotte Crosby, Baga Chipz, Denise Van Outen, Saffron Barber, Lady Leshurr, Sam Thompson, Pete Wicks, Kaye Adams, Nadia Sawalha, Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom. Not all of them playing as themselves of course, and indeed some playing in pairs! See the trailer for the new series, which was filmed last Autumn, below. As Emma Willis returns for hosting duties. Along with the narration of Sophie Willan. Following the celeb run, the civilian edition will air for its third series.
Blue in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011
After finishing in last place in 2010, the BBC decided to try a fresh approach for 2011. For the first time the United Kingdom public would have no say in the chosen act and entry for Eurovision. So for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, Duncan James along with his band Blue were chosen to take part in Dusseldorf with ‘I Can’. Prior to their participation Blue were one of the biggest UK pop groups of the 2000s. With three number one albums and three number one singles. Achieving chart success across Europe with hits such as ‘One Love’ and ‘All Rise’. As well as their collaboration with Elton John for a remake of ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’.
At the contest Blue finished in 11th place in the Grand Final with 100 points. However their popularity across Europe was evident, with fifth place in the public televoting. Which included 12 points from Bulgaria. Thus it remains the third best result of the 21st Century for the UK. Behind Jessica Garlick who finished in third place in 2002 and Jade Ewen who achieved fifth place in 2009. Such was the anticipation for Blue’s music comeback, that the broadcast achieved the highest viewership for Eurovision on BBC1 since 1999. More recently Blue have been championing the cause for another band to fly the UK flag in Eurovision.
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