2019 BRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS REVEALED 0 18

The nominees for the 2019 BRIT Awards have been revealed.

UK pop sensations Anne-Marie and Dua Lipa lead the charge this year with an incredible four nominations each. Anne-Marie is up for British Female, British Single, British Artist Video of the Year, and the prestigious Mastercard British Album of the Year for debut album Speak Your Mind, which went to No. 3 in the UK charts on release last spring. Following her two BRIT wins in 2018, Dua Lipa also receives four nominations, with two in both British Single and British Artist Video categories, for her own track ‘IDGAF’ and the No. 1 Calvin Harris collaboration ‘One Kiss’.

George Ezra, whose second UK No.1 album ‘Staying at Tamara’s’ was the best-selling artist album of 2018, is up for three nominations: British Male, Mastercard British Album of the Year and British Single – bringing his total BRIT nominations tally to seven. One of the UK’s biggest breakthroughs of last year Jorja Smith, is also up for three nominations, British Female, British Breakthrough, and Mastercard British Album of the Year, following her 2018 Critics’ Choice win.

Up for two awards are: Calvin Harris, The 1975, Little Mix, Tom Walker, Jess Glynne, Rita Ora, Clean Bandit, Florence + The Machine and Rudimental.

Gorillaz are back fighting for British Group once again, having won in 2018, and Giggs receives his first ever BRIT nomination for British Male, but has stiff competition from
George Ezra, Sam Smith, Aphex Twin and Craig David.

This year’s nominations lists also include many previous BRITs Critics’ Choice nominees and winners: Jorja Smith (winner 2018), Mabel (nominated 2018), Anne-Marie (nominated 2017), Dua Lipa (nominated 2017), Years & Years (nominated 2015), Sam Smith (winner 2014) and Florence + The Machine (winner 2009).

A host of brand new names feature in this year’s international categories: Kamasi Washington, Travis Scott and Shawn Mendes are all up for International Male against 2017 winner Drake and four time BRIT winner Eminem, whilst International Female sees Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Christine & The Queens and 2014 nominee Janelle Monae all shortlisted.

Beyoncé has been nominated eight times (and won once), and JAY Z has received four nominations (and one win); 2019 sees their debut nomination for The Carters off the back of their Top Five album Everything is Love, and disco legends Nile Rodgers & Chic are at last nominated for their first BRIT award for International Group.

Jason Iley, BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK and Ireland said: “These nominations illustrate what an incredible year it has been for British talent and remind us what a great time it is to be a music fan, both in the UK and beyond. I’m delighted to see the nominations representing talent across a wide variety of genres – from returning artists to some incredibly exciting new talent, who are set to become the stars of the future. With such a strong list of nominees, we are certain of a fiercely contested and exciting night at the awards show in February.”

The BRIT Awards 2019 take place Wednesday 20 February at The O2 Arena, London, broadcast exclusively on ITV and hosted by Jack Whitehall. Clara Amfo and Alice Levine will be back to host this year’s Red Carpet show on ITV2 on the night of the awards for the third year running.

CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD – WON BY SAM FENDER

We are thrilled to announce that Sam Fender is the winner of the 2019 Critics’ Choice Award. Sam will be the first recipient of a 2019 BRIT Award, designed by Sir David Adjaye OBE.

The award arrives at an important moment in Sam’s musical career, one that has seen a very rapid ascent over the past few months. Having toured the UK and Europe relentlessly, building himself a loyal army of fans, this young Newcastle based musician writes honestly and candidly about subjects of social and generational significance, drawn from his experiences growing up in the North East. Sam wraps his pertinent words in rousing, propulsive, arena-sized anthems. The recently released debut EP ‘Dead Boys’ is a mighty statement of intent, recorded in his warehouse studio just a stone’s throw from the River Tyne.

Sam Fender said: “I am truly humbled to win The BRITs Critics’ Choice Award. Being nominated was crazy enough, never mind winning it. I’m so grateful to everyone back home for believing, and to my band and team for all their hard work. We’ve played literally hundreds of shows this year, and we’re going to go even harder in 2019. Most importantly, a big shout to my fans. I’ve met a lot of you over the last few years and it’s truly an honour to get up and play night after night to such a wonderful bunch of people. To everyone who’s taken a punt on me so far, thank you. Here’s to next year!”

BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Many congratulations to Sam Fender on winning The BRITs Critics’ Choice Award. He is an exceptional young artist, with a bright future ahead of him. This award has shone a spotlight on some of the most successful new acts for more than a decade, who between them have sold more than 90 million records, from Adele to Sam Smith, Florence + The Machine to Rag’n’Bone Man. I wish Sam the very best and that he enjoys the same success as many of the previous winners have before him.”

Lewis Capaldi and Mahalia are this year’s runners-up to overall winner Sam Fender. Since its inception in 2008, The BRITs Critics’ Choice Award has successfully identified the future stars of British music, with previous winners including Adele, Florence + The Machine, Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith, Rag‘n’Bone Man, and last year’s winner Jorja Smith, who have all gone on to achieve phenomenal chart success both in the UK and globally. Collectively, The BRITs Critics’ Choice winners have sold over 90 million albums worldwide.

BRITISH MALE SOLO NOMINEES

Three-time BRIT Award winner Sam Smith will be competing for the title of British Male Solo Artist with Aphex Twin, Craig David and George Ezra, all of whom have been nominated in this category in previous years, alongside BRITs newcomer Giggs.

Five years after he took home the coveted BRITs Critics’ Choice Award in 2014, Sam Smith is up for British Male Solo Artist for a second time.

Three-time BRIT nominee Aphex Twin was first nominated way back in 2000 for British Video with ‘Windowlicker’. His most recent BRIT nomination was in 2016 for the same category he now finds himself nominated for in 2019.

Craig David, who has been nominated an impressive 13 times for a BRIT Award but is yet to take home a win, is also up for British Male Solo Artist this year.

This marks George Ezra’s first BRITs nomination in four years, when he found himself up for four awards in one year.

Our final nominee Giggs is rewarded with his first ever BRITs nomination following a highly successful year.

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Following her first ever BRITs nomination last year for British Artist Video Of The Year, Anne-Marie finds herself as one of our most nominated artists of 2019 and is now in line to potentially take home British Female Solo Artist.

Florence + The Machine, who last won a BRIT Award back in 2010, has been nominated in this category three times prior but is yet to walk away with the title.

Being nominated for British Female Solo Artist this year marks Jess Glynne’s fifth BRITs nomination, but she too is yet to take home an Award.

Our 2018 Critics’ Choice winner Jorja Smith has also been nominated this year for British Female Solo Artist.

Lily Allen has seven nominations to her name and one win in 2010 for the category she now finds herself nominated for again, nine years later.

BRITISH SINGLE

This year’s British Single nominees are a brilliant mix of previously recognised talent alongside fresh new acts.

Anne-Marie, one of our most nominated artists this year, has been put up for Best Single previously; in 2017 for ‘Rockabye’. She finds herself once again nominated, this time for ‘2002’.

For the second consecutive year, Dua Lipa is a frontrunner in sheer amount of nominations racked up, with four to her name in 2019. She has managed to bag two nominations within the same category with her hit ‘IDGAF’ as well as her Calvin Harris collaboration ‘One Kiss’.

Clean Bandit has also been nominated for British Single for the second consecutive year, this time with ‘Solo’.

Drum and bass four-piece Rudimental, who have previously won British Single in 2014 for ‘Waiting All Night’, have also earned themselves an Award nod for their hit ‘These Days’.

George Ezra was also previously nominated in this category in 2015 for ‘Budapest’ and comes back this year swinging with his offering to the charts ‘Shotgun’.

Rapper Ramz is one of our newcomers to the British Single lineup with his song ‘Barking’. Another freshman inducted into the BRITs nominee list this year is Indie artist Tom Walker, who has also secured his way onto the roll call with commercial hit ‘Leave A Light On’. Rising star Walker also finds himself up for British Breakthrough Act this year.

English DJ Sigala claims his place on this year’s nominee list alongside winner of British Female Solo artist in 2015 Paloma Faith, with their dance-pop offering ‘Lullaby’.

BRITISH GROUP

Collectively, the nominees for British Group have 20 nominations and 10 wins between them.

Winners of British Group in 2017, The 1975 are once more in the running to take home the Award, but they face stiff competition in this category.

Arctic Monkeys, who have won an impressive seven BRIT Awards over the years, including four in this category, have only lost out on a win twice, for British Group and British Live Act in 2012 and 2008 respectively. This year marks their fifth nomination for British Group.

Winner of last year’s British Group Award, Gorillaz, have been nominated again this year. They are no strangers to the BRIT Awards, with seven additional past nominations under their belt.

