MNEK & AJ AND CURTIS PRITCHARD JOIN DRAG RACE UK 0 90

With every great competitive reality show, comes ever increasing challenges. Thus, brothers, AJ and Curtis and MNEK join the celebrity line-up for the first ever UK series, applying their considerable talent and experience to help coach the queens through some testing challenges.

MNEK is an uber multi-talented British singer, a Brit and Grammy-award-winning songwriter, a singer/rapper famed for his flamboyant dress sense, a sought after record producer, and a huge fan of the Drag Race franchise. He is the perfect man for the job of helping the queens perfect their vocal skills. MNEK has been writing since the age of 14, and was the recipient of the prestigious ASCAP Vanguard Music Award for song writing at the age of 21 having written for some of the music industry’s biggest stars including Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Little Mix and Dua Lipa.

MNEK says: “I had so much fun working with the queens on Drag Race UK! The public is in for a real treat.”

Appearing on screen together for the first time are dance and choreography superstar brothers, AJ and Curtis Pritchard, when they help the remaining queens with their dance skills for one of the challenges.

AJ is one of the permanent and most loved professional dancers on mega UK hit Strictly Come Dancing, and thanks to his appearance as a professional dancer on the Irish version of Dancing With The Stars, AJ’s younger brother, Curtis, is equally well known in Ireland. In addition, Curtis is currently creating waves as a singleton on Love Island. Together, the two brothers make for an impressive dance duo, and their previous experience with dance partners of mixed abilities make them the perfect, strictly professional coaches for the contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

AJ Pritchard says: “I am such a fan of RuPaul and was honoured to be asked to work on the UK show. We had an amazing time working with the queens and cannot wait for you to see the performance.”

Curtis Pritchard says “I jump at the chance of working with my brother anytime anything together comes up, so doing that and being asked to be part of something so iconic was a yes from me!”

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will transmit on BBC Three in the Autumn. It will showcase the most fabulous drag queens that the UK has to offer and see RuPaul crown the UK’s First Drag Superstar.

Maisie Williams, Geri Horner and Jade Thirlwall, Michaela Coel and Andrew Garfield, Cheryl and Twiggy have previously been announced as the extra special celebrity guest judges joining RuPaul and Michelle Visage for one episode each alongside Graham Norton and Alan Carr who will be on rotating judging duties.

The RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise, including RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, is produced by World of Wonder.

Drag Race UK is commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three and Kate Phillips, Controller, BBC Entertainment. The Executive Producers are RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Sally Miles and Bruce McCoy, and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Ruby Kuraishe.

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MTV EMAs ADDS DUA LIPA, NCT 127 & MORE TO PERFORMER LINE UP 0 189

You know her, you love her, and she won Best Pop at the 2018 MTV EMA! Pop superstar Dua Lipa will be joining the 2019 main show performer lineup along with some new faces to the MTV EMA: Seoul-based global pop powerhouse NCT 127.

But wait, there’s more!

Mexican pop superstar Sofia Reyes will also be returning to the MTV EMA, this time joined by Puerto Rican hitmaker Jhay Cortez and Brazilian drag queen, singer, and songwriter and 2019 Best Brasilian Act nominee Pabllo Vittar. These three artists will kick off the biggest global music celebration of the year with pre-show performances on the EMA red carpet!

On top of hearing from these amazing artists, actors Terry Crews and Paz Vega and supermodels Joan Smalls, Doutzen Kroes, Georgina Rodriguez and Leomie Anderson will make some very special appearances throughout show!

Dua Lipa and NCT 127 join previously announced performers Niall Horan, Halsey, Rosalía, EMA show host Becky G, Akon, Ava Max and Mabel. Iconic rock act Green Day, The Struts and León Benavente will also perform from Seville’s spectacular Plaza de España as a part of “MTV World Stage Seville.”

BBC STRICTLY CHILDREN IN NEED 2019 LINE UP REVEALED 0 48

As exclusively revealed on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two this evening (Monday 28 October), EastEnders stars Ricky Champ, Louisa Lytton, Maisie Smith and Rudolph Walker OBE will be taking to the dancefloor alongside the Strictly professionals, as they go head to head to win the Pudsey Glitterball trophy for BBC Children in Need 2019.

Presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the Strictly special will feature as part of the BBC Children in Need 2019 Appeal Night on BBC One on Friday 15 November.

Ricky Champ says: “I am so excited to be taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing EastEnders special. I’m looking forward to showing the world my moves. Bring it on!”

Louisa Lytton says: “It feels like a lifetime ago since I did Strictly Come Dancing so I am beyond excited to put my dancing shoes back on and return to the famous floor. It’s for a fantastic cause which makes it all the more special.”

Maisie Smith says: “I’m flattered to be part of such an iconic show! Strictly has been a family favourite in my house for years. I can’t wait to put my dancing skills to the test!”

Rudolph Walker OBE says: “I am thrilled to be taking part in this year’s competition and can’t wait to get started. Although at 80 years old, it’s probably best I don’t try to do the splits!”

Ricky will be dancing with Luba Mushtuk; Louisa will be dancing with Gorka Marquez; Maisie will take to the floor with Kevin Clifton and Rudolph will be partnered with Nancy Xu. The stars will compete in a group number, choreographed by former Strictly professional Trent Whiddon, in a bid to be crowned champions.