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Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall is ‘serving dinner party realness’ in a new cooking competition with a gaggle of Drag Race legends

Reiss Smith May 19, 2020
Jade Thirlwall and Courtney Act

Jade Thirlwall will go head-to-head with Courtney Act and other Drag Race queens in Served! (MTV/WOW)

Little Mix star and queer icon Jade Thirlwall will “serve virtual dinner party realness” in a new streaming show featuring a gaggle of Drag Race legends.

Served! With Jade Thirlwall is a new six-part cooking competition which will see the Little Mix singer going head-to-head (virtually) “with her superstar drag queen friends”.

Each week, Thirlwall will compete against drag queens including Alyssa Edwards, Courtney Act and Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne, rustling up a themed dinner using a set of mystery ingredients.

Queer Eye’s Tan France, Spice Girl Mel C and Charmed actor Alyssa Milano will be among special guests “dialling in” with advice, while Jade’s mum, Norma, will be judging the dishes.

The Vivienne
The Vivienne. (BBC)

“I’m so excited to have some of my favourite people on board to serve you some virtual dinner party realness,” Thirlwall said in a statement.

“I cannot wait to show you what (and who) we’ve got in store; it’s been such a laugh to film and I hope this brings people at home some lighthearted entertainment whilst indoors.”

The series will launch on May 28 on MTV’s Facebook and YouTube channels, and will be adapted for linear television at a later date. It serves as part of the network’s Pride celebrations.

Jade Thirlwall is staying busy under lockdown.

Served! Is just one of the ways Jade Thirlwall has been keeping busy under lockdown.

The Little Mix star has been a constant source of camp and delight in recent weeks, recreating iconic TV scenes and sharing how she baked herself a penis pie because it’s the thing she’s missing most in lockdown.

What’s more, Thirlwall used a recent interview with Glamour magazine to lend her top tips for remaining an LGBT+ ally from a distance, while self-isolating.

“We’re all in self isolation and some LGBT+ people might be in a home or a family environment where they’re not very supportive of being who they are,” she said.

Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall on LGBT+ allyship during coronavirus lockdown
Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix. (Neil Mockford/GC Images)

“So, if you know anybody who is in that circumstance, reach out to them, message them, show them how much you support and love them – there’s many ways you can be doing that whilst being indoors.”

Thirlwall admitted she’s “still learning” how to be an ally to trans people, how to use people’s pronouns and how to “practice what you preach”.

“I’m still learning what the right pronouns are or how to speak to someone and make sure you don’t offend someone or be an ally in the right way and making sure it doesn’t look like you are using to your advantage or for your benefit.

“If you’re going to say you’re an ally, you need to practice what you preach, you need to walk the walk as well as talking the talk. So yeah, still learning every day.”

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