Little Mix, who treated the BRITs audience to two spectacular performances in 2016 and 2017, are this year nominated for British Group. They have won one Award previously for British Single with ‘Shout Out to My Ex’ and have racked up a further six nominations in the last three years.

After narrowly missing out on the Critics’ Choice Award back in 2015, followed by four nominations in quick succession in 2016, Years & Years have now been nominated for British Group for the second time in 2019.

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT

This year’s British Breakthrough Act nominees include last year’s Critics’ Choice winner, and Mercury Prize 2018 nominee, Jorja Smith, Ella Mai, IDLES, last year’s Critics’ Choice runner up Mabel and Tom Walker.

Jorja Smith wowed at Critics’ Choice in 2018 with her performance of ‘Teenage Fantasy’, and now finds herself in the enviable position of potentially taking home three BRIT Awards at the 2019 ceremony. Fellow nominee Mabel narrowly missed out on the Critics’ Choice Award to Jorja last year.

BRITs newcomers Ella Mai and IDLES also both have the chance to scoop British Breakthrough, making welcome additions to this year’s list of nominees.

Finally, Tom Walker, who is also nominated for British Single for his hit ‘Leave A Light On’, completes the roll call of talent in line for British Breakthrough 2019.

BRITISH ARTIST VIDEO OF THE YEAR

The winner of the British Artist Video award is decided by you!

The vote opens on 4 February and will close on 15 February, with the winner being announced during The BRITs ITV broadcast on 20 February.

This year the list of nominees for British Artist Video Of The Year features plenty of familiar faces, all of whom have been nominated for a BRIT Award in previous years. There are also a number of artists in this category who have been nominated for British Single too.

The year 2019 appears to be a stellar one for ‘2002’, as not only has this track bagged Anne-Marie a nomination for British Single, but it has also earned one of our most nominated artists a spot in line for British Video.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s ‘One Kiss’, Rudimental’s ‘These Days’, Dua Lipa’s ‘IDGAF’ and Clean Bandit’s ‘Solo’ were all also deemed full packages and have been nominated for both British Single and British Video.

Rita Ora finds herself honoured twice in this category, once for ‘Let You Love Me’ and once for her ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ collaboration with Liam Payne,For You’. Liam and Rita are no strangers to a BRITs team-up, having performed this very track last year.

Little Mix have previously been nominated for British Video three times in as many consecutive years. Their video ‘Woman Like Me’ marks their fourth shot at taking home the BRIT Award. They previously won British Single for ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ in 2017.

Jax Jones finds himself nominated for a BRIT for the second year running, having previously been put forward for Best Single for his RAYE collaboration ‘You Don’t Know Me’ in 2018. He now finds himself nominated for British Video for ‘Breathe’.

Jonas Blue has earned himself a hat-trick, with 2019 marking the third consecutive year he has been nominated for British Video. His video for ‘Rise’ is now in line to potentially nab him his first win at the Awards.

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST

This year’s International Male Solo Artist nominees cover multiple genres and include Canadian rapper Drake, fellow rapper Eminem, American jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes and multi-talented record producer Travis Scott.

Drake won the coveted International Male Solo Artist title in 2017 following two nominations in the same category in 2014 and 2016. He was also nominated last year but lost out to Kendrick Lamar.

Another nominee who knows The BRITs well is Eminem, who also features in this category. Along with Beck and Kanye West, Eminem has won this title the most times with three previous wins. If he wins again this year it takes him to four wins, making him the recipient of the most BRIT Awards for International Male in history.

Conversely, these are Kamasi Washington, Shawn Mendes and Travis Scott’s first ever BRITs nominations.

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

All of our International Female Solo nominees are fresh on The BRITs scene. Ariana Grande has only been nominated for an Award once previously, in 2016.

BRITs newcomers Cardi B and Camila Cabello find themselves nominated for a BRIT Award for the very first time in this highly competitive category.

They are in great company alongside fellow nominees Christine and the Queens and Janelle Monáe who have both only been nominated for one Award respectively prior to this year.

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

Our International Group nominees this year comprise an eclectic mix of newcomers, including Beyonce and Jay-Z’s musical enterprise The Carters, Texan musical collective Brockhampton, Nile Rodgers and his band Chic, female folk duo First Aid Kit and American duo Twenty One Pilots.

For married musicians The Carters, Brockhampton and Nile Rodgers & Chic, this is their first BRIT nomination.

