Courtney Act gets her own late night ‘Dragazine’ show
This year’s Celebrity Big Brother winner Courtney Act has landed her own late night entertainment show with Channel 4.
The drag queen and reality star will host the hour-long The Courtney Act Show on the channel, which will feature celebrity guests and musical numbers.
The show is being dubbed the “world’s first Dragazine show” by the channel where, it says, “everyone is welcome.”
Act, who rose to fame on season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, said: “This is my show and I say come on in, all you heroic misfits, those of you who are a bit chipped around the edges…I want to welcome you all.
“You bring the open minds and I’ll bring the open bar and we’ll meet in the middle for a gay old time!”
The show has been commissioned by Channel 4, and will be produced by Monkey Kingdom.
Sarah Lazenby, Channel 4 commissioning editor for entertainment, said: “Courtney has undeniable star quality. As entertaining as she is emotionally intelligent, as savvy as she is sassy, Courtney was born to perform.
“We are utterly delighted she has chosen to come to the Channel to host the world’s first Dragazine show.”
Courtney Act recently said that she wants to compete on Strictly Come Dancing – with a male partner.
Act said that she would first perform on the show under her drag moniker, before coming out as her real identity, Shane Jenek, and competing as a same-sex couple.
“I hope the BBC would be open to it. They love a stunt casting,” she told the Daily Star. “Surely it’s time for the BBC to do it.
“I would want to be Courtney and dance with a male partner. And then halfway through the series I’d come out as Shane and there would finally be same-sex dancing on the show.
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Act identifies as gender-fluid, and has explained to PinkNews how this allowed her to be “much more comfortable” than she had ever felt in her own skin.
Act described a huge change in “how I felt on the inside” on adopting the label gender-fluid, in an exclusive interview with PinkNews.
She said: “I also identify as gender-fluid, which means I’m not going to conform to some societal expectation of being a man or being a woman, and that I’m just going to be me – dress how I want to dress, act how I want to act.
“It’s funny because ever since I started identifying as gender-fluid it didn’t actually change anything about how I looked on the outside, it actually just changed how I felt on the inside.”