Folk duo First Aid Kit have been nominated once before in 2015 and Twenty One Pilots were recognised in 2017, both for the same category in which they find themselves this year.

MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Our Mastercard British Album Of The Year nominees comprise Manchester’s The 1975, singer-songwriter and top collaborator Anne-Marie, Florence + The Machine, George Ezra and 2018 Critics’ Choice winner Jorja Smith.

For The 1975, this is their second nomination for Mastercard British Album Of The Year, this time for their album ‘A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships’. They have also previously won British Group back in 2017.

Multi-talented singer-songwriter Anne-Marie is up for a total of four nominations across the board this year, one of which is for her debut studio album ‘Speak Your Mind’.

No stranger to being both nominated and triumphant at the BRIT Awards over the last decade, Florence + The Machine has bagged herself another nomination with her album ‘High As Hope’.

George Ezra has been nominated for the first time in four years for his album ‘Staying At Tamara’s’. Previously, Ezra stormed into the BRITs consciousness back in 2015 when he was nominated four times as well as affording the audience a stirring performance of his hit ‘Budapest’ on the night.

Rounding up the esteemed list of nominees for Mastercard British Album Of The Year is the much-nominated Jorja Smith with her debut studio album ‘Lost & Found’.

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ITV ANNOUNCES FESTIVE SEASON HIGHLIGHTS 0 64

ITV has a stocking full of Christmas and New Year treats for viewers this year, including new drama, Christmas specials of viewer favourites, new documentaries, entertainment events and free to air film premieres.

Brand new one-off drama, Torvill & Dean (Christmas Day, 9.15pm), premieres this Christmas on ITV. Starring Will Tudor (Game Of Thrones, Humans) and Poppy Lee Friar (Ackley Bridge, In The Club) as the iconic leads, the feature-length film explores Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean’s early years and the creative impetus that finally drove them to become ice dancing royalty. Written by acclaimed film, television and theatre writer, William Ivory (Made in Dagenham,Burton and Taylor), the one-off drama will follow the pair’s humble beginnings and family life in Nottingham and how they came together to become Olympic champions.

Also this Christmas, ITV brings viewers the free-to-air premiere of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 30th 8pm), plus festive favourite Elf (December 16th, 6pm) will back on television for its premiere on ITV.

Viewers will also have the chance to watch the classic 1984 Gremlins (Christmas Eve, 9.30pm) which will follow The Keith and Paddy Picture Show: Gremlins (Christmas Eve, 9pm), in which which Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness recreate the iconic movie with the help of an all-star cast. For this festive one-off they recreate the 80’s classic with guest stars including Zach Galligan, Kara Tointon, John Thomson, Su Pollard, Les Dennis and Arthur Bostrom. Further comedy comes in the form of a Bad Move – Festive Cheer Christmas special starring Jack Dee and Kerry Godliman (Christmas Eve 8.30pm).

There will be Christmas specials of shows including Through The Christmas Keyhole (December 14th, 9pm), The Jonathan Ross Christmas Show (December 22nd, 9pm), What Would Your Kid Do? (December 23rd, 7pm), The Chase: Bloopers (December 23rd, 8pm), Judge Rinder’s Christmas Kids Court (Christmas Eve 5.30pm), Tipping Point: Lucky Stars Christmas Special (29th December 7pm) and Paul O’Grady for The Love of Dogs Christmas (Christmas Day, 5.55pm).

It will be an eventful Christmas in ITV’s soaps this year, for Coronation Street and Emmerdale. In Emmerdale Jessie’s planning a surprise festive wedding with Marlon Dingle, but will she manage to dupe the unsuspecting groom and get him down the aisle? With such secretive plans for the nuptials and Marlon believing he’s doing the catering, Sam thinks he might be the lucky groom. With one misunderstanding after another will Jessie and Marlon exchange their vows and seal their partnership with a kiss under the mistletoe?

Meanwhile Bob is facing a bleak Christmas alone in his room at the B&B, following his break up from Laurel. Beyond the point of crying, Bob is a shadow of his former self and it’s clear Christmas has well and truly broken him. It is the season of goodwill to all men, but Bob isn’t feeling festive. Will 2019 bring him health, happiness and prosperity?

In Coronation Street affairs of the heart will set pulses racing in Weatherfield as the residents get into the festive spirit. But as families gather and glasses are raised will there be peace on the cobbles or will anyone find themselves on the naughty list?

Johnny’s infidelity with Liz is still playing on Jenny’s mind and, having overdone the Christmas spirit, the Rovers’ landlady does something she will live to regret. With Sally behind bars for the festive season Gina is enjoying her time with Tim, perhaps a little too much. Meanwhile, Daniel is determined to make this a Christmas to remember for him and his pregnant wife Sinead.

At the Platts’ Audrey has a surprise for her dysfunctional family and at Bessie Street Primary School, Bran hosts a nativity with a difference that leaves the pupils and parents open mouthed, just not necessarily for the right reasons.

Entertainment treats this Christmas include The Royal Variety Performance (December 11th, 7.30pm) this year hosted by Greg Davies, an unforgettable evening of the best UK and international musical performers, extraordinary theatre and brilliant comedy as well as a number of surprises along the away. Stars lined up to appear include one of the UK’s biggest bands, the multi-award-winning Take That, the West End cast of the phenomenal hit musical Hamilton, chart topper George Ezra, award winners Clean Bandit, West End cast of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical and the legendary Andrea Bocelli & his son Matteo.Also taking to the stage are, Britain’s Got Talent winner, comedian The Lost Voice Guy, a special performance from Rick Astley, comedian Rhod Gilbert, the mesmerising Cirque Du Soleil, plus music from Sigrid and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Circus 1903 will be unveiling their unique and beautifully crafted performances with their extraordinary elephant puppetry, and there will be more comedy from stand up comedians Gad Elmaleh and Rod Woodward.

In the run up to Christmas ITV will celebrate 20 Years of The Black Eyed Peas (December 22nd, 10pm), with Joanna Lumley presenting a one-hour special featuring exclusive performances of some of the global super group’s greatest hits. A whole host of international celebrities and faces from the music industry, as well as the friends and family that have shaped their lives, will share their insights into the group and what makes them such a unique and special act. Away from the bright lights on stage, the show will take a look back at how The Black Eyed Peas came to be.

Best Christmas Ever with Alexander Armstrong (December 16th, 9pm) is a one-off festive special, hosted by TV favourite Alexander Armstrong where he’ll be joined by some very special celebrity guests, all on a mission to find out what really makes the best Christmas ever. Much like the big day itself, there will be games, sing-along and polite but firm disagreement as our celebrity guests battle it out to crown the best Christmas food, song, movie and much, much more.

Plus Olly Murs will be heading back to his Essex roots as he takes over an entire pub to put on a jam-packed night of games, chat and performances of all his biggest hits. As he celebrates a decade at the top with his sixth album, You Know I Know, Happy Hour with Olly Murs (December 15th, 9pm) will be the ultimate homecoming party with a specially invited audience of friends, family and famous faces. With the bar packed to the rafters, there will be laughs aplenty as Bradley Walsh – who Olly affectionately calls his ‘showbiz dad’ – is pub landlord for the night. Emma Willis will be the resident Karaoke Queen as she hosts special singalongs for any game guests that choose to step up to the mic and entertain the crowd. Fellow Voice coach Sir Tom Jones will be dropping in to join in the fun and there will be a very special exclusive duet from Jennifer Hudson and Olly.

In The Big Soap Quiz: Coronation Street v Emmerdale (December 21st, 9pm) hosted by Stephen Mulhern, the casts of the two soaps will battle it out to find out who knows their soap best. Headed by team captains Jack P Shepherd and Mark Charnock, which soap will lift the trophy this year?

In Bradley Walsh: When Dummies Took Over The World (December 29th, 9pm) Bradley Walsh tells the fascinating story of Britain’s most famous puppet stars including Orville, Emu, Sooty, Lord Charles, Dicky Mint, Spit the Dog, and Nookie Bear. They were once the stars of Saturday night TV, but what happened when the limelight faded? Bradley Walsh discovers where they are now and brings together some of them for a very special reunion.

And Re-Play 2018 with Richard Osman will see Richard Osman and Scarlett Moffatt join forces for a brand-new quiz testing the nation’s best-loved celebrities on the most-talked about events of the year where the winner doesn’t have to be clever, they just need to have been paying attention.

Singing superstar Alfie Boe returns to present this year’s Christmas Carols on ITV (Christmas Eve). An array of stars including Ruby Turner, Claire Richards and Rebecca Ferguson will sing in Christmas day during this very special evening of celebration and commemoration which will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Brand new documentaries this Christmas include a chance to relive an unforgettable World Cup for England in World Cup: Summer of Love (December 19th, 9pm). Gareth Southgate and his team helped unite and delight the nation as they made it through to the semi-finals in Russia. The memorable story is retold by the manager and players inside the camp and complemented by the insights of those who followed their journey back home, including Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid and Sir Clive Woodward.

Over the last eight years Long Lost Family has reunited over 200 relatives desperate to find that one person missing from their lives, to make their family complete. Now for the first time many of these families are brought together under one roof, to celebrate Christmas and the joy of finally being together, after the agony of years apart. Long Lost Family Christmas Reunion (December 17th, 9pm) will find out what it means to spend your first Christmas with your loved ones and reflect on how lives have changed for people since finding their relatives, with some guests meeting new family members for the very first time during the programme.

Plus, Global Adventurer Bear Grylls will take on the wild with England football manager Gareth Southgate for an ITV special, Bear’s Mission with Gareth Southgate (December 20th, 9pm). The leader of the Three Lions squad and former Premier League player will swap the football field for some of the UK’s toughest terrain, to tackle the ultimate challenge, as he joins Bear on a mission across some of the country’s most rugged, unspoilt moorlands. Bear’s mission will test Gareth’s composure and poise under pressure, as they battle the wilderness together.

Film highlights on ITV this Christmas also include Monsters Inc (Christmas Day 4.10pm), Casino Royale (December 23rd, 9pm), Quantum of Solace (December 26th, 8pm), Skyfall (December 27th, 8pm) and Spectre (December 31st, 8pm).

Plus on ITV2 Keith Lemon takes a look back at all the best, most-juiciest bits of Celebrity Juice’s illustrious 10-year history in Celebrity Juice: 10 Years of Best Bits (December 20th, 10pm). So expect to see all the best games, gags and mayhem from 10 years of Celebrity Juice. And in Love Island: The Christmas Reunion (December 17th, 9pm) ITV2 is bringing the cast back together one last time for a festive reunion. Hosted by Caroline Flack and with voiceover from Iain Stirling, this is the perfect Christmas present for Love Island fans.

The new year starts on ITV with a brand new series Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? (January 1st, 9pm) which see’s Jeremy Clarkson return as host following the success of the anniversary specials, and also the launch of Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad (January 2nd 8pm), which sees actor Bradley Walsh and his 20-year-old son Barney hitting the road together for a brand-new four-part series, travelling over 2000 miles from Los Angeles to New Orleans. They might be father and son but when it comes to travelling they are worlds apart, with Bradley keen to relax while Barney wants to live life a little more on the edge. Worried his old man is too stuck in his ways, Barney has decided to take matters into his own hands with an adventurous trip that his dad will never forget.

START YOUR ENGINES! RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE IS COMING TO THE UK 0 60

BBC Three and World of Wonder announced today that a UK version of the award-winning global hit RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming to the channel in 2019.

In the first UK adaptation of the show, RuPaul will be on the lookout to crown one of the UK’s top drag artists the ‘Queen of Great Britain’. But, it will take more than just a wig and pair of heels to win as ten contestants take part in weekly challenges and face off against each other to keep themselves in the competition.

RuPaul, says: “It is a dream come true to extend our royal family to the United Kingdom with our partners at BBC Three. I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens. And before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a ‘Royal-Mother-To-Be’ runway challenge.”

Contestants will compete in individual or team challenges that test a specific drag queen skill before taking on the Maxi Challenge, the headline moment of each show where they may be required to perform, model in a photo shoot, prepare a runway look for a themed challenge before having to face the judges, with one contestant each week eliminated and asked to “Sashay Away”.

Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three, says: “Needless to say, we’re delighted that BBC Three will be the home of a new UK version of Drag Race. It is one of the biggest entertainment titles in the world and anticipation levels for a UK version have been at feverish levels. With heart, humour and the un-imitable RuPaul, Drag Race is going to take BBC Three to a whole new level.”

Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, says: “I’ve been a huge fan of this funny, frank and fierce format for a long time. I also know there is a wealth of very talented and very competitive drag artists in the UK and I can’t wait for them to sashay onto the BBC!”

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, World of Wonder Co-Founders and Executive Producers, say: “World of Wonder Productions began in the UK, and the many Queens of England have always been an inspiration, so bringing RuPaul’s Drag Race to BBC Three is a very special home coming”.